There are new travel companies popping up every day, making it difficult for the average traveler to know which ones are actually worth using. But don’t worry, today we will tell you which travel companies we think are the true gems and will help enhance your travel experience the most.
We have been using Airbnb quite a lot in the past two years, not only as travelers, but also as hosts while we were on our Nomads’ Vacation in Florida. We just love the fact that sometimes you can find a whole apartment for rent for less than a private room at a hostel or hotel. Click here to get $35 off of our next Airbnb stay with our Airbnb coupon code.
Couchsurfing is more than just a free couch, it’s a great way to meet locals and learn more about the places you travel too. Some of our best travel memories were with other couchsurfers. And because of that, we try to use Couchsurfing as often as possible. If you are open minded, don’t mind crashing on a couch once in awhile, and enjoy meeting new people we highly recommend you give it a try.
I Like Local
If you consider yourself an adventurous traveler who enjoys going off-the-beaten track and getting a true feel of a place, then be sure to check out i-likelocal.com. I Like Local believes that the best way to experience a new country is through local people and is always on the lookout for unique experiences. For example, you can stay with a local hill tribe in Thailand, on a tea farm in Nepal, in a coastal village in Bali or in a monastery in Cambodia. You can choose from a large range of experiences: farmstays, homestays, food experiences, unique walks, tours and more.
The great thing about I Like Local is that unlike other sites, local hosts receive 100% of the money they ask for their experiences. You can sleep well knowing that your money benefits the communities you visit.
Skyscanner is our go-to search engine whenever we are looking for flights. Unlike many other flight search engines, Skyscanner also includes budget airlines in their search results, which is great if you are on a budget. However, our favorite thing about Skyscanner is, that you have the option to select “Anywhere” as a destination. Which lists you all the flights to anywhere in the world (duh!) from your current destination according to their price tag. We use it whenever we wanna go somewhere but don’t know where.
Arriving at a new city and don’t want to deal with crooked taxi drivers at the airport? Blacklane offers luxury airport transfer service worldwide at the fraction of the cost of regular limousine service and gets you right to where you need to go. Just book a ride on their app and a professional Blacklane driver will pick you up straight from the airport on your arrival. It can’t get any easier than that.
BlaBlaCar is a long distance ride sharing service that connects drivers with people traveling in the same direction. They have an especially strong presence in Europe and most rides are cheaper and faster than the bus or train. We have used them twice so far in Austria and are hooked. It’s a great way to travel and have some great conversations with a complete stranger.
If you are looking to volunteer abroad, Workaway is one of the best places to look. They have an extensive list of volunteer opportunities all over the world and for less than $30 a year you get access to all of them. Workawayers are usually required to work 5 hours a day for 5 days a week in exchange for three meals a day and a place to sleep. So far, we have volunteered on a permaculture farm in Guatemala and at a hostel and cat sanctuary in Belize with them. Both were great experiences that not only enhanced our travels but also helped us save money while traveling.
What are some companies that you like to use to enhance your travel experience?