5 Useful Websites for Travel Planning

Written by rosetta

Planning a trip, although exciting, is often stress-inducing.

From obsessively checking airline websites, anticipating those non-stop fares to drop, to locking in those high-demand hotel, sight, and restaurant reservations, these planning processes can be overwhelming to tackle on your own. Ironically enough, all of this stress is fueled on the hope of having a perfect, stress-free trip!

These five promising websites below will help put your planning and travels at ease:

For booking your airfare:

Bing Travel Bing is an airline search engine which differentiates from others, as it allows you to compare airfares from over a hundred different sources. Better yet, Bing uses analytical data to predict price increases or drops, advising you — with 75% accuracy, whether to book your plane tickets now, or wait.

For your trip-itinerary:

Plnnr Plnner not only creates free travel itineraries, but customizes its day-by-day guides according to your specific taste. Although its destination portal is somewhat-limited, using approximately 20 urban destinations between North America and Europe, Plnnr considers attraction hours of operation, as well as distances between sights, in its planning. All you need to do is fill a questionnaire of the length of your stay, interests, priorities when traveling (i.e. architectural sights vs art galleries) and Plnnr will take care of the rest!

For organizing your travel documents:

TripIt TripIt compiles the most important information of your vacation (i.e. flight, hotel, rental car, cruise reservations) onto one, single document. The document, which can be accessed via laptop,  tablet, or smartphone, also includes flight updates, weather forecasts, and even driving directions.

For your hotel arrangements:

Hipmunk Hipmunk isn’t an ordinary hotel-booking website; it not only displays comparison prices from sites including Orbitz, HotelsCombined, or Airbnb, but displays your travel destination’s best spots for landmarks, shopping, dining, etc., allowing you to choose a hotel tailored to your every need. Your stresses over your trip accommodations will surely go away with Hipmunk!

For localizing your trip:

Like a Local Like a Local is pretty self-explanatory; the online guidecollects recommendations for sightseeing, dining, nightlife, and accommodations from locals of places around the world. Their motto: “Skip the tourist traps! Explore like a local.”

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Rosetta is a Manhattan-born student currently living in Paris. She loves fashion, traveling, and all things kale. She's adopted the Parisian street style, yet stayed in-touch with her New York roots; she can be spotted wearing all black with a green color pop from holding her cold-pressed juice. Her religion is coconut oil and she's married to almond butter.

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