All my favorite
As an avid world traveler, outdoor adventurer, and all-around-explorer, I’ve tried and tested just about everything in the travel & outdoors world. Here I’m sharing some of my absolute favorite resources, from flights to accommodation, insurance, and more to help make your own travels as seamless as possible.
Google Flights is the first place I start as part of my travel planning stage. My favorite feature is the “explore” tab, where you can find cheap flights around the world from your chosen starting airport. If you have any flexibility in dates or location, you can find some killer deals.
Skyscanner is my go-to tool to find cheap flights. Search a specific destination or enter “everywhere”. Once you select your ideal cheap flights, Skyscanner takes you right to the airline booking page so you don’t have to worry about third-party booking issues down the road.
Scott’s Cheap Flights
When you sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights, you get deals sent right to your inbox from your selected favorite airports. I’ve booked a TON of flights this way, both by being flexible with my destination and being willing to purchase right when the deals roll in. There is both a free and a premium option.
Booking.com is where I get ALL of my hotel reservations. You can also check out flights and rental cars here as well. I like to add in the filters I’m searching for, and then use the map tool to make sure my hotel is close by to all the notable landmarks I’ll be visiting or it’s close to the transportation I’m using.
I find I use AirBnb less now that the fees have become more expensive, HOWEVER, I still love AirBnb for finding unique stays and cabins. If you are looking for a different experience than a traditional hotel, AirBnb definitely has some great benefits.
If you’re looking for a budget stay, look no further than HostelWorld. Hostel stays are especially great for solo travel because you’re almost guarenteed to meet new people! It’s definitely a fun way to incorporate more community into your travels. Highly recommended for the U.S. and Europe.
Easily compare and search for rental cars on this site. The best part: most rentals have free cancellation so if you need to change plans later or get a different vehicle, there’s no fee to change your mind. I’m all about flexibility in travel these days so this is perfect for me.
Rome2Rio has been my go-to tool for years to figure out how to get from point A to B by combining multiple transportation options. Rome2Rio pulls in bus, train, air, ferry, and rideshare options so you can figure out the best route to your destination.
If you’re looking to do a multi-country trip within Europe, I highly recommend you check out Rail Europe and get a Eurail pass – it will be cheaper in the long run than buying individual tickets. Pretty much anytime I’m in Europe I just use trails to get around and skip the hopper flights – for me I find it a preferable method of travel.
If you are looking to try out vanlife for your next trip or are already a fan, I can’t recommend Traveller’s Autobarn enough for a road trip! They offer van rentals in the west of the U.S. (with expanding locations) and all across Australia as well. Read about my 9-day California coast road trip with Traveller’s Autobarn here.
Outdoorsy is your one-stop-shop for all kinds of RV rentals all across the U.S. Outdoorsy has vintage Airstreams, toy haulers, fifth wheelers, Class A, B, and C of RVs, as well as a variety of trailers and motorhomes, so you can find exactly what you need for your road trip!
Aventon creates high-performance, quality yet accessible ebikes, which are PERFECT for all kinds of adventures. Take them on the road, to the beach, on a mountain trail, and more. I personally got a pair of the fold-up ebikes and bring them with me to the national parks so I can just park my car and not have to worry about fighting the crowds to park later in the day!
World Nomads is a very affordable travel insurance option that I recommend to pretty much everyone. It covers emergency medical, trip cancellation, 24/7 emergency assistance, baggage coverage, adventure activities, and more. Trust me, travel insurance is WORTH THE PEACE OF MIND! Read more about why you need travel insurance here.
SafetyWing is specifically built for digital nomads – if you’re embarking on a longer trip away from home or doing a study abroad, I definitely recommend signing up with SafetyWing to have your medical and travel needs covered. Anytime I have longer travel plans than just a few weeks and I know I’ll be working on the road I use SafetyWing. Read more about why you need travel insurance here.
Travel Insurance Master
Travel Insurance Master has a variety of plans designed for single trips or multiple trips if you are traveling from country to country without returning home. The benefits can cover much more from Hurricane and Weather, Trip Cancellation, Lost or Delayed Luggage, Employment Layoff, and much more than other plans so depending on your chosen destination this could be the ideal insurance for you. Read more about why you need travel insurance here.
GetYourGuide is an online travel agency and online marketplace for tour guides and excursions. Book tours & access your tickets right from your phone – it definitely makes travel SO easy because it takes the long planning process out of the equation, & having a local guide is always a huge bonus! GetYourGuide is my favorite way to start a trip, with a little guided tour that gets me quickly familiarized with my destination.
Intrepid offers longer, small group tours hosted by a local guide. Intrepid is also a certified B Corp and specializes in ethical, responsible, & sustainable travel. I have absolutely LOVED every trip I’ve embarked on with Intrepid and would highly highly recommend joining a tour, especially for solo or couple travelers looking to meet new people and not have to worry about planning and handling all the details of travel.
