Family Travel Resources
When you’re planning your holiday you want to make it as stressfree and as less time consuming as possible. The only problem is that nowdays, the internet is such a huge beast that you have too many choices – some brilliant and some downright dodgy.
So to help make it easier for you, we have put together a list of all of the websites we use and trust to research and book our travels.
Just so you know, we are affiliates for some of these websites, which means if you click on a link and buy something, then at no cost to you, we receive a small commission. Why do we do this? Because we believe these companies offer the best service and products around and they are who we use. The commissions we receive are what enables us to help you make your next holiday better than ever. Thanks for supporting us.
We love Booking.com for booking hotel accommodation as it saves time searching for a place to stay, is easy to use, has discounted room rates, offers free cancellation options for most properties, and you can search by price, star rating, map, plus more. One of the features we use the most is the reviews. When you’re visiting somewhere new, you have no idea if a hotel is in a safe neighbourhood, if it has thin walls or grumpy staff. You can narrow the search to family reviews to find out what other families say. With over1.2 million properties worldwide, there’s plenty to choose from. Check the latest accommodation prices for your next trip.
AirBnB’s are fantastic for family travel. We use AirBnB alot when we travel, as renting an entire home or apartment save us heaps of money on food from being able to prepare our own meals, plus give us more space to enjoy our holiday and not be on top of each other (or having to whisper every night because the kids are asleep in the bed next to you). Do a search for an entire house in the town you want to stay and make sure you read everything – the reviews, the amenities, cancellation policy and house rules. Look carefully at all the photos to make sure it meets your expectations. If you are yet to try out AirBnB, we’ve got a $50AUD credit for you to use on your first stay.
Have you considered staying at a hostel? If you’re on a tight budget, hostels can provide you with an affordable place to stay so you can keep travelling longer. Hostelworld makes choosing a hostel that will meet the needs of your family, so much easier. Listing 33,000 hostels in 170 countries and backed by millions of traveller reviews, Hostelworld provides a lot of great options for the budget traveller. See if there is a hostel that suits you.
Our first port of call when we’re looking to fly is Skyscanner. It’s free flight search helps provide you with a whole host of flight options from different providers. You can filter your search by airline, duration, or number of stops. If you’re not quite ready to book and looking for the cheapest price, you can set up a price alert to track prices for your route. Being able to view prices across a whole month or even a year, allows you to see when the cheapest times are to fly. Take a look at the latest prices for flights to your dream destination.
If you’re looking for the best deals on flights from Australia, take a look at I Know the Pilot. We subscribe to their Facebook page and get notifications each time there is an airfare sale and sometimes even accommodation. This site only alerts you to the best airfare sales and is not a search engine or flight booking.
If, like us, you like to compare the prices of flights from more than one source, then Momondo is another great flight comparison website. It checks for the best deals on flights for major and low-cost airlines, hopefully saving you some money and indeed time.
Renting a car when you’re travelling with kids is brilliant, as it lets you travel at your own pace plus lets you detour to those lesser known sights. Renting a car however isn’t always the easiest process. We use rentalcars.com to book our cars when we’re away from home as they make it so quick and easy to find the best deals. It’s the world’s biggest car rental service, searching over 800 companies in 163 countries to get you the best deal. Check out the latest car rental prices at your destination.
Whether you need to work out driving distances, catch a bus, train or ferry, the free Rome2Rio is the place to start. This comprehensive trip planner helps you get from A to B by giving you all the available options and costs. They even have an app that you can use for when you’re on the go. We use Rome2Rio whenever we travel overseas.
If you are travelling anywhere in the world by train, The Man in Seat 61 is for you, at the very least, need to start at. It will tell you everything from the rail networks, ticketing, times and other seriously helpful information. This site started out as a hobby for the founder Mark Smith and has grown to be probably the most comprehensive rail site out there.
There is one thing we never leave the country without and that is travel insurance. Yes it is an added cost but imagine how much it will cost you if someone in your family gets sick or has an accident, or if something goes terribly wrong at home. We use World Nomads to book our travel insurance and have found them to be the best, as does the likes of Lonely Planet and National Geographic. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries, and you can buy and claim online. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. You can also opt for it to cover your rental car excess as we do. Check out the benefits and current prices.
It’s a big world out there and who better to know what’s happening in every country than Smarttraveller. Take a look and see if there are travel advice or restictions you need to adhere to before you set off. When you’re out exploring the world, you’re often not following what’s happening in the news, so in order to find out about the threat or incident at your destination, it’s a great idea to register your travel details with Smarttraveller (Australian residents only). Other countries may provide similar services to their residents.
When you travel, it pays to be prepared and to know what health precautions you need to take. Nothing beats a trip to your local GP but it’s a great to get some general advice on what vaccinations and medications you may require, if there are any outbreaks you may need to consider, and any food and water precautions. Health Direct is a free Australian Government service.
Weather Spark is a brilliant site with lots of information on the typical weather by month in hundreds of places all over the world. It also gives you sunrise and sunset, average rain and humidity levels which is just what you need when planning a trip. It’s really simple to use which makes it even better in our eyes.
Trying to budget for your next overseas holiday is hard when you don’t know how much things are going to cost. Numbeo is an amazing free tool which will tell you how much things cost in your desired destination at restaurants, supermarkets, clothing stores, and transport.
Travel Inspiration Organisation
It’s really easy to get overwhelmed when you’re planning for a trip, especially if it’s a big one. We love to set up boards on Pinterest so we can organise all the wonderful places we want to visit as well as add tips and resources for when we’ll need it. Get started here on Pinterest.
There are so many products that make family travel easier and better, it’s just a matter of working out which ones are useful and which ones just take up extra space in your bag. These are the products we love and use ourselves.
If you have any questions about them, please contact us and we’ll tell you our thoughts and why we like them.
GoPRO HERO5 Black: Check latest price
Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi: Check latest price
BubbleBum Travel Car Booster Seat: Check latest price
UNO Splash Waterproof Card Game: Check latest price
GoPro Karma Grip (HERO5 Black) (GoPro Official Accessory): Check latest price
Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – 50 colours: Check latest price
Hedgren Fola Crossover Body Handbag: Check latest price
Monopoly Grab and Go: Check latest price
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens: Check latest price
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones: Check latest price
PRO Packing Cubes – (5 Pc MEDIUM Set) Travel Luggage Packing Organizers: Check latest price
Digital Travel Alarm Clock (for the boys): Check latest price
Travel Guides and Holiday Reading
At Travel with Boys, we read ALOT! So coming up with a list of all of our favourite travel books may take us a little while. Check back next week, but until then, here is what we are reading right now.