What to know about traveling
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Find the cheapest flights from thousands of airlines and travel sites
This is my all time favorite search engine. They always seem to find airlines that offer the best deals and their calendar view lets you see which days are cheapest to fly. I like them because they search the small booking sites no one else does. I make this my starting point for all flight searches.
Simple around the world flights
This company is a leader in round the world tickets. Their booking engine will allow you to construct itineraries using multiple airlines so you can piece together the best deals. Their staff is excellent and really knows their stuff.
Easy and fast booking
A great flight search engine, especially for international flights outside the US. It’s one of my main starting points for when I book international tickets and I’ve found fares on their site hundreds of dollars cheaper than I’ve found elsewhere.
The world's travel search engine
This great website searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss. While I always start with Momondo, I’ll often check this site too as a way to price compare.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
The biggest online community of travellers. This is the first (and often, last) stop for vacation planners. Not only can you book flights, hotels, car rentals, and get tickets for attractions here, but you also get a amazing breadth of reviews and tips from real travellers. The destination guides on TripAdvisor are often much better (more up-to-date and more detailed) than the expensive guide books in your bookstore.
Stay with Locals and Meet Travelers
Bum a night's sleep on somebody's couch and save hundreds of dollars on hotel costs! CouchSurfing is a worldwide community of amazing hosts and adventurous travelers seeing the world on the cheap.
Where to? Start your next adventure on Airbnb
Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Travel anywhere. Live like a local. Stay for free
The most comprehensive listing of home listings. You list your house on the site, find another house where you'd like to stay, and contact the member to see if they want to trade homes for a bit. This exchange system lets you live like a local in a comfortable house or apartment instead of a tiny and expensive hotel room.
Discover incredible hostels in the heart of the city
33,000 properties, 170 countries, Over 8 million verified guest reviews, 24/7 customer service. You can also find flights for less than twice as much as a bus drive (long distance). Worth checking.
Hostels and cheap hotels. Stay close to what you want to see and do.
Easiest way to book hostels all over the world. You can find prices, amenities (including pictures), and customer reviews of each location so you know what you're getting before you land. You can also book directly from the site.
Search hundreds of hotel sites at once.
The only place you need to search for discounted airfare. Kayak searches over 140+ airlines and travel agencies (including Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, Hotwire.com, and other big airfare search engines) to aggregate the best flight deals all in one place.
All in one
Cheap travel and last minute deals
Is a robust site that not only offers some of the best travel deals available, but includes planning tools and tips for a smooth trip. Hotwire's partners offer unsold inventory at big savings and rest assured that Hotwire only works with partners you know and trust.
All last minute
Airfare, hotel, attractions, and packages in one database. If you want to book a vacation for this weekend or grab a flight for tomorrow, start your search here for the best prices on last minute deals.
Book Flight + Hotel at the same time
With Orbitz Price Assurance, your guaranteed the lowest rate offered by Orbitz. If another customer books the same flight on Orbitz at a lower price, you'll automatically be issued a refund for the difference. They also offer real time traveler updates to keep you apprised of your flight status.
Discover New Deals. Every Day
Puts the power of pricing back in your hands by allowing you to name your own price for hotels and pay no booking fees for flights, cars, or vacation packages. The site also offers reviews by travelers to help you make the best travel decision.
Find Vacation Rentals and Short Term Accommodations Worldwide
Is a peer-to-peer short term rental marketplace. As a host, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your guest has paid in advance of the stay. As a guest, rest assured that Roomorama is keeping your money secure until you check-in and hand over the payment code.
Aircraft seat maps, flight shopping and flight information
Database of airplane seat configurations by airline. You can get diagrams with notes on where the good (and bad) seats are on the plane. You can see a layout of where the galley is (get your food faster) and where the bathrooms are (stay far away). If you know what type of plane you'll be flying on (ask the airline ticketing agent), and you get to pick your seat, make sure to check out SeatGuru first so you don't pick the bad seat next to the toilets.
Book Flight + Hotel at the same time
One look at the Travelocity Customer Bill of Rights is enough to know that this company cares about your travel needs. The Travelocity Guarantee is the most proactive and comprehensive in the industry. Have peace of mind when booking with Travelocity.
We offer you the best flights and mixed roundtrips.
Wegolo shows you the "all-in" fares, which includes the total cost for all passengers together as charged by the airlines, so you get no surprise taxes and fees tacked on at the last minute. Their search tool allows you to combine your out- and inbound flights with 2 different airlines and select the optimum departure/arriving schedules or airports.
