These are all the travel resources that I personally use for my travel planing and during the trip. These have helped me greatly to travel cheaper and smarter. Some of these websites offer great deals from time to time.
Kayak is a flight fare aggregator. I use at least 3 different flight search engines to narrow my flight options. KAYAK is one of them. I prefer KAYAK for it’s +/- 3 days (3 days before and after) feature. It gives a clear idea on how the prices are for a given flight three days before and after. KAYAK doesn’t include some small budget airlines.
Skyscanner is the best flight search engine out there. It includes every small budget airline for a given route. You can definitely find the cheapest flight using Skyscanner.
Momondo is also a very good search engine. I prefer momondo for it’s association with new and upcoming booking sites which offer great discounts.
Google Flights has some unique search options such as explore destinations on the map, flight alerts, etc. I particularly like it’s map search.
Airbnb is my go to website for accommodation. I prefer Airbnb not just for the price but for various other reasons. Airbnb gives me the opportunity to experience the local culture, language and hospitality. I have had an amazing experience at every Airbnb stay. If you haven’t used it yet, I highly recommend it. At least try it once. If you have never used Airbnb before and sign up using this link, you will receive a $40 USD credit on your first booking.
TripAdvisor is a travel website with user generated reviews and ratings for hotels, hostels and attractions. TripAdvisor ratings/reviews have been very useful in my travels. I usually consider booking hotels/hostels that has at least a 4 star rating on TripAdvisor.
I do stay in hostels from time to time. Hostelworld is where I search and book my hostels. The good thing about Hostelworld is that you only have to pay 15% of the total price at the time of booking. Taxes are included in the price.
I have been using Booking.com for several years now. It’s my go to website for all hotel bookings. Booking has great deals from time to time. A lot of refundable hotel options as well. Refundable options are particularly useful for visa applications.
Expedia runs great deals from time to time. Sometimes up to 50% off.
Orbitz is also a travel search engine and booking website. I like Orbitz for it’s rewards program. It returns back up to 5% for hotel bookings and 1% for flight bookings in the form of orbucks. Orbucks can be used just like cash on the website. Orbitz also runs a 15% discount on hotel bookings most of the times.
Rome2Rio is a transport search engine. It can search flight, train, bus, ferry and drive options between cities along with their prices and duration. If you aren’t sure which transport option is the cheapest or quickest, Rome2Rio can give you an accurate idea.
Blablacar is the largest long-distance ridesharing community. It is the cheapest way to travel by road. It can also be a great way to meet locals and travelers.
Lonely Planet books are my preferred travel guides. I find them very accurate and provides me with all the info I need. I used to purchase the print versions. But these days, I am purchasing only the kindle versions.
Google Project Fi
Project Fi is a cellphone service from Google in the US. This service is currently available to only the US residents. It offers free data roaming in 135+ countries. It’s a great option for travelers from the US. It is also cheaper than T-Mobile (another cellphone service provider in the US).