Having planned & booked numerous trips in India and abroad, some together and others individually (i.e. before we got knotted to each other), we are mentioning some of our all time favorite travel related resources. We have listed them since we have used them ourselves regularly to research and book. Over the period we have come to firmly trust in them. We regularly update this family travel resources page and only the best out there are mentioned to help you find the best deals whether it be the cheapest flights, tours, accommodation and anything else that’s travel related for planning your next great family holiday.
Family Travel resources
Skyscanner is a great place to start any airline search whether in India or abroad. It gives option for checking flights to & fro nearby airports as well. Somehow, it just manages to finds the best deal there is to offer from various other travel sites, OTA’s and budget carriers.
If you select the MAP option at the top right corner of the search box, it opens a calendar view allowing you to find the cheapest days to fly. You can also check out the lowest fares offered to various other places in the map mode based on the dates selected. So, in case your dates of travel are fixed and the place you are travelling is not yet decided, this mode really helps in zeroing your next travel destination based on the cheapest place to travel, assuming you do want to travel cheap! (like there is any other sensible option 🙂 )
Note: Green Circles indicate direct flights and Red circles indicate 1+ stops, so when travelling with small kids, we find it easier to restrict ourselves to the green circles.
Yatra.com is another leading provider of consumer-direct travel services in India. It is a great website which searches most of the airlines including budget carriers as well. Its a good site to compare prices and more often than not offers the cheapest of options available.
Another great flight search engine, as an alternative to Yatra. I use it mostly just to compare and if getting the best deal, then I book it using as many Payback points as is available in my Payback account at that time.
Another awesome search engine available at your disposal is Google Flights. Although we have never booked any flight via Google Flights as yet but we have used it many a times to check out the cheapest destination from the map in which the prices of flights all over the world are displayed.
Other Airline sites and search engines
Dohop: Provides most comprehensive airfare searches.
Cleartrip: One of the leading OTA’s in India.
JetRadar: One of the largest and fastest online travel search engines for flights to destinations all over the world. However, it is restricted to all major airlines only and does not include the budget carriers.
Numerous options are available nowadays for searching the best family accommodation anywhere on the click of the button. Following are some of the family hotel / resorts booking resources we regularly use to finalize our stay. Once we have finalized our accommodation at a place, we generally check at least 2-3 websites mentioned below before making the wallet lighter.
This great resource allows an easy comparison of all the top travel sites in one simple search and gets you the best deals in one click. Hotelscombined has become our all time favorite hotel search go to site which we simply can’t do without.
Well, one doesn’t become the world’s largest travel site overnight, and there is definitely a reason for it. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers and so it naturally becomes the go to site before finalizing our hotel bookings. It has a wide variety of travel choices as well. Its hotel booking tool checks hundreds of websites to find great hotel prices. On some occasions we have even booked our hotel stay via TripAdvisor since we found the best deals available here.
Other Hotel Booking sites we have used
Trivago.in: Another great user friendly resource which compares a number of other booking sites at once to find the best deals available. Its a good idea to use it when searching for a hotel.
Booking alternative accommodation
Airbnb: With hosts sharing their spaces in 190 countries and more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb makes it easy to book unique accommodations anywhere in the world. All you have to do is create an account, enter your destination and travel dates into the search bar to discover distinctive places to stay, anywhere in the world. Use this link to create your account and get INR 1,200 off on your first trip of INR 5,000 or more.
Homestay.com: With the concept of “Athithi Devo Bhava”, homestay owners go to great extents to gratify their guests and show their hospitality towards them. A Homestay is an idea of welcoming guests into your own home or in a separate nearby quarter and so that the visitors get a firsthand experience of the local culture, cuisine and their way of life. It offers a chance to experience a place like a “local”. Its lighter on budget too and having tried it a couple of times, we just loved the experience.
If you prefer going on tours, you should inquire about a trip package or a customized holiday deals from HelloTravel. They will connect you with up to 4 independent travel agents who will provide you their best quotes. It saves time since there is no need to surf multiple sites for packages, quotes and travel plans. You easily get multiple itineraries which can then be compared, negotiated and money can be saved by simply choosing the best from the available options.
As one of India’s leading travel website, Travelguru is a great resource to conveniently take the best hotel and tour packages. The prices seen are are inclusive of taxes for any product they offer. Having booked though this site on a number of occasions, we have come to trust it for our packages in India. It deserves a visit when searching for package tours.
Other great trip planning resources
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With numerous discounted attractions on offer for over 25 tourist destinations around the world, Klook Travel makes it simple to discover activities, attractions and things to do wherever you travel. It allows to book services and attractions at the best prices.
Having used Klook ourselves extensively for our Singapore trip, we discovered more activities than would have otherwise with just a few clicks. With the best priced tickets to our attractions already printed with us, it ensured that we don’t sweat it out in the long ticketing queues (which offer NO discount) and just enjoy everything a destination offers.
Setup by graduates from IIM Ahmedabad and industry professionals, Travelyaari.com has changed the way one used to perceive bus travel. Its revolutionary idea of having a 100% live bus ticket inventory across India is just remarkable and sets it apart from its competitors who still use the age old offline booking system which is inherently filled with its own hassles and confusion. You get to view the precise seats that are available and the seats that have been booked.
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