Travel Daze Recommended Travel Planning Resources
If you’re here on this blog, my guess is that you love to travel. Getting on the plane, flying off to a new destination, and spending a day/a week/a month exploring somewhere you’ve never been before is exciting. But before you get there, you have to plan that trip.
Travel planning can be a lot of fun, but it can also take up a lot of time and energy. The travel planning stage is also the most expensive part of your trip. This is usually when you put down the money for things like transportation, accommodation, and planned activities.
To help make your travel planning a little easier (and a little cheaper), I’ve compiled all of the best travel planning resources for you right here.
Below you’ll find links to my favorite websites, apps, and brands for travel planning and booking. Whether you need to book a flight, find a place to stay, or even transfer money overseas, I’ve included something that will help you out. These are all resources that I genuinely use and support.
Note: Some of these links are either affiliate links or referral links, meaning I will gain a small commission or credit at no cost to you. These links will be marked (*referral or **affiliate). Unmarked links are simply there for your benefit–I get nothing out of it.
So start planning your next trip and feel free to e-mail me if you need any help or recommendations.
Best Travel Planning Resources
Skyscanner — I always check Skyscanner first for the best airfare deals. Check the monthly calendar to find the cheapest day to fly.
Kayak — Kayak is another great resource for finding flights. I love the Explore feature, which allows you to find the cheapest flights from your destination.
Skiplagged — Skiplagged tends to find fares that other sites don’t, which means more crazy cheap flights.
Rome 2 Rio — Enter your starting point and your destination, and Rome 2 Rio will tell you the cheapest way to get there. By plane, bus, train, ferry, or car, you might be surprised by the route you end up with.
Man in Seat 61 — This is such an incredible resource for train travel. If you’re going to be traveling by train, check this site for tips and info.
**Hostelworld — Hostelworld makes it easy to search for, find, and choose the best hostel, anywhere in the world.
Couchsurfing — I like using Couchsurfing to stay with locals on some trips. Yes, it’s free, but more importantly, it’s a chance to meet interesting people & have a new experience. Read my tips for Couchsurfing here
Hotwire — On the rare occasion that I stay in a traditional hotel, I check Hotwire for awesome deals. They don’t tell you which hotel you’re booking until you’ve paid, but they give you all of the essential info up front with customer reviews to help you choose.
*Transferwise — I use Transferwise to safely transfer my money overseas. You get the most accurate exchange rate, which makes the service cheaper than most others. Use my link to get a free transfer up to $500 & read my full review of Transferwise here
**World Nomads — Need travel insurance? It can save you a lot of money in those unexpected travel situations we all inevitably end up in: like lost/damaged baggage, accidents & injuries while traveling, or even canceled flights.
**Orbit Protect — Orbit Protect is travel insurance specifically for those visiting New Zealand. Whether you’re going there to travel, study, or work, there’s an affordable plan for you. This is the insurance I used for my working holiday in New Zealand.
Roadtrippers — This is my favorite app/website for planning USA roadtrips. You put in the starting point & destination of your roadtrip, and then Roadtrippers will show you all of the interesting places along your route. I’ve found some really cool stops using this app, like Antelope Island.
**Lonely Planet — Everyone knows Lonely Planet, because they have some of the best travel guides for just about any place you might want to go. They also have fun general travel books that jut might inspire your next trip!
I will continue to add new travel planning resources to this page in the future. You can also read all of my Travel Tips here.
*Disclaimer: Some links on this page are affiliate links. That means that if you make a purchase using my link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.