Travel tips, resources, and advice – from stretching your dollar to choosing sustainable travel.

Getting There

This is where it all begins: finding the cheapest flights, trains, or buses to your destination.

Roamscapes Travel Resources - Secret Flying

Secret Flying

I usually let Secret Flying decide where I travel, because they hunt down the best sale and error fares. I just subscribe to their newsletter and wait for the next insanely cheap flight deal to land in my inbox. Best deal scored: roundtrip from HKG-YVR on a Skytrax 5-star airline for only $490!

secretflying.com

Roamscapes Travel Resources - Skyscanner

Skyscanner

Skyscanner leads the way in travel search; it includes most budget airlines and its nifty Search Everywhere, Map view, and Whole Month calendar/charts are great for flexible date travels. Their hotel and car rental comparison engines also cover a surprising range of booking platforms, including Kaligo (below).

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Roamscapes Travel Resources - Momondo

Momondo

It's not as popular as Skyscanner, but Momondo has great coverage of Asian OTAs like Ctrip, where better deals can sometimes be found. Run your travel dates through it and you might just find cheaper airfares!

momondo.com

Accommodation

Whether you're looking for a comfy home base or a luxury stay, location and price are just as important as the experience.

Roamscapes Travel Resources - Airbnb

Airbnb

As an advocate of slow travel, I love how Airbnb offers more opportunities for me to live with locals and dive into a place's history and culture. If you haven't tried Airbnb yet, use this link to get $40 off your first booking - perhaps at one of my favorite homes?

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Roamscapes Travel Resources - Booking.com

Booking.com

Over one million places catering to all budgets, flexible cancellation policies, no prepayment required - Booking.com is the starting point for every trip's accommodation hunt.

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Roamscapes Travel Resources - Kaligo

Kaligo

Kaligo is my favorite alternative to Booking.com for one simple reason: it rewards you with tons of miles or rewards points with your favorite travel loyalty program (they have 50 partners!) The room rates are slightly higher but with up to 10x miles on my credit card for making reservations on Kaligo, it's clearly worth it.

kaligo.com

Health & Safety

The best travel insurance, products, and advice to keep you and your valuables safe and sound.

The Wise Traveller

The Wise Traveller offers more than just travel cover - its annual membership plan includes private discounts for car rental, roaming data/WiFi, and more. I've found it to be the best value for multi-trip coverage (max 90 days per trip), and the coverage is worldwide with no add-on fees for different regions.

thewisetraveller.com

Packing & Gear

Products I personally use and recommend.

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