Planning and packing for a trip can be overwhelming but don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of our top travel resources to help you every step of the way!
Below are some tried and tested favourites that have made our travels infinitely easier, and we are confident they’ll do the same for you!
Flight & Transport
Europcar is our best buddy for car rental. The company has more than 3,300 car hire locations throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific in about 150 countries. It has everything, whether you’re looking to rent a small car, an automatic car, an eco-friendly car, luxury cars, or minivans! Start booking TODAY!
The easiest way to get around Europe is by train. Eurail offers an expansive network of train and ferry connections to travel in and between up to 33 countries in Europe. We love the platform for its flexible refund policy and 24/7 customer service. Get 10% off your Eurail Pass!
In Japan, a Japan Rail Pass (aka JR Pass) is a must! The multi-use ticket gives you access to all JR national trains including Shinkansen bullet trains and Narita Express trains. Worried about transferring? Choose the Meet and Greet service. A specialist will wait for you right after arrival, help you exchange the Japan Rail Pass, and personally escort you to the terminal. Buy your JR Pass here!
How to get access to airport lounges? How to escape the chaos of the departure gate? Priority Pass is the answer to your questions. The program has a network of 1300+ airport lounges across 600 cities in over 148 countries worldwide. Through the Priority Pass app, members can also access exclusive retail, dining, spa and sleeping options in selected airports. Get 40% off your first–year membership!
When it comes to accommodations, we value quality and consistent service, and Accor Hotels can deliver that. The hotel group has 39 brands under its umbrella in over 110 countries. Fairmont, Sofitel, Raffles, Banyan Tree all belong to Accor. Book an unforgettable stay today!
IHG is another leading hotel group that owns a family of 16 brands worldwide. Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental, Regent, Kimpton, and Six Senses are members of its luxury portfolio. Find the best rate here!
Sometimes you get better deals on 3rd party booking sites. Agoda has consistently given us the best options possible. Besides hotels, the site also searches for apartments and vacation rentals for long term stays! Click here to save up to 75% on hotels worldwide!
HotelsCombined is another booking site that we check. It compares all the top travel sites in just one search to find the best hotel deals. It also helps search for flights and rental cars to round out your trip. Find the best hotel deals right here!
Before booking any hotel stays, we always hop on TripAdvisor and browse traveller reviews and opinions. The platform also compares prices from 200+ booking sites – including the hotel’s own website! Save up to 30% on the right hotel with TripAdvisor today!
Tours & Activities
Looking for things to do on your trip? Check out Viator – a marketplace of nearly 400,000 tours and activities around the world. Full refund available up to 24 hours before your tour date. Start your adventure HERE!
Klook is another online travel agency focused on experiences and attractions. The platform is extremely popular in Asia. You can find tours, shows, city passes, transport tickets and more! Discover local experiences on Klook!
For European tours, we recommend GetYourGuide. You can conveniently book, download, store, and access your tickets — all from your mobile device. Plus, its flexible cancellation policy is a great perk for those with uncertain plans. Begin exploring NOW!
Need to book something last minute? Tiqets is our lifesaver for last minute tickets to museums and attractions. Best of all, you can often dig up priority passes to many attractions in Europe! Skip the line with Tiqets on your next tour!
The best way to learn about local cuisine is by participating in a cooking lesson. airKitchen lets you book an authentic cooking class with Japanese hosts in their homes to get that first-hand experience of Japanese culture! Start your local food adventures HERE.
ByFood is another Japanese platform for foodie travelers. Here, you can book food experiences like cooking classes and food tours (some of which are virtual). You can even restaurant reservations! Explore Japanese food culture with just one click!
Eatwith is the world’s largest community for unique culinary experiences. It connects you with friendly, hand-selected hosts in over 130 countries for unique, immersive experiences! Whether it is a delicious French madeleine baking class with a professional pâtissier from Paris, or a fun mixology workshop led by a London mixologist, Eatwith has got you covered. Give your taste buds a treat!
Want to hit up all the iconic attractions on your trip? CityPASS is a money saver. The pass covers admission to the most famous and popular attractions in each city and is priced up to 50% less than the combined regular price of admissions. Destinations include popular North American cities – Orlando, Seattle, South California and beyond! Shop NOW at CityPASS.com!
Trip Planning Tools
Evernote has been a lifesaver for us when it comes to researching trip ideas. We can save snippets from websites and consolidate all content (blog posts, lists, notes, etc) in one place in a searchable format. Because it is cloud-based, we can access all our data from anywhere and sync them across devices!
Airtable is super handy in keeping things organized. It is a hybrid of spreadsheet and database. When planning a trip, we would create an itinerary with a calendar, attach confirmation of transportation and hotel, budget costs. Then throughout the trip, we’d use it to keep track of daily spending. Grab your FREE account NOW!
If you prefer something simpler and more visual, try Trello! The board can manage everything from your itinerary to your activities. They even have power-ups (aka apps) like Skyscanner that lets you find the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals right on your board! Get started with Trello today!
TripIt is built specifically for travel. Aside from organizing your booking confirmation into an itinerary, the platform will find you the latest COVID-19 travel requirements for your destinations, maps of airports and terminals to help you get around, and show safety scores for the neighborhoods you’re visiting!
We love Away’s minimalistic design. Their luggage, bags, and accessories are designed for getaways, road trips, and hotel-hopping! Unlike traditional luggage, they are exceptionally light yet durable. Don’t believe us? Try Away luggage for 100 days, with free shipping and painless returns.
Rimowa’s robust aluminium and polycarbonate suitcases are a must-have accessory for frequent travellers. Not only is it robust and lightweight, but it is also built to last and ensure you travel with confidence. Find your Rimowa luggage.
Are you the type of person who always lose or misplace things? Then you’ll need Tile! This incredibly useful bluetooth tracker makes traveling less chaotic by keeping you organized and connected to your stuff while on the go. You can attach it to your camera, bag and even water bottle! Go ahead and find your ideal tile.
It is important to protect your tech gear on the go. NOMAD makes durable and attractive leather phone cases, charging cables, portable battery packs, wireless chargers, and travel accessories. Our favourite NOMAD tool is the wireless charger, Base Station Pro!
Learning a new language? Toucan is a browser extension that helps you learn a language efficiently and productively. You will pick up new vocabs while you’re browsing the web and see those words in the context of sentences! Start your Toucan journey here! It’s free.
We never go on trips without our Peak Design tools. Its highly organized and innovative camera backpack keeps us organized and stylish. Another one of our favourite is Capture, allowing us to carry our camera in the most secure, convenient, accessible way. Travel Tripod is our latest addition – it’s light, compact, and super versatile. Haven’t tried Peak Design before? You’re missing out. Click here to see it for yourself!
There are times when we can’t bring our expensive camera. Like going underwater or high in the sky on a zipline. When this happens, we turn to our GoPro. With a touch screen and durable waterproof design, it’s easy to score awesome shots of any adventure. Save $200 on the HERO9 Black bundle when subscribe to GoPro!