After many years of travel all around the world, we’ve tried dozens of websites, apps, and services to help us navigate our way around the world. This page is a collection of the best travel resources and travel gear that we’ve found over the years.
So whether you are looking for advice on where to find affordable flights or great deals on hotels, or you want to know what tour companies we recommend, what insurance we use, and what we keep in our bags when we travel the world, this page has it all!
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Travel Planning Resources
Essential Travel Apps
Electronics & Accessories
Our Recommended Travel Resources
Google Flights is our go-to tool for finding best flight deals online. Google offers a brilliant flight search engine that aggregates best prices on flights from all over the web. It automatically does a +/-3 days check and notifies you if flexible dates can help you save on your flight. Plus its handy calendar and price graph functions allows you to see prices for months out.
Google Flight’s only downside is that it doesn’t do a great job at indexing prices from low-cost airlines or small regional airlines. It’ll always show you what airlines fly the route, but sometimes force you to go to the airline’s website to check the price for your particular dates.
Before Google Flights, we used to use Skyscanner religiously, and even these days we find it still has its purpose. Skyscanner does a good job at indexing regional airlines (although, unfortunately, not an excellent one), and it has a really handy Price Alert function that we often use to monitor prices on flights on a daily basis.
Hopper is a nifty little app that allows you to get the scoop on the cheapest times to fly to any destination and best times to buy each flight. We don’t use Hopper every time we book a flight, but it’s a useful tool for when we are flexible with our plans.
Read More: 11 Tips on How to Find Cheap Flights
Booking.com has the best selection of hotels and hostels online at the most competitive prices. We trust their service and their customer’s reviews. We also love their “no credit card” required booking option and very flexible cancellation policy that allows us to reserve hotels far in advance without ever worrying about limiting our flexibility.
These days we choose Airbnb more often than we choose hotels. More often than not our accommodation ends up being cheaper and feels much more local than a sterile hotel room. The only downside with Airbnb is that the rooms sometimes don’t provide wifi. Read our Tips for a Great Airbnb Experience!
* If you don’t have an Airbnb account yet, you can sign up today using this link and get a discount on off your first stay!
If you have ever asked yourself, what’s the best way to get from city A to city B or Country A to Country B? Rome 2 Rio probably has the answer. It is a search engine that allows you to find itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. It shows you how long each option takes and how much each itinerary will cost.
The Man in Seat 61 is probably the best website for information on train travel around the world. We’ve referred to Seat 61 on many occasions when traveling through Asia, Morocco, Europe and beyond.
If we need to book a car, we always do it through Orbitz. Partially, because we always find great car rental deals on Orbitz, but mostly because Orbitz allows you to make a reservation without paying a dime. And we love that flexibility! We’ll often book a car well in advance of a trip and if we find a better deal elsewhere or change our minds about renting a car altogether it’s easy to cancel and there are no cancellation fees or charges to worry about.
We rely on Uber to get us all major cities all around the world. We always opt to use Uber instead of a regular taxi. No matter what part of the world we are in, Uber is always a cheaper and much more enjoyable option (at least in our experience).
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We are not going to surprise anyone by saying that we use Google Maps to navigate around the world whenever we are behind the wheel or on foot. But the use of Google Maps doesn’t end there. A lot of cities around the world have now integrated their public transport schedules into Google Maps, so getting around on public transport becomes easier than ever.
After Oksana’s surfing accident earlier this year, travel insurance is now non-negotiable for us. And it should be for you. There are 3 insurance providers that we recommend.
Great comprehensive insurance, but unfortunately available only to US citizens. Allianz offers a variety of plans ranging from OneTrip coverage to Multi Trip coverage that is ideal for frequent travelers. Some of their plans include trip cancellation/interruption and lost/stolen or delayed baggage, while others only cover medical emergencies. Find out more: The Best Travel Insurance for US Citizens
World Nomads is a great option for anyone whose travel plans don’t fit into the regular box of traveling 1-2 times a year for less than 30 days at a time. World Nomads allows you to buy insurance while on the road, extend it as many times as you like, resume your trip when it’s interrupted, and it covers you for all sorts of cool and adventurous activities and protects all your stuff too! We trust World Nomads to keep us insured on the road!
