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4 Best Sites for Saving on Travel in 2015

So many travel deal sites, so little time. Too many of them claim to give you the best deals—or promise to help you book your travel more easily. But travel websites actually manage to deliver.

How do you pick the travel sites that are going to benefit you the most and save you time as you plan your next vacation? I've found these four have withstood the test of time and continually give me great deals for getting out on the road.

Give them a shot and see what you think:

1. TheFlightDeal.com

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This daily newsletter sends out the best flights going to and from specific U.S. airports, including Seattle, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. There are usually specific date restrictions, but you will be one of the first to know about airline deals to Italy, Japan and Mexico—or simply down to Florida so you can take the kids to Disney World. The daily newsletter list format makes it easy to scan for deals and to see if any will work for you. Just hit delete if nothing interests you. There's always tomorrow.

2. Skyscanner.net

Have a specific destination, dates and/or budget you are working on for your next trip? Through SkyScanner's calendar view, you can see the cheapest day to fly or even plan way ahead by looking at price predictions for a specific time of year. Not sure where you can go on your budget? Simply enter in your home airport and, instead of a specific destination, type in "everywhere" to see the best deals out there. This is also a great way to do a little digital wondering and dream of your next adventure with the kids.

3. Trivago.com

This hotel search engine came onto the scene a few years ago and has been making waves ever since. Instead of a booking engine, Trivago is a search engine that looks at over 257 booking sites like Expedia and Hotels.com, which are pulling rates from hotel sites and other engines. Trivago compiles all of your options, the best rates and the best place to book all in one tidy site. Instead of going to a bunch of different sites for the best hotel deal, you now only have to go to one. Best? It won't cost you a dime.

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4. Viator.com

As the kids get more active, and more parents are trying to weave in a little education to their trips, Viator.com is a great resource to find walking tours, behind the scenes passes, jump-the-line tickets and day tours to get you out and about with a guide who really knows her stuff. Mom and dad don't have to bumble through old guidebooks anymore. Book a few Viator tours at your destination and then let serendipity take over the rest of your free time. Better yet: let the kids get excited and start planning a few wanderings too.

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