Sunday, 16 August 2015

My Favourite Travel Websites

 My Favourite Travel Websites:

I spend a good amount of time on the internet; booking trips, planning trips, researching trips, getting inspiration for future trips, and everything else travel and trip related. So I thought why not share some of my favourites. My next planned trip is to the Azores and Lisbon in October so I thought why not show you an example of how I use each of these websites in my planning process.


Getting Going....

Inspirock is the newest find of all the websites in the list, but it defiantly deserved to be added to the list. This is a itinerary creating website. You input your destinations and dates and then it creates a breakdown of suggested things for you to do each day. You can then go in and customize each day by adding or taking out attractions from the list. For an itinerary planners out there you must check it out!

TripAdvisor is always involved in my planning process. My favourite thing to do is look at the top "Things to See and Do" in any destination. I also love to read the reviews of hotels, tours, attractions and everything else and then on the flipside it is also the only website (other than my own blog) that I add my own reviews to.

Getting Deals....

TravelZoo is a website I rave about to all my family and friends as well as on my blog. I have found amazing deals through this website and it also what happens to have sparked this whole trip to the Azores. The Azores weren't even on my radar of places to go before I found the deal on Travel Zoo. Once I saw the pictures featured on the deal I was hooked. I basically saw the deal and booked it within 24 hours. I booked this much earlier in the year and it still have yet to go but I have a good feeling it will be worth the wait. I Subscribe to their weekly email of their top 20 deals and its one of those emails I actually look forward to getting each week.

Getting There....

Skyscanner is my go-to flight booking website. I don't think I have booked a flight from any other website since I found this one. It searches many different airlines and flight booking websites to find you the best deal. My favourite function is how you can search by the Whole Month. I often use this feature when I don't have a particular dates locked in.


Staying There....

As I mentioned previously my upcoming trip to the Azores included my hotel however as an add on to the trip I booked a one night / 2 day trip to the mainland of Portugal to the city of Lisbon. This required an extra hotel. I booked mine on and from this I received 10% off as I have booked more than 5 stays and as a bonus I got a personalised travel guide of the city. The travel guide provides amazing information including transportation, popular restaurants and attractions, information on different districts, local secret spots and practical information such as the type of plug and voltage the country has.

Staying at an Airbnb is on my bucketlist of things to do, had my hotel in the Azores not been included this is the one I would have picked. This Airbnb happens to be in an old Windmill, I mean who doesn't want to stay in a windmill?

Hostel World has always been my first choice when it comes to booking hostels. I stayed in many hostels throughout Europe and I always booked them from here. I have also written a post on Hostel Misconceptions and Hostel Packing Lists in case your interested.

While There....

Viator is my favourite Day or Multi-day Tour booking website. I have used this site countless times in several countries including Turkey, Austria, Germany, and Ireland. I have always had amazing experiences with each tour through this website. Even if you don't book any tours it is also a good website to get itinerary inspiration as they list their top day trips, as well as top attractions.

Yelp is great for using in your own city but it can be especially useful while traveling. I love to use the app to help me pick a restaurant while abroad. Here in my example I searched for the highest rated restaurants in Ponta Delgada, Azores. You can search by various filters such as distance, price, type of food and more.

City Maps 2 Go is probably my most used app while traveling. I have used it in NYC, London and plan on using it on my upcoming trip to the Azores and Lisbon.

Currently I am using the app to "star" all the locations and attractions that I wish to visit. While I am there I can use it as a GPS map without using any data or wifi on my phone! 

XE Currency is my go-to Currency Exchange Website. The best part of this site is the app for phones. When traveling in countries where the money is in completely different nominations I take screen shots on my phone of different amounts such as 10 CAD, 20 CAD, 50 CAD, 100 CAD and what they convert into the other denomination. Then while I'm shopping in that country I can quickly look at my phone to get a ballpark of what different things cost in my home currency. In countries where I can figure out the exchange rate easily it is just good to know if you are getting a good rate for your money.

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