1. Google Flights

Google Flights recently helped me save about 100 bucks when I bought my plane ticket to Chicago. One of the neat features of Google Flights is that it shows you the prices of any day in the calendar and the cheapest ones are highlighted.

Google Flights also gives you a tip that can save you money if you’re willing to fly earlier or later.

 
 
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Once you select your flights, you have the option to save the itinerary and Google will monitor the price for you before you purchase your tickets.

 
 
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Another cool feature is the Explore Map. Basically, if you don’t have a particular place in mind, the map shows you the prices to go to virtually any destination in the world. This isn’t good though if you have serious wanderlust because you can end up wasting a lot of time playing with this feature.

 
 
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2. Tablet Hotels

I recently booked my Chicago hotel through this website. Tablet Hotels thoughtfully chooses the hotels they feature. Each hotel is professionally reviewed and only those who have booked through Tablet and stayed at the hotels can post guest reviews. This makes the website’s reviews more trustworthy. Each guest review is nicely separated into “What I liked” and “What the hotel could do better.”

They have a membership called Tablet Plus. Members get extra benefits such as guaranteed early check-ins or late check-outs, welcome amenities, and complimentary room upgrades. 

The web site also features weekly sales that’s only open to subscribers, so it’s a good idea to subscribe to their newsletter. Sales can be as much as 50% off! 

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3. Packpoint

There are numerous apps out there that help you pack for your trips. Packpoint is one of the good ones. It’s intuitive and straightforward to use. When you open the app, you indicate where you’re going, when and for how long. The app then asks you the type of trip, either businesses or leisure. Finally, you choose the activities you’ll be doing, for example, photography, fancy dinner or motorcycling. Based on that information, the app will give you a list of things to pack.

You can also add customized packing templates. Another helpful feature is the ability to share your packing lists and also sync them to Evernote.

 
 
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4. Travelistly

Travelistly allows you to discover amazing content for travel inspirations and ideas. It is often called a Reddit for travelers. Users share and discuss travel stories and videos. The website has a clean user interface which makes navigation easy and natural. What I find really helpful is the feature that lets you filter content by location.

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5. Instagram

If you’re a millennial, chances are you already use this app on a daily basis. Instagram is a great source for travel inspirations. Nowadays, people fully document their vacations on the app, which makes it helpful when planning your own adventure. Whenever I plan a trip, I use the app as the starting point to check out what spots are worth visiting.

 
 
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