Trying to decide which companies to book and use for your trip? Over the last 5 years of travel, I’ve used alot of companies. Some great, some awful. Below is a list of the companies I believe are the ones will make your working holiday / travel better. They are the best out there and continually offer the best deals & Services. This list will make your TRAVEL better.
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This is my all time favorite flight search engine. They always seem to find the best deals and their calendar view lets you see which days are cheapest to fly. I like them because they search the small booking sites no one else does. Start all your flight searches with them.
This great website searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss. While I always start with Momondo, I’ll also check this site too as a way to price compare.
Google Flights lets you enter your departure airport and see flights all over the world in a map so you can see where the cheapest destination is. It’s a good search engine to get a sense of routes, connections, and fares.
▷ Find the cheapest flights with the my article “15 Easy Tips to ALWAYS finding the Cheap Flights“
Booking probably has the widest selection of budget accommodation in the world. In our studies, they constntly found the cheapest rooms. I lso like their easy to use interface and no money down policy. They are especially good for listings in developing countries.
This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and highest availability. I use them for all my hostel bookings. And, since they bought their competitor Hostelbookers, they are really the only game in town.
This website allows you to stay on people’s couches or spare rooms for free. It’s a great way to save money while meeting locals who can tell you much more about a city than a hostel/hotel. Even if you don’t want to stay with someone, you can always find incredibly fun local meet-ups through the app.
This is one of the BEST travel insurance for all kind of people and almost anywhere in the world. They have great customer service, competitive prices, and in-depth coverage. They are also recommended by Lonely Planet and National Geographic so you know they are good.
HelpX is one of the best places to find work and volunteer opportunities when you travel. They have farms, farmstays, homestays, B&Bs, hostels, and sailing boats who invite volunteers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
This is another wonderful job finding website! Workaway is a lot like HelpX except this website has more paid job opportunities for when you travel, though it also has volunteer opportunities too.
Wordlpackers offers travelers a chance to find volunteer experiences overseas (much like Workaway and HelpX). In addition to hostels, they can help you find experiences with NGOs, homestays, and eco-projects all over the world!
Everyone has their own guidebook preference. Lonely Planet is mine. I like the look of their guides, organization, light weight, and emphasis on budget travel. Lonely Planet also redesigned their books in 2011 and they are now better organized with more photos and better maps.
If you don't use packing cubes, yet. What are yu doning! 😀 This is the one thing that will make your travel so much easier! You roll your clothes and pack them into the packing cubes. You save space and you get the stuff you need quickly! I would never go without them anymore!
The absolute Travel Hack: Take a 3-pin extension cord with you. You only need one adapter and you can charge all your devices as usual! You can get extension cords with space-saving cubes + UBS charger all in one.
▷ For more information on gear, visit my article “Ultimate Backpackers Packing List! [Free PDF]“