Travel Links

The below 'travel recommendations' is a list of Travel Grooves favourite and trusted websites. Feel confident using them when making your own travel arrangements online. These websites are either tried and tested myself or are companies that I have dealt with when I was a travel agent.

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PACKAGE HOLIDAYS

For booking everything on one platform - flights, hotels, tours.

Expedia

Design your own holiday package. Expedia is a one stop shop where you can book your entire holiday - including flights, hotels, tours and carhire - all in the one booking.

Edreams

Another third party website where you can design your own holiday package, to include flights, hotels, tours and car.

They tend to include low cost airlines.

easyJet holidays

easyJet Holidays provide a wide range holiday packages from the UK. Find your perfect city break, a beach escape, luxury holidays, all-inclusive holidays and more.

FLIGHTS

Comparing and booking flights only

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Skyscanner

Skyscanner lists all the airfares on majority of the airlines around the world.

I always use Skyscanner to scan quickly for the best deal and check total travelling time.

Expedia

You can use Expedia to book flights only too. They offer Price Drop Protection for a fee and Expedia will pay you back if your flight becomes cheaper.

Edreams

Edreams also allow you to book flights only. View flight comparisons easily to choose the flights that best suit you. Their Cancel for Any Reason guarantee means you will receive a refund minus a 20% excess fee.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways seems to be our family's go to airline for international airfares. They always seem to have the best fares and schedules, anywhere in the world.

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easyJet

easyJet Flights are my go-to airline for cheap flying from the UK into Europe. Cheap flights + great service = you can't go wrong! Check their Flight Flexibility Policy.

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Jacks flight club

Receive weekly emails with the latest airfare deals from the UK, Europe and USA. Jacks Flight Club does all the searching for you. All you have to do is book.

ARRIVALS

Helpful services once you arrive

airalo

To stay connected while you travel at affordable prices. 

Airalo offer a range data packs accessed by digital eSims. Easy to install through their app. No more high roaming fees.

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Stasher

Affordable daily luggage storage at trusted shops and hotels around the world. Better than leaving your luggage at the airport - if they offer luggage hold anymore!

National Express

If you're flying in/out of the UK, then National Express is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel to/from airports and overland to other cities.

ACCOMMODATION

Everything from hotels to hostels

Booking.com

Booking.com

A comprehensive list of accommodation worldwide. Complete with maps, hotel info and reviews. Choose by location or by price! And I love their free cancellation policies - varies per property.

Expedia

Use Expedia to find other hotels that you couldn't find in booking.com or other sites. Not all hotels sign up to all hotel platforms.

Hostelworld

Hostels cater for everyone.

Travel on a budget and stay in dorms. Or you can choose from their luxury range and stay in double/twin rooms instead.

DAY TOURS 

Exploring your destination the easy way

Viator

A Trip Advisor company that sells over 300,000 sightseeing tours and activities in 190 countries worldwide. You can read the reviews on Trip Advisor.

Get Your Guide

Similar to Viator, Get Your Guide helps you discover the best things to do in each destination, including niche offerings that you may not find on other websites.

One of the leading open-top sightseeing bus tours that you see in major cities around the world, like in Paris or London. Pre book your Big Bus hop-on hop-off experience now.

Your one stop shop for all outdoor adventures, activities and tours. Unforgettable activities include kayaking, diving, dog sledding, snow mobiling, rock climbing, sky diving and more. So much to choose from to pump up your adrenaline.

COACHING HOLIDAYS

Travel in comfort and security in small group tours

G Adventure

The leaders in small group adventure tours, (dont worry, not extreme stuff!). You have the benefit of locally based guides plus the flexibility to do your own thing too.

Tourradar

This is the ultimate organised adventures/tours platform. Compare and choose from thousands of organised tours, from reputable tour operators such as Intrepid, Trafalgar, Globus, Top Deck, Contiki and more. Or go straight to their Deals of the Week page.

CARHIRE / BUS TRANSPORT

Discover the world on your own terms

Rentalcars

Owned by Booking.com.  Compare the prices of all the major car rental companies, anywhere in the world, on one page. Find the best deal and book immediately. 

Auto Europe

Auto Europe is a third party website where you can shop around for the best car rental deals. One stop shop for a range of carhire companies.

Offer free cancellation up to 48hrs before pickup.

Busbud

Busbud is an online bus-booking platform. With the worlds largest selection of bus tickets, you can easily compare prices from different companies and book the best option.

RAIL

Explore countries with comfort onboard trains

Eurail

For international visitors (non-European residents) wanting to buy rail passes for their European holiday. If you're planning to do multiple rail journeys, then purchasing a rail pass will be the cheaper option.

Rail Europe

Gain access to over 50 European train companies. View the prices & schedules on the one website and then book. Great for booking single journeys.

Trainline

Get best available prices and times for either train or bus tickets for any European journey. I often used Trainline in Europe to get information on bus and train departure times.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Consider insuring your travel journey for unforeseen mishaps

World Nomads

Travel Insurance cover for most nationalities, with options to cover a wide variety of adventure activities.

Great for those who like to engage in outdoor activities on their holidays.

Cover-More Travel Insurance

Travel insurance cover for Australians travelling domestically or overseas.

Also includes cover for international travellers arriving in Australia.

Visitors Coverage

Tailor your insurance needs by comparing various  international travel insurance plans on the one page, valid for all global travellers. They also offer cheaper types of policies such as cancellation fee only cover  for US travellers and medical expenses only cover  for visitors to the US.

LUGGAGE

Travel Luggage & Cabin Bags

Specialising in stylish, yet lightweight and durable luggage and cabin bags. Plus they are mindful about size restrictions imposed by airlines.

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Stasher

Affordable daily luggage storage at trusted shops and hotels around the world. Better than leaving your luggage at the airport - if they offer luggage hold anymore!

TRAVEL BOOKS

Travel guides or read about other peoples travels

Lonely Planet - travel guides

Get 10% discount automatically on any purchase. Find a selection of Lonely Planet guides - Classic guides (comprehensive), Experience guides (unique & authentic advice) and Pocket guides (top highlights). Plus unique travel books.

Lonely Planet where to go when

Where to go When - by Lonely Planet

No need to ever wonder again where's the best place to go in January, February, March....  This book lays it all out for you. Just click on the above image for more details.

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Ubuntu - by Heather Ellis

An amazing journey by a solo female traveller, riding her motorcycle throughout Africa. Would you do it? 

Timeless on the silk road

Timeless on the Silk Road - by Heather Ellis

Heathers incredible soul searching journey continues as she rides from London back to Australia via the Silk Road. 

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Travels in a Thin Country - by Sara Wheeler

I read this book as I travelled Chile from North to South, just as the author did. Interesting to read how things change and some dont change over the years. 

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Fat Chick Goes AWOL - by Anna Mitchell

The funniest adventure book I have ever read. Find out how riding a trike down the whole length of West Australia can be so hilarious.

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