What is up, guys? It’s Holly, and can we just take a moment to look at my shirt? This is not a coincidence! I’m going to give you a little bit of a backstory. When I was 8 I fell in love with a calendar. My sister had it, and it had 12 gorgeous,
stunning pictures of Santorini. I told myself as an 8 year old, “I will go there one day. This is happening.
I cannot let this one slide.” Let’s fast forward about 15 years I was in college and I was out my favorite store at the time Urban Outfitters and I saw this shirt and I thought you know what Holly you need to buy that so that you can keep it at the forefront of your mind I’ve never been like a vision board person but I guess I subscribe to that belief to a certain extent without even knowing it because yes I wanted to remind myself Santorini is something that needs to happen don’t lose sight of it and so whenever I’d wear the shirt, it would be on my mind. Trust me, whenever I’d wash my clothes I was aware that Santorini was in the back of my mind and it had to happen one day well and you can imagine where this is going finally that day has come! in a few days my husband and I are taking off for our honeymoon. I would say it’s a little bit late but better late than never, right? We’re finally going on that Europe trip that everyone dreams about or maybe not everyone but we certainly have for a long time! So, yes, I wanted to share the great news with you guys but most all, I wanted to give you something that you could take advantage of and apply in your life and use to make your own adventures happen in the best way possible. So I thought I would share all the apps and websites that we found extremely useful
during the planning process. Are you guys ready to get this started? The first tool I’m going to recommend is called Google Flights, and most of you have probably heard of it. What I really like about Google Flights is that it’s useful during the brainstorming time when you’re not sure where you want to go, but maybe you know exactly what days you have off, or maybe a vice versa: you know you want to go to Aruba, but you’re not sure when. That’s exactly what we did a couple years ago. We discovered that flights to Aruba in April were extremely cheap, and so we had’t really considered Aruba per se we also know that it was a beautiful exotic beach and we were like, Why not? obviously, that’s right up our ally, and we found incredibly affordable tickets during a great time of year when there’s sun, and it’s not too incredibly touristy. It was perfect! So, you can navigate around by just clicking on the map and see during a certain time period, ooh! How much would it cost to go to Istanbul? or Manila? Or, vice versa, you can say, I really want to go to Honolulu. How much would it cost to go in April versus October? Super helpful tool, again, for planning when you’re not quite sure where you’re going or when you’re going to go. Next, I’m going to recommend the app called Hopper. It’s got a little bunny hopping around on it, and basically what this app does is it takes into account the fact that prices fluctuate and when you buy a ticket does matter. I know that a lot of sites, when you go in to buy a ticket they’ll try to pressure you by saying Oo this still won’t last long! or Last flight left! and you end up buying something that’s going to
eventually go down [price wise]. Well, what Hopper does, is it has all these algorithms, and it knows the patterns, and it basically will tell you, Hey! Right now, trips to Indianapolis are costing $800. If you wait two months
it should go down at least $150. And then, the cool thing is it will actually send you an alert when it’s time to buy. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by using Hopper and by being patient. You cannot stress out and think oh my goodness! I haven’t bought my ticket yet, and it’s coming up in two months! It’s okay. Airlines play with supply and demand. They know that a lot of people are responsible and they’re buying three months in advance, so that’s when they’re going to have
the ticket prices a lot higher. Three months before the actual date. Maybe two months, or one month
before, it’s going to go down. Not always! That’s what we have Hopper. Actually, Hopper is what helped us find
our first ticket from Houston to Athens. I had seen it for like nine hundred dollars, and all of a sudden I got a notification saying that it was around $630 and I was like, Holla! Let’s do this! And here’s a gratuitous tip for you guys: if you want to go to a place like Santorini don’t just go and search flights to Santorini. They’re going to be up the wall! What I found was a $1500 and it obviously stopped off in Athens, but what I ended up finding is way better and you guys are going to find out why. The next website I’m going to recommend is called Kiwi.com. Now, this was a godsend. I was looking for multiple one-way flights within Europe, and what Kiwi.com allowed me to do, was to look at a calendar and say, okay, If I’m trying to fly from Athens to Santorini on, you know, this Sunday, it’s going to cost $75 for that one-way flight If I go on Monday it’s going to be $85.
