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| Travel resources | 

Travel more often and as cheap as possible is only possible if you have the right resources. So voila:

| Travel Insurance |

The most important thing to arrange before your trip is insurance! World Nomads is the number 1 trusted insurance company by travelers worldwide and recommended by the greats like RoughGuides and Lonely Planet. It’s the easiest and best-priced option, just check them out!

| Accommodation | 

Airbnb
Who doesn’t like amazing apartments in new places? Airbnb is not only great for posing in amazing photos in great houses, it’s also often a cheaper option in expensive cities, especially if you travel in a group or if you search for rooms. If you own your own house, you can also list your own house, to make money while traveling! The easiest way to holiday for free! I can give away a $35 discount, click here to claim your credit for Airbnb.

Booking.com
I talk about Booking.com all the time, because they have a complete databank with hotels, hostels and guesthouses and you can make reservations for free, and most of the time cancel without charge too! You can search on price, so when I’m short on money I sort from low to high, and book the best-rated hostel. Awesome! Browsing on booking.com also gives you a good feeling how expensive or cheap a city or place is!

Expedia
Do you like to book a flight and hotel in 1 to save money? Use Expedia! I found several packages that were waaaay under the price of hotel and flight ticket, so check Expedia out!

Couchsurfing
Travel for cheap? Sleep on someone’s couch! Find your new best local friend over at Couchsurfing. Also a great community to meet local travelers! Signing up is free, and so it occupying someone’s couch! And if you want you can also sign up to host people or to hang out with travelers visiting your hometown.

| Finding the cheapest flights | 

Skyscanner
I search daily for cheap sites on Skyscanner. Other than other flight comparison sites, you can search for ‘cheapest to fly from to everywhere‘. Great for the more spontaneous travelers!

| Traveling overland by train, bus or car | 

USA: Megabus. Bolt bus and Greyhound. How I managed to book a trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for $3.50? I checked these three on a daily basis and if you check them often enough, you’ll find $1 – $5 deals! Whoohoo! The ride was okay, although I’d not recommend traveling with the Greyhound in the States. The free wifi and USB charger made my day though!

I always make sure to download the Uber app, in case I need an emergency ride when I don’t have money on me for some reason. Uber charges your credit card afterwards, and picks you up from the location on your phone, so great when you’re lost! Sign up & use my personal code for $20 off your first ride! Use code: NONIB17UE! 

Australia: I used the Greyhound to navigate my way through Australia, because the information on the website is very clear, and their maps are the best! I had no idea about all the distances and stuff. It’s not cheap, but most travelers travel with Greyhound. Other options? The cheaper FireFly or Premier. I have no experience with FireFly or Premier, but Greyhound was okay – USB charger and wifi, whooho!! (better than the States, more used by other backpackers)

I always make sure to download the Uber app, in case I need an emergency ride when I don’t have money on me for some reason. Uber charges your credit card afterwards, and picks you up from the location on your phone, so great when you’re lost! Sign up & use my personal code for $20 off your first ride! Use code: NONIB17UE! 

Europe: The train systems in Europe are overall good. EuroRail makes it easy to book your Euro train ride with one train pass. In europe you can travel by bus, but to be honest, it’s not very common on Western Europe in my experience. But it’s okay! (it’s just that flying or a fast train is much faster and relatively cheap). Buses you can take are Flixbus, Megabus, and Eurolines.

I always make sure to download the Uber app, in case I need an emergency ride when I don’t have money on me for some reason. Uber charges your credit card afterwards, and picks you up from the location on your phone, so great when you’re lost! Sign up & use my personal code for $20 off your first ride! Use code: NONIB17UE! 

| Insurance & travel essentials |

General

Travel Guides

I never travel without reading a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide first. Sometimes I read them in the library, sometimes I feel like I have to own them to fully enjoy them, especially when I’m going to countries like the USA or Australia where the books are just so big there’s too much to remember. I also love the Moleskine city guides and travel journal, like this Moleskine Travel journal and this Moleskine London Guide. If your guides are too heavy after a while or a big shopping spree, just leave them behind in your hostel or give them to a fellow traveler, I’m sure they’ll be happy!

Moleskine notebooks

Duh, no trip without at least a few Moleskine notebooks (yes, I keep a Moleskine calendar and often have a special  travel notebook and one I use for everyday life). I just love these books so much, but before you get in to the whole Moleskine world: once you go Moleskine, you never go back so be careful because they’re not cheap!

For in your backpack

  • Tile. Keep track of your stuff with Tile. Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that locates everyday items-like your phone, keys, and wallet-in seconds. Guaranteed safe feeling when you leave one in your bag or in your suitcase and when you’re bags didn’t arrive after that long flight. Get a 4-pack here.
  • WakaWaka. Awesome solar power. Charge your phone or use the flash light. Check out the newest black model (I have this one and love it!)
  • Drybag. Never leave without a dry bag for your valuables! You’ll thank me after a rain season storm, a trip to a tropical island or a shipwreck. This one if waterproof guaranteed.

Complete travel packing list and travel hack guide for backpackers

For in your suitcase

For the digital nomad (or tech freak)

  • I photograph with Canon EOS DSLR’s. Currently bringing the Canon 100D with me, it’s a light one but can film and takes photos like it’s a 70D!
  • GoPRO. I don’t know where these things came from, but it’s a big hit. Never leave without your GoPRO if you plan to get active, do water sports, go for hikes etc. I’m now saving for the GoPRO hero4.
  • I’m an Apple girl. I have a Macbook PRO with me on the road so I can use heavy programs from Adobe but my next laptop has to be a Macbook Air, because the PRO is kind of heavy and I guess Air is good enough for some simple blogging, emails and writing articles.
  • Moleskines again! I always bring a Moleskine notebook for my work. Just to keep track of tasks, thoughts, and things when you’re in a no wifi zone.
  • If you travel, bring an unlocked iPhone and you can take quality snapshots, Skype or Facetime with friends and family and watch series or films. I have an iPhone 6 atm.
  • CWA rechargeable power bank for Macbook’s (and more devices). Seriously, I’m a power bank freak. I always bring a WakaWaka, but you can’t charge your computer with that. So I got this one, so you can still use your Macbook once the battery is dead. Awesome!
  • Universal power converter. This one seems obvious, but pick one with space for multiple cables, because the time you can charge is probably not as long as the time you need all your devices (and who wakes up in the middle of the night the change chargers anyways?). I love this 4 in 1 adapter for a world trip when you’ll need different pins!
  • Seagate 2TB external hard drive. I once made the mistake to only bring 64GB of backup with me on a long-term travel trip, not realizing my Macbook PRO could also fail on me. He left me with no storage left after three months, so I had to buy an extra external hard drive because wifi was not fast enough to upload all my precious photos and videos. The Seagate 2TB is a fast external hard drive that’s reasonable priced!

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| To fuel your wanderlust |

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