Self Booking Tools

Explore More offers full service travel planning services to elevate your travel experience.  If DIY is more your travel style and price point, we have put together this list of vetted travel partners that you can use to plan your own vacation.  Or perhaps you have a simple hotel-only booking and want to peruse our list of luxury hotels where you can secure the client perks we typically can offer our clients such as complimentary breakfast, $100 hotel credit, and upgrade on arrival (subject to availability).  Just keep scrolling for the Virtuoso properties booking tool.

One important disclaimer: Self-service bookings do not come with any support from Explore More.  You will be dealing directly with the supplier you used to book your trip.  You will not receive Explore More’s customization, Explore More Before extras, itinerary delivery, or support during travel.  We do offer a 30 minute consultation for $50 if you want to chat through your selections.  If you’re looking for a travel experience where everything is taken care of for you, then full-service planning is best for you!

DIY Booking Tools

Virtuoso Direct Booking Tool

Virtuoso has given me access to a easy to use, online booking tool for the ‘best of the best’ hotels and resorts around the world.  Click HERE (You’ll see my logo). You search for what you want, you book it, and then I’ll get you all the applicable VIP perks – complimentary breakfast, upgraded room category, spa credits, etc! It is win-win.  You’re happy; I’m happy.

Recommended Travel Insurance

While we can not give advice on travel insurance policies, we can advise you that you should purchase it.  Here is a blog post I wrote outlining several real life examples of why purchasing travel insurance is so important.  I have researched many travel insurance policies and feel that Travel Insured’s Worldwide Trip Protector offers the most bang for your buck, so that is what I use to protect myself and my family during travel.  You can buy your own policy at the below link.

Vacation Packages

Are you skeptical of the massive online travel agencies but still like the idea of having everything packaged together for you?  Classic Vacations provides this service directly to the public, and you can be confident in the fact that their team of luxury travel experts has curated a list of hotels where you will want to stay!  For those who get overwhelmed by all of the choices on the big websites, you’ll appreciate Classic’s curated list of properties and how easy it is to add transportation to your vacation package.

Tour Companies

I know a lot of people use Viator to book individual tours, but I have found it to be problematic because the tour companies are not properly vetted (which includes making sure the companies are properly insured – something you probably don’t think about when booking a tour).  

We like Project Expedition for their wide variety of tours and Context Tours for their focus on travelers who love to learn.