I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m ready for a break from my dang life. 2019 has been off to a rough start, and traveling serves as a release valve for stress. Even the planning phase is a source of joy as I scour the internet for plane deals, then, once a destination is selected, I spend hours reading through other people’s trip reports and building maps with my chosen itinerary. Let’s talk travel tips and dream of exotic locales!
There are a couple of apps for searching and tracking flights, specifically Hopper and Fareness. I use those for inspiration but would never book through them. Really you want to be looking through Google Flights – especially if your dates are open, because the fare calendar is great. The explore feature is also wonderful, you can move the map around to see fares in different regions.
Right before I book a flight, I check out hotels on booking.com as well as airbnbs to make sure I can even afford to sleep somewhere. I’m a little surprised booking.com hasn’t banned me for canceling rooms so often – I’ve actually found that checking a hotel’s website directly usually results in a lower price, but the trade off is less flexibility for free cancellation.
The absolute best tool for planning what to do in a specific place is the travel subreddit for that country or city, if one exists. r/VisitingIceland and r/JapanTravel are two excellent examples. Start reading through posts, then use the search function to look for people’s itineraries and trip reports. I have learned about things to do and see that I never would have found otherwise – think hidden waterfalls and indigo dyeing classes.
Right now I’m eyeing flights to Copenhagen (pictured above) because they have some good deals over the next two months, and it’s an easy jaunt over to Sweden for a day trip in Malmö.
What are your travel tips? Travel dreams? Tell us about your best trips, tales of things gone wrong, plane snacks, etc.!