I’m excited to help you plan the best trips possible, and share all my favorite travel planning tools! Some of the tools for planning a trip on this page are affiliate links. That means that at no extra cost to you, I earn a small commission if you book through these travel resource links, and that helps me keep this blog running. Enjoy!
Travel Planning Tools
These are my “go to” tools for planning a trip. They help me estimate travel costs and are the travel planning tools I use to book hotel rooms, attraction tickets and travel tours. Learn how I use these travel resources in our post on how to estimate travel expenses.
Hotel Comparisons and Booking Tools
Use KAYAK for general searches — hotels, airfare and rental cars — for quick “budget planning.” Use EXPEDIA to book travel, and save even more if you create an Expedia account. Vrbo (pronounced Ver-bow) is a great place to book house rentals.
KAYAK is a search engine to find the best options on flights, hotels and rental cars.
Attractions, Activities and Tour Tickets
I use these tools to explore the places I want to visit and book discount tickets and attractions because who wants to pay full price? I use TripAdvisor to get a feel for what’s available. I use Viator primarily for US tickets and tours, though they offer experiences around the world. My favorite place to purchase tickets and tours in Europe is Get Your Guide, though they offer US experiences as well.