A low-cost insurance alternative, suitable for travelers looking for a no-frills solution. Monthly rates starting at just $37/person, regardless of your travel plans. Safety Wing plans don’t provide coverage for trip interruption/cancellation but offer good coverage for unexpected illness or injury, including eligible expenses for hospital, doctor or prescription drugs. There is a $250 deductible and the plans have a $250k maximum limit.
Trip Planning Resources
For us, planning a trip to any destination is half the fun. So we spend a lot of time researching and learning about each country, its culture, traditions, main sights and attractions, and hidden gems before we depart on any trip. Our research almost always starts with Lonely Planet books. We buy the Kindle (or PDF versions), load them up on our phones and Kindles and use it in preparation for the trip as well as on the ground in the country we are visiting.!
If you have never heard of Wikitravel, you are in for a mind-blowing discovery. In the typical wiki style, Wikitravel contributors (which are regular people like you, by the way) have put together a guide for what seems like every city/region/country in the world. The guides are always fairly up to date updated by travelers for other travelers. If it’s a destination people travel to, you’ll find info about it on Wikitravel.
Blogs, blogs, and more blogs!
When we are getting ready for a trip, other blogs and other people’s stories serve as great guides and inspiration for our own trips. We hope that our stories and stories from others in the travel blogging community will continue to help you plan your trips for years to come.
What’s in Our Bags?
Over the years, we have realized that when it comes to travel clothes, sustainable, high-quality items are worth investing in. Here are our favourite items, necessities, and accessories.
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Take a peek inside our photography kit! These are all the cameras, lenses, filters, and other accessories that we use to capture photos and videos of our adventures around the world.
Other Electronics & Accessories
Our tips are never a vacation, as we are constantly working on the road. Needless to say, we carry more electronics and accessories than the usual traveler. This is the full list of all electronics and accessories that travel the world with us. From laptops to charging devices and more!
Lightroom is our favourite photo editing software and one we’ve been using for more than over 5 years. It’s not free, but at a price of just $9.99/month it offers everything you need to take your photos from good to great!
All the best photos taken during our travels are hosted on SmugMug. We have searched long and hard for a plugin or service that would allow us to display our photos in the best possible way and are so happy to have found a great solution with SmugMug!
Google Drive is our favourite solution for storing documents online. We use it as an extension of our hard drives in an attempt to keep as little of our data on our computers as possible. That way if our computers crash while we are on the road, we could hop into an internet cafe and have access to everything we need to continue running our blog and our other businesses. Nothing is ever lost forever!
Music makes life so much better, so earlier this year we invested in a family plan for Spotify Premium. Now our playlists are accessible even when we are not connected to wifi/data and our hotel rooms, cars, bus rides, plane rides, etc are never quiet.
Essential Travel Apps
MapsMe is a Google Maps alternative for when wifi or 3G/4G connection is not available. Maps Me allows you to download maps with or without routing options and use them offline no matter what country you are in.
This app is the master aggregator of your travel plans. When linked to your email address, the app sifts through your incoming emails to find flight confirmations, car rental bookings, hotel receipts, activities, etc and adds them to your itinerary in the app with all relevant booking information.
XE is a currency conversion app that allows you to select up to 10 currencies and using live market rates convert prices into any one of those 10 currencies on the go.
Trip Advisor is no longer the be all end all app for our travels (we prefer locals advice for activities, places to eat and opt to use Agoda’s ratings for accommodation advice), but we still refer back to it every now and then. No other app has the number of reviews available for activities, hotels, restaurants, etc as Trip Advisor.
Pocket is a nifty mobile app and a website/Chrome extension that lets you save web pages and articles to your personalized “pocket” database, which is synced across all your devices. This means that if you stumble across a good article on Facebook, you can save it to your Pocket with the Chrome Plugin, and save it on your phone for future use.
Trail Wallet is a great expense tracking app for travelers that’s the most recent addition to our travel apps collection. Its most useful feature is the ability to use multiple currencies in expense tracking, which are converted to your home currency using an inbuilt currency converter. Travel and carrying money can be precarious. When you have to carry, a good wallet or concealing system is wise. Expert designs, showcased on sites like https://mybestwallets.com/ can give new travellers an idea of what to expect is needed to deter or render impossible, theft by pickpockets.
Read More:11 Travel Apps We Can’t Travel Without
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