Planning a trip without access to the correct travel resources can often seem daunting. How can you find the best flights and the best hotels, or how can you find out if you need to get a travel visa?
This travel resources page includes the best travel websites to help you as much as possible to plan your own adventures around the world. I have used all of these travel companies for myself, so can personally recommend them to you.
Whether planning for a weekend break or a trip around the world, these travel resources will make your journey smooth.
Click on the blue links below, and you will be directed to the relevant website.
The world’s biggest accommodation provider offers properties around the globe with options to cancel bookings within 24 hours at many hotels.
Want the low down on what to expect from your accommodation? Please don’t rely solely on the property’s own description of itself; instead, read reviews from travellers who have stayed there and then make up your own mind before you book!
Hotels can now also be booked directly through TripAdvisor at great prices.
The UK’s best provider of beautiful cottages and unique properties. Stay in an 18th-century cottage in the Cotswolds, or how about a shepherd’s hut on the Yorkshire Moors? First-class accommodation in prime locations around the British Isles.
Airlines and Ground Transport
The budget airline that flies you to your destination without any fuss. Easyjet is definitely the best budget airline if flying from the UK to Europe.
And now they have introduced EasyJet Holidays with full ABTA cover, great destinations and super competitive pricing.
Google Flights lets you see the cheapest destination by entering your departure airport. It’s a good search engine for routes, connections, and pricing. I always use Google flights and then go to Skyscanner to look for the best flight deal I can get.
Compare Cheap Flights, Hotels and Cars all through Skyscanner.
Search out the best place to sit on the plane before you travel. Are you a window person or do you prefer the aisle seat so no climbing over fellow passengers when you need to use the facilities!
As a global leader in vehicle hire, this worldwide company caters for hirers in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, to name just a few countries within their portfolio. They also offer competitive pricing and multi-point pick-up and drop-off locations.
I have used Europcar in Australia and numerous European countries and found them to be excellent.
Insurance, Insurance, Insurance, have I said it enough? Never risk travelling without travel insurance; it just isn’t worth it. You never know when the worst will happen, and you need to know that you will receive the best care possible on your travels.
World Nomads Insurance
A global pre-paid currency card that you can top up on the move. Use it in the same way as a debit card and at ATMs worldwide. I have used this card in Europe, Asia and Australia, and it has been one of my best travel resources in assisting me in getting various currencies by using the Caxton app.
Travel Tours and Experiences
Your one-stop online tour guide specialist. Pre-book skip-the-queue tickets, book on a food tour or join a ghost hunt; the list is endless.
With more than 3,000 partners worldwide, Tiqets has a ticket for everyone. From museums to rollercoasters and ancient ruins to boat trips. With Tiqets, you choose your way to culture.
A global community of foodies, history buffs, street art fanatics, beer connoisseurs, wine lovers and active adventurers. Real, local tour guides for real authentic adventures.
Experience food cultures around the world by joining one of these amazing cooking classes.
Planning has never been easier than shopping on Amazon. Everything you could need for your trip can be found on this site.
But better still, check out my packing guide of must-have travel products for your trip.
Tax-Free Shopping in Europe
Don’t miss out on savings when you shop in the EU. Find out all you need to know in my post – How to Shop Tax-Free in Europe.
Google Maps has got me out of a few sticky situations, and the best bit is it’s free! It’s the best mapping software out there, and the beauty of it is that you get to download areas for offline use, which is invaluable when you are in an area with no signal.
Google Translate allows you to do it all — translate into 103 languages by typing and accessing nearly 60 languages offline.
Google Find My Device
You would be doing yourself an injustice if you didn’t have this installed on your phone. Not only will it identify where your phone is if it gets lost but can also be used by another person, family or friend to keep track of where you are in the world.
WhatsApp is a great messaging service for travellers abroad as it uses an internet connection to avoid SMS fees.
XE Currency Converter
The XE Currency Converter app quickly provides live, up-to-the-minute currency rates and then allows you to store and view them even when you’re offline. You’ll never need to wonder again if you’re really getting a good deal in another country.
I find myself using this all over the place, even in my home city of London! Just plot the start and finish of your journey, and RometoRio will tell you the best way to travel to your destination by plane, train, bus, ferry or car.
This is one of the most useful resources for making restaurant reservations in Europe and Australia. Just search for a restaurant and book online, sometimes triggering a great discount at participating restaurants.
Believe it or not, travelling can be stressful, and time differences can severely disrupt sleep patterns. The world’s best sleep and meditation app can help you find your inner zen and calm down your anxiety.
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