Travel Resources You Need to Know About (to save time, money and stress)

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Questions and comments are starting to come in by the hundreds (daily) and I can’t think of any better way to provide my travel insight than to create an ultimate Travel Resource List to help my readers with their future travel plans. Sure, if I could sit back and plan everyone’s travels for them I totally would! But sadly my time doesn’t allow for it (I sort of kind of need to keep working to stay alive and on the road) hah! So here’s the most comprehensive travel resource list I can gift you with, complete with my best tips and tricks to save you time, money and stress when booking your travel plans…

TRAVEL resources

Air Travel Resources

Skyscanner – It’s no secret that Skyscanner is my go-to website. But it may come as a surprise that I’m not paid in any way shape or form to say that – I just genuinely love the search engine so much and find it the best option available when looking for the cheapest and most suitable airfare! 

Which Budget – A comprehensive website that lists budget airlines by region.

To and from the Airport – This site serves the function it implies – suggestions for how to get from each airport to the city it is positioned in.

The Layover Guide – If you’ve got a long layover ahead, this site has complete airport guides to ensure you keep yourself busy to pass the time!

Last Minute – As the name suggests, a great choice for booking last minute flights.

STA Travel – Caters toward students and offers cheap student/youth fares.

Booking Hotels

Expedia – 90% of the time, Expedia have the best rates on all hotels (and if not they’ll price match). There are a number of hotel bookers out there, but this is still my favourite for reliability and being the cheapest choice with the most options.

Air BnB – This website enables users to book private rooms or whole apartments in cities of their choice. The website is now so extensive with its offerings that it is causing quite a stir for challenging traditional views on accommodation.

Insurance, Credit Cards, Money matters…

Travel Insurance – While each person will have different needs depending on their travel plans, I have personally had the best experience with Allianz Travel Insurance.

Credit Cards – Similarly this will depend on the individual, but I have thus far had the best experience with 28 Degrees Mastercard. There are no international transaction fees but you will be subjected to ATM fees (which were once waived but aren’t anymore – shame!!) If you’re looking for more options, the Flyer Guide is a great resource.

Currency Exchange – Before you leave, it’s a good idea to look into the currency exchange and familiarise yourself with the exchange rates. The best option for changing money is of course once inside the country, but steer clear of the airport exchange. Either opt to withdraw money at the airport ATM or exchange money once in the city.

Ground Travel

Rome 2 Rio – This could be the single most underrated travel resource there is. Rome 2 Rio will tell you how to get from A to B via air, land and sea. It will also tell you the estimated fuel cost, quickest route, cheapest… etc. Basically it is travel planning HEAVEN.

Seat 61 – A comprehensive website for travel info in Europe and Asia.

Megabus – Cheap bus tickets throughout North America.

Eurolines – Cheap bus tickets throughout Europe.

Work & Study Abroad

Teaching English – is a great place to start – standing for Teach English as a Foreign Language. This is one of the most popular choices to move and work abroad.

Study Abroad – A great resource for researching and finding places to study abroad.

Go Abroad – A great resource for those looking to research and find internships abroad.

Transitions Abroad –  A further options for students looking to study abroad.

Expatriates – This website is a community of expatriates living abroad and is a great transitional tool for now expats moving abroad.

VolunTourism – A great resource to start looking at volunteer abroad options.

Mobile Tools

Tripit – A great way to manage your travel plans in one great app!

Skype – An obvious one – but did you know Skype is a great app for your phone as well as your laptop? That way you can Skype anyone, anytime, anywhere!

XE Currency Exchange – Currency exchange is an absolute must if you’re venturing off abroad, particularly if you’re heading to more than one country. 

Kindle App – Particularly useful for long term travellers, this is a great way to be able to read multiple books anywhere, anytime… all on your phone! It saves the extra baggage of lugging books around everywhere and you can read a book to pass time anywhere.

Evernote – Evernote is a great app to make note of anything on your mind – inspiration, a quote, a though you want to remember. This app also syncs with your laptop so you can keep all your thoughts and random ideas in one place.

Bloglovin’ – Last but not least – one for the blog lovers! Bloglovin’ is an app you can go to at any time to read your favourite blogs in one place. You simply choose your favourite blogs to follow and can update your feed with a wifi connection. Ingenious! 


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    July 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Wow thanks. I REALLY needed this post as I start my nomadic life. Love your site

    Erika De Padua
    January 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Brooke! Just wondering if you have ever claimed from your travel insurance provider and which package did you purchase when you did your giant world trip? 🙂

    Thanks! x

    November 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Great list, thank you, Brooke! Some offline hacks that have worked for me (in case you want to expand the list with such a section):
    + Google Maps has super helpful offline maps to help you figure out where you are (need to download while in wifi);
    + Starbucks – free wifi!
    + McDonalds has decent bathrooms in most places (and is conveniently situated in touristy parts of town).
    + T-mobile’s global free data seems to work well (slow but helpful).

