The internet is filled with travel planning information. There are lots of travel planning sites and lots of travel blogs. How can someone know what information to use? The answer comes down to your expectations and experience. Depending what you expect from your trips, some sources are better than others and the more you travel the quicker you find resources.
For my family and I, we’re looking for budget travel options since we are spending most of the day seeing new sights instead of the hotel. For us then, whatever gets us to our exciting destination the fastest and the cheapest wins the day at the expense of comfort and charm sometimes.
This page contains the resources we’ve tested and used for planning our trips. Some of these companies have also become partners and I receive a small commission from them when you use these links. You don’t have to use my links but I am very grateful when you do as this small commission helps to keep writing in-depth information.
- Trip Advisor – very helpful site for most tourist attractions across the world. I find Trip Advisor invaluable especially in the beginning phases of planning a trip.
- Viator – excellent collection of tours, museum tickets and city passes throughout the world. If you’re looking for a walking tour or boat ticket then Viator is the place to search. Viator is also a great place to figure out local itineraries even though you will not buy anything.
- Google Maps – invaluable tool for figuring out locations, local transportation and distances.
- Air France/KLM – I have always been impressed by the service and prices from AirFrance KLM, even before becoming the same company. Their connections to Europe are great and their prices are the best. Highly recommended.
- Cheapo Air – A good place for bargain hunters. Sometimes you can find great deals if you are really flexible on your travel dates.
- Sky Scanner – great mobile app and website for setting up price alerts for certain routes. Another great site for bargain hunting…if you’re flexible again.
- Booking – I have used Booking.com throughout England, Italy, Germany and Austria. Everytime I have found that the reviews were true and I could actually get in touch with the hotel staff and get my questions answered. I highly recommend this website.
- Marriott – I have used Marriott.com throughout California with very good results: excellent service for the price paid. Marriott seems to be overpriced in Europe, but in the USA, it is an excellent value.
Car rental services
- Auto Europe – In Europe I have rented from all major car rental services: Hertz, EuropeCar and Enterprise. You can save quite a bit of money by using Auto Europe to compare prices and services. Highly recommended.
- Hertz – Over the last 15 years I have received excellent level of service and prices from Hertz especially in America. In Europe as well, Hertz has offered excellent service even though the price was slightly higher than other providers. Use this coupons for discounts: PC# 109384 – weekly rental 10% ; PC# 108511 – $5 off per day if you have a Saturday night.