Here we collected our favorite travel-related resources: sites that we use for planning and booking our trips. We think they are the best, and we hope they will also help you to find the best deals. In addition, we added some sites that offer a bunch of useful information – inspiration, tips and tricks, maps – when you are still in the beginning of planning your trip. Some of these links are affiliate links, so we will earn a small commission on sales made through these links, at no extra cost to you. This helps to reduce the costs of running this site – so thanks in advance!
First and foremost, our most important tip: always search for flights in an incognito browser window (in Chrome you need to go to File > New Incognito Window). This way the site isn’t saving any information about your searches, and you can actually get the best deals!
Airbnb: it offers hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging – rooms, beds, cottages etc. We like it because it helps us getting connected with locals, and it’s also an affordable choice, especially in large cities. Use our link to get a discount if you use Airbnb for the first time!
HotelsCombined: a great site that compares accommodation deals from different providers to make sure you find the best. You can use a variety of search criteria and filters to find the option that fits you the best.
Booking.com: booking site for a wide selection of accommodation, including a lot of cheap hotels, hostels and private guest houses. You get lots of options to choose from when booking rooms here – things like including breakfast, free cancellation or the ability to pay later.
Skyscanner.com: we always check Skyscanner for flight deals. It offers a bunch of cool options to help you to find the best deals – or the best place/best dates. You can list options by country and sign up for alerts if prices change. Also, you can check the prices on different days which often makes a difference in the price, too.
Kayak.com: Kayak also offers options to help you to find the cheapest places and cheapest days to fly. A really cool feature is that if you choose ‘Anywhere’ as destination then you can explore the best deals grouped by different categories like Beaches, Family-Friendly Cities, Romantic Escapes, Hiking Hotspots and a lot more. It may also give you some new inspiration where to go.
Google Flights: another “must” that we check before each flight booking. It’s not possible to book flights with Google Flights, but it helps finding the best deals in a certain region or at a certain time, and tells you where to book them. And we all know that Google is kind of good at finding what you are looking for, don’t we?
Helpful sites & inspiration
Pinterest: Pinterest is one of our favorite place for travel inspiration. We just search for a country, city or area and bummm… a bunch of colorful pins pop up to give us a million ideas what to see and do there. We also have 180+ boards and 13000+ pins to help you getting inspired. 🙂
AutoEurope Trip Planning Center: European road trip ideas, itineraries, maps and driving guides.
tolls.eu: if you like road trips and plan to do some in Europe, this site is an incredibly useful one. It offers information about road tolls in almost every European country, and you can also find links to the official service providers’ pages. In some countries, you can even buy the electronic vignette online.
US National Park Service: essential resource if you plan to visit national parks or any kind of public lands in the USA. All the latest news, road, weather and trail conditions can be found on their website along with guides, maps and recommended hikes.
Complete travel itineraries
Like most people who likes travelling, we don’t travel full-time either. It takes effort and careful planning to get the most out of our vacation days each year. We do short trips in nearby countries, long weekend getaways, and we usually also have one or two longer trips (1-3 weeks) each year.
We’d like to help you plan your own trips by sharing our itineraries. Hopefully, they are good starting points, but don’t forget to shape them to your likes and needs. 🙂