Here are some travel resources to travel far and wide, for cheap! These resources help get me on the road, and keep me traveling on a budget.
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Booking Cheap Flights
Booking Cheap Accommodation
Booking is the site I use most often to find cheap accommodation, because it has the largest database of hotels and hostels. I use their “sort by lowest price” and “sort by review score and price” options to find the perfect accommodation.
Hostelworld where I search for hostels and compare price deals and ratings with Booking.com. Sometimes, hostels will be listed on Hostelworld, but not on Booking. For backpackers, the ratings on Hostelworld are probably more accurate because of a more similar reviewer demographic.
Buying Travel Insurance
Prevent unnecessary and unexpected travel expenses by purchasing travel insurance for your trips. World Nomads has a great basic travel insurance offering for all types of travelers. If you’re heading to high-altitude locations like Nepal, or doing more extreme sports and activities during your travels, they also have an Explorer Plan to keep you covered.
Checking Visa Requirements
iVisa is an online visa service that lets you search visa requirements based on the passport you carry, and the country you’re visiting. If you need a visa, they’ll direct you to the correct forms to fill out through their website. Every step of the way, iVisa will help you apply, and receive, your visa.
12GoAsia is the most comprehensive tool for booking transportation across Asia. Especially if you’re traveling around Southeast Asia, 12GoAsia lets you book busses, minivan transfers, ferries, trains, and more through their website. Even the locals use this!
Omio is a massive database for booking transportation in Europe. Their search tool allows you to find the cheapest or fastest options to get from Point A to Point B, and it filters through all busses, trains, and even flights to get you there.
Rome2Rio has an incredibly robust database of local busses, trains, car shares, ferries, and more. I use this to search my different options, than use their links to local transportation sites to book my transport.
Booking Travel Experiences
Planning Your Travelventures
Pinterest is a whole gallery of travel ideas just waiting to be explored. Be inspired to travel to a new country, or even search through pins for tips and itineraries for your next destination.
Volunteering While Traveling
Workaway’s concept is a simple one: free accommodation and meals in exchange for working a pre-determined number of hours per week. Finding a great Workaway is the perfect way to extend your time traveling abroad, and hosts are all around the world. Some even pay their workers!
Buying Travel Gear
My Favorite Travel Gear
The Perfect Travel Backpack - Gregory Jade 63L Backpack
My Gregory Jade 63L has been my travel companion for 2+ years. It literally holds my life together. I love Gregory brand bags because of a few unique qualities:
- It comes with a rain cover and day-bag included in the bag price.
- There are several compartments, including two side water bottle holders, pockets in the front hip strap, two top pockets, and a front pocket.
- The main interior can be accessed from the top, from the bottom, and also from the side like a duffel bag.
Most Beloved Electronic Device - Amazon Kindle
My favorite feature is a built-in backlight, so I can read even when the lights are off in the hostel dorm room.
Adaptable Footwear - Chacos
Whether you’re hiking in the jungle, over rocks in the mountains, walking through rivers, or just strolling around town, Chacos will be there for you. With their hiking boot-soles and their adjustable straps, Chacos are adaptable to any walking surface and situation.
Comfy Travel Sandals - Sanuk
Stay Connected - Portable Battery Pack
As travelers in the 21st century, we increasingly rely on our phones for airline bookings, hotel searches, maps and translation. Make sure your phone stays charged by having a portable battery charger on you. imuto’s charger holds more storage capacity than most, but is still compact.
Travel Adaptors - All-In-One vs Swapable
Collapsible Water Bottle
Decrease plastic consumption abroad by bringing a refillable water bottle with you. These bottles by HydroZone fold up so small that you’ll hardly notice them in your bag!