1. Finding Cheap Flights.
Skyscanner is always my second stop after Google Flights. If you’re flexible with your destination, their “Everywhere” search feature lets you look up the cheapest flight going anywhere in the world.
Airfarewatchdog has a team of experts that keep an eye on flight deals all over the internet, including ones that aren’t advertised, and they send you an whenever they find a good price on your specified route or from your home city.
Google Flights is the new standard in finding airfare. Their calendar view makes it easy to pick the date with the best price, and they’re always up to date with deals and promotions from different airlines.
WHEN TO FLY
I use Momondo to find out when the best time to fly is. I particularly love their matrix that highlights an entire month, meaning you can compare prices and, if you’re flexible with dates, find the lowest price possible.
Vayama is one of the best websites for finding international flights outside of the US. I always check Vayama when booking international travel as they often have amazing deals that nobody else can match.
Sometimes airline pricing systems cause an error, and if you book the flight during the error, you can end up with insanely low prices on flights. Secret Flying reports these deals—sign up for notifications on their Facebook page to stay in the loop!
2. Booking Accommodation
PAY LATER BOOKING
Booking.com is a travel fare aggregator website and travel metasearch engine for lodging reservations of Dutch origin. Since 2005, it has been owned and operated by United States-based BookingHoldings. The website lists more than 1,534,024 properties in 226 countries and books 1,200,000 room nights per day.
STAY WITH LOCALS
If all you need is a couch to sleep on, Couchsurfing helps you to find it. Connect with likeminded travelers all over the world who want to meet new people, share their cultures, and show you the best parts of their city. Couchsurfing is a great way to save on accommodation while meeting locals who can give you the inside scoop on a city.
Agoda is the best booking site for hotels in Asia. They have the most comprehensive inventory of properties, and they always have the best prices. It’s (almost) not worth checking anywhere else if you’re searching for hotels in Asia.
Hostelworld is the number one resource for researching and booking hostels all over the world. They have a database of seemingly every hostel in existence with accurate ratings and reviews from real users, with a very easy booking system to boot. Their newly redesigned mobile app has made an old favorite even better.
FULL VACATION PACKAGES
Travelocity is your go-to site for finding full vacation packages when you just want to click and go. No need to fret—this online travel agency takes care of every detail, every step of the way.
The biggest directory of homes, apartments, and unusual rentals rented by owner or by. Usually better quality but cheaper than a hotel in the same neighborhood. The company has over 4 million lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries and has facilitated over 260 million check-ins.