What Websites to Use to Book Flights & Accommodations
Congratulations to you. You're making the first and single most important move to locking your trip down: BOOKING. With thousands of sites on this world wide web, it can be daunting to figure out which is the most reliable AND giving you a fair price. Here are my favorite resources for finding and booking flights and accommodations.
Skyscanner - this is my go-to site for booking flights. It pools data from thousands of sites and puts them into one place, so you need'nt feel overwhelmed (yay). It's super user-friendly, unbiased and FREE. Oftentimes I'll double check these prices and options with Kayak just as a point of comparison, but 99.9% Skyscanner has the best rates and leads you directly to the airline's website.
Booking - I love Booking.com because it's all about content, content, content. This hotel booking engine includes property photos, reviews and a full breakdown of guest room categories and amenities. It services over one million hotels, so I can almost guarantee you'll find something on here that will meet your needs. More often than not, you don't have to pay the full price upfront and there's flexible cancellation options in case you change your mind. Sign up to be a Genius member (it's free!) and you'll get 10% off hundreds of hotels. To take a quick browse just type in your destination below or here.
Hostelworld - for those of you looking for shared accommodations or private rooms within a hostel/community-driven concept, this is the perfect site for you. All hostels are rated on a 10-point scale and each property page includes photos and hundreds of reviews from travelers and backpackers who have been there. Read them all and find the right vibe for you.
Pro Tip: after finding the right hotel or hostel for you, put the name into Google and compare prices. You'll see a sidebar where you can put in dates and oftentimes, it looks like the best deals are on third-party sites like an Agoda and Expedia. Find the cheapest rate and then go to the hotel's website and see how they compare. If the hotel's rate is more expensive, give them a call and ask them to honor the cheaper rate. Ten times out of ten they’ll honor it so they don’t have to pay the third-party commission.