Top Websites for Travel Deals

Travel can be an expensive affair. The good news though is that you can almost always find economy deals through a simple online search. Currently, there are thousands of websites that feature travel deals related to air transportation, airport transfers, and related travel services. It can be hectic trying to sieve through all these websites so that you find that incredible deal that you’re looking for. This article highlights a series of the best websites, which are all free to use.

  1. Kayak.com – this is a top travel deals site that harbors hundreds of online sources for cheap fare. Kayak.com is especially great if you’re flexible on time and destination. Try to search for dates that are up to 3 days before and after your ideal travel dates, or on any weekends in the next year. The site’s Explore tool makes it easy for you to scan a world map for all destinations you can reach within a specific price range. You’re also able to enter your preferred vacation activities, flight time, and weather.
  2. AirfareWatchdog – if you’re ready to take off the minute a deal is available, this is a great website resource. This site operates in that actual people are lurking major airline websites to scout for deals. They also sign up for rewards programs and hunt for discounted offers and promotional codes. The advantage with this site is that it includes smaller airlines such as Southwest and Allegiant that might otherwise not feature on larger travel deals websites. As of 2014, AirfareWatchdog also introduced a new tool known as Hotelwatchdog, which brings you listings that provide great value.
  3. WhichBudget.com – looking for an affordable, overseas flight using local budget airlines. This can prove to be an excellent way to save money on international travel. All you have to do is choose your starting point, where you want to go, and the site will list all airlines that have a service on that route.
  4. Hotels.com – the three sites above will help you get a deal on airfare, but hotel.com brings the real deal power when it comes to accommodation. Deals this site are updated on a daily basis. There are also ample specific offers, seasonal sales, and destination-based deals. The simplicity of the site’s Welcome Rewards Program is particularly beneficial for frequent travelers.
  5. Priceline.com – this is another important site where you get the standard online travel agent services. The site also helps travelers haggle for the best bargains on hotels. To get started, choose a minimum star class, your preferred neighborhood, and dates of stay. This done, you can name your price. The good thing here is that you get to save up to 60% off published rates. For last minute bookings, bids less than $100 per night often win on luxury lodgings. But there’s something more – Priceline won’t tell you which hotel you are booking till after you pay. So you don’t get to know where you end up. The problem is that blind booking as in this case can be particularly risky especially for unfamiliar areas. Priceline also allows you to name your price on flights and car rentals.
  6. TripAdvisor – this is the most popular review site for hotels for hotels across the globe, featuring millions of amateur and professional reviews. You can easily search for your destination and the site outputs multiple listings for hotels, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast, as well as lodging options. There are ample filtering options that will help you specify requirements such as luxury, family accommodation, romance, business, etc. However, it’s important that you watch out for fake reviews from cronies who’re pretending to be genuine travelers but are people actually looking to promote their own hotels, or discredit competitors.
  7. CruiseComplete.com – this is a vacation deals website that encompasses over 300 travel agencies who compete to give you the best deals based on the date, port, and ship that you specify. It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking early in advance, or at the last minute. All you need to do is set up a CruiseComplete account, and they’ll keep on sending you the best vacation deals without even looking at your personal information. The site also has lie agents available who guide you through the process via live chat.
  8. Hotwire.com – looking for a rental car? This is where you need to be! Hotwire collects rates from its rental car company partners (including Enterprise, Alamo, and Hertz) and presents value-based deals to you. The site also features ‘hot rates’ from rental car firms that won’t even be identifiable till after you’ve paid. As opposed to accommodation, the risk with blind-booking cars is minimal. For instance, a Toyota Prado is a Toyota Prado, regardless which rental firm provides it.
  9. InsureMyTrip.com – just in case there’s an emergency situation during your trip, InsureMyTrip.com makes sure that you’re taken care of. When it comes to buying travel insurance, agencies, and travel providers aren’t always the right option, especially due to restrictions on filing claims, and price markups. InsureMyTrip.com allows you to compare plans and charges from multiple providers with just a single search. You can then narrow down to the specifics of the kind of coverage you’re looking for!

These websites will definitely get you saving money during your next travel trip. As a rule of the thumb, do your homework well in advance. Open up these websites and see what travel deals they’ve got going on. You might be surprised just how much cash you manage to keep in your credit card account!

