time-saving resources

Trip-Planning Resources

This page is here to help you simplify trip planning. Save money. Save time. Create the best travel memories possible, without the stress.

We’ll never promote a platform that we don’t believe in. If you see it here, then it’s something we use or have used in the past.

OTA's (Online Travel Agents)

These platforms are extremely useful for comparing flight, hotel & rental car options across a range of brands. Of course, price is a big factor. But there are other things to consider before booking a flight or hotel for your next vacation.

Skyscanner gathers info from nearly all search engines and airlines, helping you find the best itinerary at the right price point.

Then, it connects you directly with the airline to make the booking. If you don’t like booking through a 3rd party, this is the tool for you.

Expedia gathers and delivers options similar to Skyscanner. It also gives you the option to bundle flights and hotels.

When you’re ready to book, you make the booking through Expedia. This enables you to earn points through their rewards program, which you can redeem on future travel.

Vacation Rentals

Whether you’re planning an extended holiday with a large group of family & friends, or just a weekend getaway with a loved one, vacation rentals are an awesome alternative to traditional hotels. If you value privacy, personal space, room to relax or access to a full kitchen, consider a vacation rental for your next trip. Many of them are pet-friendly!

HomeAway is the world’s leading vacation rental marketplace, with more than 1 million listings in 190 countries. VRBO is part of the HomeAway family. We have used both platforms.

Spanish Airlines

Yes, this is a category. Why? Because Spain is near and dear to our hearts. D lived in Seville for 5 months. Adam lived in Madrid for 2 years. But this was pre-DnA. 

Is it possible that we sat next to each other on an Iberia or Vueling flight on our way to some European getaway? It’s possible. But D would have flashed a smile and asked sweetly “are you gonna eat your pretzels/cookie?” And Adam would remember that.

So where were we. Oh yes: Spanish airlines. We’ve flown each of these airlines dozens of times, and we can strongly endorse both of them.

  • Spain’s national airline
  • Great for long hauls
  • 115 destinations across 42 countries
  • Member of Oneworld Alliance, which includes American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific and others
  • Spain’s budget airline
  • Great for short trips
  • 100 destinations across Spain, Europe, North Africa & Middle East
  • Owned by Iberia & British Airways–which are Oneworld members–yet for some reason, Vueling is NOT part of Oneworld

Ground Transportation

Ya see the thing about flying is…sooner or later, someone’s gonna have to land the plane. 

That’s where these guys come in.

  • World’s biggest car rental booking platform
  • Work with all major car suppliers
  • Range from luxury to budget
  • 53,000 locations worldwide
  • Free cancellation on most bookings
  • Owned by Booking.com
  • Airport transfer service 
  • Available in Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe
  • Platform based on flexibility & peace of mind
  • If you miss your bus, they ensure you still get a safe ride home.

Disclosure

Many (but not all) of these brands are affiliate partners of ours. This means that if you choose to click through the links or banners and make a purchase, we’ll receive credit for the sale. In some cases, we’ll be paid a commission. In other cases, we’ll receive credit toward that platform the next time we need to use it.

There’s never any added cost to you for booking through these links. We simply receive a piece of the fees that are already being charged. Sometimes, you’ll even save a few bucks searching for deals here as opposed to an independent search.

These commissions are a small part of the fuel that keeps the travelhelix fire burning, and we want you to know that we appreciate any business you give to these companies, via our platform. Thank you for your support!