Your Travel Resources
Products and services that we use when traveling.
This page displays many of the products and services that we use when planning a trip or purchasing products for our travel needs. There is a wealth of information available on the internet, but having a consolidated list will make your planning easier. Check these offerings and shop around to get the best fit for you and your budget. Happy hunting!
Please note: The links to various products and services below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase from their website, 10 Minute Travel will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. We have personally purchased goods and services from all of the recommended companies below and have satisfactorily used their products. That is why we are making these travel resources available to you. Please only purchase from these companies if you believe their services will be helpful to you. Please do not spend any money on any of the items below unless you feel that their products can help you get the most out of your travel/vacation time.
Tours & Excursions!
Tours Available The World Over
Every trip to a faraway land should include at least one guided tour. But, it’s hard to decide which one. The knowledge and experience that a good guide brings to a tour (not to mention the transportation arrangements and tickets to get into attractions) make many tours a bargain. You’ll see much more, and see it a lot quicker because the guide knows the way!! And they drive you around efficiently in many cases. Plus, if you need to cancel, they will allow you to cancel your tour as long as you have not passed the “cancel by” date. Check when the last day to cancel the tour will be and make a note of it.
10 Minute Travel highly recommends booking tours for maximum enjoyment. Hop on the bus and let your guide take you away!
TripAdvisor Provides A Wealth Of Information
When I want to know what activities people like in cities all over the world, I use TripAdvisor to view the list of top attractions. Guide books are nice and can be good at providing tips on how to spend your time. However, TripAdvisor is adding new content all the time about the places you want to visit.
We recommend TripAdvisor as a place to start your research for trips big and small. I almost always find something new and exciting when looking over their site. Plus, TripAdvisor will help you find hotels, tours, and activities anywhere in the world that you want to go.
VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner
One of the best ways to save money and get more space for your travels is to rent an apartment, studio, or some other accommodation. Most come with a full kitchen, plates, silverware and cooking pots. You can enjoy a real bedroom, living area, and maybe even get a patio to sit outside. VRBO vacation rentals provide so many options!
The apartment to the left is in Venice, Italy. We rented it for six nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. There have been so many nice apartments that we have rented over the years. We recommend VRBO (merged with HomeAway.com recently).
Travel Insurance is a Very Good Idea (VGI) !!
When you travel, you can safeguard your investment by purchasing travel insurance. Sometimes the unavoidable happens and you are forced to cancel your travel plans (think global pandemic!). I had to cancel my plans for a trip to Europe twice (COVID-19, don’t you know). Both times, I checked my insurance to be sure I would be covered.
If you have invested a great deal of money into transportation, hotels, cruises, or other non-cancelable, non-refundable travel-related items, then you stand to lose it all if you cannot go when you had planned. Travel insurance is a low-cost way to protect your trip.
Purchase travel insurance right after you book your first travel item (like a cruise, an airfare, a bus or train trip, etc.). The purchase of travel insurance to protect against loss is money well spent. We always buy insurance for the peace of mind it affords.
You can keep the cost down by only insuring the parts of your trip that are non-refundable (try not to book non-refundable things in the first place). Keep track of what you stand to lose if the trip is canceled. Then, insure for that amount. You can just cancel everything else for a refund if you’ve already paid.