How to Travel Independently
A Step by Step Guide on How to Plan Your Independent Journey
- Step Four: Get Booking
- With the internet, anyone can be a travel agent. Booking transport, accommodation, museums, and other cultural attractions, even restaurants are just a couple of mouse clicks away. Here are some of the sites that I regularly use:
- Flights: For flight options, my first port of call is always Skyscanner. You get a list of deals, some of them bookable directly through the individual airlines, whilst other direct you to the websites of on-ine travel agents such as Expedia.
- Other transport: In the age of climate change, we all ought to fly less. I found the Trainline as well as Rail Europe to be easy-to-use applications. Sometimes I even book a ticket, just after boarding the train through the DB Navigator app offered by German railway Deutsche Bahn. And should you need a rental car Holiday Autos scans the market for you and lists some very good deals.
- For accommodation I tend to rely on Booking.com, Vrbo (formerly HomeAway), or Hostelworld. Taken together they offer a highly comprehensive choice of locations at every budget level.
- If it is scenery and outdoor recreational activities that you are after, you might want to look at the fabulous app and website of All Trails. Just type in a location, and a range of hikes (with descriptions, GPS maps and reviews) pop up. It has been an indispensable guide on my travels.
- And if you would like to book excursions, museum visits or just want to see what a location has to offer, Get Your Guide might provide you with some ideas.