Travel Resources 2017-04-06T09:48:30+00:00
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Considering you’re on this page and this blog, I can assume you’re interested in travelling. Perhaps you’re a seasoned traveller looking for some more inspiration, or a newbie traveller looking how to get started.

Whatever your case may be, you’ve came to the right place.

Here you’ll find some of my favourite resources for finding great deals on flights, accommodation, and some things you might need during your trip.

 

getting there

 

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a …..

Plane. Definitely a plane.

Regardless of how you like to travel (I prefer train myself), at some point you’re likely going to need to take a flight. These can eat up tons of your budget if you don’t plan accordingly or know where to look!

Beyond flights, I’ve also included some reasources for finding and booking trains and rideshares.

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Whether a boat, bus, train, or plane, you’ll get there somehow. Surely these horses will get us there!             Photo by Ania Pisarek

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My favourite site for finding flights. It’s even better when you have no fixed destination as you can search for “everywhere.” Furthermore, you can search via the whole month if you have no fixed dates or just “cheapest dates.” A great option regardless of your level of flexibility.

What keeps bringing me back to Kiwi is their customer service. They have great deals, a simple and easy to use site, and a staff that will help you with whatever you need.

Hipmunks interface is my absolute favourite. Once you’ve searched for your flight, you can filter by price, length of time, or my personal favourite “agony.” It filters in both price and length of time to get you the best possible outcome.

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If you intend on travelling by trains at all on your journey, check out Seat 61. Not only will it discuss schedules and various options of getting to one place or another, but he also tells you what to do at the station. What machines to go to, if and when you need to validate your ticket. He discusses what there is in and around the stations. Very useful information! You can also book ferry tickets through this site.

Blablacar is a rideshare tool. You search for rides, book a seat, and pay through paypal. You pay into the site and it is held there until your ride is complete – no worries about dealing with money with the driver. All people are reviewed so you can feel as good about it as you do airbnb. Super simple site, and often cheaper than buses or trains. See my review here!

Renting a car is a great way to get around. You go to and from exactly where you want to and don’t have to worry about anyone else’s schedule. You can see why I enjoy renting a car while travelling in my post “Renting a car in Chiang Mai.” Just make sure your license is valid in the country you’ll be renting in (or get an International Drivers License) and you know the rules of the road!

accommodation

Your options are practically unlimited when it comes to accommodation. Want to meet people in hostels? Have some peace and quiet by the beach in a bungalow? Below are some of my favourite options for finding the accommodation I need. Also, be sure to check out my post how to find the best accommodation for your budget!

Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links. Using them may provide a small commission for me, but will be no extra cost for you.

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My favourite site for booking hotels (cheap or luxury), hostels, and inns. The website is straightforward with useful filters based on price, amenities and location. They are good for most places in the world and wildly used enough that their reviews are useful.

Room in Ban Sabai - Chiang Mai

See my review of my stay at the Ban Sabai Resort in Chiang Mai!

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travellers resources for accommodation
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Air Bnb is becoming more and more popular. You can rent full houses or apartments, or just a private room in one. Air Bnb has options for daily, weekly, or monthly stays. If you’re new to Air Bnb – earn a travel credit through this link!

Homeaway is great when wanting to rent out full homes. It is perfect when travelling with larger groups or a family as you only need to rent the house once – not a bunch of hotel rooms. Also, many of the homes have private swimming pools, large kitchens, yards, etc. This is also a better option if you plan on travelling with pets. This is also a great way to earn extra income if you want to list your home.

Similar to booking.com although I find them more useful when looking for accommodation in Asia. They have a better variety for this region and also has a very straightforward platform.

traveller resources for accommodation
traveller resources for accommodation
travellers resources for accommodations

A popular option among backpackers, couch surfing is more than just accommodation. It is a community in which travellers meet each other. Not meant for profit, couch surfing is a free option. Typically quite short term, you stay on someone’s couch or a in a spare room, or whatever they may have available. Whether you’re hosting or surfing it is a great opportunity to get to know new people. Do note, it is fairly unregulated with no assurances to travellers through the site, be careful when using it and stay safe!

House sitting is my favourite way to travel! A trade website where travellers exchange their services of watching a home (and often pets too!) for free accommodation. There are many listings in France, the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia as well as a few other countries. They could last anywhere from a few days to a few months. By using this link you can get 20% off your membership to the site!

Similar to Homeaway, however, Flipkey is owned by Trip Advisor and has many more reviews for you to check out when picking your rental. Flipkey is also more independent in that they do not have standard fees, payments, or cancellation policies – so it may be up to the guests and owners themselves. This could go either way as being beneficial or problematic depending on who you’re dealing with. This is also a great option for those looking to list their home

packing essentials

While every trip will be different, there are certain things that will simply make every trip an easier/better one. If you’re working on the road, a laptop is a must-have. A smartphone is the ultimate multitool (maps, camera, communication), or for the more serious photographers out there (or those just looking to capture the best photo they can) having a separate camera is a must. These are items I’ve found useful, and I hope you do too!

Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links. Using them may provide a small commission for me, but will be no extra cost for you.

My Osprey Backpack is my #1 Travel Essential! Whether just going somewhere for a weekend or backpacking for months at a time, it’s my go-to bag. It is really two bags in one as it has a detachable day pack. Also, their guarantee is unbeatable – if the bag has an issue – send it in and they’ll give you a new one.

Currently the best out there for portable action cameras. Takes great videos and stills and is of course very waterproof and shock proof. There are so many accessories you can get with it as well – you can even attach it to a drone!

I’m absolutely a Mac lover and my 13″ Macbook Pro goes with me everywhere. As I work online, it is necessary for me to have something that has a long battery life and a fast processor. It’s not quite as light as the MacBook Air – but it is much more powerful.

The SJCam5000 is similar to the GoPro – but cheaper. Its quality isn’t quite the same, but considering the price difference, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. It also fits into all of the GoPro accessories.

A must have for any world traveller. This will let you use your electronics regardless of where you are and the world AND it has two USB charging ports!

This little guy goes withe me everywhere. Small enough to fit in my purse (or some pockets) it’s an adorable little portable charger. Perfect for when my phone or camera is on low battery.

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