Whether you’re going on a trip for the first time or the tenth time, the planning process can be stressful. A number of questions and doubts arise when planning for a trip. You may think:
- “When should I book my flight?”
- “Which hotel should I stay at?”
- “What should I bring?”
- “What if something happens to me?”
I’ve made this page to provide some travel resources to make that process easier for you! Want to know the best way to book flights? The best websites to secure accommodation? My must-have travel items? Continue reading!
Without a doubt, the best website to book flights is Skyscanner. Here’s the reasons we use Skyscanner:
- They include a lot of budget airlines that Google Flights and Kayak don’t.
- They have a “fly everywhere” option that allows you to input your home airport and search fares for any destination.
- Their website is very easy to use and navigate.
- We have found overall lower prices using Skyscanner compared to Google flights, Kayak or Expedia.
Hostelworld is exactly as it sounds. It’s only for hostels, but we stay in hostels 75% of the time when we travel. The website has tons of members, so reviews are frequent and very helpful, making the booking decision easier. They require a 20% deposit upon making a reservation, but offer a secure deposit feature. With this, you can pay $1 per person and in the event of a cancellation, your deposit is secured and can be used for another booking.
Booking.com offers all types of accommodation, from cheap hostels to luxury 5-star resorts. You are given discounts if you sign up, which is free, and you will get an additional 10% off when you reach genius status once you make 5 bookings through their site. They require a credit card number when you sign up, but offer a “book now, pay later” feature, so you will never pay up front for your hotel.
AirBnB has a huge range of accommodation selections, from penthouse apartments to small rural cottages. We like to use AirBnB for longer stays when we want a more local experience. The rentals typically come furnished, which keeps packing to a minimum!
We are firm believers of having travel insurance every time you leave your home country! Accidents happen and the last thing you want is to be stuck in a foreign country with medical expenses, no luggage, or no way to get home.
Allianz Travel Insurance is one of the top rated companies in the world and it’s one of the most affordable. We used this option for our 5 month trip through Asia and Oceania and opted to forego trip cancellation coverage because we booked the trip ourselves using one way tickets. Therefore, we only had health insurance and luggage protection and our plan was less than $100 for our entire trip.
World Nomads is also highly rated, especially among backpackers. They have a wide array of coverage options and they stand out in that they cover high risk activities (with a higher premium, of course) such as bungee jumping, skydiving and scuba diving that most other insurance companies won’t cover. They tend to be a little more expensive, but their plans are quite comprehensive.
I’d advise you to get quotes from several different travel agencies to see which one best suits your travel plans, but want to reiterate the importance of getting insurance!
Our Must-Have Items
Universal Travel Adapter.
This one is compact and covers more than 150 countries!
A Kindle or Book(s)
One of the main goals of vacation is to relax, right? No better way to do that than with a good book! Physical books can be heavy and bulky for travel, so we both have kindles and would recommend them as an alternative.
The last thing you want to do is have your phone die when you’re trying to navigate or take an awesome picture! We recently discovered this solar powered power bank that has 2 USB ports, a flashlight and is waterproof and shock proof.
Travel Comfort Pack
This cheap kit comes with an inflatable travel pillow, an eyemask and earplugs! Even better, they all fit into a small case that will easily fit in your carry on! It has saved us on long flights, ferries and bus rides!
I’ve also written a post about a complete packing guide for a backpacking trip that can be found here!
I hope these lists help ease some of your travel stresses! Do you have any favorite sites or must bring items when you travel? Let us know in the comments!