The Tools You Need to Travel the World

The Tools You Need
to Travel the World

Welcome to my travel resources section, a curated list of the best tools and booking sites to help you travel the world. From finding cheap flights to working abroad to improving your travel photography, these are the tools I recommend.

I have personally used or personally trust every single site on this list, and most play a crucial role in allowing me to travel the world and even run my business.

Before digging in, a quick and important disclosure. Happy travels!

1. Finding Cheap Flights

Google Flights

CHEAP FLIGHTS
Google Flights is the new standard in finding airfare. Their calendar view makes it easy to pick the date with the best price, and they're always up to date with deals and promotions from different airlines.

Skyscanner

COMPARE FLIGHTS
Skyscanner is always my second stop after Google Flights. If you're flexible with your destination, their "Everywhere" search feature lets you look up the cheapest flight going anywhere in the world.

momondo

WHEN TO FLY
I use Momondo to find out when the best time to fly is. I particularly love their matrix that highlights an entire month, meaning you can compare prices and, if you're flexible with dates, find the lowest price possible.

Vayama

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Vayama is one of the best websites for finding international flights outside of the US. I always check Vayama when booking international travel as they often have amazing deals that nobody else can match.

airfarewatchdog

FLIGHT DEALS
Airfarewatchdog has a team of experts that keep an eye on flight deals all over the internet, including ones that aren't advertised, and they send you an whenever they find a good price on your specified route or from your home city.

Secret Flying

ERROR FARES
Sometimes airline pricing systems cause an error, and if you book the flight during the error, you can end up with insanely low prices on flights. Secret Flying reports these deals—sign up for notifications on their Facebook page to stay in the loop!

2. Booking Accommodation

HOTELS EVERYWHERE
Booking.com
is the current standard in online hotel bookings. They have a huge inventory of properties, including hotels, resorts, and homes/apartments, which means competition is fierce and prices are always pretty good!

Booking.com

HOTELS EVERYWHERE
Booking.com is the current standard in online hotel bookings. They have a huge inventory of properties, including hotels, resorts, and homes/apartments, which means competition is fierce and prices are always pretty good!

Airbnb

$20 OFF FIRST BOOKING!
Airbnb is perfect for short term rentals and city breaks. It connects you with homeowners renting out their homes and apartments all over the world. If you’re staying for longer, be sure to compare weekly and monthly rates, as listers often provide a better price for a longer stay.

Agoda

HOTELS IN ASIA
Agoda is the best booking site for hotels in Asia. They have the most comprehensive inventory of properties, and they always have the best prices. It’s (almost) not worth checking anywhere else if you’re searching for hotels in Asia.

HotelsCombined

COMPARE HOTELS
HotelsCombined aggregates hotel deals from all the top booking sites, including Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia, and more. You may not see every option, but you'll see every option that's on sale, which means you get more bang for your buck.

Hostelworld

HOSTELS
Hostelworld is the number one resource for researching and booking hostels all over the world. They have a database of seemingly every hostel in existence with accurate ratings and reviews from real users, with a very easy booking system to boot. Their newly redesigned mobile app has made an old favorite even better.

TrustedHousesitters

HOUSESITTING
In exchange for watering plants, taking in the mail, and looking after pets, many homeowners will invite you to stay in their house while they’re gone on vacation. I don’t do a lot of housesitting, but I know people who never pay for accommodation because they take housesitting gigs wherever they go.

Couchsurfing

STAY WITH LOCALS
If all you need is a couch to sleep on, Couchsurfing helps you to find it. Connect with likeminded travelers all over the world who want to meet new people, share their cultures, and show you the best parts of their city. Couchsurfing is a great way to save on accommodation while meeting locals who can give you the inside scoop on a city.

3. Tour Companies

DAY TRIPS & SHORT TOURS
Viator has the largest database of tours and experiences in every city all over the world. From wine tasting to helicopter rides to snorkeling, if it's bookable, it's bookable on Viator. And that includes airport transfers, too!

Viator

DAY TRIPS & SHORT TOURS
Viator has the largest database of tours and experiences in every city all over the world. From wine tasting to helicopter rides to snorkeling, if it's bookable, it's bookable on Viator. And that includes airport transfers, too!

G Adventures

PICK YOUR TRAVEL STYLE
G Adventures has group tours for travelers of every type. Travel Europe by train, cruise the Galapagos islands, cycle through China, or take the whole family! G Adventures has it all.

Intrepid Travel

ADVENTURE TOURS
Intrepid Travel offers small-group tours for adventurous travelers in more than 100 countries. You won't feel like you're just getting carted around—every tour is with a local guide, meaning you get a more authentic experience.

Busabout

FREESTYLE TOURS
Busabout offers "freestyle" tours all over the globe for millennials and young adults. With their network of hop-on-hop-off tours everywhere from Europe to Asia, you can travel on your own schedule without having to worry about the logistics of traveling.

STA Travel

STUDENT TRAVEL
STA Travel is a travel agency for students and travelers under the age of 26. If you fall into either of these categories, STA Travel might be able to hook you up with some sweet deals.

Hands on Journeys

VOLUNTEER TOURS - 10% OFF!
Hands on Journeys is a boutique travel agency focused on volunteering and giving back to communities in India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, while traveling at the same time!

Use the code 'TRAVELFREAK10' for 10% off!

4. Travel Gear

TRAVEL INSURANCE
The easiest and most comprehensive travel insurance. I always recommend traveling with insurance—it’s legitimately a bad idea not to. You never know what could happen...I ended up having an $8,000 surgery in Singapore and would have had to pay out of pocket if I didn't have insurance!

