A Life Engaged

Travel Resources

We’ve done our fair share of travel planning. You would be amazed in the amount of time and effort it takes to prepare for a trip abroad. We wanted to share some of our favorite travel resources with you. Check back here before booking your next trip to make sure you use some of the best resources out there!

AIRFARE

Airfarewatchdog

We use a ton of different resources when we research and plan for travel. This website provides alerts of crazy airfare deals that are really difficult to find elsewhere on the web. We recommend signing up for their newsletter to constantly be in the know of unbeatable airfare.

Kayak

A run-of-the-mill standard search engine for airfare from the United States. Most people start with this site when performing their search.

Vayama

This is where we found and booked our flights for our 5 month trip. We were able to get flights from St. Louis to Bangkok, Bangkok to Paris and Madrid to St. Louis all for only $1,770! This site is especially good if you’re looking at flights to Southeast Asia.

Google Flights

Google Flights is a great way to get a glimpse of the world and a rough estimate of how much airfare will cost from any particular city. It’s visually appealing, but prices tend to be higher than on other search engines. Keep that in mind when using this tool, but it provides a great visual.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Airbnb

Airbnb is a great way to get a more local experience on your trip. This website allows homeowners to rent out their home or apartment (or even just a room!) to travelers for both short and long-term stays. We use Airbnb every chance we get as it generally costs much less than a hotel and it has a more home-like comfortable feel. If you sign up using this link, you’ll get $20 off your first stay!

Hostelworld

Hostelworld provides a listing of hostels around the world. Guests provide reviews based on the following criteria: value for money, security, location, staff, atmosphere, cleanliness and facilities. This is an especially great option for solo travelers looking to meet and mingle with other like-minded travelers.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing connects travelers with locals. Locals host travelers for free if they have a spare couch or floor to sleep on. This is obviously the cheapest form of accommodations, but use it with caution, especially as a woman traveler.

Hotels.com

We have used Hotels.com in Southeast Asia, Europe and the USA. There are a number of options for budget hotels and this has often served to be a cheaper and more comfortable option for us than hostels. They often have last-minute deals if you need a place to stay in a pinch.

Booking.com

Similar to Hotels.com, Booking.com offers a wide range of hotel options in over 66 countries. This is another great site to check when looking for budget accommodations.

MISCELLANEOUS

The Man in Seat 61

This is an insanely detailed guide to train travel all over the world. The website is a bit clunky, but the information is unmatched. You can find information on nearly any route, timetable and prices that is available. We found this especially helpful in Thailand where there was a lack of information online elsewhere.

Go Euro

Trains, busses, and flights all in one search. A must-use tool if you are traveling in Europe.

Guidester

This company creates custom travel guidebooks for folks based on their traveler personality. This is an awesome service for travelers looking for an authentic travel experience without having to do all the leg work.

INSURANCE

World Nomads

The go-to place for great travel insurance and are recognized worldwide. Many people use their service as it is easy to use and their customer service is great. Their website also has great information on travel safety.

Parker Insurance Group

This is the insurance agency we used on our 5 month trip. We received a more personalized service than we encountered anywhere else and the folks there are very helpful. If you’re looking for a more one-on-one service where your questions will be answered in detail, we can’t recommend Parker Insurance Group enough. They also give you the option of handpicking your coverage and deductible amount.