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5 travel hacks to tap into this summer

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Ideas & Lifestyle, Newsletters by | Comments
5 travel hacks to tap into this summer

June 21st marks the first day of summer—time to don your sunglasses, pack a bag, and get outta town! Take advantage of the sunny skies and longer days by planning a trip or two to any destination of your choice (and if you’re having trouble picking that destination, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered). Check out these 5 super-helpful travel hacks that will make your summer getaway easier than ever.

Let the trip plan itself

We all enjoy a good vacation, but as for the planning part…well that can be a pain. If you’re not sure how to get started or lack the time to plan the perfect itinerary, let the following websites do the trick. They’ll do the heavy lifting so you can relax and let loose.

1. Adioso:  Not sure where to go or how to find the best deal? Let Adioso figure it out for you. Just type in the parameters that you do know—your place of departure, the length of the trip, and the general idea of what you’re looking for (e.g., “somewhere warm,” “domestic,” “international,” etc.) and this site will show you all the available destinations and flight prices. If you need inspiration, use one of Adioso’s “Wanderlists”—for example, Best Backpacking Destinations for 2014 or Best Cities for Art Lovers—the site will let you compare deals for each list. 

2. Mygola:  Now that you know where you’re going, it’s time to figure out what to do once you get there. How about a detailed itinerary to squeeze the most out of every moment of your trip? Just tell Mygola where you’re headed and your length of stay. It will give you choices of comprehensive itineraries in various categories (outdoor, food and wine, historical, etc.). You can then customize your trip by adding places or removing stuff you don’t care for, moving around your activities or days, and, figuring out travel options. When you’re ready to book your trip, you’ll have a single page for all your bookings, including hotels that are close to where you’re going, as well as tickets to museums, parks, and anything else on your list. 

3. Peek:  This site showcases popular cities and destinations in the U.S. (and a few in Europe) and helps you find activities you’d like to do during your stay. Just enter your interests and Peek will tell you what’s going on while you’re there. It will also point you to other popular activities, landmarks, suggestions for kids, food and drink, and more. Plus, it will give you a description of your destination so you know what to expect. You can even experience the “Perfect Day” as described by a celebrity who resides in the area. Peek is also available as an app.

Off the beaten path

Sometimes when you travel you want to see something different and more obscure than just the popular landmarks. You may even want to forgo hotels for a more immersive experience. Well, nowadays, it’s easier than ever to travel off the beaten path.

4. Atlas Obscura:  This website is true to its name—just tell it where you’re going and it will find unique, cool things to check out once you get there. In fact, it will find such obscure sites near any location, that you can even use it for a staycation. Atlas Obscura can help you rediscover your own hometown and all its intricacies. Or if you’re searching for something odd and specific (a miniature city, for example) Atlas Obscura will tell you where in the world you can find it. 

5. Airbnb:  Want to feel like a local when you visit a new locale? Airbnb will help you do just that, as well as save you some dough. This site showcases apartments, houses, cottages and the like being rented out all over the world for various lengths of stay (for a price that’s often lower than that of hotels). This way you can be part of the community you’re visiting, and have a temporary home where you can relax, stock up the fridge, cook some meals (another money saver). Of course you can also opt for a unique high-end accommodation: the site gives you access to over 600 castles!

So now that your travel toolbox is filled, you’re ready to get going. Whether you’re heading on a weekend getaway or a long cross-country road trip, have the best vacation ever!

Got any trips planned for the summer? Tell us below!

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