I don’t know about you, but the worst part of going on a vacation for me is the planning process. Between searching for the best flight prices and trying to find a hotel in the right location, It can become super stressful. If you’re planning a group or family trip, the stress goes up a few notches.
These travel websites have helped me plan almost all of my vacations. I now spend less time planning the actual vacation and more time shopping for my vacation outfits.
Skyscanner scans all travel websites in search of the perfect flight for you. You can sort the flights based on your preference. If you’re looking for the cheapest option sort low to high if you want to get there the fastest time they have you covered. I also use this website for travel ideas. They have an option for you to but “anywhere” as your destination. It will then give you options from your city based on price. I love this site for getting an idea of the cost of a possible trip.
I have used Southwest Vacations to book both my Cancun and Punta Cana trip. They always have discounts when you package your flight and hotel together. I’ve been able to find trips as low as $600 for two people for a week in an all-inclusive resort. By booking all-inclusive resorts as a vacation, they come out hundreds of dollars cheaper.
Skiplagged is another site that finds cheap flights. The only catch is that you usually can’t have checked bags. Skiplagged will find flights that have your destination, but your destination might be a layover site. If you decide to check bags, your bags will continue to the final destination. It is suitable for light packers.
Hotel Canary is a Google Chrome Extension for Priceline. Priceline offers express deals on hotels based on their star rating. They conceal the hotels’ name until after you agree to book it. Its a gamble for what hotel you will end up with and they do not offer refunds. That’s where Hotel Canary comes into place. The extension tells you what hotel it most likely will be. If they can’t pinpoint a specific one, they will give you the top three hotels that it will be from and then you can decide if you’re okay with either one.