We’ve travelled quite a bit in the last few years. We’ve stayed at a lot of different hostels, tried various forms of gear, booked a lot of busses, planes and trains, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. To help you get the best bang for your buck and save you some time, we’ve created this list of resources of things that we recommend for you.
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The only place that Amanda & Ryan have ever bought backpacks from. The products are high quality, and they have an amazing policy if anything ever happens to them. MEC is a Canadian brand so for all of our American friends, REI is a similar company.
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It is incredibly important to have good coverage when you are traveling to a foreign country. World Nomads will not disappoint you!
You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
Struggling with planning + organizing? Can’t remember when you’re next plane or train is? TripIt has you covered! All of your travel bookings upload automatically into this awesome app. TripIt has seriously changed the way we travel + helped us immensely with organization!
Sky Scanner provides the best priced flights across all different airlines, and can even search different days for you. If you are looking to fly affordably, this site should be your go to.
Without a doubt, the best way to travel Europe. It’s convenient, fun and affordable.
If you are looking to stay in a hotel, this is definitely a go to for finding the best hotel for the best price.
Hostel Bookers provides a reliable list of hostels wherever you are traveling to, with reviews for each hostel.
Hostel World is our go-to when we travel. Download the app on your phone and book away. We’ve never had a bad experience with Hostel World.
While traveling in Asia, we discovered Agoda and we are obsessed! Great, timely reviews and some of the best prices on the market.
AirBnb is our favorite way to travel. We have had so many positive experiences that we want to share our love of AirBnb with you. When you sign up using this link, you’ll get your first $25 free. Enjoy!
Urban Adventures is on of our favorite tour companies. They offer cool, unique, and authentic day tours in cities around the world. They have a range of tours but they are all guided by locals and show you an authentic side of the city you’re visiting.
Explore Urban Adventures tours here.
We met the Voyagin crew at our last TBEX conference in Manila, and were really impressed with the tours that they offer in SE Asia. Not only do they offer fun tour packages around SE Asia, but they offer them at very reasonable prices, making them the perfect tour company for backpackers! There are a variety of activities that you can do through Voyagin, so don’t miss their offerings. Book your Voyagin tour here.
The best way to get around. Cheaper and faster than taxis, and the ability to leave a review on your experience after. We will never take a taxi in a city that we can Uber in.
italki has been one of the most fun and effective ways that we have learned languages, and we are so excited to be affiliated with them. When you buy your first language lesson through this link, you get the second one free!
*The Mimic Method
Ryan discovered the Mimic Method a number of years ago and used it to help him improve his Spanish accent. We had the pleasure of interviewing the founder, Idahosa Ness, and are excited to be affiliated with The Mimic Method, as we truly believe it’s one of the best ways to learn a language. If you want to become a pro at speaking like a native, sign up for The Mimic Mehod here.
Hauling books around in your backpack can be a huge pain in the ass. This is what is so great about Audible.com. You can listen to your books while you’re on the move, from anywhere in the world. Sign up for your free trial & receive your first 30 days + 1 book completely free.
The iPad is the perfect travel device, and Amanda has travelled with hers on both of our long backpacking trips. You can listen to music on it, watch movies, blog on the WordPress app, and even read books. It’s smaller than a laptop, but gives you everything you need while on the road.
With the convenience of FaceTime and iMessage, traveling with an iPhone makes keeping in touch with family and friends that much easier. It’s also a convenient way to take photos and post to social media.
Both Amanda & Ryan have Mac Books, and they love them. They’re a bit heavier to travel with than an iPad or an iPhone, but they give you all the functionality you need while on the road, especially if you are planning to work abroad.
Podcast + Website
Libsyn has hosted our podcast for the entirety of it’s existence. The fee is affordable, it’s easy to use, and we’ve never had any problems. If you are looking to start a podcast, we would definitely recommend Libsyn as your host.
Bluehost not only hosts the website for The World Wanderers, but it also hosts both Amanda & Ryan’s personal blogs. Bluehost is affordable, easy to use, and has great customer service if you’re ever stumped on how to do something.
Seriously, the best. If you’re starting a blog, website, or podcast, we would 100% using WordPress. It has so much functionality, it’s ridiculous and there are so many cool things that you can do with it. The best part? Creating a basic blog or website is free on WordPress!
If you’re planning to start a podcast, good audio is key. These microphones are affordable and will you give you good quality audio.
A mixer isn’t necessary to start a podcast, but it gives you more control over your audio, and improves the quality from just using a microphone.
Our newest toy! Take your podcast on the road with this awesome recording device.
Where do we get it all?
Amazon has a variety of products for affordable prices. On top of that, delivery is free, and the deliver is fast and reliable. We wouldn’t buy our podcast equipment, books, etc. from any other website.
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