Make the most of your travels. Tools, tips and more...

There are loads of companies, tips, and travel resources that you can use when planning your trip. Often it’s hard to know where to look first and what and who is reputable. Below are some of the companies that we use ourselves, are highly regarded, get top reviews and which are highly recommended.

There are so many places you can check for cheap airfares. Check a few of these out and consider going directly to the airline, as they can sometimes be cheaper as well as offer other fares not listed on the search engines. And once you’ve booked it … just leave it be! Airfares go up. Airfares go down. The right time is when you are ready

Google Flights

Google Flights is an airfare search engine that offers a variety of features aiming to help users find affordable tickets. It allows you enter your departure airport and see flights all over the world in a map so you can see where the cheapest destination is. It also suggests different dates for cheaper flights


Momondo finds and compares billions of real-time prices on flights, hotels and cars so that you get the best deals. There are no hidden fees or charges and the prices you see are never affected by your searches. It’s a really good starting point for all flight searches.

Jizo + Flights

Jizo Social Travel Platform based on your interest.
- Where do you want to travel to and with whom?
- Do you want to also access great airfares?
- Create a Group to manage your trip with family or friends

Well then... Access great airfares for Jizo Members. Join Jizo for FREE at ... and Let's Get Lost Together.


CheapOair has helped budget-savvy travellers explore the globe at a discount price. They have access to some of the most innovative, intuitive technologies the travel industry has to offer. Whether you book right here on their website or use their award-winning app, one thing is for sure, CheapOair can help you save big bucks on your next trip.


This website searches a range of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that some of the larger sites miss. The news section of the website includes regular news from the travel and flight industry and travel tips for customers.

TIP: When the time arrives to move from one place to another either by air, land or sea, look for local carriers as they sometimes have other connections and better deals. This can save you hundreds of dollars as well as keep you travelling for longer. In general, using a bus or train instead of flying can save you heaps of money as well as allowing you to detour and have some off the beaten path adventures. Also, sometimes buying separate flights can be cheaper than purchasing a direct one to your destination.

Hanging out with the locals for free, hostelling it, the apartment of your choice, housesitting; what do you prefer? There is accommodation to suit every style and budget. You can mix and match!


Airbnb connects you with homeowners who rent out an entire house, apartment, a room or even a castle, offering everything from basic to luxurious. In more than 65 000 cities and 191 countries, you will never be left without a place to stay. You’ll often get all the comforts of home and, in some cases, the chance to stay in a local, non-touristy part of town. You can often rent an entire apartment cheaper than a hotel room. (If you’re new to Airbnb, sign up and get $35 USD off your first stay. It’s on us!)


Agoda offers deals on a range of accommodation, flights and even entire holiday packages. It's a particularly good site for accommodation in Asia. They also have a great customer review section (over 15 million) to help you make an informed decision. is a great site for a variety of accommodation options, from hostels to luxury hotels and rooms. It's one of the largest and most used listing sites in the world offering some 123 000 destinations with more than 134 million reviews.


Couchsurfing allows you to stay in peoples' homes for FREE. It could be a spare sofa, shared room or private room. It’s a service that connects members to a global community of travellers. It’s a great way to meet locals who are willing to show you the local way of life, offering an alternative experience to a hostel or hotel. Each host has a profile. We recommend reading carefully before requesting so that your needs are met. The site also offers events where travellers can meet up. Mont two month or yearly subscription

Momondo lists and compares all hostels worldwide for FREE. It has the largest worldwide hostel database on the web. When you want to make a booking, the system searches and displays results from all of the major hostel booking sites so that you can choose the lowest price and the best availability no matter what. It truly does give you the cheapest price!


HouseSit Match is a social network dedicated to house-sitters, home and pet owners. They offer peer-to-peer networking options for affordable travel and home care. House-sitting is a growing global trend enabling you to travel longer and sustain new experiences. It's FREE after the initial join-up fee. Join now!

When we go on longer trips, or just don’t know where we will be from one day to the next (which often happens with us!), we don’t make bookings. We use a guide book or mobile app to take us to the area where the hotels are situated and then take a look around. You can often stumble across great places that aren’t listed anywhere and which are cheaper and better value. We have saved hundreds of dollars doing this.  More money for travel!

It’s not all about flying! Want to know how to get from Point A to Point B? Using a range of transport from planes to buses to ferries, these sites will show you how. The fastest? The cheapest? The most scenic? You choose!


Omio allows you to find the fastest, cheapest and best travel options by train, bus and flight to thousands of cities, towns and villages across Europe, the United States and Canada. That translates into savings—on money and time—for you!

Travel with Ease, No-hassle, no-fuss trip planning.

A single search provides all the trains, buses and flights available to accommodate your personal travel needs. So you choose the mode and price that’s right for you.


Rome2rio searches any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B.

Just enter your departure and arrival destinations and it will give you the best route possible, using whatever form of transportation is needed to get you there. It will also cost it out for you. I must say, once we discovered it, we felt like we’d found transportation utopia!

Google Transit

Google any city transport information. This website is linked to google maps, to help you get anywhere any time. You can also identify the number of people travelling at a specific time in public transport.

