by Madam ZoZo

TRAVEL PLANNING RESOURCES

Here are some of the key travel resources I use and trust for researching and planning trips from flights and accommodation to insurance and guide books.

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Google Flights

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.

Skyscanner

Google Flights does not index all carriers, particularly budget airlines, so if you’re looking for cheap flights it’s worth comparing airlines, dates and prices all in one place with Skyscanner.

Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor is my go to when searching for hotel accommodation, I like their advanced filters and map functionality. I generally make the final booking direct with the hotel website.

Booking.com

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!

Lonely Planet Guidebooks

Quite simply, no one does it like Lonely Planet – their guidebooks are still the best IMHO.

Seven Corners

Travel insurance is an absolute must! I use Seven Corners because of their great-value annual plan with hazardous sports add-on.

National Car Rental

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

Priority Pass gives you access to a network of airline lounges worldwide, independent of the usual airline rewards programs.

CityPASS

Save some money on entry fees to top sightseeing locations and attractions with a multi-attraction pass.

Smart Destinations Multi-Attraction Passes

Smart Destinations is another company offering multi-attraction passes to save you some dosh on top attractions.

Contiki Travel Tours

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!

Intrepid Travel

Now I’m “old” (see Contiki), I look to Intrepid when looking for small group tours. Great for solo travellers!

Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours

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 Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tours

City Sightseeing is an alternative to Big Bus Tours, also providing a hop-on, hop-off service in destinations around the world.

Uber

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).

BLOGGING RESOURCES

Siteground Hosting

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.

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Wordpress

WordPress is a versatile Content Management System (CMS) used by approximately a quarter of all websites. The free, open-source platform is SEO-friendly, responsive and holds high security standards.

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