Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! At the end of this week, the hubby and I are headed on a 2 week vaca (follow me on insta to find out where). Since I’m mentally already in vacation mode, I decided to put together a few helpful travel tips I use for almost every trip.
First up, one of the questions I get asked most, “How do you choose your destinations?” So, let’s dive into my travel planning process.
As someone who needs a lot of information in order to make a decision, sometimes I can get lost in the sea of possibilities when it comes to planning a trip. What about here? What about there? I want to see it all. My hubby thinks I’m crazy most of the time, I’m sure. But since I genuinely want to see everything, instead of beginning the planning process with one destination in mind, I start with a top 5 (sometimes top 10) list of potential places. I know while planning if the opportunity is right for any of those destinations, I’ll be happy. As oppose to only having one destination in mind and being complete bummed if it’s ridiculously expensive and over our travel budget.
Now it’s time to start deal hunting. I have two go to sites for deal hunting.
1. The Points Guy – if you haven’t heard of this site, you are missing out. Here you can find daily updates of flight deals and specials. Usually these are limited time only, so you do need to snatch them up quickly. But it saves so much time by not having to hunt down the deals yourself.
2. Google Flights – this lets me search endless destinations quickly and easily. I put in my starting location (usually Chicago), general date range (2 weeks in August or weekend in March), and leave it open to search everywhere. Now it will show you places and estimated prices for flights to any destination. But my favorite tool here is the explore map view. This will allow you to change the price, search area, and even airlines. I will change the price range to not exceed whatever our decided budget is. Now I will begin to compare the map with the top 5 list I created earlier and see if any of them are within our budget.
95% of the time between those two sites we have found our destination. If we are still unsure, we might use Delta.com (our preferred airline) or one of our preferred hotel chain’s website for promotions.
Let me know if you all find this type of post helpful. I was thinking about doing a post on how I create our itinerary, let me know if that would be something y’all would enjoy.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
with love and happiness,