With trips to nearly 40 countries under my belt, I’ve learned the lay of the land when it comes to planning and booking trips. I've done the groundwork on finding the best, so you can just get on with your day and get your trip booked! Here are a few of my favorite sites I use to make my adventures a reality:



Booking.com is typically the first site I check for accommodation due to the low prices, wide selection of options (over 800,000 hotels, apartments and hostels!) and free cancellation on most rooms.


If you want to live like a local, Airbnb is the best option for apartment/home rentals. The map view and highly visual interface make it simple to scroll through the options based on your location and price requirements. Sign up through this link to receive $40 off your first stay!


Whether you need a bare bones place to rest your head or a boutique hostel with top-notch facilities, Hostelworld has it all. The site offers the largest inventory of hostels across the web with tons of reviews from other travelers.


In Southeast Asia, Agoda reigns supreme. They have the largest number of listings in the region and properties you can’t find anywhere else. The best price guarantee ensures you always get the lowest rate.

booking flights


I don’t book a flight without first consulting Skyscanner. It’s been my go-to since I started independently traveling. The site allows you to search through millions of flights and books directly through your chosen airline at no extra cost.

Google Flights

A friend of mine turned me on to Google Flights after he booked round-trip tickets from San Francisco to Bangkok for $525. The map feature shows how much it costs to fly to cities all over the world from your departure destination in an easy-to-view format that rivals Skyscanner’s fly everywhere search tool.