Looking for the best traveler resources to help plan your trip? Well, on this page I’ve put together a list of to my favorite traveler resources for everything from finding flights to booking hostels to getting free access to airport lounges (scroll to the end to see that one!). These are all the sites I use to book my own travel!
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Oh, and if you’re looking for a list of what I carry with me, check out my post on what I pack to travel the world.
Booking.com is my go-to when I’m searching for hotels. More often than not, they have the cheapest rates and they almost always have the largest inventory. Click here to book your next hotel!
I love using Airbnb to get the space of an apartment while traveling, and because it is often cheaper than hotels. If it is your first time using it, click here to get a free $40 towards your first booking.
My preferred booking engine for finding hostels is Hostelworld. Just plug in your location and date, and search by review score to find some awesome hostels just about anywhere in the world!
A solid alternative to Booking.com, Agoda is especially popular in many parts of Asia.
An affordable way to get accommodation and meet people around the world. Couchsurfing also organizes meetups in many cities, which can be a great way to meet locals and other travelers.
The first place I check when I’m searching flights, and more often than not the best source to find the cheapest prices.
I love Momondo’s layout, and it sometimes finds cheaper fares or unusual routings you won’t find elsewhere.
One of the most popular flight booking engines out there, Skyscanner has a solid interface.
World Nomads is the only travel insurance company I use and I love them because they have an easy-to-understand interface and coverage available for long trips. Though I usually do buy travel insurance, it’s not right for everyone, so be sure to first read my guide to whether or not you need travel insurance.
Americans can get 50,000 bonus points (worth an incredible $750 in travel) plus 3x points on travel when applying for my favorite travel rewards card through this link. Note that you should never use a credit card unless you can responsibly manage your credit and pay it off each month.
This is my favorite bank and one of the best traveler resources out there. Why? Because they refund all ATM fees from anywhere in the world! You have to open an investor account, but you don’t have to buy any stock to get this deal. If you want more details (and a free $100 referral bonus) email me at [email protected]
I don’t personally take many group tours, but I know others are different and sometimes it just makes sense to use a tour company. Viator has a solid platform for finding quality tours all over the world.
Taking this course was probably my best investment after starting my blog. If you’re new to travel blogging, it’s a life-saver to have the industry’s best walk you through the basics, starting with just picking a travel blog name. You can read my full review of Superstar Blogging here to find out if it’s right for you.
Travel Lemming is hosted on SiteGround. I picked it after a year with a different host because, unless you want to pay through the nose for super-high-end hosting, SiteGround has by far the best reviews in terms of speed and service.
A remarkably powerful yet highly affordable keyword research tool. I use it find travel blog post ideas people will actually read. Sign up for it through this link and use my special discount code KSDISC to get 20% off!
After Google, Pinterest is my largest source of traffic. But I’m far from a whiz at Pinterest, and using this cheap automating tool makes it sooooo much easier.
My favorite way to travel cheap in Europe, BlaBlaCar lets pairs drivers with passengers taking the same route. It’s like a long distance version of Lyft or Uber, but much more social! They are growing beyond just Europe, and operate in Mexico, Brazil, and some other places now.
Lonely Planet still has some of the best guidebooks around is one of my favorite traveler resources. You can browse their library through the above link, or check out my post on how you can get the entire Lonely Planet library as a free download for a month.
I love this pass, which gets me into thousands of airport lounges around the world. It’s a must-have for a frequent flier like myself. Note that Priority Pass actually comes as a free benefit if you get the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit card. Otherwise, you can buy it separately through this link.
That’s it for my favorite resources for travel! If you have any questions, please scroll down and leave me a comment.
And before you go, be sure to check out my post listing everything I pack in my bag for traveling around the world!