Some of the most common questions I get are related to websites – which ones do I use and recommend? Since I travel often and spend a lot of time researching and reading about destinations I’ve got a long list of great sites.
So here are my favorite travel websites and blogs for planning a trip.
Websites for finding hotels:
These are my favorite sites for booking hotels. (Also visit the website for the specific hotel you’re considering as they’ll often match the deals you’ll find at these sites.)
- HotelsCombined.com – The best for finding hotel deals.
- Agoda.com – Great for hotels in Asia.
- Booking.com – Good for Europe and Asia.
For buying travel Insurance
- World Nomads – Recommended by everyone from the NY Times to Lonely Planet. They’ve been around for years.
For finding and booking flights:
- Travelocity.com – The best for finding cheap flights.
- Vayama.com – A good alternative to Travelocity.
- Kayak.com – One of my favorites. (Kayak Explore is one of the funner pages for daydreaming about traveling. Enter your home airport and your budget, and see where you can fly.)
- AirNinja – Good for finding routes between 2 cities.
- CheapTickets.com – Allows you to search for children’s tickets (which kayak doesn’t)
- HipMunk – Not so much about finding the cheapest flight but focused on connections, timing, and services (e.g. in-flight wi-fi)
- SeatGuru – Detailed info on flights, aircrafts, and airlines.
- TravelZoo – Looking for cheap flights? Sign up for their newsletter.
- AirfareWatchDog – Offers a similar service. It looks for and finds cheap flights from your home airport.
- AirTreks – Planning a RTW trip? This site offers a huge range of options for planning a RTW or multi-stop trip.
- Skyscanner – Tracks routes and fares for the budget carriers that often fall through the cracks of the bigger search sites.
For Train Travel:
- Seat 61 – Far and away the best resource for train info around the world. I wish my site could be as helpful as this one.
Adventure Package Tours
- G Adventures – These guys have some cool tours to some great destinations. If you’re reluctant about taking your first trip to a foreign country this could be the right introduction. (Family Tours are also available.)
- OneBag – Think you know how to pack your bag? Thing again. Lots of great advice on traveling light.
- Flipkey.com – Great selection of family rentals around the world.
- HomeAway – The largest home rental site on the web.
- AirBnB – A similar service but usually for shorter stays and smaller quarters (like a bedroom for example).
- CouchSurfing – Or stay with someone for free.
- TripAdvisor – It’s cool to hate TripAdvisor. But when you need to research a hotel or a ferry trip or the price of a taxi from the airport it’s a great travel resource.
- Thorntree on LonelyPlanet – Hit and miss but often has great advice from the backpackers of the world.
- Never Ending Voyage – Detailed and informative posts on numerous destinations.
- Migrationology – A fantastic resource for Asia and Africa.
- The Planet D – A great travel blog with a focus on photography.
- Fluent In 3 Months – A fun and helpful site on the challenges and rewards of learning a new language.
- Price of Travel – Devoted to saving money, finding cheap destinations, and figuring out where to travel on a budget.
- OttsWorld – She’s been everywhere – and has the tales and photos to prove it.
- almost fearless – Crazy. Unpredictable. All over the map. Hey, it’s a traveling family.
- Travels With Baby – A resource for traveling with kids and toddlers.
- Legal Nomads – A single girl on a never-ending trip around the world.
- JohnnyVagabond – A man on a budget. With a camera. And a blog.
- InFocus – A collection of photo essays from around the world. Not travel-related, per se, but it definitely has a global theme to its topics.
- Ask The Pilot – A fantastically well-written and interesting blog. (Hasn’t been updated since Sept. 2012 but still lots of great info in the archives.)
- Southeast Asia: Travelfish
- India: India Mike
- Turkey: Turkey Travel Planner
- Greece: Greek Travel and GreekA
- Cancun & the Yucatan Coast: Loco Gringo
- Free-Range Kids – Love this site, what it stands for, and how it reminds me to focus on the important stuff.
- Motherlode – The parenting blog at the NY Times is one of the best.
- Lisa Belkin – An intelligent and thoughtful blog on the challenges and rewards of parenthood.
- Penelope Trunk’s Homeschooling Blog – We’re not homeschoolers but I relate to much of what’s written here.
- Skipping School – A former homeschooler offers her perspective on life and childhood. Very smart and well written.
- Freedom To Learn – A great blog about childhood, education, and the importance of play.
- Playborhood – And more about play’s role in child development.
- Rethinking Childhood – A blog big on the importance of play, freedom, and the outdoors on children’s lives.