Indagare: Started by former Town & Country travel editor, Melissa Biggs Bradley, it's my current favorite for booking luxe bucket list trips. You can browse their reviews for free or purchase a membership to get access to loads more information including itineraries, insider access to places like Coco Chanel's apartment in Paris and much more. Love, love, love them. Annual memberships start at $395. Jacada Travel: I've booked several trips with George and his team at Jacada including the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica. This is a great site to peruse for inspiration and when you're ready to book they pair with you with a specialist in your area. Our experience has always been first class.
Roar Africa: We used Deb and her team for our trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe and they did not disappoint. Fabulous recommendations, thorough planning and great support during our trip. I got too sick to travel and they arranged a private charter and hotel for an unexpected night in Johhannesberg. Use them!
LivItaly: I used them to book private tours and transfers throughout Italy and they are the best. Kristen, who helped me plan, was attentive and even met us at our first stop. The guides in each City were clearly experts and locals. We took Livitaly tours in Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Sienna and Venice. I can't say enough about them.
Artisans of Leisure: I have not booked a tour through AOL, but I love exploring their website as I create and validate my itineraries. Lodgings and suggestions are on par with other luxury travel recommendations.
Ciao Bambino: I loved this site when my son was younger. It's s till a go-to resource for me as I plan trips for ideas and validation, but it's a MUST-VIEW if you're traveling with little ones.
Five Star Alliance: This is a great place to find luxury hotels all over the world. Their directory includes many of the large luxury chains, but also includes smaller boutique accommodations and villas that are every bit as luxurious.
Fly: This is a great place to check out flights and fares. Searches will show multiple airlines and prices from multiple search engines including Expedia and Orbitz. Note that some airlines (like Southwest) only sell tickets through their own website and won't show up in searches, so you'll need to check those sites separately, but if you want to see a lot of options in one place, go to Fly.
Costco Travel: If you're a member, this is a great place to book travel. I booked a 7-day trip to Maui at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua in my jammies. I love that they will show you room upgrade options and price before you complete your purchase. Also known to have good deals on popular trips like Disney Cruises.
Expedia: My go-to online site for booking basic travel. We once had an Aspen ski trip interrupted due to weather and the Expedia staff were very helpful and helped us get a full refund. To make booking easier register your travel preferences once and they'll be there when you return.