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by John Garvin

After more than 20 years of travel, I have learned the best places to go for travel planning and booking.
Here are my favorite travel resources that I use regularly.

If you think something’s missing, please email me and I’d be glad to look into it! I always love finding great new travel resources and want to share out the best ones.

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Travel Planning


TripAdvisor is my first stop when planning any trip to get the highlights of where to go and what to do.

Lonely Planet

I often go to Lonely Planet for travel tips and inspiration. And when I want to bring a guide book or phrasebook with me, I turn to them.


Keep all of your travel reservations in one convenient place. This app has an easy-to-use interface that synchs across all of your devices.



Tripadvisor is my go-to site to find the best accommodation based on traveler reviews. I always start here when planning a trip if I want to stay at a hotel.


Booking is great for finding accommodation in developing countries and has some fantastic rates around the world. It’s easy to book and no money is required up-front.


Agoda is a great site for booking hotels and guest houses in Asia and has a robust inventory to choose from. 


If you’re looking to rent a room or an apartment directly from homeowners to get a great local feel during your travels, this is the site for you. Get up to $65 off your first booking!



Kayak is my go-to for booking airfare. It has flexible search parameters that let you specify what you are looking for and lets you set price alerts.


This flight aggregator site shows all flights in and out of airports, so it has the most comprehensive list of carriers. I often start with Skyscanner to see what airlines are options.


This is a great flight search engine that finds some really good deals on airfare. I don’t always start with this site, but I do check it to make sure I’m not missing a deal.

Google Flights

Enter your departure airport and see flights going anywhere to find the most affordable destinations. Use it to get a feel for fares, routes, and connections.



I love Uber and generally use it over taxis. Book through your phone and get the fare up-front with no fumbling for cash as the charge goes directly to your credit card.


This site is amazing for finding transportation options including by plane, train, bus, car, or ferry. It includes costs and a Google map.


This site makes renting a car a snap! Find a great rate for your road trip from over 60,000 rental locations.


Get Your Guide

Book your tours, excursions, and attractions with a great price guarantee. And, they offer more than 30,000 activities in 7,500 destinations.


Viator offers more than 345,000 things to do! So if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Get Your Guide, check out Viator. You won’t be disappointed.

G Adventures

If you’re going to take a small-group tour, this is the company to do it with! I loved my trip to Morocco and can’t wait to go on another adventure with them.

Travel Needs


REI is a great store for your travel needs. You can get your clothing, backpacks, footwear, and travel accessories all in one place.


Who doesn’t know Amazon? If it’s not at REI, it’s available on Amazon. Get your travel needs and even those last-minute items here.

Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek offers a range of innovative and lightweight travel gear. From suitcases to duffels, backpacks to organizers, they have it all.


World Nomads

I have gotten all of my international travel insurance through World Nomads. Their policies are easy to understand and comprehensive.


Allianz is the carrier I have used to cover some domestic U.S. trips. They offer some great coverage options.


NordVPN is the service I use for safe internet browsing to ensure my privacy. It’s a great way to stay connected safely.



Not all photos come out as perfectly as you remember. I use Lightroom to touch up my pictures so the location really shines through.


SmugMug is what I use to organize my trip pictures. It’s easy to use and has a lot of flexible options for organization.

iPhone Photography School

Learn how to use your iPhone to take better pictures with this in-depth class! I have been using my iPhone for years, and now I know what I’m doing!

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