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Booking Resources

Accommodations

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I have relied on Booking.com for over 70 hotel accommodations in the past ten years of travel.  Like most sites, it posts user reviews on the facilities, cleanliness, wifi score and more.  Booking.com also offers a terrific cancellation policy that usually means accommodations can be cancelled up to a day before arrival without charge to a credit card.    

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Air BnB is an online booking site that allows travellers to book either a room, an apartment or an entire house from a host.  The website includes photos of the accommodation, amenities at the property, reviews from previous guests, and the house rules and policies.  All payments are made online and will be charged 24 hours after arrival to ensure that all expectations of the property are met.  

Transportation

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Skyscanner is a great site for booking the cheapest flights online.  I  appreciate the search options of best, most affordable and fastest flights, along with its suggestion of the cheapest month to fly.  I also appreciate their straightforward information on the best times to book.  You can find that article here.

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Flighthub is my go-to site when I want the shortest flight possible at the best price.  While sites like Skyscanner offer the cheapest flights, it often comes with extended travel time, and I find that I can find a quicker route that is only slightly higher in price on Flighthub.  I always check both sites and determine which is the best for that particular trip.

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I have booked many car rentals during my past travels and realize that the company I book with most often is Budget.  I always seem to find the best price, best locations for pick up and drop off, along with the best customer service.  I also appreciate that I do not get too hassled when I show up with pre-purchased insurance from rentalcover.com.

Travel  Research 

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My go-to travel planning books are those from DK Travel.  From the information available, the detailed photographs, maps and walking routes, I opt for these over any other book.  The selection is not as large as Lonely Planet so I always check this publisher first then opt for Lonely Planet if my destination is unavailable.  

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When considering a new destination to travel to, two of the most important questions are whether it is safe and what the entry requirements are for that country.  I find all the information that I need regarding these details on the travel.gc.ca website.  

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Being an avid traveller and an eternal planner, I rely on a variety of sources to get all the information I need for upcoming trips.  I rely on Lonely Planet books and online articles to help me iron out the details of my ventures.  

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Tripadvisor is an excellent resource for reviews of destinations, sites and attractions.  The forum is especially helpful when you have a specific question that someone in the community can help answer.  Also, Trip Advisor can be used for booking transportation, travel experiences, accommodations, and restaurants.

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Viator offers sightseeing experiences in a wide range of activities, from day tours and walking tours to helicopter rides, show tickets, and sightseeing packages.  I have booked numerous tours through Viator and have never been disappointed.

Important Documents

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Car Insurance

If you are renting a car in a foreign country, make sure to read the fine print to determine what is covered with their policy. I use Rentalcover.com since it is an all-inclusive policy for a reasonable price and I won’t feel pressured into buying additional insurance on the spot at the rental office. As with any policy you purchase, make sure that it is appropriate for your needs.

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CAA - International Driver's Permit

New travellers might not realize that you most often will be required to have an International Driver’s licence when you rent a car in another country. Without this document, they may not let you take the rental you have already paid for or reserved. The process of obtaining an International Driver’s Licence is relatively easy, and in Canada, it can be done in about a half-hour if you go into a CAA office.

Photo Books

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No one wants a vacation to end, but when it does, it's always nice to have mementos of the great experiences you had.  Mixbook is the ultimate way to share those memories with friends and loved ones as well as look back and reminisce years down the road.