Travel Resources

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.


Use Expedia to compare hotel rates and amenities for vacation travel across the world.


Use the Vrbo travel planning tools when a vacation home best meets your travel planning goals.

Use to book your stay and enjoy member savings. Earn free nights, too!

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.

Outside the 911 Memorial at the fountains


Explore attractions wherever you want to travel with reviews by real travelers at TripAdvisor. Great research tool!


Use Viator to book sightseeing tours, activities and things to do such as walking tours, cooking classes, and day trips.

Get Your Guide

Similar to Viator, Get Your Guide offers attraction tickets, tours, day trips and city passes. Great for European travel!

Cruise planning

Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic is the leading cruise reviews site, with tools to research and book Caribbean cruises and cruises around the world.


CruiseDirect specializes in only in cruises and offers online booking, payment plans, low price assurance, freebies and discounts.