Below we have put together a list of all our favorite travel resources, starting with the websites we use to plan and book our flights and hotels.
These are websites and tools we personally use and highly recommend. We have also included some of our favorite blogging tools. We use these tools all the time and they are crucial in running our travel blog.
At the bottom of this page, you will find our favorite photography and video courses.
We will be adding and expanding to these resources, so before you go on your next trip be sure to check back for the latest updates.
Agoda is the King of hotel booking for Asia, and our favourite hotel booking site whenever we travel in that part of the world. Agoda has more hotels and hostels in Asia than any other booking site and usually the best rates as well.
Booking is awesome for Europe and the US and pretty good in Asia as well. What we really like about Booking.com is that you reserve your hotel room through Booking.com but pay at the hotel when you check in or out. So if you end up changing your mind, you don’t have to wait for a refund.
Hotels.com has a great free bonus arrangement where you get every 10th hotel night that you book through them for free (you have to register as a member to get this). We have used that a lot and have saved quite a bit of money when traveling for longer periods of time.
AirBnB is a great site for longer rentals. This site connects you with homeowners who want to rent out their apartment/ home/ rooms. If we plan to stay in a city for more than a week, we will check AirBnB.com to see what is available and what the rates are.
Hotwire sells hotels at huge discounts. We love this website and their concept and have saved a lot of money on luxury hotels through Hotwire. The downside is that you won’t know exactly wich hotel you’ll get until after the booking, just the hotel’s class (stars), what area it is in, and what facilities the hotel offer (pool, training gym etc). We have gotten some incredibly good deals through Hotwire and stayed in hotels we could not afford to stay in otherwise. They don’t work well for remote and small places, but we use them all the time in the big cities
HotelsCombined has the advantage that you can search and compare hotels from a lot of different travel sites, like Expedia, Hotels, Booking, and Agoda, in just one search. Very easy and convenient to use.
Trusted Housesitters let you find accommodation for free, and as a bonus, you get to look after a pet. Can it get any better? For animal lovers like us, this is the perfect combination.
Kiwi.com is a fairly new flight booking site, but it is doing so many things right that we think it is the future of flight booking. The way the prices are displayed directly on a map makes it easy to spot a bargain. Radius search, where you can specify an area that you want to fly from or to, is a unique feature and frankly quite genuis. Their multi-city search is also way better than most of their competition. Add to that a connecting flight guarantee and Kiwi.com is quickly becoming our “secret weapon”.
Momondo is another of our favorite flight booking site. We have found that it consistently finds the best rates, and unlike a lot of the other ones it also checks the smaller flight operators own website when comparing prices.
Skyscanner is awesome for finding the cheapest tickets when you are not sure exactly where you want to go. Let`s say that we are in Bangkok, but are not sure where we want to go next. With Skyscanner you can for instance easily find the cheapest tickets out of Bangkok to anywhere. We have come across some unbelievable bargains to Tokyo and other places using Skyscanner. Kiwi.com now has similar search capabilities and we tend to use them more these days.
World Nomads – What we like about World Nomads is that they are often cheaper than their competitors, cover some of our favorite actions sports and that you can extend the insurance period while traveling. We have had one claim while we were traveling (Maria got sick in Thailand and had to go to the hospital), and we had no problem getting World Nomads to cover our medical bills.
Blogging & Business Resources
Blogging successfully is a lot more than just writing great content. You also have to make sure people know about your blog and content and that they come and read your blog. We use a lot of tools to help grow our blog, and reach a wider audience, here are some of our favourites.
Bluehost – Starting out you need a web host for your website. We started with Bluehost because it extremely easy to set up your first website with their one-click automatic WordPress installation.They have good support when you need some help, and their low prices are very hard to beat.
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Cloudways – Once your blog traffic grows you may want to move your hosting to a dedicated WordPress host for maximum speed. We are currently hosting with Cloudways and feel they offer unbelievable value for money. Their system does require a little bit of technical know-how to get everything up and running, but it is pretty straight forward and well explained on their website.
Divi Theme – We use the Divi theme from ElegantThemes.com on our website and we love it! The best part of Divi is its Pagebuilder that lets you design your websites pages using a simple drag and drop system. If you don’t know any CSS and HTML coding, but still want to be able to design a unique look for your website, Divi is a great theme too use. You can read more about our website and what powers it here.
Studiopress – Studiopress makes awesome themes for WordPress. Their themes are very customizable but they do require a bit of coding knowledge.
OptinMonster – We have tried quite a few plugins to collect newsletter subscribers, and OptinMonster is simply the best and most fully featured of them all.
GetResponse – If you are serious about growing your blog, you should start an email list. GetResponse is our tool of choice for email list management. We used to be with another provider but moved to GetResponse once we became serious about growing our email subscriber list.
GetResponse makes it easy to set up autoresponders and their drag and drop email design tool is awesome. Add to that their new automation tools and landing pages and GetResponse is becoming hard to beat. GetResponse gets our highest recommendation.
Affiliate Window is the affiliate network company we use to make money with our blog. In their network, you can find a lot of travel brands that you probably already use when you travel. By joining their affiliate programs you can earn a commission every time your readers buy something through links from your blog.
Iconosquare is an awesome tool for statistics on Instagram. Lets you know when your followers are online and when you should post to get the maximum engagement. Also a nice web-tool for browsing, commenting and liking photos on Instagram.
CoSchedule – is our social media marketing tool. It makes it very easy to automatically schedule and share our blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. It takes a lot of the hard work out of social media marketing.
Grammarly – English is not our fist language so we use Grammarly to help us to avoid making too many spelling mistakes. Grammarly has both a free and a premium version. We started with the free version but recently switched to the premium version which has more advanced syntax correction.
Long Tail Pro is our keyword research tool. Depending on the type of blog post we are about to write, we sometimes use it to find out what people are searching for so that we can help answer their questions in our post.
The Business of Travel Blogging Course – Getting started blogging can be really overwhelming, you have to learn a lot of technical stuff, as well as develop your photography and writing skills. There are some really good blogging courses out there, that can really help you get a head start. Matt Keples aka Nomadic Matt, the world’s number one travel blogger, recently put together this course that we bought immediately. We highly recommended it for anyone starting a blog!
TravelBlog Success Course – This was the first travel blogging course we took. It is perfect for beginners and will teach you the basics. Once you have set up your blog and have started blogging, we think the most useful part of the course is access to the facebook group where quite a few of the world’s biggest travel bloggers hang out and answer questions.
Photo & Video Resources
Wondering what camera gear we have in our travel bag, and what we recommend? You can read all about it here.
We have learned a lot from various photography courses, and these are our favourites:
How to Become an Expert Photographer – This is a photographer course specifically for those wanting to improve their travel photography. Made by Laurence Norah, a full-time travel photographer, in collaboration with Nomadic Matt this will teach you a lot whether you are a complete beginner or a veteran looking to pick up some travel photography specific tips and tricks.
Videography for Travel Bloggers – Video is becoming more and more essential for a travel blog. There are not a lot of travel videography courses around but this one is pretty good.
Photographing the World by Elia Locardi – If you are looking to improve your landscape photography this is about as good as it gets. It is not cheap and is really not meant for complete beginners, but with more than 12 hours of video tutorials it is probably the most comprehensive landscape tutorial ever produced.