Travel & Blogging Resources
Ever since I paid off my debt, sold all my stuff, and started traveling the world I’ve discovered many helpful travel and blogging resources that have enriched my life on the road. This page gives you the best websites, products, and services that I personally use to maximize my potential as a solo traveler and travel blogger.
I will tweak and refresh the info on this page as my travel and blogging interests evolve. The information here will always be fresh and I will always do my best to help you become a better traveler. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Happy travels.
A resource for the spontaneous traveler. Don’t know where you want to go? Search flights to ‘everywhere’ to uncover cheap and random destinations.
Momondo hasn’t failed me yet. My favorite feature is their easy-to-understand bar graph that displays prices across multiple travel dates.
PLACES TO STAY
I book about 90% of my hotels and hostels through Booking.com. Extensive and detailed filters with great maps and fair pricing. Huge selection.
Occasionally returns better prices than Booking.com, but offers only hostels. Great site for solo travelers who don’t mind a little company.
Rent from real people and find one-of-a-kind properties. Sign up for Airbnb with my link to get $40 off your first booking!
A budget travelers dream. Stay for FREE with like-minded folks from all walks of life. Don’t forget to offer up your couch when you get home.
Rent personal cars, trucks, and camper vans, often times at a far better price than at the airport. Think of Turo as an Airbnb for cars.
Very similar to Turo, but also offers car rental by the hour. Great place to find a personal ride for day trips or short jaunts around town.
I’ve used Budget multiple times renting cars from the airport. I’ve always had good experiences with them, but not always with other big brands.
Thankfully, I’ve never needed to make a travel insurance claim. World Nomads offers fair prices and insures every single item in your travel bag.
Great backpack for ‘carry-on only’ travelers. Comfortable and durable. Plenty of storage and many useful pockets. A very well-designed bag.
Legs zip off into shorts. Lightweight and comfortable. Spacious pockets with zippers for security. Stylish (not dorky like many zip-offs) and versatile.
Extremely comfortable once broken in. Sturdy and durable for hiking and athletic activities. Allow your feet to breathe. Great for warm-weather destinations.
Excellent sound quality. Great at blocking out external noise. Microphone for phone calls. Lightweight and fold up compact for travel.
Best earplugs I’ve used hands down. Extremely comfortable and effective. Don’t fall out in the middle of the night. An essential piece of travel gear.
Vital to staying organized on the road. Mesh allows clean clothes to stay fresh. Keeps clean and dirty clothes separate. A must-have for travel packing.
Versatile soap with 18 different uses. Strong and effective, smells great. Healthy and sustainable ingredients. A little goes a very long way.
Lightning-fast. Capable of efficient photo and video editing. Durable and reliable. Doesn’t crash or lag. The perfect machine to run a travel blog.
Vital to protecting my computer during travel. Generously padded with an external pocket. The handle makes carrying easy. Tip: buy one size down.
Loads of storage to back up important photos, files, and websites. Quick transfer times. Compact, sturdy, and reliable.
Affordable mirrorless camera. Comes with close-range lens (1) and zoom lens (1). Compact and lightweight. Straight-forward and easy to use.
Fixed prime lens (doesn’t zoom). Takes very high-quality photos. Wonderful for portraits and close-ups. My favorite lens of the bunch.
One of the lightest tripods on the market at 120 grams (4 oz). Folds up neatly and takes up very little space in your bag. Simple and practical.
Tough leather cover keeps pages safe. Room to store notecards. Thick, quality paper that’s easy to write on. A note-takers dream.
Extremely comfortable backpack. Effective and lightweight frame. Mesh back netting for great breathability. Extensive set of features.
Effectively ease the pressure put on your knees and back while hiking. Prevents injury from slips/falls. Used as supports to prop up my tent.
My favorite piece of trekking gear ever. Extremely lightweight and durable. Excellent protection from wind and rain. A favorite among ultralight trekkers.
Luxuriously soft and ultra-warm. Packs down small and can be blown up quickly. Easy to deflate. Very durable and comfortable.
Burly and rugged. Waterproof but breathable. Grip the earth well and provide solid high-ankle support. Very comfortable and durable.
The go-to water purification system among lightweight trekkers. Effective and long-lasting. Easy to clean. Produces crystal clear drinking water every time.
Water-resistant. and lightweight. Packs down small and can be used as a pillow. Hood provides full-coverage protection for the face. Very, very warm.
Click here to view my complete lightweight trekking gear list.
TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARDS
Best all-around travel credit card. Travel insurance included. Airport lounge access. Free global entry pass. Earns 3 points per dollar on travel.
United miles often get you more than other airline rewards cards. Generous rewards program spanning multiple airlines. Two free checked bags.
Earn 2 points per dollar on every purchase. Earns 10 miles per dollar on Hotels.com. No foreign transaction fees. No annual fee for the first year.
Top-of-the-class web hosting and domain registration. Competitive pricing. Low downtime. Exceptional customer service. Highly Recommended.
Widely used WordPress theme with fast and friendly support. My current theme. Used by many popular travel bloggers.
Helps beginner and intermediate travel bloggers take the next step. Extensive and thorough knowledge from the best in the business.
Helps create Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest themed media in a snap. Very simple and effective. Saves lots of time.
A digital workspace used to unite people to work on projects together. Keeps everything organized and moving the right direction.
The king of all photo-editing software. Effortlessly trim and tweak photos to stand out on your website. A must-have for bloggers.
A straightforward photo optimization tool. I use Kraken.io to shed more than 50% of my photos’ original size. Necessary for SEO.
Keeps delicate information safe by routing internet service through secure servers. Allows for free and open internet access in restricted countries.
A detailed look at my favorite travel bloggers in the business. They’ve helped inspire my life of exploration, writing, adventure, and photography.
WORK & VOLUNTEER ABROAD
Has a vast database of jobs and volunteer opportunities in over 180 countries worldwide. Widely used and trusted.
Much like Workaway, helpX provides users with an extensive database of work and volunteer opportunities in farms, hostels, boats, etc.
Get your certification to teach English as a foreign language here. 1-2 month courses will qualify you to land teaching jobs worldwide.
Find volunteer opportunities worldwide to work on organic farms. Search through thousands of farms in countries far and wide.
Provides job and volunteer opportunities, expat resources, stories, recommendations, and more. They pay writers for meaningful content.
Rapidly growing network of offline maps. Known for their detailed hiking and trekking trail maps that are hard to find on any other maps. A must-have travel app.
Has more thorough and detailed city maps than Maps.me, but doesn’t map trails as well. Won’t allow you to download offline maps in countries that restrict Google.
The go-to encrypted messaging app among travelers worldwide. Effortless text messaging, calling, and video chatting to anyone, anywhere.
Smooth and effortless translation for nearly any widely spoken language. Includes offline, voice, and photo translations. Another must-have travel app.
Converts currency, temperature, weight, distance, speed, and everything in between. Most useful for travelers who are unfamiliar with the metric system.
Watch shows and movies from a massive and well-known database in most countries worldwide. Use NordVPN to watch Netflix from restricted countries.
Full Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. If you follow an affiliate link and end up making a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Everything I’ve listed above has helped me explore the world and start my own travel blog. I stand behind every single recommendation I make.