I have to admit, I have ZERO experience when it comes to planning a trip. All I've ever done is book flights on Southwest from Salt Lake to Seattle and browse prices of flights and hotels in Florida when I am wishfully thinking.
Since Trey and I are planning a trip to the Oregon Coast this summer, I have to get serious about it, especially since we need the best deal possible, yet need it to be the perfect getaway (since our next one probably won't be until after grad school in 6 years) :) We have ruled out travel agents...I might share why some other time...
This last week I started looking at hotels from the central to northern coast and just felt so lost! For one thing, I really want a nice view and beach access, and it is hard to tell on a lot of these websites if they have either. Also, these prices are a lot higher than I thought they would be, so we will probably have to go with a smaller motel, but I am so worried we are going to end up in a dump!
So, as I was expressing my frustrations to my mom, she suggested using Google Earth to see where things are and what the beaches and cities look like. She is a genius. Google Earth is AWESOME for trip planning!!!
While I have been using that to see what the areas are like, I have also been using TripAdvisor.com to get reviews and also to see all the hotels I want in the same city. It also gives you a good estimate on pricing. It also lists some of the dining and things to do in the area with reviews on those too!!
I feel so much better about things now and I just had to share my new favorite tools to trip planning with you. I have really appreciated all the suggestions when I asked about the Oregon Coast, and have looked into everything you have shared with me - so thanks so much for your help!
Do you have any favorite tools or websites for planning your trips?