Love travel? So do I! Here are all the products and services I use to #TravelWell (and run my business). This list will continue to evolve as I grow and find products and services that work best for me. If you have any questions about anything listed below, message me on Instagram and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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9 of the Best Travel Resources
I have a tonne of online accounts. To keep my personal information safe, I use a strong, unique password for each login. 1Password generates and remembers them all for me allowing me to log in to any site with a single tap, glance or touch. With 1Password I only ever need to memorize one password. All my other passwords and important information are protected by a Master Password, which only I know.
2. Agoda and Booking.com
Agoda is my go-to site for booking hotels. I like the rewards program, and 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 specified date shortly before your stay. Just be sure to check the terms and conditions as each hotel can be different. Occasionally, I find Booking.com has properties I just can’t find on Agoda.
I’ve used Airbnb in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia and each time it’s been a great experience. I love the booking process, the hosts are awesome and the accommodation has been great. Do your homework, go with your gut instincts and I’m confident you’ll have a great experience.
This free coupon-finding browser extension is definitely worth the installation. Honey scours the web for coupon codes and automatically applies them to my travel-related (and day-to-day) online purchases. You’ll save some cash, plus earn rewards, but best of all, say goodbye to trawling the internet for coupon codes.
Rentalcars.com is my go-to site for booking hire cars. It’s an easy-to-use comparison site and I’ve had nothing but great experiences with it so far.
I always use SeatGuru when choosing seats for flights. It’s free and really easy to use. I rarely pay for allocated seats, instead opting to choose the best seats I can find based on my preferences and availability.
7. Skyscanner and Google Flights
Skyscanner is my 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 direct route to a destination. Google Flights is quickly becoming my new favourite with some handy price watch and search options.
Life’s soooooo much better (and secure) with a VPN. A VPN allows you to create a secure connection to another network which means your internet activity is shielded from prying eyes whilst on public Wi-Fi. Even better, Surfshark gives you access to region-restricted websites no matter where you are in the world. Access the Netflix libraries of 30 countries (including the USA), unlock other streaming services, and do it all across as many household devices as you like under one subscription!
Did someone say ‘free one-way car and camper-van rentals across Australia, New Zealand, North America, South Africa, and Namibia?’ Yes please! I’ve used TransferCar once, in Australia, and had a pretty good experience. Just be sure to consider taking out the insurance option to save yourself additional costs if something happens to the vehicle that’s out of your control.
3 of the Best Videography and Photography Resources
1. Adobe Premiere Pro
I’m a long-time user of the Adobe Creative Suite (as a graphic designer) and use Premiere Pro for editing videos. If you’re serious about video editing it’s probably the industry standard. I started out creating videos in iMovie, which is a great tool to cut your teeth on before you invest in something like Premiere.
2. Artlist, Epidemic Sound and Audiio
Fantastic music is the key to making your video content great! The challenge is finding awesome music you can use without infringing copyright. I used Artlist and Epidemic Sound primarily for the 300+ YouTube videos I created. I recently signed up with Audiio because the pay once lifetime deal was too good to ignore.
My love affair with DJI products started when I got my first Phantom drone. It allowed me to capture footage that really elevated our content (such as the image above taken with his now obsolete Phantom III drone). As a travel creator, I need to move quickly and not be burdened by heavy equipment. Currently, I use the Osmo Pocket and Mini 2 drone. Both are super compact and suit our run-and-gun setup.
4 of the Best Business Resources
Running a small business means you need to wear multiple hats. But sometimes you can’t do it all, you just don’t have the time. So rather than spending your precious time learning a skill you rarely need, consider outsourcing it! That’s where Fiverr really comes in handy. I’ve used Fiverr for animations and illustrations, but you can outsource practically anything on Fiverr! It allows me to focus my time and energy on my superpowers.
I 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.
Operating a business that includes an e-commerce website (or even just a monetized blog) requires you to meet a number of legal obligations. Paying for legal support can be costly, but I recently found a reputable and cost-effective solution. LawDepot is a website that helps you do your own legal work by offering customisable legal documents.
I recently discovered this awesome WordPress plugin that lets you easily create branded redirects for your affiliate links. It has lots of great analytics and features, and my affiliate links are much more attractive, but best of all, if I need to change an affiliate link I need only change it in ThirstyAffiliates and it will be reflected everywhere! Game-changer.
Useful travel resources for your next adventure!
If you found this post useful, I’d be grateful if you used the affiliate links below. I’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you. Rest assured, these are the products and services I love and use. Thanks for your support! – Matt
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Agoda – hotels
Booking.com – hotels
Cover-More – insurance
Motorhome Republic – RVs
RentalCars.com – rentals
Simify – SIM cards
Skyscanner – flights
Surfshark – VPN
TourRadar – tours
Welcome Pickups – transfers