Whatever your next adventure may be and the type of experience you are looking for you will surely find inspiration, amazing deals, helpful tips and planning tools on these travel sites.
1. Airbnb has over 1.5 million listings in 34,000 cities in 190 countries, they allow you to find shared spaces, a house to yourself, a tent in someone’s back yard, mobile homes, a beach house, and event castles! They are one of the top players when you are trying to book your next getaway.
2. HomeAway is an alternative to Airbnb, they existed years before Airbnb saw its explosive growth. They acquired VRBO and VacationRentals.com, HomeAway owns 40 Websites operating in 22 languages with over 1 million listings. The main difference from Airbnb and HomeAway is that they don’t control the rental experience, the company acts more like a rentals classified system rather than an overseer of the vacation-rental experience.
3. Sonder Collective provides travelers with vacation rentals, short term rentals with all the amenities of a hotel partnered with the comfort of a home. We’ve all had some interesting Airbnb experiences that have left us less than impressed, sometimes what you see in the advertisement of others homes is not what you get when you arrive. Sonder takes the guesswork out of finding a home away from home, provides you with 24/7 concierge service, and gives you local recommendations for the best things to explore, eat, drink, and do in the area. The company is currently in 8 cities right now but are rapidly expanding, check out their site to plan your next adventures.
4. Momondo is one of the best travel Websites for finding travel, they have an intuitive search engine to source pricing flights, hotels, and rental cars. The company is similar to Kayak, as you can also setup travel alerts to notify you when prices change. You can’t book flights directly on Momondo but they will give you the resources you need to do so.
5. Airfare Watch Dog is a site that is devoted to finding the best deals on travel, they have a small group of staff members that scour the Web to find the best deals. The company doesn’t have as many deals on here as some of the other sites on the list but I guarantee you will find some of the best deals out there.
#6. FlyerTalk doesn’t provide a resource for actually booking travel, but they have a wealth of information on the best and cheapest travel out there today. On this site you can find industry insiders to travel enthusiasts that scour the Web for amazing deals then post them in the FlyerTalk forum. This site is well worth your time to find great deals that pop up that you probably wouldn’t have known about.
6. Booking.com is a leader in booking accommodations online. Everyday over 1,100,000 room nights are reserved on Booking.com, the company offers 1,045,678 active properties in 227 countries and territories. I used Booking.com to find a few hotels on my last trip to Italy and Greece, and was pleasantly surprised with how nice and accommodating their staff was. They have 24/7 support and you will always be able to speak with someone who speaks your language and speaks the language of whatever location you are traveling to – so if you need to get in touch with the hotel staff they can call them up and help you out.
7. JetRadar is one of the top online search engines to find flights all over the world, they help thousands of people to compare airline prices from all the major airlines, see which carriers’ are offering specials, and help source and book the cheapest tickets available.
8. Kayak’s goal is to create an all in one experience, you can use Kayak to scour the Web to find deals on flights, hotel rooms, and rental cars. They have pricing trends and the predictive algorithms on the site to help users see where prices are going. Use Kayak’s travel alerts to email you when deals pop up for your intended destination. You can also search using a range of dates (i.e. 3 days before or after your departure and arrival dates) to find the best price on deals.
9. FlyerTalk doesn’t provide a resource for actually booking travel, but they have a wealth of information on the best and cheapest travel out there today. On this site you can find industry insiders to travel enthusiasts that scour the Web for amazing deals then post them in the FlyerTalk forum. This site is well worth your time to find great deals that pop up that you probably wouldn’t have known about.
10. Jetsetter is one of the top dogs in luxury travel, the company provides a curated-travel experience with their verified and approved properties and hotels. They test the things that matter the most to people when visiting a hotel: the bed, water pressure, Wifi signal strength, and the knowledge of the local staff. The company also runs flash sales every now and then, as well as provides insider access along with exclusive deals to hotels and resorts around the world.
11. HotelsCombined makes compairing hotel prices easy by scaning through the top travel websites from around the world, including Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Venere, LateRooms and many more.
12. Skyscanner has a great interface for finding fabulous deals on travel all over the world where you can plan and book your flight, hotel and car directly on their site from millions of travel options at the best prices. The company says their secret sauce is their “proprietary technology that connects people directly to everything the travel industry has to offer.”
I would love to know what your favorite sites are to book your trips and if you have ever used any of the sites mentioned above to learn more about your experience. Share your favorite sites for saving money while you explore the world!
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