Travel Hacker’s Toolkit

Recommended Resources For The Traveling eBiz Builder

If you’re anything like us, you travel a lot.

Here are the best resources we’ve found to make travel less expensive and more rewarding.

Let’s go…

Getting There

Cheap Flight Checklist

A couple of years ago we invested a few dozen hours into figuring out a process for finding the cheapest flights online. Turned out that quickly checking these 3 websites, in this order, gets us the cheapest flights 95% of the time:

Scott’s Cheap Flights

Sign up for their free emails and they’ll send you regular flight deals and mistake fares. We’ve seen Barcelona to San Francisco round-trip for €285, Newark to Bangkok round-trip for $495, etc.

Cruise Sheet

Best site we’ve found for cheap cruises. Not uncommon to see a 19-day transatlantic cruise on there for only $33/day. For that price you’re essentially staying at a 4- or 5-star hotel on the ocean with all your meals included, and stopping off at 9 cool spots along the way. (Just know that internet access on cruise ships is usually crap/expensive so don’t expect to get much work done.)

Cargo Ship Travel

This isn’t a practical option but we have a big article all about it here if you’re curious.

Rome2Rio

If you want to book travel by bus, train or ferry, this is the best one-stop shop online.

RentalCars.com

Our go-to site for renting a car. In some countries we’ve been able to rent a car for as little as $7/day. Seriously. (Pro tip: always choose the full-to-full fuel policy. Works out cheaper for me every time.)

Timeshifter Jet Lag App

We’ve used this multiple times for long-haul flights and it works great. Put in your flight details and it creates a custom plan telling you when to sleep, when to wake up, when to drink coffee, when to stop, when to avoid bright light, etc. A must-have for every travel hacker.

Accommodation

Airbnb, Booking, Agoda

As with booking flights, we have a “holy trinity” of sites we check for booking accommodation. Check these three and you’ll find a great deal 95% of the time without wasting hours searching.

Insurance

SafetyWing

Our go-to travel insurance provider. See here for a full breakdown of why we use and recommend them over World Nomads.

Finance

Credit Card

If you’re in the US, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is amazing. It can save you $1000+ per year with reward points and airport lounge access.

Checking Account

US-only again, but we highly recommend the Schwab Investor Checking account. Free ATM withdrawals everywhere in the world means you can rock up wherever and get local cash from any hole in the wall.

MoneyWiz

Niall uses this app on his phone to track all income and expenses. It handles multiple currencies and syncs to the cloud. Here’s a quick video showing how it works.

TransferWise

Fantastic service for sending and receiving money abroad, with tiny fees compared to old-school options. Use TransferWise to get paid by foreign clients or to move money between your own accounts in different countries.

Miscellaneous

Free VPN

A VPN isn’t just for countries like Iran and China. Even in Thailand you can have trouble accessing certain websites. Use the free version of Hotspot Shield to get around any blocks and for a bit of added security when using unknown wifi spots.

Nomad List

Compare cities across the world, see which is best for living and working remotely.

Amazon Kindle

A must-have if you read and travel, saves you from having to lug several blocks of dead wood around the world.

Backup

There are loads of options out there for keeping your important files backed up. Niall pays $20/month for 2TB of storage on Google Drive and it works fine.

VisaHQ

A quick check of this site before booking travel can save a lot of trouble. Enter your country of citizenship and where you’re traveling to and it will tell you if you need a visa, how to get one, etc.

What’s Your Top Travel Resource?

Is there anything you use regularly that we didn’t mention above?

Let us know in the comments below.

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