This is a travel resources page that will point you in the right direction when planning a trip with information on accommodation, flights, travel insurance, transportation and more. I have also included travel blogs, and that will help you in the planning process and some tips to make the planning process more seamless.
The flight ticket is sometimes the most expensive expense (depends on the country of departure and arrival) so you definitely want to get the best deal on it.
Flights/ flight comparison sites:
Tip: when searching for flights on Skyscanner, use the “everywhere” function to filter your finds for the cheapest flight ticket from your location.
Flight deal subscription companies:
- Scott’s Cheap Flights: Cheap flights departing from just the US (for now).
- Jack’s Flight Club (For flights from US, UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe)
- Sends alerts for cheap flights departing from all airports in the United Kingdom and northern Europe.
- Sends alerts for cheap flights departing from Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington airports, as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle departures.
This is not the time to skimp on insurance! I mean, we’re in a pandemic, we definitely need all the coverage we can get.
The type of coverage you get depends on what you pay for. Travel insurance can cover a variety of things including:
- Medical expenses
- Emergency Evacuation
- Flight delays
- Loss of property
- Cancelled trips
- Coverage for trip cancellation and medical expenses due to the pandemic
Travel Insurance to get:
- Any Insurance company (make sure you do your research for the best deals)
- World Nomad Travel Insurance: Travel insurance designed for travellers by travellers. Book your travel insurance with World Nomads.
- Safety Wing: is the world’s first International Travel Medical Insurance for remote workers and anyone travelling or living abroad. It’s on a subscription basis and coverage starts at $37 for four weeks. It provides 2 types of Insurance.
- Nomad Insurance for digital nomads
- Remote Health Insurance: comprehensive health insurance for full-time nomads.
You may be staying in a hotel, Airbnb, or with a friend. Wherever you are staying needs to be decided before you arrive.
Where to search for your accommodation:
- Booking.com (the holy grail): you can find any and every kind of accommodation. From hotels to resorts to apartments to riads to hostels.
- Airbnb: Perfect if you prefer something more self-catered, you can also find some very unique Airbnb’s. They are also great for long stays.
- Couchsurfing: locals sign up to Couchsurfing if they have a “couch” available for you (for free). It’s not necessarily always a couch, some also have rooms available.
- Just make sure you do enough research and you’ve properly vetted whoever you’ll be staying with.
- House sitters: you offer in-home pet care for a free place to stay.
- Hostelworld: shared accommodation with other like-minded travellers.
For more information about hostels check out this post by She Travelled the World on what you should know before staying in a hostel.
- Instagram: location tags! You can search for hotels in your destination on Instagram and see where people have stayed.
Welcome to the activities portion of this resource page!
When you travel you want to ensure you book activities whether it’s something adventurous, a historical tour or a cultural immersive tour, this list provides information on sites that help you book these experiences.
- TourRadar: a convenient site to help you find tours (both group and private tours) all over the world. From budget to luxury you’re spoilt for choice.
- Showaround: you can find locals to show you around their city and plan tours with them that are tailored to your needs.
- It’s a great way to meet people and find affordable tours. Some may even decide to show you around for free.
There is also the option of a free walking tour.
- Free Tour: you can book both free and budget tours.
- Free Walking Tour: search for free walking tours in Europe.
Instagram: you can connect with someone from the city you plan on visiting and plan to meet up. More often than not, they will offer to show you around.
You may want to join a group trip or have a company plan your trip for you.
Here are a few of my favourite travel companies (this list is not exhaustive there are many more).
- Wind Collective: a travel community of explorers whose trips are rooted in immersive cultural, adventurous and creative trips and giving back to local communities.
- The Travel Clan: focused on exploring Africa’s jewels in the rough, on a budget.
- The Curious Traveller: specialising in group travel in Africa
- Chidi Ashley Travels: curated bucket list activities (group trips and private trips)
- Just Rioba Trips: trips curated for women to travel together
P.s: if you have travel companies not listed here, please share them with me!
TRAVEL BLOGS & PUBLICATIONS
This right here! Don’t sleep on travel blogs!! I know, I may be biased but honestly, there is so much information that goes unread in travel blogs.
- Nomadic Matt
- Spirited Pursuit
- Just Rioba
- She Travelled the world
- Travel with a pen
- Ferinajo: I’m just going to plug myself 👀
TRANSPORTATION – GETTING AROUND
Getting around: are you going to be using public transport, a private driver, can you walk? Do you have to rent a vehicle? How far from each other are the areas you want to visit?
These questions are very important and will influence the type of transportation use on your trip.
- A lot of countries use UBER, so do your research while planning.
Tip: if you take an uber and feel safe with the driver, you can negotiate with them, for them to be your personal driver for the rest of your stay.
- RentalCars.com is part of Booking.com, it connects you with some of the top brands in car hire!
- Rome2Rio.com helps you search any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the world to easily get you from point A to B.
And of course, you can travel on group trips which already have transportation sorted.
FREE PACKING GUIDE
If you’re as forgetful as I am then you forget one or 2 things when packing for a trip. Sooo, I have created a downloadable packing guide/ checklist which you can tick as you go.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD
Unfortunately, in these pandemic times a PCR test is another expense you need to budget for.
You will need to check the government sites of the countries you are visiting to find out their Covid-19 requirements, the documents you need to have before you will be allowed entry and any additional information you may need.
- Search Facebook: search – travel in x country (x being the country of your destination), you will find groups/ people specific to your destination country. It helps in planning and meeting people.
- Search on Instagram: use a location hashtag to find posts in x country and you can use them to help plan your trips.
- Use Pinterest (I can’t stress this enough). All you need to do is search for the country you intend to visit and travel guides/itineraries and all the information available on that country will come up. They lead you to travel blogs that usually give you all the information you need.
As I find new resources to help make the planning process easier, I will update this page.
Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you I earn a commission if you make a purchase using links from this site. The list above is not exhaustive, there are many more. However, the companies listed are ones I have used, have been recommended to me by other travellers and some that I intend to use in my future travels. I hope you find them useful when planning your own trips.
If you have any more questions, or just want to chat, feel free to send an email!