I spend a heck of a lot of time online looking for places I can go, dreaming of places I want to visit and planning and booking my travel adventures. I can happily spend a few hours searching cheap flights, hotels and travel experiences around the world and love it when I find amazing deals.

I book almost all of my travel online (actually now I think about it I’m struggling to remember booking anything offline in recent years!) and one of the things I’m often asked via email and in person by friends, family and readers is what websites I use.

I should tell you that this isn’t a sponsored article and I’m not being paid by any of these companies to mention them on here, these just are the websites I use and love and would happily recommend to you lovely people.


This one has been a firm favourite with me for about 3 years now and I probably use it a minimum of once a week to search for cheap flights.

Skyscanner is a flight comparison website (although I believe they also cover trains and hotels now) where you can put in your local airport and search for flights to anywhere around the world. If you’re not quite sure where you’d like to go there’s even the option to put in ‘everywhere’ and it’ll bring up flights to all corners of the world for you. So amazing but so incredibly dangerous for a travel addict like me!


Momondo is very similar to Skyscanner, however, there can sometimes be slight variations in price, so I like to check both just to be sure I’m getting the very best deal.


This is my favourite website for hotel price comparisons and often ends up saving me quite a bit of money. You simply enter where it is you want to go, when and how many people are travelling and it’ll search multiple hotel booking sites and show up with whichever one is cheapest.

Trip Advisor 

I know a lot of people out there hate Trip Advisor but I think it’s great to get a quick, overall feel for the standard of a hotel you’re thinking of booking. Sure, there are always going to be some super fussy people who write terrible reviews for everywhere, but it does give you a good guide to the place if everyone is saying the same type of thing.


Before I go ahead and book any flight, hotel or experience I always perform a quick Google search to ensure there are no voucher codes or coupons available online for whichever outlet I’m booking through. This takes 30 seconds to do and can often end up saving me 10% or getting me an upgraded room etc. Definitely worth the effort!

Holiday Pirates

I stumbled upon this website via Facebook and every day I find myself reading their posts on there and being seriously amazed by some of the holiday prices they find!

A quick scan on their website just now is showing me a 7 night holiday in Portugal including flights, hotels, luggage and transfers for £187 per person and an all-inclusive holiday in Fuerteventura for 7 nights for £267. Talks about cheap deals!

Obviously the dates and departure airports of all the deals might not suit you, but if you keep an eye on the website for long enough you’ll definitely find one that’s perfect for you.

What are your favourite websites to use when planning and booking travel?