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Reasons Why Travelling Is Good For You

Travel Benefits

Most of us rarely travel, simply because we do not have time, or because we consider it not important. Ever imagined yourself and your family or friends in a fancy place having fun? Chances are that anybody would cherish such a moment. So why don’t you give it a try – you most definitely won’t regret. Here are some of the reasons why you should travel.

a)     Do Something New

Sleeping and waking up at the same place really bores and sometimes we just need to be away from our daily routine. Traveling is the best option. Go to some place far away from where you live, and get to learn new things.

b)     Dreams Come True

Guess what? It’s now time to accomplish your dreams by visiting your dream country. You just need to make a strategy and live to it.

c)      Interact With Different People

If you like socializing why don’t you just try it with new people? It’s exciting to learn about new people and their different cultures.

d)     Prove To Yourself That You Can

IF you are the kind of a person with big dreams, traveling to a place you have been admiring for a long time will give you satisfaction and energy to go ahead with your other ambitions.

e)     Education

When you travel around the world, you learn things that you didn’t learn in school. You can borrow from other societies and benefit from how other people live or perceive life. This is probably one of the chief reasons why most universities organize student exchange programs with other institutions in very different parts of the world.

f)       Creates Meaningful Relationships

Most of us met our spouses when traveling, maybe you were lost and this person showed you the directions. Well, you never know just what kind of relationship you might spark when you meet people during your travel expeditions.

g)     It Is Easier Than You Think

Traveling around the world should not be hard and everyone should at least give it a try. All you need to do is organize trip planner to price your ideal route or as well call the consultant for free advice.

h)     Gives Perspective

Meeting folks from foreign cultures will teach you that the way you view and approach things is very different from them and this brings you to a new reality.

i)       Develop Skills

Everyone gets excited to learn new things. Travelling enables you to develop new skills like mountain climbing, crossing steep valleys, or simply helping others.

So don’t hold yourself back. Travel because it’s good for you!

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8 Timeless Travel Tips

When travelling, everything doesn’t always go as expected. Mishaps such as flat tyres, lost luggage, food poisoning and all kind of people who may want to rob you might be the scenario at hand. But you don’t have to go through that. Below is a list of priceless travel tips that can save you a lot of headache during the next trip to your preferred tour hotspot.

1.      Health First

If you have allergic infections make sure that with you have antihistamines well in advance. A medical kit with blister pads, aspirin, sunscreen, plasters and antibacterial ointment is also important. If you’re going to enjoy the trip, you need 100% of your health.

2.      Patience Pays

Patience pays’ is an important travel tip. Don’t feel compelled to sweat the stuff you can’t control, and don’t get angry all the time. So if you missed your bus, no worries. It might just be the perfect opportunity to get that unplanned road trip rolling. Sometimes when you’re traveling, freak-outs happen, and you can certainly capture the moment to try something new (exploratory) instead.

3.      Have Extra Cash

No matter where you go – cash is king. To make sure that you’ve got your ass covered in the case of an emergency, you want to stash extra cash in different places. Have it in mind that the ATM might run out of money, your wallet may get stolen, or you could just run out of cash in hand. Your socks, a toiletry bag and around the frame of your backpack are just a few of the many places where you could just stash away some of your cash.

4.      Insure Stuff

You laptop computer, or your smartphone fort that matter, could be stolen amidst the hustle bustle of travel. It’s important that you back up any important documents (e.g. identification documents) such as your passport, driver’s license, visas, birth certificate and health insurance card in both hard copy and digital format. Insure essential personal belongings, or at least back up all those important documents you have in there in an external hard drive.

5.      Take Photos

What is travel without photos? Photos are indeed a great way to document all the awesome memories associated with the trip. You’ll probably meet new people and see a lot of exciting places. Take excellent photos. Don’t worry about looking so much like a ‘tourist’. Nobody cares, and you probably aren’t traveling to look cool. Just your smartphone or some good travel camera are all you need to capture great snaps.

6.      Have an Open Mind

You’re not traveling so that you can judge other people’s lifestyles and cultures. We are all from different towns. There’s no problem listening to opinions you don’t particularly agree with. Practice empathy and try to put yourself in others’ shoes. Embrace different interests, suggestions, possibilities, and opportunities.

7.      Don’t Forget your Ear Plugs

You’re probably going to encounter a lot of barking dogs, drunk people, crying babies, honking horns, street salespeople, and perhaps dormitory sex. You want to muffle all these sounds, and ear plugs are a great way to keep the fun to yourself.

8.      Don’t Be Afraid

The world’s a dangerous place – yes according to the media. But not being afraid is a critical part of having a good trip. Of course, you want to keep an open eye for any sketchy situation, but you don’t want to let that be a focus of your trip. Most people you encounter will be generous and friendly, willing to help out if need be.

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