As the Summer of 2013 winds down this Labor Day weekend, the urge ramps up to jet set one last time before the weather gets frosty! Indulge your last-minute wanderlust with these tips for impromptu trips.
1) Keep It Simple, Stupid
Make it easy; don't book a complicated stay and multi-flight itinerary. Try and stick to direct flights and one hotel in a single destination. Hat tip Fodor's.
2) Go With What You Know
If you want to hit the ground running, sojourning at a spot you've already visited eliminates lost time (i.e. more time for umbrella drinks by the sea), and saves you travelers regret - “I didn’t know that was there! I missed it!” Also a great opportunity to explore a place even further - and see the stuff you missed the first time around.
3) Carry It, Don’t Check It!
Pack a carry-on to maximize your precious time on the ground. Suddenly, you don't have to wait for your bags at the airport, rely on a porter, or spend an hour packing (and unpacking) your entire resort-wear collection.
4) Stay Flexible
Both literally and figuratively! Keeping a flexible itinerary lends itself well to last minute travelers. Keep an open mind on where you’re willing to go. Flights to Vegas are astronomically, but flights to Santa Fe are dirt cheap? Get your booty to Santa Fe! Keeping flexible physically is important as well, so find a yoga studio in your area, blow off some steam and work some of the traveling kinks out. This post is a great list of postures you can do on your own before and after travel.
Technology is Your New Best Friend!
The following tips include some websites and apps to help your last-minute vacation stay a vacation!
5) Book Hotels When You Arrive
The App Hotel Tonight is a great way to save some cash on your last minute hotel. The staff are working on them right until the second they are posted at noon local time. Offering hotels from hip to luxe to basic in major cities across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, the booking process is so simple, it's scary, all you have to do is enter your credit card and voila. At the time of writing, we found rooms in Vegas from $35, Palm Springs from $74, and Miami from $90.
6) Fly On The Cheap - It Is Possible!
Kayak wins in the flight category because it is easy to use, and has the most filtering and sorting options to find the cheapest fare whether you fancy a direct or a one-stop flight in economy, business, or first class. The app is almost easier to use than the website, making that March getaway even more palatable!
7) Please the Veg*n
Happy Cow is a website and app that uses your current location to find restaurants nearby that are vegetarian friendly, vegan friendly, or health food stores that have options for hungry veg-heads.
FUN FACT: Did you know that “Veg*n” is the universal term when referring to vegans and vegetarians? Well now you do! Boom!
8) Daily Deal Sites are There for You
Using deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and DealChicken can help you save on everything from restaurants to hotel packages, and offer experiences that you may not have found on your own. Yelp and Foursquare also have deals options for your saving pleasure.
9) Shh.. It’s A Secret!
Hotels.com, Travelocity.com, and LastMinute.com offer hotel stays for up to 50% off with their “Secret Hotels” options. The only catch is that they’ll tell you everything about the hotel you’re booking, except the name and exact location. If you’re not too picky about the precise location of your hotel, this is for you.
10) On the Road Again
Do you have any great travel tips that we forgot to mention? Leave them in the comments section below.
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