These are the travel resources and websites that I use for my visas and travel planning. These websites have helped me immensely in these six years of my world travel.
I encourage you to use these websites for your visas and travel planning. These websites offer great deals and discounts from time to time. Keep in mind that when you use these links I earn a small commission without any additional cost to you. These commissions help maintain this website.
DummyTicket provides verifiable flight reservations for visa applications. These flight reservations are verifiable and come with a PNR number. They cost $19 and are valid for up to 14 days. You can also print these bookings directly from the airline website.
OnwardTicket provides verifiable proof of onward flight for entering a new country with a one-way ticket. These are useful when planning to leave a country by bus/train. Onward tickets are instantly downloadable. They cost $14 and are valid for 48 hours.
VisitorsCoverage has insurance plans specially designed for Schengen visa. The insurance, coverage limits and embassy letter are all as per the Schengen visa rules. And, you will also be fully covered for travel and medical emergencies during your trip.
Skyscanner is the best flight search engine out there. It includes every small budget airline for a given route. You will most likely find the cheapest flight using Skyscanner.
Momondo is also an excellent flight search engine. I prefer Momondo for its association with new and upcoming booking sites which offer fantastic discounts.
Google Flights has unique search options such as map search, flight alerts, etc. I use its map search to figure out if flying to a different city is cheaper than the one I am planning to.
I have been using Booking.com for several years now. It’s my go-to website for all hotel bookings. Booking has excellent deals from time to time. Many refundable hotel options as well, which especially are helpful for visa applications.
Expedia runs great deals from time to time. Sometimes up to 50% off. I like their Expedia+ membership program, which gives a 10% discount on most bookings and cashback in the form of Expedia points.
Orbitz runs a 15% coupon discount on hotel bookings most of the time. You can find the coupon code on their home page. I also like their reward program where you get back up to 5% of the hotel and 1% of flight bookings in the form of Orbucks.
Agoda has amazing discounts on hotels and hostels in South East Asia. If you are traveling in South East Asia, you should be using Agoda. They are headquartered in Singapore and have a huge presence in South East Asia. They also send coupons to your email from time to time.
I stay in hostels from time to time. Hostelworld is where I search and book my hostels. Hostel world has every hostel you can think of. The good thing about Hostelworld is that you only have to pay 15% of the total price upfront. Taxes are included in the price.
Not as much as I used to, but I still use Airbnb sometimes for accommodation. Airbnb can provide you with the opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality. Book Airbnbs owned by locals and stay with locals to experience the culture.
HeyMondo is the best travel insurance for short international trips. Their policies are quite affordable and come with an app where you can chat with a doctor, call their customer service or even submit claims. HeyMondo covers all medical and travel including COVID-19, so you are fully covered. Get a 5% discount using this link.
VisitorsCoverage has the best medical insurance plans for US travel. Healthcare in the US is quite expensive and it’s essential to have medical insurance when traveling to the US. VisitorsCoverage has plans that cover all kinds of medical needs and emergencies while you are in the US.
SafetyWing is the best travel medical insurance for long trips and digital nomads. You can buy SafetyWing insurance from anywhere globally and even while traveling. It also covers COVID-19, so you are fully protected. It also comes with a visa letter so you can use that for your visas too (except for the Schengen visa)
Lonely Planet books are my preferred travel guides. I find them very accurate. They provide me with all the info I need. I used to purchase their print versions, but now I prefer their kindle versions.
I own quite a bit of gear from Columbia. I have their trekking shoes which helped me greatly on my EBC trek. I also love their convertible hiking pants. One of the best brands for trekking and hiking gear.
I’m a big fan of the North Face jackets. I own a lightweight down jacket that compresses small and stashes into its pocket. It’s my only jacket while traveling. It helped me tremendously on my EBC trek.
Decathlon are sporting goods superstores. They make and sell their products. They are durable and super cheap. There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on sleeping bags, camping gear or travel apparel. Just go to Decathlon.
I can’t imagine myself traveling without Google Maps. I use it for navigation, transit directions and mainly to pin all my places of interest before I head out to explore. There is no need to carry around a huge paper map and become a target for pickpocketers.
I’ve started to use Maps.Me more and more these days. It’s a crowd-sourced offline maps app. Even small alleys and hiking trails are on the map. Just download the entire country when you have wifi and it works very well offline with GPS.
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