As an inspired adventurer, I feel it’s my duty to help others on their path to adventure-seeking by sharing what has worked (and not worked) for me along my way. Here you will find travel resources that I have personally used to make travel plans and itineraries, book flights or accommodations or to gain more travel knowledge. You will find links to my partner agencies, helpful blogs and Pinterest pals that I hope will inspire you to #exploreyourworld! Happy Adventuring, my friends!
When it comes time to book, reserve or plan my travel, there are a few trustworthy resources that I rely on. The services, support and savings I’ve received in the past inspired me to partner with several of these companies in hopes that I can pass on those same services, support and savings to you! By clicking on these links you will be supporting my passion project at NO cost to you. Don’t let my partnership dissuade you from checking out the serious savings and convenience available with these top-notch travel companies.
Travel Gear Resources
Get Good Gear
This might be the most fun thing about being a travel blogger! I love sharing my tried-and-tested travel gear tips with you guys. Testing out travel gear in real world adventures is not only fun but extremely important. Here are some of my favorite pieces of travel gear that I highly recommend and can’t wait to write about next!
Accommodation & Car Rental Resources
Save Some Cash
No matter if you’re on the Web or their app, Hotwire, is a convenient place to book lodging, car rental, airfare, and vacation packages. I have used Hotwire numerous times, and each time I’ve been blown away by the savings. Just recently I saved over $100 on a rental car just by booking through Hotwire! The website is easy-to-use and the app is even better. I’ve even used Hotwire to save on a last minute booking when plans suddenly changed while on the road. Hotwire’s always got you covered.
Go Pet Friendly
How do you know when you’ve found something worth hanging on to? It’s usually when you don’t want anyone else to know about it. That’s exactly how I feel about Choice Hotels. Reliable, clean, safe and convenient are just a few of the great things I have to say about this great American hotel chain. So whether you’re looking for something for posh, long-term or economic, they’ve surely got it. And with over 6,300+ hotels worldwide (plus vacation rentals in several US cities) you know they’ve got something where you’re going. Bonus: Many of their locations are pet-friendly, so be sure to ask!
Travel Planning Resources
Get a Guide
One of the first things I do when I book a trip is head over to Lonely Planet to get my trusty guide. I rely heavily on these guides to help structure my trip itinerary and find unique, worthwhile things to see, do and eat. I especially love the pocket guides, which are easy to pack and convenient when on-the-go in busy city streets. What I love most about Lonely Planet: the focus on culture and history. I’ve had some amazing travel experiences that I would had I been relying solely on Trip Advisor, Yelp or blogs alone. Don’t believe me? Get your first guide today.
Bring a Journal
One of the best ways to save your memorable travel moments is by journaling. I’ve taken to keeping a travel journal as a way to collect my travel memories and keep notes on future blog posts. I also use my journal for travel planning, that way I’ll have my notes with me when I’m traveling and later when I’m writing. Here are a few of my favorite travel journals:
Make a Plan
For those of you planning a visit to the US, let me start by saying “Welcome!” I’m sure planning a trip to the United States can be overwhelming. I’ve found a resource to help get you started, no matter where you’re visiting from.
You can easily sum up the United States in one word: vast. It’s the 3rd largest country in the world, with a whopping population of approximately 321 million! With its rich history, vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes, it’s a fascinating place to visit. With so much to offer it’s no wonder people are drawn to visit the US. 1Cover’s USA Survival Guide is packed full of hot tips and good practical advice to keep you safe on your next trip to the US of A.
If you need more travel planning tips, be sure to check out my Travel Tips series!
Travel Fitness Resources
Let me introduce you to the Natural Fitness Roam Folding Yoga Mat. My Twitter followers know that I LOVE THIS MAT! And I’m sure every travel yogi will love it, too! The fact that it folds and stores easily into my carry-on bag makes it super easy to stay fit and relaxed on the go. Be sure to get yours before your next trip.
Protect Your Feet
Comfortable shoes are essential while traveling, especially if you are planning to be active. I usually opt for shoes that can double as active wear and stylish comfort shoes. I really like brands like Clarks, Baretraps, Patagonia and many more. Check out a few of my best picks below:
Travel Beauty Resources
Pamper Your Skin
I’m not sure about you, but my skin is really temperamental. Many of my best travel selfies have ruined by spots. It wasn’t until I realized that my skin likes routine that I was able to banish the bumps. I’ve found some great travel-friendly versions of my favorite beauty products, all of which I use regularly when not traveling.
Be Bikini Ready
Ladies, I’ve got a special treat for those of you who suffer from embarrassing bikini zone bumps! Never worry about red rash again with Bikini Zone, a cool gel that you apply right after shaving. The product helps to soothe the skin after shaving and prevent unsightly bikini zone bumps. So whip that swimsuit out without fear on your next beach vacay!
Travel Safety Resources
Protect Your Possessions
Having your personal belongings stolen while traveling sounds like a travel nightmare! There may be nothing worse in my mind. I’ve heard the horror stories, but, thankfully, I’ve never been the victim of pick-pocketing, slashing or robbery. Still, my personal safety and the safety of my belongings is a high priority. That’s why I choose to carry and use PacSafe products. Pacsafe offers a complete line of luggage including carry-on and purses that are slash- and puncture-proof. Their patented technology protects your gear, your electronics and now even your identity! Check out some of my favorites here:
Especially Your Camera
Every traveler deserves to know their most-prized possessions are safe while traveling. That’s why I use the PacSafe Carrysafe camera strap. I personally love knowing that my camera is always safe from slashers no matter where I am. The strap is not only functional, it’s also super comfy! It helps protect my neck from the strain of carrying my heavy camera all day.
There are several places I turn for travel inspiration, including my imagination, movies, television programs, books and blogs. Here’s a list of my favorites sources of #travelspiration 🙂
Blogs that Inspire Me to Travel
for fun couple’s travel ideas
for all-around travel guides
for foodie travel ideas
for fun, authentic travel-writing
for family-friendly travel ideas
2 Travel Dads (so good they get listed twice!)
Programming that Inspires Me to Travel
Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
Rick Steves’ Europe
Smithsonian Channel’s Aerial America
Movies that Inspire Me to Travel
Movies can be transformative, just like traveling. I’ve seen some amazing films over the past few years, some of which were travel or destination-related. Foreign films are a safe, easy way to begin exploring cultures other than your own. Not sure where to turn to find a good foreign film? I’ve got a few here to get you started!
Books that Inspire Me to Travel
There is nothing better than settling down with a great novel, especially when I’m unable to travel. I love novels and books that transport me to another world, another place or another time. A great travel story or destination tale can really help feed the travel bug when the budget doesn’t allow for an escape. Here are a few of my favorites!
Well, there you have it folks. These are my most trusted resources for travel inspiration, motivation and collaboration. I hope that you found them helpful. If so, please share (conveniently located sharing icons below).
What travel resources do you turn to when planning your adventures? I’d love to hear from you, so be sure to comment below.
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Happy adventuring, y’all!
P.S. Looking for more ways to stay inspired? Check out my list of notable travel blogs on Pinterest.
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