Want the scoop on the best travel resources out there? Then look no further, my friend!
We have researched, planned, and organised each of our overseas adventures ourselves. We have certainly learned the hard way what works and what doesn’t, how to budget for a long holiday, effective packing skills, and where to go to get the best deals.
I use and recommend all the resources you see here…
Rome2Rio: Easy to use, beautifully designed, and also available as an app, Rome2rio is the first place I turn to when I need to figure out how to get from one destination to another.
Webjet: Provides great search options for locating cheap flights, accommodation, car hire, and activities all over the world.
Expedia: As per Webjet.
TripAdvisor: Find out information about the places you plan on visiting, and learn about the experiences that other people had there. Take with a grain of salt!
Seatguru: If you’re not sure which seat to pick for your flight, Seatguru offers advice on where the best seat is, and which ones to avoid.
HotelsCombined: Does what it says. It combines all the best hotel deals from a range of booking sites so you don’t have to look through them all.
Hotels.com: Pretty much the same, but this one offers a rewards system to encourage you to use their site instead.
Airbnb: Airbnb is a great alternative to staying in a hotel. You can book a private room, or an entire house/apartment nearly anywhere in the world.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes: If you ever thought that you didn’t need packing cubes in your life, let me change your mind right now. Packing cubes are a game changer. They make packing your bags so much easier, and having everything in handy pouches keeps your luggage tidy. Eagle Creek are my favourite ones to use.
GoToob: The perfect little containers for storing your liquids and gels. They are carry-on approved and easy to use.
Vapur Drink Bottle: Reusable, flexible drink bottles that fold down when you’re not using them.
Antler Suitcase: I’m currently using the Juno Medium. Aside from the beautiful colour options, it has been a hardy little suitcase that is easy to push around while in transit.
Samsung Galaxy S9+: My phone is the easiest way for me to take photos and share them online. I also use it to figure out where I’m going (Google Maps), to listen to music, and to keep in touch with friends and family.
Dell XPS 13: A great wee laptop for travel! It has a touch-screen, which is super helpful when I don’t have my mouse handy. It’s light, compact, and has been a great addition to my travel tech setup.
ipad Pro 9.7”: I always take my iPad travelling with me so I can watch movies and stay up to date with my social media and emails. Sometimes it’s easier to reach for than my laptop, and I prefer the bigger screen than using my phone.
Kobo Glo: I used to be dead against ereaders of any kind. But once I started travelling, and realised how cumbersome it was to lug books around with me, I became an ereader convert. I got my Kobo over seven years ago now, and I am kind of obsessed with it.
Universal Travel Adapter: If you don’t have a universal travel adapter, then I suggest you stop what you’re doing and go get one, now. They make life so much easier, having all the different fittings for plugs/sockets worldwide, meaning you don’t need to take a bunch of attachments with you. My current one is years old and has definitely come to the end of its life, so I’m eyeing up this one.
Spotify: I need music wherever I go, and Spotify has been the best platform I have found. At first I didn’t see the benefit of going Premium, but they were offering a three month trial for $0.99, so I figured why not? Omg, best decision. Premium allows you make songs and playlists available offline, there are no ads, and I can listen to my favourite music anywhere I want. Perfection. I have even created a pretty fabulous road trip playlist, which you can check out here.
Southern Cross: So far we have found Southern Cross to be the cheapest option for our worldly adventures.
Worldcare: When it comes to travelling around Australia, however, Worldcare seems to come up trumps for us.
Tripcover: An alternative to travel insurance, Tripcover only provide cover for your hire car. This is great for us, as we quite often hire cars out, but don’t require full travel insurance. Also, Tripcover usually works out much cheaper than getting insurance through the car rental agency.