Where Can I Find the Best Travel Deals?

Are you putting off traveling for lack of funds? There are a few sites that I keep in my travel planning arsenal that save me hundreds of dollars on hotels, flights and car rentals every time I book. Take a look at my favorite travel deal websites so you can stop pinching pennies and start planning your next vacation!

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Flights

1.) SkyScannerThe flexibility of this website is astonishing. You can search for flights throughout a whole country or region which means no more having to search each local airport separately. You can also leave the arriving city open-ended and the site will list the cheapest flights from your departing city first, which is great if you are unsure of a destination or are very budget-driven. The site also allows you to search an entire month’s worth of flights to ensure the very best deal.

2.) Secret FlyingDon’t book a flight without checking Secret Flying first. This site aggregates all airline price errors (that the companies legally have to honor) and it happens more often than you’d think!

3.) Airfare WatchdogThis comprehensive website compiles all discount and mistake fares in one place to save you a ridiculous amount of money. Use the “top fares” feature to snag the lowest prices or comb through all of the budget airlines in one fell swoop.

Top Kickstarter Travel Items

Many frequent travelers have taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to make traveling easier, safer, cheaper and more convenient with a myriad of efficient products. Although there have been some flops, a lot of these neat products have transformed the travel space. Take a look at some of the best travel items to hit Kickstarter and make your next trip a breeze!

 

1. BAUBAX Travel Jacket

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The stylish yet functional BAUBAX Travel Jacket may be the most organized jacket to ever hit the market. It’s the swiss-army knife of traveling in style. The designers have thought of every nook and cranny a traveler may need: pockets for phones, drinks, passports and even a blanket; headphone holders, a built-in neck pillow and a handy hood that even converts to an eye mask! Removable gloves keep you comfortable even on chilly trips and there’s a secret pen hidden away inside of a pocket zipper just to add some more panache! And this versatile jacket doesn’t lack in fashion sense, either. It comes in a variety of styles, all with plush, washable fabric so you can look great while staying organized on your next trip!

How to Make Friends on Vacation

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The best types of vacations are those where you come home with some great new friends. There’s nothing like bonding over shared experiences to create an instant friendship with someone and vacations are usually rife with such moments. But, let’s be honest. It’s difficult to strike up a conversation (let alone a friendship) with a perfect stranger in this day and age of technology-driven obliviousness and guarded attitudes. Solo travelers are at even more of a disadvantage since approaching new people without support can be daunting. And even though single travelers tend to like the peace and quiet they get from traveling by themselves, loneliness can still set in and it’s nice to be able to connect with someone else on your terms. Luckily, there are a number of resources to help you navigate these tricky friendship-making waters with ease.

What You Need to Know About The Laptop Ban

Many people who are hearing about the recent carry-on electronics ban are freaking out and rightfully so. Laptops and tablets help provide hours of entertainment on grueling flights, allow employees to work on important tasks and keep parents from losing their minds when cooped up with their toddler in an airborne sardine can. But, before you join the throngs of angry masses, we’ve outlined what you need to know about the laptop ban so you can get all of the facts first.

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The State of In-Flight Wifi

If you’ve ever tried getting some work done while on a flight, you’ve probably experienced the horror that is known as “in-flight wifi!” Some airlines don’t even bother with this particular “perk” and others charge ludicrous amounts for their agonizingly slow connections. Despite the airlines’ yearly promises of significant improvements, this market just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Will passengers ever get any work done while flying? Let’s take a look at the state of in-flight wifi and keep our fingers crossed.

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