On this page, we’ve listed all of the many tools & resources we use and that we recommend. We’ve split the page into sections so that you can find the tools & resources that are the most relevant to you.
Booking flights is notoriously tricky, with constantly fluctuating prices, limited-time sales and cookies causing havoc. Here are the flight booking tools we use to track down those illusive bargains.
When we’re looking for flights, our search starts at Skyscanner. We really like the simple, uncluttered interface and how easy it is to use. We also particularly like its strength in finding budget flights and the awesome calendar feature that makes it really easy to find the cheapest time to fly.
Once we’ve done some searching around on Skyscanner, we switch our attention to Kayak. We do this to ensure we get good coverage of all the possible options. Additionally, on Kayak you can include baggage fees in with the displayed prices. This gives you a more precise indication as to how much you’ll end up paying.
Jack’s Flight Club
When we’re feeling spontaneous or unsure as to where our next destinations will be, we rely on Jack’s Flight Club. Jack and his team scour the web for flight deals, then send them out to you via email or an app. There’s a free tier where you get sent 1-2 deals a week, or you can pay a small annual fee to get all the deals sent to you. Most of the deals are surprisingly cheap and you will almost certainly make your money back in savings should you book anything. It’s well worth subscribing!
A third flights search engine that we’re beginning to use increasingly is Google Flights. Google’s interface is crisp and white and almost completely distraction-free. The option to track flights and receive price alerts is very handy as is the ability to go back and pick up from where you left off without having to save anything.
We like to keep things simple when it comes to accommodation, almost exclusively staying with Airbnb. There are however some occasions where we stay in hotels and we’ve included some of the tools we’ve use to find rooms below.
Nine times out of ten, we stay in an Airbnb. Not only does this consistently work out to be the best value (in terms of price, space & convenience), but it also offers the best experience when visiting new places. How better to immerse yourself into the culture of a new country than by living how the locals live. While we have some reservations about Airbnb’s influence on rent prices around the world, we try our best to find places that are privately owned and places that are lived in to lessen our impact.
For hotels, we like booking with Booking.com. We really like how user friendly the interface is and how easy it is to find and book great value rooms. We also like the savings and perks we stumble across now and then as a result of us being Booking.com Geniuses. We tend to make good use of the free cancellation offered on some rooms, giving us the greatest flexibility when it comes to fine tuning our final booking.
Now and again, we’ll use Google Hotels to ensure we’re getting the best deal on an existing booking. Similarly to Google Flights, the interface is clear, precise and without unnecessary clutter.
Tripadvisor is handy for two reasons.
The first reason is that it has a decent price comparison engine for comparing hotel room rates.
The second (and probably main) reason though is it’s HUGE database of reviews. Like everyone, we have our requirements when it comes to hotel rooms and we use Tripadvisor reviews to ensure our shortlist has everything we need.
Booking Busses & Trains
When it comes to booking busses and trains, it is often best using websites and apps provided by transport operators themselves. Using this method, you’re more likely to get the best rate. Occasionally however, we use other services like those listed below.
Omio (formerly GoEuro)
For researching and booking bus and train tickets, we’ve not yet found a better option than Omio.
For starters, the interface is really clean and clutter-free. Secondly, they’ve partnered with countless transport operators all over the world, meaning that even searching for the most local and insignificant routes often produces results.
While nominal service charges do apply, booking tickets is really easy and convenient mobile ticketing is commonly an option.