Travel Resources

Having explored over 60 countries as a full-time traveler, I’ve become an expert on travel resources.

These tried-and-true favourites are designed to make your next journey abroad as stress-free as possible, especially if you’re venturing solo!

How to find Cheap Flights

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my go-to flight comparison tool. Use the customisation features to narrow down when and where you want to go (and track it).

Google Flights – Google Flights is an easy way to compare flight prices. Use the price watch feature to find out when flight prices drop.

Priority Pass – Get into lounges worldwide free when you have a Priority Pass. Feel like you’re travelling in business even when your ticket is in coach!

Hopper – the Hopper app is very popular in the US and covers flights, hotels and car rentals. Download the app using my Hopper link to get convenient price comparison on the go.

Best Accommodation Sites

Airbnb – I’ve had a mixed bag of experiences with Airbnb, but I do use them for longer-term stays.

VRBO – Lots of us Europeans are less familiar with VRBO – it’s got lower service fees than Airbnb, has more independent home-like places (not all in someone’s converted garage). Worth checking. – Booking has all the hotels, and increasingly apart hotels and other types of accommodation. It’s the site I use the most for getting cheap prices.

Expedia – If you want to find hotels in a particular location, Expedia has one of the best search tools, especially when I’m not certain of how the destination is laid out.

Hostelworld – don’t sleep on hostels (sleep in them!). I didn’t think I was the target audience for hostels, but in Australia & New Zealand, the hostels often have private and ensuite single rooms, at a great price.

Tours & Day Trips

Viator – use Viator to find tours and excursions in your destination as well as day trips to get out of the city. It’s a hugely popular global platform, with very clear ratings.

Get Your Guide – use Get Your Guide to find local tours – it will sometimes have different options to Viator, particularly on longer trips in places like Ireland.

G Adventures – the organised group tour that solo travellers can use. They serve destinations around the world for one-of-a-kind adventures.

Big Bus Tours – if you’re a fan of Hop On, Hop Off bus tours to get situated in any new city, Big Bus Tours is one of the biggest operators in the market.

Rental Car Options

Discover Cars – use Discover Cars to compare prices across well-known and local car hire suppliers to make sure you get the cheapest rate.


Airalo – I’ve been using Airalo since early 2023 as my eSIM, meaning I don’t need to get a new physical SIM card any more. I’ve used it successfully in over 20 countries, saving on roaming charges.

Buying Guides

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