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The Best Travel Websites

Here are some of the useful websites we regularly use which make the travel lifestyle easier - from booking flights to finding a tour. Click a tab below to instantly view more useful websites.

Flights

Travelocity - One of the largest online booking agencies in the world, with a well-deserved reputation for their easy-to-use website and top notch customer support. They offer discounts when booking flights and hotels together or whole vacation packages.

CheapOAir - We rarely find a flight cheaper than on this site. Use our exclusive link for a $40 automatic discount (on up to 4 passengers) or our exclusive discount coupon: "TWB40".

Webjet - A simple-to-use flight booking site with low prices. They also offer hotels, cars and cruises.

Skyscanner.com - One of my favourite flight aggregator. This is a handy flight aggregator which will give you an idea on what days and months are cheapest. You can even choose your current location, and it will show you the cheapest flights anywhere if you lacking inspiration. I also love SkyScanner’s option to email you with a daily alert for the flight you searched. I use this feature when I know where and when I want to fly, but am just waiting to see if the flight price goes down any further.

Momondo - Our new favourite aggregator. This one does everything Skyscanner does, but better and you can even check if the flight is the best with the smiley face system. Love it! 

Google Flights - The new kid on the block as far as flight aggregators, but a simple, clean interface makes searching for flights easy. However, we don't book direct on here, instead using Travelocity, Expedia or Cheapoair (or direct with the airline).

Expedia – A great flight aggregator, but also one of our favourite places to find a hotel. Also, sometimes if you buy your flight and hotel together you'll get a much better deal than buying the two individually. Get the latest Expedia coupons here.

CheapFlights - A beautiful looking website. I love the way the picture of your destination comes up when you search. Makes me excited for the trip. It's an aggregator site that includes a lot of the budget airlines.

Kayak - Find and book cheap flights, hotels, holidays and hire cars. Great for flights leaving the United States, using a variety of airline websites and other flightbrokers. 

Farecompare.com - Search, find and compare the cheapest travel deals on cheap flights, hotel deals, and vacations.

Vayama - International flights from the US. A great place to start. 

Flights.com - Great travel booking sites that offers the best rates available for flights around the world.

Accomodation

Expedia - Lots of hotel options and super smooth mobile app which makes booking a pleasure. Also, sometimes if you buy your flight and hotel together you'll get a much better deal than buying the two individually. Get the latest Expedia coupons here.

Travelocity - One of the largest online booking agencies in the world and a huge range of hotel options.

Booking.com - One of our favourites. Very large range of hotels, and beautifully designed website. 

TripAdvisor - The world's biggest source for hotel and destination reviews.

Hotels.com - This one was a great tool throughout Europe.

Priceline.com - accommodation website, which also allows you to place a bid on a hotel which is a refreshing twist. Also offers flights and vacation packages.

Agoda - Another good one for Southeast Asia, although I can’t stand that there is no option for choosing the number of people needed for the room.

HotelTravel - Find a discounted hotel in over 180 countries. 

AsiaRooms - We loved this hotel aggregator. Throughout South East Asia it gave us the best value.

AllTheRooms - An aggregator with a wide variety of hotels, apartments and more all over the world.

Hotelscheap.org - A great aggregator site for hotels on the cheap. 

TravelPony - One of the newest one in the bizz. The website needs some work, but the deals are cheaper than most other hotel booking sites out there and they will prove it. 

Triply - A clever hotel search tool that uses an interactive slide-style widget. Try it out.

Hotelscombined.com - A meta search (looking up multiple booking sites) so you know you're getting the best accomodation rates.

Hotels Etc - a membership-based accommodation booking platform with cheaper rates than competitors 99% of the time. If you take only 1 or 2 vacations per year, it's well worth the membership price. 

GoWithOh - European-based apartment finder. 

Airbnb - For personal accommodation anywhere in the world, this is our first choice. People place their house on this site from anywhere all over the world. You simply put in when you are looking, how many people and it brings up all these options for you. Airbnb take a fairly large percentage of the monthly rent so we do prefer to try other avenues first, but we’ve always enjoyed our stays on Airbnb.

Hotellettings.co.uk - Similar to Airbnb, people place their places up for rent, however there is no fees associated with this site. We found our amazing Penang apartment on here for less then $1100 per month including cable, wifi, pool and cleaner.

Roomorama - Over 300,000 short-term home rentals available all over the world. Easy to navigate and uncluttered website design.

Sykes Cottages - Good value holiday rentals which specialise in the UK. We've used them several times and their prices are often better than Airbnb.

Flipkey - Again a similar site to the above two, with no fees, but wider range of properties around the world. 

Yonderbound - We love this new site. It allows you to create Pinterest-type boards to save all your accommodation options in one place. Check it out! 

Couchsurfing - An easy way to connect with locals for experiences and free accommodation.  

HostelWorld - Over 30,000 low-cost accommodation options in 180 countries.

HotelWifiTest - If your life revolves around the Internet (like us), then find out what connection speed you can expect where you're going.

