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The search aggregators Travel Payouts use to find flights is the same company I’ve been using for years anyway, i.e., JetRadar. In fact, the reason I found out about Travel Payouts was because I was searching for JetRadars affiliate program.
If you do not have specific flight dates and/or destinations in mind then run a search through Adioso to see when or where to fly for the best deals.
Once you have found your flights check them on the airlines official website. If they are the same price or cheaper then it is always better to book directly through the airline in case something goes wrong. When considering the price, be sure to account for your affiliate payout is applicable.
For accommodation Travel Payouts uses Hotel Look.
I also run a search on Hotels Combined just in case they have some ultra better deal. Usually they are pretty much on par. Personally I prefer Hotel Look’s website better for ease of use.
If you can become an affiliate of them, and its a short term booking (a couple of days) then also run a search on booking.com. They give a high affiliate payout per booking so even if their accommodation is more expensive it can be worth it.
Couchsurfing. Find free accommodation with locals. I have only used CouchSurfing for this specific reason a couple of times but every time I had positive experiences. I use it much more often to just find people to hang out with when in a new city, and also for language exchange.
Occasionally there are no search results for flights and/or accommodation. In the case of flights I assume this is because there is no partnership of airlines that go from the departure point to the destination. In the case of accommodation it is just because you’re going off a bit further off the beaten track than most. Consult lonely planet, WikiTravel.org and/or just do some online research (google is your friend).
Google Maps. Both as and app and on my computer. Apart from showing me where I am it can also inform me of the whereabouts of points of interests such as accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, directions, and much more. Download the area you want to your phone so you can use it offline.
OSMAnd. This is a phone app (available on android and iPhone) that pretty much does the same thing as googlemaps. I use it as a backup – sometimes it has things that googlemaps does not.
The Man in Seat 61. For all things train related this is the website to go to.
I used to love going to outdoor shops and specialist travel stores but over time I have realised that they are just really over-priced and you can get the same thing with just as good quality for a fraction of the price. You just miss out on the brand name.
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Amazon. Most of the time I just buy stuff from markets but if I am going to do online shopping then Amazon is my go to, unless I am in a country that has their own online shopping powerhouse such as Taobao in China.
Softstar Shoes. I am a big fan of barefoot / minimalist shoes and no matter how hard I look these are something I can not find in the street markets.
SurviveTravel.com Obviously my first point of call is this website. With accommodation reviews, attraction reviews and self made itineraries it is a great place to get the information you need. A big downside however is the small database because I have not been everywhere (yet 😉 ) but it is growing everyday from public contributions.
WikiTravel.org. In my opinion this is one of the best online travel resources.
Tranzfers.com. When I need to transfer money overseas this is the website I use to do it. I’ve been using these guys once a month since 2012 and have never had a problem.
XE Currency Converter. I put the app on my phone.
Wilderness and Travel Medicine. I have Wilderness and Travel Medicine by Sam Fury stored on my phone so I can reference it when-ever I need to.
Survival Fitness Plan. For my exercise routine I am eternally loyal to the Survival Fitness Plan.
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Memrise. I’ve used a fair few different language learning apps over the years and I can honestly say that Memrise is my favorite. Does more than languages.
Google Translate. Once again google has come out with the goods. With google translate you can translate between any almost any two languages and if you download the dictionary to your device then you don’t even need to be online. It’s not always accurate but good enough to get you by. Also available as an app which I use pretty often depending on what country I am in.
Conversation Exchange. A free website that connects language learners. Enter your primary language and what language(s) you want to learn and then find people to exchange with. You can even search my age, gender, and location, which is great if you want to meet face to face with locals. If not, just message or skype each other. This is probably the best resource for language learning on this list, and is also a great way to meet locals and form some great friendships with like-minded people. Best of all, is 100% free.
Wiki Phrasebooks. If you just want the basics of a language to get you by on you short trip then Wikitravel.org also has a good list of phrasebooks.
Lonely Planet. Yep, they do phrasebooks too which have a very good layout and other travel tips. A hard copy phrasebook is useful when in really “remote” countries.
The following are not specifically travel resources but are useful for the digital nomad.
Megasync. 50gb of free cloud storage that automatically backs up and syncs across multiple devices. It has saved me losing work more than once.
InMotion Hosting. I host my websites with InMotion Hosting. I have tried other companies like Hostgator, Justhost, etc., but they have all not lived up to expectations. InMotion are not cheapest but they aren’t exactly breaking the bank either. For their customer service I think the extra dollar a month is worth it.
Fiverr. Fiverr is a great place to get small business tasks done for cheap.
Upwork. Formerly known as Odesk, Upwork is my #1 choice for finding freelancers.
Namecheap. My domain names are hosted with Namecheap.
Zoho. Zoho offers a range of internet business related apps.
Rakutan Linkshare. Linkshare is an affiliate marketing network that joins publisher with advertisers.
Affiliate Window. Is similar to Linkshare but with different companies, and also some of the same ones.
KDP. This is Amazon’s Kindle publishing platform.
CreateSpace. This is Amazon’s service for print book publishing as well as other non-book digital products. I’m not sure if it is actually owned by amazon but they are definitely in cahoots.