When it comes down to looking for the right company to go with whilst planning your round the world trip, booking flights or even accommodation can be a mini nightmare. With so many different travel companies offering similar deals, sometimes it’s hard to judge what one is best. As we originally felt overwhelmed when we first started planning and travelling, we thought it would be a great idea to provide a short compiled list of our own travel resources to help you.
Whether you are looking for the best travel insurance deals or the top attractions to do, you can use the travel resources below to better plan and book your journey.
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Cheap Flights and Accommodation
No matter what kind of traveller you are, you can find some of the best rates for airlines and places to stay. Whether you are on a tight budget and need a cheap hostel for the night or are going full out with luxurious hotels, we’ve got it all covered with our recommended sites to check below.
Airbnb – Find some of the cheapest and exclusive accommodation where you are travelling to. One massive highlight for us is you’ll instantly meet a local so you’ll get to instantly know any local tips or highlights worth visiting that may not be on your itinerary.
Skyscanner – We have used this site plenty of times before when booking flights and comparing different airlines to find the cheapest available. If you are currently searching for cheap flights, add Skyscanner to the list to check.
Kayak – Looking for cheap flights? Discounted airfare? This is a great place to check first. Kayak searches hundreds of travel sites, airlines and travel agencies to find you the cheapest air tickets.
Lastminute.com – Looking for a last minute city break? You can find all the last minute flights, accommodation, and attractions in the same place. With highly competitive deals it’s certainly worth a look.
TripAdvisor – This has to be one of the biggest online community of travellers. If you are looking at taking a break or travelling to somewhere new and are looking for flights, hotels, attractions or advice then this is the place to check. With honest reviews from other travellers, you get to find out what places are really like – good or bad.
CouchSurfing – We know many travellers rate this site highly who haven’t yet had a bad experience. If you are looking to do things on the cheap, bum a night’s sleep on a couch to save expensive accommodation costs! The CouchSurfing community of travellers and great hosts is worldwide meaning you can travel the world on the cheap.
Booking.com – This site is perfect for finding cheap hotels and other accommodation, one of the great travel resources if you are stuck finding somewhere to stay.
Hotwire – If you are feeling more adventurous and want a surprise, then this site is for you. You book by entering where you’d like to stay, choose the price and they’ll choose what hotel for you without you knowing. We have heard that travellers haven’t had a bad hotel from doing this so far, in fact they rather enjoy the blind booking process. We will certainly give this a go and see if we too can save money with discounted prices this way.
Destination Guides and Travel Communities
Thinking of going away travelling and not sure what you want to see and do? We have put together a list of excellent travel resources for you to use at your own will. Get the low-down on your locale with destination guides from some of the big names out there to genuine travellers reviews for those places you’ve always wanted to visit! – Find out all the local info from the best places to eat and sleep, to finding your way around.
Lonely Planet – I think I’m safe to say everyone has heard of the Lonely Planet. Renowned for providing the best in-depth up-to-date information to travellers. With the professional insider knowledge you can learn a huge amount from the place by thorough reviews and recommendations. The greatest thing is their travel books are now available as an e-book, which means if you plan to take your Kindle, iPod or the equivalent with you, you can now take all the Lonely Planet travel guides with you in one small device. Perfect for weight saving!
The Backpacker – The Backpacker community has compiled user-submitted reviews of the local restaurants, accommodations, bars, tours and local attractions.Worth a look if you are planning your travels.
Timeout City Guides – We have used Time Out numerous times – Providing details on local events and the best to see and do to make the most of your time.If you are stuck on what to do, this is your answer!
WikiTravel – Looking for more info on your destination? While planning your trip, why not check out the user submitted travel guides that have been written by those who have actually travelled there.
Ultimate Guide to Travel Insurance – This is a very easy way to compare travel insurance for all types of cover you expect. When choosing cover for your trip, you should bear in mind the type of country you are going to, how long for, who you’re travelling with, the activities you’re planning, what you’re taking with you and finally, any medical conditions. Save all the stress comparing one policy to the other with this handy website.
The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition – From tips to help you travel safely with a medical condition to taking medical supplies through customs.
Tours / Travel Agents
First time traveller to the fully fledged, tours and group experiences can be one of the best ways to travel if you are travelling solo. For first time travellers, this is a great way to get into full swing with the travelling life. What better way to see the world by making friends along the way! For the fully fledged traveller, you may want to take a break from your solo expedition and enjoy some downtime in a group.
G Adventures – Offers some of the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions across the world. Many travellers use these guys and we already have a planned tour for our round the world trip. We know numerous travellers who rate G Adventures right at the top!
STA Travel – A fantastic company who offer some of the greatest tours and activities for students and people wishing for a career break. Not only do they offer some of the most action packed tours, but you can also find flights, hotels, tickets, etc. Well worth a look!
Gap360 – Offering over 150 trips and excursions across over 50 countries means you’ll have no excuse not to find something to tickle your fancy! We love the simple way the site works, easily select between adventures to working and volunteering abroad. If you are new to travelling they even do some great ready-made round the world trips, so all you have to do is pack your bags and bring your passport and enjoy!
RealGap – Kate has used this company before when going to Thailand and cannot rate it enough. The tour guides were fantastic and the whole overall experience is one she wants to relive. RealGap offer over 200 trips around the world – volunteer, work abroad, teaching or simply travel round the world, They have everything to satisfy your wanderlust.
Viator – This is by far the easiest way to plan your day. Viator is full of attractions, bus, boat, helicopter tours, and other local experiences in the country you are staying in. Usually many of the tours and experiences are on offer to save you some extra money too! We have used Viator before and find it to be a perfect addition with travelling guides. They even have a handy app too, keep your days filled with Viator if a spare day or two.
Loveholidays – At loveholidays they have revolutionised the way we offer you holidays. They provide four flexible payment options to choose from, in a bid to make holidays more affordable for everyone. After all, there is no feeling quite like booking your perfect getaway!
Whatever you do when travelling, make it something to remember! We hope this list of travel resources helps you – let us know if you think we’ve missed anything out
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