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. Here are some good resources I use all the time for planning my trips.
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I have used Booking.com throughout England, Italy, Germany and Austria. Every time 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.
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 CarRentals.com to compare prices and services.
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.
Great mobile app and website for setting up price alerts for certain routes. Another great site for bargain hunting…if you’re flexible again.
Garmin GPS Unit. Works without internet connection or wifi signal and it is very reliable.
Garmin Europe maps on SD card. Save $20 over Garmin prices. JUSt pop it into your Garmin unit.
Motorola G5s dual sim unlocked smart phone. Any unlocked smart phone will do as long as it is dual band so it works both in the US and Europe. Motorola G5s has an excellent camera and works great in Europe. Just buy a local SIM card with a local number and you’re good to go.
Keep Calling. Cheapest international calling card and mobile app. Please use referral code: F4640 when signing up for an account.
Two simple electric plug adapters for Europe or a reliable universal plug adapter.
USB car charger with two ports. This keeps my Garmin charged along with my phone, while driving.
Wells Fargo Debit Card
Costs me just $5 for each cash withdrawal without added foreign transaction fees.
Capital One 360 Checking Account
If I would open another checking account, this one is the best for foreign travel.
Capital One Credit card
Great cash back and no foreign transaction fees.
For sending/receiving money to/from any foreign country. Lowest fees and the best coverage.
TripAdvisor. 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.
The Secret Traveller Blog. The travel writer from 1Cover has gone incognito to share some of the best kept secret spots around the world and other useful travel tips (collaboration with 1Cover).
Loveholidays offers a fantastic range of cheap and package holidays to short and long haul destinations, from all-inclusive getaways to the Canaries to exotic beach breaks in Cuba.