Summer is in full swing! If you haven’t made any summer vacation plans yet, here are some cool planning sites and apps that could help you. There’s a range of tips for booking luxury hotels to general travel, and family vacations.
1. Secret Escapes – Luxury Hotel Flash Sales
If you don’t know about Secret Escapes‘ hotel deals, check out their tongue-in-cheek commercial. This is a great tool if your travel dates are flexible and you want to stay in a luxury hotel for less. You can get up to 70% off, but most of the time I see discounts around the 20%-50% range (depending on the season), which is still better than full price! Becoming a member is free, just sign up with your email.
2. Localeur App – The New Travel Guide
Forget guidebooks that become outdated so quickly. Access quick, real-time suggestions on the best experiences in big cities across the U.S. on the Localeur app, which is curated by pre-approved locals who want visitors to experience the best their city has to offer.
3. KAYAK.com – Customized Flight Travel Search
This one may be a no-brainer to some of you, but I still meet people who have never used Kayak.com. Whenever I look for flights, I always go to this site first–especially when I was setting up press trips for writers during my travel PR days. Kayak aggregates all flight possibilities into one search result with filters to sort by price, date, number of layovers, airline, take-off time, cabin, and even flight amenities (like wi-fi). Flights are booked on its site. You can also search for hotels and deals. It’s a one-stop shop!
4. CiaoBambino.com – Family Travel Help
If you have ever traveled with your brood, you know how important it is to research and plan beforehand. There are tons of family travel sites out there. I am highlighting CiaoBambino.com because they have hand-selected some of the best family travel hotels around the world for travelers to learn about and even book through their website. Search for hotels in categories such as “Baby Ready” (ages 0-3) and “Toddler Fun” (ages 3-6). Plus, they offer FREE hotel booking support if you want to stay at a hotel in CB! Collection and want to make sure it’s right for you and your kids.