Everything you need to plan your perfect trip.
Planning your trip can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you stay? How do you get there? What the heck is travel insurance? Well, I certainly don’t have all the answers. But I have a few! Hopefully this page will become your go-to guide for travel resources. Keep this bookmarked and check back when you need it because I’ll keep this updated as I discover/try new products!
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I am an avid Airbnb user. When I travel, I want to live as much like a local as possible and I find that staying in someone else’s home is a great way to do use. I have used Airbnb all over the United States AND Europe and have yet to have a bad experience. Click here to get a $35 credit towards your first stay!
I have not yet tried Homestay, but it seems rather similar to Airbnb has been recommended by several of my travel blogger friends so I thought I would add it here in case you’re not a fan of Airbnb. You can visit Homestay by clicking here.
Just like Homestay, I have yet to try Couchsurfing but this has also come highly recommended by several of my travel blogger friends. You can visit their website here.
While I am quite loyal to Airbnb, sometimes there’s nothing better than staying in a hotel. You don’t have to clean up after yourself (though you shouldn’t try to make a mess) and sometimes there’s free breakfast! Hotels.com makes it easy to book a hotel at your destination.
Trivago is one of the best ways to save money on a hotel! It’s comparable to Expedia and Hotels.com and it’s the first website I’ll check when looking for a hotel room to book.
Vacalia – (Mediterranean Only)
Vacalia is a website where you can book homes or luxury villas in Mallorca or Costa Blanca, Spain. They are aimed towards travelers and tourists who want to have an authentic experience but without having to forgo the comforts of modern life.
Expedia is the #1 online travel agency. They consistently have great deals on air, hotel, vacation packages, cruises, car rentals, and in-destination services access for Expedia.com and Expedia.ca. It’s basically a one-stop shop for your travel needs.
Uber is my personal favorite way of transportation while traveling! I find it’s much cheaper than taxi’s and also quicker than public transportation. Click here to your first ride FREE (or $15 off, depending)!
Lyft is another rideshare company, similar to Uber. I find that Lyft is a much cheaper option during times of high demand. Click here to download Lyft.
I’m including this under transportation as well since it’s like a one-stop shop. Expedia is the #1 online travel agency. They consistently have great deals on air, hotel, vacation packages, cruises, car rentals, and in-destination services access for Expedia.com and Expedia.ca.
CheapOair is my favorite company to book last-minute flights through. I mean, they always have great deals – hence the name but I’ve only ever used them for last minute trips. I feel like it’s a hidden gem in the traveling community. You can find roundtrip flights for under $199!
Park N Fly (United States Only)
Park N Fly is something that I use every. single. time. I fly – it’s so convenient and you can save a lot of money on airport parking!
OneTravel is a travel website offering flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages to top destinations around the world.
My personal favorite way of travel is by train – I could do it for days! Especially throughout Europe. Whenever I’m in Europe, I book my train passes through Rail Europe for the best deal.
How To Afford To Travel
Traveling can be expensive, there’s no denying that. I wrote an in-depth article all about how to afford to travel. I plan on writing an updated article soon as I’m always trying new ways to save money for my travel habit.
Skyscanner is the best website to find cheap flights! They even have an option where you can search for flights “everywhere” as the destination where you can fly anywhere on the cheap!
World Nomads is my personal tried and true company for traveler’s insurance. Fill out the form below to get a free quote.
Allianz Global Assistance
Phone + Charger
This one is so obvious, I don’t even know why I’m including it. You can’t travel without your phone. It’s inconceivable. I have an iPhone 6s Plus and it’s permanently attached to my hand, so I always make sure to bring along the charger and the other items I have mentioned right below this because the battery doesn’t last very long lol. It also helps for quick pictures to upload to Instagram and Snapchat to give my friends serious FOMO. Kidding. But not really 😉
This is only $25 on Amazon and IT IS AMAZING. It includes 5 international adapters and is compatible with outlets in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Japan, Africa, the Mid-East, Asia, China, etc. (more than 150 countries worldwide). Unfortunately it’s not compatible with Italy’s 3-prong outlet but literally, everywhere else in the world, you’re golden. This is definitely worth the small price to pay and save you from many dead phones and laptops. Definitely number one on my list of travel essentials.
Another one near the very top of my travel essentials list. Whether you’re traveling or not traveling, it’s a LIFESAVER. If you are glued to your phone all the time (such as Moi), you NEED one of this. The one I have linked is only about $13 (or you can buy a colorful one for $15 if that’s your thing) so it’s well worth the small price to pay. I own it in black and it has saved my phone battery many many times. I always have it on me.
Personally, I prefer a physical book because I’m old school and love the smell and the feeling. But I also know that they take up a lot of space in your carry-on. You can literally have thousands of books on your Kindle and it takes up hardly any room in your bag. For my upcoming trek across Europe, I’ll be bringing my Kindle along so I can save space in my suitcase for all the goodies I plan on buying lol. If you do bring a Kindle, make sure you have fully charged before you leave and bring along the charger (I use my fiance’s phone charger to charge it so that saves even more space)!
A Camera + Charger
This is a must-have for me, not only because I’m a travel blogger, but I want pictures to look back upon! I keep a box filled with vacation mementos.. receipts, tickets, and pictures! It’s so much fun going through the box and looking back at all our pictures. I have a Nikon D3300 and I love it so much. You can use any regular point and shoot camera, but a DSLR looks sooo much better. I also got a WIFI adapter attachment so I can upload photos I take on my DSLR straight to Instagram!
I neeeeed to listen to music while flying because it really helps calm down my nerves because I am a nervous flyer. I just have the crappy ones that came with my phone so I’m not too concerned with losing them. I also bring along a pair of bluetooth headphones when I need more noise cancellation.
Laptop + Charger
As a travel blogger, I need a way to work while on trips. So I always make sure to pack my computer and charger in my carry-on.
Obviously, when you’re trekking up and down endless roads, you want to have comfortable shoes on. For this very reason (even though I hate the way tennis shoes look on me) I always pack a pair of broken in tennis shoes. It’s very important that they are broken in so they’re even more comfortable, just so you know. The more comfortable the shoes, the longer you can explore – keep that in mind when you want to only pack six-inch heels.
Of course, you’ll want to bring along any prescription medicine you have. Make sure you have enough to last you the length of the trip as trying to get refills while away isn’t the easiest thing. You’ll also want to bring along medications such as sleeping aids, pain reliever, Dramamine, and anti-diarrhea medicine. Make sure you keep this in your carry-on bag and don’t check them.
That’s all I got for you, for right now anyway! But, keep checking back as I will keep this page as updated as possible. Also, don’t hesitate to let me know YOUR favorite travel resources and I may add them to this page as well.