I had a bunch of errands to run and chores to do today, but I think it’s safe to say none of that is going to get done now, because, look what I just discovered: Kayak Explorer Tool. Oh yeah, if the OneWorld Round-The-World Ticket Planner incident is any indication, this is going to suck up most of my day, daydreaming about where I could go. The Kayak Explorer Tool is tucked away in the interior pages on the Kayak.com website, behind that unlabeled east-pointing bird beak on the home page, to the right of the main Flights/Hotels/Cars/Deals/Vacations menus. You just plug in your home airport (or whatever airport you would be flying from), and, if you want to, select a month or season, and set a flight price cap (or not), and the Explorer Tool shows you everywhere you can fly within your budget. Look!
Well, actually, it shows the results of other searches for those flights, so if no one has searched for the place you want to go, it won’t show up. Like, I looked to see what it would cost to fly from SFO to Nuuk, Greenland, and apparently I’m the only one who wants to go there, so there was no flag on that spot on these results. But, for the rest of the world, it’s a good way to get an idea what the airfare is going to be. Or, if you always wanted to wake up one morning and just walk into the airport and buy a ticket to wherever, this is an awesome way to see where wherever might be, given your budget. It also has a tool to see where you can fly non-stop from any given airport, although I noticed it doesn’t include flights on certain local or discount carriers, which I think would be required to make it complete. Anyway, it’s a great idea generator!
Thanks (or blame) to Nomadic Matt (www.nomadicmatt.com) for turning me on to this dream machine!