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Using the right travel sites is important to booking a great trip. You will want to find a site you can trust to book the cheapest flights, tours, accommodation, and anything else travel related. I have compiled all of my favorite travel sites that I use to research and book flights for you to use to book your next adventure.

Every site listed is a site I have used to book trips to over 95 countries and I recommend them to any traveler who asks me for my favorites.

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Travel Hacking Tips

Credit card sign-ups are one of the fastest ways to earn miles. You don’t need to rely on them but you should know your options.

Best Travel Credit Cards

A full list of all my favorite travel credit cards. Sign up bonuses will quickly earn you a free flight.

Choosing a Travel Credit Card

Which card is right for you? Pick the perfect travel credit card.

Travel Hacking Without Perfect Credit

Travel credit cards often require excellent credit but luckily there are still proven methods to travel hack without perfect credit.

The Art of Travel Hacking Book- Learn to Fly for Free

My book will show you how I save thousands of dollars every year on flights around the world. Learn how to start travel hacking and book free flights and hotels on your next trip.

Travel Hacking Cartel

A site that shows you new ways to earn miles daily to book free flights. They guarantee one free flight for every member.

Complete Guide to Travel Hacking

Read my guide on how to get started travel hacking.

22 Ways to Earn 1 Million Miles and Points

There is more than one way to earn miles and points. Check out this complete list of 22 ways to earn miles and points through every day methods.

How to Hack a Flight and Book Cheap Airfare

Learn how to hack a flight without using miles or points but simply finding the best deal every single time.


Booking Cheap Flights

I never search one and done as Kayak suggest. Always check a few sites before booking your flight. Tracking fares by setting up fare alerts is a great way to track airfare and book the cheapest flight.

Booking Sites




Airfare Deals and Tracking Tools


A handy site for finding great deals on flights and tracking fares using alerts.The daily newsletter will send you flight deals from the departure airport of your choice.

I never book a seat on the plane without checking it out on SeatGuru first. SeatGuru has seat maps for every plane and flight. Read whether the seat fully reclines or


ExpertFlyer is handy for snagging a great seat on the plane and booking award travel. It’s a great tool for savvy travelers.

The Flight Deal

The flight deal has a great daily newsletter that alerts you of the best deals to cities world wide.


Accommodation Resources

Whether you prefer luxury hotels, hostels, couchsurfing, or vacation rentals I am here to help you book the best deal. These are my favorite sites when I book a night anywhere in the world.

Travel Hacking Accommodation 101

My Favorite Booking Sites




A product of Airfarewatchdog, Hotelwatchdog finds best-value Hotels for your stay.


Rocketmiles is a hotel booking site that will earn you miles with every single night. If you are going to book a hotel you might as well earn some miles for it.

Hostel World

A great site for booking a hostel with plenty of reliable reviews and photos.

Vacation Rentals


Vacation Rentals By Owner is a great option if you want to negotiate the rental price. Negotiate a price for your rental directly with the owner. Many are willing to come down at least 10% and it never hurts to ask.


A great site to find the perfect vacation rental. It’s safe and easy.

Airbnb- FREE $40 Credit off Your Rental!

Book rooms, apartments, or entire homes around the world. Prices are set and booking is simple. This is one of my favorite booking sites.

Trusted House Sitters

Look after homes and animals around the world for free. Find owners lookers for reliable house sitters to watch their homes for a few weeks or a few months. It’s a great resource for long-term travelers.

More tips on Accommodation

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How to Travel Hack Your Accommodation

Couchsurfing: How to Stay for Free Anywhere in the World

Learn How to Rent Safely and Securely


Budget Travel


Airbnb has 5-star villas for rent but it also has dirt cheap rooms in nice homes for rent all around the world. If a hostel isn’t your thing try renting a room or even a small studio for a budget price. Use this link to get $25 off your stay on Airbnb. If you already have an account read how to get another $25 off.

Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight is a great app for savvy travelers. The way it works is by finding unsold rooms and offering them to you at a greatly reduced nightly rate.

Hotel Tonight is an app you will need to download for Android or iOS

If you want $25 off your next booking use my invite code: CJOHNSTON89 when you sign up on the app. You can then invite friends for another $25 to pass on the savings.

Hostel World

A great site for booking a hostel with plenty of reliable reviews and photos.


Couchsurfing is a worldwide community of like-minded travelers that are looking to connect around the world. Locals offer a couch, a bed or even a room to travelers for free. This is a great way to gain local knowledge and make friends around the world. Learn how to stay safe Couchsurfing.

