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Welcome to week 3 of the Making the MOST of Travel Series! This week I will share some of my favourite trip planning resources, and I’m really excited about it. So far, I’m loving writing these posts for you, and the feedback so far has been great! I am so glad to have shared my favourite flight booking hack last week and to hear that some of you didn’t know about it. That means I have actually been helpful, which is the main aim of Fjords and Beaches! As always, I love hearing from you – so make sure you let me know if you have any comments or questions!
When it comes to planning a trip, keeping track of everything is key – especially for longer trips. When planning an adventure that includes several countries, flights, and hotels, you need to keep track of it all somehow.
That’s where this post comes in.
Below you will find some of my favourite resources for planning a trip, and I hope you find them useful! If I have missed any that you love, make sure to let me know in the comments!
The Most Helpful Trip Planning Resources
We all have our go-to apps and websites for booking flights and hotels (hello SkyScanner and Booking.com), and we all know that there is money to be saved through websites such as AirBnB and Kayak. But what about websites and resources that help you during the planning part of a trip?
I have listed a few helpful trip planning websites below, and hope they will be of help for when you start planning your next adventure! In addition to these websites, there are a bunch of great travel apps to download before your trip to make it a bit easier.
TripIt lets you keep all your bookings and tickets in one place, and creates an easy overview of your adventure. My favourite part about it is that you can forward all your tickets and confirmations to a special e-mail address – and they automatically add it to your itinerary! TripIt is a godsend for longer journeys, and my parents love that I can print overviews of my trips for them to keep on their fridge, haha.
Sygic Travel allows you to create an interactive map of your destination, adding your must-see sights as you go! It is also a great way to find out what’s worth a visit at your next destination. It is a great tool to virtually get to know a city when you are in the early stages of planning.
When flying across several time zones it never matters how prepared you are for the inevitable jet lag, because it always hits you like a ton of bricks. With Jet Lag Rooster, however, you are able to smooth the impact a little. You simply enter what time zones you are traveling between and the time of day you are flying, and it works out a schedule for the days leading up to your departure that will minimise your jet lag!
RoadTrippers is an amazing road trip planning resource that will have you ready for the ultimate road trip in no time! You can add restaurants, attractions, accommodation (and more) to your route, and in the end, you will have the perfect road trip plan for you and your friends!
LoveHolidays allows you to search for your perfect trip by filtering by more than just your date and destination, which is awesome! You can search by TripAdvisor ratings, temperature and even by the size of the deposit, which makes planning your trip super easy!
It is always good to have a good currency converter with you when you travel, but it can also be a helpful resource when planning a trip. My favourite way to convert currency is to simply use Google (if you read last week’s Make the Most of Travel Post, you’ll know I love Google). All you need to know is the currency code/shortcut of the currency (such as NOK, GBP and so on), and you’re good to go! Type ‘xx EUR to USD’ into Google, and it will tell you the answer.
Before a long-haul flight, I always check SeatGuru in order to choose the best seat. With seat maps of most routes on loads of airlines, it is a great resource for travel planning! SeatGuru allows you to check in advance where the extra leg space is, how near you will be to the toilet, and how many people will sit in your row. We all have our preferences (hello, window seat by the emergency exit), so why not ensure that you get yours?
If you have a layover included in any of your flights, LoungeBuddy is your friend. This website (and app) will show you all available lounges at any airport, including what is needed in order to get into one. You would be surprised at how many lounges (that have always seemed so unattainable) are available at just a small entrance fee! Imagine paying $29 and having access to a recliner chair and a shower for your 7-hour overnight layover. Heaven, right?
This is a classic, but always worth a mention. TripAdvisor is one of my go-to sources for researching and planning a trip, and it is an amazing travel planning resource. Reading tour feedback from fellow travelers, checking out the reviews of the restaurant you are considering, and checking hotel rates is all at your fingertips. Just remember to read everything a little critically, and remember that for every unhappy, complaining customer online there are 10 happy customers that couldn’t be bothered to leave a review (not 100% sure about the statistics, but I’m sure it’s along those lines).
This is a clever little App if you, like me, don’t have unlimited data following you wherever you go. In order to avoid an insane phone bill when I get home, I turn off my data when I am traveling and just stick to all the complimentary WiFi I can find. CityMapper has offline maps for several big cities, which prevents you from getting lost.
Do you have any favourite trip planning resources to share? Leave them in the comments below!Make sure to stay tuned so you won’t miss out on the rest of my travel hacks! You can go ahead and
Found this helpful? Make sure you don’t miss the other posts in the Making the Most of Travel Series!
Week 3: Must-Use Trip Planning Resources
Week 6: Budgeting for and During your Trip
Week 7: Travel Bloggers Share their BEST Travel Planning Tips