Kayak, a travel agent in your pocket

If you need to book a hotel, flight, or rental car, or you just need a little advice before going on a trip, you should definitely check out Kayak.

If you need to book a hotel, flight, or rental car, or you just need a little advice before going on a trip, you should definitely check out Kayak.

Think of Kayak as a digital travel agent that searches through hundreds of different travel sites to help you book your trip. It searches through popular sites like Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz, all at the same time, and gives you current rates and itineraries that can all be booked in just a few clicks. In addition, Kayak offers convenient travel tools like a packing list, currency converter, and airport information, all accessible right from the main dashboard.

While Kayak's interface is about as straightforward as it gets, we do see some room for improvement. The main dashboard has no fewer than 18 different icons and tabs, which can get a bit overwhelming. It's certainly not a messy screen, but we think it could benefit from a bit of minimalism.

Overall, we highly recommend Kayak to anyone who might be planning a trip. Since it searches hundreds of travel sites all at once, it can save you a lot of time, and give you confidence that you're indeed finding the best rates out there.

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