The Best Travel Resources, Tools and Tips

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Travel Resources

We have put together a list of our favorite travel resources so you can get the most out of your trip and hopefully make things as simple as possible,  including our preferred websites, resources, guides and apps. Every recommendation might not be to your taste (such as Couchsurfing – staying at a complete strangers house) but hopefully some of these will provide you with some great money or time saving tips.

Flights

Three flight comparison tools, very little difference between the three although personally i tend to use Skyscanner.

Transport

  • Bla Bla Car – Ride sharing app/website.
  • Seat 61 – A comprehensive guide to international rail, bus and coach travel.
  • Rome2Rio – Compare prices and times for different methods of travel.

Accommodation

  • Hostelworld – Check reviews and book hostels anywhere in the world.
  • Couchsurfing – Meet and stay with locals.
  • Airbnb – Apartment / House rental options.
  • Booking.com – Compare and book a variety of accommodation options.

Meeting People

  • Couchsurfing – Meet locals, other travellers or attend meet-ups and events.
  • Backpackr – App to meet other travelers, think tinder but with less sleaze.

Work While You Travel

  • WWOOF – Volunteering opportunities on organic farms and small holdings.
  • Upwork – Find freelance jobs and work from anywhere in the world.
  • Workaway – Find volunteering jobs in a variety of places, including hostels and farm work.
  • HelpX – Very similar to Workaway, its worth checking out both of these.
  • Working Holiday Visas – Our guide to working holiday visas, with details on eligibility and how to apply.
  • TEFL – Great resource for information on courses, internships and jobs teaching English.

Travel Insurance

  • World Nomads – Travel insurance for backpackers and those travelling long term.

Travel Guides and Planning

  • Wiki Travel – Open source travel guide with extensive details on locations around the world.
  • Trip Advisor – Travel guide, great for checking out reviews on attractions/restaurants.
  • Lonely Planet – Another great travel guide for recommendations.
  • VisaHQ – Check visa requirements for your destination.
  • Google Maps – Maps app that can be used offline once saved. (IOS/Android)

Other Tools

  • Google Drive / Dropbox – Cloud storage, ideal for backing up photos or important documents.
  • WhatsApp – Messaging app that uses Wifi/Data, ideal for keeping in touch with friends and family.

A lot of the tools and travel resources included above might not be useful to everyone, but some of these should certainly come in useful if you haven’t heard of them before. There are of course some items such as travel insurance, that we would always recommend. If you have any to add to this list then please leave a message in the comments.

Travel Junki has no affiliation to and does not stand to benefit from any of the recommendations in this post.

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