If you want to TRAVEL BETTER, HAVE FUN, SEE MORE and SPEND LESS you need good travel resources. This page lists some of the products and services we personally use to plan our vacations, find best travel deals and run this travel blog.
Booking.com is our first resource when planning a trip and booking hotels and other accommodation. They have one of the biggest hotel selections worldwide, very low rates and free cancellation on most bookings. It’s my favourite website to search for accommodation because it is extremely easy to use and has lots of searching and filtering options.
If there is one travel resource we use before every trip, then it’s Trip Advisor. It’s the best website to quickly find reviews about hotels, restaurants and ideas for things to do in certain areas. But it’s more than that – you can now book your accommodation and flights on Trip Advisor as well. Definitely worth checking as they often have special deals on different destinations.
World Nomads is travel insurance for independent travellers from all over the world. Buy, extend & claim online, even after you’ve left home. They have in-depth coverage, great customer service, and competitive prices. On top of that, World Nomads are recommended by Lonely Planet and National Geographic Channel, so you know they are good.
Flights and Car Rental
Arranging car hire in 167 countries and 40 languages, Rentalcars.com is the world’s biggest online car rental service. Working with leading suppliers, they offer great prices on all car groups. They can find you the best rental prices whenever you want – wherever you go.
Momondo has won numerous awards as best flight comparison site. Momondo is my favourite flight searching engine and it’s the most user-friendly. No wonder it’s recommended by CNN, New York Times and most seasoned travellers. Momondo searches across airlines, travel sites and low cost carriers to find the best flight deals on the market.
Expedia is #1 online travel agency with great deals on air, hotel, vacation packages, cruise, and car rentals… We use it mainly to find the best deals for the flights. It seems to be one of the best websites for accommodation in the United States and Canada.
Tours and Activities
Viator is the very best resource for organised tours and activities worldwide. You can easily find, compare and book all kinds of things to do anywhere in the world. From food tours in Rome, watching Northern Lights in Iceland to camel rides and sand boarding in Dubai – you will not know what to choose first. The best thing about Viator is the vast choice of tours and customer reviews that help you decide which tour is best for you.
Intrepid Travel is a company that specialises in small-group tours. They operate worldwide. With regular departures on trips in over 100 countries, you’re bound to find something that’s right for you. Small groups, big adventures.
We don’t often go on a group tour, but my last experience in Iceland in winter was really good. If you go on a tour, go with a small group.
Urban Adventures organise day tours with local operators in 85+ locations worldwide. They strive to provide different travel experience for those who want to get off the beaten path and really connect with a destination. They take travellers to interesting places to meet locals, and to really see what makes a place tick.
Amazon is our no. 1 online store for pretty much everything. From travel gear, toys, children’s shoes and clothing… to home appliances and all our (e-)books – Amazon is our favourite retailer. No wonder we seem to know all the postmen in our area by now…
In Europe we use Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and Amazon France. They ship pretty much everywhere in the EU. The prices and their legendary customer service are hard to beat.
Everyone has their own guidebook preference. We have two: Michelin Green Guides for planning the trips and the Lonely Planet for during the trip. I like the Michelin star rating system – each location is assigned a certain ranking giving you a very good idea of the most interesting places to visit. It’s my first resource when planning our family’s road trips. And Lonely Planet just has the most complete resources to help you make the most of every trip.
At home or when traveling, Kindle e-reader is always with us. We have had several of them over the years and like the Paperwhite Kindle the most. It allows you to read in daylight as well as in the dark – perfect when sharing a hotel room with kids. We definitely read more since we own our Kindles. The battery lasts several weeks, we can both read the same book simultaneously and – needless to say – it saves us lots of baggage space.
Manfrotto has the best quality photography & video camera tripods, heads, lighting, iPhone camera accessories and bags. We have used several tripods from different brands over the years, but Manfrotto is the whole other league! I have mine for over 7 years now, use it almost daily and it’s worth every cent.
When I first started to blog (read this guide on How to Start a Successful Blog From The Start), I hosted my website with Bluehost, but my site was down at least once a day, every day. I did lots of research before switching to SiteGround and what a difference! They have excellent customer service (and lots of patience), good prices and my site stays on all the time. If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable hosting company, I cannot recommend SiteGround highly enough.
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MailChimp helps you build your e-mail list and send newsletters. It’s extremely easy to use, has great design and endless possibilities. It’s free up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. Highly recommended!
Dropbox is a free cloud service that lets you store your files, photos, and videos and share them easily. How is it interesting for bloggers? It’s the perfect solution to keep a backup of your website. You can install a plugin that syncs your files to Dropbox automatically and never have to worry about losing everything if things go south.
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