Every good trip has to start somewhere, am I right? I mean, it doesn’t matter whether you are headed out for a weekend road trip or a trip half-way around the world, you have to start planning somewhere. That’s where this post comes in-we are here to help!
Marty and I have done a lot of travelling in our time. Whether it’s hitting the road for a trip to New Orleans, or jumping on a plane to Italy, we have definitely done our fair share of travel planning. Because of that, we put together this list of all of our favorite resources to help save you some time and money!
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Best Travel Resources for Flights and Vacation Packages
When searching for flight options, we try to always follow some tips for finding cheap prices. These include searching with an airfare aggregate, having flexible dates, and even a flexible destination.
Remember though, always search flights and vacation packages using an incognito window! Here are some of our favorite resources to help you:
Yes, you read that right, TripAdvisor. I think we all know that TripAdvisor is great to read reviews on, but did you know that you can search and book on TripAdvisor as well? They will compare prices for your on flights, hotels, and even cruises and then you can book directly from their site. Go give it a try!
Another favorite search engine is Google Flights. Similar to Skyscanner, Google Flights allows you to see prices for extended periods of time by clicking on the calendar. They also have an “everywhere” feature where you can move the map around and see prices from all over the world.
Cheapflights is another great flight search engine. I find this one is easiest to use while on the computer instead of the cell phone. Cheapflights has a popular routes section to help you as well as the option to find more than just flights. You can search flights, hotels, rental cars, and even vacation packages.
An “oldie but goodie” on our list is Expedia. Expedia has been around for years and is often overlooked by people. We still use Expedia as you can often get a package deal on here for a great price. Marty and I used them on our trip to Las Vegas and saved lots of money.
Like Expedia, CheapOair can easily be a one-stop shop for you. They have an easy booking, great customer service, and even a price match guarantee. Really, you can’t lose by using CheapOair.
Expert Flyer doesn’t sell tickets, instead, they provide you with information to help you save money by providing alerts when award seats open up on flights. This is great for those of you that love using your frequent flyer points for upgrades!
Book VIP is another vacation package booking site that finds you the best deals possible when heading to certain destinations. We have found that if you are booking one of their “popular deals” that they can often save you hundreds of dollars per person. Give them a try and see what you think. Of course, always check the TripAdvisor ratings for the hotels you are considering.
Kayak allows you to search multiple booking sites to find the best deal on flights, hotels, and more. This is a great site to save you time and money!
Kiwi is another site that does the heavy lifting for you. Kiwi will search the web to find you the very best deals on flights and hotels.
Trip.com allows you to book flights, hotels, train tickets, rental cars, airport transfers, tours, and more all on one site. Owned by the parent company that also owns Skyscanner, this is a trusted resource for travel booking and a great “one-stop-shop.”
Best Travel Resources for Accommodations
One of our favorite sites to book hotels through is Hotels.com. We love that Hotels.com has a customer rewards program that earns us free nights. You see for every 10 nights that you book, you earn a free night. You can’t beat that!
Booking.com is one of our favorite sites to find great hotel and guesthouse deals. I love how they show you the total price for your trip right on the screen.
Hotels Combined allows you to search all of the top travel sites at one time. This ensures that you are getting the best deal for your travel dollar!
If you’re looking for a great adults-only, all-inclusive resort, then you should definitely consider Sandals. They have beautiful properties all over the Caribbean that is structured just for adults. Families will love the same concept but on Beaches properties.
Best Travel Resources for Tours and Activities
Get Your Guide
Get Your Guide is a brokerage that connects you with local guides and activities in cities around the world. Marty and I used Get Your Guide during a recent trip to Italy in order to do an after-hours tour of the Vatican and had a great experience. You can book everything from walking tours to wine excursions, to food tours. Check out their prices and what they have to offer!
Trafalgar Tours organizes guided tours throughout the world. Booking with Trafalgar allows someone else to do all of the work for you.
Big Bus Tours
One of the things that Marty loves doing when we first arrive in a new city is to do a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, and one of his favorites is Big Bus.
Another favorite hop-on, hop-off tour is City Sightseeing. We love that City Sightseeing is in so many large cities. We have also found that they give a great tour that often includes extras light a night tour and often a walking tour.
Another great company to find experiences through is Viator. Viator connects travelers with local tour operators to ensure that you can find the excursion or tour of your dreams.
CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.
Another great pass to save money in larger cities is the Sightseeing Pass. This pass allows you to save valuable time and money by combining admissions to major attractions. They also have a handy app that keeps everything you need at your fingertips.