Like any good little Millennial, I love the internet. But it’s inundated with travel websites (yes, I realize the irony, since I suppose this blog is technically a travel website) which can kinda get overwhelming.
So I thought it might be helpful to outline some of the sites I use often and really like.
Skyscanner – Skyscanner is probably my favorite site ever, because of one feature. They allow you to type in your starting point and then type “everywhere” in the destination box. Then the site will price out flights from your airport to various places around the world! It is seriously so cool, especially for those of us who just wanna go somewhere.
Jetsetter – Jetsetter is my fave site for luxe hotels, because they group properties into categories, like “Best Kept Secrets” and “Last Hurrah”, so it’s easy to find a hotel that fits your vibe. Plus, they tell you the pros and cons so you’ll know if a place is packed with kids before you get there.
Airbnb – I LOVE AIRBNB. I’m always a bit shocked when people haven’t heard of Airbnb yet, because it’s such a big part of our lives. We use this website to stay in real homes (so you have a kitchen to make and store snacks = priorities) all around the world at great prices.
FlyOnward – Ahhh, proof of onward travel*, the bane of a flexible, long-term traveler’s existance. This site lets you “rent” a ticket out of the country for 24 or 48 hours until they cancel it on their end. So when you use the ticket it’s legit and can be pulled up online. It’s only $9.99 per rental, and can save you from having to buy and cancel real tickets all the time or going the sketchy route and making your own.
Expedia – I’m an Expedia VIP Gold+ member (fancy huh?!) after years of using their site to book travel for myself and acting as the travel agent for my entire extended family. Usually, these programs don’t offer much in the way of rewards, but with my Gold+ status, I actually do get perks like decent discounts and free upgrades. (Anything for that Junior Suite!)
Luxury Link – Luxury Link is another place I like to shop for luxe hotels, if I’m splurging on a place to stay. Their best feature is the option to bid on different vacation packages, so you can find some really incredible deals, especially if you’re willing to go last minute.
Kayak app – I play on the Kayak app all the time, both on my phone and my iPad, because it’s super smooth. It also helps me fulfill one of my rules for finding a good travel deal – knowing the average price of the flight you want so you’re automatically aware of it when you see a deal.
*Proof of onward travel describes the documents you might need when traveling to a foreign country, as proof that you won’t overstay your tourist visa. If you’ve got a round trip ticket from your home country, great, you’re all set. However, if you only have a one way ticket or your plans don’t go that far ahead, it can be a real pain in the ass. It’s mainly the airline that will care about this, as it’s their responsibility to fly you home if you’re turned away at the border. However, in stricter countries (the US, UK, Indonesia, just to name a few), you may need to show it again in Immigration. However, I have never had to show proof of onward travel at Immigration, even in the UK (they asked when I was leaving, which I didn’t know yet, but never asked for the physical ticket), but I have had to show proof at the airline check-in desk (flying one way from New York to Paris and one way from Australia to Bali.) If you want to know more about this mega-annoying issue, it’s discussed at length in this post and on tons of Lonely Planet message boards.