When planning a trip away, the most exciting, and at the same time, frustrating thing is deciding where to go. Having your heart set on a destination, only to be told that it’s going to be rainy season when you plan on being there or that you’re going to need a lot of vaccinations can quickly kill your buzz. With that in mind, I have made a list of some of the most useful websites which I hope will make that initial planning phase a bit easier and let you worry about the important things like what to pack.
- Weather 2 Travel allows you to input the type of weather you would like and the time of year you would like to travel. Options include things like sunny, hot & sunny, sunny & beach and very hot beach which, I personally think just sounds uncomfortable but I know it’s some people’s idea of heaven.
- For those of you unsure of what type of budget you will need for a specific destination, worry no more. Budget Your Trip is a great website which allows you to estimate your daily spending based on your style of travel. This covers the basics like accommodation, food, drink, entertainment and transport as well as some of the more luxury items like fine dining and adventure sports. The site also includes great information about the destination and should give you a much better idea of the types of place you would like to visit once you’re there.
- If you plan on heading somewhere a bit more tropical, or you’re just not sure about where you need vaccinations for then the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is a great place to start. Although it’s a US website, the information should serve as a good starting point for most people.
- Of course, a list of websites to visit before planning a trip must include Skyscanner. Setting up alerts for your preferred dates can help you find the best deals available and if you’re feeling really adventurous, searching for “everywhere” will find you the lowest price flights to anywhere on your selected dates.
- Once you have the flights booked, the next step is finding the right accommodation. In my experience, asking how much accommodation costs in any place is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string, it depends on your own budget and preferences. I always use Hostel World when I’m looking for a place on the lower end of the pay scale. And it’s worth pointing out that I have stayed in hostels that are much nicer than a lot of hotels! Of course, if you want the luxury of not sharing a room with some strangers, Hotels.com is a great place to start comparing prices.
As always, I’m sure there are plenty more I have forgotten so comment below and share your must-visit travel websites.