Many of you have asked who I use when booking flights, trains, finding house sits etc.
So, I’ve compiled a list of all my favourite travel websites. These are the resources I use and love. I would never recommend something I do not believe in.
Flight Search Engines
When I start planning an adventure, I always go to Skyscanner first. Skyscanner usually has the best deals. Use their “Whole Month” and “Everywhere” options to get the cheapest flights worldwide.
But I also check with Momondo, as they give options using budget airlines.
But even though it’s sometimes cheaper with the flight search engines, I usually book directly with the airlines because with global pandemics, strikes, and delays, it’s easier to get help from the airlines when you’ve booked directly.
Love them or hate them, they are great for short flights, especially if you travel light and don’t need to pay for baggage. As long as you don’t expect great service or legroom, low-cost airlines are perfect for the bargain traveller.
Yes, I know, you always leave a budget flight saying never again, but some of those flight deals are hard to beat.
For Europe, check Ryan Air, Easy Jet and WizzAir.
For Asia, Air Asia.
Useful Site If Plane Delayed Or Cancelled
AirHelp is a new site I found recently. I had seen many adverts for them on Facebook, but I wasn’t sure how legit they were. Anyway, a friend recommended them after my flight to Germany was cancelled last minute.
If your flight is cancelled at the last minute or delayed by at least three hours, you may be able to claim compensation. You can check on their site if you’re entitled to compensation. You don’t have to pay them anything, but if you are entitled to compensation, they will do all the work for you, but they do take 35 % of any claim. Yes, it’s a lot, but you probably get more money back if you try to make a claim yourself.
The money I received back for my cancelled Lufthansa flight more than covered the flight cost, especially as I only applied to see how the website worked.
Airline Lounge Passes
I do love being able to use an airport lounge, especially when there’s a long transfer time at an airport.
Rome2Rio is a really useful website that details all the ways to get between two destinations. It will also give you an idea of the price for each transportation option.
Travelling By Train
The Man In Seat 61
This is a fantastic website about train travel and a great place to start when planning train journeys anywhere in the world.
A great app for booking train tickets. It avoids standing at ticket machines in stations looking confused. I use it all the time around Europe.
If I can’t find my train journey through OMIO, Trainline is my next go-to.
Renting A Car
Ok, I haven’t rented a car for a while. I prefer train travel these days, but when I do, I use these companies.
Discover Cars and Rental Cars.
99% of my time, I book through Booking.com. You can book hotel rooms with free cancellation. If ever there’s been a problem which has been rare, Booking.com has been pretty quick and helpful at sorting.
If not having much luck with Booking.com, I turn to Agoda, which may offer additional properties.
Worth knowing – once you have found a property, it’s sometimes cheaper to go direct. Especially the smaller properties are quite happy to deal direct and not have to pay commission.
I always use Trusted Housesitters to find sitters to take care of my dog when I travel and to find housesits for me. If you love pet cuddles, living like a local when you travel, and the bonus of free accommodation, then housesitting might be for you.
If you’re considering joining, this link gives 25% off a new membership, sometimes more. If you join, my membership increases by a few months, so it’s a win-win for both of us.
Day Trips And Excursions
Get Your Guide
Great place to find day trips or skip-the-line tickets to popular sites.
-If I can’t find it on Get Your Guide, then I check out Viator.
Well, these are the sites I use for my travels. I’ll let you know if I come across any more good ones.