Travel doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. Flight deals, hostels, and other money savers can get you moving quicker – and for longer – than many realize. This page lists some of the resources I use when travelling, to find the top travel deals and have top notch travel experiences.
Skyscanner – Great for finding affordable flights including those on budget airlines that can be excluded by the more well-known sites.
Google Flights – One of my favorite sites for finding and comparing flights. It lets you browse for the cheapest days and months to fly, explore destinations by region and select preferred layovers.
Kayak – I really enjoy this tool. Price alerts provide daily tracking of flight prices, the Explore feature let’s you see the cheapest destinations to fly to, and the predictive chart provides an idea of whether your flight is likely to increase or decrease in price over the next 7 days.
Seat 61 – A truly indispensable resource for anyone looking to travel by train, especially in Europe. It lists fares, schedules, what to expect and incredibly useful tips.
Rome 2 Rio – This site lets you plug in a starting point and destination and then lists the various ways you can there, including cost and time. It covers bus and train routes, flights, cars, and ferries.
BlaBlaCar – A ridesharing service that connects people wanting to get somewhere with people who have space in their car. It’s most popular in Europe.
HostelWorld – Usually my first stop when I’m looking for a place to stay. The reviews are from guests only, the site layout is quite intuitive, and they have a wide selection of places to choose from in almost every destination.
Airbnb – I love local everything, so naturally a site that lets you stay in the homes of locals around the world is truly awesome for the experiences it can provide. If you’re signing up for the first time, use this link to get $26 CAD Airbnb credit (disclaimer: I also get credit when you receive the discount and book a stay).
Couchsurfing – If you’re travelling on a budget, couchsurfing can provide you with a free place to crash with locals around the world. The standards vary, so you do have to be flexible and easygoing. I’ve used it only for the regular events that couchsurfers organize every week around the world to meet people.
Expedia – This travel giant isn’t my first stop, but I’ve found good hotel deals on the site in the past. The Best Price Guarantee is a nice touch too.
Booking.com – I really like this site for finding hotels because of the free cancellation policy and no prepayment required on many properties. Bonus: use this link to book a stay and you’ll get a $25 refund after your stay (and so will I).
Intrepid – I took my first (and only) multi-day tour to Cuba with this company and have since run into travellers on their tours throughout the years all over the world. I highly recommend them if you’re not comfortable on your own as they provide small group travel that is innovative, sustainable and supports local economies.
Lonely Planet – The LP guide books are trusted and (almost always) reliable. When I first started travelling, I knew I could always turn to them in a jam, or for a good hostel recommendation. Now, the internet is my main source of information about a destination, including their informative website and forums.
TripAdvisor – Reviews, reviews, reviews. Millions of users have posted reviews of hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, attractions, and tour companies. I like to check this site before making any booking.
Duolingo – One of the best tools I’ve used for learning a new language. It’s free, science-based and offers the world’s most popular languages.