Our Travel Resources

Want to travel more? Keen to learn how you can book the most affordable flights, accommodation, tours and travel insurance? After travelling the world for more than 20 years, we’ve created this travel resources page to share our expert travel knowledge with you.

We even wrote a post about it – Our ultimate travel tips.

We’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out how to travel longer, cheaper and better. This is a collection of the best travel resources when it comes to transportation, accommodation, travel insurance, travel gear and more.

All of these items are products that we personally use and recommend to others. Choosing the best travel resources from the beginning will save you time and money. Trust us, if you use these travel resources below, you will be able to travel much further than you ever imagined.

Accommodation

Booking.com is an easy to use search engine. It offers the best selection of accommodation available all over the world. We find they offer the lowest prices and no fees. Our Tip: Search by price and filter by best reviews.

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Airbnb is one of our favourite ways to travel. Not only do you get the experience of living like a local in a real house or apartment, but you also save heaps of money. Use our referral code and you’ll get $55 off your first booking!

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Hotels Combined is a hotel metasearch. It aggregates more than 2 million deals from hundreds of travel sites and hotel chains. The site operates in over 42 languages and handles 130 different currencies. We like that this website is very user-friendly, and we often nab some amazing deals around the world.

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Agoda is a great search engine for searching hotels, holiday rentals, and airport transfers. Basically, they’re a one-stop-shop. We like their huge range of fantastic hotels and villas, particularly in Asian countries.

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Flights

Skyscanner is the one we use to book most of our travels around the world. It allows you to search for the cheapest flights over entire months and lets you see the cheapest destinations you can fly to. Our favourite thing about Skyscanner is that it has “everywhere” as a destination option.

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We also use Expedia to book some of our flights. This search engine lets book flights, vacation packages, hotels, cars, cruises and activities too. The search features from the homepage prompt you for the most important information first. Then you can filter the results for the best hotels, flights and rental cars based on your preferences.

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This flight search engine is fantastic! CheapOair is the website we use to book most of our travels around the world. Book and travel confidently with these guys. They make it really easy to book flights. If you need hotels & car hire too, you can book it here all in one go. You can’t beat CheapOair prices and their customer service is top-notch too!

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Travel Insurance

World Nomads is the only travel insurance company we use. It’s flexible, even allowing you to purchase insurance after you’ve started your trip (not typical of most insurance companies), or extend any time if you decide to travel longer. It provides generous coverage, particularly for adventure activities and sports. From our own personal experience, they actually pay out for legitimate insurance claims when things go wrong.

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Day Tours & Activities

Viator is one of our favourite sites for booking food tours, day tours and attraction tickets. It’s so easy to just browse the tours on Viator, pay online, and immediately receive your tour voucher. You can choose to print it or simply save it as a display on your smartphone.

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Get Your Guide has a fantastic user-friendly website that has some unique and unmissable things to do in many destinations. Browse and book activities all over the world. We love the fact that in case plans change, you can cancel most bookings for free up to 24 hours before they start. Their customer service is excellent and available 24/7 in multiple languages.

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Cookly is a fantastic website for all the foodies out there! Here you’ll find a global community of passionate cooks and travelling foodies exploring the world through local food and cooking traditions. Learn how to cook and prepare authentic dishes while meeting passionate locals at the same time.

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Travel Gear We love

We love our portable espresso maker! It travels with us around the world. We can pump out a great espresso with a rich crema and all from anywhere, at any time. We pick up ground coffee beans along the way to make sure we never miss one of the things we love the most.

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Osprey Farpoint 40L Backpack. This is hands down, the best backpack we’ve ever travelled with. Osprey bags are built for life, they’re super durable, affordable and have great features for the modern-day traveller. Gotta love that this one is a carry-on size too.

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Lonely Planet Travel Guides are a great source of information for every traveller. We regularly used these useful guide books for inspiration about where to travel and for assistance in planning logistics for many trips. If you don’t want to carry the weight of a guidebook, they offer an E-Book version too.

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We love our Birkenstock Sandals. They’re so comfortable for everyday wear, they’re light and durable too. These are always in our backpacks…or on our feet.

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Awesome Group Tour Companies

Intrepid Travel is our favourite small group tour company. They offer different trips to all corners of the globe, plus they have several different ways to travel. Choose from Basic, Original or Comfort style with these guys. What we love most is that they are firm believers in responsible travel, they use local guides and their tours are affordable.

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GAdventures are another awesome small group tour company that offer some incredible trips and they care about sustainable tourism too. These guys have many returning clients, which speaks volumes about the value of their tours around the world.

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TourRadaris a booking engine that allows you to filter and search for the best group tour in the destination you’re travelling to. It openly tells you which company will operate the tour, the age group, itinerary details etc. When people book a tour through TourRadar, they can also download an app that allows them to instant message other people that will be on their tour. TourRadar is the way forward when it comes to choosing the right group tour for you.

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Topdeck Travel is is a tour operator providing trips for people aged 18 to 39 throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Egypt and the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Topdeck offers 330 different tours in 65 countries. We worked as Road Crew for Topdeck Travel for many years and always say it was the best job we ever had! Highly recommended!

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Travel Planning

We love Lonely Planet Guide Books. It’s up to you if you’d like to buy one online or purchase the E-Book option so you can access it at any time on your iPhone. We use these guidebooks frequently during our travels around the world. They’re easy to use, the information is regularly updated and they’re always having amazing online sales where you can save heaps of cash.

