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If you are about to start booking a trip, take a look at the travel resources we’ve compiled here. These best-in-class travel products and services are the ones we personally use to find the best deals on our travel. We love splurges, yes, but we always strive to make sure we are getting the best values.
Booking.com is our go-to site to book accommodations. They have a large selection of accommodations all over the world, with lots of options to search and zoom in on the property of your choice. Their rates are competitive, and policies reasonable.
We use Tripadvisor mainly to look at reviews of prospective accommodations or activities and tours. Reading through a selection of reviews, both the good and the not-so-good, helps us set our expectations appropriately. Most of the time, reality has been in line with the picture we’ve formed from reading a cross-section of reviews.
We’ve stayed in AirBnB accommodations for longer stays in Europe. Full apartments gave us more space, a full kitchen, and laundry facilities, all much needed when on a long trip! AirBnB accommodations can be more affordable than hotels, and allow you to live like a local!
Tours and EXPERIENCES
GetYourGuide is our first choice when it comes to guided tours, activities and experiences, and excursions. Their site is easy to navigate, they have a wide selection with lots of reviews (especially in popular destinations in Europe), and our experience with them has always been great.
Viator is another option for tours and activities that we have used quite a bit, especially in North America, where their selections are large. We have canceled tours without issues on a couple of occasions, and their offerings have matched expectations.
An excellent option for tours where they have offerings: their guides tend to be extremely knowledgeable and the group sizes small. Take Walks also offer unique experiences you can’t find elsewhere. We have done tours of the Vatican Museums in Rome, the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, and St. Mark’s in Venice with them and each one was memorable.
Our go-to choice for car rentals anywhere! DiscoverCars.com offer cars from a wide selection of car rental companies in over 150 countries worldwide. Their prices are competitive and we’ve never had less than a stellar experience.
We have also used RentalCars.com on many occasions in destinations in and outside the United States. They have a huge selection from numerous car rental companies, including all the top brands, in 160 countries.