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flights & lodging
I used to use SkyScanner as my go-to cheap flight search engine. However, after two years of consistently finding the cheapest flights with Momondo, this is my first choice for booking flights.
Things to Do
Viator is a great option for finding cheap and unique tours and experiences in almost any city or country. Shop around for the cheapest option and you can really get a steal of a deal.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know about Ebates until recently. All those booking.com reservations and Viator tours and I could’ve gotten cash back this entire time!
Booking.com offers discounts the more you book through them. Plus, many hotels don’t require credit cards, prepayment to book, or have cancellation fees, which makes things much less stressful!
If you’ve ever Googled a travel question, more than likely you’ve gotten a response from a TripAdvisor forum. It’s a great resource filled with real humans for local tips and city travel hacks.
travel credit card: sapphire Preferred
The gold (sapphire?) standard of travel cards, the Chase Sapphire Reserve card is great because you get yearly $300 travel rebate, free airport lounge access, travel insurance, and more!
vacation rentals: airbnb
Who hasn’t heard of Airbnb? I tend to go with Booking now because a lot of hosts now are putting subpar places for rent. But you can still find some real gems and meet great people here.
While living in Japan, the TimeOut Tokyo newsletter updated me on the coolest festivals and events, and the newest restaurant openings every week. I’ll be forever grateful.