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The Ease Planning a Vacation Online

Who hasn’t taken a mental break in the middle of a hectic work day to take a peek at vacation packages online? Well, maybe the most dedicated of workers, but for most of us daydreaming about boat drinks and sunshine in the middle of the day is what brings us to five o’clock without losing our sanity. In these quick browses, it comes across just how easy it is to not only plan a trip online, but do it for the best deal available.

Beach-ChairsI have found some of the greatest restaurants and attractions while traveling by pulling up an app like TripAdvisor or Yelp on my phone to see which sushi restaurant I should try in the city I am visiting. Even social media pages offer ratings from users, as well as updates on specials and current events. And even better, most people include reviews in their ratings, so you can read what made them rate a venue the way they did. If the restaurant got a low score because they wouldn’t serve lo mein, I know that I can discount that review because they went to a sushi place looking for something they don’t serve.

The same can be said about finding a place to stay, not only are there an abundance of reviews available, but also resources for finding a place. You don’t just go to a hotels website anymore to find a place to stay, and inevitably read their self proclaimed high praises. You can compare prices and packages on several websites, which all have mobile apps as well, expedia_logosuch as Expedia, Hotels.com, Kayak and so many more. They also provide quotes for packages that include air travel, lodging and car rental in one easy search.

Even if you don’t book directly through third party vendors (which honestly having worked in hospitality encourage readers to book directly through the hotel’s actual site), they are great resources for seeing what is available, what kind of options available. It shows prices, types, areas, and a lot of information condensed onto one page rather than having to look at the individual webpage of each property.

The internet has also opened up alternatives to staying in a hotel. Homeaway provides a listing of all the rental properties in a certain area, belo-200x200-4d851c5b28f61931bf1df28dd15e60efand AirBnB lets people rent out a room or their apartment for you to stay in during travel. These are great options for those who want a little extra space or want to enjoy the comforts of home. These sites also incorporate user reviews so others are able to see what it’s like from the perspective of someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in the property.

Even better, when utilizing discount websites such as Groupon or LivingSocial, it is even easier to save money on your dream vacation. There are so many online options out there for planning every part of your trip in advance, and doing it while taking it easy on your wallet. Since the internet has been able to provide so many options for planning a trip, I’ve found hidden gems I wouldn’t have otherwise found, and been able to afford trips that otherwise would have been out of my budget.

We are very fortunate to live in a time where we are able to utilize so many benefits of modern technology, especially when planning a trip. Personally, I wouldn’t even consider planning a trip without doing some online research in advance. That way, I know I will have a trip best suited to my lifestyle and what I want to do while traveling.

I’ve grown up as technology has evolved. I’ve been able to see the rate at which it changes and expands. While I may be typing on the same laptop I started using in college a over decade ago, I’ve watched the technology around me make incredible advancements. I like to think I’ve been able to experience the best of both worlds, as when I was a child technology was a VHS player, and now children have their own personal tablet where they can watch anything they want.

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