People often ask how I organise all of my trips, where I book flights or hotels to make sure I’m getting the best deals, so I decided to put together a resource library of all the companies I personally use when travelling. These are in my opinion the best search engines and platforms to book flights and accommodation, where you can usually compare prices and get the best deals. I hope you find these useful!
When searching for flights I always check more than one website, to make sure I am getting the best deal and not spending unnecessary money. The same flight might be priced different on different platforms, so it’s definitely worth checking more than one website. My go-to flight search engines are:
Skyscanner is the first place I check when planning a holiday. They have a calendar option that allows you to see which dates are cheaper to fly, if you are flexible on dates this is a great way to save money. They collate lots of different airlines and you then have the option to buy on different platforms or from the airline’s own website.
Airfarewatchdog is another useful flight search engine. They usually have cheap deals, and the option to pair flights with hotels and search it all on the same platform.
Momondo is another useful search engine for flights, hotels and car hire. I usually check SkyScanner first, then once I find the flight I want I double check it on the other two platforms to make sure I’m getting the best deal.
Similarly to when searching for flights, I always check a couple different websites also when searching for accommodation. The first websites I check are:
Booking.com is a great place to start. They have a wide selection of accommodation types, so whether you’re looking for a fancy resort, a bed & breakfast, or an apartment, they have the functionality of filtering by all these choices and many more (eg. price, star rating etc) so that you can find exactly the type of property you want.
Hotels.com is one of the first places I check when booking accommodation. They have loads of different different types of hotels for every budget, and an easy filtering system. My favourite part however, is that if you sign up for an account with them, every 10 nights that you book and pay for, you get 1 night free! If you’re travelling long term or travel for work this is great, because you can accumulate free nights quite easily.
AirBnb has become very popular recently. The option of staying with homeowners who rent part of their home to you, and therefore staying somewhere more local and less touristy, with the comforts of a home and paying less than a hotel is appealing to many. (If you’ve never used AirBnb click this link to get €35 off your first stay!)
Not everybody enjoys cruises, I’ve been on a couple and have always had a good time. I like that you’re in a new place every day, and even if you don’t get to spend much time there, it’s a great way to get an introduction to a new location, and you can always go back for longer if you enjoyed it. MSC Cruises are my favourite cruise company, the food on board is simply amazing (not surprisingly given that they’re Italian!) and so is the service.
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These are the main websites that I personally check when planning a holiday, I like to compare prices especially when it comes to flights, to make sure I’m getting the best deal. You’re probably thinking that, and yes the links here are affiliate links, and if you book a flight or hotel through them I will get paid commission. I’m not promoting them for the commission, I’m promoting them because I personally believe they are the best resources for booking my travels. Booking your next trip from this page is one of the best ways to help me support travels and blog, so that I can keep creating good content for you to read.
If you think there are better websites out there, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you guys use to plan and book your trips, just leave a comment and maybe I’ll discover a new amazing website I didn’t know before! Now that you have all the resources you need to plan a trip, you probably need some travel inspiration to decide where to go! Don’t forget to check out my destinations library for advice on the best locations worldwide.
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