After over decade travelling, I have been introduced to a treasure-trove of resources to make it cheaper, easier and more pleasurable.
Exercise a common-sense approach if you decide to use the websites below (i.e. be cautious if you book through a third-party site you don’t know, consider if a certain bank account is the right choice for you, etc).
Plane & holiday deals
- Hopper (international) is an app that uses historical data to make predictions about when is the best time to book your flight
- Skyscanner (international) is one of the best search tools I’ve found to find cheap flights
- I Want That Flight (Australia) I’ve recently started using, and found it can sometimes beat Skyscanner on price
- Adioso (international) as an alternative to skyscanner
- Googleflights (international) to search for the cheapest fares
- Great Escape (international) is a tool by developers from MIT that offers a visualisation of cheap flights (like a visual Skyscanner)
- I Know the Pilot (Australia) is a newsletter (not search engine) with sale, error and very cheap fares
- I Know the Pilot (NZ) is a newsletter with sale, error and very cheap fares
- Holiday Pirates (UK) is a newsletter with sale, error and very cheap fares
- Urlabspiraten (Germany) is a newsletter with sale, error and very cheap fares
- Urlabspiraten (Austria) is a newsletter with sale, error and very cheap fares
- TripADeal (Australia) is a website that has very cheap, all inclusive (flights, food, accommodation, guides, etc) package holidays
- Seatguru (international) lets you search for the best seat on your selected airline, for your selected route
- Sleeping in airports (international) lets you know the best and worst airports to sleep in, and what amenities are available
Train & holiday deals
- Find-a-crew helps you find a crew, or boat, for round-the-world travel
- Visalist lets you put in your passport and origin country to give you at-a-glance visa information
- Passport Photo app to take passport photos (great for attaching to online visa applications)
- Global Goose has listed 34 countries you can get a working holiday visa for as an Australian (most up until you’re 30)
- Google translate app (free) is amazing! You can do text, verbal or image translation, and now use it offline, too.
- Duolingo app (free) for brushing up on phrases and learning the basics of a new language
- Atlas Obscura is my go-to for unusual things to do and see around the world
TIPS AND GADGETS
Thank you to all the travellers I’ve met across the years who have shared with me these resources. Particular thanks to Aidan Devitt and Kara Raeburn for contributing resources I missed to the page.