If you want to get the most of every trip without breaking the bank, you need good travel resources. This page lists some of the products and services we personally use to plan our vacations, find the 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.
Hotels Combined is one of the best hotel price comparison websites in the world. It searches prices on all the main accommodation booking sites, so you always know that you’re getting the best price on the market.
Marriott is one of the world’s leading hotel chains with more than 7000 properties across more than 130 countries. With 30 brands from luxury premium hotels like The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis to classic hotels like Courtyard, Protea, Sheraton, and of course the Marriott Hotels properties, you are bound to find a perfect hotel for your next vacation or business trip.
Travel Credit Cards & Insurance
A good credit card is essential when traveling. For example, choosing a card without foreign transaction fees will save you a lot of money when traveling abroad. Some cards cover your rental car insurance, saving you hundreds of dollars in one trip. Not even to mention that you can get big sign-up bonuses and rewards that will immediately save money for your next trip. If you live in the US, you can find the best credit cards for domestic and international travelers here. Check it out!
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.
You may also want to take a look at our complete guide to finding the best international travel insurance for any trip. It’s full of practical tips, real stories, and insurance company reviews. Check it out!
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.
Lagoon Car Rental is a family-run local car- and camper rental in Iceland. They offer a good selection of cars at competitive prices. What’s more important, the booking process is very easy, transparent, and there are no hidden fees. You know exactly what you’re paying for, which car you’re getting, which roads you can drive with the specific type of car, and what is or isn’t covered by your selected insurance.
Momondo has won numerous awards as best flight comparison site. Momondo is another of my favourites when searching for flights. It’s extremely 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
GetYourGuide is the world’s largest online platform for booking tours and all kinds of activities in more than 7,300 destinations worldwide. They work with local suppliers to turn your trips into the most amazing experiences. Whether you are looking for an off the beaten path experience in Rome or an unforgettable winter activity in Iceland, you will find plenty of choice among the 30,000+ activities currently offered by GetYourGuide. And with real customer reviews you know exactly what to expect and choose the tour that’s best for you.
Viator is another great resource for organized 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.
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 travel with an organised tour, go with a small group.
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… Check FullSuitcase shop on Amazon for the travel gear that we personally use and recommend.
In Europe we use Amazon UK. 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.
Shop fun & innovative kids’ travel gear Trunki! We own and use three Trunki BoostAPaks for years now and I can recommend them to all the traveling families. You can read more about the Trunki BoostAPak in my post about what to pack for kids on the plane and also featured as one of the best travel boosters.
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.
I was with SiteGround when my site grew to over 200,000 monthly page views and never had any issues. But I found that technical tasks took too much of my time, so I started looking to outsource tech support. After doing some research I realised that it is cheaper and more efficient to just switch to a fully managed website hosting. Performance Foundry does just that – they host your website, take care of backups, security, site speed, updates, and technical and development work. If you want to take your website to the next level, check them out.
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MailerLite 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 1,000 subscribers and one of the most affordable quality options for when your list grows past that. I used MailChimp to manage our newsletter subscriptions in the past, but MailerLite offers all I need for a much lower price and they make it really easy to be compliant with the new GDPR legislation. 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.