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Booking.com – I book mostly of bookings through this site myself. I think it’s great and if you register with them you also sometimes get “genius” pricing. I highly recommend them and use them myself as well.
Agoda.com – I find them really great for bookings especially in parts of Asia and Europe. I use these for bookings I don’t normally find on Booking.com
Hotels Combined – This in itself is not a booking agent but they aggregate bookings from several of the most popular booking sites such as Booking.com and Hotels.com. Definitely worth checking to see if you have the best deal or if another site might have a better deal.
Trivago: Maybe I’m a bit crazy but I tend to check all these aggregator companies. Trivago is another good one to search hotels and then book with one of the sites it links to.
BedandBreakfast.com – Great for finding smaller B&Bs when traveling around. Much easier than the alternative ways and shows a lot of great options that are not available on traditional bookers.
Expedia: One thing I love about Expedia is their deals for things such as city breaks including the Eurostar. I’ve found deals here that were cheaper through Expedia for train/hotel than it was just for train alone through the Eurostar website. Some good cruise deals too if that is your thing.
SkyScanner – I love this search engine, particularly for the ability to search for tickets to “everywhere”. I’ve found myself on business travel many a time and just let it show me where the best options were and then just go.
STA Travel – Great for Student Travel and also my go-to place for buying Japan Rail Passes
Rail Europe – A great website for booking all sorts of rail passes in Europe, including Eurostar.
Now I don’t always take tour groups as I tend to find myself doing a lot of solo travel (much of my travel happens around other travel needs such as business trips). But when I do I tend to be very selective in terms of what operators I will use. If you are going to go with a group, don’t just pick the cheapest option, as often they will cut corners or take you way too often to places to sell you things which tend to cut a lot into your actual time visiting places.
G-Adventures: One of the best and also with a lot of great options in terms of cost and comfort. I like that they often have options where you can take local travel and get closer to the action. You can even save up to 25% using the link for some of their last minute options.
Intrepid: Another wonderful travel operator with years of experience and amazing trip options. A bit pricier but as with many things you get what you pay for.
Bluehost: A great hosting service for whatever your site needs. I use Bluehost for this site and several of my other sites. I have had good experiences with it. They also allow advanced stuff such as SSH which is important for my work.
DreamHost: If Bluehost is not your cup of tea, I would also recommend DreamHost. I haven’t used it but I’ve worked on sites hosted there for friends and it is a good option as well.
WPEngine. If you are going to go with WordPress and if you have huge demands they have some great options for hosting your site. The price is definitely higher too so make sure you are at least making money from your blog, website.
Rackspace: For those with high demanding sites. A huge cloud type hosting services you will easily be able to host the largest of sites, some of the world’s largest websites run with them. However be prepared to pay higher costs. You do in the end get what you pay for however.
Hover.com: A great place for registering domain names. Reasonably priced and includes free domain privacy!