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 use to maximize my potential as a budget traveler and travel blogger.

I will tweak and refresh this page as my travel and blogging interests evolve. The information here will always be fresh and I promise to give you the very best resources to make you a better traveler and/or travel blogger. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Happy travels.


FLIGHTS


Skyscanner

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

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

 

Booking.com

I book about 90% of my hotels and hostels through Booking.com. Extensive and detailed filters with great maps and fair pricing. Huge selection.

Hostelworld

Occasionally returns better prices than Booking.com, but offers only hostels. Great site for solo travelers who don’t mind a little company.

Airbnb

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!

Couch Surfing

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.


RENTAL CARS

 

Rentalcars.com

Great site to search for affordable rental cars across a wide variety of brands. A convenient option to find cars to rent from the airport.

Turo

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.

Getaround

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.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

 

World Nomads

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.


TRAVEL GEAR

 

Osprey Porter 46 Backpack

Great backpack for ‘carry-on only’ travelers. Comfortable and durable. Plenty of storage and many useful pockets. A very well-designed bag. 

ExOfficio Sol Cool Camino Pants

Legs zip off into shorts. Lightweight and comfortable. Spacious pockets with zippers for security. Stylish (not dorky like many zip-offs) and versatile.

Chaco Z1 Classic Sandals

Extremely comfortable once broken in. Sturdy and durable for hiking and athletic activities. Allow your feet to breathe. Great for warm-weather destinations.

Sony Xtra Bass Headphones

Excellent sound quality. Great at blocking out external noise. Microphone for phone calls. Lightweight and fold up compact for travel.

Howard Leight Earplugs

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

Packing Cubes

Vital to staying organized on the road. Mesh allows for clean clothes to stay fresh. Keeps clean and dirty clothes separate. A must-have for travel packing.

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Soap

Versatile soap with 18 different uses. Strong and effective, smells great. Healthy and sustainable ingredients. A little goes a very long way.


BLOGGING GEAR

 

13″ MacBook Pro

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. 

Laptop Carrying Case

Vital to protect my computer during travel. Generously padded with an external pocket. The handle makes carrying easy. Tip: buy one size down.

 

WD Passport 4TB Hard Drive

Loads of storage to back up important photos, files, and websites. Quick transfer times. Compact, sturdy, and reliable.

Olympus O-MD E-M10 Camera & Lens Kit

Affordable mirrorless camera. Comes with close-range lens (1) and zoom lens (1). Compact and lightweight. Straight-forward and easy to use.

Sigma 60mm F2.8 Prime Lens

Fixed prime lens (doesn’t zoom). Takes very high-quality photos. Wonderful for portraits and close-ups. My favorite lens of the bunch. 

UltraPod II Tripod

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.

Moleskine Pocket Journal

Tough leather cover keeps pages safe. Room to store notecards. Thick, quality paper that’s easy to write on. A note-takers dream. 


TREKKING GEAR

 

Osprey Exos 48 Backpack

Extremely comfortable backpack. Effective and lightweight frame. Mesh back netting for great breathability. Extensive set of features.

Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles

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. 

Zpacks Triplex Tent

My favorite piece of trekking gear ever. Extremely lightweight and durable. Excellent protection from wind and rain. A favorite among ultralight trekkers.

Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm Sleeping Pad

Luxuriously soft and ultra-warm. Packs down small and can be blown up quickly. Easy to deflate. Very durable and comfortable.

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boots

Burly and rugged. Waterproof but breathable. Grip the earth well and provide solid high-ankle support. Very comfortable and durable.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter Kit

The go-to water purification system among lightweight trekkers. Effective and long-lasting. Easy to clean. Produces crystal clear drinking water every time.

Arcteryx Cerium LT Down Jacket

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

 

Chase Sapphire Reserve

Best all-around travel credit card. Travel insurance included. Airport lounge access. Free global entry pass. Earns 3 points per dollar on travel. 

Chase United Explorer

United miles often get you more than other airline rewards cards. Generous rewards program spanning multiple airlines. Two free checked bags. 

Capital One Venture Rewards

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.


BLOGGING RESOURCES

 

SiteGround

Top-of-the-class web hosting and domain registration. Competitive pricing. Low downtime. Exceptional customer service. Highly Recommended.

WP-Prosperity

Widely used WordPress theme with fast and friendly support. My current theme. Used by many popular travel bloggers. 

Superstar Blogging

Helps beginner and intermediate travel bloggers take the next step. Extensive and thorough knowledge from the best in the business.

Snappa

Helps create Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest themed media in a snap. Very simple and effective. Saves lots of time.

Trello

A digital workspace used to unite people to work on projects together. Keeps everything organized and moving the right direction.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CC

The king of all photo-editing software. Effortlessly trim and tweak photos to stand out on your website. A must-have for bloggers.

Kraken.io

A straightforward photo optimization tool. I use Kraken.io to shed more than 50% of my photos’ original size. Necessary for SEO.

NordVPN

Keeps delicate information safe by routing internet service through secure servers. Allows for free and open internet access in restricted countries.

My List of the 10 Best Travel Blogs

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

 

Workaway

Has a vast database of jobs and volunteer opportunities in over 180 countries worldwide. Widely used and trusted.

HelpX

Much like Workaway, helpX provides users with an extensive database of work and volunteer opportunities in farms, hostels, boats, etc.

International TEFL Academy

Get your certification to teach English as a foreign language here. 1-2 month courses will qualify you to land teaching jobs worldwide.

WWOOF

Find volunteer opportunities worldwide to work on organic farms. Search through thousands of farms in countries far and wide.

TransitionsAbroad.com

Provides job and volunteer opportunities, expat resources, stories, recommendations, and more. They pay writers for meaningful content.


TRAVEL APPS

 

Maps.me

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.

Google Maps

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.

WhatsApp

The go-to encrypted messaging app among travelers worldwide. Effortless text messaging, calling, and video chatting to anyone, anywhere.

Google Translate

Smooth and effortless translation for nearly any widely spoken language. Includes offline, voice, and photo translations. Another must-have travel app.

Unit Converter

Converts currency, temperature, weight, distance, speed, and everything in between. Most useful for travelers who are unfamiliar with the metric system.

Netflix

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.