Shopping online is certainly the next best thing. You can go to your favorite stores, get all the deals and even use coupons all from the comfort of your own home. Potentially in your pajamas, never having to brush your hair or put on your make-up. It’s a valuable commodity.
No doubt you have become quite the web shopper if you’re like most people. You’ve learned how to score cheap tickets for all your travel needs but have you learned how to plan that vacation online? Sure, more people are well versed in all the cheap ticket sites inundating the internet but did you know there are other great trip planning options available to you as well?
Here are some of our favorite suggestions for planning your vacation online:
Fodor’s Travel- They have been in business for over 80 years! And they offer great travel advice via eBooks, printed guidebooks and mobile apps. You can plan your next vacation by reading all about the destinations of your choice. And, you can explore the drop down menu labeled Trip Ideas by clicking here. Their writers have done extensive personal research on the areas they recommend. It is certainly a website worth checking out.
Tripit- This site is pretty incredible. Their tagline reads, “You handle the booking. We take care of the rest.” They claim to enable you to forward emails, get a master itinerary, and access your plans from anywhere with the assistance of their apps. And, they offer a free version which allows you to organize all your plans, sync them with your calendar, share the plans selectively, and store your travel paperwork all in one place! Read more about this cool site.
Planapple- Similar to Tripit, Planapple allows you to utilize a trip notebook to get all your vacation plans in order. You can then share those notes with the other people attending the trip and make the notes available via your mobile phone or tablet. They even have a feature that allows you to make recommendations on Facebook and Pinterest in case your friends want to know what you’re up to.
Roadtrippers- This site claims to be, “the nation’s fastest-growing web and mobile travel planning platform…” They pride themselves in providing content that is a little less obvious. Their goal appears to be showcasing some of the lesser known, but equally enjoyable, places to visit and sights to see. Since their apps are free that makes them worthy of utilization. And, they have some pretty innovative additions like: Atlas, Passport and Meridian. We recommend you read more about them here.
Airbnb- We feel we would be remiss if we failed to suggest to you this online shopping opportunity. Airbnb is one of the newest and hottest travel sites online. Here you can choose to “experience a place like you live there.” They offer you the ability to book unique accommodations worldwide. The length of the stay is variable and the range of opportunity is vast, from villa to castle. You can find the location and amenities that are right for you on their site.
Scoring cheap tickets to your travel destination by being a savvy online shopper is certainly a step in the right direction, but utilizing these additional web-based services will put your trip over the edge. Go where you want to go and be well prepared in the process!