• Which – Good good search engine for great prices
  • BravoFly is good search engine for great prices; mostly on inter-European travel
  • Easy Jet is a low cost airline in Europe; comfortable and very inexpensive if you buy in advance
  • Cheapo Air offers the same flight on the major carriers but for less money
  • Star Alliance offers a really good and relatively inexpensive around the world fare. It’s a secret they don’ like to advertise.
  • AVOID RYAN AIR – The price seems low at first but after you pay all the additional costs (including costs to check in) the price is more expensive than other airlines. Bad service, bad customer support. The worst airline we have ever experienced.
  • Cathay Pacific Airlines is a Oneworld Alliance partner
  • JetStar – low cost flights from Honolulu Hawaii to many places in Asia. If you are traveling from Australia to from Asian Countries use the Jetstar Australia Site
  • Fly China – Find the best price from multiple airlines to China and many other Asian destinations
  • – Flights from the US to many places in Asia on major airlines. Good prices but you’ll have to call the airlines for upgrades
  • Air Asia – low cost flights throughout Asian Countries and Australia
  • Spring Airlines – Flights within China
  • Seat Guru – type in your airline and flight number and they will tell you the flight configuration. Great site for choosing your seats

Car Rental

  • Tiger Car Rental offers very good car rental rates in Europe using major carriers like get a new car Budget and Avis. Pay in advance.
  • Argus Car hire – auto rentals will give ou good prices on car rental in most places around the world.


  • China Rail Service
  • The Rail Dude – This is a small German company that does a great job in train travel throughout Europe
  • The Man in seat 61 – Mark Smith has traveled around the world by train and boat and keeps a really good and informative blog. If you’re into train travel, you’ve got to look at this site.

Apartment Rentals

  • VRBO is the motherlode of apartment rentals all over the world
  • Home Away is another good site (the parent company to VRBO)
  • Discover Holiday Homes – Italian Lakes, France, Greece, Cyprus, UK, USA and a few others
  • AirBnb – rooms and apartments worldwide


  • HRS – Hotel Reservation Service is a great site for discounts on all classes of hotels and resorts
  • I Need Hotel – OK, the name of the site is pretty funny, but they offer a good aggregate of hotels all over China.
  • Four Seasons Hotel -$$$-$$$$. This is the standard of a fine Hotel chain
  • Tablet Hotels – $$$ A very good collection of interesting hotels in many destinations
  • – $$-$$$$ has a good selection of small beautiful hotels all over the world
  • Chic Retreats – really great selection of small upscale boutique hotels
  • Relais & Chateaux – $$-$$$$ Usually good for hotels and restaurants but they occasionally miss the mark
  • Design Hotels – $$$-$$$$ Progressive and state of the art design hotels throughout the world
  • Great Small Hotels – $$-$$$ Boutique hotels around the world
  • Eurobookings – $-$$$ This Dutch run hotel booking agency offers very good prices at good hotels
  • Small Luxury Hotels – $$-$$$ Usually they have good choices but we’ve had some clunkers here as well
  • – $-$$$ Mostly European hotels in Italy, France, England, Ireland, Spain, Amsterdam and more
  • Epoque Hotels – $$-$$$ Good small luxury hotel group
  • JDB – $$$ Fine hotels and resorts
  • JP Moser – $$$ Deluxe hotel group

Trip Insurance

Touring Information

Restaurants and Food

Mobile Hot Spot Internet Rentals

  • Cellhire International – phones, phone cards, sim rentals and mobile hotspot rentals
  • TEP Wireless rental – rates for one country or multiple countries for very good rates
  • Cellular Abroad – good rates for MiFi rentals for good rates per country. It’s been a bit difficult to have them configure the mobile hotspot for multiple countries
  • XCOM Global – mobile hotspots for around $15/day

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