Love travel? So do we! Here are all the products and services we use to #TravelWell (and run our business).
This list will continue to evolve as we grow and find products and services that work best for us. Where possible, we register as affiliates for anything we use and recommend. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means if you click these links and make a purchase we may earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you, and in some cases, these links may even unlock savings or give you additional bonuses we’ve negotiated. You can find out more about this here and here. If you have any questions about anything listed below, leave a comment and we’ll do our best to answer them.
10 of the Best Travel Resources
We have a tonne of online accounts. To keep our personal information safe, we use a strong, unique password for each login we have. 1Password generates and remembers them all for us allowing us to log in to any site with a single click, look or touch. With 1Password we only ever need to memorize one password. All our other passwords and important information are protected by a Master Password, which only we know.
2. Agoda and Booking.com
Agoda is our go-to site for booking hotels. 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 specified 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.
We’ve used Airbnb in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia and each time it’s been a great experience. We love the booking process, the hosts are awesome and the accommodation has been great. Do your homework, go with your gut instincts and we’re confident you’ll have a great experience.
This free coupon-finding browser extension is definitely worth the install. Honey scours the web for coupon codes and automatically applies them to our travel-related (and day-to-day) online purchases. You’ll save some cash, earn rewards, but best of all, say goodbye to trawling the internet for coupon codes.
5. ING Orange Everyday Account (Australian’s 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 these fees if you fulfill a couple of really simple criteria each month. For us, the criteria were stuff we were already doing so it was a no-brainer and it’s saving us a good chunk of money we previously just accepted as part of our lifestyle.
Rentalcars.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.
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.
8. 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 is quickly becoming our new favourite with some handy search options worth looking at too.
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 for the 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! We’ve used this site once, in Australia, and had a 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.
4 of the Best Videography and Photography Resources
1. Adobe Premiere Pro
Matt’s a long-time user of the Adobe Creative Suite (as a graphic designer) and uses Premiere Pro for editing our videos. If you’re serious about video editing it’s probably the industry standard. We started out creating our videos in iMovie, which is a great tool to cut your teeth on before you invest in something like Premiere Pro.
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. Matt uses Artlist and Epidemic Sound primarily for our YouTube videos. Artlist however, offers the ability to use their music ‘in any private or commercial video production on any platform worldwide’. Matt recently signed up with the new kid on the block, Audiio (the lifetime deal was too good to ignore).
3. Changer College
Are you a new or emerging YouTube creator? We took our channel to the next level after completing an Incubator program with the guys at Changer Studios. The great news is they have launched a similar online program called ‘Accelerate for YouTube’. Should you decide to sign up, you can save 30% with our discount code LGB30.
Matt’s ‘love affair’ with DJI products started when he got his first Phantom drone. Currently, we use the Osmo Pocket and Mini 2, both pictured above.
6 of the Best Business Resources
1. Blossom Themes
We’ve been using WordPress’s native themes since we started this site in 2012 and whilst great, in hindsight, it was a case of not knowing what we were missing out on. We stumbled upon Blossom Themes and haven’t looked back. They create SEO-friendly, features-rich and easy-to-use WordPress themes (like the one you’re looking at) and the after-sales support is second to none. We cannot recommend them enough.
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. We’ve used Fiverr for animations and illustrations, but you can outsource practically anything on Fiverr! It allows us to focus our time and energy on maximising our superpowers.
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.
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 we 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.
We 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, our affiliate links are much more attractive, but best of all, if we need to change an affiliate link we need only change it in ThirstyAffiliates and it will be reflected everywhere! This was a game-changer for us.
We started this site on 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!).