If you’ve been reading this blog for at least a few weeks, it’s no secret that I love to travel. And like most of you, I’ve got a crazy long list of places to visit and feel like I’m not even close to making a dent in it. So far, 2016 has a trip to Nashville (in a couple of weeks – please send recs!) and a trip to Newport later this spring. Anyone else one of those people who always has to have their next thing planned? Here’s a list of 30 places I want to visit before turning 30…I made it soon after starting this blog and hate that nothing’s been crossed off. Turns out I tend to either repeat destinations or visit places that don’t happen to be on that list. Guess I’ll be conserving those vacation days and looking for cheap flights :)
Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally and by car or by plane, here are five travel-related resources I love. Hopefully they’ll help you as you plan your next adventure(s)!
Google Flights: I used to swear by Kayak (below), but have been trying out Google Flights over the past few months. I think it’s a little easier to use and results load a little faster than other sites. Plus, I like that you can see a calendar view of days + prices (great if you’re flexible with your dates).
Kayak: This was the first bookings site I used consistently and as stated above, I pretty much exclusively stuck with it until recently (my experience is just with flights). The “confidence forecast” that states whether to wait or buy now was what initially drew me in. Like Google Flights, Southwest is excluded from results so you’ll have to check their site separately.
Covering the Bases: Krista’s travel tips are worth bookmarking, as they address a lot of the common questions around what to pack, how to plan, and what kind of luggage to invest in. Her post “How I Afford to Travel” is one of my favorites…she talks about how to juggle your vacation days, budget for trips, and find hotels + flights that won’t break the bank.
Hitha on the Go: In short, Hitha is the packing pro. Whether you hate packing or love it and want to pick up new tips, you’re going to want to check out her blog. Her travel tips section is packed with info on how to sleep on long flights, a must-have travel toiletry, how to pack jewelry, and more.
TripAdvisor: Pretty generic, but my go-to for hotel reviews. I think it’s the most popular hotel review site, so new postings are uploaded almost daily and people are brutally honest. I’d love an alternative/something else in department, if anyone else has any suggestions.
Ok so I’d love to know – do you have any trips lined up for 2016? And what are your favorite travel resources (especially those for booking hotels)? There have to be blogs or deal websites that I’m missing and I would love to add a few more to my bookmarks bar!
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