When it comes to travel I am always on the hunt for the cheapest flights and best options where to stay. Naturally, I have a list of travel resources I frequently visit when finding and booking my own travel deals. I hope you find them helpful too!
Skyscanner is a fantastic global search engine to find comparisons for flights, including budget airlines. My favourite feature is the “Everywhere” option where you can leave your destination open in order to find the cheapest flights to all destinations around you.
You can also search for hotels and car hire. The service is completely free to users and directs you to the airline, hotel, car hire provider or travel agency to complete the booking process.
Expedia is one of the largest online travel site worldwide which is always worth checking if you are looking for flights as they feature over 400 airlines worldwide. But you can book far more than just flights on the platform, such as hotels, rentals cars, cruises and many more.
They offer a best price guarantee and no cancellation fee which makes it easy to change or cancel hotel reservations around the world.
Many times it’s not a bad idea to check on the airlines website directly as I described in my trips and tricks about booking cheap flights which can be found here. Etihad is one of my favourite airlines to take to Southeast Asia and Australia respectively and despite being an airline with very high standards, it often turns out they have some very affordable flights!
Airlines will reserve specials for customers who are booking directly over their own website. Sometimes specials are advertised within a few days and only last for a short period of time.
Booking.com is a huge accommodation site offering any type of property from campsites to five-star properties. Their promise is to always offer the best prices with no extra fees and the ability to pay when you stay instead of in advance.
When I try to make a decision about a place to stay I always make use of the many reviews which can be found on the website.
Agoda is one of the fastest-growing online accommodation platforms worldwide, listing hundreds of thousands of hotels, beach resorts, homestays and more.
I often use Agoda to book accommodation especially in Asia and the Pacific region as it pulls up the best deals around here.
In addition to a booking accommodation you can find millions of authentic hotel reviews so you always know what you can expect.
Airbnb is one of my go-to sites when I am looking for something different in a city than a hotel such as a more local experience. You can find over a million listings in 190 countries from tree houses to house boats to Airstream trailers and of course many city apartments. I have stayed in Airbnb apartments in Sydney, London, Berlin and many more and loved every single experience! Most times it works out cheaper than a hotel room, especially when renting for a week+ and you get the local experience too.
Sign up over my link here and you will get a free $25 Airbnb credit for your first stay!
Hotels.com is one of the leading providers of hotel accommodation worldwide with a large selection of independent and major chain hotels as well as self-catering options in over hundreds of thousands of properties worldwide and specializes in providing travelers with accommodation during sold-out periods.
Great site to use for a short hotel stay. They also have a nice rewards program where every 10 nights stayed at hotels booked with hotels.com will get you a price reduction on a subsequent booking.
I recently signed up to Trusted Housesitters, a large house and pet sitting website and think it’s an awesome concept! Here you can connect with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. You as a house sitter can offer your help in return for a free stay worldwide, saving on accommodation costs and homeowners saving on pet care costs.
You can find house sits in over 70 countries, from townhouses in London to renovated farmhouses in Tuscany, apartments in Sydney and New York to beach homes in Hawaii – there possibilities are endless.
Hand-picked experience from Paris to Phuket to Perth, from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, you will for sure find it on Viator.
The great thing is that the tours are always led by a local insider guide so you will get an authentic look at the place.
You’re looking for adventure? G Adventures is the world’s largest adventure travel company offering tours in small groups of around 12 people across in globe, from the Galapagos, Greece, Thailand to the Antarctic.
Many tours offer an immersing cultural experiences as well as wildlife encounters in small-groups traveling together for an authentic, local experience.
STA Travel is the world’s largest travel company for students and young people and I frequently visit their website especially when looking for flights and tours. They offer discounted round-the-world tickets and are quite big on work & travel and volunteer programs. They’re always very responsive and helpful, not matter if I email or call one of the shops nearby, I have very positive experiences with STA!
Travel Guides & Planning
Lonely Planet is the leader in travel guide books providing one of the best information for travelers. I like to use those books especially digitally on my phone when I am on the go and also frequently browse their website for inspiration and travel tips.
Depending on the destination they may not be the most up-to-date source but it’s definitely a starting point for me.
Another great resource for travel planning! With over 150 million traveler reviews of hotels, restaurants, and attractions worldwide, Trip Advisor features the world’s largest collection of vacation rental guest reviews.
In addition to searching for hotel accommodation you can also search for flights, tours and activities as well as places to eat. I also find the many filters highly helpful.
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