Travel Tips, Planning, Safety, Packing etc.
Planning. It can make the difference between a perfectly executed trip, and a complete disaster. It can also save you a lot of money, if you know the best ways to plan a trip. Plus, it can also mean you get involved in experiences that can exceed your expectations, and you can reduce stress by being organised in advance!
Below, articles and recommendations for the best way to plan your trip, stay safe, and pack the right things. PLUS the websites we use to book our trips / suggest for first time travelers looking for a little support.
After visiting 93+ countries, we’ve tried a lot of websites!
Travel Planning & Safety
Be prepared by planning out the most important elements of your trip in advance. Stay safe by reading up on the best ways to keep out of trouble on the road. PLUS website recommendation to help you have an easier / cheaper / better trip.
Best Hotel Booking Options:
|Hotels Combined. Compare All Major Hotel Booking Sites In One Place.
|Lastminute.com. Aimed at UK customers, with worldwide hotel search. Mystery hotel deals, and huge discounts.
|Agoda. Hotel search engine for worldwide but especially focused on Asia.
|Booking.com. User verified reviews, featuring properties all over the world. Book now, pay later.
|Hotels.com. Another easy to use accommodation site.
Best Tour Companies:
|TourRadar. Easy to use booking platform. Search 40,000 multi-day tours in one place.
|Intrepid. Small group, authentic travel experiences worldwide.
|G Adventures. Small group adventure travel.
|Get Your Guide. Single and multi day tours, worldwide, with independent vendors.
|With Locals. All private tours, all local guides. Match yourself with a local. Unique day tours.
|EatWith. Unforgettable dining experiences eating in the homes of locals.
Best Air & Rail Booking:
|Momondo. Compare flights from all airlines in one place.
|Lastminute.com FLIGHTS. Aimed at UK customers, I’ve picked up some amazing flight deals on here.
|Eurail (For Non-European residents & Interrail (For European Residents). Network rail tickets for travelers to Europe.
Best Road Transport:
|Auto Europe. NOT just for Europe! Compare rental options from all major vendors for all destinations worldwide.
|Kiwi Taxi. Airport and city to city transfers worldwide. Find yourself a driver.
|Megabus. Affordable intercity busses in Europe & USA.
|Comprabus is a site for bus tickets and other means of transport where you can compare different bus schedules and prices.
Packing / Gear
Make sure you take the right things on your trip – and ONLY the right things. Avoid massive overpacking and find out what the best luggage and gear is for your travel style.