Flights & Accommodation
Google Flights allow searching flights to and from multiple airports at a time, but it also shows how the prices for a specific flight vary between different sales channels.
Expedia is my preferred agency in those situations, even when other OTAs offer lower fares.
SeatGuru is the most helpful resource out there for choosing the best seat on a plane. Not only does it show the actual seat map, but it also points out which seats are the best, which window seats actually lack a window, and so on.
AwardWallet which let’s you check the balances of (almost) all your accounts with a single click.
My Flight Log, a ready-made log book for airline passengers.
Hotels.com is my favorite. Being able to find same or better rates than elsewhere in most cases is a must. What sets it apart for me as someone without a preferred hotel chain is its very simple “stay 10 nights get 1 night free” loyalty program.
Priority Pass. The membership gives me access to over 1,000 lounges all over the world no matter what airline or class of service I’m flying. Before buying access directly, check for credit cards in your country that might offer it as a free perk.
LoungeBuddy is a good alternative to Priority Pass. Rather than being membership-based, it allows you to purchase one-time access to hundreds of lounges at dozens of airports all over the world.
Delta Skymiles American Express Gold – comes with a complimentary Gold Medallion (SkyTeam Elite Plus) status. With the status, I can visit SkyTeam lounges whenever flying with the alliance. Alas, only the Japanese card offers the status directly.
SunCalc is one of the first tools I fire up. It allows me to pick a location on a map, as well as the day I will be going there and see how exactly the sun will move during the day so that I can figure out what the best photo points will be.
Canon G7X is my go-to camera. It fits in my pocket and offers image quality that is more than sufficient for most of the purposes I use my photos for including this blog and publishing in magazines.
AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack. As the name suggests, it can fit both my camera equipment and laptop, and it’s hard to find a better product at the same price.
Plane Spotting & Travel
FlightRadar24 app running on my phone. Similarly, even when not at an airport, I have several alerts set up that alert me whenever a special livery aircraft is heading to my airport. Without a doubt, the app is one of spotters’ best friends.
AeroWeather gives you access to METAR weather information for airports around the world. And, if you cannot read the METARs, it even “translates” them for you into an easy to understand form.
WikiTravel first. Even though it does not offer the most comprehensive guide to each destination, its consistent guide structure makes it easy to get a good idea about what the destination is like quickly. Having that rough idea makes it easier to do further research.