Our Favourite Travel Resources
After extensive travel around the world over the years, we have tried and tested many different travel planning resources, products and services. We have spent countless hours trying to find ways to not only save money on our travels but ways of doing it smarter. This is a collection of our favourite travel planning resources for booking accommodation, flights, transportation, tours, travel insurance, and more.
All items listed here are travel planning resources that we have personally used and highly recommend to others (otherwise, they wouldn’t be on the list). These are always the starting point in our search for travel deals.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Peta and Jonas
WayAway is a travel aggregator that offers up to 10% cashback on flight, hotels, and car rental bookings. We love it because we are earning money back on things we are already spending money on. In addition, WayAway makes it easy to compare prices and find the best deals to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck.
Airbnb connects you with homeowners for room / apartments / homes rentals around the world. We use Airbnb for longer stays when we are looking for the comforts of a home with discounts of up to 40% for month long stays. However, recently we have noticed the prices have increased so it is not always the best value option.
This is the best site for budget low-cost accommodation including hostels, guesthouses and B&B’s. It has the largest inventory, best search interface, and highest availability.
House sitting is a great way to save money when travelling and is an amazing resource for long-term travellers looking to slow travel. You receive free accommodation in exchange for taking care of people’s homes and pets while they are away. The Trusted Housesitters platform has the largest selection of house sitting opportunities, and they vet all users carefully for safety.
Google Flights is a great search engine and planning tool to get a sense of routes, connections, and prices. Enter your departure airport and expand the map to see flights all over the world and their costs. We predominantly use Google Flights for searching flights and then book direct through the airline’s website, or through a reputable third-party site such as SkyScanner or TripAdvisor.
Seat Guru has everything you want to know about your upcoming flight such as seating layout, plane amenities, baggage allowances and excess baggage costs, as well as check-in times and facilities.
Has your flight been delayed, or worse, cancelled? Are you entitled to some form of compensation? Check the ‘AirHelp‘ website as they know the rules and regulations! They will take a 35% commission of any compensation you receive, but if you end up getting nothing, you owe them nothing.
This website is great for finding and comparing prices on car rentals at locations around the world. We love the fact that we can easily compare prices of the various car hire companies so we get the cheapest price every time.
In some locations, it is more practical to rent a scooter or bicycle, and BikesBooking.com provides an alternative to car rentals. They compare the prices of rental companies for motorcycles, scooters, quads, and bicycles all over the world.
Flixbus is the cheapest way to travel around Europe. The buses have comfy reclining seats and include Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, and free luggage.
If you are travelling in Europe and plan on taking lots of long-distance trains, it is best to get a rail pass. It is the most cost effective way to travel and we recommend booking directly with Eurail.
The Man in Seat 61 has the most comprehensive information on train travel everywhere in the world. You will find information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. This is our ‘go to’ site for planning our rail journeys.
Are you looking for a discounted cruise? When we are looking for cheap cruises, we check out Vacations To Go to find out which cruise lines are offering discounts and added inclusions. You can easily search and filter according to regions, cruise lines, ports of call, and even price by night. Be aware the prices do not include tips and port fees, but it is a great starting point. We then contact our cruise agent directly for total costings and bookings.
This is not our first choice for tours, but we have done a number of these when we have only had 1 or 2 days in a city i.e. cruise port, layover. These open-top hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tours are a great way to be introduced to a city, see the top attractions, and all for an affordable price.
We never travel without travel insurance and have been thankful to have it on a number of occasions. It really is the most important and first part of travel planning!
OTHER TRAVEL PRODUCTS / SERVICES
TripIt is great for organising your travel. It keeps all of your travel bookings in one place – accommodation, transportation, activities, etc.
When travel planning, we use Lonely Planet guides along with reading other travel blogs. We download the Lonely Planet guides in PDF and save it on our phone so we can easily access it wherever we are. No internet required!
Priority Pass offers more airport lounges, in more cities, in more countries than any other programme on the market. It is the perfect way to spend your airport waiting time. Lounges are quiet, connected spaces to relax or work in, with food, drinks and other added perks such as showers and day spas to help you refresh and revive.
VPN or “virtual private network” is a service that protects your internet connection and privacy online, allowing you to use public Wi-Fi hotspots safely. It is also a great way to find cheaper deals when booking flights and accommodation. NordVPN is known for being one of the best VPN services on the market due to their superior encryption.