Travel Resources Page

Since my solo female travel life’s inception, I have planned every single one of my trips independently, by doing lots of research and scouring the internet looking for the right websites to help me plan the best trip possible. In order to help you out with your own travel plans, I put together this page of resources that I recommend for your travel planning, to help you get the best deals and have a successful trip.

Make sure you check back here when you’re ready to plan your trip to get the latest updates! And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!


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ACCOMMODATION

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Booking.com is my choice of booking engine when it comes to finding cheap rooms. They offer a range of different types of accommodation like hostels, hotels, pensions and even camping sites and also price match if you find your reservation cheaper on another website.  I like that most properties don’t require prepayment and have free cancellation in case I change my plans. I also rely on their reviews to get the real scoop on the good and the bad, helping me make better informed decisions on where I will lay my head. The site has a user friendly interface which makes booking easy and they never charge a booking fee.

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Airbnb is another great accommodation finder. It connects you directly to homeowners who rent out their apartment/home/or extra room in their house to you for vacationing purposes. I use and recommend Airbnb when booking accommodation for stays longer than a few nights. Renting an apartment gives you a more authentic experience of local life, making you feel like you have a “home”. And if you’re like me and love to cook, well having a kitchen gives you a great opportunity to shop at local markets and make your own meals, which gives you extra savings – because you’re not eating out all of the time. Plus, when it comes to longer stays, it’s a ton cheaper overall to rent an apartment rather than pay for a hotel! (If this is your first time using Airbnb, use this link to get $40 off of your first booking!)


 

OTHER RESOURCES

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When it comes to travel insurance, World Nomads is the way to go! Not only do provide coverage in over 140 countries, you can purchase their insurance while you’re on the road! With excellent customer service, competitive pricing and great in-depth coverage, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re covered in case needed. The site allows you to get a free quote for your trip to one or multiple destinations as well as read about your coverage options. Make sure you get travel insurance before your trip. For more information on World Nomads and travel insurance, check out my post Travel Insurance and Why You Need It.


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Looking for a cheap way to stay in touch with your friends and family while abroad? Look no further! KnowRoaming is a prepaid solution that can save you up to 85% on international calls and data roaming. They offer a prepaid SIM card (which is what I use) or a SIM sticker, which you can place over your home country SIM card, as well as daily data packages. Coverage reaches 200+ countries (no more collecting local SIMs!) and WhatsApp usage is free wherever they provide data coverage. How cool is that?

Use coupon code ROSVA75 when you order to get 30% off and a $5 credit added to your account!


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Everyone needs a reliable guidebook to take with them on their trip. With over 500 guides covering all 195 countries, Lonely Planet has you covered no matter where your destination may be. Written by expert travelers who understand what it’s like being on the road, they have you covered for your destination information, maps and suggestions on where to stay, where to eat and what to do. I like their guides because they are well organized and easy to follow and I never leave home without one of Lonely Planet‘s guide books in my bag!

 


 

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Not quite ready to jump on the SFT train and go at it entirely alone yet? That’s okay. Sometimes we need to take baby steps to getting there. There’s nothing wrong with that! This is where Intrepid Travel comes in.

Intrepid Travel has over 1,000 types of trips in 100 countries. They now offer “solo traveler only” tours, where you can still travel solo, but you won’t be alone the entire time. You can get a sense of what it’s like to be a full on SFT, but you’ll also have a small group and tour leader to experience your trip with, too. And you can choose to have your own room or bunk it with a fellow solo traveler. Their tour leaders are born and raised in-country, giving you a more in-depth perspective and personalized experience by a local.

One of the things I love about Intrepid is the way their tours are structured – they have a good balance between free time and group time, and they make sure you get enough free time to do your own thing.


 

BLOGGING RESOURCES

So, you want to create your own travel blog, huh? That’s awesome! It’s not that hard to begin and I’ve laid out the steps to get you started on my post on How to Start a Travel Blog in 7 Simple Steps. Here are two of the major things you will need to get going:

 

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BlueHost is my absolute favorite hosting provider! With cheap rates (hosting plans starting at $3.95/month), an easy to use interface and helpful customer support, it’s the perfect hosting provider for new bloggers.

 

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Along with your hosting, you’ll need a premium website theme in order to design your site. A great place to find premium themes for your blog is Theme Forest. They offer over 35,000 cool themes to choose from starting at $2.00! You can even preview the themes and play around with them to see which one will be the best suited for your site ideas.