Basic Travel planning is easy but can be time-consuming so I put together a group of travel planning resources where you can find helpful planning tips. My first recommendation is a good visitor and tourist is a welcome guest and if you are welcome you will have a wonderful experience. Secondly, don’t over planning but do understand where you are going, the culture and conduct expected for the location you are visiting. These travel planning sites will help you prepare for your trip.
My first recommendation is a good visitor and tourist is a welcome guest and if you are welcome you will have a wonderful experience. Secondly, don’t over planning but do understand where you are going, the culture and conduct expected for the location you are visiting. These travel planning sites will help you prepare for your trip.
Helpful Travel Planning Tips & Travel Resources
Air Travel – Accommodations – Travel by Land – Travel Companies – Travel Insurance – Travel Guides – Techy Stuff – Travel Agents
Use this site begin your flight search, but they have removed some budget airlines from the search engine. Good deals are there. A good place to start your planning found at Kayak.
Pulls every flight that exists from Momondo. It even includes random budget airlines, and it almost always has the lowest prices. Check here first.
Try the “Everywhere” destination option. It’s great to see where you can fly for cheap! Choose a country, i.e., fly to Spain. If you are flexible, you will find high prices. It pays to have flexible dates and be a flexible traveler.
The Points Guy tends to report deals before anyone else! Navigate free world travel through points, miles and current deals on this site.
The site is great. It tells you exactly what budget airlines fly between destinations.
Agoda is the best site for booking hotels in Asia. It has a good selection and lowest rates in the region. However, it is harder to track your hotels on this site.
Airbnb is only ok – it depends on the host. Some help other travelers. It’s good for staying in one place for a longer trip. The services let people offer their homes and apartments rentals. Usually, the listings are good quality and cheaper than a hotel in the same neighborhood. BONUS: The guest ratings are real.
Booking.com is my first choice. It’s not always the least expensive. But, I can track all my hotels from one place. It separates my business trips from personal travel — again all in one place. Therefore, I made my entire Vietnam trip through Booking.com. Be careful with pricing — make sure taxes in the hotel rates. For example, when I went to Jordan, taxes were not t included, and the hotel was overly expensive.
Free accommodation and a community of travelers dedicated to connecting and sharing. Couchsurfing could help you stay for free around the world. It’s best to use Couchsurfing to find local community events and meet people in different cities.
Hostel World also offers guesthouses, B&Bs, and simple boutique hotels. In my opinion, this is the best ‘cheap accommodations’ site on the web.
Hotels.com helps you earn a free stay for every ten nights you book with them. The bad news is that not all count for free stays. The value of the free stay is equal to the average of the nightly rate you spent for your ten nights.
I don’t rent cars anymore as I prefer local public or hired transportation. When I did, I used Euro Car. Do a search and get the best rate if you want to pre-pay. Start with a price comparison on Kayak.com to find the best deals. The rates are usually low, but I recommend that you shop around and check discount rates through AARP, Euro Discount, and Costco.
Booking a train can be tough and time-consuming. There are numerous different foreign sites in Europe. Rail Europe simplifies plan routes, lets you check times and helps you purchase your tickets.
This site provides information on trains and land travel around the world. You can navigate the entire route in some countries from Seat61, which is very helpful.
A good site for the best resource for booking trains in the UK. No booking charge or booking fee to you.
AARP requires a membership and a fee. But, I like it for the health insurance and other benefits, even the social networking. I think everyone who qualifies should join. Use AARP for the travel agent services, maps, planning and competitive price quotes on hotels, airfare, and car rentals. AARP is also a great resource for car rentals.
Costco is great for travel packages and car rentals. You don’t need a deposit for car rentals (as of November 2015). Check to see if terms and conditions have changed.
Want to go on a cruise? Don’t book without checking Vacations To Go. The site requires a private membership site that anyone can join. It offers the best cruise prices, anywhere.
Adorama Cameras, Video Equipment
Travel Planning includes buying a good travel insurance policy.
First, I buy a travel insurance policy for the year. Sometimes I also buy one for a particular trip.Secondly, if I am going with someone else, I link the two travel policies. Thirdly, sometimes my travel partner can’t go. Therefore, I can’t control the circumstances and complexities around traveling with another person. Traveling with another person increases my need for a trip cancellation insurance policy. If I link our insurance accounts, I can get my money back.
If the trip planner or the travel organization or I cancel, I want to receive a full refund. I don’t want to lose my money. If the amount of the deposit is less than the insurance – well then you won’t need the insurance. But if your deposit is more than the cost of travel insurance, I recommend buying it. I buy travel insurance, without exception. Sometimes, for airplane tickets, I apply it to a future airlines tickets. Airlines allow canceling tickets, and using it towards a future flight; there terms such as less a rebooking fee and subject to any changes in airfare.
Next, also check to make sure if you are sick or injured you can get home.
Lastly, if your health insurance doesn’t cover you while traveling, make sure your trip insurance covers this.
U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler
Always remember, to check The U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is also very helpful for your safety. They provide travel alerts while you are traveling.
The site provides travel insurance to Americans around the world AND health insurance in America as long as you’re there for less than six months out of the year. If you’re a long-term American traveler without insurance, consider getting a policy here. Read the fine print.
I use Squaremouth. Five-star travel insurance coverage searches for you. You get to pick from a list of policies that fit your criteria. No travel policy agency can stay on the network with lower than a perfect rating. If customers complain, the company’s travel insurance asked to leave the site. Customer reviews keep the businesses and policies in the network and accountable to the policyholders. Membership is open to anyone.
World Nomads for policies open to all travelers. Their coverage is excellent and can be easily extended as many times as you’d like. The site is easy to navigate. Reporting a claim is simple. BE SURE — to read the fine print and ask if the policy is right for you from one of their agents.
Your Property Insurance
Finally, most travel insurance policies won’t cover a lot of your gear, especially the pricey things, like a computer or camera. Ask your insurance agent for help to get your gear covered. Read the fine print.
Great travel guides at Lonely Planet. Save the information and store it on a cloud storage service such as Microsoft OneDrive
The site is my favorite guide. I use it on my cell phone everywhere I go. My profile with many reviews posted over the past few years are on Trip Advisor. I am very proud of the comments. Wish they had spell check. Even with the typos, I am proud because they are all done from the road.
Wi-Fi hotspot service is Boingo with locations around the world. It offers a variety of plans. You’ll find Boingo hotspots in every major airport. WiFi is important in Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea because these countries use membership wi-fi networks, and Boingo is a partner in these networks.
Always have all your photos with you by using Microsoft OneDrive. The current rates (November 2015) are $0.99 each month for 1G of storage space.
I use Skype to call home so my family and friends can see me when I’m traveling. It makes video calls for free if both people have added their contact names. Skype is great for calling anywhere, for FREE if you federated as well as FREE 1-800 calls and cheap calls everywhere. It is designed to operate anywhere in the world, anytime, on any device. Skype offers auto-renew, so you won’t run out of money when you are on a call. I used to work on this Microsoft development team when the product was called Lync and Unified Communication.
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