Travel Resources

 

Need information on where to book your flights, or where to stay on a budget? Here you can fin many resources and links to my appropriate blogs in each field.

Packing lists can be found on this page or in the drop down menu, view and download our nomad backpack list here 

booking flights can be a bit of a dilemma nowadays, click here to see where we go for ours, or scroll below for all of the information to be beautifully displayed.

Need a hotel? find out about reward programs and booking sites here or scroll

Maybe you want advice on where to go? Well theres many places I love but you can view our top 5 destinations on the blog

Flights

https://www.skyscanner.netSimply through years of habit, one of the first places I turn to to look for flights is usually sky scanner. The app is happily sitting there on my phone so I can check daily for any deals. Flight prices can change drastically, like with our flight we just booked from London to Perth for just £330 each with 30KGs of luggage, that’s less than a third of the regular price. Usually I will check Sky scanner (basically a flight search engine) and try to book directly with the airline, but sometimes the prices can be less in each case so its good to check both! What I like about sky scanner is if you don’t really know where you want to go you can see the cheapest flights on the day you wish to travel from a set location and pick wherever has good deals.

https://www.kayak.co.ukKayak is a similar search engine-e type platform. This is good to look at price change patterns though and decide when would be a good time to book. It doesn’t always go in your favor though! Kayak also offers flight + hotel holidays which can simplify any booking complications but save money compared to package holidays.

If traveling in China? One of our best places to look for flights is Ctrip. You can also book trains with the correct documentation. The prices on Ctrip are pretty good, I have booked with them direct many times, although one thing to note is they have on a few occasions modified our flight dates and times.

 

Hotels

There are many places out there to book hotels and hostels so it can all get very confusing. However, there are good reasons to book with some of my favorites we have outlined them below to help you get your next trip in action!

 

Booking.com is one of my favourites as the have such a wide selection of hotels and hostels of over 1.4 Million. Since 2016 they have started to offer different levels of membership and those listed as frequent traveller get access to 10% discounts on their bookings and genius perks. Often you pay when you stay and your card details are kept on the website as a backup for if you do not show up on the day. There are plenty of reviews on the website which are very helpful but sometimes to be taken lightly!

Hotels.com shows hotels from all parts of the world. They have less than their competitor booking.com who include slightly more rugged, less vetted options for a lower price as well as hostels. Hotels.com allows you to pay in any currency online in advance, so its easier when visiting many countries so you are not carrying loads of cash or getting conversion fees. When you stay at a hotel, you earn rewards nights. Once you reach 10 you are awarded one free nights stay to the value of the average cost of your ten stays.

The new kid on the block is Trivago. Actually, it was founded back in 2005, many years after Booking.com in 1996. Its not really a booking site as such but allows you to search all of the other booking sites and compares the prices for the same dates and types of room in the hotels you like or just the area you are interested in.

Another side note is to always check out trip advisor when booking hotels, just to make sure you are happy. Strangely one of the main things we used this for in China was to find out if the beds were hard or soft, something you will only understand if you’ve ever tried to sleep in a bed in China! You can find out why the beds are so hard in china here on Quora.

 

 

Backpack and suitcase packing lists

 

what to pack for a trip to Iceland in Spring

What to pack for a camping trip to Scotland

car camping checklist

The nomad backpack list

what you need to have for your camper van in Australia

what to take with you to Disney Land

What to pack for a trip to New Zealand in Autumn

The gap year backpack list

 

 

 

 

Our top 5 travel destinations of 2017 

View this as a blog post here 

The world is full of amazing places, so how do you pick one for your next adventure? Well that really is a personal preference, but here are a few awesome places not to be missed off your bucket list that are our favorite destinations so far!

Iceland

Iceland

Highlights:

Waterfalls

Hot Springs

Ice lagoons

Iceland is one of them places that has just about everything. From gushing waterfalls, to misty mountains. Silt rivers create patterns across the landscape and hotsprings reside in the middle of nowhere for you to enjoy. Lambs explore the countryside and you will always spot somewhere beautiful even just driving along the roads, some of which wind around the coast lapping up the mist rolling across the sea. Known as the land of ice and fire, Iceland is famous for its ice caves, ice lagoons and volcanoes. The last volcano to erupt was Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, causing plumes of volcanic ash to fill the air.

We visited Iceland in early spring to avoid the rapidly increasing tourist crowds of summer. Iceland now has a tourism industry of 2 million visitors per year, compared to 500,000 back in 2010. This graph shows how the Iceland tourist boom.

