Useful Travel Websites for Travel Planning

Last week at my job a co-worker bounded into my office asking for help planning a warm vacation for her family.  She was ready to give up because she was getting lost on the internet with so many websites and offers.  I told her about some useful travel websites that I use to help plan trips and in particular warm vacations.

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1)  Apple Vacations

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Laura, Mariah, and I in breezy Aruba

Apple is a great travel company for trips to Mexico and the Caribbean.  It includes flight + hotel and transfers to the hotel.  I’ve booked Mexico many times and Aruba this way.  They also have deals where you choose the quality of hotel you prefer and then let them pick the hotel when you arrive.  You can save a lot of money this way and when I did it, the hotel was great!

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2)  Cruises Only

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Peggy’s Cove- Nova Scotia

I may not necessarily book a cruise through them every time I cruise but I definitely always search using Cruises Only to see what is out there.  It is a very comprehensive cruise finder that you can tailor to your needs whether a specific date or date range, cruise port, or length of cruise.  Once when I did book through them, their prices were much cheaper on a Princess Cruise than Princess was selling it for- usually prices are similar.

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3)  Kayak

Kayak is my airfare go-to search engine.  I like looking at flexible dates always.  Sometimes you can leave on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday- you really don’t care but you want it to be as cheap as possible.  Kayak let’s you search this easily.  You can also search rental cars and hotels but I generally stick to airfare here.

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Mariah supervises while I check-in

4)  Expedia

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Ritz-Carlton Cancun booked through Expedia

I use Expedia for a lot of my hotel reservations.  I get points and rewards for using them.  Right now I have a $50 gift certificate to you on an upcoming reservation.  Basically pick a travel site and stick with it if there are rewards, whether is it is Expedia or not.

 

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*However, I do not book airfare through Expedia (I’ve heard less than stellar things from other travel bloggers)

When I got home that night, BC asked for my help in planning our Key West trip for a friend’s wedding because he was overwhelmed.  Immediately I scoured FlipKey, Air BnB, and Vrbo for Key West condo options as well as Expedia and Kayak.  We had a great experience with Air BnB in Florence but the Key West selection was minimal.  FlipKey and Vrbo has many more options.

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Our Air BnB apartment was a block smack dab in-between the Duomo and Piazza della Signorina.

We are still planning Key West but BC seems a lot less overwhelmed and my co-worker is happily booked on a warm family vacation.  Try some of these options for booking your next trip.

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  1. Such a nice post…thanks for providing useful travel websites for travel planning, it is helpful for people. Keep sharing interesting post with us!

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