Resources

When I started traveling in 2003, there weren’t many online resources available. I had to learn the ropes of traveling as I made my way from Asia to Europe, Africa, South America and beyond. Now, after 14 years of traveling 120+ countries across all seven continents, I’ve picked up a trick or two when it comes to world travel.

This page is an organized list of travel tips and websites that I hope will help you plan your own adventures around the world.

For a more detailed list, please refer to my book The Adventure Traveler’s Handbook

TRAVEL TIPS

TRAVEL RESOURCES

Here is a list of websites I use to plan my trips, book the cheapest flights anywhere in the world and get the most reliable travel insurance. If you’re looking for the best bargains, check out my list of Black Friday travel deals.

 

Flights

This is by far my favorite website for finding cheap airfares as it searches a wide variety of airlines, including budget carriers that other sites miss. It allows you to see airfares for an entire month in one window, so you can pick the cheapest day to fly. I also like its “Everywhere” feature that allows you to put in your home airport and find the best flight deals to anywhere in the world.

A great flight search engine, especially for international flights outside the US. It’s one of my main starting points for when I book international tickets and I’ve found fares on their site hundreds of dollars cheaper than I’ve found elsewhere.

Besides providing reviews, TripAdvisor also has a meta search engine for flights, with the user-friendly option of clicking to compare results on other travel sites, including BookingBuddy, Hotwire, Priceline and Travelocity.

If you are planning an extended trip spanning across continents, booking a RTW (round-the-world) ticket can be a cheap and convenient way to fly around the world. Airtreks is a leader in RTW tickets. They can mix and match from all available airlines (excluding budget airlines) to find you the best deal.

Accommodation

This is my go-to website for booking hotels worldwide. The hotels range from budget 3-star hotels to luxury resorts. The interface is easy to use and the booking process is fast and convenient. I like booking through their app – it just takes a minute or two, and it saves my confirmation in my phone’s passbook (accessible offline).

This popular accommodation booking site lets you book short-term apartment rental and experience living like a local. This is a great option if you are planto travel in a group or want the space to cook and enjoy the comforts of home. Sign up with this link to get $25 off your first stay!

As the best booking website for accommodation in Asia, Agoda offers some regional deals that you won’t find on other search engines. When I’m planning a trip in Asia, I always use Agoda.

When I started backpacking in 2005, this was my favorite booking site. It’s the best hostel booking site there with the best search engine and largest inventory. You can find hostels for as low as $5 per night (like the one I stayed in Cairo, Egypt!).

Travel Insurance

I’ve been using Travel Guard since I started traveling in 2003. They offer great value, in depth coverage and excellent customer service. I’ve made a claim before and the compensation was great and the whole process was fast and easy. If you’re an active traveler like me, you can also get an adventure insurance plan to cover high risk activities like white water rafting and horse riding.

They are a well respected company with competitive prices and worldwide coverage, highly recommended by many world travelers. It is one of the few companies that allow you to buy a policy when you are already traveling. Their policies include baggage loss and flight delays/cancellations.

Adventure Tour Operators

They are a small-group adventure travel operator with an emphasis on authentic, local experiences. I am a brand ambassador for G Adventures and I’ve traveled with them to Antarctica, Arctic, Nepal, Brazil, southern Africa, New Zealand and Mongolia; they’ve got my seal of approval. I recommend signing up to their newsletter for offers and last minute deals. If you become a returning customer, you get discounts on your next trips.

They are a well respected company with competitive prices and worldwide coverage, highly recommended by many world travelers. It is one of the few companies that allow you to buy a policy when you are already traveling. Their policies include baggage loss and flight delays/cancellations.

Day Tours

For any type of day tours, hikes or outdoor excursions, this is the company to go to. It has the largest selection of short tours on the internet, and you can book anything from cooking classes and flamenco shows to paragliding excursions and hiking adventures. They cover more than 1,500 destinations worldwide.

This is a new concept of buying experiences and giving them as gifts. You can get a Tinggly gift box for $119 and it’s is valid for any of 350+ experiences in 80+ countries. There are some interesting experiences ranging from a bungee jump in New Zealand to a scuba experience in Cancun.

Travel Gear

This is the best place to get travel gear if you live in the US. They have the widest range of outdoor travel gear from backpacks to packing cubes, first aid kits and hiking equipment. You can also find all the major outdoor brands there like Deuter and Osprey.

I’ve been using their products for a while now and can personally vouch for the quality of their gear. They have a strong focus on innovation and their packs are the sturdiest and smartest you can find in the market. All of Eagle Creek products are covered under the “No Matter What” Warranty that promises lifetime warranty. Read my review of several Eagle Creek gear.

Technology

Vypr is a unique VPN service that hosts its own servers for the more secure connection possible. You can choose to browse the web from over 50 countries where servers are hosted.

Things break, hard drives fail and SD card get damaged. Crashplan is a fantastic service for backing up your personal data from any device. Don’t subject yourself to losing important documents and files — secure a backup plan now with this easy-to-use service.

Travel Blogging

Do you want to learn how to build a travel blog from some of the best in the business? Travel Blog Success is a program that will help you do exactly that. This online course and community, built by seasoned travel bloggers in the industry, is perfect for anyone who wants to build a blog with a solid foundation.

Once you’re ready to start a travel blog, you’ll need a package to host your website. Bluehost is a reliable, well-reputed hosting website with great customer service. They offer different packages depending on the size of your site and what capabilities you need.

Once you’ve set up your blogging platform, you’re ready to make it look pretty. WooThemes is a website that has dozens of selections for sleek and user-friendly themes to use on your website. These premium things are used by new bloggers and professionals alike to build clean, well-designed websites.

You never know what will happen online, and it’s crucial to back up your site regularly so that you can restore any damages from hackers or server crashes. Backup Buddy is a WordPress plugin that is easy to use and reliable for your web backup needs.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. I earn a commission if you make a purchase, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. I only recommend companies that I’ve used before and have enjoyed using. Let me know if you have any questions regarding these companies, I’ll be happy to answer them.