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Tripit is a useful tool that will automatically put together your travel itinerary based on the booking confirmations you get via e-mail for your flight and hotel reservations. Just start forwarding your confirmations to [email protected], and you’ll automatically get a full itinerary that you can access from your laptop or smartphone, and even share with friends and family. Naturally, if you need to edit your itinerary, you can do that too.

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Rome2Rio is an amazing website to help you plan how to get from A to B, anywhere in the world. We use it frequently during our travels around the world – we can’t imagine travelling without it now. Download the App to your phone and make life easier for yourself to get the most up to date information at your fingertips. Search buses, trains, air, ferries & rideshares and easily plan your route. Compare travel options. Find how to get anywhere!

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Travel Blogging

Want to start your own website? This is the best choice for beginners — quality web hosting for a low price. Bluehost has an easy-to-use interface, one-click WordPress installation, very helpful (and easy-to-get-hold-of) customer service, and rates as low as $3.95 per month.

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Siteground is easily one of the best website hosting platforms out there today. We choose Siteground to host our website and we absolutely love this product. SiteGround’s speed is one of the biggest reasons why we choose them. Their price plans are competative and it’s worth mentioning that the customer service is the best we’ve experienced.

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A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must-have tool to protect your privacy and increase your security on the Internet. Atlas VPN safeguards your connection with military-grade encryption, so you can log into your accounts, make bank transfers, and shop online without worrying that your personal data will be hacked. Getting an Atlas VPN is one of the best investments we’ve ever made.

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AWeber is a great email marketing and automation platform. It’s perfect for content creators, full time bloggers, digital nomads and entrepreneurs. We like that AWeber has straight forward, easy-to-use automation tools which makes it much easier to grow our business.

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Envato Elements is a subscription service for designers and content creators. Your subscription includes access to bulk stock content including graphics, courses and tutorials, and business management tools. So many creative skills can be gained on this platform and it’s helped us to customise our entire website.

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Money Matters

TransferWise is an online account that lets you send money, get paid, and spend money internationally. This service has saved us loads of money in International fees. We’d rather pay these guys a few dollars to transfer cash around the world than give it to the greedy banks…wouldn’t you? With a TransferWise account, you can get paid in other currencies and send money overseas. Seriously, this changed our lives! When you sign up for a Transferwise account using our personal invite – you can send your first International transfer absolutely free! You’re welcome.

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What is the best travel debit card ever? ING Direct. How do you save hundreds of dollars each year on International ATM fees and transactions? Get an ING debit card. Say goodbye to all those annoying fees for good. Read our blog post about signing up for an ING debit card – then go and treat yourself to something nice for all that cash you’re going to save. Seriously, if you love to travel and hate to pay ridiculous International transactions and ATM fees, this card is the answer.

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Applying for our Explorers American Express Credit Card was the best thing we ever did. We were hesitant at first as there is an annual fee of $400, however you receive a credit of $400 to spend towards travels…so it’s free. More reasons to love it. You get 2 entries to the Amex lounge at SYD or MEL airport per year. The more you spend, the more points you earn for travel. You can transfer points to 8 airlines (Virgin Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates or others) to use towards your next flight. The customer service team at AMEX are amazing. The best part for new members who sign up here – you’ll receive a bunch of points to put towards your first International or domestic flight!

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Car Hire 

Europcar is the car company we use to hire cars all over the world. They keep their car fleets up to date. This means when we rent a vehicle, it’s an up to date model and always in good condition. Their customer service is always good and above all, their prices are unbeatable!

RentalCars is the website we use to book car rental in the USA and Canada. They offer a large range of cars of all different shapes and sizes and their prices are very competitive with other companies. 

RV Share – The best company to use to search for the perfect RV for a road trip across the USA! The website is super easy to use and packed full of practical information. There are so many recreational vehicles to choose from here – and we’d say they beat all the other companies with prices. 

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Useful Websites We Love

Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. We really love this website! If you need anything done online (and don’t have the time or the skills to do it yourself) this cool website enables you to browse through a selection of freelancers offering these services. Things like graphic design and small jobs on your website can be sorted ASAP by hiring a freelancer with just one click.

Fiverr Travel Resources

Babbel works. It’s the reason why we use it. We try to learn new languages or enough of a new language to enrich our travel experiences as we travel around the world. When you learn a new language, you want to be able to actually use it. With real people. In the real world. Babbel is designed with that goal in mind. Sign up here to start learning a new language and receive up to 60% off!

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Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in this community to learn all the latest skills and discover new opportunities. Get 1 month FREE and try it out!

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Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 183,000 courses! Learn programming, marketing, data science and just about anything you’re interested in. This awesome platform allows instructors to build online courses on their preferred topics, but for now, we use it to learn. Highly recommended!

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Get Free Accommodation – Become a House-sitter

Aussie House Sitters is our ‘go-to’ website when we’re back home in Australia. When we’re not travelling internationally, we use this website for minding a home and getting some work done online at the same time. Not to mention we’re saving money on accommodation in Australia (it’s not cheap) which we put towards more travel. This website has the largest range of house-sits in Australia and the website is really easy to use. At only A$84 to join up, this is a really good deal!

Use our Referral Code VMYBJ5 to join up with Aussie House Sitters and you’ll receive a $10 discount off your membership!

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Trusted Housesitters is an amazing website for saving loads of money and house-sitting all over the world. Being a house-sitter means free accommodation for you in return for looking after different homes around the globe. Become a member for only $79 per year and become a verified house sitter. This was one of the best things we ever did!

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