Travel Resources

By Daisy Li

Transportation

 

Flights

 

Skyscanner will give you a comparative list of prices from various companies.

CheapOair is another budget-friendly flight search engine.

Scott’s Cheap Flights will send you alerts when there is a flight price drop. 

Secret Flying will notify you of error fares or limited time sales.


Here are 12 ways I use to find cheap flights! 

 

Auto-Rental, Buses, & Trains

AutoEurope: While you can get nice sky views in a plane, there is nothing like the freedom of a self-drive trip.

Megabus: I’ve booked a ticket from Paris to Brussels for $1.50. The earlier the cheaper!

Rail Europe: Traveling by train is just a whole other level of peace, especially when they have decent student discounts!

Via Rail: Via Rail is the go-to if you are visiting the Great White North!

Accommodation

 

Hotels & Hostels

 

Opt for cheaper alternatives with Hostel World.
Compare prices and reviews on Hotels.com
No need for explanations here, Booking.com is probably one of the most popular platforms for accommodations abroad.
Agoda: A great budget hotel platform that provides worldwide results.

 

Other Lodging Alternatives

 

Want to stay at fancy vacation rentals on a budget? VRBO may be the site for you!
Use HomeAway to find vacation rentals.
Use this code to get $45 off your first reservation!
Connecting travelers with locals. Although Couchcusurfing may not be everyone, but it might be for you.

Check out my guide on budget alternatives to hotels! 

 

Tours, Passes, & Activites

 

Adventerous undertakings for those who wish to discover new cultures!
Explore the world with other fellow travelers.
Looking to experience it all? Citypass provides discounted ticket packages to top tourist attractions
Big Bus Tour: Yet another great tour service that runs around Europe & North America

 

Other Travel Needs

 

Insurance

 

Insurance is a must when it comes to traveling. I never go on a trip without purchasing insurance first, no matter how short the trips are.

After fracturing my skull in France, I would have paid $7000 in medical fees if it weren’t for insurance. It’s a scary thought for most, but traveling consists of so many unknown factors that it’d be the best to take precaution in any circumstance.

World Nomads is a great resource for international insurance.  It is designed by travelers for travelers to cover your travel essentials.

 

Equipment & More

 

  • Nikon 3200I currently use Nikon 3200 and love it! From late 2016 onwards, my photos turned out much better than days when I only used a phone camera. I’m also thinking about upgrading to a Canon 80D or a 5D Mark IV because I’ve heard amazing things about it.
  • GoPro Hero 7The quality of this little thing is incredible. I currently use a made in China fake GoPro and have realized that it was a terrible decision. Although the camera I have is just as handy, the quality is nowhere as good as GoPro’s.
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini: I love capturing moments and seeing the results on film right away! I’ve always loved Polaroids because they are super fun to play around with, and the pictures always turn out just right. This is the perfect thing have if you are always on the run like me.
  • Backpacks: When I travel, I usually have two backpacks. A hiking backpack, and another small, compact one. I usually roll up the small one into the larger bag and use it whenever I am strolling around the city.
  • Body Wallet:  I don’t leave the country without stacking a body wallet under my shirt for all my money and IDs. They can be super bulky and ugly, but StashBandz somehow made it into a nice, decent looking thing. Impressive!

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