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My Newest Travel Obsession: Next Vacay

The idea behind Next Vacay is genius and in my 3 year travel blogging and keeping up to date on travel websites and trends, I haven’t seen this pop up as an option. I really wish I was a tech person and could come up with software to do things like this. I am going to share this Next Vacay review and also how I have gotten deals using it.

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Next Vacay Review.. spoiler alert, it’s amazing

Before I share about what Next Vacay does, I want to say who would love it:

  • Frequent travels who cannot seem to figure out frequent flier miles and ever get a discount
  • Those who want travel hacking prices but can’t be bothered trying and don’t want to open credit cards for points and all of that struggle.
  • People who get too excited about trips and just book them without researching, because they don’t have time for that!
  • People who can travel with a couple of months notice

These are all VERY me and I can’t be alone. This is why I was so stoked about Next Vacay, so without further ado, I’ll share with you what it is and the sweet couple behind it!

Naveen and his wife, Shaylee, who live in Atlanta, made this software (because Naveen does fun things like that in his spare time!) which they used to search countless airfare sites to find cheap flights. They had plugged in the airports closest to them and limited the places that they would go to only useful, cool destinations, not just random places, as well as limits on only the best deals and money off. They would get alerts from their system saying only the craziest deals and started traveling a lot more making all their friends jealous.

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They flew to India roundtrip for $300 each and Barcelona roundtrip for $600 each. They started helping their friends and eventually decided to share this with the world. Naveen took his father-in-law to Italy and got him a business class seat for $1500 roundtrip! That’s insane.

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Their friends started getting the same flight deals. All of the following mentioned are roundtrip prices: wandering Paris for $425, chasing kangaroos in Australia for $580, ice-climbing in Reykjavik Iceland for $278, exploring downtown San Jose $273, and the watching the world’s best sunset at the stunning Greek island Santorini $393.

memeOh, how I’d love to go back to Santorini…

“Every single deal is reviewed and assembled by hand by us. We know you have bosses and family to talk to before booking. This is why we do not send last-minute deals. We put ourselves in the shoes of someone who has to request paid time off and coordinate with a partner who also likely has to do the same. The deals we send include links to real ticket itineraries for desirable weekends like Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.” -Naveen

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iceland next vacay2Iceland doesn’t look half bad either ;) images via Moyan Brenn

How Next Vacay Works:

  • You put in your airport nearest to you (only US, Canada, Europe, & Australia).
  • Sign up for the month free trial.
  • You get emails that only relate to your nearby airports and cheap prices! The prices they said/mention on their site are round-trip.
  • They give you instructions to book directly with the airline. I love this part as booking direct saves your ass if a flight is delayed or canceled. It just simplifies things.
  • If you like it so far, you pay the $25 annual fee… which is insanely low.
  • Don’t find a deal you like in 6 months? You get your money back!
  • In a year, they’ll remind you before they charge your card in case you don’t want to continue.

Les HainesI’d love a deal to Australia! image via Les Haines

Why is this so crazy?

You have to do NO work! People spend so much time travel hacking to save points to get flights that are $300 to India, but this way you just wait and until the mail comes saying “guess what, a flight to ___ is only __ on these dates!”. You don’t have to sign up to a bunch of newsletters that send out deals that don’t relate to you to obscure places.

“No other website monitors every single airport for deals. Other sites expect you to find your own way to a big city to take advantage of a handful of deals. We’ve found a way to get amazing deals for members in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Billings, MT so even folks in smaller cities are taken care of.”

“I can send deals from Atlanta to Tulsa or from Cleveland to Baltimore but the reality is… that doesn’t make most people excited. That’s why I send deals like to Atlanta to India for $718, NYC to Iceland for <$500 and so on.”

If you pay someone to help you travel hack, you will pay more.

If you want these prices from collecting points, it will take ages.

If you search these out yourselves, and are anything like me, you’ll never find these deals.

The craziest bit of all.. If you don’t find a deal you like in 6 months, you can ask for your money back, no questions asked.

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Deals For Me | Next Vacay Review

I have been traveling internationally since I was 19 or 20 and I have STILL never figured out travel hacking, never gotten a credit card to get points, and although I’ve signed up for a million discount airline memberships, I have never taken advantage of one because I can’t figure out how they work.

