Planning a trip for the first time (or 100th time) can feel overwhelming. After a decade of travelling, it feels like second nature to me, but I wouldn’t know where to start each time if it wasn’t for all of these resources. Here are my trusted go-to resources when I’m planning a trip:
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SkyScanner is my favourite website for finding flight deals. love Google Flights because you can put in where you are leaving from with no destination in mind, and just search ‘everywhere’ to see where the cheapest place is. A great way to save on your next trip since flights are usually the most expensive part. Check out my other tips for saving money on flights!
So, you booked a flight and now you need somewhere to stay. Discover the best sites for saving money on your accommodations:
Booking.com is a great resource as it searches so many places, ranging from $5 hostels to $1000 hotels. When using Booking.com, the filter search is a great tool because you can easily sort by price, location, stars, etc. Search for your next hotel below!
Agoda offers competitive rates for beautiful accommodation options including hostels, guesthouses, and hotels. I used Agoda a lot in Asia and got some amazing deals.
If I know I want to stay in a hostel, Hostelworld is my go-to for finding the perfect one. I particularly love the Hostelworld app because of its user functionality. It’s easy to sort by what’s important to you (cheapest prices, highest rated, etc) and then look at the best options available. If you are already logged into your account then you can make a booking in under two minutes. Perfect for booking last minute beds!
If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, don’t discount it. Hostels tend to get a reputation as these dingy places where guests get murdered, but in reality, I can assure you that’s not the case. The hostels I’ve visited have been some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever stayed.
Hostels are great for meeting people, I’ve made many of my best friends travelling because we stayed at the same hostel. Of course, their are some dingy ones out there, but it’s easy to spot these by reading the reviews. I generally only stay at hostels then have at least an overall 8.0 rating, and preferably 9.0.
It took me a long time to get into Air BNB and I wish I had done it sooner. Airbnb is a website/app where owners rent out their houses or a room in a house (it will specify). It’s a prime example of the sharing economy.
You can find some absolute steals here, as well as really unique accommodation options. If this is your first time booking you can get $59 in credit by using my referral link!
If I want to stay in a hotel, Hotels .com is my go-to website/app because for everyone 10 nights you book, you get one free! They also offer some crazy member-only pricing if you sign up for an account! I’ve gotten amazing deals on hotel rooms here.
Couchsurfing is another great example of the sharing economy. It’s a website/app where locals offer up their couch in exchange for… nothing! That’s right, free accommodation. They may even show you some local gems.
Ever dreamt of getting free accommodation in exchange for hanging out with an animal?
Well, I have good news for you, Trusted Housesitters makes this dream a reality. Pet owners let you stay in their houses for free in exchange for watching their beloved pets. You have to pay a fee to become a member in order to be able to apply for sits, but that will easily pay itself off with a few nights of pet sitting.
If you’re interested in signing up you can get 20% off by using my referral link here!
World Nomads is my go-to for travel insurance. It’s super easy to purchase, you can buy it only (even after you’ve left home)! It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
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