There are countless online services for booking hotels, rentals, airfare and guided tours. Over the years I’ve found myself regularly using a few of the same services – because they work. Here are a few of my go-to travel booking resources.
My go-to resources…
Google Flights is my favorite tool to research flights, airlines and routes as it aggregates flight information from most major airlines (Southwest is not included – boo!). Then it enables you to click over and book directly with the airlines vs. a third-party.
I rarely book directly through TripAdvisor BUT I always read the reviews and check to make sure the place we’re going to have been vetted by other travelers. It’s also a great tool to identify tours, restaurants, and rentals outside of the hotel and resort spectrum. I personally like to try and book things directly though since I’m traveling with my family and it can be challenging to get all the details for a group of four. So, I find TripAdvisor to be more of a research and vetting tool.
Not only can you book lodging with Airbnb but now you can also find experiences offered by local experts.
Traveling by train in Europe? The planning can be painful… EuRail – trys – to help make it easier with its maps, planning tools and booking options.
Additional resources I like and use…
When it comes to frequent flier miles PointsGuy is the point place to go. These guys are always analyzing and updating all the credit card and loyalty deals going on to help you maximize your frequent flyer miles and hotel points.
The thing I love about Rome2rio is it’s ability to map out your route. You search any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe and it will give you multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B.
This is a great place to start your search for international flights as it tends to find some great deals. One of the things I love, is its calendar view so you can you see which days are cheapest to fly. This feature alone save soooo much time and headache.
If you’re not married to one car rental company or just need more option, then look into using RentalCars.com. It’s useful in that is searches all the rental companies at your detestation and provides pricing and availability. Time saved, check!
Allianze Travel Insurance
Always check the insurance provided by your existing providers – credit cards you book your travel with, medical insurance – so you’re not double booking. You usually aren’t going to be…so adding a bit more coverage could save you a lot if something should happen. Allianze Travel is one of the best to work with in the industry.
I still love travel guide books, and Lonely Planet has some of the best. For nearly 40 years Lonely Planet has been the leader in travel guide book publishing, renowned for its first-hand approach and commitment to providing the best information for travelers.