The products and services below will help you find the best travel deals for your trip. We personally use all of the resources listed on this page and highly recommend them.
Skyscanner is our favorite search engine for cheap flights. It searches all airlines, including budget airlines, for the cheapest airfare available on a specific date, week, month or over a whole year.
However, the main reason why we love Skyscanner is because if you don’t have a set destination in mind and just want to get away for cheap, you can select “Everywhere” in the “To” box. This will find you the cheapest airfare from your point of origin.
A great website that monitors airline ticket prices and will alert you of low fares. If you are flexible with the date you might be able to find a good deal here.
Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to book unique accommodations around the world. Their service is a great alternative to hostels and hotels and you don’t have to give up the comforts of home. We are both, hosts and guests, and have had only good experiences with them. If you sign up via this link you will receive $35 off your first stay.
We usually don’t prearrange our accommodations unless we are visiting a big city, but if we do, we like to check Booking.com for the cheapest hotel deals. One feature we love about their app is, that you can look for available hotels around your current location, which makes finding the right hotels so much easier.
This is one of the best hostel booking site on the web, with a large inventory and the cheapest rates. They also don’t charge any booking fees, which many other sites do.
How could we not mention Couchsurfing? If you are a budget travel, Couchsurfing is your best friend. Not only will you be able to stay for free at local homes, you also get to meet so many awesome people around the world. We love Couchsurfing and we use it whenever we can.
We don’t recommend traveling without insurance because you never know what can happen. We heard many stories from people who had to spend their whole savings on medical bills because they didn’t have insurance. World Nomads offers great customer service and competitive prices. Their policies can be bought online 24/7, even if you already traveling.
We exclusively use Lonely Planet as our guide books. We like using them for background information about the country we are visiting, their maps and prices for public transportation (especially useful in third world countries where tourist are often overcharged). However, don’t become a LP Zombie and stick to everything they say, use it as a guide instead.
Volunteering & Work
Wwoof is a organization that links people with organic farms who are looking for volunteer help. In return for you help you will receive food and accommodation. This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in learning about organic food and want to travel the world on a budget.
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.
Work Away is a site set up to promote fair exchange between budget travelers, language learners or culture seekers and families, individuals or organizations who are looking for help with a range of varied activities.
Grassroots Volunteering is a database of organizations all over the world that are searching for volunteers. If you are looking to volunteer while traveling, check out this awesome resource.
Travel Gear & Packing
Jazzy and I are lightweight travelers, which means we travel with backpacks that can fit into the overhead cabin of airplanes. Everything we own fits into the Osprey Talon 44. There are number of good reasons why you should travel light but that is a post for another day.
Even during the “dry” season you could get caught in a tropical storm, so having a rain jacket is kind of imperative. Even in the worst downpours, our North Faces’ kept us completely dry and we wouldn’t go anywhere without them.
If you enjoy hikes here and there and love walking around, you should definitely invest in some good walking shoes, something light weight that can be worn even when you are not conquering a mountain. The above mentioned trekking shoes are one of the most comfortable shoes we have ever worn and we highly recommend them.
Although, we don’t camp as much as we would like to, we take our Seedhouse tent with us wherever we go. It is extremely lightweight compared to other cheaper tents and very easy to set up and take apart. Depending on your travel style, a tent might not be a must have thing in your backpack. But for us, the extra 3lbs are worth having the flexibility to sleep wherever, including deserted beaches, lush forest or in the desert.
Regular sleeping pads are too bulky and take up too much unnecessary space. The Thermarest sleeping pads however fold down to the size of a soda can and can easily be stored in our bags without taking up too much space.
Having a headlamp can be quite useful, especially if you like to camp, or should I say, if you like to find your tent in the middle of the night without any other lights around. But even if you are not a camper, a headlamp can come in handy if you need to go to the restroom in a hostel at 3am or in case of an power outage (which is frequently the case in third world countries.)
A powerful, yet small and lightweight, laptop has become essentials for us as digital nomads and we find the Macbook Pro 13″ to be one of the best in its class. It is extremely fast and very lightweight for what it can do. However, if you just want to occasional check your email or skype with family or friends, a Macbook might be overkill and the ASUS Transformer T100 is a better option.
It doesn’t really matter what phone you use, just make sure that it is unlocked and that you can use local SIM cards abroad. Prepaid SIMs are usually very cheap abroad and are a great way to stay in touch with others.
With all these electronics and the strong possibility of not finding an outlet wherever we go, we like to bring along a portable charger. They can be a lifesaver when you are out of power in a remote area.
It is always a good idea to keep a physical backup of your data. Yes there is the cloud but many providers only offer you limited free storage and for most of us it is probably not enough space to backup all of our files. Also, do you really trust Google and co to take care of your files? Portable hard drives have become extremely affordable and light weight in the past few years and there is no real reason why not to get one.
So far we have been using our phone to take some pictures here and there but as our blog has evolved so has our need for a better camera. The Sony RX100 is one of the best point and shoot camera out there and its picture quality can easily be compared to most lower to middle end DSLRs. It is also extremely small and can fit into the back pocket of our pants. Way better than carrying around a huge ass DLSR, at least for us.
Easily one of the best web hosts around. If you are thinking about starting a blog of your own, go with them. They have great customer service, competitive price and your first Domain is FREE.
Building an email list is important. We use MailChimp for our own list and to send out our monthly newsletters. They also offer a free plan to people with less than 2000 subscribers, which is great for people who are just starting out.
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