Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Travel Sites 2019

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When creating and planning your ideal trip, you should most definitely have a look at the following websites. They act as travel agents and scan multiple sites at the click of a button. They usually have a filter button that lets you arrange by price or distance from the city centre or flying time. Let us take a closer look at some.

Booking.com

This is one of my favourite sites as I based our whole holiday around the accommodation found on here. I mean, $130 for two for nine nights, bonus. I will be sure to let you know how that goes. Booking.com also has some of the lowest airfares around. Their filtering tools are user-friendly, making it easy to find and compare flights. You can select a route, trip type, number of travellers, dates destinations and class of seats. More options they allow are many stops, airline, and times for arriving and departing.

Not only can you search for flights through booking.com but also accommodation. You can view the hotels and rooms through photos posted by the hotel themselves and customers that have stayed there. A bonus is being able to read the opinion of customers before you, helping you make an informed decision, or at least getting you prepared for what you paid for. If the advertising hotel has posted all the relevant facilities, you can see what they have to offer; Wi-Fi, aircon, private bathroom, swimming pool etc.

Shortfalls

One issue booking.com could improve on is Flexi-dates. This option is not available, so if you do not have set dates and are preferably looking for best prices, you’d have to look at another online site. It also does not have a search feature for cruises, and the car rental hire options are limited if there are any.

Kayak

Kayak makes up for what booking.com lacks. It offers a flexible date search; it even provides a flexible-month and flexible-weekend search. You enter your preferred dates of travelling, and it gives a comparison of lower prices should you adjust your dates slightly. It is user-friendly with its no clutter layout. Kayaks car rental search allowed us to see prices of car rental companies across a map. Their hotel search goes one step further than many other travel websites, not only does it show you surrounding neighbourhoods, but also when to eat, shop and sightsee.

Shortfalls

The pricing falls into the average bracket, not extremely expensive, but also not as low as some other travel sites. It is also not a booking site, meaning your ticket is not paid for through Kayak.com. At the time of payment, you will be redirected to the respective website. This also means that should you select a flight on multi airlines you would have to visit all the sites individually to complete your booking. This is something to keep in mind as it means separate charges to your card, which could mean you are incurring extra bank fees. It might also be a very time-consuming activity.

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