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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If you have ever needed to transfer money internationally, you will know how expensive it can be. We are customers of Wise and using their international network of bank accounts we can send and receive money world-wide up to 8x cheaper than with a bank.
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 too.
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!
Click here to compare accommodation prices on Hotels Combined
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.
Click here to search for affordable accommodation on Hostelworld
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.
Insurance and Security
Unfortunately, things can and do go wrong when you travel. World Nomads offers coverage for more than 150 activities as well as emergency medical, lost luggage, trip cancellation and more.
NordVPN offer a virtual private network when travelling to provide secure access to the internet and keep your data safe, regardless of the type of network you are connected to. Want to use that public wi-fi? You need a VPN.
Tickets and Tours
Get your Guide
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.
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.
Discovercars.com works with over 500 partners in over 145 countries and 10,000 locations to offer the best deals on car rentals.
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.
Japan JR Rail Pass
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.