This is a list of the resources that I use when I travel, and I hope they can help you out as much as they have helped me. Clicking on resources with * means that I will be given a small commission for your use of the product at NO cost to you!
TRAVEL GEAR RESOURCES
Backpacking backpack that maximizes the room you have without forcing you to pay check in fees
Perfect daypack with a waist belt and 2L water bladder to keep you hydrated. Fits my 11″ Macbook for everyday use
Quick drying and extremely thin, comes with a small bag
Small, foldable, and won’t burn out if you use it in a high-voltage outlet
Keep your luggage secure without worrying about the TSA
ACCOMMODATION BOOKING RESOURCES
Get great deals and pay for your rooms ahead of time
Stay with locals to get their perspective on the city
Lock down a room and rate without paying for it right away
Exchange your company for a free room over your head
Rocketmiles* Get 1000 extra miles on your first booking – on top of standard bonuses!
Book hotels and earn miles at the same time to speed up your miles-earning process
Capture your best action shots! Works really well as a backup camera in case your main one (or phone!) decides to shut down forever
No technology is good if you can’t turn it on
Keep using your poor battery life devices during the day
Keep you technology working wherever you’re from, wherever you’re going
Stay connected with your laptop of choice
ExpressVPN to secure your internet access* Get 30 days free!
Get around censorship (10x more common than I imagined) around the world and keep your data secure wherever you are
FLIGHTS & TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
Search for flights from anywhere to anywhere (cities, regions, countries) at any time. Get a range of prices depending on the dates you set to see the best time to travel! Great if you have flexible dates. They are constantly adding new features – including searching by time intervals (2 weeks, for example) or interests (wildlife, islands, etc.). On the home page, they even show some current flight deals.
Search for flights from anywhere to anywhere at any time. Has many of the same functionalities as Google Flights, and includes some small but crucial budget airlines that Google may not. They don’t take a commission from recommending flight patterns, so that eliminates potential for bias.
Search for complicated itineraries at once, which you can’t do with the tools above. This is especially useful when you want to book stopovers, but you can’t book them unless you use the following resource:
Since ITA Matrix doesn’t let you book directly through their website, you can copy and paste the itinerary you want into Book With Matrix and they’ll redirect you to the website/airline you need!
Fantastic resource for looking for cheap flights, and their Twitter is updated constantly. This website unfortunately is only helpful if you are in one of the US’s major cities -NYC / BOS / PHL / DC / MIA / DFW / PHX / LAX / SFO / PDX / SEA / ORD. They catch a lot of mistake fares and great deals in general. If you don’t live in the 12 cities they specifically target, the next website is probably better.
All the Flight Deals basically curates good deals – mistake fares or not – from any city you designate, and you can search by destination (from “anywhere” to a specific city) at any time. If you have a flexible schedule, check here!
Curious about train travel? This website has information on most train systems in the world – especially helpful for Europe travel but includes other countries as well. It lists links to train service websites that can give you specific details of what you’re looking for!
Plug in any two destinations and see the transportation options available, approximate time the trip will take, and approximate cost
EARN MORE POINTS & MILES
Take surveys, earn currency that you can trade in for points/miles of many programs (including United Airlines, Club Carlson Hotels, and Hilton Hotels) or gift cards (you do get awarded for ineligible survey attempts)
Take surveys, get United MileagePlus miles
LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES
Time-Interval Based Flashcard Service. Create your own decks or use a pre-made one.
Online Language Exchange Platform. You can chat with people who are native speakers or learners, read and correct writing, and find online language teachers.
Online integrated platform for language. As of the last update, Lingvist included Spanish, French, and Russian as languages you can learn if you know English. You must type in vocabulary to move on to the next card, and an automated voice will read the word for you if you want. Also time-interval-based, but timing system is not as clear as Anki.
Create your own or use existing decks!
Incredible Travel Blogs!
Looking for more travel inspiration? These are wonderful sites!
Maximize your time and every dollar without sacrificing experiences!
Travel Blogging Resources
Get your social media accounts to pop up!