This travel resources page lists the products and services we personally use to find travel deals, flights, make bookings and plan out our adventures.
Whether you are looking for somewhere to stay, researching travel insurance or want to find out about what travel gear you may need to pack, hopefully we can help you along your way.
Here you will find some recommendations on:
– Finding places to stay
– Travel booking and travel planning
– Travel apps to use
– Top travel blogs we love
– Travel Insurance
– Travel Gear
Places to stay:
Finding the right accommodation is essential when you are planning to travel, and where you stay can often make or break a trip. Check out this section of our website: Stay the night with…
Stay the night with… is an ongoing blogging series that curates hotels and places to stay. This series is dedicated to finding beautiful accommodation spots, cosy bed-and-breakfasts and places to stay the night. This space will be regularly updated with our favourite places to stay and play.
Travel Bookings and Travel Planning:
Airbnb connects you with homeowners who rent out their homes or apartments. You’ll get all the comforts of home, the chance to stay in a local, non-touristy part of where you are going, and often pay a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. (Note that if you’re new to Airbnb, get $50 AUD off your first trip here!)
Booking.com is one of my all-time favourite booking apps when it comes to finding accomodation. You can book places in advance with free-cancellation. It has big savings on hotels in 118000 destinations worldwide. You can easily browse hotel reviews and find the guaranteed best price on hotels for all budgets. I hear they are also especially good for listing in developing countries.
GTFO (which stands for Get The Flight Out) is like Hotels Tonight, but for flights–which drop significantly in price when you get close to the date of departure. If you’re into spontaneous travel and a cheap deal, then this one is for you
Skyscanner searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget airlines that larger sites may miss. It’s a great way to price compare when you are planning out your flights.
Hopper allows you to predict the right time to purchase airline tickets and get the best flights (it uses some unique memory-based algorithm). Hopper asks you where you want to go and then lays out a convenient price calendar for you to see average prices. There are no hidden fees, just the confidence that you’re booking smart and saving money.
Roadtrippers helps people discover the world around them in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking and navigation into an engaging and intuitive process. The web and mobile applications are free to use.
You are in the right place if you are looking for a travel blog! The Wild Hideaway is a lifestyle and travel blog with a focus on finding great places to stay. The Wild Hideaway has been recognised by The Culture Trip as one of the top 5 Melbourne-based blogs in Australia and also listed as one of Australia’s top 10 lifestyle blogs by Pedestrian TV!
See this post for a few of our favourite travel bloggers around the world: Useful travel websites and travel blogs to bookmark
This one is a no-brainer! Google Maps is a real time-saver when it comes to finding your way around, especially in an unfamiliar or new city. I always like to take screen shots on my phone of routes in advance so that if I don’t have Wifi while in route, I don’t lose my directions!
Google Trips gathers all your travel information from Gmail and Inbox and organises it automatically. It also maps out half-day or day itineraries, with suggestions of things to see or do. The cool thing about this one is that it works entirely offline, so you don’t have to worry about arriving in a new country and having to find a wifi spot before you can find out where you’re going.
This is a great one for foodies. EatWith allows you to eat home cooked meal with locals. Locals post listings for dinner parties and meals that you can sign up for. There is a fee but this is a great way to try something different, pick a local’s brain and meet new people over a great meal.
PackPoint is a smartpacking list app, it automatically generates a packing list for your trip: you just enter the destination, date of travel and length of stay along with some details about the activities you are planning.
On Time Out you can discover and explore new places to eat and drink in the city you are in with curated lists of great restaurants, events, bars and things to do. On the app, you can book concert tickets and make reservations to help with your forward travel planning.
Google translate is a super useful tool for communicating abroad to avoid any awkward language barriers, Google Translate features over 60 languages and allows users to speak the text as well as type it. No more sorting through language books to figure out what people are trying to say!
Find more in this post here: Travel planning: Top time-saving travel apps
Stay tuned for our recommendations on travel gear…
One of the most important things to tick off your checklist is your travel insurance. Going away without it is risky business, as you could be up for some enormous medical costs if something went wrong. If you can’t afford travel insurance then you can’t afford to travel!
Stay tuned for our recommendations on travel insurance…
While you are here you can check out this post: 13 things to do before you head overseas on the trip of a lifetime
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