Okay, let’s do Sunday. Then, how about Santorini to Paris? Ooh! That one-way flight is
going to cost $100 on Thursday, but if I go on Wednesday, it’s going to be only $72. Okay, let’s do Wednesday. And that’s how we piece together our itinerary, and we’re stopping in Santorini, Paris, Rome, and Athens. And guess how much money I paid for all of those one-way trips within Europe. Three hundred and thirty dollars. Can you believe it? So, instead of paying $1,500 to go to Santorini we’re paying less than a thousand per person to go to Athens Santorini Paris Rome and back to Athens and back to Houston! Yessss! Kiwi.com. Now I will say we’re arriving at some really weird times sometimes around 11 p.m. sometimes like 7 a.m. but, you know what? It’s all worth it, and it’s all going to add to the adventure. The next application I’m going to recommend is Airbnb, and I’m pretty sure, again, most of you guys have heard of Airbnb. What I love about it, is that it connects regular people who share a passion for travel. Most people that host on Airbnb love traveling, love the city they’re in, and they’ll go
above and beyond for you. My recommendation for using Airbnb would basically be to find a few homes that
fit within your parameters- that are affordable, in a nice neighborhood, in the city that you’re going to visit. Then shoot out a few messages to the hosts, introduce yourself, tell them how excited you are to, you know, go visit their city and see how they respond to you. If they’re very robotic and it seems automated, you might not want to stay with them. If it’s someone that really seems like they took the time to write you back, and they’re excited about having you, and they’re going above and beyond telling you about how they can pick you up
from the airport, things like this, definitely, that’s your person. That’s how we chose our host in Rome. He’s going to pick us up at the airport at 11:00 p.m. We’re going to avoid all of the metro mess and trying to find a taxi and paying up the wall and, you know, all of that inconvenience. It’ll just be really nice to arrive in Rome, run into the person that we need to run into, and then have him take us straight to our destination with no questions asked. He also said he’s going to get us tickets to the Vatican, I think he said, where we don’t have to wait in line and they’re less expensive
than what your average Joe pays, so we’re really excited about that. That’s the cool thing about Airbnb. It’s humans connecting
with humans through technology. The next app I want to recommend to you guys I only discovered this last week,
and I think it’s awesome. It’s called Google trips. I know,
everything’s Google, right? Basically, you download this app, and then you’re going to link it to your email, and if you’re one of those responsible people that get all of your itinerary sent to the same email, then good on you! But check this out: it’s going to scan all of your emails, and find anything travel related- any reservations for plane tickets, or maybe for a hotel or a rental car and it’s going to put them all in one convenient place, so you can go in here and say, Oh, there are my trips! Trip to Santorini: What is it picking up here? Let’s go to reservation. Oh, it knows where I’m staying. Mmm-hmm you can click on that and see details. You can also click things to do and it will tell you, Oh, in Santorini you don’t want to miss the caldera. It has a five-star review, or the red beach, or the Santa Wines Winery. I mean, they have all kinds of information about every single destination. You can save different places that interest you, and you can even make it available offline, so that when you’re traveling in another country, you don’t necessarily have to have your cell phone service switched on. Incredibly convenient, being able to access your flight reservations from one hub.
I love it! The next website I want to recommend
is called Utrip.com, and it’s an incredible place to get inspired for your trip. So, for example, we’re going to several very popular cities, including Paris. So, if I go on here and write Paris, they have a whole wealth of information
gathered for me. They have featured trips, they have must-see adventures, art, cuisine, culture, dining, entertainment, events, history, landmarks, museums, nature, nightlife, I mean, the list goes on! Depending on what you’re interested in and how much time you have, they can really help you craft a great itinerary, or if you don’t want it to be too structured, you can at least get inspiration on what to see, where to go, and when. The last website I want to recommend is called vayable.com- vayable not viable, and basically it is a place where you can discover unique experiences offered by local insiders. So, the cool thing about this is it’s very Airbnb-like,
but like next level. You’ve got people who love the city they live in, know a lot about it, and want to share those insights with people who are visiting. How cool is that, right? So, for example, we have a scout for street art in the city of San Francisco, where you walk around and just check out beautiful graffitti. Or this Paris photography walking tour , where you get to hang out
with a professional photographer and walk all around Paris and see all of the different landmarks from super awesome angles with his artistic eye and his input- I mean, how cool is that? Or what about learning to eat like a local in Paris? Who wouldn’t want to eat like a local? I just love technology helping us meet people
we would never have met otherwise. It’s so awesome, I mean, if any of you live in a city that you really love, and would like to show, off I’m sure you could sign up here and be like Oh, these are all the places you can do… gymnastics in Miami! So, yeah, needless to say,
I’m pretty excited about that site and I’m going to click around and see if there’s any tours that we want to take anyone’s offer up on. Anyways, that’s the end of my list! By the time you guys watch this video, I will be far far away! Thank you guys for joining me, and if you want to follow my adventures
on my social networks, I will link them all here! I probably won’t be uploading too much, but you know, I’ll share the occasional picture, because I just won’t be able to resist! I’ve been dreaming about this for months! Alright, gotta go pack. Bye, guys! What you’re excited about seeing…. The next applic uh.