It’s mid-May, and if you’re busy like me (aka, a procrastinator), you’re scrambling to organize your summer plans. And if you’re also choosey like me (aka, indecisive), you’re procrastinating because you’re not quite sure where to go. But I’m closer to booking a much-needed getaway now that I stumbled on a cure for vacation destination paralysis: The Great American Vacation Trip Finder, a handy online tool from Fodor’s that helps you zero in on getaway options tailored to your interests.
Here’s how it works: The tool poses a quick series of questions like, What do you want to see when you wake up? and How do you want to spend the evening? To answer each question, you choose from a grid of beautiful photos (no words to read here—this is vacay, baby!). You plug in who is going with you (family? friends?) and your general budget (cheap? all-out?), and it presents you with 10 destinations to browse, each with a handy guide to hotels, restaurants, sights and more.
A few spins through the trip finder pulled up some of my favorite spots, like Cape Cod and San Francisco, a few from my all-time wish list (the Grand Canyon, Kauai), and some surprises I wouldn’t have thought of that actually make perfect sense for my family (St. Augustine, Chesapeake Bay).
So don’t wake up on Labor Day wishing you would’ve gotten your butt in gear back in the spring. Click through, book and get going. Summer waits for nobody!