Booking.com is the site that I use the most when booking hotels. It is supported by a powerful search engine, having thousands of options available – you can find lodging to fit every budget here! Additionally, you can find a variety of lodging types, such as apartments and boutique hotels too. .
Airbnb is my favorite site for booking apartments or rooms for a more local or authentic experience when traveling. I have met some great people during my travels and much more about the local culture as a result. If you want to learn more about airbnb, check out my post on Airbnb here.
Also, if you are new to Airbnb, you can use my link to get $40 off your first stay!
Hostelworld is great for booking lodging at hostels and boutique hotels. I’ve never been much of a hostel-stayer myself, but I have used this site often to get great deals on (very small) boutique hotels. The uniqueness of the available properties is something I just love about this site!
Uber is a very well-known car service that makes getting around very easy. This service has expanded to many international locations, and is a great option for places that are less connected by public transportation.
If you are new to Uber, you can use my link to get your first ride for free!
GetYourGuide is my absolute favorite way to book tours! It is a resource that links you to local tours so that you can see all of the options available to you. Best part is that you can can cancel any booking within 24 hours before the event for a full refund. They also have excellent customer services. Check out my post on GetYourGuide for more information.
Travel Gear & Additional Resources
Away Luggage is my favorite luggage brand. They offer hard body suitcases in a variety of sizes that come with a portable charger and a number of other cool features. For more on my experience with Away, check out this post!
If you would like to purchase a suitcase, use my link to get $20 off your first purchase!
iTalki is the perfect solution if you want to practice improving your language skills with a native speaker before your trip. You can practice using language exchange for free or get more formal instruction from teachers or tutors. I have found this service very helpful when visiting locations where English is not widely spoken (like Cuba).
LingoPie offers a really cool way to improve your language listening skills – through videos! You can choose the video based on your current level in the language. In addition you can elect to have subtitles pop up and save words that you want to work on. It’s a great tool to add to your language learning repertoire.