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.
Agoda is one of the fastest-growing online accommodation platforms worldwide, listing hundreds of thousands of hotels, beach resorts, home stays 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.
Booking is another resource I use more heavily in Europe as they seem to have the best deals in that part of the world. It’s absolutely huge so you can really find any type of accommodation on there – from hostels to luxury villas. I usually browser their customer reviews too before making a decision and cross check their shiny pictures on other platforms or on Instagram.
One of my most favourite ways to travel long-term is by housesitting. Trusted Housesitters is one of the largest house and pet sitting website and believe it’s an awesome concept! You pay a yearly membership to be signed up and then on the platform you can connect with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away on a holiday. In return you help someone have peace of mind while away and you live in amazing places for free and save on accommodation costs and truly become like a local. I absolutely love it and have written about my experience here as well.
You can find house sits in over 70 countries, from townhouses in London to lovely farmhouses in Tuscany, apartments in Sydney and New York to beach homes in Hawaii – the possibilities are endless!
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 specialises in providing travellers 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.
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 one of 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 also book my travel insurance over them.
Travel Guides & Planning
A wonderful resource to kick off any trip plan! Because I do read a lot of reviews and for many of my friends they count more than ever today. I mostly look for attractions and tours here and then head to the individual websites and cross check their reviews with other platforms. I don’t really look for hotels on here but it can be a great resource to find places to eat. I also use Foursquare to find cafés and restaurants.
I still sometimes use guide books and do like Lonely Planet. However, their forum is probably even better to get the most recent travel tips and I always use their books digitally on my phone or iPad when I am on the go.
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