When you go on your honeymoon you want to ensure you’re staying in the best area, eating at the best restaurants, seeing the best sights, and doing it all for the best price. But all that planning takes time! Hours of time that most people don’t have (especially when you have a wedding to plan!), leaving them stressed about what’s supposed to be an enjoyable experience. Luckily, a wealth of travel websites and apps have popped up in the last few years to help make trip planning simple and painless. Here are some of our current favorite travel websites that will make planning your honeymoon (almost) as fun as the actual vacation.
Hopper–Have you ever purchased a flight ticket, only to have the price drop the next day? Never let that happen again with Hopper, the app that analyzes and predicts flight prices and tells you when to buy. Once you type in your flight dates, Hopper tells you whether to wait or book, and if it suggests you wait, it sends you a notification when it’s time to buy. Saving money has never been so easy, and users are taking note. Last year, Hopper was named one of the best apps of 2015 by Apple, Buzzfeed, Vogue, Tech Insider, New York Times, and TIME.
Smart Depart–Finding the best hotel prices is one thing, and there are plenty of sites like Kayak, Expedia, and Priceline to do that for you. But are you getting the best hotel for that price? Enter Smart Depart, a hotel comparison site that takes in price and ratings, and also things like nearby restaurant options, attractions, walkability, and taxi and Uber fares from the airport. Instead of delving into research on each hotel, just plug them into Smart Depart and let them do the comparison for you.
Airbnb–By now you’ve probably heard of Airbnb, where you can rent an apartment or home instead of a hotel, getting a more personalized travel experience. Curl up in a cabin in the mountains, a beach house on the sea, or an apartment in a city’s trendiest neighborhood, plus get insider recommendations from your host. If you can’t find anything you like on Airbnb, check out HomeAway and VRBO, similar sites that are sometimes cheaper because they’re not as popular. Home sweet home….away from home.
Eater–Where do the locals go to eat? It’s one of the most pressing questions when traveling. Food can show you so much about a new place or culture, and you don’t want to end up at a touristy restaurant eating overpriced, mediocre food. Try checking out local food and event sites like Eater, Thrillest, or TimeOut. Most major cities have a division of these sites, so you can read up on the hottest new bars, city food favorites, and local chefs. Take a look at the events calendars too for festivals, concerts, and other happenings in the city you’re visiting.
AFAR–AFAR is a great travel magazine, but also has a trip planning tool that helps you scour local sights, shops, restaurants, and experiences, and add them to a wishlist. Local travel experts post about their favorite things to do and see in their cities, so you can follow those living in destinations you’re dying to visit and save their highlights. You can even organize them by theme (like wineries, Italy, hiking, etc.). Once it’s time to plan your trip, scroll through your wishlist and add things to your itinerary, which drops everything onto a convenient map.
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