Traveling anywhere can be a fun adventure, but it can also be a hassle. Both air and car trips present their own set of issues, and of course they present opportunities as well.
From finding a way to get there without paying an arm and a leg to knowing what to pack to getting up-to-date information on local hot spots, the key to making travel easier is to plan, plan, plan!
Luckily, this is the age of the Internet so planning is a lot easier than in the past. One just has to know where to look.
To help make travel easier for anyone, here are five websites that should be checked (and rechecked) prior to taking any trip. For frequent travelers, look to download these sites as apps to a mobile device for ease of use.
It's obvious right? But sometimes the most obvious sites are the ones that are overlooked.
You know that summer weather in your departure city, may differ widely from summer weather at your destination. But that does not mean the weather you're heading into will be what you expected upon arrival. Often forecasters can see that a freak monsoon is coming to the Arizona desert, or that typically mild Atlanta will be experiencing an ice storm.
Search Weather.com by zip code, destination city, or even landmark (like Walt Disney World) for a forecast up to 10 days in advance.
Gas prices are one of the things almost all Americans love to complain about. And they are never complaining that the prices are too low. So for those driving anywhere, Gasbuddy.com is essential.
This website provides gasoline prices of the gas stations around them. One at the next exit could be 20 cents per gallon cheaper! Saving money always makes travel easier.
Ever buy an airline ticket only to hear later that someone got the exact same ticket for less money? That stinks! And the people at Yapta.com think so too.