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How to Plan a Trip

Camping and travel planning made easy with the help of our favorite tried and trusted travel planning resources. Learn how to plan a trip with these handy resources and Alpacka My Bags.

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Trusted Travel Planning Resources

Plan your next adventure with ease. Learn how to plan a trip and save money while doing so! Below are our top three resources when it comes to planning a trip. Keep browsing for more resources and learn how you can make the planning process easier and save money on your travels.

The Dyrt

Hey, fellow campers! This one is for you. We use the Dyrt app to find the best campsites. Just search your destination and you can browse all nearby options. You can find prices, phone service info, and campsite features. This is free, but if you're an avid camper, I suggest paying for the pro plan. You can download maps and more to use offline, and there are discounts you get, along with other perks.

Hopper

Looking for cheap flights? Hopper is a mobile app that's a great tool to use when looking for the cheapest flights no matter where you are traveling to. If you are flexible with your travel plans, you can see when the cheapest flights are. They have a calendar with color-coded dates that show when the cheapest vs. most expensive times to travel are. You can also search for rental cars and hotels to find the best deals.

Maps Me

Especially in places where you don't have phone service and your languages skills aren't the best, Maps Me will come extremely in handy. This app allows you to download maps for specific areas, cities, or even countries. You can remove downloaded maps and download new ones as you travel the world. You can also save locations and get directions; super helpful if you're unfamiliar with a place and language.

Planning a Trip

The planning portion of a trip can be very stressful, especially if you are keen on having everything very organized. But thankfully, there are many resources to make your life easier when it comes to planning a trip!

Above we mentioned some staples for using when planning a trip, and below are more tools to help ease this process. From learning foreign language basics to saving money on accommodations, Alpacka My Bags has gathered these helpful travel planning resources so you can learn how to plan a trip like a pro!

Language

Traveling to other countries often immerses you in a new language which can be very challenging. Learn how to pick up the basics of a new language!

Accommodation

Finding the perfect place to stay will make or break your trip! Use our trusted resources for finding the best accommodations while traveling.

Flights

Flights are often the most expensive part of a trip, so finding the cheapest flight is always helpful. Learn how to flight search for the best deals available!

EXTRAS

There are many more things to consider when planning a trip. Will you need a VPN for remote work? Or maybe you want to know how much something costs in your home currency? Check out more travel necessities!

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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

– Anita Desai

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Below is a guide to our favorite resources for practicing new languages. Pick up the basics and feel comfortable as you explore a new country!

Duolingo

Free app with 40+ languages available to learn with small, goal-based lessons. 

Babbel

This is a subscription-based learning platform. There are 14 languages you can learn on Babbel.

Google Translate

You have no idea how handy this app can be. The best part? You can translate photos with the text of another language.

Accommodation

Take a look at our favorite resources for finding the best accommodations in new places. Pick the comfiest, nicest, most suitable place for your stay. It makes all the difference.

Airbnb

With various types of accommodations available for rent, Airbnb is a great place to begin your search. Try using the "flexible" search options if you're travel plans aren't set in stone. 

Booking.com

This is a great tool for finding hidden deals on hotels, bed and breakfasts, and more! You can also save more money booking all your travel needs here (i.e. hotel, car, and flight combo).

HotelTonight

Grab an unbeatable last-minute deal from HotelTonight. Download the app for the best finds; this is a wonderful resource if you need to book last minute.

Flights

Searching for the best flight options can be quite a chore. If you want to save money on flights and find some awesome deals, utilize the tool below when planning a trip!

Scott's Cheap Flights

This website offers an email subscription service that sends out frequent killer flight deals. You can pay for the premium membership, or just sign up for the free option which still has great deals!

Hopper

As mentioned above, Hopper is a great resource to use when looking for cheap flights. When choosing dates, their calendar will show you what dates are the most affordable and the most expensive. You can also "watch" flights, and Hopper will alert you if the price drops!

Credit Cards

If you plan on traveling a lot, investing in airline credit cards is well worth it. Many have great benefits, including free checked baggage, lounge access, and more. If you use these as your main cards, you will rack up airline miles and be able to save big bucks on flights!

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The following resources have come in super handy for us throughout our travels, so we want to share them with you. We hope they make your life easier while you're planning a trip! Now you know how to plan a trip like a pro; your travel options are endless!

Express VPN

For those of you who work remotely or will have to check into work while traveling, you should definitely invest in a VPN for your digital security. Express VPN is a great option for digital nomads!

Keepgo

Wifi isn't always reliable in Airbnbs and hotels. Make sure you always have wifi with the Keepgo mobile hotspot. It offers coverage in 100+ countries, and they have a monthly or pay-as-you-go plan!

Currency App

Traveling to different countries most likely means you will be dealing with various currencies. It's hard to remember what each conversion rate is, but now you can convert on the go! "Currency" app on the app store.

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