Book when prices are low
Yapta stands for Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant. Yapta notifies you when prices for flights drop. It can do it even after you purchase your tickets, giving you a chance to get a refund of the difference from the airline. If you prefer, Yapta will haggle with the airline on your behalf for a $15 fee. Their new killer feature is emailing you notifications when a seat that is redeemable for reward miles comes available.
World Nomads Travel Insurance
Get your travel insurance
I buy all my travel insurance from World Nomads. They have great customer service, competitive prices, and in-depth coverage. I’ve been using them since I started traveling in 2003. They are also recommended by Lonely Planet and National Geographic so you know they are good. DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE.
A Single Stop for European Rail Travel
If you are going to Europe and taking a lot of trains, get a rail pass. I’ve used a rail pass three times and saved hundreds of dollars each time. The math just works. I use the company Rail Europe and suggest you do too.
REI Backpacks and Gear
Search for great gear & clothing
Matt from nomadicmatt.com says: I’ve had the same REI backpack with me for the last 6 years and it’s as good now as it was the day I bought it. Their products will last you a long time. Because the quality has been so great, I purchase all my travel gear through them.
If you are a traveler and live in the U.S., get T-Mobile. T-Mobile gives their users contract-free plans (starting at $50 per month) with free international data and text messaging in over 100 countries — plus all calls while in those countries are only 20 cents a minute. I’ve been using them for years and love them.
Explore tables around the world
This website allows you to eat home cooked meal with locals. Locals post listings for dinner parties and specialty meals that you can sign up for. There is a fee (everyone sets their own price) but this is a great way to do something different, pick a local’s brain, and make a new friend.
Real life experiences
They offer good small group tours that use expert guides and leave a small environmental footprint. If you go on a tour with anyone, go with them.
Private Guides and (Very) Small Group Tours for the Intellectually Curious Traveler
Walking tour companies, Context offers in-depth history, food, and cultural tours through cities in the world, with a speciality in Europe. This company gets experts to lead tours (i.e. a chef to lead a food tour).
Discover and book unique experiences offered by local insiders.
It allows you to experience niche, offbeat, and interesting tours that bigger tour companies might not run (like a street art tour in Los Angeles). Plus, the groups tend to be very small, making for a more intimate experience.
The Man in Seat 61
Train & ferry information for Europe & worldwide
This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
Rome 2 Rio
Discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry and automobile
This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. Just enter your departure and arrival destinations and it will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost. One of the best transportation website out there!
Find Your Perfect Cruise with The Cruise Search Engine™!
This company works voodoo magic and searches the web for the cheapest cruises on the web, sometimes as cheap as $27 a night. This may not be your typical cruising website but a deal is a deal. This website is especially good for repositioning cruises across oceans.
Share rides with vetted local drivers
Is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheap and much more interesting way to get from point A to point B than by bus or train!
Australia's vibrant community marketplace
This Craiglist like site is an amazing resource for travelers. You can find travel partners, rideshares, jobs, second hand gear, homestays, and much more. It is an amazing website for travelers of all kind!
More to explore
Green Global Travel
Ecotourism is an adventure that change lives.
Techniques for staying alive in every natural environment.
See the wild
Choos from the travel experiences that actively support wildlife conservation.
Online travel guide
The Trailblazing Guide to Travel, Living, Work, Volunteering and Study Abroad.
One-Stop Indie Travle Guide. BootsnAll provides inspiration and resources to get you on the road. Long-term, independent travel. It gives you the opportunity to dig deeper into a country.
Go world travel
Online Travel Magazine
Love world travel? So do we! Go World Travel Magazine has stories and videos of travel in more than 90 countries. Enjoy!
Tips and Infomaterial about adventure traveling.
Quick, personal guides to everywhere around the world
Travel stories from and about every region of the world. Travelmag correspondents travel well beyond the guidebook routes, illuminating little-known corners of the globe and, occasionally, revealing a bit about themselves as well.
A big, varied online travel community and intrepid global culture.
Has provided travelers with inspiring travel articles, photos from destinations around the world, and a community of like-minded travelers who are seeking to learn about the world and share their travels with others.
The International Writers Magazine. The online portfolio of good writing whether fiction, travel, comment or lifestyles.
Is a travel site for the avid traveler featuring travel articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe.
A free blog site for traveler's, writers and otherwise. Travellerspoint is one of the web's largest and most active travel communities with members representing every country in the world.
Travel experiences from Jonathon. Blog writer, traveler and founder of the NGO List.