When it comes to logistics and planning a trip, whether it’s a local destination or an international world trip, these are the exact companies and travel resources that I use and trust. They help me find affordable deals and offer plenty of options to choose from. Next time you book a trip, check these links out!
This is my go-to site for finding flights. Sure, I can subscribe to many other websites to look for the best deals for a particular country, but those deals are usually limited to certain destinations or a tight timeframe. Skyscanner has a calendar view to see what days of the month or year are the cheapest to fly. They also include small budget airlines as well in their search engine. Momondo is similar to Skyscanner but I usually find slightly cheaper deals on Skyscanner. Check out my Youtube tutorial video on how to find cheaper flights with Skyscanner; I found a one way trip LA to London for $150!
It’s world’s largest student and youth travel agency. I primarily used this whenI was just out of college as they have great deals for the younger folks. It’s definitely worth checking out for cheap flights, tours, Spring Break packages, youth rail passes, and travel deals.
This is where homeowners who rent out their homes to you. It can be an apartment, studio, house, trailer, villa, you name it! I’ll use this if I can’t find a cheaper alternative (ie. hostel) in an area or if I really want alone time. Most simple Airbnb’s can be a great option to stay at instead of pricey hotels. (New to Airbnb? Get $40 off your first stay!)
If you’re planning to travel to Asia, check this site out for guesthouses and hotels. They have an array of options to choose from with affordable rates for this region.
Booking.com is also great for cheap hotels and other accommodation. They have a wide selection of places all over the world and don’t require a down deposit. (Lifehack: This particularly is helpful when a country you’re about to fly into requires a hotel confirmation but you aren’t sure of your plans yet. You can book a hotel, print out the confirmation, and then cancel it).
This is like Airbnb, but free. The etiquette of Couchsurfing, or CS, is not to just mooch off people’s free beds and couches. It’s a platform to get to know the locals which who can tell you about their hometown. I also love checking out meetup events in the city – where you can meet other travelers and locals.
This is THE #1 site I use to book my bed for the night. It has the largest inventory of hostels in the world and include bed and breakfasts and some hotels, thus offering a lot of options to choose from! There are millions of hostel reviews from fellow travelers so you can see which has the best atmosphere, cleanliness, safety, and more. Think hostels are scary & dirty? Think again – check out some of the coolest ones I’ve stayed at.
I don’t use Priceline often, but when I want a hotel then I’ll book here. You can “bid” on hotels, meaning you can offer to pay a lower price for it and see if the hotel accepts your bid or rejects it. If done successfully, you can save a lot of money and pay a lot less than the original price tag.
DO NOT GO ON YOUR TRIP WITHOUT BUYING IT! Usually your health insurance at home doesn’t cover you overseas. Everyone always hesitates to buy travel insurance; it’s not worth the chance that you end up in a doctor’s office or hospital. I have a strong immune system, but even I got a earache when I was traveling for no reason! I couldn’t take the pain so after a few days I went to the doctors. Just the short doctor visit and meds cost me $65 which World Nomads covered. They may be a bit pricier than other companies but have great customer service and in-depth coverage. Here’s a tutorial video explaining how it works, how to sign up for it, and how to create a claim.
If you plan to go to Europe for a month or more and plan to travel via train, I suggest getting a rail pass. There are a few plans you can choose from. I did a 3 month Eurotrip and bought a flexi-15 plan. It allowed me to use it on 15 train rides in a span of 2 months. It saved me money especially when I used it in the more expensive countries (ie. France, Italy).
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