To be able to travel more and get fair value for your hard earned money,
you need good travel resources.
This page lists the products and services we personally use
to find travel deals and run our blogging business.
We follow Secret Flying to get all the best airfare deals available. You can save up to 80% on flights around the world with them. They list all the published and even the unpublished deals that they find, from countries all over the world. We use it not only from our home city, but also to find deals to very expensive destinations that we can reach with a layover. For example, flying round trip from Montreal to the Seychelles cost at least 1500$CAD per person, but I saw the other day that we could fly from Dublin to the Seychelles and South Africa for 680$CAD. We only have to get a ticket to Dublin (around 600$CAD), and our airfare will have cost 1280$CAD per person. So we could save 220$ per person, and we get to visit another country! #win #win
We also follow Next Departure to get the unpublished very best airfare deals available from Canadian cities. They don’t bother to post good deals, they only post the very best of the very best. Book quickly though, because those deals don’t last.
Booking is our first stop when it comes to accommodation. They have over 1,000,000 properties worldwide, including more than 500,000 holiday rentals in 225 countries and territories. The reviews are accurate, and frequent travellers get 10% off and exclusive travel benefits, worldwide.
Of course, there is the famous Trip Advisor! Not only we can easily decide with hotel is the best for our families with all the reviews, but we can now book directly with them our accommodation. So it’s a one-stop for hotel booking.
VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) is the most popular vacation rental site in the US, and it is perfect for family vacations. We booked with them when we visited Chicago, and we had a new condo with a breathtaking view, at a cheaper price than a hotel room.
Auto Europe offers car rental in 180 countries. You can also rent with them Motorhomes, which is perfect for a family road trip!
Viator is my favorite website to find the best activities for our family. They’re professional, fun and they also have nice deals.
CityPass is the perfect way to save a lot of money when visiting one of these 12 cities/region: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
The Lonely Planet guide books are my absolute favorite. No, they don’t show much photos of our destination, but yes, they have all the information we need to plan and have the best trip.
World Nomads is one of the most popular travel insurance there is. It is available in 140 countries, offers 24hr worldwide assistance and is trusted by Lonely Planet.
MedjetAssist offers the most comprehensive travel protection and medical transport memberships available for your family’s health, safety and security. This isn’t a travel insurance. If you are hospitalized 150 miles or more from home and meet medical transport criteria, MedjetAssist will arrange air medical transfer to the hospital of your choice in your home country, from virtually anywhere in the world. All you ever pay is your membership fee.
This is one of the most useful equipment we have ever bought: a portable charger, or battery. Our Insignia 8000 mAh Portable Battery Pack can charge both our phones and/or tablet at the same time. For travel and even at home, this is a must-have accessory!
You might wonder why I put a stroller in our travel resources, but this piece of equipment is the most important one when traveling with a baby and toddler. Our BOB Stroller Strides works amazing everywhere: on uneven pavement, on the beach, in the mud and in the snow. Yes, it’s a lot bigger than an umbrella stroller, but much easier to push and we easily manage to bring it everywhere around Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and on a Caribbean cruise, among other places.
Investing in ourselves, as entrepreneurs, is one of the most important things to do. I learnt so much on the Bloggers, Brands, and Tourism Boards: A Guide to Successful Partnerships course! I recommend it to all travel bloggers.
Creative Live is my favorite one-stop shop for all courses and workshops I need as an entrepreneur. They offer a lot of business, photography, videography, marketing courses, and much more. What’s great about this website is that there’s always free, on air classes, that I can attend. So when I am not sure I will like a specific course, I can tune in and find out for free. Their classes aren’t expensive either. So far, I have attended the following classes:
I strongly recommend Creative Live. They don’t offer courses on travel blogging specifically, but you will find a lot of incredible value classes for a lot of skills you need as a blogger and entrepreneur.
I host my website on Site Ground. I have a GrowBig account, it cost me $7.95 per month, and I have peace of mind. Site Ground has amazing support, since every website has bugs every now and then. Support answers very fast and is very helpful. You can also get the StartUp account for just $3.95 per month. Now that’s cheap! I don’t want to change, seriously, they are doing an amazing job!
As you can see on my website, I have a lot of pictures! To add to the photos I took myself, I buy some on Shutterstock. I really like their high quality pictures and vectors and finding something specific is easy. I usually subscribe for a month, at 250$ and download 25 pictures daily. I cancel the auto-renewal subscription at the end of the month. I once forgot to end it before it was charged on my credit card, and they reimbursed me no problem, and they were very nice and helpful.
Canva is a photo editing tool that allows you to save your project and come back later to work on them. You can even publish them, so it’s another way of reaching audiences. The design tools are simply amazing. I love Canva! You can make professional designs without being a professional. There’s a lot of templates available for free, but even if you have to pay for one you like, it’s only 1$! I definitely recommend it!
I like Buffer! I schedule all my Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest (yes, Pinterest!) posts on Buffer. I don’t use Buffer to schedule my Facebook posts because I can easily do that within Facebook already. I can schedule up to 100 posts at a time. I can define my own schedule: it can be different for each social media, and for each day of the week. I’m using it mainly for my Pinterest account. It works wonderful! I pay $10 a month to have access to the Pinterest scheduler.
You can find on Fiverr a community of services that you can buy for a bottom 5$ (it’s called a ‘Gig‘). Professionals in graphic designs, online marketing, video animation and much more offer their services at a very low cost. It’s easy to use, and I only had good experiences. Services are provided quickly, and you can buy extra Gigs to meet your needs.
If you need more than just a small job being done, I recommend UpWork. You have access to thousands of professionals from all over the world that can deliver amazing work. I hired a freelancer from UpWork to build my Destination Finder, at a very low cost, and he did a wonderful job (his name is Mariot Tsitoara, from Madagascar). You have to find the good person though to do the job, because not all professionals will deliver. I hired someone else at first to develop another application for this website, and she tried to charge me more after she agreed to an initial contract, and then refused to do the job. Just pick your freelancer carefully, and you will have an amazing experience.
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