Where is the best place to get flight deals?
And remember that not all airlines show up on flight deals sites – our favorite domestic airline, Southwest, does not! So if there’s an airline you prefer to fly, you might need to go directly to their site to check for deals and book your flights.
Where do you typically book accomodations?
We usually stay in budget-friendly, vacation rentals, boutique hotels or private rooms in hostels (our hostel dorm days ended the minute we both turned 30).
- We use Booking.com to book hotels. We love their flexible cancellation policies. But note that Booking doesn’t always show all fees up front, so read the small print!
- We use Hostelworld to book hostels. We love that there’s a very low deposit, it’s easy to change or cancel trips (we always choose the Free Cancellation policy, it’s well worth it), and we rely heavily on the honest reviews of other travelers like us.
- For vacation rentals, we prefer to book using VRBO. They’ve got lower fees and better support than Airbnb, and we’re not fans of Airbnb’s unethical track record. We’ve also had a lot of bad experiences with Airbnb – read about those here. You can also book vacation rentals on Expedia and Hotels.com.
- We’ve also used TrustedHousesitters as both hosts (for our home and our fur-child) and travelers! It’s kind of like getting a free vacation rental, except you’ll have some plants to water or pets to take care of (which, frankly, we consider a plus.) You’ll pay an annual membership fee, but all your stays are free after that. One trip – one night, even – pays for the entire membership fee, and you can find some REALLY unique places to stay!
Is travel insurance worth it?
OMG, YES. We can’t tell you how many times travel insurance has saved our distaster-prone a****. We always, always, ALWAYS buy travel insurance for international trips, and we STRONGLY suggest it. Read our Travel Insurance Guide to find out why, and what to look for in a good travel insurance policy.
The travel insurace policies we personally use and recommend are:
- World Nomads:The best international travel insurance for adventure travelers – or even mildly adventurous travelers. World Nomad policies cover a lot of “adventure” activities that other insurance companies don’t … like, snorkeling. Yep. Snorkeling isn’t covered by most travel insurance policies! But World Nomad covers pretty much everything. We’ve filed several policies with World Nomads over the years and they’ve always been great!
- SafetyWing: This is the best international travel insurance for frequent or long-term travelers. You can book either a short trip policy, or an ongoing monthly policy with no end date. For digital nomads and long-term travelers, SafetyWing is by far the most affordable and comprehensive travel insurance out there and most closely mimics a healthcare insurance policy. SafetyWing is also one of the few policies that covers Covid-19 (including quarantine) for all travelers!
- Chase Sapphire Credit Card: We rely on the travel insurance that comes as a benefit with our Chase Sapphire travel credit card for all of our domestic trips, and every time we rent a car both domestically and internationally. Their primary car rental insurance has saved us thousands of dollars, and their trip cancellation and interruption policy has come in handy many times as well! We’ve filed several claims with Chase and they’ve always been super helpful. Plus, it’s just a great travel card – read our full review here.
What vaccine or meds to I need for travelling?
We use the travel guides on the CDC website to research recommended medications and vaccines for international trips. We always recommend getting every vaccine recommended by the CDC! You can get them at your primary care doctor’s office or a walk-in pharmacy.
Are organized tours worth it?
How to I get around while abroad?
Things Nobody Tells You
If you’ve ever traveled while fat, you’ve probably stumbled across a few of these already (and if not, there’s so much to look forward to!). Here’s 25 things nobody tells you about traveling as a fat woman!
Now that our year-long honeymoon is over, we want to share some of our learnings. We’ve got a few pieces of information – some useful, some completely useless – to pass along to anyone considering quitting their jobs and taking a grown-up gap year to travel.
I’m about to lift the gilded, glittery, frolicking-on-the-beach-with-a-coconut curtain and let you in on a few secrets about what it’s REALLY like to be a full-time travel blogger. Satisfy your morbid curiosity and spend the next 20 or so minutes putting off actual work so you can read this post in its entirety.
travel planning guide
We are experienced travelers, but we’re also incredibly disaster-prone. Through our many, many…. many mishaps and mistakes, we’ve constructed a failsafe practical process to planning a trip. With this handy guide, you’ll spend more time getting excited about your trip – and less time stressing. We might be total nerds (correction: we definitely are), but we think planning a trip is half the fun of actually traveling!
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