TRAVEL PLANNING RESOURCES
Planning a trip can seem like a pretty daunting task, especially if it's your first time. Luckily, there are so many resources to help you, from the inspiration stage all the way to getting around when you're on the road. I've compiled all my favourite resources on this page, which can hopefully help you plan your adventures!
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If you have no solid travel plans and are looking for inspiration for your next big trip, there are tons of ways to fuel your wanderlust! Here are my favourite resources for finding travel inspiration:
Skyscanner is a great resource for finding cheap flights anywhere. Just head over to the Skyscanner website and type anywhere as a destination in their search box, and select anytime for the date. The website will show you all the cheapest flights from where you are to any destination around the world, which is a great way to pick your next vacation if you're on a budget.
Pinterest is probably my all-time favourite app for finding travel inspiration. I recommend creating a "travel" board (if you don't already have one) where you can keep photos of beautiful places and tips from travel bloggers. You can check out my Pinterest travel boards for examples.
• Earth Roulette
Earth Roulette is a unique website that randomly selects a travel destination for your next holiday. Just click the generate button on the Earth Roulette home page and it'll show you a cool new country to explore. Not happy with your result? No worries - you can just spin the travel roulette wheel again!
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Instagram is a another good place to find photos of beautiful destinations around the world. It's a platform that a lot of travel bloggers use, and many people will post information about the places they feature, like cool facts and how to get there. If you're not sure where to start, you can head on over to my Instagram account and check it out!
Tripbucket is a cool smartphone app that lets you create a beautiful travel bucket list. There are photos and information about thousands of different places and experiences around the world, and the app is available for both iPhone and Android.
TravelPicker is a cool website that lets you select the type of trip you want and matches you to several destinations around the world. Although the results are targeted towards travelers leaving from the UK, the TravelPicker website is a good way to get some ideas on where to go next.
If you've reached the planning stage of your trip but don't know where to start, I've got you covered! The resources listed below are the ones I find most useful for trip planning:
Rome2Rio is an awesome website that helps you figure out how to get from Point A to Point B in pretty much every way possible. It shows routes via air, land and sea, as well as information on how to book your transportation. You can use the Rome2Rio website or download the smartphone app.
I've already mentioned Skyscanner as a great source for travel inspiration, and it's great for trip planning too. I like to use it with the Hopper app, which helps you find the cheapest date to travel, and shows you whether you should book now or later. You can get it for both iPhone and Android through the Hopper website.
• Booking dot com
There are tons of great sites for booking hotels, but my personal favourite is Booking.com. Users can only leave reviews after staying at a property that was booked through the Booking.com website, so reviews are mostly honest. There are other similar apps like Expedia and Agoda, but this is the one I like the best.
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• Pack Point
If you're not sure what to bring with you to your destination, PackPoint has you covered. This smartphone app is available for both iPhone and Android, and provides you with a "smart" packing list tailored to the weather, length of your trip and the type of travel you plan on doing.
• Travel Fashion Girl
Speaking of packing, Travel Fashion Girl has a ton of great tips and guides for women on how to travel fashionably. The website's packing list directory has a huge list of packing guides for tons of destinations around the world.
• Sleeping in Airports
If you need to kill a few hours, or even a whole night at an airport, you'll find the Sleeping in Airports website super helpful. You can browse the airport guides or search for a specific airport, and the website will show the available facilities, accommodation options, and tons of other tips that will help you on your airport layover.
• Hotel Planner
My hotel planning printable is a document you can download and print out to keep track of the hotels you plan to stay. It has space to jot down each hotel's contact info, as well as other info like the check-in and check-out times and nightly rates. You can get it here!
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HEALTH & SAFETY
Staying healthy can sometimes be a challenge when you're travelling, but it's so important. Here are the best tools to help keep you safe and healthy during your adventures:
The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) is a not-for-profit organization made up of doctors around the world with a mission to help travelers plan the healthiest trip possible. Just select a destination from the dropdown on the IAMAT website and it will show you everything you need to know about staying healthy on your trip.
HealthMap is maybe not the best website to use if you're a hypochondriac, but it's a good tool to find out if there are any major health alerts in the region you plan to travel through. The HealthMap website lists current major outbreaks around the world, from Avian Flu to Meazles to Zika.
A good travel insurance can cover you when things go wrong, including injuries, sickness, and cancellations. No matter how long you plan to be away, I suggest looking at the options available to you before you leave. I use World Nomads, which covers both short-term and long-term trips.
• Bedbug Registry
If you're worried about creepy crawlies in your hotel room, it might be a good idea to check the hotel registry at Bedbugs.net. Users can search for bedbug reports in hotels around the world, and if you're unfortunate enough to find one yourself, you can leave a report for other travellers to be aware (keep in mind most hotels will exterminate bedbugs if notified).
TripWhistle is a great app to have on your iPhone whenever you travel overseas. If you ever need to contact emergency services, you just need to open the app to call the local police, fire or ambulance wherever you are in the world. The TripWhistle app is available for iPhone.
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