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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.

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.

TUI - The UK's leading travel brand, specialising in creating hassle-free holidays for millions of travellers.

Accomodation

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

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.

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

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

Compare and Choose - specialises in comparing prices on campervan hire, hotels, adventures and car rental on a global scale.

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

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

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!

ThumbRides - A clever new ride-sharing platform that is free to use for driving between cities (or states) in the United States.

LuggageHero - Before you head to the airport, if you have a few hours free, drop off your luggage at a secure peer-to-peer storage facility and free up your hands.

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. 

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. 

Home 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.

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.

Gotimi - find out where your dollar will stretch further. Just enter your home currency and see a list of countries that have favourable exchange rates. 

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.

Pimsleur - The best way to learn a new language, hands down. Use my link for a 25% discount.

Audiobooks.com - I find the best way to read while travelling is with an audiobook. Try it free for 30 days.

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.

Superstar Blogging - Hoping to start a travel blog and want to make an income off it. This training program by one of the top travel bloggers in the world has everything you could need.

Xinja - Australia's newest neobank which offers a debit card with zero foreign exchange fees and ATM refunds (both in Australia and abroad).

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.

XE Money Transfer - Send money overseas easily and affordably.

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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