Hello everyone! As we shift into summer and we plan our various vacations and getaways, I am reminded of some of my favorite tools that help make travel planning much easier. Whatever the purpose of our travel – taking the kids on a much needed getaway, business travel, a girls spa weekend – planning a trip can be quite a project especially when you are planning travel for more than one person. So, as I continue to try and plan a variety of travel I am engaging in this summer, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite websites and resources that are here to help your planning go easier, help you find the best deals, the best places and the best seats for your travels!
Smarter Traveler: I was recently turned on to this site when I read two different articles in USA Today about the best bargains for summer travel. Smarter Travel is this great website that really helps you plan your travels smarter…their mission is to fine the best possible deals available for travelers and make sure you know about them. This is not a travel search engine like Orbitz or Expedia, but rather a travel webzine that tells you where to go to fine the best travel deals of the day or week. If you are focused on finding the best deals, make sure to bookmark this site and check back often.
Expert Flyer: You know what they say about a name tells a lot about you. Well the name of this site – Expert Flyer – really tells a lot about what this site is all about. If you are a seasoned traveler (even if you are not) and you want to find the best seats on your flights, even find the places where you can get upgraded, this site is your best resource for locating those seats. Find your comfort zone while traveling by accessing Expert Flyer.
Open Table: If you love to eat and your mission while traveling is to fine amazing restaurants throughout your trip, check out Open Table for easy access to availability at the best restaurants in top locations. My fiancé and I use Open Table to make reservations in any city we head to – whether it is NYC, LA, Chicago, Miami and more – we access this site from our computer or cellphone to see what hot new restaurants are available for reservations on any given night. And we immediately set-up the reservation at no charge to us! It is the best “virtual concierge” we have ever used.
Zagat: Speaking of great restaurants, there is no better review guide for restaurants in any given city then the Zagat Guide. Go to their website or buy their guide in most bookstores or airports, and find the top rated restaurants in the city of your choice. While Zagat does not make reservations like Open Table, it is probably the most reputable guide for restaurants in major metropolitan areas. Another one to bookmark and visit often.