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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Click here to find a Lonely Planet Guidebook to your next destination