Any travel tips to add? Feel free to leave them in the comments. I'll put my own out there:
- Even if you use Expedia or something similar, I like to double-check with the airline itself to make sure the flights listed are really at the price given. I prefer to book with each airline/hotel/car rental company instead of through an aggregator for peace of mind in case anything goes wrong (it can be difficult to get a refund if you've used a second party), but perhaps things have improved over the years.
- HomeAway is another place to look for vacation rentals.
- To track flights online, you can try the individual airport's website, or you can search Google for "flight tracker." There are several out there, including FlightStats and FlightView.