With summer travel season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to hit the road, or, if you’re working ahead, get your holiday travel all planned and booked. There are definitely tricks that can help you save money, from booking your flights on specific days, to helpful discount websites that really work.

On this episode with Shellie Bailey-Shah, travel journalist, intrepid traveler, and the editor and founder of KidTripster, we’re getting the scoop on the best travel sites, plus insider tips we’ve never heard anywhere else. Seriously, they’re awesome.

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Helpful links mentioned in this week’s episode

6 smart travel apps to help you save money

– The Hopper app




Dosh cash-back app

TripIt Pro app

Love Home Swap

Knok travel network for families

House Carers home sitters

Note: After recording this podcast, the Airlines Reporting Corp annual report came out with information that the cheapest day to book flights online is now Sunday, rather Saturday.  Also, the cheapest days to depart on international flights is now on Thursday or Friday; for domestic travel, prices vary too widely to make an accurate prediction. Which is why the apps recommended here can help!

Our Cool Picks of the Week

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Scratch-off map at Mappinners

Shellie: Scratch-off maps from Mappinners is a cool way to get kids excited about seeing the world, the nation’s national parks, or even just Texas!

Carbon Crusaders Pencils

Kristen: Check out our list of smart, practical teacher gifts. One favorite: these custom-engraved pencils from The Carbon Crusader.

Kat Von D Metal Matte Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Liz: Kat Von D Metal Matte Mini Eyeshadow Palette! It’s exclusive to Sephora and Sephora Inside JCPenney (who happens to be a past sponsor of ours, which is how she found this kit, and now she’s obsessed).

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