Websites We Use to Book Accommodation
Decide whether a hotel or apartment is better suited for your vacation. Families will often get the best value booking short stay apartments. Book well reviewed places with free cancellation to minimize your risk in the event your plans change! Also keep in mind that with travel hacking, you can often get free hotel night stays through travel rewards! (more on that )
A Few of the Best Sites for Booking Plane Tickets
Search multiple sites if you’re looking for the best deal, because no website always offers the best price. We usually start our search via Google Flights and check other websites from there. Read our articles on Travel Hacks to Save Big Money and How to Buy Cheap Plane Tickets. Need help with your travel plans? Email me at [email protected] and I can help with your questions!
Free Flights and Hotels Through Travel Rewards
We play the credit card points game and score lots of international plane tickets and hotel stays for pennies on the dollar. Email me at [email protected] and I can tell you some of the best deals currently on the market.
Manage Credit Card Points
There’s a free service we use to manage our travel hacking “churn and burn” called Travel Freely. Travel Freely sends you reminders before your annual fee is due to cancel your credit cards. It also gives tips on when to apply for new cards and helps with travel goals. We use this service to help manage multiple free international or very low cost flights each year.
You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
Utilize Ride Sharing Apps
Uber ($2 off your first 3 rides). It’s the cheapest and safest way to get around many countries, including Mexico. There is a GPS record of who picked you up and where you’re going. Most Taxi companies don’t offer that (some are affiliated with Uber, like they are in Greece now). In the United States, it’s also worth having the Lyft app on your phone to quickly compare prices and book the cheaper ride.
Great Value US Airlines
Jet Blue – Complimentary in-flight entertainment and premium snacks included, even on domestic flights. Jet Blue is by far our favorite US airline.
Southwest – Complimentary checked bags included in fares, a rarity in the US airline industry. A downside to flying with Southwest is that there’s no assigned seats.
Train Travel in Europe
Search for European train tickets on Rail Europe. Rail Europe pulls train schedules and prices for trains on major European companies like EuroStar, Thalys and DB.
Discount European Airlines
You can sometimes score dirt cheap plane tickets in Europe. Just be sure to print your boarding passes ahead of time and know ahead how much luggage you will be traveling with!
Best Site for Finding American Bus Tickets with Multiple Companies
Read our article on How to Make Money Off a Travel Blog. This gives you an inside look on how we’ve monetized this website and how you can make money off a website of your own!
Starting a Website
If you’re thinking to start a website, Blue Host has excellent deals. This is one of the best companies to kick off your online business while keeping your overhead costs down.
Improve Your Photography Before Your Trip
You may want to consider an online photography course. Laurence at Finding the Universe created a great online photography course as part of Nomadic Matt’s Super Star Blogging courses. The course is well worth $79 if you’re looking to start blogging or just want to improve your photography skills!
Credit Card Rewards
Read this guide on JohnnyJet on the best travel rewards cards in 2019.
- If you own a hotel and it’s not already listed on booking.com use this link to have your property featured on booking and the first 5 bookings will be commission free!
Some Great Travel Sites and Blogs
Other great sites for travel information, inspiration and expat advice.
Man About World (LGBTQ Travel)
Frugal Traveler (New York Times)
Vacation Counts – a free app to track past vacation memories, optimize your work-life-vacation balance and maximize your vacation days.
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