5 Free Online Tools To Help Plan Your Travels

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It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start planning your travels. But with so many options to choose from and so little time to plan, we decided to send you a lifeline. These are our favorite online tools to help plan your travels. They’ll take care of every part of the process; from figuring out where you should go and how to find the cheapest flight, to planning out your day-to-day activities and making sure you have your itinerary neatly organized.

PINTEREST

When planning your travels, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Well, with social media tools like Pinterest, it's now much easier. Pinterest is an image-centric search engine very similar to Google, which can help you discover new ideas and find much-needed inspiration. When researching a destination on Pinterest, you'll instantly be bombarded with beautiful imagery and ideas for what to do and see — so make sure to use keywords while searching to have more accurate and narrowed results.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

If you're planning to take a trip, chances are you'll have to take a flight. Google Flights is a travel search engine that does everything you would assume the most popular search engine does. It can locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops; and also includes a ton of helpful features like the explore map. This feature is perfect for those who have a little more flexibility and are less rigid on where they'd like to visit.

ROADTRIPPERS

If taking a flight is not in your cards and a road trip is more of your speed, look no further than Roadtrippers. It's one of the leading travel planning platforms, delivering unique content and "off the beaten path" places to visit. This tool will help you discover the world in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking and navigation into one engaging and simple process.

AIRBNB

Now that you've figured out where you're going and how you will be getting there. It's time to plan out where you'll be resting your head at night. Airbnb is our favorite tool for discovering, and booking unique accommodations around the world. It also provides unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries.

TRIPIT

With everything booked, the only thing left is packing and staying organized. After booking airline tickets, hotels/airbnb, rental car, and restaurant reservations; there's a ton of confirmation emails to sort through. TripIt turns chaos into order by making it easy for you organize trip details into one master online itinerary. Safely access travel plans, easily share them, check-in for flights, or print an itinerary.