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Travel Planning Made Easy: Best Travel Planning Apps in 2023

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Travel Planning Made Easy: Best Travel Planning Apps in 2023

Clearly we have a bit of an obsession with travel if this website doesn't give it away, but sometimes we end up down a rabbit-hole of planning how to get from Point A to Point B. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it can be overwhelming and sometimes after hours of opening up a thousand tabs in Chrome and comparing, we don't come to a decision and it feels like precious time wasted.

That's why I've developed a foolproof system that involves some of my favorite travel tools: Rome2Rio, FlixBus, Omio, Trip.com, and Skyscanner.

Step 1 - Rome2Rio: The ultimate travel lust, multi-mode transportation planning tool

When I get into my planning mood, first up comes [Rome2Rio], the ultimate travel planning tool. This website is what happens when Google Maps and a travel agent have a baby, giving you detailed information on different modes to get from point A to point B. Whether you want to travel by plane, train, bus, ferry, or teleportation, Rome2Rio has got you covered. You can also book directly from the site, but I usually move onto one of the next tools to accomplish that.

Features:

  • Multi-modal travel planning
  • Price comparison
  • Real-time travel updates -Integration with Uber and Lyft
  • Ability to book directly from the app

Pros:

  • Comprehensive search options
  • User-friendly interface
  • Provides detailed information on travel options
  • Offers suggestions for alternate routes
  • Offers transportation options beyond flights

Cons:

  • Some users report inaccurate information
  • Limited booking options for certain routes
  • Ads can be intrusive

Rome2Rio screenshot Rome2Rio gives you many modes an options of transportation and their costs

Step 2 - Omio and FlixBus: The go-to train and bus ticket booking sites

Once I've figured out how I want to get there, I generally turn to Omio of FlixBus to book my train and bus tickets. I always prefer these options, as I like slow travel, have ridiculous flight anxiety, and there is no denying that they are a bit better for the environment.

Omio is like a genie in a bottle, granting my transportation wishes with just a few clicks of its super sexy interface. It's user-friendly, affordable, and saves me from having to navigate the murky waters of foreign public transportation systems.

Features:

  • Multi-modal travel planning
  • Real-time price and schedule updates
  • Ability to book directly from the app
  • Integration with popular travel providers, such as Deutsche Bahn, Renfe, and Trenitalia

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface
  • Comprehensive search options
  • Provides detailed information on travel options
  • Offers suggestions for alternate routes
  • Offers transportation options beyond flights

Cons:

  • Some users report issues with booking and payment processing
  • Limited options for certain routes
  • Can be more expensive than other travel planning apps

Omio screenshot Omio gives you hot deals on trains! Favorite design here

I also am a major fan of FlixBus for booking flexible bus travel. This is more of a thing in Europe and the US, but again they make it so easy to book, and the best part about this is you cancel your bus just 15 minutes before your trip and just pay a small cancellation fee. Since we are quite spontaneous, this is a savior.

Features:

  • Bus travel planning
  • Real-time price and schedule updates
  • Ability to book directly from the app
  • Integration with popular travel providers

Pros:

  • Comprehensive search options for bus travel
  • User-friendly interface
  • Provides detailed information on travel options
  • Offers affordable travel options

Cons:

  • Limited travel options beyond bus travel
  • Some users report issues with customer service
  • Can be less comfortable than other modes of travel

FlixBus screenshot FlixBus is flexible (it's in the name)

Happy bussers Happy bussers!

Step 3 - Trip.com and Skyscanner: Your flight booking online epicenters

Sometimes traveling across and ocean is just not possible in this day and age with a train or bus, so if I need to book a flight, I hit up Trip.com or Skyscanner. These websites are like the fairy godmothers of air travel, magically whisking me away to my dream destinations. They offer a wide range of flights at competitive prices, so I can always find a deal that fits my budget. Plus, their search filters are so precise, I feel like a ninja warrior when I use them (hang tight for an article with master tips on how to navigate these sites).

Skyscanner

Features:

  • Flight search
  • Hotel search
  • Car rental search
  • Price alerts
  • User-friendly interface

Pros:

  • Comprehensive search results
  • Price alerts
  • User-friendly interface

Cons:

  • Limited booking options
  • Hidden fees

skyscanner screenshot

Trip.com

Features:

  • Flight search
  • Hotel search
  • Car rental search
  • Travel guides
  • Personalized recommendations

Pros:

  • Comprehensive search results
  • Personalized recommendations
  • User-friendly interface

Cons:

  • Hidden fees
  • Limited booking options

Trip.com screenshot Trip.com is an absolute godsend for flight bookings along with Skyscanner

In short, my travel planning process involves using Rome2Rio to figure out how to get where I'm going, Omio and FlixBus to book my train and bus tickets, and Trip.com or Skyscanner to book my flights. These tools have saved my sanity (and my wallet) on countless trips, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to travel smarter, not harder.

If you want to give these travel tools a try, I've included affiliate links below. By using these links, you'll help support our blog and subtle caffeine addiction. Much love ❤️.

- Trip.com

- Omio

- Skyscanner

- FlixBus US

- FlixBus Germany


Bonus picture of Ryan sleeping:

Ryan sleeping