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Best Online Travel Planning Resources

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Best Travel Planning Sites

These are the companies and resources we use to plan and book our travel.

We consider these the best for comparing baseline fares & rates and finding great travel deals.

Travel Insurance Sites


We would never be without travel insurance and have been thankful to have it on a number of occasions so believe this is the most important and first part of travel planning.

We use World Nomads Travel Insurance as it offers more flexibility at the best rates, especially for longer-term travel. 

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

We find World Nomads is one of the most popular travel insurance companies amongst other long term travellers for the following reasons:




What to Check Before You Buy Travel Insurance

It also pays to check if your house contents insurance covers any more expensive items such as camera gear while you are travelling. Many travel insurance policies do not cover associated equipment such as multiple camera lenses, tripods etc. These “accessories” are often grouped in as being one camera.

Tips for Making a Travel Insurance Claim

If find yourself in a situation where you need your travel insurance, make sure you keep all receipts for any out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of an incident while travelling.

  • Get confirmations in writing of flight or tour cancellations.
  • A police report if you are a victim of crime when travelling.
  • A doctors certificate if you require medical treatment.

Every little bit of paper with help support your claim when the time comes.

Before you leave home, photograph and record all items of value you will be travelling with including serial numbers and receipt of purchase if you have it. 

Accommodation Sites


The best deal is FREE Accommodation! – Our Favourite House Sitting Sites

Housesitting sites are not just for people looking to do house sits around the world, these sites are also perfect for home and pet owners wanting to travel.

House Carers    Membership $50 USD/ Year

Trusted Housesitters  Membership $119 USD/Year

Mind My House  Membership $20 USD/Year

Best Accommodation Booking Sites has become our  “go to” accommodation booking platform. You will often find similar properties as on Airbnb but for less, because there are no hefty service or cleaning fees.

Many bookings will also offer free cancellation up to a few days prior to your stay so you can be a little more flexible with your travel.

They also have a very easy to use App to manage your booking on the go which includes all your booking information, contact details, and maps to help you easily find your accommodation.  

Become a Genius

Frequent bookers can earn “Genius Status” very quickly which gives you 10% discount every time you book and in some instances, additional perks such as late checkout and airport transfers.


A little like, Expedia has a huge range of out of the box accommodation options from standard hotels through to holiday homes, even houseboats. What we love about this site for accommodation booking is the search functionality, especially the free cancellation option. It is great to know your accommodation is booked but also comforting to know you can change your plans at no cost. 

What Expedia does very well is a “Bundle and Save” option for hotel, flight and car combinations and a Last Minute search for great deals at – the last minute!. 

Search Accommodation or Travel Bundles



We have used Airbnb more times than we can count over the past six years. As full time travellers, it is inevitable you will end up in an Airbnb. However, we will say, it is not always the best value and lately, more often than not we bypass it in favour of

Get Long Term Discounts on Airbnb

Where Airbnb still holds its own is for long term rentals. You can get all the comforts of home and sometimes good discounts.

Look out for properties offering seven days or one-month discounts. These can sometimes be as high as 40%. They are not always advertised so play around with dates and look at the difference in price to identify long term rental discounts.


Flight Sites


Google Flights

We love this search function. It’s really really simple and a great planning tool. Enter your destination and your dates and it gives you the normal list of airlines showing the best price. Click on the date bar and it gives you a 2-month view of the best average airfares which is fantastic when you are flexible with your dates.

Don’t know where to go- Just enter your departure port and expand the map, It will show you where you can go for how much. We only use Google Flights for search even though you can click through to purchase, it won’t always take you directly to the airline, it may take you to a less than reputable third party booking site.

We prefer to take the details of the deal direct to the airline’s site or book through a reputable third-party site such as Expedia


With access to a huge database of the best fares & rates which include local and low-cost carriers some of the other sites overlook, Expedia is a great tool for booking flights online. Again, we love the search functionality of Expedia especially the flexible dates view on the fares. Even with fares, you have access to “Bundle and Save” options with flights, hotels and car rentals which is very easy to navigate. 


Tips For Booking Flights & Lounges

Want additional information before choosing an airline or simply want to choose a good seat?  Go to Seat Guru This site has everything you want to know about your upcoming flight – Seat layouts, comfort factor, plane amenities, baggage allowances and excess baggage costs, even check-in times and facilities. Especially worth a look for long-haul flights.

Want to find single access airport lounges starting as low as $10 per access?  Check out the Lounge Buddy app to find airport lounges all over the world and enjoy premium services without needing elite membership status or a first class ticket.

Train Travel Sites




We often use AutoEurope all over the world as they not only offer the best local rates but often have better cancellation policies and fairer excess rates than other big car rental companies. This is always our first search place for car rental.

Tip For Car Rental

Before committing to the expensive insurance usually forced upon renters at the car rental pick up, check first – 

  • Does your travel insurance policy cover car rental or can it be included? (usually at a lesser rate than offered by the car rental companies)
  • Does your credit card include car rental insurance? 

Many people don’t realise they are already covered for car rental insurance and pay twice at pick up. 


Want to get another cost comparison or AutoEurope don’t cover the country your in, Expedia usually will and are pretty competitive with pricing. Again, great search functionality and exceptional savings to be had when bundling flights and/or hotels. 


The Man In Seat 61

The Man in Seat 61 has probably the most comprehensive information on train and overland travel around the world. (He also dabbles in ferries, timetables and ticket purchases). We are yet to find a country that Seat 61 doesn’t have up to date comprehensive information on overland travel. You don’t need any other site for this.

Tour Sites


Get Your Guide and Viator

These are the two biggest online platforms for booking local tour guides and activities all over the world. Anything from less than an hour to multiple day tours covering everything from transport, tickets, skip the line access tickets to guided tours.

While they both offer a similar service, the products may vary slightly and we often find Get Your Guide is cheaper for the same or similar product.

Tour Radar

Perfect for searching tours of three days or more. Search over 20,000 tours around the world by travel type or destination.

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