There are so many apps and resources out there to make sure get the best deal when booking a holiday it is hard to know where to start.
Here are some of my favourite apps to get you started on booking a holiday to your dream destination
This is a great app/website to look for cheap flights to anywhere in the world. You can filter to a particular month and see when flights are the cheapest. I love going to this website and just seeing where in the world I can travel to that is cheap.
If you are looking for a particular flight go hop is great as it will track a particular flight and alert you when it is at its cheapest to book
Pro Tip: Trailfinders
For long haul flights sometimes it is better to go old school. I got a better price with Trailfinders for a return flight to Vietnam and I got upgraded to the upper economy for no extra cost. I think sometimes it is more reliable to go with an agent if you are going to have multiple transfers as if anything goes wrong you have someone to go back to. It is always good just to check what your local agent is offering as you might get a better deal.
Like Skyscanner, Trivago pulls various hotel websites to tell you which ones are offering the best deals on a particular hotel.
Booking.com is my favourite website for looking up different hotels available. I find the reviews are more reliable than TripAdvisor as all the reviewers are guaranteed to stay there, therefore, it is a more authentic review. There are also options to book and not pay until you get there.
If you are looking for accommodation that is a little bit different look no further than Airbnb. Stay in a room in someone’s house or rent an entire apartment it is up to you.
Although Airbnb gets a lot of coverage, I prefer Homeaway for accommodation if you are renting an entire apartment.
As the name suggests if you need accommodation straight away, hotel tonight is the place for you as it will give you all the options on where to stay for the night and the best deals for that evening.
Although they do different offers globally, It’s a good app for looking for hotel deals in the USA. They often have flash sales in various locations so keep a look out for those
Protip: check the hotel website
Before booking anything online always enquire with the hotel at source. Often third-party websites add an extra 10%-15% onto the price of the accommodation per night. Often if you contact the hotel and advise of the deal you are getting online you may be able to get a cheaper rate.
The Full package
This website takes the hassle of searching for the best deals online by looking it up for you. If you are not particular on what dates you want to go on holiday or are looking for last-minute deals this is a great website.
This website will allow you to book flights and accommodation together without having to use multiple websites to book your holiday. You also get a reduced rate as you are booking the two together.
It does essentially the same thing as Expedia, however, they promote their money back offers the more you book with them
They do great last-minute deals for popular sun holiday destinations. If you have a few days off and want to hit the sun, this is the place to look.
Will give you info on various offers on hotels and Flights around the world. They also will give you special deals if you sign up to their mailing list.
Is great for weekend deals or local getaway breaks.
Twitter is great for sourcing different promo codes or being alerted about different discounts first. Here is an example of some twitter accounts to follow.
If you are looking for some local advice on different areas around the globe. Tripadvisor has a great forum board to find out different information and get local tips on where to go and what to see.
Was originally gogobot, this website gives you information on things to do, different restaurants and hotels in your desired location.
Apps for when you get there
This app will give you info on all the places to hang out at the airport.
This is great for finding out how to get around urban areas
For info on currency exchange rates.
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Instead of having to organise and print out all your travel information tripit will organise all your information into one handy app.
This app is great for tracking flights and letting you know if your flight is delayed or any other information that may be useful when waiting for your flight
This app tracks your whereabout throughout your travels giving you a map of the places you visited on holidays. You can add photos to the app also.
This is the best app for predicting the weather. I was amazed when on holidays is was able to predict a thunderstorm down to the minute.
Great for booking taxis when on holidays or anytime for that matter.
This is great for using when you are on holidays and need a map to get from A to B. you can save maps on the app before you go on holidays so it doesn’t use any of your data when you are abroad.
This allows your friends and family to follow you on your adventures abroad. This is a great app if you are planning on a long trip.
Give you local info on different cities around the world. Will also fast track you into different attractions
Another app with is useful for information. This app also has an offline maps feature
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