Wanderlust Wednesday: Travel Tips

Happy #wanderlustWednesday, fellow wanderlusters!

Today, I thought I’d share a handful of my favorite travel tips. Technically, they’re trip planning resources, but I’m tipping you off on how terrific they are. So that makes them tips. Right?

 

Trip Advisor

If you haven’t yet utilized this user-generated review site, download the app. NOW. It’s a must for researching the best (and worst!) hotels, restaurants, and attractions in basically any destination you could possibly want to visit. Filter options by location, price, traveler rating, amenities, and more! Plus, you can read reviews from travelers who’ve been there, done that.

But, I don’t just research on TripAdvisor. I review, too! Read my reviews here.

 

Airbnb

Paris Studio Apartment
Airbnb: Paris

Wanna truly experience the local life AND save money? Airbnb is for you. Choose from single family houses, condos, apartments, or just a bed in someone’s home (for solo travelers on a budget). You can filter your search by these categories, as well as price and map location in your destination of choice. Ratings and reviews are posted, too, and you can even contact the owner prior to booking if you have any questions.

I used Airbnb for both my Paris and Barcelona trips, and highly recommend the experience! Here are the listings for my Paris studio apartment, and my apartment in Barcelona.

Barcelona Apartment
Airbnb: Barcelona

 

Scott’s Cheap Flights

Always on the hunt for cheap international flights, but don’t have the time or patience to actually do the searching? Let Scott do it for you! Subscribe to his emails, and you’ll never miss a deal – whether it’s an airline error or just a really outstanding sale. The free subscription includes regular notifications for more immediate and future flights, along with instructions on how to book. With the premium (paid) version, you’ll receive additional, exclusive alerts, and the option to filter emails by departure airport(s) and final destinations.

I personally subscribe to Scott’s paid emails, and receive plenty of ‘premium’ only alerts that tempt me on the regular. In fact, both my Paris and Barcelona flights were booked thanks to emails from Scott. The prices were too good to pass up! I paid $467 for a round trip flight to Paris, and only $440 for Barcelona. Unreal.

 

Google Flights

There are oodles of flight comparison sites online, all promising the best deals. Overwhelming, right? And how do you really know you’ve found the lowest price unless you check them all???? Put an end to the endless searching and go straight to Google Flights. Simply plug in a departure airport, final destination, and dates of travel, and Google will show you the absolute cheapest price for those dates. This tool is especially useful if your dates are flexible. A quick click on the calendar icon reveals the cheapest price for every single day of the entire month – and beyond! Once you’re ready to book, you’ll be prompted to visit the site offering that lowest price. Easy peasy… and oh, so addicting when wanderlust hits you full force!

 

Instagram

This last tip may seem odd, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Instagram is visual inspiration overload. From travel companies (ie. @travelandleisure), to travel communities (@passionpassport), to travel-related hashtags (think #ParisFrance or #travelphotography), you’ll no doubt find a constant stream of photos posted by travelers who will make you want to go where they’ve been. It’s entirely possible that your bucket list will at least double in size. (I know mine has!) Can’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Cheers to wanderlust!

Do you have any fave travel tips or tools? Please share!

 

 

 

Note: All opinions above are my own. I did not receive compensation from any of the companies or Instagram accounts mentioned in this post.

Also, I originally compiled this list for Bealls Florida‘s blog, The Splash. (Maintaining that blog is part of my job.) Again, all opinions are my own; however, for the above post, I modified the list slightly to better reflect my personal experience. Click here to read the original post on The Splash.

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