Over the years we have used many travel booking sites and travel products. The companies listed below are the ones we use again and again. We think they offer good value, make planning your trip easier and deliver what they promise.
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This is our go-to flight comparison site, scanning millions of routes to return the best deals. Best of all, when you find what you are looking for, the site links you straight through to the airline to make your booking.
One of our favorite flight comparison sites that does a great job finding cheap flights. It has a useful calendar view to see prices across different days and will show best, cheapest and quickest options to your destination.
This is my favorite site to use when I don’t have a destination in mind. Enter your city and dates, click Explore Destinations. All flights to destinations on those dates are shown on a map of the world. A fun way to choose a destination based on flight prices.
This is the site where we book most of our accommodation, all around the world. With over 5 million listings in over 200 countries, free cancellation available on most rooms, and a very simple interface it is hard to go past this site. If you book through the site regularly you can receive additional savings and benefits through the Genius Loyalty Program.
In Asia, Agoda offers the broadest range of accommodation options by far. We are personally not fans of the site as it doesn’t seem to filter out rooms that are too small for families, but it really is the best accommodation site when in Asia, so we persevere.
Hotelscombined.com is my go to accommodation site when I first start planning my next trip. It compares accommodation prices across multiple platforms including booking.com, agoda, hotels.com and expedia. It is a great place to find a last minute bargain too!
When accommodation is super expensive we will check out options on Hostelworld. Many hostels offer family rooms with private ensuites and great communal areas. They can be a great cheap alternative, with extra space for the kids, especially for short term stays.
Safaribookings.com is the world’s largest online marketplace for African safari tours. If a self-drive safari is not your thing, this site has a huge range of tours and price points for your African safari.
Rentalcars.com is the world’s biggest car rental comparison and booking service. Working with over 900 companies in 160 countries you will have the best deals on offer for your next car rental. We have used them all over Europe, Africa and the USA.
Motorhome Republic are one of the largest providers of campervan rentals worldwide. With a presence in 29 countries, you will find the right van for your trip.
The JR Rail Pass offers unlimited travel on JR trains throughout Japan. With a number of different passes available, we think this pass is a huge money saver and a must buy for anyone travelling around Japan.
If you want to book trains, buses or ferries in Asia before you leave, 12go.asia is one of the few sites to offer online bookings. With an easy to use interface and timetables, booking your next trip is simple.
Rome2Rio shows you the cheapest way to get from A to B. It covers planes, trains, buses and ferries and is one of the best sites we have found for planning overland trips.
Insurance and Security
If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. It just isn’t worth the risk. World Nomads is a worldwide travel insurer trusted by the likes of Lonely Planet and Nomadic Matt (and us!). They insure people from over 150 countries, their policies that can be purchased online from anywhere and they even offer insurance if you are already travelling.
Ivacy offer a virtual private network when travelling to give you safe and secure access to the internet, regardless of the type of network you are connected to. Want to use that public wi-fi? You need a VPN.
Tickets and Tours
When we travel to Europe and are looking for special activities we choose to book through Get Your Guide. They have a huge range of unique activities and tours available for Europe – whatever it is you want to do, you are bound to find it on Get Your Guide.
Klook offer an amazing array of experiences, airport transfers and Wi-Fi deals that are often heavily discounted. They are particularly good for activities in Asia.
Viator are an experience and activity company with a huge presence in the USA. When we travel to the US we always search Viator first for unique and fun experiences across the country.
If you want to go on an adventure with your kids, but you don’t feel confident traveling independently, we recommend you take a look at Intrepid Travel. They offer a huge range of adventures all over the world in small groups of families. So not only do you get to go on an adventure, your kids get to hang out with other kids too (and you might even get time to relax!)
If you have ever needed to transfer money internationally, you will know how expensive it can be. We are customers of Transferwise and using their international network of bank accounts we can send and receive money world-wide up to 8x cheaper than with a bank.
We purchased our first Lonely Planet guidebook in the 1990s when we backpacked around Europe and haven’t found a better guide yet. We like their focus on budget travel and the breadth of their content. They also have e-books available. Whilst we will always research a destination on other travel blogs we love getting a good overview of a place from Lonely Planet.
Keep your travel memories fresh with beautiful photo books from Blurb books. Easy to produce, they use high quality printing and binding so you can relive all your best moments when you return home.
Products We Love
Pacsafe offer a great range of bags and portable safes to keep your valuables safe when you travel. We own the 12L portable travelsafe and it is one of the best purchases we have ever made. We absolutely love their products and highly recommend them for peace of mind when traveling.
Menstrual cups are revolutionary for women who travel. No need to worry about sourcing products locally, no impact to the environment.
For tween and teenage girls who love to travel, Modibodi’s range of leakproof underwear is the perfect alternative to the menstrual cup.