Websites You Should Utilize For Your Next Travel Destination

you can’t buy happiness but you can buy a
plane ticket and that’s kind of the same thing.

But what happens when that plane ticket is at price that could clear out your savings? Or you’re traveling to a foreign country and have absolutely no idea where to stay or dine?We’ve complied a list of the websites we use, love, and couldn’t travel without. We hope these sites will inspire you to take your next trip and even save you a little cash while doing so.

TripAdvisor: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Logan and I swear by TripAdvisor for advice on local restaurants, hotels, sightseeing suggestions, and so much more. TripAdvisor also will compare the prices of different hotels, flights, and vacation rentals while you are looking up the opinions and reviews of other travelers.

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Kayak: For International flights we almost always use Kayak to book. Kayak compares the prices of other popular ticketing websites and gives you the best price on a flight even if it isn’t on their site. It also tells you whether to buy or to wait!

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Hotels.com: We love this site because it allows you to search for accommodations at thousands of properties. You can usually find terrific last-minute deals that are updated frequently on their site. Those travelers that like to plan ahead can also find some great deals on this site with seasonal sales and other offers. Haven’t sold you yet? Well Hotels.com also has a rewards program where you can earn a free night’s stay for every ten nights you spend at any of the program’s properties.

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A view of what rewards look like at Hotels.com

 

Rome2RioThis site quickly identifies route options (air, car, bus, etc) and allows you to easily compare costs, time, and ease of access. Overall it’s an awesome way to plan your trip quickly and easily!

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Here you can see how to add multiple destinations on the same trip and Rome2rio will automatically figure out the best way to travel efficiently and budget friendly.

 

SkyscannerSkyscanner opens the doors to the many possibilities of travel, including an open search capability. No weekend plans? Enter the keyword ‘Everywhere’ and see what your next destination could hold!

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Here I used the ‘everywhere’ feature to show costs of spontaneous trips


UsingMiles
Figure out how to best use your frequent flyer miles all in one location.

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cleverlayover
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Combine your airline tickets with non-partner airlines to save money and even find a cool location to have a lengthy layover if you aren’t on a strict schedule. When we flew to Australia we had a 30hr layover in Fiji and though brief, it was amazing!

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Airbnb: Airbnb is a wonderful website that allows people from all over the world to safely use their home as a vacation rental at various different price points. Plus if you click our link to sign-up and book you’ll receive a $35 travel credit to use on your next trip!

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Bed and Breakfast
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 Different from Airbnb, this site can come in handy when searching for local and well-known B&B’s at a low cost.

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Evreward
If you are a believer in travel credit cards like we are you’ll love this website! This site allows you to maximize your rewards points by searching websites that you frequently use and seeing which card would reap the most benefits.

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Here it shows you the rewards you could receive from Petco for each credit card.

 


Are there any other websites that you love to use when planning or traveling?  And while you’re on a hunt to find amazing travel tools, you may also be interested in looking at these useful free travel apps!

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  1. Very informative! You listed a couple of websites I had never hear about and will definitely check them out for future trips. Love your blog and look forward to more pictures and great travel tips!

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  2. This is a blog post worth bookmarking. I’m a big fan of Trip Advisor, AirBnB, and Kayak. But I hadn’t heard of several of these other sites. I’m especially looking forward to trying Bed and Breakfast. Thank you for the helpful heads-up!

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  3. Awesome tips. I swear by most of these, but there are a few I hadn’t heard of before. Now I have more travel websites to feed my addiction.

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  4. Thank you for putting this list up) I’ve been using most of the websites while travelling, though I’ve just discovered Evreward) Looks like a great source. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. We do find TripAdvisor such a great resource for checking a wide range of peoples experiences before we book particularly with accommodation but also activities and places. Not only can you get a range of current updates on condition and cleanliness but you can sometimes see that a place is undergoing renovations that you wouldn’t be told otherwise and find some good tips and recommendations on what’s nearby.

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    • TripAdvisor is one of our absolute favorites! Sometimes the reviews are poor but typically we find people who are informative and will be honest in their reviews. So many times we will find that we have a few hours to kill so we look at TripAdvisor to see what is nearby.

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  6. It’s always good to use several online resources while planning a trip. It’s great that there are so many different ones to choose from to compare prices and reviews. Lots of people I know use Airbnb and TripAdvisor but it’ll be interesting to see which booking sites become more popular in a few years time.

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    • Agree completely Christina! With the endless amounts of internet sites we are always searching for the best ones. While we don’t use ALL of these for every trip we do utilize most of them frequently. We especially like comparing hotel booking sites and AirBNB.

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  7. Cleverlayover sounds very intriguing to me. I LOVE adding in layovers to my trips – we recently had a free day in Newfoundland while on route to Europe and it was a great way to explore and discover a small part of the province.

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    • Isn’t that site amazing?! We had a 36 hour layover in Fiji on our way back from Australia and it made us want to always have longer layovers if possible! Especially if it’s on a small island or a big city that you could see the highlights of.

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  8. I love that you have a couple of websites that I’d never heard of like UsingMiles and CleverLayover. I’ll definitely check them out. Thanks!

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  9. Kayak and Airbnb are always two of our favorites! We like booking.com, as well. Thanks for all the great suggestions–I’m going to have to check out Rome2Rio for our next trip!

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  10. This is so useful! I swear by Skyscanner for flights and Hotels.com for hotel bookings but I hadn’t heard of a couple other of these websites like the Rome one so I’ll definitely be checking them out to look for more travel deals. Can’t get enough of those for us travellers 😉

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  11. Wow, I hadn’t heard of a few of these! Thanks for letting us know about what you use. I need to look into CleverLayover. 😉

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