If I am having issues, and feeling unmotivated, then maybe you are too. Next Vacay is the best solution I’ve seen yet.

I tried it out myself after setting up an account for Columbus, Ohio thinking I could find flights for my parents to India. The first week, I got an email from Naveen.

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When my parents came to India in “peak season” two years ago, it was nearly $2,000 for each of their flights. I usually pay $1,200 and tend to get the best deals on United. I have gotten it as cheap as $900 before “off-season”.

Naveen’s system found a United flight on Thanksgiving (high holiday prices usually) for $900 there and back. I took my first of many flights to India almost 4 years ago and I haven’t gotten this great of deals around a holiday. In fact, we just booked Ben’s flight back through United for this summer (off season) as we had a voucher (because they lost our luggage in the past), and the flight was $1200. No bueno!

They send flight deals to only interesting places and only when it’s a great deal. Another one that came and I loved was this: Hong Kong for $900. You can see how personalized the emails are as well. They also send you over the itinerary and explain how to book through Google Flights.

I love that they send deals that make sense. If you got this deal and it was over a holiday, if can actually make sense for you to take it. With airline emails, it’s always “wow this flight to Tulsa at 3 AM tomorrow is only $100″… well great, who needs that!?
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What’s next for Next Vacay?

They are a new company and small for now, with him and his wife being the team behind the website! They hope to grow and hire people in Asia to offer deals there as well. I love working with smaller companies because you get a seriously customized service. They are going to soon start offering more personalized options which make it even better for you to get to your dream destination.

“One of the most requested features is to allow our members to pick just one top spot in the world they want to go to next. We’ll then text members when that deal is on sale so you can take immediate action. For example, if you live in Columbus, Ohio and it’s been a your dream to go to Bali, you’ll tell us to watch out for Bali deals for you. We’ll then tell you that we found a $371 deal from SF to Bali and your flight from Columbus to SF is $400 making the total cost to go to Bali $771 from Columbus which is still at least a $1000 per person savings.

You can sign up on their website and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. As a bonus for Hippie in Heels readers, they are offering the business class deal alerts for 3 months. Just use a link from this blog post which will let him know you came from the blog.

Tip: If you are planning a trip abroad do not forget two very important things: travel insurance and visa requirements. I choose to use World Nomads when I go abroad (it’s recommended by Lonely Planet). I also check on ivisa to see if I need a visa for the place I’m going!

I was compensated for my time in writing this next vacay review, but as always opinions are only my own! I am so glad I can now have someone else looking out for cheap flights for my parents – if one comes up to Europe at Christmas we are talking about meeting there!

 

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India almost four years ago where she is now a travel writer. Her website gives advice on the 35+ countries she's been to but has become the go-to site for India travel, focusing on offbeat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine, Tripadvisor, and Thomas Cook. Her blog is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world based on traffic. She also enjoys writing for BravoTV.

83 Comments

  1. Ruthie Turner May 17, 2016 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    This is a great article! I had never heard of this company. Now, I’m really curious to use it and see for myself. I normally use Travelocity or go directly through the airlines, but it does not hurt to try someone new. Especially if a fellow travel blogger has already reviewed and tested them. The company must be good, as your review about them is good.

    Thanks for sharing your post!

    Best,
    Ruthie

    • Rachel Jones May 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Hey Ruthie,

      I hope that you enjoy them! They really are great – and if your airport doesn’t have a lot of great deals they will give you your money back no questions asked. Totally worth checking out :)

  2. Natasha May 18, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Great review! I’ve never heard of the website but now I have to do my research. I’m definitely one of those people that doesn’t understand their frequent flyer miles. Is there also deals for domestic travel(within the U.S.)?

    • Rachel Jones May 18, 2016 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Natasha – yes they do domestic travel as well :) and frequent flier miles… one of the many things on my list of “stuff to figure out”

  3. Betsy May 19, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info! I will have to tell my mom to sign up so she can hopefully grab a cheap flight to India.

