A lot of my family and friends often wonder how I get such great deals on travel. Well, if you’re willing to put in a little time and research then you can find them too. I’d like to share with you the travel resources I use to find great deals.
Here are my top 5 travel resources:
- Kayak (Kayak.com)- this is generally my first stop for checking flights, hotels, and rental cars. Kayak is a one-stop shop for comparative rates. You can also sign up for email price alerts when searching for airfare to inform you of rate changes.
- Priceline (Priceline.com) – Feeling precarious? Name your price for hotel on Priceline. I like to use this if only needing one or two nights at a hotel and looking for an inexpensive rate. If lucky, you might get a 4 star hotel for under $150/night. The thing with Priceline is you get what you get and then committed to purchasing. Not good to use if absolutely need to be in total control of where to stay. I feel that way about my flights so it’s not used it for that, but have used it once for a rental car. Some control is given by being allowed to indicate the hotel star level and the area of town preferred, but that’s only if Priceline honors your price.
- Airbnb (Airbnb.com)- just started using this site and I love it! Although I’m still a fan of VRBO.com which is now part of Homeaway.com, sometimes it can get saturated with the same properties. Airbnb has some unique properties and the site is very easy to use.
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- Expedia (Expedia.com)- I know some people have mixed reviews about Expedia, but it’s always worked in my favor. When traveling to Europe five years ago, I sought out a travel agent to book the trip. Frustrated with the budget hotel properties that was presented, I decided to book the trip myself. Since only having used Expedia for hotel bookings, I was hesitant to use it for such a big trip but decided to give it a go. I was amazed by the better pricing and quality of hotels I was able to get vs. what the travel agent had. I booked the airfare, upscale hotels, and tours for three different countries at one reasonable packaged price.
- TripAdvisor (TripAdvisor.com)- I sometimes use TripAdvisor to book hotels and use as a tool to compare rates, but I mostly use it for the reviews. A great way to learn about places is through other travelers. Many of us have been there where we see a hotel online that looks amazing, yet when we arrive it looks nothing like the online photos. TripAdvisor is a great resource to get the skinny on hotels plus places to see and things to do. Check out some of my reviews here.
What are some of your favorite travel resources? Please share in the comments below.