They say starting anything is the greatest hurdle and this couldn’t be truer when trying to organising a trip.
There is various septum of planners, from those who create meticulous itineraries to those that show up without even such much as booking a hotel (the free spirits).
I am somewhere in between, I’ve been known to show up at the airport without printing a boarding pass or two.
But to save you from such embarrassment, I have organised a list of travel sites that will help you with anything from travel inspiration to booking all your travel essentials.
These are some of the best travel websites and I use them when I am planning a trip.
Trip Advisor is one of the best hotel/hostels, tours, sighting reviewer sites and their app is also great for downloading all your information before you get to your destination.
My favourite thing about TripAdvisor is the reviews and pictures left by past customer of hotels, you get to see a true representation of what the hotel looks like.
Lonely Planet collections of travel guides are some of the best travel companion offering details on the highlights of where to visit, see and do.
These guides contain itineraries of different lengths and are a great place to starting if you're feeling overwhelmed.
Pinterest is the source of all my travel inspiration and great for gathering first-hand information from people who have visited the destination you are planning to visit.
You can create boards for every destination imaginable and find everything you will need to know from a travel guide, packing list too and budgeting guides.
Skyscanner I don’t think I’ve ever booked a flight without first checking Skyscanner for cheaper options or the best deals on tickets.
There are even an ‘everywhere’ search options for those who don’t know where they want to visit.
Google Flight Google fights is probably the easiest and most comprehensive flight search tool. I always use Google flights when searching for flights, then cross-check on Skyscanner or another search tool to ensure I’ve found the best options.
Kayak is another great search tool I use when looking for flight deals. It searches hundreds of other travel sites at once to find the information you need to make the right decisions on flights. Use can also use it to search hotels and car hires.
An interrailing pass gives access to 30 European countries by trains covering 40,000 destinations.
I fell in love with travelling European by train as an I got to see the beautiful rolling hills and varied landscape of the different European countries.
This is the also the best and cheapest way to get around as you can buy one ticket allowing you to visit up to 10 or more while covering the majority of the cost of your fairs.
Booking.com You can still find the cheapest deals here and it’s one of the best comparisons sites around. With booking.com you can check a hotels rating, maps to how near a restaurant is to your hotel.
My favourite feature of the site is the reviews from past guest, which can be very informative giving details on parking to which floor you should stay on at a specific hotel.
Airbnb I find this site great for booking apartments whether for a girls weekend away or a holiday house big enough to for 30 members of your family, for a family reunion at a reasonable price.
You can even book a tree house and if you use my link you’ll get £30 off your first booking.
Hotels Combined For hotels, I’ll check HotelsCombined to see if their discounted rates as it compares rates from all the top search sites. It has some of the lowest rates for hotels and one of the top sites I suggest using when checking hotel rates.
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Expedia is a great site for booking both hotels and flights together.
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Contiki is the original travel company for the young, wild and free travellers 18-35-year-olds.
Contiki arranges tours of different activities, locations and durations like Thailand island hopping tours or their much loved European Horizon (where you visit 8 countries in 10 days all under £700).
Sandmans New Europe Tours these tours are both fun and educational, you get to see a new city for a different view.
Plus you can do their free tours from if you’re low on funds but still want to see the city.
GetYourGuide I love using this site to book my tours and have near been disappointed. You can compare, and book sightseeing tours, attractions, excursions, things to do and fun activities from around the world.
Viator Is a great site for booking tours, things to do, sightseeing tours, day trips and its a site I use a lot when I travel.
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