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February 12, 2013
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Travel Resources on the Web

Sometimes it’s possible to find an amazing package deal for your dream trip, but other times a small budget slows you down, or maybe you’re just a more adventurous traveler. Whatever your travel style, there are plenty of spots on the web to help you book your flights and accommodations, or… you can always couch surfQuikbook is my go-to favorite for boutique hotels in the U.S. Recent bargains in NYC included the Ace for $109 and the Standard High Line for $222. Sign up and you’ll get weekly deals like these straight to your inbox. Looking for the latest and greatest? Get the scoop on brand new hotels and openings at Hotel Chatter. I depend on Eater’s Heatmap and Essential Restaurant Lists for where to eat. Here’s my list of travel resources.

Guides

Smarter Travel
Great for travel tips, inspiration, or being in the know for which airline to avoid. Become a subscriber and get qualified for discounts too. Click here to learn more.

Spotted By Locals
Once you have figured out where you are going, check this insider’s guide for the best spots only the locals know. Spotted By Locals has insider tips from locals in 46 cities worldwide. Click here to learn more.

Frugal Traveler
Live the high life for less with tips from Seth Kugel, the Frugal Traveler. Click here to travel with him via the NY Times.

Luxury Travel Bible
If you only travel on the lux side, take a moment to get familiar with The Luxury Travel Bible for their guide to the most luxurious travel destinations. Click here to learn more.

Samkip Guides
Great hotel guides for families. Click here to learn more.

Booking

Quikbook
Find and book a stay at unique boutique hotels nationwide, and get a deal. In many cases Quikbook.com lets you book now, pay later. Learn more about them here.

Travelocity 
For me, Travelocity is always my first stop for flight searches, it’s a quick and easy to use and 9 times out of 10 they really do find me the cheapest flight. Click here to start your flight search.

Fare Compare
Make sure you are getting the best rate for your flight by using Fare CompareEven better, you can set it up to monitor that specific flight that you are after. Click here to learn more.

Air Bnb
Air Bnb just totally rocks, and if you don’t know about it yet, go check it out! Rent someone’s gorgeous flat in another city; instead of a hotel, have a home. Rent from in over 34,000 cities and 192 countries. Click here to get started.

Couchsurfing
The Couchsurfing community is a little more daring, but I have heard great tales of new friends made around the world. Become a part of the community, make new friends in places you want to travel, and maybe find yourself a couch to crash on! Get started here.

Vacation Rentals By Owner
Another great resource to rent directly from a home owner, save money, and usually end up in a swanky home on the other side of the world. Click here to start your search.

Chezvous.com: We rented an adorable and tres chic apartment in the 6th arrondisement from Chez Vous. Great for families who need a bit more room than typical Parisian hotels.

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