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Travel Resources

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This is a collection of a few of the most useful websites I have used and which come highly recommended for when your wanderlust comes knocking!

Whether you’re at the planning, booking, or actively travelling I urge you to check out each site and what they can offer you for your specific type of travel. I have included resources which will help you for all types including solo, group, tour and even working travel for those wishing to delve into the land of the digital nomad.

To Roaming!

Flights    Accommodation    Transporation

Tour Company     Trip Planning     Work + Travel

Flights

Skyscanner

Whether you’re heading to “Tenerife or Tokyo”, Skyscanner is a really great search engine tool and a top pick for many a traveller if you have flexible dates or even your destination. Skyscanner is also a super cool tool for comparing airfares with airports in your chosen destinations which are close in proximity to each other to compare which may be cheaper options. The best part when booking with them though? There are no hidden fees or additional expenses, meaning the price you see for your flight, is the price!

JetRadar

Jetradar is in no uncertain terms a solid tie to the first place when we take a gander over to their “Magic Fares”. Magic Fares utilises a unique technology which gives you the best available airfares – sometimes at an even cheaper rate than you think is possible – for particular destinations. A point to note though is that Magic Fares only show’s up when there is a special fare for one of the routes that you are flying and when there are multiple i.e. a minimum of 2 parts to your travel journey. So if these two last points apply to your plans, this is well worth checking out.

Vayama

In the sea of aggregators, booking engines, watchdog sites, Vayama seems to fill its own gap in what seems a bit of a crowded pond. This one is a bit of a toss-up but worth checking out if you’re looking to have your “international travel solved.” I personally would recommend Vayama if you’re looking at a direct flight to a lesser visited destination like Chicago to Buenos Aires or Miami to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 Accommodation

Booking.com

Booking.com is personally one of my favourite go-to sites for booking my accommodation. Even when I worked in travel as a consultant, it was an amazing reference for unexpected finds. From Chang Mai to Guatemala or even Stormsriver you’re bound to find something that fits your needs. The fact that the site is super user-friendly, easy to navigate, with a broad range of filters to zero in on your specific needs, with the cherry on top being their consistently great prices.

Homestay

I love the concept of Homestay and its immersive potential! Connecting you with locals, Homestay gives you the opportunity to stay in someones home. This option really offers good value and the chance to truly experience a space in the most intimate of ways versus the conventional accommodation route.

HotelsCombined

HotelsCombined is like Skyscanner is to flight and well worth checking out! Being a comparison site, HotelsCombined allows you to find the best hotel prices from the big names in travel sites and find the best deals for you, in one simple search. The best thing about this site is that though they are a comparison site, they have a really stellar support team which is there to assist you with your booking all the way through your stay. The fact that feedback is so consistent, I would recommend checking these guys out for sure!

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing as its namesake connects you with locals who let you stay on their couch or in a spare room for free. Whether you’re looking for a couch in Cape Town or Afganistan, Couchsurfing is a great way to save money but more so, allows you the opportunity to meet and really get to know local people too. You can even join events called “Couch Crashes”!

Homeaway

Homeaway is part of the Expedia family tree and is very similar to Airbnb in that accommodations are rented out by owners. With Homeaway you can find anything from an apartment and condo to a cottage, cabin and villa, or even a boat, treehouse or whole island! They even also offer rooms to rent inside castles. True story…

Priceline

Priceline has been around for a long while. Searching for hotels through Priceline is also simple. There are a good few options to filter down to, including star rating, neighbourhood and amenities. It also has an “Express Deals” and “Name Your Own Price” feature which can save you in the region of 18 to 40 percent or select the general location, name a price you’re willing to pay, fill in your information, including your credit card number, and submit. If your offer is accepted, your card will be charged respectively. Noting the “Express Deals” allows you the name of the hotel only once you’ve booked the room. So if you’re a stickler for brands you may rather book with the sites regular search.

Transportation

Rail Europe

Travelling by train is an awesome way to see Europe! Whether its the main centres like London, Brussels and Amsterdam you’re after; or you’ve always wanted to see the fjords and northern lights of Scandinavia or the French Mediterranean Coast is calling your name, Rail Europe, allowed you to see 28 countries and 15,000 cities and towns in Europe with the widest selection of train tickets and rail passes!

Auto Europe

If you’re looking for comparative car rental rates, Auto Europe includes top suppliers like Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, National, Budget, Dollar, Buchbinder and Peugeot. This means a hefty 20,000 pickup locations in over 180 countries worldwide! If you book with Auto Europe, they offer free cancellation up to 48 hours before pickup, a best rate guarantee, as well as a 24/7 service hotline from pickup to dropoff. This is one to check out.

  Tour Company

G Adventures

The first time I ever considered a Tour Company, G Adventures was the first on my list and by their record, there is a reason. Anything your imagination can conceive, they will likely have done! From an African Safari to an Arctic Adventure and everything in-between, they cover almost every corner of the globe and whether you’re 18 or 81, there is more than likely a tour to fit your place, preferences and style!

Tourradar

Tourradar is the like the Etsy of group tours. If you are wanting to compare trips, this is a great place to do just that! And being a marketplace for group tours this allows you to do just that. So whether it’s a local Tour Operator like Peregrine or a large one like G-Adventures, you’re open to search and compare all. They do also offer a huge number of deals and discounts, as well as honouring individual operator specials too, which is awesome!  Use this link to check out their getaway deals!

Contiki

If you’re between the ages of 18 to 35, you must have heard of Contiki! They are without a doubt the leaders in this market! They offer a really good mix of sightseeing and culture with a huge range of destinations, tours and styles in over 40 countries across 6 continents! Bonus? Whether you’re keen on island hopping in Thailand or eating Gelato in Rome, Contiki have some really cool last minute worldwide travel deals worth checking out too!

  Trip Planning

World Nomads

In terms of Travel Insurance, I am both hands up for these guys. I even decided to write a post about why which you can read here. The thing is World Nomads was designed by travellers for travellers. They’re trusted by the likes of Lonely Planet and Nomadic Matt (who is a travel stalwart) and it totally makes sense being offered to 130+ countries. Their Travel Insurance includes luggage and electronics insurance. They also offer 24hr worldwide assistance and you can buy, extend and claim – all online!

City Pass

Sightseeing will always be a part of visiting a foreign country. If you’re into doing a bunch of stuff in big cities, CityPass is for you! They’re well worth every penny as they save you up to 50% less on the combined regular price of admissions to the most famous and popular attractions in big cities.

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has been around for nearly 40 years and has been one of the most trusted travel guides and resources for millions of travellers from across the globe for as long. The depth and breadth of Lonely Planet Guides are without a question vast and in-depth. If this is what you’re after, or if you are a beginner on your road out of dodge, I do still highly recommend these guys! I have also always loved the feeling of a book and combining it with travel just leaves me with an old world nostalgia that’s hard to shake.

Babbel

Babbel is not as well known as its counterparts aka. Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur or Duolingo, but with over 1 million users worldwide Babbel is a language course that is definitely worth considering. If you’re looking to develop basic vocabulary and practise difficult grammar at an inexpensive rate, Babbel is worth taking a gander over to.

  Work + Travel

WeWork

WeWork’s motto is “create a life and not just a living”. With over 210,000 members, and 373 office locations in 69 cities all around the world, the WeWork force is strong! Whether you’re an artist, designer, entrepreneur or even an engineer, in search of a “distinct aesthetic” WeWork is a vibe. There is no shortage of options available to you by any means. So, if your hustle game is hard, and you’re wanting to be in a space of open collaboration this is one coworking space, recalibrating to the new nature of the workspace worth its tag. Check out WeWork here.