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Twice The Baggage: Use these 12 websites and apps to plan your vacation

BMTN's guest travel bloggers, Twice The Baggage, reveal their travel-planning secrets.
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Traveling can be one hassle after another from planning the flights and transportation, to picking excursions and meals, writes Twice The Baggage.

We at Twice The Baggage want to teach the world that traveling should not be stressful, and when given the right tools, it can be quite easy.

To help you on your journey, here are the websites we use to make travel a breeze.

Google Flights

Google Flights is our go-to site to find cheap airfare. Built on the Google Maps API, you are able to “explore” the world and find the best destination for your next adventure.

It comes with the typical flight comparison options allowing you to filer by airline, number of stops, departure/arrival time and more.

Trip Advisor

Ok, this is an obvious one and one everyone knows about by now. But what you might be less familiar with are Trip Advisor's forum discussion boards, which we use to find the best hotels and accommodations within the countries we are traveling. These forums are always busy and someone will get back to you quickly with any questions you have.

Thrifty Traveler

A fellow Minneapolis-based travel blogger, Thrifty Traveler finds the best flight and credit card deals around the world. Subscribing to their free newsletter will send you those daily deals and articles directly to your inbox.

XE.com

Want to know how far your dollar will stretch in other countries? We find XE.com is the best for providing the most up-to-date international currency rates.

CDC Travel Health

Going to an exotic location? Then you'll want to make sure you're up-to-date with any vaccinations that you may need.

The Centers for Disease Control website will be able to tell you if you need any shots before your trip, as well as providing information for those traveling with existing medical conditions.

Rome2Rio

A travel search and booking engine with a difference. Rome2Rio allows you to search for any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe and plots you a journey to reach it – as well as offering accommodation options for along the way and when you get there.

TripIt

Booked your vacation but haven't planned how you'll spend your time there? Forward your travel confirmation emails to TripIt and it will make you an itinerary.

We advise using the app on your phone. This way you will have more mobility when organizing your trip, as well as always having your itinerary with you. Once you have your trip organized, you can then share it with family and friends.

Jet Lag Rooster

Jet Lag Rooster will tell you when, and for how long, you should be sleeping on the plane to avoid jet lag. It goes as far as even asking when you usually fall asleep and wake up as to get a better understanding of your habits.

Click here to find more travel blogs from Twice The Baggage

Yelp

We use TripAdvisor to find hotel reviews, but Yelp for restaurant reviews. This can be very handy when you are in a foreign destination, where you will not want to guess the best restaurant for you. Yelp gives you reviews, menus, and prices at the click of a button.

Duolingo

Traveling internationally is a blast, but the language barrier can be a scary proposition. Download Duolingo on your phone for free to learn the basic language of the destination you are traveling. TTB often will take the time on the flight to get through a few lessons. This way we know basic words and phrases for when we land.

Flight Aware

Flight Aware is the industry leader in flight tracking, covering tens of thousands of daily flights. This is nice to be able to quickly check your flight before you get into the airport to make sure it is still on time.

Twice The Baggage

Well, we couldn't leave ourselves out. If you are a Minnesotan new to traveling or just want to know simply how much traveling will cost, we have you covered. Our “How We Did It” posts cover the price of traveling to different destinations from MSP, as well as  where to book airfare, accommodation, excursions, and ground transportation.

You can find more writing from Ashlee Kronforst and Ryan Monk at Twice The Baggage, or by following them on Instagram.

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