We spend a lot of time on our travel plans, but there are many resources that can save you time and make trip planning easier. We’ve assembled all of our trip planning tools in one place to make things easier for you. Use the resources below to help you find the best flight, perfect tours, ideal lodging and get insurance for your travels. These tools have always helped us and we hope they will be as useful for you as they have always been for us.
Researching FlightsFind cheap flights with Skyscanner
Sky Scanner is the BEST when it comes to researching flights. We use them exclusively because they have the best variety of flights. They include discount and local airlines, some you may have never heard of, so there are a ton of options. They have a simple and user-friendly website and app.
Hotels.com is our go-to resource for finding the best hotel deals. They have a massive selection, last minute deals and a price match guarantee. The best reason to use hotels.com is the bonus rewards program which gives you your 10th night free. You can redeem the free nights anywhere and anytime with no restrictions. They also have more than hotels if you’re looking for a resort or an apartment.
Airbnb has turned the travel industry on its head and made it so simple to travel like a local. We use Airbnb to have a more authentic travel experience. Most hotels are in the business district of cities and not as close to local nightlife, dining and attractions. Airbnb changes that by letting you rent lodging in the city center of your destination and live amongst locals. Our link will even give you a discount on your first booking with Airbnb.
Misterbnb is an LGBT version of Airbnb. The hosts on Misterbnb are gay or gay-friendly. This makes Misterbnb a great way to travel and feel safe if you are part of the LGBT community. Hosts are usually knowledgable about the gay scene in the city you’re visiting. We’ve found Misterbnb to be a great option in large cities like Stockholm and London.
GAdventures is one of the best travel and adventure companies in the business. We used GAdventures for our safari trip to Southern Africa and Derek went on a month-long GAdventures tour to India. Derek’s sister even did a GA tour and loved it. They are extremely professional, meticulously organized and an excellent way to travel at any level. They also have an incredible amount of options for different budgets, age groups, activities and locations.
When we travel, we book our excursions, tours and attraction visits through GetYourGuide. Searching for what we want to do is easy and user-friendly. Their customer support is top-notch and we have never been let down by their incredible array of options.
Luckily, we have never needed to file a claim for travel insurance, but we always get it. It’s relatively inexpensive, but a necessary function of travel. We have always relied on World Nomads.