Summer is on the horizon, people. How many of you have already booked your travels? Hopefully most, because if you haven’t, GOOD FCKN LUCK.
Travel demand is at its peak since the pandemic started -- prices are going sky high and everything is getting booked up (AirDNA). And by everything, we mean EVERYTHING from national parks to car rentals to hotels (except for your uncle's couch). Nine in ten American travelers have plans to hit the road in the next six months. So that hotel you wanted to stay at? Chances are it’s almost completely booked. Or the reservation at that hot new day club? Good luck.
The numbers are showing that people are hyped to go on their next adventure. It’s time to lock down summer plans now since places like beaches and national parks are seeing huge crowds, and those that require reservations are close to sold out through the high season. We’re just here to let you know that you might want to make a move ASAP. Take a look at a few of our favorite resources if you’ve found yourself a tad behind schedule with summer planning; you can thank us later.
Google Flights Explore
A little-known secret that will change your travel game. Wanna get TF out of your hometown but don’t know where to go or what your best options are? Open up Google Flights, throw in your departing airport, and keep the destination spot blank. You’ll get a full map that you can filter by date, location, and trip duration, or leave it up to the algorithm to come up with your whole trip. We’d be lying if we said we haven’t spent an excessive amount of time playing around with this.
This is another travel game-changer to compare flights, hotels, and rental cars all on one site. Like Google Flights, there is an easily accessible calendar for price breakdown and an “everywhere” function to leave the destination open-ended. Where Skyscanner really comes in clutch is with their inclusion of Covid restriction updates for destinations, as well as providing all possible flight combinations so the work of comparing roundtrips vs one-ways on multiple airlines is done for you.
Scott’s Cheap Flights
One of the best free resources in the industry -- it’s as easy as signing up with your email. We like it quick and simple. You’re about to get insane flight deals delivered to your inbox that the SCF team is constantly monitoring for. You’ve gotta be ready to smash that book button, though, because these prices usually only last a day or two. And if you want the best of the best deals, an annual membership to SCF will pay for itself times 100 in the money you’ll save on your spontaneous adventures.
Or better yet, just skip all the nonsense and join an SYB trip this summer where the ONLY thing you need to do is book your flight, and then you can sit and twiddle your thumbs up until arrival day -- no other crazy research necessary. You really don’t want FOMO from not taking part in the best summer ever because you couldn’t find a hotel room.
Bottom line: Summer’s around the corner, people are ready to go back to their lives, and if you want to be a part, you better get your sh!t together.
Posted on Wed 20 Apr 2022 · by Katie Bauer