Essential Family Travel Resources

Please note we are not travel agents and cannot book your next adventure for you. This page provides links to top resources we personally use planning our worldwide travel and we recommend to our readers. We are affiliates for many of the brands mentioned and may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if a purchase is made. Thank you for your support.


Accommodation

There are several resources we use to book our family accommodation. Some tools are better for research, while others help you narrow in on the best prices. Don’t forget you can also read reviews at TripAdvisor.Com – they even allow click through to booking the hotel too.

BOOKING.COM

Booking.com

We start all our hotel & accommodation searches with this powerful search tool. Not only do they have one of the biggest hotel selections worldwide, they offer free cancellation on most bookings. Their search filters, user interface and map search function make it one of the most user friendly tools – try Booking.com here

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HOTELS.COM

We have often found Hotels.Com have a larger range of last minute inventory of hotels, and there 10th night free offer on over 100,000 properties can work out extremely good value for regular travellers – try Hotels.Com here

Current Hotels.com deals

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HOTELS COMBINED

Save on your hotel - hotelscombined.com

Compare hotel prices with this powerful comparison tool that looks not only at the different search engines (including Booking.com & hotels.com) but also the hotel itself and smaller agents. Once we have found where we want to stay, we use this tool to make sure it’s the best possible rate.

Try HotelsCombined.com here.

For longer-term family-sized accommodation, we find AirBnB has the best range of options. Their user interface is really clear and easy to use – give AirBnB a try here! (Just by signing up for an account you can earn a credit from us for your first stay!)


Car Rentals

Even if you have a favourite rental company or like to tie your car hire to airline points programs, it always pays to use a comparative search engine to make sure you are getting the best deal. It also pays to check the fine print and inclusions / exclusions between search results.

Read our complete guide on how to save on your next car rental top tips on reading the fine print

SKYSCANNER

Not just flights! Their powerful search tools worl for car hire too. Give Skyscanner Car Rentals a try here.

RENTALCARS.COM

One of the most recognised brand in car hire worldwide, always a great starting point for seeking cost and availability of vehicles worldwide and offring frequent discounts and special offers throughout the year try Rentalcars.com here.

HOLIDAY AUTOS

Great all in one tool for searching and paying for your car hire across over 30,000 locations worldwide – try Holiday Autos here.


Book Flights

We typical booking our flights directly with an airline, or via an agent who has priced matched for us. But we always initiate the search ourselves using Skyscanner so we can see all the available routes, airlines and estimate cost playing with dates.

READ our complete guide here on how to book and save on family flights with insider tips and the tricks we use to save.


Other Transportation

DIRECT FERRIES

Looking for ferry connections on your next vacation? Servicing over 2,850 routes at 691 ports around the world this is the easiest way to cpmpare services and book your next ferry ticket at the cheapest prices – give Direct Ferries a try here.

SE TRANSPORT – BAOLAU

A one-stop-shop tool for researching and booking your transport and connections in Asia. Compare trains, buses, ferries & taxies in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia & Malaysia. Give Baolau a try here.


Travel Insurance

Our favourite insurer for intrepid travellers. Competitive pricing and wide coverage around the world to destinations that many others will not touch. We love the flexibility of how you can set up your policy, even allowing you to set up policies after your trip is under way.

Our full review of how to choose international travel insurance policies that best suit famileis coming soon!


Organised Tours

Whilst we encourage independent exploration, we know there are times using a guided tour can provide you with so much more local knowledge, an easy way to get around and often dicounted entry, skip the line tickets.

GET YOUR GUIDE

The world’s largest online platform for booking tours and activities. They cover over 7,000 worldwide destinations and 30,000 activities to chose from. Try out Get Your Guide here.

EXPERIENCE OZ

Experts in tours and experiences in Australia & NZ, this is our go-to resources for day trips downunder with excellent up to the minute booking tools. Try Experience Oz here.

BIG BUS

Big Bus Rome

One of our favourite ways to see a new city is to hop aboard BIG BUS! The world’s largest open top cityseeing service, they operate in 18 major cities. They offer not only an ultra-convenient transport option between major city sights, they come with live commentary and added attraction discounts. Try Big Bus advance purchase tickets here (cheaper than buying on the day).

KLOOK

Klook.com

Our favourite tool for discounted tours, skip the line tickets, transfers and last minute deals on worldwide attractions, but particularly popular in Asia with many exclusive discount partners. Their best price guarantee makes them an excellent app choice. Try out Klook here.

VIATOR

The tour booking arm of TripAdvsior and a solid, trusted name in advance purchase tour and attractions tickets. Try Viator here.

CITY SIGHTSEEING

The classic sightseeing service hop on hop off bus. They offer a mix of multi-lingual commentary and live huides, and in some destinations even kids commentary. There tickets have a huge range of flexibility and add-on discount offers. Try City Sightseeing here.


UAE hotel & attraction discounts

We have partnered with the following local attractions and hotels to bring you the best possible deals when visiting the United Arab Emirates. We also recommend you download the Entertainer App. with hundreds of 2-4-1 details and discount vouchers, all accessible from your smartphone.


Holidays & Package Deals

ETIHAD HOLIDAYS

Etihad: Choose Well

Package your Etihad flights with partner hotels to save – try Etihad Holidays here.

LAST MINUTE

Not just for last minute! They provide a great range heavily discounted package deals throughout the year – try Last Minute here.

EXPEDIA

Trusted name for DIY package holidays, link your flights, hotels and car hire for huge discounts – try Expedia here.

G ADVENTURES

One of only a few travel organisations with a focus on family groups and able to tailor packages to your needs. A focus on responsible travel & sustainable tourism. Look out for their new National Georgraphic Family Journeys launching soon. Check out current tour offerings here.

TRAVELOCITY

Trusted US provider of everything a family vacation needs.


Travel Gear & Essentials

AMAZON

Our absolute start point for every product search! We love their basket function for holding ideas, wishlists and ability to compare prices across suppliers, as well as suggested similar products. Their international delivery network is also improving which is great for expats! Try out Amazon here.

Learn more about why we LOVE AMAZON PRIME as frequent travellers.

ALI EXPRESS

We call it the Chinese version of Amazon but it’s so much more! Really great for those small commodity type items, particularly electronics, camping kit with worldwide suppliers.

New customers get an immedaite savings coupon. Just check expected delivery times (shipment can be a little slower than Amazon) and that there is Buyer Protection ticked. Definitely worth it for the savings especially if you buy items in bulk.

LONELY PLANET

I think so many of us started our travelling years with one of these blue books strapped to our backpacks! Still a continued excellent guide book source and if you purchase direct through their online shop there are always big sales and discounts to be had on ebooks/guides, pysical guidebooks and their growing LP Kids collection. See there latest onoine deals here.

GO PRO

Our current favourite piece of fun family travel kit. We all enjoy getting in on the action filming our adventures – buying direct from GoPro there are always add on items & discounts they will throw in. See this months offers.

Not ready for a GoPro? See our complete guide to kids action cameras for smaller children.

LITTLE PASSPORTS

Adventures at home to take kids around the world in a great subscription service. You can read our full review of this product here.

PRIORITY PASS

Never fly without a lounge again! A priority pass membership gives you access to over 1,200 airport lounges worldwide, the best travel investment you will make as a frequent traveller! See the different membership tiers here.


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