How to book your trip
Booking a trip can seem overwhelming. With so much to think about and so many different providers to choose from, the choices can take the fun out of what could be an exciting aspect of travel.
This page is both a checklist of things you need to book and a resource of our favourite travel providers.
We make a small commission from purchases you make from this page at no extra cost to you, however, we haven’t made the list unnecessarily long with services we don’t think you need. We’ve also included what we honestly think is the best – for example, we don’t make any money from Google Flights but it’s currently the best way to check prices.
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1/ Where are you going?
First things first.
Deciding where you’re going next is one of the most exciting aspects to travel. What new experiences are you looking for? Something active and outdoorsy, or something to test the limits of your comfort? Perhaps you’re looking for meaningful cultural experiences?
2/ Travel Visas
Before booking any travel it’s important to check the entry visa requirements for the country you are travelling to. Some tourist visas can be purchased on arrival, others need to be organised from your home country before you leave.
Check the entry requirements with your government’s foreign travel website who will be able to direct you to the relevant foreign embassy for updated visa information. For the UK, check gov.uk
For a full-service agency, we recommend e-visa.co.uk. They have a team of professionals who keep up to date with changes to visa requirements and if you’re stretched for time, they’ll take care of the process for you.
Flights are often the most expensive part of any trip so it’s worth checking the price with an aggregator to find the best deals. Our go-to portal is Google Flights. They have a clear and easy to use interface which displays prices per date while you search – ideal if you have some flexibility on when you travel.
Once you locate flights, you are directed to select from several different providers to make the booking.
We like this because it summarises the latest information on current flight deals but still allows you to book with a provider you know and trust.
4/ Book your hotel
Booking your hotel is vital if you plan to stay in a place for more than a day. You can use this form in order to do so.
Search, Compare and book the best deal on Hotels around the globe. Check Now! A lot of hotels are now running on 50% occupancy rates. you can still get wonderful deals.
4/ Car Rental
The pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the world hard. Not just that, with all the flights grounded and airports being the hot spots for the COVID 19, your best bet on moving around are Car Rentals. The rental companies have ensured that they put up extra resources to maintain the sanctity and cleanliness of cars during these times. All cars are steam cleaned, sanitized thoroughly with all the touch points, covered with disposable coverings. The next time you think of using an indicator stalk, you won’t have to worry about the contagion at all.
With European countries like Germany, Austria, Czech, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey and some more opening up borders, the best way to travel around with your family, while staying safe all this time, is made possible and Car Rentals are your answer.
Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, National, Europcar, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, SixT et al. Everyone have protocols in place to ensure your safety at all times.
The car rental deals are at an all time high right now. This is the time to book your car rental before the prices see a spike.
To do so, we have a form here to help you with this task. Just setup your itinerary and see all the car rental deals at one spot. Compare and Book, Easy peasy.
SEARCH FOR CAR RENTAL
The next thing you might want to organise in advance is activities. While strolling around a new city and letting serendipity guide you can be great, sometimes you want to be more organised.
This means you can book ahead for major attractions and avoid queuing up. Our trusted partner for attractions is Get Your Guide who offer a massive range of activities, a clean interface and customer reviews. They’ll also send tickets straight to your smartphone.
Even if you don’t know what activities you may want to do in advance, it is worth doing a search on your destination for ideas.
Choosing whether to buy insurance depends on your personal financial circumstances as well as your chosen destination. But we recommend you always have at least medical cover. Replacing a camera will never be more than the cost of the camera, but healthcare can be very expensive.
If you travel regularly you should go for an annual multi-trip policy, but if it’s one long trip or a backpacking adventure you will want a single trip policy. Before purchasing insurance, understand what you already have. EU citizens travelling in the EU are automatically covered and many credit cards and premium bank accounts include free travel insurance. Check what these cover you for.
True Traveller (Europe) and World Nomads (better for US citizens) offers decent single trip policies, whereas Columbus direct is a good option for multi-trip policies.
7/ HEALTH & VACCINATIONS
Now that the world is acutely aware of health, especially travel health, it’s important to check vaccinations and requirements for the destinations you intend to travel to.
Nomad Travel is an excellent well-presented resource to stay up to date with travel health information. Check what vaccinations are required, book an appointment with a travel clinic and find helpful information on their blog.
Fit for Travel by the NHS also has detailed information about health risks and precautions for every country.
Check your debit and credit card provider for foreign transaction charges, they can vary considerably. Some card providers no longer charge for payments made abroad (e.g. using your card in a restaurant) but they do charge if you withdraw cash.
In general, use cash as a last resort and when making payments on your card, always choose the currency of your travel destination.