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Booking.com is my go-to website for when I want to book a hotel or for when I just want to check out pricing and options for a specific trip. I love the flexibility they offer. You often only need to pay upon arrival and usually you can cancel up until two weeks, one week or even one day before you’re supposed to check-in without any charge.
Whether I stay at a hotel or an apartment, depends on the kind of trip I’m doing. Whenever I opt for an apartment, Airbnb is my go-to booking site. I always make sure to book a place that has had several positive reviews and have never had any issues with it.
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I love TripAdvisor for the many reviews and also use it a lot to look for restaurants and activities in destinations. I love how they give a top 10 ranking of hotels (or restaurants, or things to do…) in a place and users have the option to add their own photos to a review.
Flight booking sites
I only recently discovered Kiwi but love it already. You can just enter your departure destination and what dates you want to fly, and Kiwi will give you all of your options on a map together with the prices. It’s super handy if you’re just looking to get away and it doesn’t matter to much where you’re going.
I use Kayak when I know where I want to go, but my dates are flexible. Kayak allows you to search within a time span of three days or a week both for your departure and arrival date, and even expands that flexibility up until a month when you’re logged in. Super handy to find the cheapest days to fly.
I usually check Skyscanner after I’ve checked Kayak to make sure I’ve found all possible options. While Skyscanner doesn’t allow that much flexibility in searching, it does bring up a lot of the smaller or budget airlines.
I check CheapOair when I know where I’m going and when. They don’t have that great of a calendar search function, but they do have a best-price guarantee combined with a rewards program that lets you save points for any booking that you make and even combine those points with airline programs.
So far, I haven’t booked a flight because of deals I saw on Secret Flying yet, but I find the service so addictive. You can enter the regions you’re interested in and each day it’ll send you an email with sales and error fares on flights between those regions. It’s great if you want to plan a getaway and you don’t really care where you’re going.
Viator is a tour booking company that works with local tour operators. So the experience is different every time, but I’ve now done several tours with them and it always went smoothly. The benefit is that you know what to expect as you book under their terms, and they offer tours worldwide.
FOOD TOURS! I love food, I love learning about local food culture and I love discovering the best places to eat anywhere. Eating Europe Tours offers all of this in a few hours. I’ve done three tours with them so far and absolutely loved all of them.
I’ve only rented with Sixt once, but I wanted to include them here as they’ve since stood out against a few other companies I compared them with (in terms of what they offer etc) and my experience with them was flawless.
UScarhire is a platform that allows you to book with different car rental companies through them. The benefit, I found, is that their terms are often better than when you book directly with the car rental company.
Carrentals.co.uk works a bit like UScarhire, with the difference that here it’s the terms of the actual car company you’re booking with that go. I like them because they have a lot of options and make it easy to compare prices between rental companies.
Long distance train travel
I so prefer taking the Eurostar to go to London over flying there! I get in at Brussels South and get out again at St. Pancras, in the middle of the city. Much easier than dealing with airport hassle and luggage restrictions, plus, the trains have electricity sockets and all the new ones have WiFi too!
Like I take the Eurostar to go to London, I take the Thalys for Paris or for traveling to cities like Amsterdam and Cologne. It can be a bit more expensive than the regular train, but it isn’t always, and it usually is much faster. Not to mention that you get a little table to work on and… electricity sockets 😀
NMBS is the Belgian railroad company, but with NMBS Europe you can book trains all over Europe, including regional trains and Thalys, TGV and Eurostar. Just input your departure and arrival destinations and it’ll give you all the options, including the option to buy your ticket.
As I have my travel insurance with a Belgian company that only caters to Belgians, I wanted to give you a worldwide option too and World Nomads is an insurance company a lot of my travel blogger friends recommend. Be sure to check them out because you really don’t want to end up paying oversees hospital bills in case you fall off of something/run into something/catch something…
Touring is the company Boyfriend and I have our travel insurance with, and I actually also have roadside assistance with them. They only charge little over €100 for a year of travel insurance for Boyfriend and me together (because we live together). I’ve luckily never had to use their travel insurance, but their roadside assistance has come in handy quite a few times already! Yes, I’m one of those people who forget to turn out off their car lights…
The TransferWise Borderless Account is great as it allow you to have virtual bank accounts in different currencies, which means you can avoid fees when accepting payment in other currencies than that of your regular bank account. You only pay a small fee to transfer money over.
Want to give it a go? Sign up via my link and get a €500 transfer free of charge.
The Ultimate List of Travel Apps
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