All the stuff I use in my travels
Ready to book your trip? These are the things I use in planning my travels. I’ve been using them for years so, on this page, I will share my experiences with these platforms in terms of easy booking, cheap finds, and great deals. I also made a little comment/review about their interface. Some websites are easier to use than others so I feel it’s very important to explain to you how all these work.
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In 2021, I am officially supporting VRBO instead of Airbnb. VRBO has a “Book with Confidence Guarantee Program” that is very beneficial especially at this time when our travel plans are always changing.
If you’re someone who likes to compare prices, then this platform is for you! Hotellook collects prices at the 50 largest hotel reservation agencies and official websites of hotels. Get all prices in just one place.
Momondo has a new COVID feature where you can get information when booking your flight. Just enter your departure country and the map will reflect the country’s opening status and entry requirements! It’s really amazing!
I use this platform when booking flights to and from Europe. All the flights here are guaranteed cheap. I once booked a Mexico-Madrid flight for only $300 USD! I always find cheap long-haul flights here. You can also use this for rental cars and hotels.
If you’re a backpacker, then this platform is for you. Kiwi.com is my go-to tool for booking flights without check-in luggage. There are many great features about Kiwi.com such as travel time, layover options, etc – you’re going to love it!
Cheap O Air offers a number of discount and savings opportunities. When searching for airfares, discount and savings claims are based on multiple factors, including searching over 600 airlines to find the lowest available fare.
Has COVID-19 changed your travel plans? At CheapTickets, you can use credits or coupons, cancel your trip, check refund status, and more. I also love their Vacation Value Finder tool where you can find flight + hotel packages for cheap!
Beyond buying discounted flights, CheapAir also helps you find and book flights with wifi and other amenities to make your journey enjoyable. They also have an exclusive Price Drop Payback program. If the CheapAir flight price is lower after buying, they will send you a voucher for the difference, up to $100 per ticket.
I must admit – sometimes, I am super lazy to do things on my own so I always book the tours here! They are really cheap compared to other tour booking platforms! Use this when you travel to Mexico and Latin America.
I use this whenever I want to see real-time reviews. The reviews here are from real people so you can always compare experiences. If you don’t believe blogger reviews, take a look at other opinions here. Most of the tours are cheaper here, too.
When it comes to things to do, Viator is my favorite! They have over half a million tours all over the world. I am not really sure how they got to this number but I love that they have tours that are not offered in other platforms!
I first learned about EatWith when I was living in Israel. Basically, it’s a platform for booking meals with private chefs, not just in Israel but all over the world. They also started offering online cooking classes when COVID started.
Trafalgar designs tours so you can experience the world differently. You’ll get the personal service, attention to detail, and ease you’re looking for while enjoying the unmissable experiences you’ve always dreamed of. This is good for people who have fixed travel vacation dates.
Contiki has fixed travel dates so you can save for your travel. What I love about Contiki is that they have a FlexDeposit policy, a 30-day refund program. You can change your plans for any reason, or no reason at all, and rest assured your money is protected.
Intrepid Travel is the leader in responsible, ethical small group adventures since 1989. I’ve known them for a while now and have joined some of their tours. What I love about them is that you can lock in your trip with a deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees!
Tour Radar has a strict vetting rule for the tours listed on their website so it is guaranteed that you will only experience high-quality tours and guides! They can also match a lower price you found somewhere else – the prices are really flexible!
It’s really simple: find a house-sit, take care of their pets and their homes while the owners are away! House-sitting has been one of the reasons I was able to travel the world indefinitely. This is a great way to get free accommodations!
If you are not comfortable using dating apps like Bumble and Tinder, Meet Up is a great website. See the latest events in the city that you are in. They are also categorized according to the type of traveler (i.e. solo, LGBTQ, family, etc).