People often ask me how I find cheap flights, what tours to take and even destination-specific questions on destinations I haven’t even visited! With that being said, I decided to make a resources page.
Here you’ll find all the travel resources I personally use and find useful, as well as my favorite travel blogs listed by region. Because let’s face it, I’ve pretty much got only Asia covered over here, so if you’re looking for travel tips for Europe or South America– I’m not much help.
When I’m not booking LCC or promotion flights, after I’m done comparing prices I find I’m usually using ZUJI to make all of my actual bookings. They’re reliable, have good package deals and often have cheaper flights than their competitors.
I’m a huge fan of flying Cathay Pacific, and if you’re flying from Hong Kong, you’ll definitely want to check out Cathay’s fanfares. Every Tuesday at 8am they release a limited number of seats for surprise destinations for a super low price!
ITA Software’s Matrix is a flight search engine that will find you the cheapest flights available. Although you cannot book directly from their website, you can then search for the flight you want directly on the airline’s website.
Whenever I’m back in the US, I tend to use Orbitz when looking for flights. They’re again, usually cheap than their competitors and even offer price drop protection. They also have a multiple city option, which comes in handy for long-term travel!
Since moving to Asia, Agoda has become my favorite site for hotel booking. Their prices are often lower than other sites I check, and you also build up rewards points really fast. I also love their search system– it makes finding the perfect hotel for me really simple.
If I’m staying in a hostel, the only site I ever book through now is HostelBookers. They had a wide variety of listings across the world, they’re cheap, and they’re reliable. I have yet to ever have an issue booking through them!
While I’m not the biggest fan of organized tours around a city, I’ve always been a fan of Viator’s tours. Led by locals, you’re actually given great insight to the culture and history behind the place you’re visiting. Plus they have great day tours that make it easy to visit further out places, that otherwise may be difficult to reach on your own.
Looking for longer tours? Intrepid Travel has great tours that will take you around multiple countries if that’s what you desire. This is a great option for countries where you may be intimidated to visit alone, or don’t know how to begin planning.
FIND GUIDES & INFO
Before I travel or book accommodation anywhere, I tend to check out TripAdvisor. It’s a great resource for getting an idea of the best places to go, best places to stay or best things to do in any city. 200 million people can’t be wrong, right?
For printed travel guides, Lonely Planet will always remain my favorite. Checking out one of their country guides is a great starting point for any trip planning. After I get a good idea of a particular country, I then continue my research online through travel blogs or TripAdvisor.
FAVORITE TRAVEL BLOGS
*Please note, the above travel bloggers may not necessarily be from the region they are listed under and may not even have the majority of their posts be focused on that area, but they are the blogs I would personally visit or recommend for people looking for the best travel information regarding that particular region.