standard 10 Essential Tools for Trip Planning

When it comes to planning a trip, there are literally thousands of things to consider. Where are you going? How are you getting there? Where will you stay? What will you see? The list goes on and on. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources online to help you organize your trip and make sure you have a great time.

Tripit – This app is all about organizing your travels. As you book flights, hotels, and car rentals, you can forward those emails to Tripit. The app then takes all that information and organized it nicely for you so you can, in a second, see your whole trip laid out.

TripTwit – Speaking of booking stuff, be sure you sign up for TripTwit before you even get started. This site keeps an eye on the Twitter feeds of top travel companies, from airlines to hotel chains, and sends you messages when they announce deals.

Wikitravel – Imagine the power of Wikipedia but for travelers. That’s pretty much what Wikitravel is, offering up all the information and tips you could need for nearly every inch of the globe.

Lonely Planet – From the guidebooks to their website, this travel company has the details you need to plan any trip. The forums on their site are packed with even more valuable information from other travelers like you.

Travel Blogs – Speaking of travel tips, the best you will ever get will come from the experts – those people traveling the world as we speak. With thousands of travel blogs out there and millions of helpful tips, you just need to Google your destination to find a treasure trove of advice.

GoPlanIt – If you are traveling to a major US city, you’ll want to check out this site. It creates customized city guides for you based on your budget, preferences, and even friend’s recommendations. When creating its walking maps, it even figures in walking distance and opening times so you can take advantage of every minute.

Pinterest – If you are looking for a bit of travel inspiration, Pinterest is filled with gorgeous photos of sites around the world. Just type in where you are heading and you’ll end up with countless ideas of what to see and do. You can even make a “Travel Bucket List” board to keep track of all the places you’d like to someday see.

Trippy – Calling themselves a “community of travelers helping each other travel better,” Trippy helps you work out the details of your trip with advice from both friends and complete strangers. You can ask questions or just browse the great advice left by other travelers on everything from the hotel recommendations to where to dine solo in New York.

Google Maps – Before you start packing your day with sites to see and places to go, you might want to check out a map. Google Maps is great in that it lets you estimate the walking distance between sites, look up public transportation routes, and even see a street-view of where you are heading.

TripAdvisor – One of the world’s most popular travel sites, TripAdvisor is a great way to find out the best places to stay, eat, and see on your vacation. The site is filled with reviews on places around the world and they don’t just cover restaurants and hotels. You will even find reviews for free sites, gardens, and museums on the website.

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