Flights: cheap tickets and airfare deals
The Secret Flying team are masters at finding unbelievably cheap flight deals and error fares – their email notifications helped me snag $420 tickets from Hong Kong to Vancouver for my Canada trip! Best of all, it’s free.
Kiwi is excellent for providing the cheapest flight routes that combine different airlines for multi-city/open-jaw flights, instead of only round-trip, single-airline options. Perfect for slow travel or long-term travel.
Sometimes Momondo offers better deals for less common flight routes; it really shines in Asia, so make sure you do a search here as well as on the other sites to find the best airfares.
Skyscanner is everyone’s go-to flight search engine for good reason: it sources cheap flights from the most airlines and OTAs, and you can filter results based on your preferences.
Accommodation: local homes, hotels, hostels
Whether you’re looking for a comfy home base or a luxury stay, location and price are just as important as the experience.
Airbnb is my favorite way to meet and live with locals as a solo traveler, and I highly recommend it for private rooms. If you prefer a whole apartment to yourself, check that you’re not flouting housing laws and disrupting local communities.
The widest selection of hotels, hostels, and apartments at competitive prices. I prefer it over other platforms because it advertises the final price – it doesn’t wait till checkout to add hidden taxes and fees (I’m looking at you, Agoda.)
If you’re looking to get more mileage from your hotel and hostel stays, booking with Kaligo may cost a bit more than with Booking .com or direct – but gets you up to 10x miles/dollar spent with over 50 frequent flyer/travel rewards programs!
Planning: travel insurance, itineraries, budgeting
The best travel insurance, products, and advice to keep you and your valuables safe and sound.
On your trip: attraction tickets, rail passes, tours
Products I personally use and recommend.
GetYourGuide is a reliable tour aggregator for quality experiences and activities around the world. It gets my vote for naming the tour operator on each listing (great transparency and credibility).
Klook supplies the largest inventory of day trips, transport passes, and attraction tickets in Asia – mostly at a discount compared to paying on the spot, so you save both time and money.
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