Whether your daydreams lead to those sudden planning urges, or you are trying to fit some serious planning into a short period of time, there are certain sites and hacks that can make life a lot easier. Let’s take a few minutes to appreciate the bliss of a quick-and-easy process.
I think I’ve showcased my love of Pinterest as a source of travel inspiration in the past–but it’s truly a great tool! It makes organizing ideas incredibly easy. Just make a board, start searching, and start pinning. Go back to articles you come across later, just keep pinning.
Pinning is all well and good, but the truth is that you may be limited by budget or time. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to go hundred of kilometres away just for one destination that sort of peaked your interest (although, sometimes it’s totally worth it). Rome2Rio gives you a quick (albeit not completely thorough and accurate with price and time, but good for a start) idea about how much it will take to get from one place to the other. Plane? Train? Bus? Car? Sometimes you just want someone else to figure it out for you.
Or Kayak, or FlightNetwork, whatever site you use to look up flight deals. I shop around, but I usually start with Skyscanner. Sign up for price alerts and newsletters for airlines, then wait for deals to come to you (just don’t wait too long before booking).
4. Nomadic Matt
I’m sure you’ve heard of him, but it’s always useful to go to your favourite bloggers for advice (the most recent info is usually advisable). Nomadic Matt is a resource I always use as a budget traveller, but there are bloggers out there for any niche of traveller. Spend some time browsing and searching, and keep in mind the ones that speak to you. Maybe they centre more around food, outdoor activities, nightlife, or perhaps luxury travel. Take the advice of other people.
Quora is another dynamic resource that I’ve yet to truly tap into. Search a country and find personal questions and responses regarding that area. Browse the questions and take in advice you get. If you’re really ambitious, you can try asking a question yourself. Here are a few examples of the information I look for:
Planning should be fun, not draining. Yes, it’s work, but it should be exciting and inspiring. These are just a few sites that balance practical planning with genuinely interesting perspectives.
These are just a few of the many painless resources out there, please share your go-to websites!
(I wrote this on the bus after an intense 3-day conference in Calgary. It felt like such a win to maintain posting during such a busy and exhausting 3 days of having almost no time alone to work on my own stuff. The sky looked amazing with the mountains in the distance, but, sadly, the only camera I had was my phone. I hope it does the view some amount of justice.)