    :)

  4. Michelle May 26, 2016 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Omigosh, I love your blog! Can’t wait to sit down and really explore it :)

  5. Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate June 10, 2016 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Now, this is a pretty cool concept. I’d definitely try it out!

    • Rachel Jones June 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Yes it’s definitely worth trying – there’s really no downside since it’s only $25 a year and if you don’t find a good deal you can cancel and get your money back!

  6. Joanne Suter July 1, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Really love the idea – really dislike the fact that as soon as I enter my email address, the first thing that pops up is a tiny box just asking for card details! :( Very impersonal and a little disappointing – the website is difficult to navigate. I need to have an idea of the deals I’m going to receive before I give my credit card details out willy-nilly!
    Fabulous idea though and something I will definitely sign up to when I am feeling a little less cheap ;)
    Great review also – feel free to check out my site. Happy travels!

    • Rachel Jones July 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for your honest feedback! This is their first version of the site (it’s about two months old) so maybe after they start growing they will do a re-design. I can pass this along to them! I am going to be trying it out this year and will share on social media some of the deals I find, so you can see the stuff they offer :D

  7. Mary July 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Or you can work for an airline and use their travel benefits to fly anywhere while being able to NonRev on other airlines. Flew to London NonRev for $290 round trip for both my spouse and I. Now that’s a deal!!!

    • Rachel Jones July 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      I always thought working for an airline would be a great job!

    • margot September 22, 2016 at 1:18 am - Reply

      In that same camp.. have flown the world for free or just some taxes… other than being standby, it’s an incredible perk!

  8. Anne July 29, 2016 at 12:42 am - Reply

    I am definitely in the travel hacking camp and admit it is difficult at the outset but if you follow some of the step by step guides (for instance I and some other bloggers have been running a 90 day challenge for beginners) it soon becomes the norm. In the USA taxes can be less than $10 so considerably less than hundreds (although sadly not that cheap in the UK). Saying that I still like the sound of this if it works so I’m going to check it out

  9. kristin August 2, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    i just signed up! yay! thanks!

  10. Amanda August 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    This came up on my news feed and I am so glad I clicked! Just signed up on nextvacay’s site and can’t wait to get the welcome email!

  11. Marissa September 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    It takes so much work to find great flight deals and manage points, etc. This resource looks like a godsend! I will be signing up. Thanks for the thorough review, it’s great to know that something like this exists!

    • Rachel Jones September 2, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Awesome! Hope you get a great deal somewhere cool!

  12. Tripidee September 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    That looks great! We have a little airport and it’s hard to find deals from our island. We’ll have to try it out!

  13. Zuni September 12, 2016 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Very good to know . As an older 45 years traveling I always look for deals and places I just want to return to. I am at over 100 countries … Many many dozens of times also.
    I love the hippie in heels name….

    • Rachel Jones September 12, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Awesome! I hope to make it to so many countries too :)

  14. Stevie Santana September 25, 2016 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel!
    Thanks for the post. I travel to India when I can, love it there. Miss Goa terribly. I’m definitely checking out this site. Would love to finally get some better deals

    • Rachel Jones September 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Stevie, awesome, I hope you get some good deals. I recently got one to India way cheaper than normal!

  15. ROSEMARY October 12, 2016 at 12:38 am - Reply

    This looks great. My question is if I have a place in mind for next summer, cam I sign up and get sent good flight deals? Trying to take the WHOLE family to Maui between July and august…

  16. PJ October 25, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel! I want to sign up but i’m afraid that this site sounds too good to be true. I need to be convinced! Thanks a lot!

    • Rachel Jones October 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Hi PJ, I feel ya! But it’s a free trial so you can cancel if in 30 days you don’t like the deals you get then you don’t get charged any money. :)

  17. Kara November 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Love it! This just inspired me to want to travel again. So many places to go but never the time and money! Thanks!

  18. Allison Moulin December 19, 2016 at 1:35 am - Reply

    WIsh I found your blog before I booked my trip to India! Would have loved to put Goa on my list of places to go. Oh well next time.

  19. Adrianne December 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Sounds fantastic. Would it work for us Down Under?

