A guide to help you to travel in style and stay on budget.
irBnB: an online marketplace that enables people to list, find, then rent vacation homes for a processing fee.
Boarding Area: a collection of blogs related to travel, frequent flyer programs, and hacking. This is a good first stop for travel novices who want to learn how to travel well for less.
CapitalOne 360: consistently rated one of the best bank accounts for international travel, the 360 checking account will leave you with more cash for aperitivo, owing to the bank not charging foreign transaction or ATM fees. Charles Schwab is another great option, as they refund any ATM fees you might incur while traveling.
Duolingo: a free language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. Google’s Translate App is another quick and dirty tool when you are in a pinch.
Ebates: a cashback shopping portal that easily allows users to link to thousands of other businesses, including travel sites like Orbitz and Priceline.
Flyertalk: the next stop for the intermediate beginner travel hacker. FT is a community of frequent flyers who share reviews, deals, and loyalty program news and tips. If you only have time for one page on FT, it should be Mileage Run Deals.
Google Flights: a flight booking tool and aggregator that allows users to easily compare and find the cheapest flights.
Hacking: the term used by the frequent traveler community to mean saving money on travel via creative points and miles collection. Hotel Tonight gets kudos as well for its last minute discounted hotel rates. And if you use my referral code HCANNADY you will receive $25 off your booking.)
ITA Matrix: the less user friendly, but more powerful version of Google Flights. ITA was acquired by GF in 2011.
Jetsetter: an online luxury travel concierge that coordinates upscale accommodations at reduced prices. Jetsetter isn’t always the best price in town, so comparison shop before you book.
Kayak: A must know for every frequent traveler. Kayak does want Google Flights does but for hotels and car rentals, in addition to flights. Easily compare flights and book with a few clicks.
Loyalty Programs: hotel and airline frequent use programs where members collect points and miles, and apply them to achieve free stays and flights, in addition to elite status. Most major hotel and airline companies have a loyalty program.
Million Mile Secrets: In addition to the BoardingArea family, Daraius’ blog is the best resource for both the novice and experienced travel hacker. His and Emily’s thoughtful and informative posts are critical to planning your next trip.
Norwegian Air Shuttle: the current queen of low cost airlines. Norwegian has recently touted sub-$300 US-Europe fares. Take heed before you buy. This is a no frills airline. They didn’t offer free water until 2013.
OpenTable: an online restaurants booking tool that allows users to peruse reviews and book reservations at eateries around the globe months or minutes in advance.
ParkWhiz: The ParkWhiz app helps you find paid parking in over 200+ cities (only North America for now but growing) and offers discounts for booking in-app.
Question: Ugh, that’s right, we could not think of one useful Q app, website, or resource. We hope the 25 other gems we’ve shared are helpful. If you have a good Q, please share in the comments. Thanks!
Rick Steves on Hulu: all 8 seasons of Rick’s European travel show are available on Hulu. He may be corny AF, but his 30 minute city guides are great intros to the continent. Another plug for Hulu, they have a bunch of other great travel shows ready at the tap of a button.
Skype: if you aren’t a T-Mobile wireless customer, using your cell overseas is likely going to cost an arm and a leg. Save money with this free call site and app. Skype to Skype is free, while calls placed to landlines and mobiles will incur small charges. Thankfully, toll free calls remain free.
The Flight Deal: the most important airfare resource out there. TFD alerts twitter followers and readers about mistake fares and all around good deals as they break.
Uber: along with Lyft and other ridesharing apps, Uber turned the city taxi model on its head, creating on-demand livery service.
Vayama: similar to Priceline or Orbitz, Vayama is a consolidator, but for some reason, Vayama happens to seize on more mistake fares than its counterparts. The site also runs flash sales and offers great discounts from time to time.
Wandershare: The destination bible. This site powers a robust free guidebook for literally every country. Their Pinterest quick guides are everything. Whatsapp gets honorable mention for its free and easy way to stay in touch with folks around the globe via instant message.
XE Currency Converter: this website and its corollary app allows users to calculate rates of exchange in real time, saving them time and frustration.
Yelp: the well known review site will help you navigate destinations, eateries, lodging, and services.
ZocDoc: your health is important and shouldn’t take a backseat when you’re away from home. ZocDoc allows you to book same day appointments with in-network physicians. The service is currently only available in certain major US cities, but that’s better than nothing.