I’ve been traveling 365 days a year for over 8 years and have learned a thing or two on the road. Hope you find some of these travel resources helpful as you plan your next adventure!
I always browse for the cheapest dates to fly using Skyscanner.net then purchase my ticket on Travelocity.com or CheapOair.com. for the best deals. (Travelocity has a 24 hour refund policy for women that find it hard to commit to a flight, like me!)
Read this post for my five step process to find the best flight deals.
For Round the World trips and journeys with destinations in different parts of the globe, I save money by booking RTW tickets. Believe it or not, they’re a great value! My agent of choice is Airtreks especially because you can get free quotes using their airfare planning tool.
This is how a round-the-world (RTW) ticket works.
FREQUENT FLYER MILES
If you travel, you HAVE TO join frequent flyer miles programs that allow you to get free flights and other rewards. I have a brief explanation here but the real experts are Frugal Travel Guy and The Points Guy.
I love the One World Alliance because I can make the most of one way flight awards with American Airlines which is great since I never have an end destination in mind.
Find out how I earned two free international flights by shopping!
For extended travel, I always book the first 1-2 nights when arriving in a new destination. Once I’ve had a chance to get situated in the new destndination, I search for a different place to stay or extend my booking.
For hotels and resorts, I use Booking.com or Agoda.com and for hostels, I use Hostelworld.com. To get highest value for my money, I also love using Airbnb for long rentals or when I’m traveling in “expensive” cities. Earn a $25 credit with your first Airbnb booking.
Another way I maximize my money and my travel experiences are by participating in work exchanges through Workaway that provide free accommodation in exchange for 20 hours of work per week.
For many travelers, the travel guide is dead but I still find mine to be a valuable resource to find everything I need in one convenient location – especially to find local transportation tips that help me travel on a budget.
For budget travelers, I love the Lonely Planet “Shoestring” series that offers details specifically for those with tiny travel funds. These are my favorites:
- Southeast Asia on a shoestring
- South America on a shoestring
- Central America on a shoestring
- Europe on a shoestring
Travel guides also help consolidate travel tips into a region instead of just one country making them a better overall value, too.
I’m probably one of the few travelers that will encourage you to take a tour – if it’s the only way to get you comfortable with the idea about exploring the world, then do it!
Back in 2008 when I was scared to travel on my own I started traveling by taking tours with G Adventures (or GAP like they were called back then). I used their services to go to Egypt, Jordan, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru.
Their tours are a great option for solo travelers because they don’t charge you a single supplement fee and it’s a perfect introduction to traveling. If I hadn’t started out by taking tours, I would still be stuck behind a cubicle!
On my round-the-world trip, having travel insurance saved me $800 in hospital fees.
I used Travel Guard which had customer service 24/7 and helped me figure out all the doctor bills with ease no matter what part of the world I was in.
Just keep all your hospital receipts and get a check for any money spent when you return home. Easy enough!
I am a brand loyal gal and all my travel backpacks (and now suitcase) have been Osprey because I need a stylish bag that’s going to last the wear and tear of long term travel. Read my reviews here.
To get the best exchange rate when I travel I pull money out at ATM machines and use xe.com for currency exchange rate information. Download their app for money updates on the go.
Electronics and Travel Gadgets
This is a complete list of all my digital nomad travel gadgets and electronics: