I regularly get asked how we go about booking trips. As adventurers, we tend to book flights and hotels separately rather than as part of a package.
Building a holiday for ourselves gives us more flexibility and I also feel it’s more cost effective. I always use the same search engines for booking our trip. Let me tell you about each of them and how they work best.
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I have always used booking.com for our accommodation whether its for a luxury hotel or a home stay, it has endless options.
What I really like about this site is you can build up ‘genius ‘ status when you use it regularly. This will give you discounts and perks that other users do not get.
When searching for accommodation in my chosen destination, I only search within my budget. I also check out reviews of other families and only stay in places with a rating of 8 and above out of 10. You can search using this widget
We have always used Kayak to book our flights. I have tried other search engines but always default back. Unless I am completely tied to specific dates, I always search the entire month for the most reasonably priced flights.
I also select direct flights only. Although they are more expensive in some instances, I need the easier and quickest route with a young family. Search for flights using Kayak here.
If you are headed on a road trip or just want the freedom to get around your destinations whenever and however you like, you may need a rental car.
We like RentalCars.com because they compare prices from most the rental agencies to get you the best price. They will even price match if you find a cheaper fare elsewhere.
To start searching for rental cars click here.
So many people don’t think to get health insurance until the first time they get sick on vacation. Hopefully you don’t learn that you need health insurance the hard way because you can end up with huge medical bills.
When we travel we always use WorldNomads. They tend to give a good price and really good coverage. Make sure to look into what exactly is covered by your health insurance if you go with a different insurance.
For a free price quote on health insurance click here.
Maybe you want a few hour neighborhood tour or a more adventurous off-road adventure. We always check on GetYourGuide. They’ve got a huge range of tours, from the run of the mill to the unique and exciting.
Check out the most popular tours at your next destination here.
Whenever we travel we use the Solis Hotspot device. It’s so easy to use and provides really great WiFi. You can check out our full review here.
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