World Nomads

TRAVEL INSURANCE
The easiest and most comprehensive travel insurance. I always recommend traveling with insurance—it’s legitimately a bad idea not to. You never know what could happen...I ended up having an $8,000 surgery in Singapore and would have had to pay out of pocket if I didn't have insurance!

Backblaze

CLOUD DATA BACKUP
Your data is one of the most important things you own, and it's imperative to make sure it's backed up safely and securely, especially if you're traveling with a laptop. Backblaze automatically backs up your entire hard drive and syncs it to the cloud for just $5/mo. Set it and forget it. Read my full review here.

T-Mobile

INTERNATIONAL CELL PHONE
The T-Mobile Simple Choice plan lets you take your smartphone all over the world, with free data and texts in 140+ countries for just $50/mo. And in countries without free calling, you'll only pay 20 cents per minute! I've traveled with them all over South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East!

Lonely Planet

TRAVEL GUIDES
Lonely Planet has the most complete collection of travel guides for every type of traveler. Since carrying a heavy guidebook isn't recommended, they offer downloadable eBooks that you can put on your smartphone or Kindle and take everywhere you go!

5. Money & Banking Abroad

FIRST TRANSFER FREE!
Hands down, TransferWise is the best way to transfer money overseas and between currencies. They charge a nominal fee (about 1%), lower than anyone else I've found, and linking up bank accounts is fast, secure, and really easy. Use the link here and get your first transfer for free!

TransferWise

FIRST TRANSFER FREE!
Hands down, TransferWise is the best way to transfer money overseas and between currencies. They charge a nominal fee (about 1%), lower than anyone else I've found, and linking up bank accounts is fast, secure, and really easy. Use the link here and get your first transfer for free!

6. Working, Teaching and Volunteering Abroad

TEFL CERTIFICATION
Teaching English overseas is one of the easiest ways to travel, but the first step is getting your TEFL. i-to-i offers multiple TEFL courses which you can complete online, and since they have a comprehensive network of job placements all over the world, they’ll help you find a teaching job once you graduate.

i-to-i Online TEFL Course

TEFL CERTIFICATION
Teaching English overseas is one of the easiest ways to travel, but the first step is getting your TEFL. i-to-i offers multiple TEFL courses which you can complete online, and since they have a comprehensive network of job placements all over the world, they’ll help you find a teaching job once you graduate

HelpX

VOLUNTEER AROUND THE WORLD
HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

Workaway

CULTURAL EXCHANGE ON A BUDGET
Find opportunities to volunteer and immerse yourself in a new culture by donating a couple hours of your time each day in return for room & board. The idea is to promote a fair exchange between travelers and locals to promote a cultural understanding between people.

Grassroots Volunteering

SUPPORT LOCAL PROJECTS
Connect with grassroots projects and support local businesses around the world. Find free and paid eco-conscious volunteering opportunities at conservation projects, local schools and more.

7. Travel Photography

THE BEST DSLR FOR TRAVELING
I've carried this camera all over the world, and I don't think there is any better DSLR for beginner and intermediate travel photographers. It's very reasonably priced, and best of all, it's really small! For a full review, click here.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (100D)

THE BEST DSLR FOR TRAVELING
I've carried this camera all over the world, and I don't think there is any better DSLR for beginner and intermediate travel photographers. It's reasonably priced, and best of all, it's really small! For a full review, click here.

Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
This video course, created by one of the best travel photographers I know of, provides the most in-depth look into the process of photography and post-processing that I’ve ever seen. It’s not cheap ($299), but if you’re serious about becoming a better photographer, this is the best thing you could do for yourself.

Post-Processing for Outdoor and Travel Photographers with Ben Willmore

LIGHTROOM & PHOTOSHOP
For those who know how to use their camera but want to learn more about post-processing their photos using Photoshop & Lightroom, this easy-to-follow course is the best way to learn. Ben Willmore has taught hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including me 🙂

The Outdoor Photography Experience with Chris Burkard

THE EMOTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography is about more than technique. Although Chris Burkard does cover technique in this course, he does a fantastic job of touching on the more intangible aspects of shooting travel photography. Every photo should evoke an emotion, and this world-renowned photographer shows you just how he does it.

8. Travel Blogging

WEB HOSTING
My first and only recommendation for a web host for those just starting out with a travel blog. Bluehost is simple to setup, they have excellent customer service, and they offer the lowest introductory monthly rate I’ve found anywhere. For help setting it up, view my blog post about how to start a travel blog.

Bluehost

WEB HOSTING - $3.95/mo
My first and only recommendation for a web host for those just starting out with a travel blog. Bluehost is simple to setup, they have excellent customer service, and they offer the lowest introductory monthly rate I’ve found anywhere. For help setting it up, view my blog post about how to start a travel blog.

Travel Blog Success

TRAVEL BLOGGING COURSE
This is the most comprehensive course on professional travel blogging. With lessons on writing, building traffic, monetization, SEO, social media, marketing, and more, Travel Blog Success guides you through the process of travel blogging from start to finish.

StudioPress

WORDPRESS THEMES
StudioPress creates some of the fastest and most highly-optimized themes for your WordPress website. When picking a theme, it’s important to choose one that you can scale with, and StudioPress themes do exactly that.

FreshBooks

ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE
If you’re going to be working with travel companies and making money, you’ll need a way to keep track of your income and expenses. FreshBooks in an accounting and invoicing solution for small businesses that makes it easy to track all your money.

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