Travel planning and inspiration is one of the most important ways to save money and travel more, like saving money for your 401(k) or your next “me” purchase. The same applies to trips. If you put it on paper or in front of you, your instinct will be to figure out how to make it happen. So, do that AND get trip ideas to come to you without excessive research, book it, and start exploring the world.
This travel style is putting it in some simple terms, but sometimes it’s really that simple. As someone who’s spent the past 3+ years solely focused on solving the ins and outs of travel, I’ve learned plenty along the way to find new trip ideas, inspiration, motivation, and creativity even when you feel like you’ve seen too much or not enough plan a trip.
If you want some travel inspiration or even just straight up to avoid having to do travel research, here are some of my favorite ways to help me get new trip ideas and destination ideas come to me without spending hours figuring out how to make them happen.
Proven Ways to Get Trip Ideas With No Travel Research
This one, to me, is a no-brainer. As much as I’d like to spend hours scouring the web for the next incredible flight deal, I don’t have the time. Plus, that time is better spent elsewhere.
Given that flights are one of the most expensive components of travel (in line with average prices for budget hotels along with accommodation), it makes sense to let cheap flights come to you by using Going.com (Formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights) or Dollar Flight Club, two of my favorite cheap flight newsletters.
Many people expect to sign up for these newsletters to get instant gratification. That’s not the point. Play the long game, live your life, and jump on it when you find a new flight deal to a destination that fits the perfect mix for you.
Like cheap flights, you can also opt-in to a newsletter such as Mighty Travels, where you’ll get instant notifications on hotel deals, which can be a game-changer if you are a person who loves destination accommodation.
2. Swap your home with someone else
For several years, my family and I have had our home listed on HomeExchange, where we can let someone stay at our house and get to stay at their home for free.
This is excellent for new…