Since 2014, I have been to 4 continents, stayed in hotels, hostels, B&B’s, tents and cars. I have had airlines go out of business with ticket in hand, cancelled events one day before, and used multiple different organizations and resources to plan my trips. There have been times where I packed way too much, way too little, and all the wrong things. I’ve met incredible people, been in scary situations and spent way too much money on transportation, accommodation and tours. I’m taking my favorite travel resources and bundling them up for you here!
Disclaimer: There are affiliate links within this post in which I earn commissions on qualifying purchases, at no extra cost to you! This keeps it free for everyone!
Essential Phone Apps
These apps allow you to talk to family and video chat over wi-fi with no charges!
This app helps tremendously when choosing hikes! There’s reviews and pictures from people all over the world that have been there.
I discovered this app not too long ago and it is SO cool! It’s for travelers all over the world to share experiences and things to do at that location. It’s kiiiind of like All Trails but encompasses everything, not just trails. Museums, beaches, best outdoor activities, city events, literally everything. You can search for things to do by type of adventure, iconic sites, local experiences or “all”, each of those can also be searched for by your destination! You’ve GOT to download this app.
Click the images below to see a preview!
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects you and your personal information while using public internet. This is extremely important whether you are studying, living or vacationing abroad! There are different tiers of plans, and they are super affordable!
Side note: When you are out and about without internet, DOWNLOAD MAPS on the Google Maps app!
The best travel resources always include the cheapest flights!
My absolute favorite e-mail subscription! They frequently send out deals for multiple different airlines and destinations. There’s a Premium version where you receive even more deals if you travel often, and a setting to send you e-mails only from your specific “home airport”! This option is also 100% safe and I have never had an issue with losing my flight or not having a flight when I get to the airport.
Comparing rates from all over the internet, this website has never failed me with the best rate! Most flights are basic economy, but I explain all about that in this post here!
I highly recommend checking out this resource from Trip Advisor before you choose seats. They have suggestions for the best ones, along with an option to look for flights!
This is my tried and true method to finding flights if I want the absolute best possible one. Also wonderful for vacation packages and accommodation, with the option to add “multiple destinations” to your flight itinerary! The reason I use this if there is no price difference between SCF and Expedia, it’s the reward program! I’ve been able to save some money buying consistently with Expedia. It doesn’t always show basic economy like Scott’s Cheap Flights but it has options that SCF doesn’t and is 100% safe.
Flying isn’t cheap, but there are ways to afford your ultimate vacation/round the world trip. Check out my post here to take your first step toward that!
Across the world, this compay has over 6 million listings. From aparthotels, condos, house boats, cave homes – Airbnb has it all!
This is my go-to for accommodation around the world! With over 6 million listings of homes, boutique hotels and others, you’re sure to find one in your price range and location preference. They have just under 200 offices in 70 countries, so you will have plenty of efficient and professional help at your disposal.
This is an incredible hostel search engine – you may have heard of it before. They have amazing cancellation policies and competitive rates! Each hostel has tons of reviews (read them very carefully, because some people have truly unrealistic expectations from a hostel that’s 30 bucks a night – I stayed somewhere with terrible reviews simply because they said the breakfast was terrible or the water was too slow from the shower head, and those things do not matter to me.)
I’ve found quite a few times that Agoda is less expensive most of the time, but I would definitely try all the resources here and compare! That’s what I do.
I used both of these websites on almost every trip I take. There are just some experiences you can’t get to without a car, or simply don’t want to plan out yourself! Viator and Get Your Guide are fantastic and reliable search engines for activities and guided tours around your destination! Both have apps as well so you have your activities at your convenience on the go! You can’t go wrong with either one.
The difference – in regards to money-back, they wait until you get home to give you your money back.
The difference – in regards to money-back, they give you a refund after 24 hours. They also have a larger variety of tours.
Still curious? You can read about some adventures I’ve had with them here!