The benefits of summer means of course you get better weather, and all of the wild flowers and Lupins are out too, all campsites are open as are hotels, which can all be a little pricy. You will experience the midnight sunset, but there will be no Aurora due to the lack of darkness. If you visit before the start of the official season you will find most facilities are closed, with the exception of some toilets. This does mean you can camp for free if you are self-contained or have a tent, but showers may be few and far between. However if you are camping in summer its well worth investing in the camping card giving you access to most campsites for 28 days for around 16,000 ISK and covers your tent or camper and two people with up to four children. You can buy it in advance online or when you arrive.

The best thing we did:

Watch the sunset at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & play with chunks of crystal ice on the black sand.

Bali

Highlights:

Waterfalls

Temples

Rice terraces

Bali is great for long walks through rural grasslands, seeing awesome waterfalls and temples. One of our favorite temples is Pura Lempuyang temple which is a bit of a climb to reach. If you want to see the whole island, there is very limited public transport once outside of each village, and usually the only way to get about is by minivan or taxi, which can be quite expensive. Althernatively, prebook a rental car near the airport, the busiest and hardest place to drive is around Kuta, so a good option might be to stay on the outskirts and walk in to avoid all of intricate one way alleys.

The best thing we did: hired a car so we could explore rural working rice fields & visit the cave waterfall, Tukad Cepung.

Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Highlights:

Temples

Monks

Locals

Myanmar has so much to offer, but perhaps one of the best places in Myanmar is Bagan. With its ancient temples and amazing locals, it really is like stepping into another world! There are over 2,200 temples still standing today. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone1 , and Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. With the exception of motorbikes, it really does feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with the dusty roads, horse and carts, grasslands and ancient villages. Many monks still live in and visit Bagan.

Farmer and cattle
Farmer and cattle

There was recently some earthquake damage to the temples in Bagan and some are under repair, but for the most part you can look around a large majority of the temples or grounds freely. These are our top 5 temples to visit. Myanmar has long been shrouded in mystery and many worry about transport within Myanmar, but we’ve put together this guide to show you how simple it is on the blog.

The best thing we did: visit a small, local village

Esperance, Australia

Highlights:

White beaches

Kragaroos

Sunshine

Esperance is bursting with white sandy beaches and shimmering seas. Kangaroos freely bounce around the beaches at sunrise and dusk, it’s the perfect place to take a campervan trip and see an awesome section of Australia. Having explored the coast between Adelaide and Perth in ours, we found this was our favorite area so far! In the town of Esperance there is plenty to do too, including shops to stock up and even a cinema.

The best thing we did: sat with Kangaroos on the white sands and paddled in the crystal clear water

Delhi & Agra, India

Highlights:

Taj Mahal

Safdarjung’s Tomb

Markets

Okay so its kind of a given that when you mention India, the Taj Mahal is going to make an appearance, but that’s all for good reason! Deli and Agra region is fairly built up and modern in areas. There’s plenty of places you should visit, like the lotus temple the palace and numerous markets, but the Taj definitely knows how to make its mark. Following close we enjoyed visiting Safdarjung’s Tomb, which has similar architecture and grand arches. It was nice and quite, so a good place to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon – you could even take a picnic and enjoy it on the freshly pruned grass! Just visiting the markets anywhere in India is an experience in its self, but the Delhi markets are just at another level. With an inch of space to shuffle along through the crowds bikes and cars attempting to weave through bibbing shouting and over powering smells of spice and food, some might decide it is not for them, but for us it was an eye opener to the culture of India and an experience I am glad I had.

Tomb of Safdarjung, New Delhi, India
Tomb of Safdarjung, New Delhi, India

The best thing we did: visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise beating a lot if the crowds

 

 

 

Travel Map

Here are some of the places we have been over the last 5 years and below, some of our favourite places to visit!

 

 

Top Picks

 

 

Where: Kampot Cambodia

What: Architecture, culture, local food and pubs, Bokor Hill Casino ruins, floating villages

How Long: 5 Days

Overall rating:   ✪✪✪✪✪

 

Where: Daocheng Yading Reserve

What: Mountains, rivers, horse riding, trekking and traditional Tibetan housing and temples

How Long: 2/3 days in the reserve on one entry pass, stay within the reserve

Overall rating:   ✪✪✪✪✪

 

Where: Burnham-on-sea, UK

What:Beach town, long walks, shopping, winter breaks, suitable as a day trip or weekend away 

How Long: 1-2 days

Overall rating:   ✪✪✪✪

   

 

 

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