Travelling can be hard. There are so many decisions to make – between trying to find the best flight, how to keep everything organised, finding the best place to stay and what to see, eat and drink. It’s a lot! But hey – don’t panic, below you’ll find my top travel resources from flights, accommodation to travel apps. Everything you see below has been tried and tested, I will never recommend something that I don’t truly believe in. I hope that these resources help you as much as they have helped me.
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Skyscanner is my go to flight search engine website. I LOVE their 'everywhere' function which allows you to be as flexible as you want. You can also choose by month to find the cheapest deal. Watch out for extra long layovers - I try to fly direct where possible.
Secret Flying is a super cool website. They post the most amazing flight deals which often can't be found anywhere else on the web. They're also known for 'error flights' where airlines have incorrectly priced the flight cheaper than it is. You need to be quick to grab the deals though. Follow their Facebook page to get the most up to date deals.
Momondo is another really good airfare website. It gives you a rough idea of what a flight will cost, the layover time and various routes. I usually use a combination of flight comparison websites and then check to see if booking directly through the airline works out best in the long run.
I love Booking.com for how easy it is to use. They also have really good search filters so you can find eactly what you want. Every type of accommodation imaginable is on there and they often offer some good discounts too. I always read the reviews and cross check with other websites before booking.
If you’re planning on staying in hostels, then I highly recommend checking out Hostelworld. Their review system is incredibly useful especially if you're new to hostels. Nowadays, there are hostels to suit a range of budgets and travelling styles and Hostelworld is where you'll find exactly what you want.
Full Disclosure: I have not yet tried TrustedHousesitters but I had to include it as so many of my friends rave about how amazing it is. You pay a yearly fee which then connects you to home owners worldwide who need a housesitter. In return, you live in amazing places for free and experience life as a local.
My biggest travel tip is please don't EVER travel without travel insurance. You just don't know what could happen. I mean, I developed pneumonia on a tropical island! Thankfully the amazing team at World Nomads made sure that I didn't have to worry about medical costs. You may find their prices higher than other travel insurance companies but their policy is the most comprehensive. For peace of mind, it's so worth it!
Get Your Guide is the place to get tickets for attractions and tours. They have over 30,000 activites from all over the world including special hidden gems. My favourites are their 'skip the line' tickets which have saved me so much time!
G Adventures is the world's largest adventure travel company which offers small group tours across the globe, from the Galapagos, Greece, Thailand to the Antarctic. I have been on a couple of Gadventure tours and loved every second of them. Their tour of Morocco was my absolute favourite! Who doesn't want to sleep overnight in the Sahara desert?!
What I love about Contiki is that you can customise your options to suit your travelling style.They are also awesome at catering to solo travellers! They have over 300 tours on 6 continents so you are sure to find something you like.
I started reading Lonely Planet Guidebooks a long time before I started travelling . I loved reading about the history and culture of places far away. Nowadays, there is so much knowledge online, yet I still like reading LP guidebooks. I often buy LP ebooks for my kindle which are super handy and they often have 3 for 2 deals and other special offers.
What I love about Rome2Rio is that you can find the fastest/most convenient way to get from Point A to Point B. Their search engine includes all modes of transport from ferries, cars, airplanes, buses and so on. However, be mindful that their price might not be the best value you can find.
TripIt is one of my absolute favourite travel apps - you can find my complete list of travel apps here. What I love about TripIt is that you can keep all of your travel details in one place. You can also sync your details from the app to other devices.
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