Links to Travel Websites

We've complied a list of useful travel links to ease your planning. From Flights, Accommodation, Transport, Tours, Pre - Flight essentials, Currency and Travel information.

For your ease of reference, you'll find them all listed below:

 

 

Flights

Booking flights can be a challenge especially when you're not quite sure of your next destination, how long you intend to stay and unclear on visa requirements. You'll need to compare prices, look at flight times, the number of stops, luggage allowance, and seat allocation. 

We found the following sites the most useful when booking our flights. Many of which now have Mobile Apps, making perusal of flights and comparison that much easier!

  • Sky Scanner - Flight search engine that can be used worldwide. Book single, return and multi city trips. Has an ‘Everywhere’ search feature that brings up the cheapest flights across your chosen month.

  • Google flights – Google search engine allows you to book flights and compare airlines.

  • Opodo – flight search provider that offer low cost airfares, also offer hotels, car hire, holiday packages and travel insurance.

  • Travel supermarket - flight search provider that offer low cost airfares, also offer hotels, car hire, holiday packages and travel insurance.

  • Kayak - searches hundreds of other travel sites at once to get you up to date travel information. 

  • Expedia – Compares fights from multiple airlines, for single, return and multi city trips.

  • Cheap flights - Compares fights from multiple airlines, for single, return trips.

  • Last minute – search from multiple airlines and also look for the last minute fight deals on offer. You'll need to be flexible with dates.

  • STA Travel – Perfect for students or gap year travellers. Offer discounts and can even help plan you trip.

 

 

Hotels

When booking somewhere to stay you want options. Most of these sites allow you to sort by price, location, ratings,and facilities. They are all pretty good but our favourites were booking.com due to their free cancellation policy and Hostel world for their deposit protection.

  • Booking.com – no booking fees, no upfront payments, free cancellations. Search by city name or map area.

  • Hotels – search by list or map area, sort by location, or facility. Wide range of hotels.

  • Trivago – compares most other hotel sites and generates results. It then takes you to the booking site. Very good for comparing rates.

  • Kayak - compares most other hotel sites and generates results. It then takes you to the booking site. Very good for comparing rates.

  • Expedia – search by list or map area, sort by location, or facility. Wide range of hotels.

  • Lastminute - search by list or map area, sort by location, or facility. Wide range of hotels.

 

  • Travel supermarket - search by list or map area, sort by location, or facility. Wide range of hotels.

  • Ebookers - search by list or map area, sort by location, or facility. Wide range of hotels.

  • Trip Advisor - compares most of the hotel sites and generates results. It then takes you to the booking site. Very good for comparing rates. Real people reviews and pictures are linked to the hotels.

 
 

 

Hostels

Hostels are a great way to meet like minded people who love to travel. Many people associate hostels with being dirty and cheap, but you will be surprised and a lot of them take children if you ask.

  • Hostelworld – Great for searching hostels, gives all the information upfront with real reviews. Has a deposit protection option.

  • Hostels.com – Searches the hostels available, sort by location or facility. Real reviews.

  • Hostelbookers - Searches the hostels available, sort by location or facility. Real reviews.

 

Homestays

Home stays are a great way of meeting people and see how they live. It will most likely be in a residential neighbourhood unless you pay top price to be in the centre of the action.

  • Airbnb – rent a room, shared apartment or the whole apartment. Very secure platform.

  • Homeaway – rent a room or whole place.

  • Couchsurfing – people opening up their homes to you, you live with them. It’s free. You show your appreciation by gesture such as taking them out, cooking for them or a small gift.

 

 

Car Rental

Car rental allows you to see much more of a city, or country that you would by going on tours. It gives you freedom to explore. Check whether you are eligible to drive in the country first. It's advisable to apply for your International Drivers License prior to leaving.

  • Rental cars – compares the car companies available in the search area. .

  • Kayak – compares the price and cars from multiple companies.

  • Enterprise – car rental company who carry a wide variety of cars worldwide.

  • Avis - car rental company who carry a wide variety of cars worldwide.

  • Sixt - car rental company who carry a wide variety of cars worldwide.

  • Hertz - car rental company who carry a wide variety of cars worldwide.

 

Insurance

Insurance is an essential part of travel - it's that simple! Medical, Theft/Loss, and Gadget insurance will be your life line (should you ever need it). Its simply not worth travelling without, especially, if your intended travel is with children. After booking your trip head to the following sites to compare prices:

  • Gocompare – compares different insurers and level of cover.

  • Worldnomads – insurer that understands long term travel and offers activity packs. You can extend while away.

  • STA travel - offers insurance for backpackers for periods of your choice.

  • Alpha insurance – offers insurance for long term travel, offers 4 different activity pack levels which cover most extreme sports.

 

Transport links

Transport can be an issue in some countries, these links and apps helped us get around and if up for a little adventure, can save you the cost of a taxi!

  • Man in seat 61 – extensive information about public transport around the world.

  • Uber – Hail a taxi from your phone, see who’s picking you up, read their reviews, not cash payment as it’s paid by your registered card after the ride is complete.

  • Grab – like Uber but used more in Asia. Have the option to pay via cash.

  • Grabbike – works just like Uber and Grab but on a motorcycle.

 

Money

Money is the thing making the trip happen. Make sure you get your conversions right by using the right information and cards for your travel

  • Xe.com – live currency exchange rates, can download the rates on your app but will only refresh on connection to the internet

  • Travelex – currency exchange rates, cash cards and ATM cards.

  • Revolute - currency exchange rates, cash cards and ATM cards.

  • Expasistan – comparison of home and away prices.

 

Navigation

Knowing your way around is important and you don’t want to carry a big guide map around with you. Download these apps to your phone and use them off line:

  • Google maps – you can download your current location and access it offline.

  • Maps.me – download country maps and access them offline, also provides real time GPS turns while driving.

  • Sygic - download country maps and access them offline, also provides real time GPS turns while driving. Upgrade to unlimited updates and live traffic info. Has a cool heads up feature where the directions mirror onto your windscreen at night.

 

Language

Language differences around the world can be difficult and frustrating, but there are a few ways to get over this, either let the app talk for you or you learn for free

  • Google translate – download your chosen language, then either type or dictate in English what it is that you want to say and let the App do all the work for you. It will translate to the local language for you. It also has a cool feature where you can hover your camera phone over  foreign text and it will auto translates there and then. Perfect for trips to the supermarket!

  • Duolingo – learn the local language with this App. It teaches you in a visual context, with words then phrases. Reminders if you missed a session and recaps along the way.

 

Tours

Sometimes you can’t go and visit everywhere yourself so you will need a tour company. When you are in the hotels, or hostels there will be many tours available but look here to start planning:

  • Tripadvisor – real reviews of the trips available. You can also book via trip advisor.

  • Viator – book excursions through this company, they offer local knowledge and use reputable tour operators where you are.

  • Lastminute – book excursions through this company, they offer local knowledge and use reputable operators where you are.

 

Travel information

Some countries will require you to have a visa for entry and some don’t. It's best to check entry requirements before you even book. Also check whether you need vaccinations prior to entry and whether proof of onward travel is required.

  • Wiki travel – In depth information about every country.

  • Gov.uk – obtain entry requirements from here for UK citizens. Also gives latest information about any safety concerns.

  • Visa HQ – apply for all visas from this company if you feel unsure to do it yourself.

  • Visa central – check whether a visa is required for entry into a country.

  • Cibt visas - apply for all visas from this company if you feel unsure to do it yourself.

  • Fit for travel – check health risks and vaccinations needed for travel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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