Planning travel can be fun, and it can also be a big stressful project, especially when you don’t know where to start. I love traveling and planning and have spent an unbelievable amount of time refining the process and finding the best resources.
The list below includes the top travel companies and resources for planning a trip, getting ready to go, and while traveling. These companies have the best reputation out there and are great for saving money and time, and helping to ensure that you have the best vacation possible!
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The top site, and my first choice for finding the lowest prices on flights (as well as accommodations and cars).
Another great option for finding the best price on flights.
A great resource for the map feature, if you aren’t sure where you want to go, but want to see the lowest price to any destination (from any given departure airport).
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Flying on Points
The Points Guy
I know a lot about points and have been booking our flights (and sometimes hotels) on miles since I got my first travel credit card in 1995! But, this guy, is a genius in all things related to points.
Choosing your seats on the plane
Don’t leave your seats up to chance, especially on an international flight. Just do a quick check on seat recommendations, before you choose your seats online!
Accommodations with reviews
One of the most popular booking sites, with good reason. Most accommodations, even small and off the beaten path, are on Booking.com and the reviews are reliable (you receive an email after your stay), and they offer low prices. There are many search features so you can refine your search results (location, review score, type of accommodations, amenities…)
Another popular hotel booking site with some of the lowest prices out there as well as reliable reviews.
It’s always fun to see which accommodations are the top rated for where you are going. I also like to use their Travelers’ Choice Awards lists for reference (then search for the best prices through sites the above).
Read more about these top travel booking sites on How to Find the Best Accommodations for the Lowest Price
Renting a house, apartment, houseboats, castles and everything in between
A favorite for booking apartments and houses while traveling, because sometimes you need a little extra space and a kitchen. this link will get you $40 off of your booking!
Lots of options for houses, apartments, etc. with reliable reviews.
Find the best price on car rentals around the world with this Booking.com company.
Book your airport pickups, transfers, day trip and city tours (private and group options) through this Trip Advisor owned resource.
Use this super resourceful site to find out your options on getting from point A to point B…
The place for train tickets in Europe (kids or student fares may be available)
Travel supplies, luggage, and gear
Click here to read The Best Carry on Luggage
This is a popular website where you can book dining experiences, cooking classes, or food tours with locals.
A Trip Advisor company that offers lots of options for different types of tours and experiences.
Lots of fun options to have an experience with the locals of the place you are going (dinners, cooking classes, adventures, and other activities)
The top rated and most recommended travel insurance company out there. This is the only company listed here, that I haven’t used. I have depended on my travel credit card insurance and have a health plan that works abroad. Travel insurance is very important!
*Check to see if your credit card comes with any Travel Insurance. Note that you have to book your trip on a travel credit card in order to have insurance for any part of it (like flights, accommodations, car rentals…)
Travel credit cards
Chase Saphire Reserve
Love this credit card! We got this card when it first came out, and haven’t regretted it. It comes with a hefty $50 annual fee, but the first $300 you spend in travel each year, is automatically deducted from your bill. They give 1-3 points per dollar spent, an airline lounge club car for lounges at airports around the world, travel insurance, and more.
Chase Saphire Preferred
We had this card for years. It’s one of the most recommended and is almost the same as the Reserve, but with the lower fee of $99 per year, you don’t get the lounge club membership (or credit back).
The best way to plan out a road trip!
Other Travel Resources
Lonely Planet, Travel and Leisure, Forbes Travel, Travel Channel, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post Travel,
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