6 Websites That Will Make You a Happy Traveler

Being a happy traveler is easier with the right resources. There are millions of travel websites; many are useful while many are not. While every traveler and trip can justify using different websites, the following are perhaps most likely to make you a happy traveler.

Websites That Will Make You a Happy Traveler

1. Yelp

One common theme for any trip—whether a road trip with an Airbnb stay or a flight with hotel—is eating. My favorite website for dining suggestions is Yelp, which houses reviews provided by people who have actually eaten there. Everyone wants to give their opinions. Right? It is not all about high ratings, either. I find that 3 star places are often more enjoyable than 4.5 star places.

Yelp will make you a happy traveler

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2. Secret Flying

My latest guilty pleasure is Secret Flying. They uncover and report drastically reduced and mistake airfares. It is a window shopping dream. In the past 24 hours they listed $418 roundtrip fares between Los Angeles and Australia and $434 roundtrip between Chicago to Japan. Subscribe to their daily newsletter to automatically receive a recap or follow their Twitter account for convenience.


Secret Flying will make you a happy traveler

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3. Travelzoo

I look forward to receiving my Travelzoo newsletter every Wednesday morning. Each newsletter is chock full of deals—all good and some unbelievable—on flights, lodging, activities, and tours. Travelzoo also sends out a Travelzoo Newsflash when there is an expiring deal. A current Travelzoo deal is $999 for an 8 night upscale vacation in China.

Secret Flying will make you a happy traveler

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4. Airbnb

The sharing economy has transformed the travel industry and using Airbnb should definitely make you a happy traveler. While there are many advantages of Airbnb properties, my favorite is enjoying more space and amenities at a lower price compared to hotels.

5. Skyscanner

While there are many travel websites for booking flights and hotels, the features of Skyscanner might be the most fun. Find lowest airfares on a specific date (boring) or ask Skyscanner to find the Cheapest Month. Search from your home airport to another airport (yawn) or have Skyscanner find the lowest airfare from an airport in US to Everywhere in the world in the next year. Fun stuff.

Skyscanner travel website will make you a happy traveler
be a happier traveler with Skyscanner

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6. Autoslash

For the lowest possible car rental rates, I use Autoslash. Autoslash can track existing reservations made elsewhere (like at Hertz and National) or allows you to make new reservations. Autoslash can automatically rebook when rates drop, which should make you a very happy traveler since you do not have to keep rechecking your reservation.

Autoslash will make you a happy traveler
Autoslash will make you a happier traveler

Which travel websites make you a happy traveler?

Be a happy traveler by using these websites, to help you save money, time, and stress on every trip.

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80 thoughts on “6 Websites That Will Make You a Happy Traveler”

  1. Thanks … the list of website for booking the cheap flights is great. This is useful who looking the cheap flights.

  2. I’ve not used any of these websites but Know a couple of friends who have travelled with Skyscanner. Thanks for these tips.

  3. Great travel hacks, especially the one about a special meal on a plane. I always try to book a hotel room that at least has a kettle/coffee maker as I don’t eat big breakfasts. Wish I didn’t have to enter my email address, etc for AutoSlash, but I might try it out to see if it beats AutoEurope’s prices.

  4. Great post, did not know about secrete flying, will definitely have to check this out 🙂 thank you!!

  5. I’ve gone on some good deals with TravelZoo and can’t wait to check out SecretFlying. I like the app Skiplagged. They show itineraries you won’t find on a lot of other apps or sites and present it easily so you can see time and cost at a glance.

  6. Secret Flying is new to me too, and thanks for the reminder about some of the others. Love these inspirational and useful posts 🙂

  7. Thanks, this is a really fun list. AutoSlash and Secret Flying are new to me. So now we’re following them!

  8. Wow I’ve only tried Airbnb and Yelp, use them both a lot!
    Will have to look into the rest of these websites for my future travel happiness 🙂
    Thank you for the tips!

  9. Agree wholeheartedly with your choices. Those websites are great. Secretflying and Autoslash are new ones to me. I love finding deals so these will be great to check out.

  10. I THINK I figured out how to subscribe to Secret Flying – hope so! I look at Flight Deal several times a day too, and recently grabbed a cheap flight from IAD to Victoria – have always wanted to see the Butchart Gardens and we’ll finally get to do so on a very quick summer trip!

  11. I’m so dorky–I get SO happy when I see my TravelZoo newsletter hit my inbox each week! 🙂 That’s usually followed by me trying to convince my husband that we’ve got to go off on another trip! I’m going to have to add a few of these into my regular web browsing rotation!

  12. I’m heading straight over to Secret Flying to see if there are any cheap fares from Australia to anywhere in the world! The fare from LA to Oz is super cheap! Thanks for the tips Charles.

  13. I can’t believe I’ve still never used airbnb! I’ve never heard of a couple of these so will definitely be checking them out now! 🙂

  14. What some great suggestions Charles. I’m going to add Yelp and Secret Flying to my list. I already use and love Skyscanner. Such a useful post, thank you!

  15. Thank you for this! I definitely recommend skyscanner. I use it for its emails where you search for the flight you want and then get an e-mail whenever the price of that flight goes up or down. And I’m a big fan of Airbnb too. I’ve used it when I was traveling on a very tight budget, but also when we needed a whole house for the whole family, and at both ends of the scale it’s never let me down. I never heard of Secret Flying before, but I just subscribed!

  16. Thanks for your great tips and I plan to make Sky Scanner my go-to website when I book my next trip as well as sign up for Secret Flying. And here’s my endorsement for AirBnB – We use it first when booking reservations and recently stayed in a lovely apartment in Seville and an awesome Riad in Fez. And AirBnB reimbursed plus gave us a coupon the one time a place was not as advertised. Anita

  17. What a great list! I always read yelp reviews for everything both at home and when traveling. I especially love Skyscanner’s everywhere feature and Secret Flying for finding great deals.

  18. I’ve used Yelp and just recently Airbnb and have had good experiences with both. I have also found VRBO to be useful – I’ve found a couple of great, reasonable home rentals there. I did not know about Travelzoo and am going to be adding that to my list. Thanks.

  19. Awesome. What I like most is Secret flying. I am wondering, how they get this deals. Anyways its a good option for me also now.. Thanks again for sharing it 🙂

  20. I was going to comment on my experience with Yelp but then I saw Secret Flying. Never heard of it but will be a keen observer from now on.

  21. I have regually compared skyscanner to momondo for international flights. i have always found that momondo comes out on top, not sure why. I still chech skyscanner regually in hope that they will have a cheaper price

    • Oh, yeah, Momondo is a nice one. I prefer the Skyscanner interface and fun way of looking for fares. Truth, I always, well almost always, buy from the airline’s website, anyway.

  22. I love secret flying! I check them everyday. Have you tried theflightdeal.com? Very similar to Secret Flying, but they occasionally have some different deals.

      • Its my pleasure!! You will be glad to know that we are also working to make travel more easy with our hotel booking website. Our target is to provide a better experience to traveler with a easy booking system. Looking forward to hear from you about our site.

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