Whenever I plan a trip, my focus is on making the most of my limited time there at the most reasonable cost. The resources I recommend here are resources that I have used before. If you are planning your next trip, use these resources to book your trip for the best experience!
Book your trip: Flights
Flights can be one of the most expensive items of any trip. I try to always save as much money on the cost of my flights as possible without taking the longest flights I can find. Although I don’t mind a long layover during the day, I don’t like long layover overnight as I cannot explore the layover city at all. In booking flights, I usually check these sites out first. Once I find a flight with a good cost and duration, I may have a look at the specific airline’s website to see if they offer the same deal. I prefer booking with the airlines themselves if the price is similar to another site because any flight changes are easier since you can deal with them directly.
Once, for a trip to Washington, I found a superb price for flights on Expedia that I could not get for the same price anywhere else.
Book your trip: Accommodation
Accommodation is another costly item for any trip. There are many choices when it comes to accommodation options when you book your trip!
I have booked most of my accommodation with Booking.Com. They have a range of hotels, bed and breakfasts and even self-catering options in most towns and cities around the world. Their prices are reasonable and their customer service is wonderfully responsive. They also have a genius loyalty program if you book through them often.
Book your trip: Transportation
To find transportation options in destinations, I like using the following websites:
- 12go.asia for all transport options in South East Asia. This site covers buses, ferries, flights and railways.
- In Europe, I mostly travel by train using Rail Europe.
- If I need a car, I like to use RentalCars.com.
- For bus tickets in 80 countries, try Busbud.
Book your trip: Travel insurance
For travel insurance, World Nomads is the best. They may not always be the cheapest, but their service is excellent.
Multiple day tours
Although I have taken none of their tours, friends and family have recommended the tours offered by the following companies:
Once I get to my destination, I love booking shorter tours using Get your guide. Here is an example of some tours they offer. Definitely consider them when you book your trip!
Another site I like to use for day tours and city passes is Musement.