The golden rule of travel is to book everything well in advance, but your spontaneous side may have some other plans. As we hit the end of the summer, wanting to extend your time in the sun and grab a last minute trip to the shore is more than normal and easily done. But why stop there? For last-minute excursions that require more than a short car ride, I have you covered.
First things first, you need to know where you’re going and how to get there. Try to do this a few weeks in advance so you have a little cushion. Whether that’s possible or not, there’s Skyscanner and Hopper. The latter is only available through an app but has so many options that it’s worth the download. Just plug in where you wanna go as well as the possible dates and this little bunny will give you the cheapest flights, predictions/alerts for when the price will go up or down and even tell you which date/destination/origin changes can make your trip cheaper. Want something a little less detailed? Skyscanner will show you the cheapest flights for your trip across multiple airlines and sites. Google flights can do the same thing if you’re looking for something more mainstream.
Hotels, Resorts and Rentals, Oh My!
Of course there’s always AirBNB and CouchSurfing, but if you’re like me, the traditional route may me more appealing. Since TripAdvisor has expanded into a booking service for accomadations, they not only show you the traveler photos, ratings and reviews for a space but can also offer some of the cheapest options for booking it – compared to the about 200 sites they check against. Think the price is still too high? After you find a place you love on TripAdvisor’s top hotel or romantic venue lists, check it against Groupon Getaways. The go-to for local coupons has deals on hotel stays, restaurants as more. Just make sure to read the fine print section. You don’t want to book a trip and realize it involves tickets from an inconvenient airport. Once you have a flight and hotel booked, my go-to is reserving a car. Uber is great for quick trips, but I want my own ride to explore the area with when I go on vacation. In this case, Expedia is helpful since it shows you all the brands – including the ones you haven’t heard of – as well as its location by the airport and price comparison.
Of course, once you’re there, you don’t wanna be in the hotel room all day. Check out Viator for everything from Airport-transport to day trip excursions to Florence from Rome to a guided tour through NYC. As I mentioned before, there are also options through Groupon as well as TripAdvisor and other sites like GiltCity for metropolitan trips in the U.S.
Stand Out in a Chic Way
Now that you have everything taken care of, it’s time for my favorite part – the clothes!! Of course you have to pack the essentials: toothpaste, a shower cap, your makeup kit etc… But the clothes you pick for that getaway should reflect you, not just what you think they wear in that area. If you’re going for the tropics, look at your favorite rompers, shorts, patterned camis and cute skirts. Planning a few trips to the gym during your stay? Go for your the workout gear and sneaks that make you feel invincible. Want to hit the theme parks? Trade in the heels and dresses for sneakers or flats, shorts and that printed T-shirt you’ve been saving. This makes sure there are no wardrobe malfunctions when the ride flips upside down.
Want some more specific style tips? (You know I have a few.) Check back next week for looks you’ll want to steal – and pack! – for that last minute trip.
Happy Thursday, everyone!