SKYSCANNER– The platform I have used the most and absolutely love, especially when you are flexible on dates and can use the “Everywhere” option. Downside is no flight guarantee as its only an aggregator platform.
Another great platform to compare cheap flight deals from providers all over the world, do check out Kayak for great deals.
KIWI– Also features the “Anywhere” option. If I travel alone, I use this platform as the prices are more or less the same as skyscanner, but I get the added Kiwi Guarantee without having to pay extra which is amazing if your flight gets late or cancelled.
CHEAP FLIGHTS– Another solid platform to find the cheapest flights and travel deals globally. I used them while backpacking Europe and found some truly cheap offers.
STUDENT UNIVERSE- As the name suggest, this platform works best for students or people under the age of 26. Same flight, cheaper price! 😉
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BOOKING.COM– Go-to booking (pun intended) platform for global bookings. I find this platform to be the most reliable and offer the widest selection and flexibility when it comes to handling all my accommodation needs.
HOSTELWORLD– If you’re a backpacker, a solo traveller or enjoy meeting other like minded people on your travels, hostelworld has got you covered with the largest inventory of hostels in the world. I use them each time I travel alone or want to do a cheap trip for a longer period.
AIRBNB – If I’m looking to stay for a longer period, like a local or simply want a home stay instead of a commercial place, I use this platform. If you don’t have an account, you can use my referral code here to get $30 in travel credit.
HOUSESITTER– If you’re looking to find a house-sitter while on vacation or apply for a job to get access to free housing, this platform is quite amazing. The downside is a one time annual fee but all your placements post that are free which is quite a catch if you plan to go to an expensive country!
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World Nomads– Flexible, Cheap, Made For Travelers by Travelers. You can book and claim online from anywhere, anytime.
Tour Radar – Not only the best offers of tours worldwide, but they regularly run the most amazing contests too.
- Viator– Some of the best daily and popular tour deals can be found on this platform. If you have your plans fixed, run them once by Viator to see if a better deal is out there!
My favourite and most comfortable bus service I have come across, Flixbus is my go-to bus planning and booking service. They also offer a 5-trip pass for $114 that is valid across all their bus routes, provided you don’t circle back to where you started.
If you book early enough (at least a month in advance), you may even find one-way tickets for $5-$10 and this is also an excellent way to take day trips, on an impulse!
The best place to start planning, searching and booking for individual connections all across Europe.
Rail Europe also sells Eurail passes (that we’ll cover in detail later), sometimes they may run discounts, but other times it may be cheaper to buy it at the Eurail website directly.
Another good alternative to plan trains, buses and routes across Europe is GoEuro. The advantage this platform has over others is that it offers a comparison between flights, buses and trains, telling you the best option to get from point A to B.
A Eurail pass, as a non-EU resident, allows you to travel for a specified period of time to a specified number of cities, in the Schengen zone at a predetermined bundled price.
You can shop the pass that fits your need online. Some of the various types of passes include: individual country passes, multi-country passes and global country passes.