The Best Online Travel Resources
Okay, so you're ready to book your next trip. You have your destination (that's the easy part), but now it's time to think about lodging, transportation, flights... and now your head is spinning. Luckily, Pedacitos Blog has you covered, as we are going to break down the best online travel resources to make your next stay go as smoothly as possible!
Best Online Travel Planning Resources
Before you book anything, you have to sit down and plan your trip. If you're anything like me, you want to get the most out of your next travel experience. If you're not a local to the city, country, or even continent that you're going to, this can be pretty tricky. So, let's start by discussing where you should begin your planning at.
Skratch is the ultimate app for planning out exactly what you want to do for your next trip for my visual learners. Skratch creates a digital map where you can pin locations, add photos, and basically create a world map for all of your travels.
I like Skratch because it has a "bucket-list" setting where you can plan out future trips that you might not be looking to book right now. It ignites your wanderlust and gets your creative juices flowing- because the sky is the limit when it comes to traveling!
If you feel overwhelmed by planning, TripIt is a great place to get organized and really outline what you're looking for. I've had yet to try this app as it's fairly new, but I cannot wait to see what TripIt can do for me- as it has a service that prepares an entire travel document for you.
All you have to do is send TripIt your flight, hotel, restaurant, and car rental confirmations once you've booked them, then TripIt will create an entire itinerary based on these bookings. If there's something that TripIt suggests that you don't like- no sweat! You can edit your itinerary based on your changing needs. It's essentially your pocket travel organizer.
Maybe this is a no-brainer, but Spreadsheets are amazing for planning out your travel needs. First of all, it's free! Plus, you can put your budget, stays, experiences, and any information that you might need to keep track of and send it to anyone you're traveling with.
I recently made a Spreadsheet for a weekend trip to New York City. I know that might sound a little excessive for 2 nights and 3 days, but when you're trying to maximize your time, it pays to take a few hours to sit down and think about everything you want to experience.
Best Online Travel Guides
Now that you can visually imagine what your trip is going to be like, you can put those ideas into actual booking services. Online Travel Guides can be your one-stop-shop in finding a hotel, flight, and experiences all in one app or website. From blogs to websites, there are tons of travel experts on the web that are ready to give you the push you need to secure a booking.
No, we're not just saying this because we are a travel blog- bloggers are an excellent resource when it comes to getting an authentic experience about a place. Travel blogs specialize in hiring writers that have unique experiences that can be shared with the public.
If you're looking to live like a local, a travel blogger can probably give you the most genuine tips on how to plan your next stay. Keep an eye out for the Pedacitos Forum, launching July 1st, to discuss your travel needs with a community of experienced individuals!
Trip Advisor is a great place to start when you're in the early planning stages because they compare deals and have simplified search engines that can refine your results to exactly what you're looking for.
If you're a bit more budget-conscious, Trip Advisor is definitely going to give you the most bang for your buck, which I always favored as a broke college student. Trip Advisor is also a website that specializes in booking hotels, transportation, experiences, and restaurants all in one.
This app is fairly new, but it is packing a huge punch in the travel community. For those of you who love to plan every detail (I'm definitely one of those people), this app is for you. With Wanderlog, you can create a completely offline trip itinerary- no WiFi needed.
You can look at your itinerary at any time on any device. Wanderlog can help you research your destination, map out your entire trip by the hour, and calculates the miles you've taken. Plus, it has a community aspect where you can share travel tips with friends!
Best Online Flight Resources
Now you're planned and prepped, but you have to think about how you're going to get there. If you want to road-trip or take a train to your destination- by all means, do so. But, I know that most of us travel-lovers have to take a plane to get to our vacation spot. With flights being expensive and difficult to navigate- especially with search engines hiding certain cheap flights- it's time to break down how to find the best flight for you.
Skyscanner is a personal favorite of mine, as it is truly the easiest app to navigate when it comes to flights. With this app, I can select my destination and surrounding area, and Skyscanner will give me the most affordable flights from various airports in my region.
It also allows you to select flexible flights, so if you're someone who hates having dates being set in stone, Skyscanner has you covered. You can turn on their notification too, and you'll be notified if prices for a flight you've been eyeing have dropped.
If you're tech-savvy, Hopper is going to be a life-saver for finding discount flights. Hopper is completely data-based- so it's going to save your information and preferences for future trips.