Flights: We use Google Flights often and use the “explore” feature to find the cheapest places to fly. It’s easy to view prices for entire months. We don’t check any luggage and we fly whatever time is cheapest. Also, use Incognito so there are no saved cookies that can increase prices.
Accommodations: We mostly find budget accommodations. A room or part of someone’s home and hostels. We often use Airbnb and Booking. We’ve always stayed in private rooms, but have shared a bathroom a few times. We’re looking forward to using TrustedHousesitters for a couple free stays abroad and hopefully a bit of Couchsurfing eventually.
Travel Insurance: SafetyWing is one of the few policies that covers Covid-19, and they have cheap monthly policies that are great for Digital Nomads and long-term travelers!
Travel Credit Card: We book ALL of our travel with our favorite travel credit card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Not only do we earn loads of points that we spend on more travel, but the card offers fantastic travel perks like no foreign transaction fees, trip delay and cancellation coverage, lost baggage reimbursement, and rental car coverage, which helps protect us.
Vaccines & Meds: We use the travel guides on the CDC website to help guide us for international trips.
Tours: We enjoy booking guided tours, especially since they often include transportation and English speaking guides. We’ve used GetYourGuide’s mobile app, TripAdvisor, and sometimes we just walk around, get quotes, negotiate, etc.
Transportation: We use Rome2Rio as a guide. It will tell you how to get almost anywhere, but it’s imperfect. We have leaned heavily on our hosts to get info about public transit and oftentimes its necessary to just show up at the bus station to ask questions.
We hope this is helpful and welcome any other tips on these topics. Do you use any of these resources?