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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.