Here are some of my favourite travel resources – from the sites I use to book travel and save money, to some of my favourite gear. Bookmark this page so you can come back when planning your next dream trip!
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Before I book a flight, I spend a lot of time comparing deals to get the best price. Sure it takes a bit of time, but I often end up finding a way better deal. These are the sites I use to compare flights.
Google Flights: When I’m searching for flights, I usually start off by looking on Google Flights to see when is the most economical time to fly. The site has a great calendar that shows how prices fluctuate depending on the dates you choose. Meaning, if you’re not locked into dates to fly, you can save a lot of money by comparing different dates and being flexible.
Skyscanner: I also compare flights on Skyscanner. I love the site for its “Everywhere” booking option – it’s so helpful if you want a weekend away but aren’t quite sure where you want to go. We did this a few years ago when we lived in the United States and ended up spending a great long weekend in Denver. Search for flights now
Kayak: Kayak is another great site to compare flights on. They have a tonne of resources to help you compare flights as well as pick the right dates. They also have a cool new tool called Huddle that I’m keen to check out. If you’re travelling with a group of people, you can vote on different activities and hotels so your group trip goes smoothly. Search for flights now
momondo: The other site I use to compare flights is momondo. They also have an “Anywhere” function if you’re not sure where you want to go. The site has a “mix and match” option that could help you to save money by booking flights with separate suppliers. Search for flights now
Booking.com: This is the site I always use to book hotels. They even offer accommodation like holiday rentals and self-contained apartments, so I find that they have a great range. Each hotel has lots of images of the property and plenty of reviews so I can get a good sense of the location, vibe and service. They have a loyalty program as well that will nab you even further discounts on stays. Finding accommodation is usually one of the most time-consuming things for me, so I like that this site has everything in one place. Book a hotel now
HotelsCombined: The other site I use to compare and book hotels is HotelsCombined. This site is an aggregator that compares deals across other travel sites, so you can then go to the site with the lowest or best price and book there. The site also has options for booking flights and cars, but I only use the hotels function. Book a hotel now
TripAdvisor: We all know that the quality of reviews on TripAdvisor can vary and that you should take each with a grain of salt, but I still jump on here just to check that I’m not considering booking a dud hotel! Search reviews now
Airbnb: I’m also a huge fan of Airbnb for booking accommodation when we’re staying somewhere for longer than a weekend or if we want to stay somewhere unique. This means we have access to a kitchen and a laundry so we can save money. It can often be a more “local” way of visiting somewhere – but make sure you seek out places that are actually owned by locals (as opposed to homes owned by people who use Airbnb to make money off investment properties). I usually only book with a Superhost if I can, and I always read the reviews carefully. Search Airbnb properties now
I swear by Scott’s Cheap Flights to find cheap deals. In fact, that’s how we nabbed a $404 return flight from Dallas to Madrid when we took our Andalucía road trip! The site has unbelievable deals (but only for flights that depart from U.S. airports). Mighty Travels and Secret Flying are other sites I’m checking on the daily.
To earn points to use on award travel, I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred and AMEX Platinum credit cards (both cards are in the United States). They earn me different rewards which I can then combine to get free flights and hotels, whoop! Plus, both cards have tonnes of benefits including travel insurance, car rental cover, lounge access and discounts on brands.
World Nomads: As soon as you book your flights, book your travel insurance! You never know when you’ll be stranded somewhere, or your luggage will get lost or you’ll get sick – travel insurance is a must-have for any trip. I use World Nomads. They’re a great company and while I’ve never (thank goodness!) had to make a claim, I know they have my back! Get a quote today
Priority Pass: Want to relax while you’re waiting for your flight? Priority Pass is a must! Priority Pass has the largest network of airline lounges in the world and some even have mini spas! Truth be told, I’ve sometimes even arrived at an airport early just so that I could hang out in the lounge (and sip on a glass of bubbles!). There are a range of memberships at varying levels depending on how pampered you want to be. I have my membership through my AMEX Platinum credit card although it’s something I’d definitely pay for.
Rentalcars.com: If you need to book a rental car when you’re visiting somewhere, I always choose Rentalcars.com. The great thing about this site is that you can compare prices across all the major rental car brands – Hertz, Budget, Avis and so on – without having to go to each site directly. Search for cars today
Omio: If you’re visiting Europe, this site is a must-visit to help you book buses, trains, ferries and flights. You can book all your transport needs in one go. The good thing is that Omio isn’t just limited to Europe – you can also find travel options for Canada and the U.S. as well. Book travel today
GetYourGuide: While I’m a huge fan of getting lost and exploring a city by myself, taking day tours in a new city is one of the best ways to get a unique insight into the history and culture of a place. A local guide can show you hidden spots and give you some context to what you’re seeing. GetYourGuide has a huge range of tours around the world – from discovering local food to skip-the-line tickets to biking tours, there’s something for everyone. It’s also really flexible, with a cancellation policy that allows you to change your plans up to 24 hours before your booking. Check tours online now
Viator: A similar site to GetYourGuide is Viator. They have thousands of tours available in hundreds of cities. Like GetYourGuide, they also have a flexible booking policy, so you can book and change your mind later with most tours. I recommend reading through the reviews carefully. Check tours online now
Klook: If you’re planning to do some tours in cities around Asia, Klook is the site to check out. They’ve collated thousands of different tours from Australia to Japan to Taiwan to Thailand. Check tours online now
CityPASS: If you’re visiting a major city in the U.S. like Dallas or New York or Atlanta (or Toronto in Canada), you can save a heap of money by purchasing a CityPASS. These passes bundle together the top attractions for cities and then offer a huge discount, often up to 40%. Check here to see if CityPASS is offered in your next destination
iVenture: For those who want to see a city’s top attractions, check to see if that city offers an iVenture card. The card offers discounted access to major tourist attractions. You select how many days you need and which activities you want to see and do and can obtain up to 60% off entrance fees. Check to see if there’s an iVenture card in your next city break destination
When travelling, I love this American Tourister suitcase – it fits in everything I need for a week or two. If I’m going on a short trip, this carry on bag is phenomenal. It has heaps of pockets that make my laptop and liquids easily accessible. I carry my liquids in this handy little bag, which means I’m never scrounging around for a plastic bag when I’m packing my toiletries.
When wandering around cities, this backpack is super handy because it has a special compartment for my camera – and it looks super cute. I always carry a reusable shopping bag with me to avoid having to get plastic bags in shops.
You can’t pack a suitcase without packing cubes. They are SO awesome at keeping everything together and organised and fitting more into my bags.
For my electronics, I store everything in this electronics organiser. I’m no longer rooting around in my bag for a lost iPhone charger or a memory card for my camera.
I never leave home without my Nomader water bottle. It means I can fill up with water when I’m travelling rather than buy plastic bottles of water. It squishes down so it can be stuffed into a bag when it’s not full
I’ve been partial to Lonely Planet guides ever since I first started travelling. While I don’t rely on them for everything, I do find them handy for getting a grip on a new place and checking out the must-dos. I especially enjoy reading the history and culture sections of a country before I head there.
I always travel with my Sony A6300 camera – the image quality is so sharp and it’s so light to carry around with us all day. I have two lenses for this camera: the Sony 1.8/35mm which takes beautifully crisp images even in low light, and the Sony 18-135mm lens.
I hope these resources help with planning your next dream trip!