Travel resources and suitcase essentials!
These are the places I go to when I need the best and most reliable providers and gear at the best price. I use, trust and recommend each of these products and sources. Some of them I have been using ever since my first fieldtrip as an anthropology graduate student. For others, I have been been one of the earliest adopters of their platform! You can book your next trip with confidence from these reputable providers at the best possible price.
It won the 2017 World Travel Awards, is used by 400 million people per year and has no booking fees!
I especially use it to book multiple properties, or the same hotel for different dates because most properties have no cancellation fees until 14 days before arrival.
It will be in touch with hotels to get refunds for no shows and if I want to leave a day earlier it negotiates with the hotel to get me a full refund!
I can't recommend their customer service highly enough.
I've had truly cheap homes overlooking castles and breakfast balcony across from Notre Dame cathedral!
But I have also had accommodation cancelled at the very last minute in peak season in downtown London, so you always need a plan B!
Similar to Booking.com, Agoda is a firm favorite with me because if its impeccable service and great specials.
I use Agoda for Asia. It has a better range of Asian accommodations and I love that I can book it an hour before I arrive. I often use their toll-free numbers and I always talk immediately to a human who confirms, cancels or sorts my booking. They call the hotels directly for me.
This is top-level service from a quality and long-standing booking site.
I'm delighted with Get Your Guide. They don't charge a single cent more that if you book a tour through the person operating the tour. But, they compare thousands of them in one site
The best thing about Get Your Guide is that you can cancel up to 24 hours before with no charges and you get an instant electronic ticket for your tour.
Get Your Guide has wonderful service, they are fast and responsive and professional!
Klook has pretty much every activity you could ever think of doing in Asia.
It operates all over the world but you can buy bus tickets, museum tickets, and small, weird and wonderful tours that you can't find on other sites.
Their prices are the amazingly low - I'm not sure why they are so low, but it means their tours are wonderful value.