Originally published on JerryShiveley.net
One of the most important aspects of travel that every avid adventurer understands is financing and the need to budget one’s expenses. Traveling the world is a very expensive hobby depending on your modes of transportation and level of involvedness in the countries you are visiting. The first step you can take in alleviating these financial difficulties is finding the best deals online before you embark on your journey. With that said, here are some of the best websites you can find that will help you save on airfare, lodging, and so much more.
One of more well known travel sites that has been rapidly growing in popularity in recent years, Kayak searches the internet for the cheapest flights, conveniently compiling them on a detailed list that you can look through with ease. Be sure to keep in mind that you’ll tend to find the better deals when you aren’t on such a strict schedule. That is, the more flexible you are with your time of departure and where exactly you’d like to land, the more likely you are to save.
Kayak also allows you to see how much higher or lower prices may be in the near future with their price forecaster, and recommends either buying now or waiting for prices to drop. These predictions depend on when and where in the world you’d like to go, and whether it is a one-way flight or round-trip.
When looking for in-depth hotel reviews from both professionals and customers, look no further than TripAdvisor. Refine your search down to the very mile from the airport you plan to land at, and this incredibly helpful site will display the nearest hotels, bed and breakfasts, and even rentals. Sort by rating, and your reason for your stay. Whether you are traveling with family, friends, on business, or for a romantic getaway, you are guaranteed to find the perfect place to stay.
It is important to note that TripAdvisor is a third party site that links you directly to their partnering sites, like Expedia and Hotels.com. They don’t actually offer hotels or rooms themselves, but they are able to find some of the best available offers throughout the web.
Priceline does almost everything for you. Searching for the lowest prices in hotels, flights, and rental cars, this travel site is essentially an online travel agent. After you’ve chosen your preferred star rating, the dates of your stay, and where you’re traveling, Priceline negotiates deals for you. The trick is that you aren’t told exactly what hotel you’re staying at until after you’ve paid, so for the less adventurous, this online tool may not be for you. Unless you are visiting your desired destination for the first time or are uncomfortable with blind booking, Priceline can be an incredibly helpful resource in haggling, and saving substantial amounts of vacation expenses.