As you know, we travel a lot and on a budget, so we’re always scouring the internet for the best websites to help us find the best deals for flights, transport, accommodation and activities.
Below you’ll find our list of favourite tools, apps and websites that help us save money on our travels.
We’ve also included any discount links we have for you.
Browse below or use this list to jump to those resources you are interested in:
- Looking for Flights
- Finding Accommodation
- Travel Gear and Accessories
- Renting Cars or Campers
- Travel Insurance
- Finding Travel Activities and Experiences
- Travel Photography Gear
- Travel Blogging Resources
1. FINDING FLIGHTS
When searching for the best flights we use Skyscanner and then also check the prices direct with the airline to see which offers the best deal.
The site also gives you the latest information regarding COVID Travel Updates and restrictions HERE
2. FINDING ACCOMMODATION
We use a combination of sites to try to find the best accommodation deals.
On Booking.com we find a variety of cheap and budget accommodations such as local guesthouses and cheap hotels. We like that you become eligible for further discounts as a “booking genius” the more you book with them, so that gives us even more value.
As a comparison, we use Hotels.com to compare prices or find deals that might not be listed on Booking.com.
Homestay is a relatively recent and really useful accommodation idea. It is a little like Airbnb, but your host is on-site and can give local travel advice. This affordable option often includes a complimentary light breakfast and friendly chats with your host. Great for both short and longer-term stays.
This is our preferred method of finding accommodation because it is FREE. This option makes our travels much more affordable and we also get to have some pet cuddles too:)
3. TRAVEL GEAR AND ACCESSORIES
We’ve been on the road since 2017, so we have learnt about all the travel gear and accessories that can make your travels easier.
We have added useful items to both our UK and USA-based Amazon pages, which you can check out using the links below.
You may also find it useful to check out our articles on:
4. RENTING CARS OR CAMPERS
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Self-drive road trips are obviously our favourite way to travel. Whether you are taking a road trip by car, motorhome or camper — we’ve done them all.
We’ve shared our experience with camper and car rental tips below.
1. Car Hire
When you check out car hire prices, always check the difference in price between an airport pick-up compared to an in-town pick-up. It might be worth the taxi fare to get a cheaper price in the city.
🚘 We use Discovercars.com to find the best car rental deals.
2. MOTORHOME/CAMPERVAN RENTALS
We used them when we hired a motorhome in Europe and they couldn’t have been more helpful. They managed to get us a better deal than when we approached individual hire companies.
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Also, be sure to read our article on:
3. RV Rental
If you are in the US then you could look at using RVshare which makes RV travel easy by connecting you to camper owners in your local area, or at your destination that hire out their RVs.
They offer a huge selection of trusted RV rentals in the US.Save up to 25% on your 2022 travel costs by booking an RV through RVshare
5. TRAVEL INSURANCE
6. FINDING TRAVEL ACTIVITIES
1. Get Your Guide
We use Get Your Guide to find ideas of what to do in a place, book tours and buy tickets online and jump the queues.
You can find fabulous tours and experiences around the world.
Of the great tours on offer, many are run by local companies, and most tours and activities have Free cancellations up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
With their Reserve now & pay later option, you can keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
As a comparison for prices, we check out Viator which also often has alternative tours.
3. Free Walking Tours
If we are in a city we will check online for any free walking tours. These generally are led by locals and at the end of the tour, you can give a donation depending on how happy you are with the tour.
7. TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
We list and give reasons for our travel gear in this article 👉 Favourite Travel Photography Gear
What we have in our Camera Bags
We love the Sony a9s so much, we have four of them!
Until recently, we also had the Sony RX10 iv which Shelley loved and was a great all-purpose camera for those who don’t want to carry around different lenses.
Our Favourite Camera Lenses
- Sony 24-105 f4.0 G OSS (landscape photography)
- Sony 90mm f/2.8 G OSS (macro photography)
- Sony 100-400 f /4.5-5.6 GM OSS (wildlife photography)
- Sony 200-600 f/5.6-6.3 G OSS (wildlife photography)
- Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 (landscape photography)
- Tamron 70-180 f/2.8 Di III VXD (landscape, wildlife photography)
READ MORE: Our Travel Photography Gear – Packing Smart
Travel Photography Prints
Shop our ETSY store for digital downloads of our best photos and our unique travel-designed products.
TRAVEL BLOGGING RESOURCES
We have tried and tested several resources on our blogging journey. And we’ve spent money on courses and programs — some good, some rubbish, and some absolute game changers.
Below are our absolute game changers that we recommend without hesitation.
We know what it is like to set out on a blogging journey, and how tough it is to start making money from your passion. The below resources made a huge difference to our knowledge, approach and confidence.
There are more expensive resources that we have heard great things about too, but we aren’t able to justify them yet.
The main thing you will want to know about is SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
You don’t want to be writing your heart out for no one to be able to find you on Google. Learning about SEO is your number one priority.
The SEO TOOL we recommend
⭐️ So until you can justify a bigger expense for the Big names SEO Tools, KEYSEARCH is the way to go.
We use KEYSEARCH and have done so for a few years now – this was one of our game changers.
We can monitor our ranking positions and plan posts using the most beneficial keywords for our blog. And it all comes at a fraction of the cost we’d be paying for the others.
⭐️ Sign up to KEYSEARCH today, use our 20% off Code KSDISC, and start finding the best Keywords for your posts.
The BEST BLOGGING COURSE
I have taken several blogging courses … including one with Nomadic Matt, but this one, although the most expensive of all the courses we invested in, is the cream of the crop.
It is like a mini degree in all things travel blogging, SEO and affiliate marketing, all the while guided by a supportive and attentive team. You aren’t just a number on this course – you are part of a community that is cared about – rare in today’s age.
It costs way less than a degree though and is worth every dollar.
If you buy this course from the outset of your blogging journey – you will save so much time and heartache in the process of building your travel blog.
As a whole package, it costs less than all the combined courses we took in our blogging journey and has absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know.
⭐️⭐️ ⭐️Try out this FREE live webinar/workshop and make up your own mind … but take it from me, this is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your travel blog business.⭐️⭐️⭐️