If you’re ready to book your trip to Alaska or another destination around the world, I’ve listed some of my favorite travel companies I use when I travel. You’ll find travel resources for rental cars, flights, accommodations, tours, and more!
Airbnb is usually a cheaper alternative to a hotel with all the comforts of a home. You can find a home or room to rent in many places around the world. There are a lot of fun, unique rentals like yachts or tree houses.
Booking.com is great for booking hostels and hotels. The app makes it really easy to use and you don’t have to make a deposit upon booking. I compare prices here because I’ve found the same exact booking to be slightly cheaper.
Couchsurfing to find accommodations when I traveled solo. You can’t always take it too literal. Yes, I’ve stayed on couches, but I’ve also stayed in many homes with a private room. I even stayed in a home with a maid! That took some getting used to.
Hostelworld is the best resource for finding a hostel. They have the largest inventory and the highest availability in 170 countries around the world. This is typically the first place I check when searching for a hostel.
Get Your Guide is one of the best sites to find tours and activities in more than 150 countries. I love using it to see what organized tours are available in the destination I’m visiting.
Viator is another popular tour and activity booking platform that offers a wide variety of experiences in over 300 destinations worldwide. Viator has a wide selection of tours and activities to choose from, including sightseeing tours, day trips, cooking classes, museum tickets, and more
Google Flights is always my first stop when searching for flights. It quickly gives me a general idea of prices. I love its interactive map that allows you to explore destinations all around the world. You can also sign up for fare alerts. It doesn’t always have the lowest fares, so I always explore other sites afterwards.
Skyscanner is great for last minute flights. It searches sites to find the cheapest fares. My favorite thing about Skyscanner is that you can select your departure airport and choose to search “Everywhere.” So if you’re open and flexible to where you go, this is a great way to discover all of the cheaper places you can travel to.
Secret Flying has a lot of good deals as well as error fares. Error fares typically don’t last long but they’re always amazing finds! You can sign up to receive emails from Secret Flying to make it easier to snag an error fare or just give you ideas on places you want to travel to.
🚗 CAR RENTAL
Discover Cars is a great site to find a rental car when you want to explore a destination at your own pace. Discover Cars because helps you find the best rates as it compares local, national, and international companies.
Uber is the modern alternative to cabs. You’ll feel safer when you’re traveling abroad and need to ensure you’re going where you need to be going. Some cities don’t offer Uber, but there are a few alternatives.
Lyft is another ride-sharing app. Most of the time you’ll find that rides are cheaper on Lyft, but there may not be as many rides available in comparison to other transportation apps.
🏥 TRAVEL INSURANCE
World Nomads is amazing. If you get bit by a monkey, wreck your motor bike, lose your luggage, you can find travel insurance to cover your expenses. It’s a good idea to have travel insurance, but i’ve also traveled without it.. I like to live on the edge or i’m just an idiot.
📱 MOBILE APPS
Google Maps is great for downloading offline maps and it will instantly make you a confident traveler, especially if you’re a solo female traveler. I always download maps to each place I’m visiting and save important locations on the map—my accommodations, bus stations, airports, or other places I want to visit.
Maps.me is another app for offline maps. It’s a great navigational tool when there is no wi-fi or internet. The cool thing about this app is that they have maps for a lot of trails which is perfect if you like to get off the grid and go hiking. You’ll avoid getting lost with the help of this app.
Google Translate is an easy way to translate basic words and phrases. You can also download specific languages offline so you don’t need the internet to use it.
WhatsApp allows you to message and call people for free. I use WhatsApp to communicate with my couchsurfing hosts and other people I meet along the way.
🏄 WORKING ABROAD
Workaway is a great place to find job opportunities abroad. The idea is that your host provides food and accommodation in exchange for up to 25 hours of work each week. I used this to work on a surf truck in Portugal!
Worldpackers is another site to find opportunities for work exchange. You can exchange your skills for accommodation in hostels, homestays, NGOs and ecological projects, and more.