Helpful Travel Sites and Apps

On this page you can click on any of the links to sites or resources that we use regularly that aren’t country specific such as: flights, hotels/accommodation, attraction/tour discounts, travel safety updates, insurance, products/clothing and other blogs we like!   It is an ongoing updating process as we travel and we will add more information as we go so please check back for the latest info!

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Couchsurfing is a cool way to stay!  People open up their doors to let travellers stay with them for free!  Often times the hosts are people who have travelled as well and like to share experience and stories which can also be a great help.

trustedhousesittersWith Trusted Housesitters you will have to set up an account at a cost of around $80/yr.  This will give you access to all the listings for homeowners that are looking for potential candidates like you to watch their home while they are away and usually take care of their pets/animals.  Great way to save money on accommodation while enjoying the local culture as you get to live like one!

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Skyscanner is an awesome site to find cheap flights which are typically on discount airlines not found on major brand websites.  It does all the comparisons for you and we’ve found it’s better to book tickets well in advance to get the best rates rather than last minute!

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AirBnB is probably one of our favourite sites to find accommodation.  Has both great places to stay and excellent prices!  Somewhat addictive once you get into it, fair warning has been given!

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Expedia gives access to cheap prices for hotels, flights and packages worldwide with guaranteed low prices.  Great place to book especially given their rewards program which not only provides discounts but also allows for free bookings and priority service!

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Viator is a great place to find local tours and experiences at far discounted prices from what you’d pay if you walked into a tour shop.  Don’t book an adventure without checking it out on this site first!

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Yes, this is obvious but it is such a massive listing of all categories of accommodation, dining, sightseeing, etc in virtrually every place in the world. We always take the reviews with a grain of salt, but it is a great place to cross-reference places you are planning to visit or book to ensure they are credible and even exist 😉

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Icebreaker merino combines the best qualities of traditional wool, synthetics and cotton. It’s soft and non-itch, it’s warm in the cold and cool in the heat, it breathes to prevent clamminess, and it has a miraculous ability to warn off stinkiness – you can run a marathon and still smell as sweet as if you’ve spent the day on the sofa.  We love it!

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We use Skype to connect with our friends and family back home, as well as abroad.  We use it to make local calls from the computer and from our iPod as we do not have a cellular phone with us.  For a very small charge you can make calls anywhere in the world with wifi access making Skype the only necessary form of telecommunication necessary with the exception of emergency.

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Our bank card has this symbol which gives us access to over 1.8M ATM machines globally in over 200 countries with little or no bank fees for withdrawals saving us money, and allowing us to have access to our bank account in local currencies worldwide!

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We both have Osprey backpacks to carry around the world with us.  There are many to choose from when looking for the right pack and we found these packs to have the right feel, size, and compartments for our needs!  Not to mention their warranty program is for life, anywhere in the world for any reason.

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Lifesaver water bottles portable water purification systems remove all bacteria, parasites and viruses to produce sterile water.  Typically water treatment products require a two part system but this brilliant invention does both in one!  And the work they are doing to bring water to impoverished nations with innovation is great.

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Travel Safety Updates from the Canadian Government provides Canadians (or anyone) travelling worldwide.  Important to do research on the country you’re travelling to before showing up at the gates!

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World Nomads is by far the best and inexpensive travel insurance with excellent coverage worldwide for extended periods of time you are away from home!  Your one stop shop for travel insurance if you are going on a long journey.

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Nomadic Matt is a fellow world traveller who helps you learn how to travel for cheaper and longer!  Great resource for those looking to backpack around or travel for extended periods of time for as cheap as possible!

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The Tiny Times is another fantastic blog!  We just love them!  This is a family travelling from  Australia to England all without air travel!  Lots of great pictures and a view of the world from a young traveller.

  1 comment for “Helpful Travel Sites and Apps

  1. June 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Honoured to be included on this list xoxox

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