I’ve been bespoke planning all my trips and adventures for the past ten years.
Whether I am going 9 miles away or 9,000 miles across the globe, I usually do an extensive amount of research. My travel style has changed and evolved over the years, where I don’t adhere to a strict itinerary any longer. I create a guide where I include places of interest, but allow room for spontaneity, flexibility and change of plans.
Despite this, I still do considerable fact finding and groundwork prior to traveling, especially to a new destination. This is mainly to be efficient, cost effective, to learn any vital information relative to the destination and to discover if there’s anything I would not want to miss.
I’ve been using the resources below for years. I find them to be the most practical and economical and the reviews tend to be reliable and informative. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need help planning your trip!
Travel Tips & Resources to Help You Plan an Epic Trip!
Going – I have been subscribed to Going (formerly, beloved, Scott’s Cheap Flights) awhile now and it’s an amazing resource for finding… did you guess cheap flights? Yes, you can set your preferences from airports to flight class and get destination deals right to your inbox. It’s fab! I use the Premium paid version, but they have a FREE version too. So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get Going!
Booking.com – the majority, if not almost all of my stays are booked on Booking.com. It’s a reliable site to book and manage your reservations. It’s a great way to find boutique stays and unique accommodations at the best rates! You can also easily communicate with your accommodation through the app!
Expedia – If I am looking for a flight to a specific destination for specific dates, I find myself booking the majority of my flights on Expedia. It’s user friendly and straight forward. I often can find the most cost effective rates, while earning points for every flight I book (in tandem with the points I receive from the credit cards I pay with).
Viator – most of the activities, tours and excursions I book for my trips are booked through Viator. Whether you’re seeking a guide for the day, a group tour, a cooking class, Viator has you covered!
Get Your Guide – this is another great marketplace to find tours, excursions and activities to book for your upcoming trip.