  20. Kate January 2, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel!
    I’ve NEVER heard of such an awesome thing! I am excited to try it. I love to travel but expense is often an obstacle. Cannot wait to see what this brings!

  21. Lynn Odum January 2, 2017 at 4:12 am - Reply

    I joined in November and have yet to receive the first email. Contacted the company and he was going to give me an extra year. He never responded to my last email. Sorry, but this one is too good to be true. Goodbye $25!

    • Rachel Jones January 2, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Hi, Lynn. Sorry to hear that. I get deals out of Columbus Ohio at least 2x a week. It might depend on what airport you are near.

  22. Shannon January 10, 2017 at 3:50 am - Reply

    I live in Montana and my closest airport isn’t listed – am I out of luck?

  23. Jennie January 16, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I managed to snag that $580 RT ATL to Sydney,AU last year. Now I’m spoiled!

  24. ty January 31, 2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I’ve felt the wanderlust especially hard lately (maybe it’s my soul-crushing corporate law job), so I signed up. I’m so excited to see where I’ll go first!

  25. Shavon February 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Hey,
    Thanks for this. My mother hasn’t traveled internationally & has a dream to go to Germany to discover her ancestry. I’ll be researching & probably signing her up for this.

    • Rachel Jones February 18, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Aw that’s so great!! I hope that she gets to go to Germany!

  26. Tracie March 3, 2017 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you! I just signed up because I have a few trips I want to go on this year. I’m interested in seeing how it works more with specific location destinations. Great, thorough article!

  27. Jamie March 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Is there any ability to enter more than one departure airport? I live within a 90 minute drive of 3 different airport (2 international) and it would be nice to know about different options.

    • Rachel Jones March 19, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      You enter your nearest and they add the 3 surrounding ones automatically

  28. Lisa April 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Great article. Thanks forbtaking the time to write. Can I select dates I am looking to travel?

  29. sidelle April 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel! Firstly I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! I am from India itself and I am planning to travel abroad on my own this june! Is Next Vacay possible for indians to book!

  30. Yajaira Carrasquel April 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Great article and I’m excited to try. I really hate looking for flights, I’m a total buy the first thing I see and then don’t save any money. Thanks for such a great idea.

  31. Your endorsement was enough to make me sign up…I have been pounding my head trying to figure out ways to save on airfare so that I can go more places with my family and you may have just provided me answer.
    Clear and concise blog post…thanks so much :)

    • Rachel Jones April 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to help! I hope you get some great deals from this.

  32. wanderingbrowncoat May 4, 2017 at 4:05 am - Reply

    You’re article is somewhat misleading. You suggest that after signing up, a person can select their desired destinations, then receive deals that come up to those destinations. That is not a feature this site offers. Once you sign up, you put in your home airport, and receive an email for each and every deal out of that and nearby airports. In less than 24 hours I’ve received three emails with deals from three different airports– two quite a ways away– to three different cities, none or which I would have selected as places I want to go.

    • Rachel Jones May 4, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Actually, I say specifically that that is something they are working on. I have a whole section on “what’s next for Next Vacay” and interviewed them and they say that letting the customer choose a place is a next thing they want to do. I say they send deals only to interesting places that make sense for people time-wise, like over a holiday – I don’t say you get to pick the place yourself.

  33. kim May 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I’m skeptical of airlines I’ve never heard of… But I do appreciate your review and will take another look. Thank you.

  34. Kathleen Norstein May 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome article. After travel arrangements are made, is there a way to find out lodging, car rental etc?

    • Rachel Jones May 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      not through nextvacay, but on my blog I have tips for over 60 countries!

  35. Maria Ho June 19, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

    how is this different that vayama , skyscanner or skiplagged? I have found great deals from these databases very often .

    • Rachel Jones June 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Those are flight search engines. This is an email that sends you deals from your airport. It’s like apples and oranges in that sense – you would use skyscanner etc if you had a flight you need to book from A to B. Next Vacay sends you deals from A to B when they are super low, even if it’s not something you are looking for, in the case you want to take a trip.

  36. Lisa June 30, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Your original post had comments from a year ago, so I am guessing it is about a year old. Just had this pop up on my feed today. So, a year later, what is your review of nextvacay having been signed up for a year? Get any amazing deals? Curious to hear a review, am not finding many reviews online..thanks!

