If life is gettin’ ya down, sometimes there’s nothing better than gettin’ the hell outta dodge. This is also known as jumping on a plane, train or automobile. Travelling is a fantastic way to get your spark back and marvel at life again.
I’ve travelled more this year than any other year of my life. I assumed that when I became a full-time entrepreneur that everything would slow down quite a bit this year. Though for some reason it picked up. It started with a six-city tour of the USA with a client, then LA for an event, Mexico for a speaking gig (with a detour to Miami), New York City for a program launch, Kenya for my sista’s wedding celebration, Italy simply for fun and getting refreshed, and I’m heading to Vermont this week for my good friend’s wedding.
I’m not a first class traveller (yet), so it’s been a lot of hacking together travel plans in order to save some dough.
Today, I’d love to share with you a few of my go-to sites for finding travel deals.
- Hipmunk. Hipmunk is a fun startup (co-created by the founder of Reddit) that is like your free personal travel agent. Hipmunk is like the travel agent for the millennial generation. Definitely check it out to try to find deals on flights!
- Wanderio. Wanderio helps you compare and book flights, trains, buses, and transfers in more than 100 countries. I found it to be extra helpful in Europe. I also just used it for hacking together my travel plans in Vermont!
- Rome2Rio. Rome2Rio is an Australian company that helps you discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus or automobile. This company was so helpful when I was in Italy in helping us find a niche bus that took us from Rome to Rosetto de Abruzzo.
- Airbnb.com. Airbnb has officially gone mainstream. Airbnb allows you to book homes from hosts in 191+ countries and experience the country like you live there. I have used Airbnb more than 10 times in different cities and countries around the world. My experience has been 98 percent flawless. If you’re on the fence about booking, be sure to double check that the person hosting you has plenty of good views.
As an honorable mention, I’d like to thank an OG…. Flight Centre. When our family was heading to Kenya, it was a complex trip to book. Our parents were flying business class, the sisters were flying economy and since I’d never been there before, I was totally afraid of screwing it up. Flight Centre literally came to the rescue. I worked with a travel agent (and felt so adult) to find and lock in fights. It was totally easy and SOOOO appreciated.
I hope these suggestions help you go for it and book that trip you’ve been dreaming of! If you have any further suggestions or helpful links, tweet us @momoneymoprog or comment below!