If you’re looking to embark on a pre-Memorial Day trip, there are many ways to plan your travel online.
In honor of National Road Trip Day, which falls on the Friday before Memorial Day annually, travel sites have outlined the best way to plan your route before you hit the road. For any good road trip, you’ll likely need to have a hotel to stay overnight, reliable campsite trackers and, if you’re looking to get an authentic experience, an RV.
Here are some of the top sites to check out before your next road trip.
If you’re in need of a break, but you’re not sure where to start, take a look at TripAdvisor. Other than being the world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor gives users suggestions on where to go, how to get there and where to find the best deals. They do the research for you, comparing more than 200 hotel sites to find the best fit based on your trip description.
An integral part of going on a road trip is the vehicle. No car? No problem. Dollar Rent-a-Car has locations across the country that allows customers to pick up cars to use for vacation, and bring them back upon their return. Dollar Rent-a-Car’s top United States pick-up locations are in Las Vegas, Portland, New York, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, San Francisco, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Sacramento.
If you live anywhere near an airport, you have access to the popular rental car company Alamo.
Alamo offers low rental rates and the promise of a hassle-free customer experience. Alamo offers its service at the most popular travel destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Outdoorsy gives users access to RVs, trailers and camper-vans suited for any trip. The site takes you through how to choose the vehicle that is right for you, how to get it delivered to where your trip begins and how to get it towed after you’re finished.
BTW: If you own an RV, you can list it on Outdoorsy as available to rent. Those who have done so have earned more than $50,000 annually.
Road trips can become expensive to plan, which is why RVShare does the work of comparing low RV rental prices for you. The site lists thousands of RVs, ranging from luxurious Class A Motorhomes to cozy Pop-Up Campers. Users can see the price comparison, and book what fits in their budget.
CAMPING AND CABINS
Nothing will bring you closer to nature than camping. More than 1,000 campsites are listed on Tentrr, which helps users plan where to set up camp.
There are a few different ways you can plan your next camping trip through Tentrr. Tentrr Signature lets you camp in style with no equipment required, while Tentrr Backcountry offers a classic camping experience if you prefer to pitch your own tent. Tentrr Partners offers curated glamping sites, and State Park sites offer unique sites on state land.
If you’re in need of some social distance from your hometown, Getaway is the place to go. A unique feature of this site allows users to choose the state they plan to “getaway” from and when they provide the amount of guests and how many beds are needed, the site comes up with a list of cabin rentals suggested for your area of choice.
Looking for a home away from home? VRBO has you covered.
Homeowners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. They specialize in making vacation arrangements, and pairing users up with a space that works for them within their price range.
VRBO, which is part of the HomeAway family, has a reputation for being one of the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rentals and represents more than 1 million properties in 190 countries.
Hotels.com offers more than 85,000 properties worldwide in over 400 destinations; from traditional hotels to all-inclusive resorts.
If you’re looking to make your road trip into a full-blown vacation, Hotels.com will guide you to vacation rentals, resorts, apartments, guest houses and more. All you need to provide is where you want to vacation to, how many people are going and how long you plan on staying.
ALONG THE WAY …
At some point on your road trip, you’ll need to pull over and take a break. Let’s be real: Sometimes, gas station food just doesn’t cut it. To find discounts on food and attractions in the area you find yourself in, try Local Flavor. Local Flavor features daily deals on the best things to do, see, eat and buy in a variety of cities across the world.