One of the most common questions I get asked is about what websites I use to book my travels. There is studies out there to show the average number of sites people check before booking a trip is 38. 38! That’s 38 individual sites to compare prices, check reviews and then confuse you more by offering a few other options the first website didn’t offer.
It’s a never ending rabbit hole and can consume more time than people have so to stop the travel overwhelm and give you back the enjoyment of booking trips here are the exact websites I use –
Skyscanner – Great website that searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss.
Webjet – While this site does offer to check hotels, cruises, car hire and more I only use it for flights. It is great for flights originating in Australia so this site may be less relevant for some readers based in Europe or Asia.
Expedia – Popular in North America I find this a useful site for price comparisons and the ability to mix and match your transfers to minimise your layover times.
While I do check each of these sites once I have decided on the flight I want I will check the airlines website directly. Often you can get the ticket slightly cheaper by booking direct which also proves helpful if there is an issue with your ticket.
Trivago – In recent years Trivago has become the go to site to search and compare hotel prices, read reviews and browse photos. This is my number 1 go to site now.
booking.com – Provides a great resource and booking site for budget hotels and other accommodation. I have their app on my phone and it’s easy to use, offers a wide selection, and no money down policy. They are especially good for listing in developing countries.
Agoda – This is the best and only site I use when travelling in Asia. This should be your primary accommodation website for guesthouses and hotels as they have the most robust inventory and offer the best rates.
Rome 2 Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. Just enter your departure and arrival destinations and it will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
BlaBlaCar – This is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheap and a much more interesting way to get from point A to point B than by bus or train!
Gumtree/CraigsList -Both these sites are an amazing resource for travellers. While Gumtree is popular in Australia and Craigslist more in North America they are both based on the same concept. You can find travel partners, rideshares, jobs, second hand gear, homestays, and much more.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Anything by Lonely Planet
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