As the number of people who get vaccinated increases and restrictions ease, you may be thinking about planning an upcoming vacation. Since so many other people are also ready to get back to traveling, travel costs might be higher than you expect them to be.

Fortunately, it’s still possible to plan a trip while staying on a budget. Read on to learn more about some tools that can help you discover cheaper flights.

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Get flight predictions with Hopper

Hopper is a great flight tool that will help you get the best price for your next flight.

When searching, the app shows a calendar view, with dates in green, yellow, orange, or red. Green dates signify a great flight deal, while red dates have high prices. Yellow and orange dates are somewhere in between. This color-coded system can help you narrow down your trip dates so you stay within your vacation budget.

Additionally, Hopper predicts future flight prices and will tell you if now is the time to book or if you might be able to get a better deal by waiting a bit. If you don’t want to buy right away, you can set up notification alerts. Hopper will also track the price over time and tell you when prices rise or go down.

With Skyscanner, you can let the prices choose your next destination

If you’re an adventurous traveler who is open to exploring new places, you’re going to like the next tool on our list. Skyscanner is a search tool that helps you compare flight prices. If you already know where you want to go, just plug in your destination.

One thing that makes Skyscanner stand out is the ability to search “Everywhere” for your destination. Just enter a departure point and type “Everywhere” in the “To” box. Skyscanner will show you the prices throughout cities in the United States and flight prices for travel to other countries. If you want to travel and book the best deal possible, this may be the tool for you.

Quickly search for flights and find out essential details with Google Flights

If you haven’t been using Google Flights to look at airline prices, you may want to start doing so. This is another airline search tool, and it’s feature-packed and easy to use. Google Flights is incredibly fast, allowing you to find flights in seconds. You can compare options by price to save money on your next flight.

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Daviess County officials are making getting around the county easier. The Daviess County Commissioners approved the addition of an event manager program to the county’s mapping system.

“This just piggy backs onto the current mapping system that we have,” said Daviess County Highway Supervisor Phil Cornelius. “But what it does is allow us to add real time closures. It is really a public safety addition.”

Authorities say that the map will be able to show where the county highway has closed a road. That does not just help motorists, it also first responders.

“Say we have a road closed for a day to replace a pipe and an ambulance gets called to someone along that road,” said Cornelius. “Emergency crews will know where the closure is and save time by taking a route that will avoid the closure.”

Authorities say the system can be used for any type of closure. It could be used to help re-route traffic around an accident or someplace where police are involved with a stand-off. It could also be used during flooding to help people avoid high water.

Most people should be able to call up the map on their phone by putting wthgis in their web browser and then going to Daviess County.

The cost to add the event manager to the county’s mapping site is $4,300 per year with an annual maintenance fee of $1,700.

In other business, the highway department received approval on bids for a pair of road projects. The commissioners accepted the bid from E&B Paving to repave two county roads in the WestGate Tech Park. One was for $122,528 to repave CR 1400 E. through the tech park. That project will be paid for with a Community Crossings grant.

A second road project on CR 1650 N. from SR 558 to the entrance of the WestGate Academy will be paid for out of county funds at a cost of slightly more than $29,000.

“We had originally put both projects in our Community Crossings application, but for some reason the state cut out the CR 1650 N. project,” said Cornelius. “Since E&B will be there to do the one project it only made sense for us to have them do the other one.”

Cornelius also reported that work is underway on phase four of the Cannelburg Road project. Utility relocations are underway. The road is closed between CR 100 N. and CR 200 N. to all but local traffic. The detour runs from U.S. 50 to CR 650 E. to CR 550 N.

The commissioners  also approved the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a speed study near the Painted Acres subdivision.

At the request of  county auditor Patty Ball,  the county extended the contract for one year on a recording system used for meetings. The $870 contract will provide a back-up system for the one currently in use in the annex. It will also provide recording equipment when the commissioners do their off-site meetings.

The health department received permission

9Health Expert Dr. Payal Kohli said it’s all about how much contact you have with other people.

DENVER — This Next question comes from a viewer named Peter who asked:

“The CDC has now said that fully-vaccinated people can travel safely … this is reported widely, but in the discussion, only air travel is mentioned. My question is, what is the relative difference in safety between air trip and a road trip?” 

We passed this question along to 9Health Medical Expert Dr. Payal Kohli, who said that it all comes down to the number of people you’ll be around (a refrain you’ve probably heard before during the pandemic).

“When deciding the risk between air and road travel, you want to ask yourself the question: which will expose you to more people?” Kohli said. “And you have to go with the option that isn’t going to expose you to as many.”

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OK but really … car or plane?

“I think a road trip would be safer, even if you stop overnight because the number of people you come into contact with is by definition far less than a crowded place like an airport,” she said.

With that being said, Kohli conceded that air travel is getting safer. Roughly one in five Coloradans are fully vaccinated, and a third have at least some protection from one dose.

“And, as you know, there’s a lot of safety measures on planes to make sure the actual time you’re on the plane is safe as well,” she said.

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We passed this question along to 9Health Medical Expert Dr. Payal Kohli, who said that it all comes down to the number of people you’ll be around (a refrain you’ve probably heard before during the pandemic).

“When deciding the risk between air and road travel, you want to ask yourself the question: which will expose you to more people?” Kohli said. “And you have to go with the option that isn’t going to expose you to as many.”

RELATED: Airport crowds, airline ticket sales show travel recovering

RELATED: AAA study finds more Coloradans are willing to travel during pandemic

OK but really … car or plane?

“I think a road trip would be safer, even if you stop overnight because the number of people you come into contact with is by definition far less than a crowded place like an airport,” she said.

With that being said, Kohli conceded that air travel is getting safer. Roughly one in five Coloradans are fully vaccinated, and a third have at least some protection from one dose.

“And, as you know, there’s a lot of safety measures on planes to make sure the actual time you’re on the plane is safe as well,” she said.

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