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Travel planning tips are always welcome, aren’t they? If you’re like me, you love to travel, however, the planning part of the experience can be a pain. Between finding a hotel, booking flights, finding gas stations, planning your itinerary, and more, planning your trip can rapidly take you down a stress spiral. That’s why I’ve put together some travel planning tips that will help you get your trip in order and leave your psyche relatively unscathed.
1. Use Expedia and Add-On Advantage
I always recommend Expedia to help you plan your trip. With Expedia, you can easily find the best deals on hotels, flights, car rentals, and more, making it blessedly easy to get your ducks in a row. Now, their new Add-On Advantage program makes travel planning easier than ever because you can take advantage of their great deals even if you’re not ready to book all at once. You can take your time, booking each part of your trip when you need to, instead of doing it all at once. That is a huge help. I know!
When my family went to visit my sister in Toronto for the 4th of July weekend, I took advantage of the Add-On Advantage program. I had the flights all booked, but I needed to wait on hotel booking because our itinerary hadn’t been finalized, and that would determine where we stayed. Thanks to Add-On Advantage, I was able to book our hotel when the itinerary came through, and we still got an AMAZING deal of $148 per night for a one-bedroom suite smack in the middle of downtown Toronto!
2. Plan ahead
Planning ahead is key to all aspects of your trip, which is why it’s number one on my list of travel planning tips. It’s not very adventurous or fun, but planning out your trip in advance – at least an outline, anyway – can streamline your process and limit the headaches associated with traveling by the seat of your pants.
3. Get the Family Involved
Before you begin fleshing out the trip, get the family involved, especially the kids. It’s a family vacation, after all, so everyone should get a say. Going to Disney World? Ask the kids what they’d like to see. Road tripping? Search out points of interest along the way and see which ones everyone is interested in. This keeps the trip fun and blessedly free of whining. You know what I’m talking about, moms.
4. Use Travel Apps
If you’re road tripping, travel apps can help you find the nearest gas station or the gas station with the best price in an area. They can also help you find dining options and last minute hotel options (if you didn’t book in advance like I just told you to). If you plan to fly, there are apps that help with the ticket and check-in process, as well, which can save you time.
These Travel Planning Tips are Gold
If you want to save your sanity, put these travel planning tips to use, and check out Expedia. These tips can help you throughout your travel process, and using Expedia’s Add-On Advantage program will absolutely make the travel planning process painless. I don’t know how my trip would have gone if I hadn’t used them, but I can guarantee that it would not have been as smooth are affordable as it was.
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About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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