After getting on and off the road for over three years of travel (and still counting!), I have formulated the, dare I say, perfect, list of travel resources that will make planning your trip and getting all the best deals feel like a walk on a white sand beach in Tulum. 

 


 

This is my one-stop shop for all things travel. You can create new boards for any destination, find travel tips, hikes, packing guides, and itineraries to save all in one spot. Create boards for all your dream spots and you’ll be prepared for any adventure!

 

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Save all your must-see spots, airports, restaurants, and secret locations all on an interactive map that you can download offline while you travel. This helps keep me organized and stress-free when I travel since everything is in one spot.

 

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Instagram is the best way to get a photo and location inspiration for your next trips. I love saving photos that inspire me so that I can look back on them when planning my future adventures. Follow travel photographers for the all the best spots!

 

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This is the first website I check for the best flight deals. Kiwi finds the cheapest price for each leg of your flight itinerary and makes it into one bookable flight with the some of the lowest prices you’ll ever see!

 

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The next best place to get those great deals is Google Flights. This is a good starting point to search for flights, but always compare with other sites to make sure you’re getting the best price!

 

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Ah yes. My favorite, carefree way to get flight deals. If you’re flexible with your travel dates and destintations, this is a great tool. Just put in your departure airport and you’ll get insane deals straight to your inbox!

 

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ITA Matrix is the flight search tool of all flight search tools. It was developed my MIT scientists and it’s safe to say that if you need the deals of all deals, this is the best place to find them and it’s incredibly detailed.

 

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When you’re booking your flight and you’re not sure where the best place to sit is, Seat Guru has you covered. It will tell you the best place to sit on any flight and comes with other handy guides!

 

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If you’re thinking ahead for travels in the future, Hopper will tell you the best time and month to book your flight and you’ll get live price alerts to your phone including secret deals that you may not have caught!

 

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READ NEXT: HOW TO BOOK THE CHEAPEST FLIGHTS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

 


This is my FAVORITE place to find unique stays all around the world and if it’s your first time booking a stay with Airbnb, you can use this link to get $40 off your first stay in castle, bungalow, or any other magical place.

 

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Staying in a hostel is one of the best ways to meet new people while traveling and Hostelworld features listings all around the world that you can browse, read reviews, and book with zero extra fees.

 

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What Airbnb and Hostelworld don’t have, Agoda does. It features some of the most unique accommodations and some you can’t find on other sites. I always browse around so I don’t miss a special spot!

 

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Booking.com is another on the list that I like to browse and maybe find a better deal on. I like using this site because I can get cash back through Rakuten and get a better price on wherever I stay around the world.

 

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Interested in a wild adventure? Stay with hosts all around the globe, free of charge, for a unique travel experience and maybe even a new friendship! This is a great way to make a home away from home.

 

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If I am staying in a hotel, I like to compare prices from the top websites using Hotels Combined. This way I know I am getting the best deal and saving some money since I don’t normally splurge on hotels.

 

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READ NEXT: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO AIRBNB + $40 OFF YOUR FIRST TRIP

 


 

 

I never travel anywhere without travel insurance and the World Nomads travel plans will cover you from lost luggage, cancelled flights, flight delays, medical emergencies, civil unrest, and scams. I like their Explorer plan because it covers me on any adventure.

 

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READ NEXT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE

 


When it comes to overland transportation, this is the website that will tell you how to get from a to b sans plane ride. It’s a great alternative to flying and it’s even better for the environment!

 

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If you’re ever unsure of how to get from one place to another, even in the most remote places, Rome 2 Rio will tell you how to get there and even give you the estimated cost of each option!

 

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Renting a car is the best way to explore a country and I use Kayak to find all the best deals around the world. I love having my own set of wheels and it’s easy to find the perfect car for my travel needs on this site.

 

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Skyroam is the best way to stay connected abroad and for $9/Day or $99/month, you can be online no matter where you are in the world with a 4G connection. The device is extremely travel-friendly and easy to use on and off the road.

 

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When connecting to public wifi abroad, you’re exposing all of your information to people with the potential for people to hack into your data. A VPN protects your information, so don’t leave home without it!

 

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I love getting local sims when I travel because it allows me to make local calls and have signal wherever I go. It’s also a cheaper alternative to wifi if you’re not keen on renting, but make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave for your trip.

 

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Do you have your trip planned and you’re read to start whipping out those packing cubes and backpack? Browse all my packing guides for specific destinations, activites, and seasons!

 

 


I’ve been shooting with Canon camera since my family got their first camera back when I was a kid. I love the ease of use and the quality of my photos that Canon gives. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III.

 

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I am a huge believer in upcycling, so whenever I am looking to buy gently loved or new gear, I can always find it on BH Photo. They have a wide variety for all brands and they have incredible customer service.

 

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I don’t think I have ever loved a lens as much as I love the Sigma 35mm ART Lens. This beast still sits on my camera the majority of the time and you just can’t beat the quality of Sigma’s lens glass.

 

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Weighstead is the best site for zero waste and package-free products to drastically reduce your waste. My sister-in-law’s highschool BBF started this store and I adore the quick shipping and high quality products.

 

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If I can’t find what I need on Weighstead, The Package Free Shop has me covered. They are a larger online zero waste store so they cover everything from your kitchen, bathroom, pets, laundry, personal needs, and more. It’s wild.

 

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I love the unique products that this store carries and they have even more specific products, even a cotton bread bag, that you never thought you would come across. It’s a cute store owned by an even cuter couple.

 

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READ NEXT: 16 ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR ZERO WASTE TRAVEL

 


This is the first place I browse for all of my hiking, camping, and outdoor needs. I love the variety that Backcountry has and they also give you free 2-day shipping on orders over $50 which is awesome.

 

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REI is another great place to find outdoor gear. You can browse their used website to upcycle gently loved gear, browse their main website, or attend their yearly garage sale to snatch the best deals if you’re looking to upgrade.

 

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Patagonia takes the cake for being my favorite outdoor brand. I love their style, color palettes, worn wear website, and their passion for using upcycled materials and protecting the environment.

 

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There are affiliate links throughout this little guide, which means when you make a purchase through one of these links, you help support this space and keep me blogging at no extra cost to you, a win-win. I wholeheartedly believe in all the apps, websites, companies, and products listed throughout this page and I know you will too, hence why they’re here (: