They say starting anything is the greatest hurdle and this couldn’t be truer when trying to organising a trip.
There is various septum of planners, from those who create meticulous itineraries to those that show up without even such much as booking a hotel (the free spirits).
I am somewhere in between, I’ve been known to show up at the airport without printing a boarding pass or two.
But to save you from such embarrassment, I have organised a list of travel sites that will help you with anything from travel inspiration to booking all your travel essentials.
These are some of the best travel websites and I use them when I am planning a trip.
Trip Advisor is one of the best hotel/hostels, tours, sighting reviewer sites and their app is also great for downloading all your information before you get to your destination.
My favourite thing about TripAdvisor is the reviews and pictures left by past customer of hotels, you get to see a true representation of what the hotel looks like.
Pinterest is the source of all my travel inspiration and great for gathering first-hand information from people who have visited the destination you are planning to visit.
You can create boards for every destination imaginable and find everything you will need to know from a travel guide, packing list too and budgeting guides.
Skyscanner I don’t think I’ve ever booked a flight without first checking Skyscanner for cheaper options or the best deals on tickets.
There are even an ‘everywhere’ search options for those who don’t know where they want to visit.
Citymapper I love this app with a passion.
I use it every day, it’s one of the best apps for utilising public transportation.
Citymapper is used in over 30 countries and gives the most detailed journey planner information in comparison to other travel apps.
The app provides real-time departure and disruption updates connect to cycle routes and Uber.
Interrail if your planning on interrailing around Europe.
An interrailing pass gives access to 30 European countries by trains covering 40,000 destinations.
I fell in love with travelling European by train as an I got to see the beautiful rolling hills and varied landscape of the different European countries.
This is the also the best and cheapest way to get around as you can buy one ticket allowing you to visit up to 10 or more while covering the majority of the cost of your fairs.
UBER I’m a big fan of Uber it’s not just for a drunken night out but can be a lifeline when in a new city and you are not familiar with their transport system.
Booking.com You can still find the cheapest deals here and it’s one of the best comparisons sites around.
With booking.com you can check a hotels rating, maps to how near a restaurant is to your hotel.
My favourite feature of the site is the reviews from past guest, which can be very informative giving details on parking to which floor you should stay on at a specific hotel.
Airbnb I find this site great for booking apartments whether for a girls weekend away or a holiday house big enough to for 30 members of your family, for a family reunion at a reasonable price.
You can even book a tree house and if you use my link you’ll get £30 off your first booking.
TRAVEL & TOURS DEALS
Contiki is the original travel company for the young, wild and free travellers 18-35-year-olds.
Contiki arranges tours of different activities, locations and durations like Thailand island hopping tours or their much loved European Horizon (where you visit 8 countries in 10 days all under £700).
Sandmans New Europe Tours these tours are both fun and educational, you get to see a new city for a different view.
Plus you can do their free tours from if you’re low on funds but still want to see the city.
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