Welcome to our resources page!!! We have been traveling since 2018. At the time of our departure, we thought we were pretty well organized. The truth is that there is always something new to learn and to experience!
Here we want to share with you all the valuable tools we have been using in these years and that have been very helpful in simplifying our full-time traveling life! We are only recommending what we know about or have used perosnally. We hope it may be helpful to you too, whether you start a full-time adventure or a vacation. Feel free to ask us any questions!
Hopefully through them you may find something that works well for you as well! In some cases we also have some special discounted offers if you use our codes:
Whenever we visit a new place we always take very carefully into consideration a few things:
- How long we are going to stay there.
- If it is a pricy area.
- What will our plans be for exploring the location.
For example, if we are visiting a big city only for a few days, most of the time we look for a hotel in a very central location or close to good transportation. If we plan on staying longer, an apartment may be a cheaper and better solution. Instead, if we are staying in the countryside, most of the time a house is our first choice. These are our go-to accommodations websites. Keep in mind that depending on the country you are visiting one might be more convenient than another. For example, when booking a hotel I usually check on one or more sites to see which gives me the best option.
- Airbnb. After traveling for so long, we often prefer having a real house, with a kitchen and bedrooms, especially if we are going to stay longer. However, we have learned that in some countries it is more popular than in others so you will find better pricing. You also get a better deal if you book for the full week, for example, so definitely consider using it for longer stays! If you would like to join, you can use our discount code by clicking here! You will get up to $50 off a stay and $15 toward an Airbnb Experience of $50 or more.
- Booking.com. This website gives us the largest options in most of the places we visited. We often use it also to understand better whether it is more convenient to stay in a hotel or house. Depending on the country you will find both options! We like to use the map in order to make our search. We put the area, dates, and preferences and then we look at the map based on the results. This helps us pin down the area, especially if we have never been there before!
- Agoda. This website is very similar to booking.com but we have found here most of the best deals in Asian countries as well as Australia. However, I feel that is growing more and more and it is a big competition. Often we will find some properties on one rather than the other and most of the time Agoda has a lower price.
- Hotels.com: just like the two above we always confront prices and at times we will find better deals here.
- Trustedhousesitters. If you cannot afford the costs of hotel rooms or house rentals? This site offers you a great alternative. You can house or pet sit someone’s home anywhere in the world! We know many people who use it as their main way of traveling. For the time being, we have only applied a few times but dates and length didn’t work out, however, we always check what is available in the area we are visiting. There are a few things you have to consider though. You have to be ok with the dates and the conditions that the homeowners give you. Not all the time you will be able to tour the city you are staying in during the time of your sit. On the other hand, you will probably have a chance to live more of the local atmosphere. So it is a great opportunity! If you would like to join, you can use our discount code by clicking here and you will get a 25% discount on their membership too. It’s a win-win!
We still maintain one of our US numbers. Our bank account, credit cards, and so on have a place to reach us, most of the time. However, we don’t have a contract but a prepaid card. What does this mean? That this number does not work in all countries! In fact, during the lockdown in Nepal, we realized that our US number wasn’t working. This gave us all kinds of issues! For example, Visa sends you a message to confirm payment. I could not receive those messages and could not make payments for our flight out.
On this occasion, we found out about Text Me. This is a cross-platform messaging application that allows you to send text messages (real SMS) to any phone number in United States, Canada, Mexico, and 100 countries in the World for FREE. You can get multiple phone numbers, voicemail, including international numbers. You pay a fee to have the same number all year without any ads and it has been working great!
We buy a new SIM card in each country we visit. This makes it easier to have an internet connection in most places and also to easily contact local numbers. Some countries offer great tourist offers, so make sure to check this option out!
How do we manage our mail now that we don’t have a home anymore? We are still US residents and although we have tried to make everything paperless, we still receive some mail.
Luckily we found Traveling Mailbox. This awesome service provides mail scanning solutions that allow individuals and small businesses to view their postal mail online anywhere in the world.
How does it work? They provide a real physical street address that is unique to you. When your mail arrives, they scan the outside of the envelope and then you tell them to scan the contents, forward the item, shred it, return it, or hold it.
