Love travel? So do we! If you enjoy planning your own adventures, here are all the brands we use to organise our travel and run our business.
This list will continue to evolve as we grow and find products and services that work better for us. If you have any questions about anything listed below, leave a comment and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Agoda and Booking.com
Agoda is our go-to site for booking accommodation. We like the rewards program, and that you can often book without paying upfront or choose the pay-at-hotel option. Another great feature is some bookings allow free cancellations up to a date shortly before your stay. Just be sure to check the terms and conditions as each hotel can be different. Occasionally, we find Booking.com has properties we just can’t find on Agoda. Find Agoda here and Booking.com here.
We’ve used Airbnb a couple of times (in Canada and the United States) and both times it was a really great experience. We loved the booking process, the hosts have been awesome and the accommodations have been great. Do your homework, go with your gut instincts and we’re confident you’ll have a great experience. Find Airbnb (and potentially a credit for you) here.
CarRentals.com is our go-to site for booking hire cars. It’s an easy-to-use comparison site and we’ve had nothing but great experiences with it so far. Find RentalsCars.com here.
Skyscanner and Google Flights
Skyscanner is our go-to site when we start looking at booking flights. Even if we end up booking directly with the airline this is a great starting point for finding the most economical or most direct route to a destination. Google Flights has some handy search and navigational options worth looking at too. Find Skyscanner here and Google Flights here.
We always use SeatGuru when choosing seats for flights. It’s free and really easy to use. We rarely pay for allocated seats, instead opting to choose the best seats we can find based on our preferences and availability. Find Seat Guru here.
TID (Australia Only)
We’ve been using TID (Travel Insurance Direct) for many years. We’ve had to make a number of medical claims and had no issues at all. The best thing about TID is their annual multi-trip policy. We used to take out policies for each individual trip and it really started to add up. Now, we buy an annual policy and it covers all our trips in the year. It’s affordable and much easier. Just be sure to check the inclusions and exclusions and length of trips that are covered, both business and leisure. Find TID here.
Writing & Blogging Resources
We started this site on the WordPress.com for free and have never looked back. We love that all the SEO and site security is handled by WordPress so we don’t need to worry about it. They have a range of plans to choose from depending on your needs whether you are a casual blogger or a full-time business (like us!). Find WordPress.com here.
We stumbled across Grammarly a while ago and the free version of the software is fantastic. It’s shocking to see the number of spelling and grammatical errors you can make and miss and this program picks them up and offers suggestions without you having to do much more than click a button from a prompt. Find Grammarly here.
Videography and Photography Resources
Epidemic Sound and Artlist
Fantastic music is the key to making your video content great! The challenge is finding awesome music you can use without infringing copyright. Matt prefers to use Epidemic Sound for our YouTube videos. Artlist offers a similar service but with the ability to use their music ‘in any private or commercial video production on any platform worldwide’. Find Epidemic Sound here and Artlist here.
Matt’s ‘love affair’ with DJI products started when he got his first drone. Currently, we use products from the Phantom and Osmo range and love them. Find DJI here.
Recently, Matt’s been looking for ways to monetize what he does. BlackBox is a new platform that allows video creators to achieve creative and financial freedom by turning filmmaking skills into recurring revenue. What does that mean? Well, it’s basically a platform where you can upload your professional video content to be distributed to a number of stock agencies who sell it for you. Best of all, you can revenue share with models or co-creators. Find BlackBox here.
ING Orange Everyday Account (Australia Only)
If you find yourself travelling overseas (or around Australia) a lot, ATM, bank and international transaction fees really start to add up. ING’s Orange Everyday Account offers rebates on all these fees if you fulfil a couple of really simple criteria each month. The criteria were stuff we were already doing so it was a no-brainer for us and it’s saving us a good chunk of money we previously just accepted as part of our lifestyle. Find ING Orange Everyday Account here.
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means if you purchase through them we’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you. Rest assured, these are services we love and use ourselves.
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