Travel Planning

Skyscanner - Flights Online with Hotels and Car Hire

Skyscanner - Flights Online with Hotels and Car Hire

Skyscanner is one of the best places to check out flights online and an excellent flight and travel comparison website.  We're all booking our flights online right now, it's quite simply the fastest way to get to where you want to go, so Skyscanner is well worth checking out. 

Even if you think  you know the airline you want to travel with it's worth looking at all the online flights availability here first and then if you want clicking through to the airline direct. Skyscanner is fast and easy to use with a clear interface unlike some other cluttered comparison websites.

You can see lots of options on one page, click on the one you want and then go through to the relevant vendor to book. 

There are lots of places you can compare flights online, hotels and car hire online, but this one seems one of the easiest to use.
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Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor

Don't book a hotel anywhere without checking it on this site stuffed full of user generated content. Read the glossy advertising for the hotel of your choice and then check up on it here - you may find that things are not quite what you expect.
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BAA.com

BAA.com

Check if your flight departure or arrival is on time, which terminal it'll be going in or out of and book your car parking here as well for Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and other UK airports.
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C N Traveller

C N Traveller

Whether you're looking for inspirational destination ideas, travel guides, hotel and restaurant reviews or stunning travel photography this is a great place to start your holiday research. Its famous "Truth In Travel" policy means complete impartiality, making it a site you can trust. The site is beautiful to look at and updated daily.
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Via Michelin

Via Michelin

If you want to know where to stay in Paris or Milan or how to drive from Glasgow to Bath (and where to stop on the way) then this is the site for you, with maps, directions, hotels, restaurants and more clearly laid out.
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Relais & Chateaux

Relais & Chateaux

For lovers of luxury everywhere here is the essential guide on where to find the best hotels and restaurants around the world, from large resorts to hidden gems.

You can select your perfect destination or choose your holiday by themes such as culture, sports, family or oenology (wine tours to you and me). There are also special offers and a gift shop.
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Frommers

Frommers

If you're planning a trip to the US or Canada you'll need this website (they also cover other areas but this is their main area of expertise). One of the best things about this site is that you don't need to know much about the country when you start, they offer you a wealth of information. 

Once you've decided on a City or place to visit you can find out about nightlife, restaurants, shopping, walking tours, activities and everything else you can possibly think of.
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National Rail - Train Times and Cheap Rail Fares

National Rail - Train Times and Cheap Rail Fares

If you're thinking of going by train and want to know how to get from A - B, times and prices of fares this site is ready and waiting to tell you.

Just a piece of advice: very often reduced fares aren't published until a certain number of days before your trip so if you're going from London to Edinburgh you might want to call the station as well to check when they'll be released.
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Don't Forget Your Toothbrush - Holiday Travel Checklist

Don't Forget Your Toothbrush - Holiday Travel Checklist

I don't know about you, but every time I make out the holiday packing list I leave something off.

Well now there's no excuse. On this clever website you'll be able to tick off every possible item for lots of different types of holiday. You just check the boxes and print off your list. You do sometimes have to pay a small charge for a year's subscription although they have free offer periods as well but I think you'll find it worth it.
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Travelex - Travel Money and Currency Conversion

Travelex - Travel Money and Currency Conversion

Travelex is the world's leading foreign exchange specialist, trading in over 80 currencies and in 50 countries around the world.

Click through to their website and order your currency online which you can have delivered to your home or collect from a Travelex branch and you can also order pre-paid currency cards, available in six currencies; Euro, US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, South African Rand & New Zealand Dollar.

Click straight through here to the Travelex websites for Belgium, Italy, Germany, Bahrain, the UAE and Travelex in Switzerland.

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Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor

Filled with USG (User Generated Content) and links to where you can book, this is the place for unfiltered personal views on hotels and places to visit with visitors’ own photographs, so those hotels trying to hide behind professionally taken pics and their own reviews can no longer do so. It’s important to look at all the reviews for a specific place and not just go by the one or two exceptionally bad or good ones, and the average ratings will tell you more than anything else, provided there are enough, of course.
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Via Michelin - Travel Planning in Europe

Via Michelin - Travel Planning in Europe

Via Michelin will help you with all your European travel planning; whether you want to find a restaurant in Paris, a road map of Zurich or a hotel in Milan - it's all there ready and waiting.

This is the online version of the famous Red Guides but unlike the Red Guides, where the road maps are extremely limited (the town maps are excellent) here you just key in your starting point and your destination and it'll tell you exactly how to get there, no matter how many borders you're crossing.

It'll give you hotels and restaurants on the way and even tell you how much the tolls are going to be.
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