these are the companies i use
I trust them.
I’ve tested them.
I’ve compared them to other companies for years.
And they are the best travel resources available. Period.
They offer the best deals, the best customer service, and the most honest products & procedures.
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All things female travel! This is my international travel community where you can meet other girls taking similar trips with similar badass energy.
All things Bali! Join a community of women who are living their dream on the Island of the Gods. We do meetups, speedating (for friendship), share tips, advice and resources!
The cheapest deals and fastest routes are on Skyscanner.
This site collectively searches every flight-booking site (Expedia, Priceline, and small booking sites) to find the best prices, layovers, and total flight times. They also have a “whole month” search feature that shows you which days of the month have the best prices, ideal for flexible trips.
Traveling to multiple cities? Want to book a Round-The-World Ticket?
AirTreks will find you multiple-destination flight routes that make sense. Add all of your cities in the trip planner, give your email address, and AirTreks sends you a customized flight itinerary for your trip. A real human will walk you through your travel itinerary, and then book your flights for you. Plus, travel insurance & 24/7 travel assistance is complimentary with your booking!
My #1 hotel booking site!
Booking.com has over 1 million properties to choose from, all over the world. Rather than booking directly with a hotel, Booking.com acts as a mediator to make sure that you get exactly what you’ve paid for! They’ve got free-cancelation on many properties and often offer daily-deals for members! I love the ‘map search’ feature to help you find that perfect beachfront bungalow or city-center hotel.
Always check Airbnb when traveling!
Sleep in a treehouse in Vietnam, a bubble on the beach in Bali, or a floating raft in Thailand…AirBnb offers some of the most unique accommodation out there, with local hosts! Signing up for the first time? Use this link and get $40 off your first stay.
Backpackers! Many hostels list themselves on Hostelworld…and nowhere else.
In fact, most of the best hostels only list themselves on HostelWorld, and not the other booking sites. The reviews are honest and the search features are easy to use. If you’re looking for social vibes and cheap prices, this is where you wanna look.
No foreign transaction fees (you can any ATM without a penalty) plus they reimburse you for fees charged by ATMs abroad (I usually get around $100 back per month)
A free debit card made for travelers. This is a must-have back-up debit card in case anything should happen to your main debit card. Transfer cash onto this card minus using the app.
For digital nomads! I pay my rent, put down deposits, and send cash to my employees using Transferwise. They have the lowest transaction fees out there and the quickest transfer times.
The #1 Travel Credit Card for travel card beginners.
Chase Sapphire gets you Priority Pass Lounge Access around the world, travel insurance on your gadgets, and the opportunity to travel for free with your points! Use this link and get 60k points at sign-up (that’s enough to fly to Japan and back).
The most powerful Travel Credit Card (and everyday credit card) ever.
SOME of the rewards include 5x points on flights and hotels, $200 in Uber Credits per year, $200 Airline Fee Credit per year (aka money back) and Airport Lounge Global Access with Priority Pass. Use this link to get 60k points!
For trips under 3-months, WorldNomads offers the most straight-forward travel plans.
Pick the Standard Plan for basic travel coverage/flight protection or the Explorer Plan for extreme adventures like Kayaking and Rock-climbing. These plans include massive accident coverage from $100,000 to $1,000,000 – plus, evacuation coverage if you need to be helicoptered off a mountain somewhere.
I buy all of my travel gear from Amazon!
All of the biggest brands sell their gear through Amazon with a 30-day return guarantee. Reading through real reviews is the best way to find the backpack, shoes, headphones to fit your trip.
Protect your identity while traveling.
A day after my friends logged into their bank account from Bali, their credit card information was stolen by hackers. Now we always use a VPN to protect our personal information. A VPN also allows you to stream Netflix and American websites abroad.
Local tours by local hosts.
You can choose random day-tours from random street vendors…or you can pre-arrange a tour offered by a local and backed-up with real reviews from travelers just like you. Nearly every big city in Asia offers bucket list activities on AirBnb now! Get the best of local life without the risk of local scams.
Glow-up tours led by Alexa! Cocktails and beaches, healers and transformation. These tours are like a body scrub…but for your whole life.
The #1 Transportation Resource for Travelers.
Boats, Trains, Buses and Flights – when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B, a quick search will show you all your options and even help you book your tickets
Any train. Any country.
The Man in Seat 61 allows you to search train routes and times for even the most remote train journeys. For each particular journey, the site will tell you how to book (or if you can just show up), the ticket price, and offers insider tips to make your journey more comfortable and safe.
Do you speak English? Did you graduate high-school? Congratulations, you can teach English as a second-language
…but first, you’ll need a TEFL certificate. This certificate opens doors to landing jobs and gives you a competitive edge! Take the course online do it at your own pace, or take a 4-week in-class course in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines…or somewhere equally exotic. Afterwards, ITT TEFL will help connect you with a paid teaching job abroad.
Bartend at a hostel in the Philippines, work at a ski resort in Japan, volunteer at a Cat Sanctuary in Thailand!
The options and opportunities are endless! WorkAway.info is an exchange-platform where business owners and volunteers exchange work for accommodation, food, and sometimes payment. You could literally travel around the entire world and never pay for a night’s sleep….
Organic farming abroad!
Live on an organic farm and learn how to farm sustainably under the teachings of an organic farmer. You’ll work 5-8 hours per day, and in exchange, be given accommodation and food. Many WOOFing farms take multiple volunteers at a time, giving you the opportunity to form international friendships.
I traveled from South America, through Central America and up into Mexico just by house sitting.
Then I did it all again through Thailand. Your job as a house sitter is simple: take care of the house and/or pets while the homeowners travel. House sits can range anywhere from a weekend-long job to a 6-month gig. That’s free rent for you!