A lot of factors go into scheduling the perfect escape. Happily, these top travel apps and websites can help you plan a must-see family vacation right now. Looking to save big on airfare? Score deals on fun activities and accommodations? Book some of the best tours in town? All can help you plot the getaway of a lifetime. Read on to find out more about some of the best travel apps and websites that can help you get started making memories now.
Want travel suggestions from real parents and real family vacation experiences? Head to Trekaroo, which functions like a TripAdvisor for families. It features mostly North American sites, plus five countries elsewhere.
If you’re looking to do an old-fashioned RV vacation, then visit Tracks and Trails, which boasts a blog, news, and plenty of trip suggestions, including great insider tips to national parks. As top travel apps and websites go, you’ll find it’s a super handy one for anyone looking to vacation the old-fashioned way.
This website offers a wide gamut of advice, from infant to teen travel tips. And the site offers deals, destination-specific hints, and even reviews of all-inclusive resorts as well. Search by theme — i.e. beaches, skiing, water parks — to pick your escape.
National parks are national treasures. While the official park sites detail information, they don’t give you the insiders’ scoops that you need, like Midwestern gems or Pacific Coast road trips that are must-sees. Here’s a great place to plan that epic park vacay.
Traveling Mamas has been detailing destinations, travel tips, reviews and more since 2008. It started out as a blog, and it’s expanded. The site offers a more personal look at travel, and it’s a great place to start just from an inspiration standpoint.
Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and
drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. She's written for TheKitchn.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Entrepreneur.com, and dozens more publications.