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General Travel Tips and Resources

Ultimate Road Trip Checklist Airplane Entertainment (Stay Sane on Long Flights)
How to Travel More (with a full time job) Road Trip Packing List (Super Handy)
Why You NEED Travel Insurance Summer Essentials for Warm Weather Trips
What to do with Your Instagram Stories Last Minute Accommodation Options
Adventuring at Home (It’s Possible!) Olympus Pen E-PL-8 Review
20 Inspiring Part Time Travelers Best Overnight and Weekend Bags
How to Improve Your Underwater Photos How to Get Cheaper Airfare (Every Time)


Plan Your Trip

From flights and accommodation to activities and travel insurance, planning a trip can be quite stressful. But thankfully, traveling is so much easier (and usually cheaper!) when you have the right tools and products from someone you can trust.

These are all items that I currently use or personally recommend.

More travel planning tools this way.

+ Travel Insurance: If you’re traveling (especially overseas), you NEED travel insurance. It’s that simple. My company of choice is World Nomads, which is not only for medical insurance, but also helps when luggage is lost, you need to cancel a trip, or when your gear is stolen or damaged when traveling. They say if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.  Now I won’t travel without it. Get a FREE quote.

+ Skyscanner and Google Flights: My two preferred search engines for finding the cheapest possible flights. I swear by both Skyscanner and Google Flights, and always always always use these two sites when looking for airfare.  The option to watch prices and get email notifications are top notch and one of my favorite features of the two.

+ Hotel Tonight: My go-to for last minute deals.  Think road-tripping and spontaneous weekend trips.  We once paid $23 for a (really nice) hotel in Reno, Nevada.  You can now check and book up to seven days in advance. Top tip: download the app in advance in case you’re stuck without wifi for a bit.  Use my promo code JKLEINER for a free $25 towards your first booking.

+ AirBnB: Sick of staying at hotels and want to feel more like a local in a new city/area?!  With AirBnB, you can rent out private rooms, entire apartments, and even full houses! We’ve had some fantastic experiences and wonderful hosts, and saved a ton of money!  My number 1 tip: heavily research where you are staying – read all the reviews and make sure the property owner is readily available to contact. Always check the cancellation policy.  Save $35 off your first stay here!  

+ Get Your Guide and Viator: I’m a BIG FAN of Get Your Guide and Viator when it comes to perusing activities and signing up for tours. I’ve been using both of these sites for years, and can honestly say 99% of the time the tours are downright AWESOME and a good bang for your buck. I like to plan in advance (sometimes too far in advance), and being able to book specific activities (with the ability to cancel if need be) is something I love about Get Your Guide and Viator. Psst: I usually prefer Get Your Guide over Viator since the former discloses the local tour operator before signing up for a tour.

+ Tep Wireless: Although you will most likely have wifi at your accommodation, it’s a good idea to bring along a pocket-sized personal WiFi hotspot, to keep you connected during your time overseas. WiFi hotspots are a cost effective option to ensure you can use GPS apps like Google Maps, check your emails, and catch up with friends and family while away. With this portable device, you’ll have WiFi wherever you go (even if your phone doesn’t have service), unlimited internet (on up to five devices at a time – meaning you can share with friends/family!!!), and it’s fast and reliable. At less than $9 a day, this device can’t really be beat.