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I'm a keen traveller and I believe travel opens your eyes to the best and also the worst the world has to offer. To be on this page I would hope you are familiar with the way I like to travel. I avoid package holidays at all costs and I try to really understand what makes a country, city, town, village or even the local nature function from the ground up. If you want you to want to sun yourself on a deck chair on a beach for 2 weeks then you best just go to the website "On The Beach". However, if you would like a more inspiring trip where you get to see the best and sadly sometimes the worst of a destination then you have come to the right place.
The key to getting anywhere in the 2020s is finding the right flights. Personally I think the time for loyalty to an airline left us behind when Frank Abagnale Jr. was captured by the FBI. If you earn miles and rewards along the way - great - but don't let them distract you from the amazing offers other airlines are trying to lure you in with. If you can get to a destination for £20 return and you have no baggage so be it - you don't need to hand over excessive money to an airline for a few hours in a more comfortable seat.
Personally I prefer Skyscanner to Kayak or Google Flights. The interface is incredibly easy to use. And offers you the functionality of setting up alerts that get sent to your email. Crucial when you have a date in mind for the future but you know the price today is simply a little too much. I've saved thousands over the years by simply setting up flight alerts on Skyscanner. What this means is I know I want to go to Bangkok in October but today the flights maybe 50% over the usual price. I set up an alert and wait for the price to suddenly drop. Without fail as long as you understand what the right price is you will always save money if you are willing to wait.
Once you have booked your flight the next thing you want to arrange is your accommodation. Will you be travelling around from place to place or staying in one place and using that as a base?
Personally to discover a destination fully I prefer to stay in a mix of accommodations. This can be done via Apartments, Hotels, Hostels and a new friend you met on your last adventure inviting you to stay.
Over the years, I've had the fortune to stay in an array of hotels, apartments and various forms of accommodation while travelling. For the majority of travellers, I recommend Booking.com - yes there are hotel comparison websites such as Trivago and Kayak. However, from my years of travel experience, I've discovered both of these comparison websites do not have all the hotels, hostels and apartments listed. The reasons behind this could be some premises simply do not pay the comparison sights a fee or the reason could be something else. If you know of the reason do leave a comment below.
However, I have discovered no matter what the location Booking.com will 9/10ths of the time have the most competitive deal and generally more choice. However, if you are super keen to get the best deal- use Booking.com, Kayak, Trivago, Lastminute.com and Hotels.com in separate browser windows.
For Hotels & Hostels, I recommend Booking.com and Hotels.com - both these links are affiliate links and help me (The Wondering Englishman) earn a small commission and don't increase the price for you.
An alternative which I do recommend for your accommodation is Airbnb. City authorities still allow Airbnb in most cities around the world. I've booked a number of apartments via Airbnb. If you have not used them before (you have probably been living under a rock). But if you use this referral link you will get many Dollars or Euros off your first booking and I'll get a very small referral kickback.
Every corner of the planet is worthy of your time. However, some countries are of course safer than others. However, I've always found if you go with a positive attitude and approach every new place with caution understanding your surroundings and calculating risk you are going to have a good time. My hope is many of my travel videos on my YouTube Channel will inspire you to visit the same of similar destinations. Please explore this website and my channel for ideas ar your leisure.
Happy Travelling and never stop Progressing!