STA Travel

Built for students to find the best flights, hotels, hostels, and tours all over the world.

Trusted House Sitters

Look after homes and animals around the world for free. Find owners lookers for reliable house sitters to watch their homes for a few weeks or a few months. It’s a great resource for long-term travelers on a budget who are need a home base for a while.


Managing Miles and Points

Travel Hacking Cartel

A site that shows you new ways to earn miles daily to book free flights. Become a member and start flying for free and earning miles every week.

Award Booking Service

Need help redeeming miles? Award Magic can help.


Keep track of all of your rewards points and miles in one convenient place.


Travel Forums

Forums are a great place to do research for an upcoming trip, ask questions, and talk to travel experts. These are some of the forums I use when planning a trip.


A great forum for frequent flyers and learning more about points and miles.

Thorn Tree Lonely Planet

A good forum for off the beaten path travelers and destinations all over the world.


I use TripAdvisor cautiously. There are plenty of false reviews out there and even worse picky travelers who complain about everything. Use it to guide you but don’t let negative feedback from one person sway your travel instincts.

Tour Companies

Tour companies are everywhere which means choosing the best option is challenging. These are tour companies I trust and know travelers have enjoyed for years.

Active Adventures

I couldn’t be more excited to travel with Active Adventures this year. They work in small groups all over the world. Hike the Himalayas, head to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos, New Zealand and more. Check out what Active Adventures has for you.


Another great tour company, Intrepid offers trips all around the world. Travel in small groups and as they say, “travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way.”

G Adventures

G Adventures offers a little something for everyone. Solo travelers, adventurers, families and groups can travel around the world with G.


Travel Insurance

World Nomads Travel Insurance

They only travel insurance company I use and I highly recommend getting travel insurance. Stories of travelers being stuck with bills reaching tens of thousands of dollars in foreign countries are reason enough to pick up a good plan. Rates are very reasonable. You can get a free quote below.


Local Guides, Meals, and More

Everyone wants to live like a local, which can be great any many cities around the world. More and more great sites are dedicated to help you do just that. Living like a local is possible with these sites.


Dine in local homes around the world. The hosts cook for you in their homes for a reasonable price. From Mexico City to Israel I have made great friends with EatWith and highly recommend it. Read my guest post on their blog about my experience.


WithLocals finds you local activities, guides and dinners in homes around Asia. It is a great resource to find to find local experiences in Asia.


Get inside knowledge and deals from local tour companies and guides.


Travel Tech Questions

How to Use Your iPhone for Free Abroad

Going over your data plan will equal an expensive phone bill when you return home. Learn how to use your iPhone abroad for free and never owe your carrier money just because you leave the country.

Access Netflix and YouTube from Any Country

Sites like Netflix, Youtube and Pandora are often blocked outside of the US. They can be accessed using this service. A benefit of using a VPN is the added security to protect your computer abroad.

The Ultimate Vacation Photo Backup System

Never lose another vacation photo with the ultimate vacation photo backup system!

More Travel Tech Resources

How to Turn Your Laptop into WiFi Hotspot

10 Ways to Get Free WiFi

How to Hack Airport WiFi

How to Hack InFlight Wifi


Favorite Travel Gear

I have tested a lot of travel gear over the years and picked out my favorites to share with you. Check them out below along with my favorite GoPro Gear.

My Favorite Travel Gear

Best GoPro Accessories


Travel Interviews

Need a little travel inspiration? Read these interviews I did with some of my favorite travelers.

Rolf Potts: Legendary Traveler and Writer

Andrew McCarthy: Award Winning Travel Writer

Lee Abbamonte: Youngest American to Travel to Every Country

Chris Guillebeau: Author, Writer, Modern-Day Explorer

Jack Maxwell: The Travel Channel’s Booze Traveler


General Travel Tips

Ultimate Guide to Sleeping on a Plane

How to Travel with a Full-Time Job

How to Hack Your Seat in Economy



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  • Ian

    I would also add http://www.flynous.com/ they provide some great deals (althought from EU)

  • dude this is one crazy list, good job on putting it all together

  • flights to manila

    i agree, i am a frequent traveler as i am working as a project cordiantor i have to visit several countries like manila, bangkok and so on. I often book my tickects from the sites which you mention but sometimes when this sites fails to deliver result i switch towards hoodaki. They are one of the best way of booking Flights to Manila, there customer care agent are helpful. So, try them if your want a reliable flight booking platform

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