Transport

Uber - The largest ride sharing platform in the world. Use our link to claim your first ride for free.

Turo - a leading peer-to-peer car rental platform. Use our link to get $25 off your first trip.

Hotwire - One of our favourite car rental sites with low prices.

RentalCars.com - One of the biggest selections available and no credit card fees.

Budget Car Hire - With 3150+ locations around the world, they are one of the world's largest car rental brands.

Avis Car Hire - With over 5000 locations in 165 countries, there's bound to be an outlet near you.

Europcar - One of the largest car rental companies with over 190,000 vehicles around the world.

HolidayTaxis - Just need a taxi, shuttle or minibus (or bigger) to pick you up from the airport? This site has you covered.

Cruise Plotter - A destination based interactive map for finding and booking upcoming international cruises.

RVshare - The world's largest peer-to-peer RV rental network. A bit like Airbnb for RVs. Great concept!

Tours & Services

Find a local guide to help you get immersed in an exotic culture. Or perhaps you'd just prefer someone else to do all the hard work for you. 

Viator - Our favourite tour booking platform. With thousands of activities and tours at your fingertips and an easy booking process, what more could you ask for?

Yonderbound - A good selection of hand-picked tours from all over the world. Very clean and easy-to-navigate website. 

Intrepid Travel - One of the world's largest small group tour companies covering over 100 countries. 

OutTrippin - If it all seems a bit too hard to organise your holiday, then get an expert like us to do it for you.

CityPass - the most popular discount booklet for attractions in the United States and Canada.

House Sitting

Who doesn't want free accomodation? Check out out useful guide to get started with house sitting.

TrustedHousesitters - We are a member of this site, which has FREE house sitting opportunities all over the world. It's a yearly fee, which in the end could save you thousands. 

MindMyHouse - Another house sitting site that is good to check out. 

Housecarers - Found this one recently. Really great for Australia and New Zealand. Use our link for an exclusive instant 10% discount!

HouseSitMatch - New on the scene but it's got a good number of listings. Use our discount coupon, BENDER-10, for a 10% discount!

House Exchange - This is different to "house sitting", it's house swapping. Swap your house with someone else for a unique and low-cost vacation. 55,000+ homes and 150+ countries to choose from.

Airlines We Like

Yes, it's true. There are actually airlines we look forward to flying with.

Etihad - Josh flew with them from Amman to Kuala Lumpur and it was one of the best long-distance flights. The food was actually nice, the service was excellent. The major airlines from the UAE know how it's done. 

Emirates - Another UAE airline, and first class service. We flew with them from Dubai to Perth. Surprisingly, their prices are very good considering the excellent service we've received. Their routes also cover a lot of Asia and Europe which means less transiting, and getting to your destination faster.

Qatar - We've only flown once with Qatar from Romania to Bali, and it was a really enjoyable experience. Very good food, plenty of space and friendly service.

Research

VisaHQ - find out if you need a visa before you travel on your next holiday. It's a great place to start for visa requirements. For in-depth details, it's always safest to check the official embassy website for the specific country you are visiting.

WeatherSpark - Get detailed weather averages for individual months anywhere around the world. This helps you to plan to bring the right clothes with you. I use this all the time.

Numbeo - when we decide where to travel, I look at the cost of living there to determine how much we need to budget. This website takes the guesswork out and provides surprising detail from accomodation to food to entertainment and even utilities. The "consumer price index" is a magic number that makes it even easier to compare side-by-side various cities and how much it costs to live there.

AreaVibes - helps its searchers find the best places to live in America. Simply enter an address, zip code, neighbourhood or city and AreaVibes will return a livability score. The score breaks down into grading’s for amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather to ensure that you are fully informed on the location you are interested in. 

 

Shopping

Whether you need to buy luggage for your holiday or get a package shipped to you in Timbuktu, these will help.

Tep Wireless - Unlimited Internet wherever you travel shared across multiple devices. Use coupon code "tepbender" for 15% discount.

ReShip - Some merchants only ship within the US. No worries. Simply place your online order as usual and have the delivery sent to ReShip and they'll send it onto you. Easy.

ExpressVPN - Getting access to your favourite Netflix shows when you're travelling couldn't be easier. Also handy for accessing websites like YouTube and Gmail that could be censored when you're overseas.

ABCmouse - Our kids love this web-based educational program, which helps with reading, spelling, maths and more.

Money

In line with our interview series, Show Me The Money, here are some useful websites that will help you generate a location-independant income.

Travel Blog Success - Hoping to start a travel blog and want to make an income off it. TBS offer a 30 day money back guarantee so why not give them a try. 

Payoneer - For non-US citizens getting a US-based account with an ATM card that can be used anywhere in the world sounds too good to be true... but it's not.

Uber - Make money as a driver whenever you want. Quick and easy to register with the world's largest ride sharing service.

HiFX - Low cost international money transfers - quick and easy, available 24 hours a day.

TransferWise - Money transfers that are up to 8x cheaper than typical banks. Get first transfer free (up to £1000) using our link.

 


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