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Travel Resources

To travel more as a family you need to use your resources! Find and make use of the best tools available that give you value for money and make planning your trip simpler.

We have spent a lot of time searching for the best sites. The companies listed below are the ones we go back to again and again.  We think they offer good good value, have easy to use interfaces and deliver what they promise. When you are next ready to book your next trip, make sure to come back and check here for the best deals available.

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Airfares

Momondo

One of our favourite 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.

Skyscanner

Another 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.

Google Flights

This is my favourite site 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.

Accommodation

Booking.com

Booking.com is our go-to site for 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.

Agoda

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.

Hostelworld

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.

Transport

Rentalcars.com

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.

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.

Rome2Rio

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

World Nomads

You really shouldn’t travel without insurance. 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 VPN

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.

On the Road

Lonely Planet

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.

Klook

We don’t often book paid activities or tours, but when we do, we always go to Klook first. They offer an amazing array of experiences that are often heavily discounted. They are particularly good for activities in Asia.

Money Management

Transferwise

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. Need we say more?

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