As a travel blogger and full-time traveller, I'm constantly booking things. From flights to get me places to pillows to rest my head on, I spend a lot of time researching and planning. There are a lot of travel resources and websites out there, but these are the ones I go back to time and time again. They have my seal of approval, so you can book your next trip in confidence.
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Where to book flights and transport
Something I learned very quickly is that you sometimes need a car to get to the coolest places. At least, if you want to be there at the coolest time. Europcar has rental stations in pretty much every destination.
When I know where I'm going and need a certain luggage allowance, Kayak is the first place I check for flights. Once you search a route, you can add all the extras - like number of bags - on the side panel.
Japan Rail Pass
If you plan on spending at least one week in Japan, a Japan Rail pass is essential. It'll help you save on tickets and see more of my favourite country in the world. Just make sure you order it before you go.
One of the best things about travelling Europe is the great rail network. No matter how long you're travelling for, the best way to take advantage of it is and see as much as possible is with an Interrail pass.
I don't like taking any chances when I travel. Booking a private taxi transfer to the airport means I don't have to worry about delayed buses or finding a ride. I've even booked a transfer between two different airports before!
Where to stay when you travel
Airbnb is going first for a reason: because pretty much every place I stay in is one! Airbnb means you get all the home comforts (and sometimes more) while you're exploring. Click below to get a £25 discount.
If you love animals, Trusted Housesitters might be for you. Pet-owners give you accommodation in exchange for looking after their furry family members. Is is bad that I joined for the pets rather than the free accommodation?
Booking.com is like an all-in-one accommodation finder. I use it when I'm not really sure what accommodation I want (or can afford) and have time to browse. I love that you can pay more for free cancellation.
I don't often stay in hostels - it's not great for productivity! - but when I do, I book them through Hostelworld. In fact, I wouldn't even consider at looking at any other booking site because this one does everything I need.
Money matters: stay safe and secure
It's surprisingly hard to find travel insurance that covers you for long-term adventures or even just everyday adventures. World Nomads is a little pricier than others, but it's totally worth it for complete peace of mind.
Collecting airmiles and other loyalty points means you can travel for free... just for travelling in the first place. To avoid the headache of keeping track of them all, Points lets you keep everything in one place.
BA Credit Card
I pay for pretty much everything with my AMEX credit card. It means I gain some extra airmiles on every single transaction - just for buying the things I would anyway. Sign up (for free!) below for an extra bonus.
Tours and activities
Get Your Guide
I don't know what I did before I heard of Get Your Guide. This site has all sorts of tours and activities - and even a few multi-day trips - for every destination. You can usually save on the regular ticket price, too!
TourRadar is basically a search engine for travel tours. You can search by location, style or deals for tours by all the big travel tour names, so you don't have to plough through all the individual sites.
Living Social is a great site for finding deals on pretty much everything. They have a huge travel section which includes everything from restaurants discounts to deals on cruises and all inclusive holidays.
Technologies to make your travel better
I can't believe I didn't sign up for Amazon Prime sooner! For just £59 per year, I have TV shows, movies and music that I can access anywhere. Best of all, I have unlimited photo storage for keeping my travel snaps safe.
Without doubt the best sim card for travel, Three's sim-only plans work in 71 total destinations worldwide. My 1-month rolling contract with 8GB of worldwide data costs me just £13 per month!
While I don't recommend spending your valuable travel time glued to your phone, there's no denying how useful it can be. Whether it's staying entertained on planes or meeting travel pals, apps make everything better.
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