Why We Recommend These Companies
As full-time travellers (6 years so far!) we spend a lot of time booking flights, hotels, and travel experiences. The companies we recommend here are the ones we use all the time, or the ones that have given us the most life-changing experiences on the road. We hope they help you have incredible travel experiences, too!Flights | Accommodation | Tours & Activities | Ground Transportation | Travel Insurance
Kiwi is always our first stop when we’re researching flights, because they offer different (more crea(ve) route op(ons than anybody else. Plus, we always find the best deals there.
Hotels / Accommodation
I have tried ALL the hotel booking sites, but I keep coming back to Booking.com. They always seem to have the biggest selection at the cheapest prices. Plus, their site is the easiest to use. And, the few times I’ve had to contact them for help, their customer service has been fantastic.
Unlike a lot of travellers we know, we rarely use Airbnb. To be honest, I really hate their customer service department. But it can be useful if you’re going somewhere like Singapore, where the hotel prices are outrageous. If you’re new to Airbnb, you’ll get $40 off your first booking if you use the link below.
Tours & Activities
We used to be fiercely independent travellers, preferring to make our own way, rather than go on a tour. Until we discovered that tours with local guides are like a backstage pass to the destination.
A tour will take you places other tourists don’t get to see, help you learn more about the culture, and experience life like a local. If you want to make your travel transformational (or just have more fun), start with these companies.
Cooking Classes with Cookly
Cookly makes it easy to find authentic cooking classes to learn all about local cuisine. It will also ensure you can recreate all that amazing food when you get home. Plus, you can filter the options by vegan and vegetarian menus!
Adventures with Intrepid Travel
Intrepid guides are locals, so they can get you into places and experiences that you’d just never find on your own. They focus on small local experiences, local transportation (no giant tour busses), and giving back to the communities they travel in.
Cycling Tours with Grasshopper Adventures
Grasshopper runs single-day and multi-day bike tours in Asia with small groups and local guides. Get out on two wheels to discover a places that few other tourists get to see.
Wellness and Yoga Travel on BookRetreats
BookRetreats is like the Booking.com of the wellness world. Their site makes it easy to find and compare retreats so you can find your perfect mindful journey.
In Asia, you’ll end up taking the bus and the train a lot. The problem is, information is usually scarce and sometimes nobody really knows about schedules or routes.
We use 12go.asia to plan ahead. It shows the best bus, train, and even plane routes between most destinations in Asia.
If you’re wondering whether you need travel insurance, the answer is yes! Here are our recommendations.
If you’re travelling for less than a year, try World Nomads. It’s what all our travel blogging friends use and recommend. Plus, they make it quick and painless to sign up and easy to make a claim.
If you don’t know how long you’ll travel, or are going nomadic, check out SafetyWing. Their travel medical insurance covers you outside your home country and you can pay in simple month-by-month installments. Plus, sign-up is quick & painless!
If you have any questions about these or other travel companies, give us a shout at [email protected] and we’ll help if we can!