Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Travel Links

The following is a list of the travel links I use when planning trips. I recently passed this list on to a couple of my friends and decided to share them with the rest of you.


Travel

Flights - Google Search  (this is the site I use to search for flights - the first place I go)
Hipmunk  (this site and the next are 2 additional sites I occasionally check)
Skyscanner
WhereFor  (this is a unique search based on how much you want to spend)
KAYAK  (I use this site to organize my trips. It notifies me about gate changes, baggage claim, etc.)
Rick Steves  (it is hard for me to imagine that everyone doesn't know Rick)
LadyIronChef: Food & Travel  (love this blogger from Singapore)
Messy Nessy Chic Blog

Hotels and Rentals

Booking.com  (make all my hotel reservation through here, unless I use one of the following sites)
HomeAway  (this and the following are good places to find rentals to use on vacations)
Airbnb
WimDu

Travel Companies

Overseas Adventure Travel  (this is who we used for our trip to Patagonia)
Exotissimo Travel
Green Global Travel
Country Holidays (SG)
Budget travel
SANDEMANs NEW Europe
Viator Tours  (always check this site for local tours and day-trips anywhere we go)
Context Tours  (another site we check for local tours)
National Geographic Expeditions
Turkey Tours
Affordable Tours
Odysseys Unlimited
Slow Travel Tours
G Adventures
REI Adventures
Adventure Life
Small Ship Cruises | Un-Cruise Adventures
Road Scholar

Places

England

Walking Land's End to John o'Groats
BBC Travel - England’s very own Jurassic Park  (high on our list to visit)
The Seaside Boarding House
Borders Railway - Scottish Borders
London’s Plague Pits Map
London's Top 25 Indie Cafes/Coffee Shops
Slow Boat (and Train) From London to Paris - NYT
BBC Travel - The new train that roars to the ancient heart of Scotland
Where to Run (and Exercise) in London - NYT
Top 10 craft beer pubs in south London  - The Guardian Travel  (always looking for craft beer)

Italy

The Italian Hotel inside Medieval Grottos  (this has intrigued me for many years)
Hiking & Haute Cuisine in the Dolomites - NYT  (another place high on our list)
Hiking Italy's Dolomites
Italy’s 4 Best Food Towns
http://www.dolomitemountains.com/en/summer_fall_trips/hike3357.htm
5 Of The Best Day Trips From Florence | ITALY Magazine

Turkey

36 Hours in Istanbul, Asian Side - NYT
Turkey: İstanbul to the Turquoise Coast
Absolute Turkey - G Adventures
Turkey - Pamukkale, Hierapolis
Eastern Turkey's history unfolds in its architecture, beauty : Travel
Kaş Diva Residence Hotel  (friends in Singapore, highly recommend this)

Slovenia

BBC Travel - Where the ‘human fish’ lurks
BBC Travel - The lake at the end of the world

France

The Messy Nessy Chic Paris Hotels
36 Hours Left Bank, Paris - NYT
Chez Jallot, Limousin 2013|
The French Side of Basque Country - NYT  (this area between France and Spain is on our list to do within 2-3 years and includes Andorra)
58 French Villages That Should Be On Your Bucket List  (we have visited several of these)
BBC Travel - In France, a steampunk park of Jules Verne’s dreams
BBC Travel - Canada’s Classic Rail  (another top 10 trip)
Secret Nazi Tunnels
Norway's Trains and Fjords
Machu Picchu Hiking Tour  (soon!)
Hotels to Suit Your Wallet
The Next Great Scandinavian Destination - NYT
Rocky Mountaineer Train
13 Beautiful Spanish Towns
Family ownership a key to success of landmark Florida restaurant
100 Miles, 10 Days, Three Countries and a Lot of Cheese - NYT  (very high on the top 10 list)
BBC Travel - Northern Ireland’s most spectacular rope bridge
National Park Foundation: Official Charity of America's National Parks
52 Places to Go in 2016 - NYT
Vanilla Garden - A Secret Hideout in Bangkok With A Cafe & Bakeshop - LadyIronChef
Bohemia’s Secret Spot for Cross-Country Skiing - NYTs
BBC Travel - In Alpine villages, Hobbits lurk
Si Ma Tai — The Road Less Travelled on The Great Wall of China - LadyIronChef
BBC - Travel - Nepal's year-round trekking route
BBC - Travel - Trekking Nepal’s forgotten teahouse route
BBC - Travel - Northern Ireland’s most spectacular rope bridge
Holiday guide to Costa Rica - The Guardian Travel
On Small Ship, Ocean Life (and Other Passengers) Are Up Close - NYT
The following links have not been organized in other folders and are a grab bag of other links:

Budget Travel
Traveller.com.au
Independent Traveler
Trains Around the World (Seat61)
Roadtrippers - Maps Built for Travelers
6 Google Flights Tricks
Nomadic Matt's Travel Site
Repositioning Cruises  (this is supposed to be a cheaper, less crowded way to do a cruise)
VirtualTourist
U.S. Passport & Travel Visa Services
EatWith: Dine in a chef's home
This set of bookmarks is always being updated as I scan the internet for new places. Perhaps you already have some of the same bookmarks. If you have any particular favorites, or want to comment on any of these, please leave us a comment, or send us an email.

Don't forget to review my previous positing about smartphone apps we use when traveling: http://thechickenscratches.blogspot.sg/2015/07/phone-apps-for-travel.html.


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