I am often asked questions about travel – how I afford it, what insurance I use, what websites I use to book and so on. After years of travelling, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. I created this resource page to list the services, products, and companies that I use and recommend.
I have to be honest with you, Skyscanner is the only flight website I use. Skyscanner is extremely user-friendly and lets you search for month-long ranges so you can find the best deals.
Booking.com is my first choice when it comes to searching for hotels. When searching for accommodation you can see ratings, maps and all sorts of info about potential accommodations! Most rooms offer a free cancellation and best price guarantee!
Check out my Airbnb booking tips.
When I travel solo I always opt to stay in a hostel. Hostels are a great way to meet people and save more. Hostel World has millions of reviews on tens of thousands of hostels and it also provides a 100% booking guarantee with no booking fees.
When getting around, you can always choose between flights, public transport, tours or car hire.
Nowadays, I love hiring a car and exploring on my own time. To do so, all you need is an international drivers licence. After you have this you can hire a car anywhere, Check out RentalCars.com for rental options.
Another option for getting around is Uber – I love using the Uber app instead of taxis. It is easy to request a ride on your phone, track the car, rate the driver, and they automatically charge your credit card on file. The charge is always less than a taxi would be.
Who needs insurance? YOU DO. (This is why)
You never know what will happen abroad. A good travel insurance plan will cover lost documents, theft, illnesses before your trip, lost luggage, emergency prescriptions, shady travel agencies, and other scarier issues like natural disasters, terrorism, and civil war.
World Nomads is a trusted insurer I have used many times during my travels. They cover residents of over 150 countries and policies can be bought online 24/7, from anywhere in the world, even if you’re already travelling.
I love using social media to plan my trips.
I love using Pinterest to get inspiration for my trips! Simply search for your dream destination and your feed will be filled with photos and destination specific travel tips. You can then create a board and pin all your trip ideas to it for later. Check out my Pinterest profile to get inspired.
Another great way to get inspired is on Instagram. You can search through your explore page for general inspiration or search for a country’s hashtags to get specific ideas about where you want to travel within a country and what you want to do. See my Instagram here.
Lonely Planet Guides
Another great resource for travel planning is Lonely Planet Guides, which are great for the finer details like restaurants, accommodation and activities.
I have created the ultimate travel budgeting resource, sharing all the strategies I use to be able to afford travel. In the guide you will get:
- Proven strategies to help you save money fast
- Advice on assessing your budget and creating an action plan
- A 7-step guide to creating a travel budget
- Destination-specific budget advice
- Information on the best budgeting and travel resources
- The travel hacks I use to save thousands of dollars
I must admit, I try to avoid tours as much as I can. But in certain situations, and when travelling alone, it is simply easier and more cost efficient to arrange a tour.
Get Your Guide
Get Your Guide has tours of all kinds, all over the world. They are my go-to website when searching for tours.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to save money while travelling. Many companies allow you to volunteer your time in exchange for free accommodation and food.
Workaway is one popular volunteering program. Workaway is an online platform of over 30,000 hosts from over 170 countries that provide food & accommodation in exchange for work, usually 25 hours of work each week. Opportunities range from wineries in Italy to resorts in Greece, childcare in Bali and so much more.
WWOOF is a popular site for volunteering opportunities. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In exchange for a few hours work, you will be given free accommodation and often food.
If you work online while travelling, you’re going to want a VPN.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is basically a private connection between your computer and any website or application. By setting up a VPN, you can change your IP location, encrypt your data, and access apps that are otherwise unavailable. This essentially adds a layer of protection to you and helps prevent you from being hacked, which is at a great risk when you access wifi in public locations. See my full guide to using a VPN here.
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links on this resource -page, so I may receive commissions for purchases. In saying that, I never recommend anything that I don’t use.