Ever since I paid off my debt, sold all my stuff, started traveling the world, and started a blog, I’ve discovered many helpful travel resources that have made life better on the road. This page shows you my favorite websites, products, and services that I use to maximize my potential as a minimalist traveler on a budget.
I’ll tweak and refresh this page as my travel interests evolve. The information here will always be fresh and I promise to give you the very best resources to make you a better traveler. Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Happy travels.
A resource for the spontaneous traveler. Don’t know where you want to go? Search flights to ‘everywhere’ to uncover cheap and random destinations.
PLACES TO STAY
I book about 90% of my hotels and hostels through Booking.com. Extensive and detailed filters with great maps and fair pricing. Huge selection.
Occasionally returns better prices than Booking.com, but offers only hostels. Great site for solo travelers who don’t mind a little company.
Rent from real people and find one-of-a-kind properties. Great for long-term rentals, often with a big discount.
A budget travelers dream. Stay for FREE with like-minded folks from all walks of life. Don’t forget to offer up your couch when you get home.
Great site to search for affordable rental cars across a wide variety of brands. A convenient option to find cars to rent from the airport.
Rent personal cars, trucks, and camper vans, often times at a far better price than at the airport. Think of Turo as an Airbnb for cars.
Very similar to Turo, but also offers car rental by the hour. Great place to find a personal ride for day trips or short jaunts around town.
Thankfully, I’ve never needed to make a travel insurance claim. World Nomads offers fair prices and insures every single item in your travel bag.
Great backpack for ‘carry-on only’ travelers. Comfortable and durable. Plenty of storage and many useful pockets. A very well-designed bag.
Legs zip off into shorts. Lightweight and comfortable. Spacious pockets with zippers for security. Stylish (not dorky like many zip-offs) and versatile.
Extremely comfortable once broken in. Sturdy and durable for hiking and athletic activities. Allow your feet to breathe. Great for warm-weather destinations.
Excellent sound quality. Great at blocking out external noise. Microphone for phone calls. Lightweight and fold up compact for travel.
Best earplugs I’ve used hands down. Extremely comfortable and effective. Don’t fall out in the middle of the night. An essential piece of travel gear.
Vital to staying organized on the road. Mesh allows for clean clothes to stay fresh. Keeps clean and dirty clothes separate. A must-have for travel packing.
Versatile soap with 18 different uses. Strong and effective, smells great. Healthy and sustainable ingredients. A little goes a very long way.
Click here to view my carry-on only travel packing list.
TRAVEL REWARDS CREDIT CARDS
Best all-around travel credit card. Travel insurance included. Airport lounge access. Free global entry pass. Earns 3 points per dollar on travel.
United miles often get you more than other airline rewards cards. Generous rewards program spanning multiple airlines. Two free checked bags.
Earn 2 points per dollar on every purchase. Earns 10 miles per dollar on Hotels.com. No foreign transaction fees. No annual fee for the first year.
WORK & VOLUNTEER ABROAD
Has a vast database of jobs and volunteer opportunities in over 180 countries worldwide. Widely used and trusted.
Much like Workaway, helpX provides users with an extensive database of work and volunteer opportunities in farms, hostels, boats, etc.
Get your certification to teach English as a foreign language here. 1-2 month courses will qualify you to land teaching jobs worldwide.
Find volunteer opportunities worldwide to work on organic farms. Search through thousands of farms in countries far and wide.
Provides job and volunteer opportunities, expat resources, stories, recommendations, and more. They pay writers for meaningful content.
Rapidly growing network of offline maps. Known for their detailed hiking and trekking trail maps that are hard to find on any other maps. A must-have travel app.
Has more thorough and detailed city maps than Maps.me, but doesn’t map trails as well. Won’t allow you to download offline maps in countries that restrict Google.
The go-to encrypted messaging app among travelers worldwide. Effortless text messaging, calling, and video chatting to anyone, anywhere.
Smooth and effortless translation for nearly any widely spoken language. Includes offline, voice, and photo translations. Another must-have travel app.
Converts currency, temperature, weight, distance, speed, and everything in between. Most useful for travelers who are unfamiliar with the metric system.
Watch shows and movies from a massive and well-known database in most countries worldwide. Use NordVPN to watch Netflix from restricted countries.
Full Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. If you follow an affiliate link and end up making a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Everything I’ve listed above has helped me explore the world and start my own travel blog. I stand behind every single recommendation I make.