There’s an array of travel sites even your average once-a-year vacationer knows well—Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Kayak, etc.—plus, of course, your best friend’s travel blog. While these are indubitably resourceful, there are some less-utilized travel sites that, once discovered, prove invaluable. And because world travel is a rite of passage for all passport holders, it’s only right that I share my thus far undisclosed preferences. To follow are arguably the best travel sites you should consider in lieu of the mainstream.
Pro Tip: Regardless of what travel website you opt to use, always search these websites in a private or incognito browsing mode; companies often track your visits and boost prices the more you return. Likewise, online retailers will often charge differently according to your geographic location, so connecting to a remote network and changing your IP address will facilitate your hunt.
There’s no better flight aggregator to search for multicity travel than Momondo—the third party platform that compares airfare, hotel bookings and car rentals. A lesser-known alternative to Kayak, Momondo offers the option to search one-way, round-trip and multicity flights using the destination “take me anywhere,” which allows you to check out airfare in the cheapest cities given your specified dates. Then, the multicity option allows you to swap cities in and and out to determine the cheapest routes, as well.
If you aren’t sure where to start, you can scroll over to the Trip Finder tab, under which you can narrow down your search. You can select the type of experience you’re seeking, the continent to which you’d like to visit (or anywhere), the month in which you’d like to travel (or anytime) and your budget. Momondo will curate a list of destinations and deals that can be sorted by popularity, cost or weather, or the most social, fancy, cultural, family-oriented, local or romantic places.