My favourite platforms for booking hotels/hostels, international and domestic flights, visas, insurance, forex accounts and travel gear. My focus has always been on budget travel and affordable luxury. If I can find a way to save money, I will. It doesn’t mean I won’t spend it elsewhere. 😉
Do check out my list here for all the help you need to plan, find and book your dream trips around the world!
- BOOKING.COM– Go-to booking (pun intended) platform for global bookings. I find this platform to be the most reliable and offer the widest selection and flexibility when it comes to handling all my accommodation needs.
- HOSTELWORLD– If you’re a backpacker, a solo traveller or enjoy meeting other like minded people on your travels, hostelworld has got you covered with the largest inventory of hostels in the world. I use them each time I travel alone or want to do a cheap trip for a longer period.
- AIRBNB – If I’m looking to stay for a longer period, like a local or simply want a home stay instead of a commercial place, I use this platform. If you don’t have an account, you can use my referral code here to get $30 in travel credit.
- HOUSESITTER– If you’re looking to find a housesitter while on vacation or apply for a job to get access to free housing, this platform is quite amazing. The downside is a one time annual fee but all your placements post that are free which is quite a catch if you plan to go to an expensive country!
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- SKYSCANNER– The platform I have used the most and absolutely love, especially when you are flexible on dates and can use the “Everywhere” option. Downside is no flight guarantee as its only an aggregator platform.
- KIWI– Also features the “Anywhere” option. If I travel alone, I use this platform as the prices are more or less the same as skyscanner, but I get the added Kiwi Guarantee without having to pay extra which is amazing if your flight gets late or cancelled.
- CLEARTRIP– The only platform I use when I book flights in India or in Asia.
- CHEAP FLIGHTS– Another solid platform to find the cheapest flights and travel deals globally. I used them while backpacking Europe and found some truly cheap offers.
- STUDENT UNIVERSE- As the name suggest, this platform works best for students or people under the age of 26. Same flight, cheaper price! 😉
- RAIL EUROPE– If you plan to travel to Europe, there is no better alternative to move around than by rail. Make sure to decide carefully between one country, multi country or global passes. Read more here on how to travel Europe for cheap.
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- World Nomads– Flexible, Cheap, Made For Travelers by Travelers. You can book and claim online from anywhere, anytime.
- iVisa– The easiest platform to check, apply and receive your visa no matter where you are in the world.
- Tour Radar – Not only the best offers of tours worldwide, but they regularly run the most amazing contests too.
- Contiki Tours– The most exciting tour company for people in the 18-35 age group. As a student or a solo traveler this is definitely a platform worth checking out! Get an extra discount using PROMO CODE- STUDENT75
- Sightseeing Pass (US Only)– Avoid wandering around in tourist offices and get your city passes (with great deals in advance) using this platform. Unfortunately, only US audience has access to it for now. Here’s to hoping it comes soon to Europe too!
- TRANSFER WISE – I use this platform not only to send money abroad but also as a borderless account. The feature is new and allows you to hold and manage money in 40 currencies! I use this as a protection to avoid paying exchange rate charges each time I am in a new country and works excellent as a back-up account and card. Read Also: Transfer Money Abroad – 5 Reasons Why I Only Use Transferwise
- MONEY GRAM– Extremely popular in Germany, and a good way to send money for cheap especially if you’re looking for a store with physical presence. In this aspect, Money Gram beats Transferwise, as the latter is a pure online platform.
- PAYPAL– If you don’t actually want an international account, but would like to be able to pay and receive payments online, having a Paypal account really helps! This one is especially great for people who have online businesses or often receive payments from international sources.
- E-TORO– If you earn a regular income and are looking to diversify your investments, then this platform will give you that. Besides being the world’s leading social trading platform, it also offers you the possibility to invest in cryptocurrencies, ETF’s and various global stocks and indices. The more you invest, the more money you have to travel in the future!
- Mardin GTOP 25L Backpack- for Camping/Hiking or Day Trips with rain cover. Suitable also for weekend trips.
- The North Face Terra 50 Backpack– for camping/hiking/trekking longer trips.
- Google Pixel 2 or iPhone 8 – for mobile photography. Most suited for quick social media updates.
- Selfie Stick– Solo travelers, this will be your best friend! Don’t leave your trip’s photos up to strangers. I learnt this the hard way!
- Olympus Pen E-P1 PL9 Compact System Camera– If you’re into slightly more serious photography and would love to have an additional companion for your digital photos, this is the best travel camera ever! It’s good to look at , sturdy and has excellent performance.
- Joby Tripod – Depending on the camera you use, having a tripod for shots from above or a distance can come really handy! I personally love and use this brand especially since it is super affordable.
- Universal Travel Adaptor– The one thing you definitely shouldn’t leave home without. This one’s been a saviour on many a trips!
- Portable Charger/Power Bank– Whilst taking a million photos and battling with crappy internet, you should have a back up charger on the go. I particularly like this one as I can use it for up to 3 reloads on my phone.
- BOSE Portable Speakers – For me, no trip alone or otherwise is complete without good music. I take this no matter where I am headed. I even use them all the time at home because the sound quality is seriously amazing!
For more details on travel accessories, read my detailed post here!
iTalki – A neat little handy tool to learn any language online. The idea is for it to be a social network where you can find teachers and even teach people how to learn (for money, yay!). It works best when you have limited time and would love to find tandem partners around the world to practise the language you want to learn!