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 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.
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.
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).
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