“Planning” a “spontaneous” trip seems more than slightly like an oxymoron. Spontaneous, zero-planning-required road trips are very easy to do: you get in the car and drive, and wherever you find yourself, there you are. Destinations that require a plane, however, don’t seem to be quite as easy to do on a whim.
They are possible, though, and you can get some of the best deals when making last-minute plans. Here are a few tools to help you plan out all the details you need for a spontaneous last-minute adventure.
Book Your Flight
Use the Hopper app (or website for all non-iOS users) to find the lowest fares on all flights leaving from your local airport within the next 24 hours. Choosing the lowest fare, or the lowest for a destination that sounds most interesting to you, will kick off your trip into the unknown adventures awaiting you.
Find A Hotel
The Hotel Tonight app will find the lowest deals on hotels in the area for that night and up to the next 7 days. Savings can be more than 75% off normal nightly rates.
Since you’re traveling on a whim, chances are you haven’t had time to do much research into the area where you’ll be staying. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, use an app like Trover to discover what is near you.
City guides such as mTrip will point you in the direction of the top attractions and give you the highlights of the area. Use Yelp to find the best restaurants and read reviews from locals and travelers alike.