One of the most challenging parts of travel planning for vacation is knowing which travel booking tools, travel planners, tour operators, airlines, and essential travel resources to use. Even having the best travel gear for family travel can feel overwhelming!
To help save you time and money, I’ve put together this travel resource page with a list of companies I love and personally use for travel booking tools and family travel planning.
I’ve done the research so you don’t have to! These companies have made planning our family travel experiences a breeze, and I hope they help you too!
Disclaimer: Please note that I am recommending these companies based on my personal experiences. This page contains affiliate links which means I receive a commission if you use this link at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own. You can read my disclosures here.
Travel Resources At A Glance
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When looking for flights for your family vacation, these are my favorite flight search tools to compare prices, routes, and finding the best options for booking flights. PRO TIP: Book two to three months out or more for the best rates, especially for international travel. Search for nearby airports as well to compare prices, and if you can fly in the shoulder seasons, you have the best chance for the best prices for family travel.
Our family loves HERTZ and we have used it around the world. We are in their loyalty program, so we use them often, but they are not always the cheapest. Check out Economy Bookings to compare prices and if you will be renting a car in Europe, Europcar is a reliable company where you can find car rentals. Be sure to check out any requirements for car rentals in other countries.
If you are looking at booking a cruise, transfers, needing road trip support, planning train travel, or ferry travel, these are great resources and travel booking tools we have used when traveling in the USA and internationally.
When it comes to travel booking tools for family-friendly hotels, these are my go-to resources for booking hotels for a family vacation. The Beaches Resorts are my top pick for the best all-inclusive family resort (check out our guide to Beaches Turks and Caicos where we have been 9 times.) We also love vacation home rentals, especially for beach destinations and ski vacations.
When it comes to organized day tours, we regularly use Viator and Get Your Guide as our go to travel booking tools. In fact some of our favorite immersive family experiences in Switzerland and Italy were booked using Viator and Get Your Guide. Big Bus Tours are a great way to spend your first day in London, Paris, and other big cities. If you are looking for small family group tours, G-Adventures offers immersive family adventures in a small group tour setting. Perfect for exploring locations around the world with like-minded families!
Because things do happen when you travel, having travel insurance protects your investment, your belongings, and can help if something unexpected happens when you travel (and speaking from experience, sometimes things DO happen.) These are travel insurance companies I have used and programs to compare prices depending on the type of coverage you might need. Always do your reserach to ensure the coverage you personally need is provided and read the fine print.
Theme Park Tickets & Attraction Tickets
I am a huge fan of Disney, Universal, and other theme parks and attractions. While – generally speaking – I don’t recommend purchasing theme park tickets outside of Disney, there is one exception to this and that is Undercover Tourist. It is a reputable company, and it is the ONLY place outside of Disney or Universal I recommend, because they also have a refund policy. Tiqets is great for attraction tickets for activities around the world.
City Passes & Discounts
A great way to save money when traveling is purchasing a Go City Pass or a City Pass during your vacation for entrance to multiple attractions at a major discount. It will save you a signifcant amount of money if you plan to visit multiple attractions and museums in locations around the world. Before purchasing, be sure to check what is included in the pass so that you maximize your family travel budget for your trip.
Travel & Vacation Packages
If you are looking for some help to plan your family travel itinerary, these companies help create an itinerary and curate a vacation of your dreams for your next family trip.
Travel Rewards Programs
One of our favorite ways to make family travel on a budget work is by taking advantage of travel reward programs. This includes hotels and flights, and in fact has earned us FREE TRAVEL. You can even purchase points, gift them, transfer them, and pool them in some cases (dependent on the program) which may save you money on travel. These are some of my favorite travel rewards programs that we use.
Family Travel Gear
If you are looking for recommendations for the best family travel gear, these are my go-to brands for luggage, carry-ons, weekend bags, and more. Check out my Amazon store for more recommendations on travel gear like travel strollers, carry-on items, packing list essentials, and more!
And, when you are traveling with kids, you don’t have to bring everything with you. We regularly rented baby and toddler gear, like cribs, pack ‘n’ plays, car seats, and even toys and jumparoos from local rental services like Baby Quip. These services are available around the world! It’s one of my top tips when traveling with babies and toddlers. PRO TIP: Rent baby gear to be delivered to your hotel or vacation rental, and you can also ship or use grocery delivery for things like diapers and baby food to your destination to make traveling with kids easier!
Travel Clothing Brands
When you travel, having the right travel clothing is essential. You need travel clothes that are comfortable and stylish, but also functional. It also helps if it’s sweat wicking, doesn’t wrinkle and can maximize space in your suitcase. Here are some of my favorite travel clothing brands I keep coming back to over and over.
Travel At Home Products and Gifts
When we aren’t on the road, one of our favorite things to do is bring the world to our kids at home. Travel subscription boxes are one of the best ways to introduce kids to the world, with crafts, activities, cooking, and snacks from around the world. They also make fantastic gifts for your favorite travelers and little globe trotters, with travel boxes for all ages from toddlers to teens.