After years of traveling and living abroad, we want to share our best battle-tested travel resources with you.
Below are 33 tools that will help you plan and enjoy your trips to the fullest!
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Where to Look for General Travel, Safety, and Visa Tips
- U.S. Department of State Travel Website. Check warnings, advisory, and current safety measures for all travelers.
- European Union’s Official Website – Schengen Visa Requirements. Here’s a list of all the visa requirements for visiting European countries in- and outside the Schengen Area.
- Reopen EU. The current traveling and quarantine requirements regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
- World Health Organization. The latest news about any ongoing disease or emergency.
- CDC’s Travel Page. Information about alerts and emergencies. International travel for U.S. citizens as well as other travelers visiting the United States.
How to Find Your Next Destination
We use a combination of travel blogs, forums, and guidebooks to research our next destination.
For example, check our latest blog posts at 33 Travel Tips for the most actionable travel advice online!
How to Find the Best Flights
Here are our favorite travel resources:
And here are our tips for finding the best flights:
- Be as flexible with your dates as possible.
- The moment you find a fare that matches your budget, buy the ticket.
- Don’t forget your comfort needs. Traveling for 30+ hours with 4 connecting flights isn’t worth saving $50!
- Sign up for frequent flyer programs and airlines’ newsletters to receive their current promotions and travel deals.
- Set Google Flights alerts and track your preferred flights. Book the moment you know your dates and the price is right for you.
Where to Book the Best Accommodation
When searching for the best accommodation, use several different websites to compare prices and availability.
As with flights, book the moment you find a match for your dates and budget.
Our recommended accommodation booking sites are:
Where to Book the Best Tours and Day Trips
Do you want to save yourself the hassle of organizing every aspect of your trip yourself but still have some flexibility? Why not join a few day trips or tours at your destination while planning everything else yourself?
Here are our favorite tour booking tools:
Tip: You can use these links to book entrance or skip-the-line tickets to almost any attraction as well.
How to Access Your Money on the Road
Although you can use credit and/or debit cards almost anywhere in the world, there are situations when this is not the best payment option.
For example, your bank may block your credit card because they saw a seemingly suspicious oversees transaction.
The ATMs at your destination might charge exorbitant fees.
Or it might be faster and safer to use a payment app than typing your credit card’s number online.
Here are several tools and services which will make paying for that delicious burrito or for the awesome show a breeze.
- PayPal. A lot of online services accept payments via PayPal. For us, the convenience comes from not having to type in credit card numbers. It’s especially useful when trying to buy online tickets or book a tour on your smartphone.
- Xoom. Use it for fast and secure transfers. In some countries, the ATM fees add up quickly. With Xoom, you can send money to yourself and receive them in a bank at your destination. The fees are much more affordable that way.
- Western Union. It’s not the cheapest way to receive money, but their offices are virtually everywhere. If, god forbid, you end up without a penny in your pocket, use them as a last resort for receiving some emergency cash.
How to Find the Best Ground Transportation
If you’re not renting a car and driving yourself, getting from one attraction to another or from one stop on your itinerary to the next can be tricky.
We use the following travel resources to find the available (ground) transportation routes:
- Google Maps. Use its public transportation routing option.
- Rome2Rio. Great for finding different travel options between cities. Note, that not all timetables are up-to-date.
How to Score the Best Deals on Cruises
How to Stay Connected While Traveling
After trying a few options, we believe this is the best travelers’ SIM card for mobile internet:
- Surfroam – internet access for travelers. The only SIM card you’ll ever need on your travels. Period.
- Viber. If you still need to make a phone call, you can bundle the mobile internet SIM card with a prepaid credit from a VoIP app. Viber works best for us, but there are other options as well.
Why we think that’s a great combo?
- You have only one SIM card for all your future trips.
- You don’t need to worry about paying exorbitant prices to your home country’s mobile provider.
- You avoid buying a local pre-paid card and ending up with unused credit.
- It’s extremely easy to check your remaining credit and top-up your card.
- It works in almost any country in the world. It even works in countries where most other travelers’ cards don’t!
The Best Travel Apps to Use During Your Trip
In addition to the above travel tools, we recommend using these apps at your destination to navigate you through any foreign country:
- Google Translate. We especially love the Conversation mode. You need to be online to use it – but you already know our recommended way to stay connected on the road 🙂
- Google Maps. Navigation has never been easier. Whether you need to find the way from your accommodation to the beach or how to travel from the airport to your hotel, it’s invaluable.
- Google Lens.
- Currency Converter.
- Amazon Kindle.
- Play Books.
- VPN. Some countries block certain websites. For example, China is notorious for its Great Firewall. To access them, you need a VPN. Here’s a list of VPN services you might find helpful:
- Hola Free VPN Proxy
- Tunnel Bear
Check that you download any necessary information for offline usage before your trip.
Happy travels and stay safe!