When we go on longer trips, or just don’t know where we will be from one day to the next (which often happens with us!), we don’t make bookings. We use a guide book or mobile app to take us to the area where the hotels are situated and then take a look around. You can often stumble across great places that aren’t listed anywhere and which are cheaper and better value. We have saved hundreds of dollars doing this.  More money for travel!

Travel insurance, backpacks, travel guides, credit card and identity protection; make sure you’ve got these covered!

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance has come a long way and you no longer need to purchase it or extend it in your country of origin. It can now also be purchased whilst abroad. World Nomads travel insurance is highly reputable, has great customer service, their prices are competitive and their coverage excellent. We agree with most of our fellow travel bloggers; do not leave home without it. Get yours now!

One Planet

One Planet makes backpacks and travel gear the way they used to be made … to last! These incredibly comfortable, well-made and tough backpacks are made in Melbourne, Australia. I bought one in mid-2014 and used it on a two and a half year trip around the world and it’s as new. This is my TOP CHOICE for a backpack. Having travelled the world for 30 years, this is the best backpack I have had, hands down. Their philosophy is simple: make it good, make it work, make it last. I really cannot recommend them highly enough!

Travel Guides

Some of us still like to carry around a hard copy of a guide book or use one in conjunction with the vast online information available. Lonely Planet has a multitude of country and city guides as well as phrasebooks. They are also available digitally in the form of e-books (or chapters) as well as mobile apps.

Travel Insurance To take it out or not, that is the question! Let’s talk about the elephant in the room; the travel insurance that comes FREE with lots of different credit cards on the market. Do they all offer free insurance? No! But some do, and the cover really can be quite good. Find out if your card has free insurance and then contact the underwriter to find out exactly what is included if you need to pay an excess and for how long the insurance is valid for.

It’s not all about flying!  Want to know how to get from Point A to Point B?  Using a range of transport from planes to buses to ferries, these sites will show you how.  The fastest? The cheapest? The most scenic?  You choose!

Travel Guides

Triposo is a smart travel content platform. They use clever algorithms to scan the web and crunch through millions of websites and reviews. The app allows you to choose your favourite hotels, sights, activities and restaurants and add them to your bucket list. You can then book your favourites seamlessly through the app. All your bookings and saved places are now in one easy to find location. Download the guides to your smartphone for access to maps, local tips, bookings and personalised suggestions all without the internet! There are more than 50 000+ destinations and 10 million users. Available on iOS (Apple) and Android .

Maps Me

A free, fast, detailed and entirely offline map system with turn-by-turn navigation used by 70 million travellers worldwide. Maps are updated by millions of OpenStreetMap contributors daily. Maps Me is an alternative to Google and Apple Maps. What more can you ask for?. Available for iOS and Android.


Google Translate. The world of multi-level translating has arrived. Here are just some of the things you can do with Google Translate: translate between 103 languages online; translate 59 languages offline; instant camera translation in 38 languages; take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages; two-way instant speech translation in 32 languages. Available on iOS (Apple) and Android.


Preload the area you need on your device before arrival. Once you arrive, even if you have no Wi-Fi or phone service, you can still see all the streets and landmarks offline. It even shows your current GPS location. Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle or public transportation. Available iOS and Android

Trip Advisor

With over 500 million traveller reviews, Trip Advisor can help you make the right choice when looking for accommodation, places to eat and attractions. You'll also find airfares, free travel guides, worldwide vacation rental listings and popular forums with advice about virtually every destination. When it’s time to book the site checks 200+ sites to find you that day's lowest prices. Available for iOS and Android.

Google Trips

Plan and organise your next trip in just minutes. Exploring the world just got easier with Google Trips. Get activity suggestions based on what’s nearby, customisable day plans, and your travel reservations from Gmail.

Download your apps before you travel as some are large in size.  Having them readily available will also help you prepare and plan your upcoming trip.

Travel networks consist of social travel communities to help you to connect with travellers around the world. Share tips, ideas, hang out and explore the world together.

Travel Massive

Travel Massive is the go-to network for tourism industry leaders, creators and innovators

The Travel Massive Platform is the world’s largest online network for the travel industry.

Connecting more than 60,000 members in 180 countries on a single platform.

Travel Massive connects members and brands in over 170 local chapters.

We help leading travel brands find new partners and customers.

244 volunteer chapter leaders who have helped to create the Travel Massive community.

Join Travel Massive


A social network for travellers. If you’re a backpacker, a solo traveller, a digital nomad or not even travelling right now but would still love to meet travellers nearby.

On Travello you can tailor the app to create the community you want.

You can also download Travello App.


Jizo has started a travel revolution by being a Social Travel Platform for both travellers as well as travel professionals.

- Where do you want to travel to?
- Which country do you want to visit?
- Would you like to travel with others who share the same interests?
- Do you want o to join a group or create one?
- Do you want to offer your travel experiences?
- Do you want to also access great airfares?
- Do you want to partner with Jizo?
Well then... Join Jizo for FREE at ... and Let's Get Lost Together!

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