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My 18 Best Travel Resources

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After a lot of trial and error testing out a countless number of apps and travel sites over the years, I’ve compiled my favorite travel tips and resources for you in this post.  The main thing I want you to know is that travel is within your reach and does not have to be expensive!  Here’s to taking some fun trips this year!

Travel Hacks

Budget Lodging

Cruises

CruiseDirect

Passports & Visas

RushMyPassport.com

Funding A Honeymoon

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Tour Companies

Booking Flights / Trip Planning

  • Skiplagged – cheap deals found through hidden fares
  • Secret Flying – this is an AMAZING site that shows super low cost error fares and creative ways to reach your destination cheaply.  Check it often because deals go quickly!
  • Hopper – a good tool for tracking changes in flight prices
  • Kayak – the Explore feature is helpful if you’re not sure where you want to go but want to see the cheapest destinations.
  • SeatGuru – check out your seat map before you fly
  • Rome2Rio – helps you plan your route and shows you the cheapest option to get from point A to point B.  I use this on almost every trip I take!
  • Triip – emphasis on booking travel with locals and they gift you a free tour once you make a booking with them!

Pet Lovers

  • TripHound – booking travel through this site donates money to save shelter dogs!
  • Trusted Housesitters – for an annual fee, you can find housesitting opportunities around the world for free lodging in exchange for caring for pets.
  • Rover – Find verified pet sitters (or sign up as a pet sitter/walker) with reviews to care for your fur baby while you’re away traveling.  We have used this site a few times and had good experiences.  You can get $20 off your first booking by using my link.

Navigation

  • Maps.me – downloadable offline maps – great for places you won’t have WiFi
  • Google Maps – my go-to when I can access my network or can access WiFi.

Communication

  • Whatsapp and Viber  – useful apps for free texting overseas
  • WeChat – useful texting/calling app for those traveling in China
  • Google Voice – set up a number before you travel internationally to save on calls
  • Duolingo – learn many different languages in a fun, interactive way

Food

  • Yelp  – useful for finding and reviewing restaurants.  Not in all countries, but I used it in plenty of European countries.
  • Eatwith – Dining experiences, food tours and cooking classes around the world

Travel Insurance

Visitors Coverage

Flight Sanity

Transportation

Put Your Shopping To Work Toward Travel Expenses

Saving And Reducing Debt

  • Saver Life – Earn a free $60 just for consistently making savings deposits each month for 6 months
  • CIT Bank High Yield Savings Account – the highest return of any savings account I have found.  My husband and I love this one!
  • Givling – Trivia App that pays off student loans (lottery system)

Luggage/Travel Bags/Packing

Nutrition & Fitness (read my longer post HERE)

  • My Amazon Storefront – easily access all the supplements and other products I use on my travels to stay healthy and fit.
  • Achievement – Earn money for activities such as walking, meditating, logging food, sleeping, tweeting, answering surveys or opting into a challenge.
  • Walgreens Balance Rewards – Earn money for tracking steps and healthy activities.  You can redeem the points for cash at checkout.
  • StepBet – Make a profit by meeting your activity goals.
  • Google Fit – A simple app to help you keep track of your daily activity goals.

Checking In On Loved Ones While Traveling

Iamfine  - Checkin for loved ones who live alone

Stay tuned as I will regularly be adding to this list of resources.   I hope you find this list helpful.  If you do, would you drop me a comment to let me know what has worked well for you?  Also, let me know what other tools you use in your travels!

Until next time, thanks for reading and remember, sharing is caring!

 

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