    Also, I’d love to get your thoughts (and those of your readers) on a travel planning tool we’re working on – It helps you organize all your trip-related info into a single place, and makes it available offline with maps, directions, etc. Our goal is to take the hassle out of planning so we’ve tried to put together some of the best tools – Rome2Rio, maps, offline access, Expedia searches – into a simple workflow that helps you keep track of your planning progress. Still in beta, and would love to hear any feedback!

    • worldofwanderlust
      November 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

      YES to Starbucks and maccas for those reasons!! Totally do this all the time 🙂

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    Marta Chan
    October 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Mastercard link is not working, thanks for sharing these links. For work I would add and au pair.

    Kayti Clayton
    October 8, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I discovered Rome2Rio while planning my year long backpacking trip that I leave for next Summer and it has made planning so easy and seamless. I love it and I love that I can even find use for it here at home if I don’t want to take the time to sort through buses and trains. Such a great tool! Love your site – keep it up girl!


    Betty J. Ogburn
    October 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    …This list is GOLD–thanks for the head’s up!!…

    Betty J. Ogburn (The Pumpkin’s Head)

    October 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I haven’t heard of Rome to Rio before. Definitely going to have to check that out!

    Megabus is great. It also operates in Europe, not just North America. I used it to travel from London to Paris for very cheaply a couple of years ago 🙂

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    October 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Such great tips! Nice to have them all put together in a post like this 🙂 Very handy.

    I also use expedia a lot, they always have very good deals. I haven’t tried AirBnB yet, but I’m hearing so many great things that I think I need to check it out on my next travels!

    October 7, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Great tips!

    As someone who is not so great with directions, I find the google maps app extremely helpful. I love that it can navigate even when I don’t have wifi access.

    October 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Interesting I went to your website three times from two different browsers and never got links. Based on your comment went back and tried again – all the links were there as you said. My apologies for my previous comment – must have been some sort of glitch in the pipeline. Go figure!

    • worldofwanderlust
      October 7, 2014 at 5:28 am

      no worries! Just glad they’re working for you now 🙂

    October 7, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Too bad that there are no links provided. This would be a great resource if one could click on the hi-lited words and be taken to a new tab with the appropriate website

    • worldofwanderlust
      October 7, 2014 at 4:04 am

      Perhaps there is something wrong with your server – all of the highlighted texts are linked!

    bell santiago
    October 7, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I absolutely love ur blog it has great content and is easy to read ♥

    Best holiday destinations
    October 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Such a nice information to this blog. Thanks for posting a helpful information.

    Luc @ Skeeter and Scout
    October 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Bookmarking this one for my travels next year.

    I love Expedia! I used to have an awesome bank card that was $5 a month and all international transactions were free etc… then they got rid of it. So sad. Now I have to find a way to store my money before I set up a bank account in UK ha

    L x

    October 6, 2014 at 8:34 am

    People should also look at workaways!! They are an amazing way to travel without paying for lodging or food and you can do them literally all over the world. I wrote a post on it here:
    and you can find the website here:

    xx Taylor

    October 6, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Really good list. I do love AirBnB and I hope I will use it more over the future. Checking is also a good option if you are travelling with a group of people.

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    October 6, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Great list – I’m obsessed with skyscanner, my kindle, and bloglovin.

    October 6, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Great list, really useful 🙂

    October 6, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for sharing this cool tips for travelers! It’s always useful to know these kind of things!
    With love,

    October 6, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Very good list!
    I used Air BnB alot when I were Interrailling this summer in Europe. I also used the hostelworld app because hostels are more cheaper than hotels and you meet other travelers that way.
    I am going to America next year! So excited. Haven’t decided completely where to go except for NYC. I’m thinking maybe Chicago?

    – Maia/

    Ged Humphreys-de Meyer
    October 6, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Incredible post and lots of useful information! I have used some of these sites before but it’s definitely a good list to bookmark for future travel plans. – A blog for the modern man
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    Emma Lindsey Rose
    October 6, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Great list! I’d add http// too for hostel bookings


    Madeline Fedmont
    October 6, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Very good list for travelers 🙂

    Marie @ Marie Away
    October 6, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Great list! I’ll have to come back to this while planning my trip!

    I’m a big skyscanner fan as well, I’ve gotten some great deals using the price alerts!

    Laura D.
    October 6, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I’ve heard of a few of these websites and they are super useful! Rome2Rio is one of my favourites by far. I’ll have to check out some of the others before my next trip. 🙂