Having traveled both solo and with Riley for several years now, I’ve refined my list of go-to travel resources for every part of any trip. From packing essentials to the best insurance to carry, it’s always reassuring to know that others have the same thing on their list.
I’ve included resources I’ve personally tried and loved and those that I have been recommended to me in my travels or notable when doing my research.
🔒 Travel Insurance
World Nomads – Climbing can be a dangerous sport, so I make sure I have insurance when I go on my climbing trips out of the country. World Nomads is the only reputable insurance provider that covers my shorter climbing trips.
Genki – For longer term travels, Genki may be a better option. Travelers applaud them for their impressive customer service.
💃🏽 Travel Experiences and Tours
Viator – More tour operators use Viator compared to any other platform I’ve checked. Have I mentioned that it also has the lowest price guarantee?
Get Your Guide – An alternative to Viator. Some tours are better priced in Get Your Guide, plus you can get a full refund if you booked the tour within the next 24 hours of your booking.
💸 Money & Finances
Wise – This is my first “travel card” and it’s great for Canadians. It’s technically not a credit card but rather a debit card that is great when you need to withdraw cash at the ATM
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card – Every American traveler I’ve met tells me that this is their favourite travel credit card. The annual fee itself is worth getting for the travel perks that come with it such as the insurance and the points you can use towards free flights.
🏠 Travel Planning – Accommodations
Hostelworld – It has the most extensive selection of hostels around the world, and as a budget traveler, Hostelworld usually is the first platform I go to when I’m planning to book stays where having a private room is less of a consideration.
Booking.com – For trips where I know I’ll need a quiet space, I go for Booking.com. What I like about Booking.com is the option to select accommodations with private rooms, or find accommodations with very specific amenities
Agoda – this leading booking platform in Asia is our go-to platform when we were in Thailand and Vietnam. Prices were just more competitive.
Flatio – When looking up for long-term accommodations in Europe, most people recommended Flatio
✈️ Travel Planning – Flights, Trains, and Buses
Skyscanner – I know everyone loves Google Flights but they’ve been unreliable lately with no way to book flights they display, and here’s where SkyScanner gets the job done. It’s so easy to find flights and book them.
CheapOAir – Most cheap deals I’ve found were in CheapOAir, although their website has a lot of things left
12Go – Getting to your next destination just got easier with 12Go. They have the most bus operators in one platform
📱 Global SIM Cards and Mobile Plans
For mobile wifi, I switch around between these three eSIMs depending on my destination. The biggest decision factor for me is reliability of connection, and for the most part, this depends on the service provider that each eSIM is using. Secondary factor is the availability of unlimited data. Just because of the nature of my job, I need to have consistently strong and steady connectivity.
Airalo – overall the best eSIM for most destinations because of its coverage
Airhub – best variety of options, it’s easy to find a plan that fits what you need. Plus, you can see who the service provider is in your destination country
Holafly – best for unlimited data albeit for a higher price tag
🎒 Packing Recommendations
Gregory – for my main pack, I have my Gregory 60L. It’s best in class for comfort and durability and I can personally vouch that it beats other well-known brands like Osprey in these two areas
Osprey may be the most trusted pack out there, and it’s not hard to see why. They guarantee their products with their lifetime warranty for defects and wear
Columbia – My favourite jackets and pants are from Columbia. I trust Columbia because of the quality and value for the money. It may not be everyone’s kind of attire, but if your travels involve being in the outdoors then it will most likely be a brand you’ll appreciate.
Loop Earplugs – A massive upgrade to those disposable foam earplugs, it has a snug feet and gets your focused in no time
Monster Resume Writing – I prefer writing my own resume but a having an expert opinion on how you present yourself helps, especially for career changes.
Audible – While I love my paperback books, traveling makes it difficult to carry books arond, and here’s where audiobooks helps. You can leisurely stroll around new cities while going through your next read
Atlas VPN – This maybe the best freemium VPN offering out there