I LOVE Tinggly because they are all about gifting experiences over giving gifts to your loved ones. You purchase an experience kit and select from the available activities /hotels /and more depending on your location. I have tried quite a few experiences (some self-guided some guided) and I have enjoyed every single one so far!
Roam Free Retreats
Roam Free Retreats
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Travel Apparel & Suitcases
If you want the PERFECT travel clothing, check out Unbound Merino. Their wool clothing resists odor and wrinkles, draws sweat away from your body, and they’re super soft and breathable as well (and you can see their travel tank + leggings in the photo here!).
My current suitcase? Away Travel! It has quickly become my favorite suitcase brand and I use my Away suitcase on literally every trip I go on now. I have the bigger carry-on size and the medium size as my checked bag. Features I love: the luggage locks, the pop-out laundry bag, the ease of organization, and the quality of the suitcase itself.
Backcountry.com is an online specialty retailer that sells clothing and outdoor recreation gear for hiking, camping, road biking, and more. Since a lot of my travel falls under adventure travel and I do a lot of hiking, I find I’m shopping most often at Backcountry to get both apparel and all the gear I need for my trips.
RockPorch is a great site to see a ton of outdoor and adventure gear (along with some travel gear) and read reviews from real people who have used the gear. Below I’ve linked my own page that I’ve created on RockPorch that has all of my camera, hiking, car camping, and travel gear guides so you can see my personalized recommendations.
Jackery offers portable power supply solutions, including solar generators, portable power stations & solar panels. I use my Jackery power station mostly on road trips, and it’s quickly become INVALUABLE. Being able to charge my laptop, camera gear, and even bring an electric blanket or get crazy and pack a waffle maker – it truly makes camping and road tripping so much more fantastic.
Pinterest has been one of the top ways I’ve found inspiration and ideas for trips, photographs, & more. Below I’ve linked my own Pinterest page to get you started; I’ve curated a ton of boards to help get you inspired! Just save pins you enjoy and want to find again to your own boards.
Seeker is one of my favorite trip planning tools, especially for friend and group travel. You can save locations and activities and see where they are in a map; and the best part is you can make joint itineraries with your friends. It also functions a little bit like a social media app as well, since you can check into places you’ve been to.
SiteGround is the very web hosting that I am using on this blog! I did a lot of research into different hosting services and I’m so glad I went with SiteGround. I actually have a few different websites hosted with them, and their tools are easy to use and I’ve had a very seamless overall experience.
Surfshark is the VPN I use when traveling to make sure my connection is safe – you never know with wifi! This way I am sure all of my bank info, credit cards, logins, & more are protected, and I can avoid travel restrictions by setting my location to home (insead of browsing in the country I’m in!). I installed it on both my computer AND my phone and they run pretty much 24/7 to keep my info secure.
Silk & Sonder
Silk & Sonder is a monthly journal subscription service. Their journals are basically if you could create the most perfect bullet journal, get gratitude and other helpful journal prompts, recipes, meal planning, fillable daily & monthly schedules (SO PERFECT for blogging + keeping my life organized), and more! There is an app that pairs with it as well and I can’t say just how transformational these journals have been. Plus since you get a new journal + theme each month I find they travel super well as they are small and light! Use code “Rebecca15off” to get 15% off your journal!
Other Travel (& Outdoor) Resources
Want to stay connected while you travel? Then you definitely NEED an Esim! An esim is a digital version of a physical SIM card – meaning all you need is an app to connect to local phone towers. I use Airalo so I can use data and text (with Whatsapp) the ENTIRE time I’m abroad and avoid paying my home cell phone’s outrageous travel prices. It’s my go-to on EVERY trip, I can’t recommend it enough, especially for solo travelers!
Co-Pilot sells daily travel supplements that help reduce stress and digestion issues, helps you stay focused and refreshed, and gives you an immune boost so that you can be in your top mental and physical health for your travels! Use code “RoamFree” to get 30% off your order.
RapidPure is my GO-TO waterbottle for hiking & travel because it utilizes both filter and purification systems to protect you from viruses, bacteria, parasites, and micro-platics. Having traveler’s sickness is no way to spend your trip! Use code “RoamFree15” to get 15% off your order.
My Travel Essentials
I’ve compiled the ultimate collection of travel essentials for your carry-on bag. From my favorite noise-cancelling headphones to small essentials, this list of 20+ items are my GO-TO always pack items I bring on every trip, whether it’s domestic or international.
My Favorite Outdoor Adventure Essentials
I created a collection of my absolute favorite outdoor adventure essentials, which are especially perfect for summer adventures. From biking to paddle boarding, these items will help you chase all of the epic outdoor adventures!
Ultimate Day Hiking Essentials (for Women)
I created a list of my favorite gear recommendations for day hiking for a variety of seasons! These are mostly geared toward female hikers, but there are also some gender-neutral essentials on this list as well. Featuring essential gear, clothing recommendations, and more, these are my go-to items for my day hikes.
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