As you know, I’m a newbie travel blogger (est. 2017) and as I sit here planning my next lot of adventures, I suddenly realised how much organisation goes into this travelling malarkey.
To help make sure that I plan the best trip possible (and for the best price) I use a variety of different websites and tools.
To help you out with your travel plans, I’ve listed all of my go-to-places below – kinda like a little travel planning tool box!
…and I’ve thrown in some website and digital marketing resources for all you tech ninjas!
Where to go…
Plan your trip with tips and advice from the experts. They have over 500 travel titles, covering all 195 countries. Their books are well organised, light weight and have an emphasis on budget travel.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site! You can read reviews, compare and book almost anything from restaurants to hotels to flights. I mainly use it to check out the tourist attractions and to make sure I visit the top places on my travels.
Okay, so this website doesn’t exactly give you any information of where you should visit – but it does allow you to check prices and purchase travel insurance to your desired destination. Which is an absolute must – don’t leave home without it.
Where to stay…
This website makes it super easy to find the best-priced hotels for all budgets. And I particularly love that you don’t have to pay any reservations costs, and in some cases, you can cancel free of charge right up until the day before check-in.
This site allows you to find homeowners who are happy to rent out their home/apartment to you – and at the fraction of the cost that you would pay for a hotel room. If you are new to Airbnb, click here for £25 off your first booking!
A great tool for those looking to travel on a budget. HostelWorld allows you to find hidden gems. Their reviews and rating system is brilliant, and you can use it to make sure that you are booking a safe, clean and friendly stopover.
How to get there…
My go-to flight price checker website. Skyscanner will search lots of different airlines to find you the best price. Let them do the hard work for you!
If I am not sure where I want to go to or when, then I use Google Flights. It allows you to just put in your departure airport and search for the cheapest flight destinations. They will also suggest different dates for cheaper flights. Win!
If you’re travelling around Europe then you need to know about FlixBus! They offer low-cost bus travel from €5 with no booking fees, free wi-fi onboard AND an allowance of 3 bags!
Whilst you’re there…
One card that holds up to 18 different currencies. You can swap your currency easily whilst on the go and then use your card anywhere that accepts MasterCard – but without the ‘using your card abroad’ fees. If you are new to WeSwap, click here for £5 free credit!
A free and handy app that works offline helping you to save money on roaming charges. You can navigate to not only location names, but ATM’s, tourist attractions, hiking trails and even the closed convenience store. It’s like having all the local knowledge in your back pocket.
BONUS – Website Resources
HostGator is a great hosting provider for bloggers that are just starting out. They have great value packages and reliable customer service.
My absolute favourite hosting provider. SiteGround offers a whole range of hosting packages and has top notch customer server. I currently host all my websites with SiteGround.
My go-to place for premium WordPress themes and plugins. They are beautifully responsive and lightweight, along with being SEO ready and optimised for speed. My current theme was purchased from MyThemeShop
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission if you make a purchase. I use all the companies listed and I recommend them because they rock and have made my travels better. If you are ready to book your trip and would like to support this website in some way, using these links will help do exactly that. Everybody wins and if you have any questions about the companies, e-mail me. I’m happy to answer any questions about the companies you have.