Travel resources we recommend
We get asked all the time what we recommend for everything from cheap flights to the best travel gear! This page is guide to all the reliable travel resources we have used throughout our travels. Below are our favorite brands and companies that we use to help make our travel planning a little bit easier. All the resources featured here are best of the best so remember that we are not going to recommend anything (or anyone) that we don’t trust and use.
Here, you will find things like how to find cheap flights, book accommodations, travel photography resources, travel gear, and what we use to run this blog.
We are always trying out new services or gear so this list will continue to grow. Feel free to email us with your recommendations too!
Get cheap flight deals
We check the Skyscanner site for cheap flights first. Skyscanner compares millions of flights to find you the cheapest deal, fast. TIP: If you are in the habit of searching for a flight, and then return to re-search the same flight a few days later you may have seen a massive price hike. Your search history can be monitored by airlines. To avoid price hikes, use a private window in your browser to search undetected.
Find cheap flights and book today with Skyscanner
Google Flights has been around for a while. We like that they serve up results for smaller airlines that many won’t show you. Another great feature is Destinations on Google that’s meant to help you figure out where to go, when to go, and what to do there; it’ll also help you get cheap flights and hotels.
Here is another website we use when searching for flights. They can find airlines that offer the best deals and the calendar view, as it lets you see which days are cheapest to fly which is handy.
Before we book any flights we always check Momondo in case they have a better fare.
Find Great accommodations
Airbnb is great if you want to rent an apartment or a villa. We rented an apartment in Jerusalem that had a magnificent view and was near public transportation and the markets. Read the reviews carefully and ask questions!
What’s great about Tripadvisor is it serves up hotel recommendations and reviews and also aggregates for the best price so you don’t have to search high and low for the best deal. The site is great for comparison shopping.
Hotels.com is not just another hotel booking site. We love the great prices and you can do some comparison shopping while you’re at it because it shows what the other booking sites are charging for the same room!
Rail Europe combines the maps, schedules and fares for over 50 different train companies across Europe, creating one stop to plan and book your European rail travel. If you plan on take a train trip through Europe this is the place to go!
Depending where you are it can be easier to get an Uber then getting a taxi. We have used Uber all over the world and have been pleased with their service. Check the prices you are quoted against and average cab ride because sometimes they are the same cost.
Rentalcars.com touts itself as the world’s biggest car rental booking service, they provide cars at over 50,000 locations worldwide. They offer free cancellations on most bookings which is a huge plus. We used them on our recent trip to Israel and we were really happy with their service!
To rent a car from Rentalcars.com start here!
We just found Rome2Rio and we are using it to plan our trip to Ireland in the Fall. Rome2rio searches any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B. Whether you want to travel by air, train, bus or ferry, Rome2Rio has you covered. Then when you figure out how to get there they will show you accommodations and send you to a booking site to book.
Tour Companies we Love!
Viator offers everything from guided tours to skip the line tickets at your favorite attractions. The tours are led by guides who really know their stuff. Viator is everywhere so if you are planning a trip be sure to include them in your planning.
CityPASS is available in 12 cities across the US. You pay one price that covers a booklet of VIP tickets to handpicked attractions in that city. The attractions could be anything from museums to studio tours.
Context Travel offers small group (maximum 6 people) tours lead by Ph.D. and MA-level scholar guides. Touted as a deep travel experience for the intellectually curious traveler, Context Travel now offers tours in 41 cities all over the world. We loved our City of Chocolate Tour in Barcelona.
To find a Context Travel tour start here!
NewYorkTour1 delivers an uniquely authentic, immersive New York City tour experience. Their knowledgeable guides are dynamic, engaging and excellent storytellers. Take daily tours of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a 9/11 Memorial & Wall Street Tour, Lower Manhattan Tour, The High Line and Chelsea Tour, and other great tours.
Travel apps that ROCK!
We use Tripit for every trip we take. As soon as we book a reservation we send it to Tripit and it adds it yo our itinerary. Trip it will alert you if flights have changed and offer alternatives. This app has been a lifesaver for us especially when we have longer trips. It helps us stay organized and we no longer have to carry a binder around when we travel!
Flight delayed? Airbnb not available? Here is where Hotel Tonight comes in handy. If you find yourself stuck without a place to stay fire up the Hotel Tonight app and see what’s available. Hotel Tonight gets unsold rooms and offers them at a deep discount for a stay that night or up to a week in advance.
We’ve been using Waze locally to see what traffic is like on our commute. Users post issues along their route so you can see when there’s trouble up ahead. When we were in Israel we used Waze to navigate from Tel Aviv to Tzfat. It not only helped us navigate to our destination, it also help with road conditions and located places to eat. Waze is now our go-to app for road trips.
Trip insurance that’s got you covered
RoamRight’s travel insurance can protect your finances and your health when your vacation goes wrong. The will reimburse some or all of your travel costs if your trip gets interrupted or canceled. RoamRight pays for the medical expenses that your primary insurance doesn’t cover. They will reimburse you for lost luggage and if you have to cancel a trip, they have you covered. RoamRights plans are customizable too. Travel insurance is necessary. Because whether you are at home or on a trip, life happens and you don’t want the messing up your travel plans.
We have used Insuremytrip.com many times when going on cruises. Insuremytrip offers literally hundreds of plans for you to choose from and you can go comparison shopping as well. Choose from well-known insurance companies, see their AM Best ratings and read customer reviews before you make your choice. We never travel without trip insurance, we’ve never needed to use it before, but you never know what will happen on a trip and as my mom used to say “Better safe than sorry.”