From travel inspiration to useful products, on this page you’ll find everything you need to plan a trip and more. This page of travel resources was created for you to travel better and travel smarter. By making purchases through these links you are helping to fund this blog to help me continue creating free content for you. When planning your trip it is greatly appreciated if you use these travel resources!
Momondo: This is a great site for finding flights and comparing flight prices from day to day so you can find the cheapest option.
Skyscanner: Another great option for finding cheap flights, Skyscanner let’s you search for flights to everywhere. You can then find the cheapest area to fly to in your timeframe.
Google Flights: I often start my searches here to find good prices and then head over to Skyscanner or Momondo to book since you can’t book through Google Flights. Sometimes they do have numbers so you can call the airline directly and book.
Luggage: When packing don’t forget about luggage restrictions like size and weight. This is a great resource for checking carry-on size luggage.
HostelWorld: My go-to site for booking hostels. Here I check reviews of places, check availability, and can always find a suitable option.
Couchsurfing: Though I have never personally tried couchsurfing (it’s on my bucket list) it is the cheapest form of accommodation and often comes with new friends and locals who will cook you delicious meals from their home country.
HotelsCombined: Here you can book hotels for anywhere in the world. A great search engine with competitive prices.
World Nomads: There’s a reason why Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Intrepid recommend World Nomads, it’s great. I personally use it because you can buy and extend while you’re overseas, it covers adventure travel, and it covers gear for digital nomads. Easily the best and most affordable insurance I’ve found.
HiFX: Banks like to get you those hidden money transfer fees. Like the $25 they ask for just so you can get your money into your bank account. HiFX will do the same for you, but will beat the bank prices and won’t empty your pocket. You can now transfer money from international banks hassle free and cheaply!
Lonely Planet: These are guides that I consistently refer to and are the best in the travel industry. Here you can find both books and PDFs to help you plan for your travels.
Taylor’s Tracks Destinations: Or refer to my destination sections and get my honest opinion of the best things to do, where to go, and more.
The Secret Traveller: Their award winning travel-writer has gone incognito to share some of his best-kept secrets and travel tips.
Quick Dry Towel: Perfect for hostel travel or just for the beach, a quick dry towel can be packed up small.
Locks: One is a must but I recommend two. These are great for your bags and for lockers at hostel. I recommend a flexible lock to ensure that it fits on all lockers.
Grid-It: If you bring along a few pieces of tech equipment then this is for you. Grid-It’s come in multiple sizes and keep your electronics organized in one spot and held down with it’s stable grip. (CAD)
Travel Yoga Mat: The Manuka eKO SuperLite mat folds up into a very flat, or into a small rectangle that is about the size of a book. Perfect for travel it’s light weight, grips, and it eco friendly to help keep you in shape while on the road. (CAD)
Diva Cup: For women on the road, especially in areas where tampons aren’t widely accessible. The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that allows you to go for up to 12 hours without a fuss. (CAD) If you’ve had children then use the Post Childbirth cup. (CAD)
Selfie Stick for GoPro: For the moments when you’re traveling solo, this selfie stick with help you capture those moments either while holding the stick or by setting up the tripod that’s hidden in the bottom. (CAD)
Hopper: This app tells you when to wait and when to buy your flight. It predicts when flights will go down in price so you get the best deal.
TripCase: Easily organize your flights and hotels into one place. It will send you reminders and notify you if your flight is delayed or on time.
XE Currency Converter: A must for any traveler to convert currencies quickly.
DuoLingo: Looking to learn a new language? This free app helps you learn in short lessons. You pick how many you want to do a day, and it’ll remind you to go back and practice more.
Contiki: A tour guide company for 18-35 year olds that gives you a taste of each place you visit. From weekend to over month long trips, you’ll find yourself in great company, with knowledgable and fun tour guides. I’ve done three of their tours and can’t recommend Contiki enough.
Teaching English Resources
myTEFL: Before you teach English abroad you need a TEFL certificate. Programs can be quite expensive (like $1000 expensive) and this one is the cheapest I’ve found yet and of good quality. If you choose to use this program you’ll also save 35% by using the code TRACKS35.
Ajarn: If you’re interested in teaching in Thailand then this is by far the best website to find a job on.
The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner: This novel is the tale of three women from NYC who leave their jobs, boyfriends, and apartments to travel the world together for a year. Through mostly third world countries, these women learn the true bond of friendship, difficulties of travel, and discover themselves in a whole new way. (CAD)
Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche: If you’ve never thought about sailing across the world before then you will after this read. This travel memoir details the life of an Australian who, while living in San Fransisco, meets a boy who invites her to sail the world. Ignoring the strings from her family pulling her back home, she agrees, and finds herself in exotic locales, and on the journey of a lifetime. (CAD)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed: Have you ever been so deep into life that you just wanted to escape? To do whatever you pleased, journey as you wished, and ignore whatever problems you were facing? This women does just that by leaving her divorced, and addictive life behind to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – which is no easy feat. If you ever want to get to know yourself, the best way is in nature, just as this woman did. She will inspire you, relate to you, and be the same person as you before the book is finished. (CAD)
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: This wildly popular memoir is for a reason. Women across the world, from different cultures, places, and times in their lives can all relate to this one woman’s story as she journeys to Italy for food, India for peace, and Bali for love. If you’ve already read the book, then you might enjoy Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It (CAD). A novel that shares the stories of men and women who were inspired by the original book and gave them the courage to get over or leave some of the deepest points in their lives. (CAD)
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman: A hilarious take (she’s a comedy writer in Hollywood) on the life of a single girl who escapes her life problems by jetting off to new locations. Solo or on girls trips this girl always finds a way to have a great time, shares some steamy romance, and will you with some serious travel envy. (CAD)
Tracks by Robin Davidson: If you ever need a book to help inspire your inner badass then this is the one. A very determined Australia girl sets off on a mission to find three camels and trek across the Australian desert with her dog. Her story was documented by National Geographic, tourists flocked after her, and she was welcomed by many on her path. (CAD)
Films and Television
Departures: Three Canadians in the film industry take off to explore the world, backpacking, camping, and living with the locals. These guys will show you a part of travel for the adventurous, how to travel cheaply, tasty food, and a piece of each culture in every episode.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Some people will tell you that this guy is a complete asshole, but he sure knows how to get interesting content. He isn’t afraid to ask any questions, digs in to all of the local dishes, and explores areas that are not widely known as he’s shown around by locals.
Eat Pray Love: Totally cliche, but if you love travel then you’ll enjoy the movie. It’s the story of one woman’s journey, who after losing everything from a divorce eats in Italy, prays in India, and loves in Bali, discovering herself along the way.
Under The Tuscan Sun: The movie based on the book, this film follows the story of one woman who purchased a run down villa in Italy and made it her home.
Vicki Cristina Barcelona: Woody Allen is a genius film maker, and this film does not disappoint. Not your typical travel film, but this movie full of romance, and culture will have you inspired to head to Spain.
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