    • Rachel Jones June 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Yes, I get crazy deals sent – but as I’m based in India I can’t use them until I’m in the USA as I have my Columbus (home) airport set. Still waiting for outgoing flights from India to be added – but for people based where they operate (countries listed in post) it’s fantastic.

  37. Robin Walls July 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I adore traveling, signed up for this last year and never received a single email. Maybe there were just no cheap flights from Mobile AL?

    • Rachel Jones July 3, 2017 at 1:47 am - Reply

      Hey Robin – that is surprising. I would imagine there must have been an error. Did you reach out to them to ask? I get up to 3 a day from them for Columbus, Ohio.

  38. Shay Bond July 20, 2017 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Are the prices for only the member? If my husband travels with me does he have to have his own membership?

    • Naveen Dittakavi July 21, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Shay! We know that our members travel with their travel partners, friends and family. Only one person has to have a membership account. You are welcome to buy tickets for your travel companions.

  39. Jill August 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    You just made this traveling nurse super happy! Will take a look, as I’m always looking for the next foreign adventure! Also-read your bio blurp–wouldn’t mind leaving nursing and doing something more creative (a little or a lot jealous).

    Gypsy Nurse,
    Jill

    • Rachel Jones August 16, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

      I hope you get a great deal! Have you done travel nursing? I did that before I left the USA and it’s amazing.

  40. Tamsyn August 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    So fun!!! I look forward to using this. Thanks for being the awesome you that you are

  41. Fabiola August 22, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I live in Australia, if I sign inn will I get deals for flight from here?

    • Rachel Jones August 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Yes, they should ask you your airport closest to you

  42. Kim September 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip, never heard of this and I am totally gonna give it a try. I’m constantly hunting for deals for my family. Great write up!

  43. […] a great website to help you plan a trip because it might just inspire your next trip. I wrote a full review here, but to sum it up, you pay $25 a year and in return they send you only the craziest and best deals […]

  44. Amb October 1, 2017 at 2:32 am - Reply

    This just popped up on my feed today and I am really interested in signing up for it! I know in your post you mention they don’t currently service Asian airports for home locations, but they were trying to work with some Asian partners so they could. Do you knlw if this has been added yet? My husband and I are moving to Japan early next year and plan to do a lot of traveling while we are there!

    • Rachel Jones October 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      I think AUS is added, but not anywhere else in Asia. I think they said India is next! So, not sure after that! You can email their support and they’ll know :)

  45. Ashley October 17, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I’m looking to go to Thailand in 2019 with family and ticket prices are so expensive everywhere they want 2,000 per person right now

    • Rachel Jones October 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Yep, it can be hard to find a deal. I hope that Next Vacay finds you one so you don’t have to stress.

  46. Naresh Ankam October 18, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I just found your blog today and it totally amazed me. The honest posts, great reviews and timely response are few things that you find nowadays in the growing internet. I am glad I found your blog and nextvacay through your blog. I am gonna try this for my next travel and see it stands out best out of other travel sites.
    Thank you.

    • Rachel Jones October 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      So glad that you found my blog! Next Vacay has great deals. I have more tips on my site for other things about travel you can check out too :)

  47. Kolko October 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Found ad in Instagram. Let’s see if comments really work

  48. Jean November 5, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Tripadvisor has a feature similar to this and it lets you choose your favourite destination, and then they will send you deal alerts on your email every week.
    I honestly rather do my own research in skyscanner, tripadvisor or google flights, those 3 flight search engines have given me the best deals available on the days I want to travel, with way better deals a travel agent can give me!

  49. Samantha Salllee December 9, 2017 at 6:40 am - Reply

    HiH, you were my go to blog when I moved to India now this beautiful nugget landed on my Facebook page. Thank you for all your time and tips and thank big data for bringing me back to you. This company is getting my money. All the best, SS

    • Rachel Jones December 9, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Hey Samantha, so so so happy the blog helped you when you came to India! Nexy Vacay is worth every penny and more – but the best thing is if you are near an obscure airport and don’t get amazing deals, you can get your money back :)

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