When was the last time you went to a travel agency and actually booked your flight and tours from there? Probably a long time ago, right? With the rise of online travel agencies and e-commerce platforms, travelers now have more deals to compare and choose from. The world is at your fingertips and you can plan and book a whole trip with a click of a button.
But with so many options, how do you choose which ones to use?
In September 2017, Philippine online travel agency Travelbook announced their newest feature, "Tours, Activities, and Transfer," where you can book everything you need with a few clicks and at lower prices. They offer a total of 1,300 activities in 36 Philippine destinations from suppliers that are all accredited by the Department of Tourism. You can also enjoy their pay-at-hotel policy—which lets you book hotels without a credit card.
Klook's travel database covers tour packages from across the globe. You can choose to browse using U.S. Dollar, Philippine Peso, or other currencies. All activities have ratings, reviews, and the number of times booked by fellow Klook users. Some of the recommended tours include a trip to Angkor Wat during sunrise (P665), entrance to the Louvre Museum (P1,161), and a one-way ticket for the Sagano Romantic Train (P754). Booking ahead of time lets you beat the long queues on-site.
KKday is an e-commerce platform launched in 2014 in Taiwan, and has headquarters across Asia: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and most recently, the Philippines. Users can log in through their Facebook, Google, or e-mail account to start planning their trip and select from city-tour packages, amusement-park passes, private transfers, food-buffet tickets, train tickets, SIM cards, and even WiFi sticks you can use in 53 countries and 170 cities all over the world. Don't miss their signature travel packages including the Goblin-inspired day tour (P2,078) or Game of Thrones-themed trip (P3,773).
If you're a budget traveler, then you may have tried Skyscanner to look for the best travel deals. It lets you compare ticket prices across a number of airlines, presents the cheapest date to travel through a color-coded calendar, and even lets you know if there are any price drops on the flight you've been eyeing for months.
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Tokyo-based e-commerce platform Voyagin lets travelers discover and book travel packages in Asia. This includes tickets to theme parks, passes for cycling and sailing tours, and other activities. Planning out your itinerary is also made easy through their website which lets you pick a destination, makes you choose between tours and tickets, and allows you to tick off boxes on the type of experience you want (Outdoors, Romantic, Food, Shopping, et cetera). You can also add more filters to narrow down your searchâfrom the guide's spoken language to the availability of discounts and special offers.
Most booking sites offer hotel accommodations and flight fare comparisons. Kayak has the same, but it adds another important thing to consider—land transfers. That's a huge plus if you want to experience a no-frills vacation. You can also let Kayak decide on where you can go next depending on your availability and budget through the Kayak Explore page.
This Denmark-based app lets you search across airlines and travel sites to compare and find the cheapest plane ticket for your next vacation. It also has a trip finder which allows you to put in your favorite type of destination (beach, shopping centers, bar strips), desired continent or country, and your budget, then narrows down a specific and recommended itinerary.
Unlike Asia-based booking platforms like KKDay and Klook, Viator's currency options are limited to U.S. Dollars, Euros, and a few more, but don't let that stop you from browsing through their list of must-see attractions and trending activities across the globe. They also offer discounted tours, all with user-generated reviews, ensuring that you're in for a treat if you book through Viator.
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A play on the Pinoy's flexible interpretation of the word "trip" (either trip as in "gusto" or trip as in travel), TripMoBa.com claims that it's the first Philippine-based online travel site that provides travelers with instant booking for international and domestic flights, hotels, and tours. They've partnered with AirAsia, AirSwift, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar, and Skyjet to bring Filipinos to various parts of the globe. They also offer all-in-one packages such as a Dumaguete-Siquijor trip (P15,730), which includes accommodation for four days and three nights in Dumaguete, airport and boat transfers, and a scenic tour of Siquijor Island.
Traveloka lets you find the cheapest flight tickets and value hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia through its database. Sometimes, registered app users get exclusive promos—from 50% discounts in high-end resorts to P1,000-off on airfare. You should also always be on the lookout for promo codes through their social media pages.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.