The top site for renting a unique local home, apartment or room anywhere in the world. Even better, you can click on this link to get $35 USD ($50 NZD) free travel credit on your booking. You’re welcome!
Still one of the top comparison sites for flights, hotels and car rentals. This is always a first stop when planning out a new adventure
One of the most well known sites for comparing and booking cheap flights online. It also covers hotels and car rentals
Google’s legendary flight search engine that finds the fastest, cheapest flights and also shows you every place you can fly to from your departure airport on a handy map
This site was invaluable during our month in Finland. Cheap, comfortable, modern buses that cover most of the country. The site has a map feature so you can see all the routes and plan your journey easily
Not merely a chat and video call service, Skype also allows you to make calls to any landline or mobile in the world for a really cheap rate. A half hour call to our bank in New Zealand from Romania cost a mere $0.60 USD
If you’re from New Zealand I recommend Southern Cross travel insurance. We have claimed with them twice during our travels and they were always very helpful and lightning fast with their payouts
Tripadvisor covers every question you can think of when travelling, from flights to hotels to restaurants. Rated reviews from other travellers covering a huge variety of topics, and a forum for posting your own travel questions. A definite go-to website when you’re on the road.
READING ON THE ROAD
[Rachael: I try to read whenever I have a spare moment. Paperbacks are the enemy of travelling light, so I reluctantly installed Kindle on my laptop. Now I can carry at least 350 books with me at any one time. Okay, realistically it is more like 12, but the potential is there! Most of the below books are available in Kindle format.]
Life on Air – David Attenborough I bought this book a month before I left to travel, and it was a mighty test of my willpower to leave it untouched in my backpack. Arguably one of the world’s most beloved personalities, Attenborough shares his anecdotes and adventures from over 60 years of broadcasting and world travel. A must read if you are a fan (which should be everyone on the planet.)
Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft All of the macabre and supernatural works penned by the master of horror. Perfect reading if you’re heading to Egypt as a lot of his darker works are set there
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig A classic novel and an enjoyable travel read. Inspiring and thought provoking, and you don’t need to know about zen or motorcycles to appreciate its brilliance!
Business & Blogging Inspiration
On Writing – Stephen King I’m a huge fan of Stephen King’s early works, but even if you don’t share my sentiments, this is a worthwhile read for any aspiring writer. Part autobiography, part how-to guide, King shares amusing stories and advice from both his own past and that of other leaders in the literary field.
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