*Special thanks to Booking.com for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own*
Traveling is definitely my FAVORITE hobby and thankfully I have a job that gives me the freedom and flexibility to travel OFTEN! Case in point, earlier this year (January) I had only three days (that’s right THREE DAYS) to plan, organize and book a trip to New York City after finding out I’d been selected to attend a live taping of Saturday Night Live. Not wanting to let this amazing opportunity pass me by (I have a friend who has been trying to get SNL tickets for the past 7 years with no luck,) I decided to drop everything and wing it (and I’ve got to say it was the best decision of my life!) Seeing SNL live was something that had been on my bucket list since I was seven years old! Although I’m a HUGE traveler (in fact, I have a trip planned every month from August to April 2016,) that was the first time I’d ever done anything so spontaneous! I learned a lot from that experience but the biggest take away was that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes plans fall apart and schedules change, so why not live in the moment? Why not drop everything and just GO! I would have regretted not winging it and flying to NYC (I literally got back Monday at 10AM and went to work at 11AM) and crossing off seeing SNL from my bucket list (it was AMAZING, one of the best nights of my life!)
Since my spontaneous NYC trip, I’ve noticed myself constantly playing the “what if I dropped everything and took the next flight out” game! In fact, my friends and I recently planned a spur of the moment trip to Las Vegas to celebrate my friends 24th birthday. Whenever I’m planning a trip (especially last minute ones), the first thing I do is search for hotel accommodations! The Booking Now app and the Booking.com app are always my top go-tos! While there are SO MANY reasons these apps are a must for any last minute trip planning, there are three in particular that make them App ESSENTIAL for all your travel needs:
1. Book now. Pay LATER!
One of my favorite features on the Booking.com app is the fact you can pay for your hotel on the day of the arrival! Trust me, this makes last minute trip planning so much easier! Let’s say it’s Tuesday and you just happen to catch the travel bug. All of sudden you find yourself planning a spontaneous weekend getaway but the only problem is that you don’t get paid until Friday. The apps allows you to search hotel options, compare prices and book all accommodations without having to pay a single thing at the time of booking!
2. They’re SIMPLE to navigate.
The Booking Now app is a traveler’s best friend! The app allows you to completely customize your hotel preferences, thus finding the perfect hotel for your trip (and budget!) You can cross reference price ranges, hotel must-haves and even search hotels that are close to popular attractions!
3. There’s NO cancellation fee (up until the day of the scheduled stay.)
You never know what curve balls life is going to throw at you. Let’s say you plan the perfect spur of the moment weekend getaway and then bam—the night before departure something comes up and you’re no longer able to make your trip. The Booking.com app allows you to cancel all reservations with NO CANCELLATION FEES up until the date of said reservation (talk about a game changer!)
Who said traveling had to require months of planning? You know what they say, why put off tomorrow what you can do today?
Wing everything. Except your accommodation.