Whether you’re booking a weekend away or a long term trip, statistics show that 80% of us now book our holidays through online. I honestly don’t know what i’d do without the internet and travel websites, especially when it comes to travel as it gives you the freedom to find the best deals on flights and accommodation from all over the world.
But booking travel can sometimes be quite nerve wracking! Especially if you’re forking out hundreds, sometimes even thousands of pounds (or dollars!) on your adventure. With the warnings about scam websites that target holiday makers and travellers booking trips, it definitely pays to be cautious, which is why you want to make sure you’re using a reputable website that you can trust. Annoyingly, the most famous travel sites can often be the most expensive – but i’ve found a couple of golden nuggets that i’ve been using for years and never had a problem with.
These are my favourite travel websites that I book my trips with and are usually have the best and cheapest deals anywhere!
Top Travel Websites To Book Your Trip With
(Just so you know – this entire blog post has not been sponsored by any of the websites mentioned and is completely based on my personal experiences of booking travel online for 8+ years.)
Great For: Cheap Holiday Deals
Travel Zoo is one of my favourite websites to book holidays on. They scrape their partner sites for the best deals and do a Top 20 every week with some incredible holidays! I first used them to book what looked like a too-good-to-be-true deal to Marrakech. It was an all inclusive holiday staying in a 5 star hotel for 4 nights including flights for £190 per person. I can vouch for the fact that everything was amazing and i’ve since booked numerous holidays with them.
Including my trip to Cuba that’s coming up in May 2017! Sooooo excited for this one!
Book through TravelZoo here.
Great For: Round The World Flights, Cheap Deals
Ok so STA Travel is pretty well known, but I bet you most associate it with gap years. Although they do have brilliant trips for people who want to take a year out to travel, STA Travel do incredible deals on round the world flights. You can either pick one of their routes or make your own like I did on my cross continental adventure.
I flew from Manchester – Las Vegas – LA – Fiji – New Zealand – Australia – Bali -Hong Kong for £1440 total. The flight times were brilliant and seeing as you could pay that for a return flight to Australia, was really incredible value.
Currently STA Travel seem to have great deals on holidays to Bali and Malaysia – around £399 per person including flights! Book it before I do! Hehe.
Book through STA Travel here.
Great For: Dirt Cheap Flights
I read a lot of sketchy reviews about Faregeek, so I was a bit worried about booking with them when I needed to fly to LA last minute. Every other website was quoting me £890 return, but Faregeek had flights for £450. It seemed almost too good to be true and I was nervous about booking with them – however my flights were completely fine (Delta and Virgin Atlantic) and there was no issues throughout the whole booking process. The reviews I’d read were a couple of years old so I wonder if they have improved their service since then.
Anyway, Faregeek can have some really cheap flights so if you’re on a tight budget like I was – they’re a good shout.
Check out Faregeek here.
The Holiday Place
Great For: All Inclusive Holidays
If you’re wanting a holiday where you can completely switch off from thinking then all inclusive deals are an absolute dream. You don’t have to worry about budgeting, meals or exchange rates because everything you could wish for is included in the price you’ve paid. In my experience, The Holiday Place is great for booking all inclusive holidays around the world and they have some fabulous deals to destinations such as the Caribbean, Cuba, Thailand and many more.
Check Out The Holiday Place here.
Great For: Flight and Holiday Deals
Most of the time i’m travelling, I like to do my own thing and have complete freedom over my trip. That’s why booking flights separately is something I do a LOT. Flight Centre is a great website to use for flights and is ABTA certified, so you can be safe in the knowledge that any flights you book will be protected.
Check out The Flight Centre here.
Great For: Finding The Best Day To Fly
Probably my favourite and most used website EVER – SkyScanner lets you browse flight by ‘cheapest month’ and also across the month so that (if you are flexible) can tailor your travel to the cheaper flights. I’ve saved hundreds of pounds by using SkyScanner to book my flights and it’s an invaluable tool when planning your short or long-haul trips.
Here’s SkyScanner – in case you haven’t used before!
So these are my favourite travel websites that i’ve used – but i’m always really keen to hear about your recommendations and experiences. If you’ve had a negative experience with one of these sites for example then please let me know! I want to make sure my blog provides a balanced and honest review of travel websites and appreciate your input too. Conversely, if you’ve found something I haven’t then please let me know so that I can feature it here!
I’m a huge advocate for making travel affordable and attainable to everyone, so if we can keep our eyes out for cheap deals together then let’s tell the world about them.