Sometimes the most stressful time of a trip is planning it. This part of the site is dedicated to getting you inspired and excited and, most importantly, PREPARED for travelling.

These are the same resources that I use for my own trips. And even though I can be a pretty spontaneous traveller, I’ve definitely found that careful research and planning can help cut costs and make the trip itself more enjoyable.

Travel gear is another important one. Being a blogger, I have to take a fair bit of gear with me including cameras, lenses and tripods as well as gadgets like portable wifi and blue tooth camera switches, but even a simple packing list can be daunting for some people. 

I also want to share my travel itineraries and travel plans with you so you can see where I’m going to and where I’ve been recently. 

And finally, one of my biggest sources for inspiration is reading books about travelling or destinations and watching TV shows or movies that feature a certain destination. I’ll share my favourites with you here as well.

Travel Tools – a fantastic accommodation booking site that allows you to search for the perfect property. I love the ability to narrow the search using specific filters. Mobile users can often secure a deeper discount by using the App.

Get Your Guide – I’ve done many wonderful tours and activities booked through Get Your Guide throughout the world. They are really reliable and well-run with a huge variety of activities to choose from. I’ve used them for an alternate DMZ Tour in South Korea, to visit Scenic World in Australia’s Blue Mountains and for entry tickets to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to name a few.

Solis Portable Wifi – I have used Solis (formerly Skyroam) for years and it has become an absolute travel necessity for me. It is much more economical than global roaming rates and much more convenient than constantly having to find free wifi. The portable wifi device is the first thing I pack for every single trip. I also have a discount code below:

Hostelworld – Hostelworld is perfect for travellers who love backpacking or hostel life or who are on a tight budget for accommodation. I’ve backpacked my way around Europe, Japan and the USA solely booking accommodation from Hostelworld and everywhere I’ve stayed has been sensational. I love the fact that you can search for female only dorms and dorms with private bathrooms.

Rail Europe – a fantastic site to book your European rail travel. You can buy rail passes or single tickets here and the site aggregates all the rail operators in Europe to choose from including Eurostar and Frecciarosa.

JR Pass – the JR Pass is a must for those wanting to do lots of train travel throughout Japan. The pass can be purchased for 7, 14 or 21 days and can be used across all Japan Rail (JR) trains including bullet trains (shinkansen). An added bonus? You can also use the JR Pass to take the ferry from Hiroshima to Miyajima, which is definitely a bucket list item when in Japan.

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