This service has made our life so much easier specially when tax season comes around!!!!
We have learned a lot about flight bookings in all these years!
When we started our travels we booked most of our flights through Airtreks. This company offers a unique service to find you the best travel deals for obscure flights and multi-stop round-the-world tickets. We told them where we wanted to go and what our possible travel dates were and they found the best deals. In fact, originally our adventure started simply as a gap year experience so we knew our timing very clearly. As we started traveling so did our intentions for the future and this service wasn’t for us anymore. We didn’t want to be stuck on specific dates, but rather take our time and improvise more.
During the past few years we have developed our method of booking flights which works well for us, but I’m sure there are other great ways to do it as well. This is our booking process:
- We check flight options on google flights first. You can put a date and then see how the prices vary depending on the day. It is very helpful in deciding what day to actually leave! Especially if you are flexible with dates and times.
- Once we figure out the date we check the routes offered. Keep in mind that if you find a low cost in the options, the luggage is never included and it can change completely your budget! We check carefully stopovers as well and how long is the wait between flights.
- Once we find the best option we go directly on the airline website (you cannot book through google flights). I have also realized that it has been cheaper to book directly through the airline than through third-party companies (although we do that as well at times). Most airlines offer 2 or 3 pricing options, we tend to pick the middle one that usually includes the luggage. However, every airline is different! In our case, we have to keep into consideration though that we travel with 1 suitcase each so that is a cost that we will have on any airline, we just have to cover it in the most reasonable way!
- We also make sure to sign up for the airline alliances. Many are connected so you can use the same code for different airlines. We do get points and were able to get discounts on flights!
In most of the countries we visited we had to relay on rental cars. How do we decide which company to go with?
Our go-to website is Rentalcars.com. It has been a money saver in most occasions!
What we love about it is that it gives us a variety of options to pick from. We can see what rental companies are in the area we are visiting and what are the best deals. Most of the time we also get better offers than if we book directly with the rental company!
One thing to keep in mind though is that when you purchase auto insurance with Rentalcars.com it isn’t the same insurance that the rental car company offers. In fact, the rental car company will remind you that if you have an accident you will have to pay them and then ask for a refund to the third party.
In the few cases where we don’t find any rental options with Rentalcars.com we searched on google for rental companies in the area. For example, on Exuma island in the Bahamas, there were only 2 local companies, so we tried to find the best price with one of them. In other locations, we had to rely on different types of transportation, for example, Thailand and the Philippines! Every place is different and you have to remember to check out all your options!
- Xe is what we use for a currency converter. You can download up to 10 different currencies at the same time. The top one will be the one you are using currently and as soon as you add the amount it will give you the correct conversion in the different currencies. Very useful especially when you are grocery shopping in a new country!
- Google Translate is our favorite translating app, however, there are many to pick from. What we love about it is that you can use both by typing in what you need to translate as well as verbally. We have been able to communicate much better with hosts as well as in restaurants.
- Car services. Uber is a platform where those who drive and deliver can connect with riders, eaters, and restaurants. In cities where Uber is available, you can use the app to request a ride. In Southeast Asia instead, you can find mainly Grab Cars. The Grab app assigns taxis and private hire cars to nearby commuters through a location-sharing system. These services are not offered in every country or at times only in some cities. However, when they are available it makes it so much easier to move around especially for a bigger family like ours when we don’t have a rental.
- Pdfdrive.com. There are thousands of book pdf here free to download!!!
- Epic!. This is a digital library for kids. It offers unlimited access for up to 4 kids for $ 7.99 a month. There is an incredible variety of books, with new ones added weekly. They also offer learning videos. It also sends parents emails telling you what your kids are reading, so you always know what is going on.
- Book exchange: we love to read actual books! So when possible we try to buy used books, exchange them or at times buy them new too. In my post The book exchange experience I share more about how we manage to always have books with us while traveling.
We have 2 whole posts How our kids learn…what learning tools we use and How our kids learn…Our worldschooling experience about how our kids are learning during our travels. However, all this is combined with visiting museums, exploring new places, and living for some time in a new culture. Learning happens every day all around us!