These are the brands I use every day when I travel. I use them to save money and because I trust them. Plus some of these companies give great discounts to new users!
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As a frequent user of Airbnb, I am able to offer you an incredible discount on your first stay if you are a new customer. Depending on your region I can offer around $40 USD (or more) off your first booking! This is a great deal, but only if you sign up using the button below.
I like to use Airbnb mainly if I plan to stay somewhere for more than a few days. In these instances, I will have my own space and access to a kitchen (which equals cheaper food). Usually, I will compare prices across Airbnb and Booking.com to see which platform is giving me the most value.
Booking.com is my go-to resource for the best hotel prices, always. They also have an amazing rewards program. After a few stays with Booking, they start to give you ‘Genius Discounts’ that are offered to you only. We have saved so much money by traveling through Booking!
Below is just a quick look at all the deals in California right now. But if you click the blue button below the table, you can easily search for all the great deals right now in your next destination!
If you are after the most budget accommodation possible and don’t mind staying in hostels, then you probably already know about Hostelworld. It almost always has more hostel options than hotel booking sites. Sometimes the prices are better, sometimes not. You’ll have to do the comparison if you want the absolute best price!
When searching the internet for answers isn’t possible, Lonely Planet Guidebooks are always there to save you. They really are the best guide books, especially for budget travellers such as ourselves. Below is the most current sale/discount from Lonely Planet. If you press on the picture or the button you’ll be taken to the sale in their shop!
If you plan to go to countries where the internet isn’t as reliable as home (Cuba, Mexico, Bali, etc) then using a guidebook along your trip is ideal. Many times the LP has saved my butt.
One example is when a dodgy tuk tuk driver in Cambodia was tried to tell me my hotel was closed down. They wanted to take me to their “friends hotel” (AKA where they get commission), instead. In these sorts of situations I can point at the LP for addresses, follow their local maps and even insist the driver call the hotel number listed in the guidebook so I can talk to them. All without the internet.
We buy most of our products either locally or through Amazon. Amazon consistently have have the lowest prices on almost everything and an extensive review system. I am still yet to buy something on Amazon that hasn’t been good quality!
Where in the world are you? We have an Amazon store close to you!
I have used many backpacking rucksacks in my time and I know there are pros and cons to many different styles. But the one I now use, love and swear by is the Osprey Hybrid Sojourn. It’s a great piece of luggage that easily converts between a backpack and wheeled luggage. Plus they have a lifetime guarantee, so they will repair or replace any product damage at anytime, anywhere, no matter how old the backpack is.
I have been using this backpack for two years now and have found it great for the long-term/backpacking style travel that I do. Plus anything that you would use a suitcase for, it totally does that job as well. To be honest, I use it mostly on it’s wheels. But the few times I have turned it into a backpack have been very useful. For example, when I was walking down a muddy track in Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán I used it as a backpack. Then when I arrived at the port I could simply put the straps away and wheel it around the paved area and onto the boat. So easy!
For carry-on luggage and as my general daypack, I use the Pacsafe Venture Safe anti-theft backpack. This bag is like carrying a portable locker. I keep all of my valuables like laptop, camera gear and travel documents in it ands then keep it with me at all times. If I do need to leave it somewhere for a while (like in luggage storage) the extra security on the backpack means I don’t need to worry about it while I’m gone. I can even strap it to a piece of furniture so no one can swipe the whole bag.
I reviewed and compared across a whole bunch of anti-theft backpacks and this one was the best.
If a DSLR is a necessity for you, try to make sure it’s as small and powerful as possible and that it has good video! The DSLR camera that I use and recommend is a Panasonic GH5. I have used Panasonic cameras my whole life because they have some of the best video capabilities and the photos look gorgeous too!
Action cameras are becoming somewhat of an essential for everyone – and that’s awesome. There’s really not much they can’t do! If you don’t need a manually operated DSLR, a GoPro can easily replace this camera. You really don’t have an excuse not to buy one when their prices start at only $199 USD. I use both so that I always have a camera documenting my travels – especially my underwater adventures!
There are loads of versatile and lightweight tripods that do some cool things like wrap around tree branches and fence posts. You can attach your camera, GoPro or your phone to this one. You can even use it as a stand for your phone or small iPad for those long-haul flights. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of camera equipment that I own!
Since the start of 2018 I have been travelling with a Mavic Pro foldable drone. This small, lightweight piece of technology has been one of the best investments I have ever made! There’s nothing more sexy than a crisp birds-eye view of the amazing scenery you see on your travels. Now that drones have been around for a while, the technology has made them small and seriously powerful. Read more about travel drones.
I don’t want to go too much into what I have in my backpack here but if you want a humongous packing list which includes everything I take travelling, then check out my Gigantic Packing List Post.
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