In order to serve you better, I’ve listed a number of resources you can use to help you get the most out of these unfamiliar destinations. This is a page in progress, so check back from time to time for new resources.
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- Agoda – If you’re heading to Asia, this is a great service as they specialize in finding great properties in this region of the world.
- Airbnb – We live in the sharing economy and Airbnb was among the first to be out there. It works really well if you have many people in your party so you can just rent one place and you all stay there. I’ve used Airbnb a grand total of three times with great experience all the time. I’m more of a hotel fan as I want the points and miles :-).
- CitizenM – I first stayed in this hotel at the Amsterdam Airport. You basically have all the amenities in one room. It totally works. Make sure you close the curved door to the bathroom as the water won’t work otherwise :-).
- TripAdvisor – TripAdvisor is new to the hotel booking arena. Typically, they do travel reviews, so now they’ve combined the two and are now selling hotels.
- FlixBus (Europe based in Germany)
- Greyhound (US)
- Megabus (US and Europe)
- National Express (UK)
- OUIBUS (Europe based in France)
- Avis – I’m a fan of Avis as I’m an Avis Preferred partner. This means I have my car ready when I arrive at the airport and I don’t have to get in the queue and wait. I just go to my space in the parking lot. This is how I recommend you travel. There are some car rental companies that are terrible at customer service and Avis is not one of them.
- Etihad Airways – Etihad has worldwide service from its base on Abu Dhabi, United Emirates. they are a oneworld partner if you wish to earn miles.
- Momondo – This Web site shows you fares from various airlines. You can then click on the best fare and book it on that airline’s Web site or an online travel agency. Ensure that you check the fare bucket (Y, X, K, etc.) being booked to ensure you maximize the amount of miles you will earn for that trip.
Guide Apps and Books
- Lonely Planet has a series of Guide books on most destinations to help you along the way.
- Amtrak (U.S.)
- Deutsch Bahn (Germany)
- Eurail (Europe)
- Italian Rail (Italy)
- National Rail (U.K.)
- Via Rail (Canada)
- Virgin Trains (UK)
- Blablacar – Need a ride in Europe? You can use this service to find a car that’s heading your direction and share the cost of the ride.
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