Updated: Jun 25, 2019
This is something you want to print out. Because it gives you everything you need to search, and book your trip. Live search boxes to search right on this page, clickable links, a list of the companies I use for all my trips along with info about them. For my newbies I even list these in the order I book them.
You asked for it and here it is. Many of my members and readers ask where I book my travel. Here's a collection of my favorite travel and adventure resources. It has everything from the best websites for booking cheap flights. Cheap flight tickets and transportation services. Accommodation/Hotels and hotel booking websites. Other travel planning tools and resources. The Top Travel Resources I have used to travel around the world. Use these sites and travel with confidence. Not only is this full of the best resources in travel.....It is also a guide for beginner travelers. This list is in the order that I tend to book my travel. You have a guide and all the best links to plan and book your travel on one page. So be sure to save this somewhere as this will be something you will use repeatedly.
Traveling requires a lot of research, time and money, but it can all be made just a little easier by using these tried and true travel resources. You learn what works best and what tools and accessories are worth it to pack along. This is a page listing the travel resources I use to book all my trips and tours. After I have chosen my destination there are three key things I start searching and booking for, fight, hotel and tours. You can do all three from this page.
This is great for anyone just starting to book their own travel and don't know where to start. It can be used as a how to or guide on how to book your own trips. This will guide you to cheap flights in Europe to exciting wine tours in Italy. Its also a convenient tool to have all links and up to date travel deals in one place. All of the links are live and set to offer the latest travel deals.
TABLE OF CONTENT
1. Flight search/book
4. Travel deals/Package
5. Transportation /Car rental
6. Travel accessories I don't travel without
They find you the cheapest flights by comparing millions of flight options from airlines and travel agents. Aside from airline tickets, they also compare hotel and car rental prices. Once you find the cheap flight, hotel or car rental you want to book, they will transfer you to the provider to complete your booking. And there's no added fees!
Have a particular airline you prefer to fly with? Filter your results for any airline to compare prices only for them. Search cheap flights on Southwest, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue and more!
Sometimes I book my flight and hotel together it just depends. If I find really great flight deal I will grab it and book the hotel at a later date. That actually helps to make travel more affordable and one of my many travel tips. For some hotels you can wait until you check in to pay. You can still reserve a room on booking.com. I found that over the years these are the sites that give me the best deals. Years ago hands down Expedia would always be the lowest. That is no longer the case as booking.com has stepped it up with some serious competition. Not to mention booking.com is good at having a ton of information about the hotel. Many times they will have more information then the actual hotel does on their website.
SKY SCANNER HOTELS
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Planning what I am going to do is always last for me. If not last it comes after flights and hotel are paid for. I like doing it that way because it doesn't overwhelm me. Your taking it one step at a time. Not to mention your taking the cost one step at a time. Again this also helps you to better afford to travel.
I love Viator! I use it on domestic and international trips. They have tours everywhere. If you want to save money by using these steps but not sure of what to do when you get there? Just plug in a few Viators after you have booked your flight and hotel, now you have a vacation package! I suggest for your first day book an inexpensive city tour for $15- $20 on Viator. I like doing this because it gives me an orientation of the city. Not to mention since I travel solo I get to met a few people to hang out with later.
Viator makes it simple to find exactly what you want to do. With direct access to more than 100,000 bookable activities, you can easily discover and book incredible experiences. Optimized for mobile booking, Viator lets you plan in advance or book on-the-go to skip long lines and sold-out signs.
TOP VIEW NEW YORK
Top View Sightseeing have welcomed millions of tourists around the world. I use them every time I visit NY
With a large fleet of double decker buses equipped with a cutting-edge GPS triggered audio guiding system, TopView tells the story of NYC in 11 languages. Totaling 40+ bus stops, TopViews double decker buses stop at major NYC attractions, making it convenient for customers to explore the city at their own pace.
TopView’s high standards of service are reflected in professional drivers, friendly customer service, and top-notch technology: clean-air technology on buses and real-time live map to track hop-on hop-off buses. They have lots of cool sightseeing tours.
HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS
From one man with big dreams too 300 trips in 6 continents, Contiki got 54 years of young, free-spirited group travel on the clock and we're still going strong.
As the original travel company for the young, wild and free, they've perfected the art of travel for 18-35 year old’s. 300 trips spanning 6 continents, with the best team in the business, more included experiences, and your transportation is just the start of what you get.
Contiki offer an unforgettable experience, more flexibility through 8 ways to travel, 5 ways to stay and endless free time and options. This is great for solo travelers that are in the mood for being a part of a group. Without having to wait for your friends to flake out on you.
The right tour for the right traveller
G Adventures is a small-group adventure travel company and social enterprise founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It offers more than 700 different tours in more than 100 countries, and carries 200,000 travellers from 160 countries each year.
All G Adventures tours share a common love of adventure, but life-altering experiences come in a variety of flavours. Travel Styles collect tours based around common themes together. No matter what kind of traveller you are, they got a tour (or a dozen) that’ll fit you just right
Intrepid Travel is the world's largest small group adventure travel company. The company offers more than 1,500 itineraries in over 120 countries. Destinations include Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Australasia, and Antarctica.
I know I say this a lot but I love going on these trips because I'm a solo traveler. Every now and then I like traveling with a group. However who has the time to try and round up a group of friends that will most likely flake out. With companies like Intrepid you know you will be traveling with a group of cool people. Its super fun and they have EVERYTHING planned out for you. I am known for booking my own travel but sometimes I don't feel like it. When I want something already put together these are the companies I book with.
Intrepid has many different type of trips. Because I am a last minute fly by the seat of my pants type gal..... I love there last minute deals. They are perfect for me. Not to mention they all tend to be a lot cheaper.
SKYSCANNER CAR RENTAL
Car Rentals with Skyscanner
With Skyscanner’s most complete car rental search tool, you can book your next car rental deal with confidence. Skyscanner searches for car rentals at thousands of locations worldwide from top providers including Hertz, National, Alamo, Enterprise and Budget Car Rental to get you the best car rental deals. Find the perfect vehicle for your budget and mobility needs.
AUTO EUROPE CAR RENTAL
Auto Europe is a large car rental wholesale company, working with approximately 20,000 car rental locations in 180 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, as well as North and South America. Auto Europe has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since April 2, 1993 with an A+ rating.