Sometimes you find the best travel websites in the least likely of places. Although I have been a world traveler for many years, my Internet experience with online travel deals has been rather limited. I am more naturally comfortable with booking my travel arrangements through more traditional means. Nonetheless, like everyone else I like to save money. The way that I manage to do it may surprise you.
As you probably know, finding the best travel websites to plan your vacations starts with finding cheap airfare. What you may not know is how different the different cheap airline ticket websites are. A lot of people get a good deal on one site one time and give up on other sites. In my experience, however, you have to search at least half a dozen airline ticket websites before you can find the best air ticket price and be sure of it. That means looking through Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity, and quite a few others to boot.
Of course finding the best travel websites for cheap tickets online is easy. Finding good websites for booking hotels, all in one package vacation deals, or exotic trips with tour guides can be extremely difficult in comparison. The real key is to spend some time researching it. Don’t just do a Google search either. Google turns up the most popular hits. If you’re looking for a unique experience on your vacation, you need to find other people who enjoy the same destinations. Look at personal websites and see what people recommend. Feel free to ask questions in discussion groups. Start doing your research months before vacation. That way you’ll be ready well ahead of time.
In my experience, some of the best travel websites are blogs. There are lots of professional travelers out there who make a living traveling to different destinations and giving their recommendations. Many of these are also Internet savvy people who will have plenty of advice to give you on their webpages. They will review different travel carriers and determine which is the best one.
To find them, you may have to do tons of research. Once you find a website that gives good recommendations, you can trust their opinions on almost anything. Even if it isn’t the best travel website, it might still provide you expert information on, say, the Florida Keys or the Caribbean. The important thing is that it gives you the tools you need to have an excellent vacation.