I like to think of this entire site as a resource for travel. But you can use this page as a quick way of referencing tools, websites, and products that are helpful for you, the traveller. If you think I’ve missed a resource please let me know. I personally use everything on this list at some time or another. These resources are tried and tested and I stand behind them.
I hope you find these resources useful. Please shout out and let me know if you did!
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Essential apps & tools for Travellers
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Tripit – Trip Management
I’ve used TripIt for a number of years now and it always makes organizing my trips a lot easier. It works like this: you book a flight. The airline sends you a confirmation email. You forward this to [email protected] and you’re done. TripIt magically converts the confirmation email into an itinerary on the website or app. It manages all of your flights so you can see everything in a logical timeline.
The free version is excellent but the pro version gives you some nice extras such as the seat tracker, flight refunds, and lounge access discounts. Worth every penny.
AwardWallet – Frequent Flyer Points Management
For managing my miles, awards, and points, I use the website that’s been doing this the longest, AwardWallet. Over the years the software has been upgraded to become a flight awards management toolkit that can save you lots of time. AwardWallet notifies you when your points are about to expire, keeps track of all your upcoming trips. A very handy tool. Tripit PRO also does the same thing.
Airhelp – Flight Compensation
Here’s an app that does the hard legwork in compensation claims for flight delays or cancellations. Ever experienced a flight delay or cancellation? You might be able to claim some compensation. The airline won’t tell you about it, but it’s the law.
According to AirHelp, you may be able to claim back as much as $700 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, cancelled or overbooked within the last three years. Worth a try.
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Onward Ticket – Avoid Entry restrictions
A great service for people that like to travel without a lot of advance planning. Not having an onward ticket can be risky when travelling to some countries. Many airlines will deny you flight access if you don’t have an onward ticket. Long-term travellers and digital nomads often avoid buying onward tickets so that they can decide to stay longer in a country. Or they simply change plans. OnwardTicket.com lets you buy an onward flight at a very cheap price. Show this to immigration or the airline and cancel it afterwards. Saves $$$
Send My Bag – Luggage Forwarding
Ever bought so much stuff on a trip that you can’t take it home with you? Lugging a huge bag through the airport sucks. Don’t be that guy/girl! Instead of paying extortionate airline fees for overweight baggage use a service like SendMyBag. Your bags will be shipped from point A to point B safely and securely and you can track the entire thing.
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There are a lot of currency transfer companies out there. The internet has made it much easier to get into a game previously dominated by a few players like Western Union. I’ll suggest one service, Transferwise. Let me know how it worked out.
Rome2Rio – Transport Planning
Rome2Rio is one of those apps that makes you wonder how you ever travelled without it. The website displays different options for travelling between two points on the globe. The information returned is detailed and precise. Not only that but it’s super fast and easy to use.
Why use Rome2Rio over Google Maps, you might ask? Google Maps only offers one mode of transport at any time. Rome2Rio combines all transport options and gives you every result showing time and costs. For example, using Google Maps to search for travel
For example, using Google Maps to search for travel information between two random locations: Oxford, England and Braga, Lisbon, I am given one option: Drive, 28-hour trip. What, Google?
Rome2Rio, on the other hand, offers 8 different options for the same journey. The first one is Train, Train to London Gatwick, Fly, Bus. €93-271, 8hrs 18mins. The full details of each step are also broken down into prices and times.
Stasher – Day Luggage Storage
Ever found yourself stuck in a city with all your bags but wanting to get out and explore. Photographing a city and taking notes is hard with a large backpack or suitcase in tow. Stasher is a new startup that aims to help travellers explore cities without the worry of finding a convenient storage service for bags. There are outlets all over major cities that will accept your bags for a fee. And it’s insured 👍