TRAVEL PLANNING RESOURCES
Here are some of the key resources I use and trust for researching and planning my travel. I may earn compensation from the purchase of any product or service through these links, at no extra cost to you. I only link to products I use and love, therefore feel comfortable recommending.
Google Flights is where I do most of my flight schedule and airfare research. My favourite features are first, the fare alert system which allows you to set a price tracker on flights you’re interested in, and second, the airline alliances filter is great for those trying to earn status or spend miles.
Generally, I don’t find any benefit from booking with third-party providers, but occasionally, just occasionally, I’ve found an unbeatable deal on Booking.com. It’s always worth checking!
Quite simply, no one does it like Lonely Planet – their guidebooks are still the best IMHO.
National is generally our go-to for renting a car, especially since we racked up Executive status! Though I recommend you always compare prices.
Priority Pass gives you access to a network of airline lounges worldwide, independent of the usual airline rewards programs.
Smart Destinations is another company offering multi-attraction passes to save you some dosh on top attractions.
Contiki create great tours for 18-35 year olds. In my younger and much less experienced travel days, I toured with these guys and loved it!
When you’re pushed for time in a destination hop-on, hop-off bus tours help you see a lot in a small amount of time. They’re also a great way to get orientated in a new place before you go out exploring independently.
City Sightseeing is an alternative to Big Bus Tours, also providing a hop-on, hop-off service in destinations around the world.
If you’re not using Uber yet, you are missing out. I am turning to it more and more often, whether it’s to get around a new city or as airport transfers (great for avoiding astronomical airport parking fees).
I host all my sites on Siteground, after going through lengthy comparisons with other companies – it’s worth paying a little extra. My experience with their customer services has been great.
Most products fall between these two extremes. For example, a restaurant provides a physical good, but also provides services in the form of ambience, the setting and clearing of the table, etc.