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The process of booking and researching travel has changed a lot over the past twenty years. I remember researching the very first vacation that I planned – a trip to Quebec City with my fellow Girl Scouts. We met at one of our leader’s houses, and hovered over a guidebook as we selected hotels that we wanted to consider. Then, we called each one to find out rates and availability. Our leaders had quite a bit of faith in us, as they let us completely plan the trip. Now there are countless travel websites available, and you can get just about any information that you need. Here are some travel websites to bookmark as you research availability and pricing for your next trip.
Travel Websites to Bookmark
Of course I would lead with my own site! If you haven’t bookmarked this site, I suggest that you do, as I frequently post travel deals, reviews, and tips.
I check TripAdvisor before every single trip that I take. I do understand that some of the reviews are either very positive or very negative, but I still find it to be useful. It’s also a great resource to find restaurants and activities outside of the US (where other sites, like Yelp, aren’t available).
Ebates isn’t a travel site, but they do offer cash back on many different travel booking sites. It’s worth checking to see if the site you are booking on is included. There are dozens offering cash back, including Atlantis, Hertz, Travelocity, and much more.
It is possible to get family travel deals on priceline.com. Before booking, check out our article with expert tips on how to book on priceline.com.
I love to compare hotel prices on Trivago. You can definitely find the best deal, because it compares multiple sites to find the best price for your travel dates.
Did you know that if the price of a flight you have booked decreases, you may be eligible for a credit? I recently got a big credit when the price of my family’s flight to Puerto Rico went down significantly before our vacation. Yapta helps you determine if you are eligible, and they can even track your flights.
Hopper is technically an app, not a website, but it’s a great tool to use before booking airfare. It uses an algorithm to offer a prediction of prices, so you’ll know when it’s best to book.
What is your favorite travel website?