Welcome to my travel hack resource center! Nobody likes clicking around the web for hours especially when the goal is to get outdoors and explore. So to save you time, I've put this list together of great brands, organizations, and websites that have helped me save money, so I can spend it on things I enjoy more like gelato and empanadas.
World Nomad Travel Insurance
Recommended by Lonely Planet and backpackers alike. It's cheap, it's online, and they have great customer service. I've been using them since 2013. Don't leave home without travel insurance!
This is my first choice for checking airfare. They include a lot of the budget airlines too that Kayak or Expedia ignore. With that said, I cross reference what I find on Skyscanner with them just to double check.
Iceland is becoming a popular destination and for good reason. It's beautiful! Wow Air flights are super cheap from North America and Europe, but you're not in a crappy airplane. I flew from Boston to Reykjavik, Iceland and had a great flight. I highly recommend them.
A Thai friend told me about Agoda when I was in Bangkok and it's hands down the best hotel booking site in Asia. The largest variety from luxurious suites to guesthouses. They list hotels around the world, but if you going to spend time in Asia, look here first.
Feel at home when you're not at home. Airbnb have rental apartments across the globe whether you are staying one night, the weekend, or even a few weeks. I've used them in 5 different countries and counting. By using this link to sign up for AirBnB, you’ll get $25 off your first stay!
I love Couchsurfing. How it works is locals offer their homes to you while you travel so you can save money, but mainly so you can exchange cultures. It's kind of like Airbnb but there is no money involved and has much more of a hippy vibe. You exchange messages and info beforehand so you know a little about each other. There's no contracts, just very laid back. And if staying with strangers is not for you, there's meetups and Couchsurfing BBQs all over the world. Budget travelers – it's cheaper than a hostel and safer than sleeping in a park.
Can you work remotely? The Wifi Tribe is an awesome bunch of young entrepreneurs and remote professionals doing a co-living world tour. I co-lived/worked with the tribe in Bolivia. They're legit. Email me I can put you directly introduce you to the founders!
WeWork is an international coworking and startup hub. I've been to multiple WeWork locations and surrounding yourselves with creatives is much better than doing freelance computer work in isolation. You can set up a tour first at a location near you and work there for free for the day to see if you like the vibe and environment. Payment is month to month so there's no commitment.
As a nomadic graphic designer and blogger, it's important for me to use great fonts and imagery. Creative Market is perfect for finding trendy, inspirational designs and photos that you can use for your own creative projects at a very affordable cost. Click here to visit the Nomad+Camera stock photography shop!
The world is your classroom. Put the textbooks aside. On Board organizes journeys around the world and connects you with locals. It's a more affordable, and possibly more enriching, alternative to studying aboard. Read my interview with On Board founder Marcela Fernandez.
Join an On Board experience using promo code NOMADONBOARD to save 40€.
I did their London study abroad program for a semester. Best. Semester. Ever.
Zero to Travel
My favorite travel podcast. It's inspiring, empowering, and bursting with travel insight. Jason interviews some truly amazing guests on his show. A must listen for travel nerds.
Six Figure Photography
Awesome photography-based podcast, especially for wedding photographers but there's great content for any level photographer.
transferring money internationally
This is a must for any digital nomad or frequent traveler doing business on the go. If you have bank accounts in multiple countries, this is the fastest and cheapest way to legally transfer money to yourself or others different currencies. While US Dollars, British Pounds, and Euros are the most popular transferred currencies, they have several different country's currencies available and continue to expand.
Better, cheaper, and more convenient than taxis. There's no exchanging cash and no need to worry about a tip. Haggling prices with foreign taxi drivers not your thing? Mine neither. They are international too. I've taken an Uber in Santiago, Chile in fact! All you need is the app.
By using this link to sign up, you will save $15 on your first ride. Or us my promo code: christ1430.
Interested in becoming a driver to fund your travels like me? (Yes, I'm was Chicago Uber driver. Maybe I've even picked up?!)
Use this referral link to get $100 for signing up via Chris from Nomad+Camera.
If you found this page helpful, please consider using the links provided. I will receive a small commission on some of the resources listed, but it will not cost you any extra (and it helps me keep this site running!). All the organizations I mention here I believe in and use myself.