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.
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.
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.
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.
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.