Here you’ll find heaps of information for planning your next trip including what gear we travel with, how to book your trips, and also advice for earning abroad.
Travel Scales: We use portable travel scales to help us check the weight of our baggage instead of crossing our fingers when checking in for a flight. We’ve used both the digital and classic versions in the past (thanks Nan & Oma!), and both have been very small, and easy to pack. We’ve avoided so many issues by using these.
For all pre-travel planning we use Lonely Planet.
Flights: For Flights we use skyscanner or Momondo, but we always compare prices across these websites and the airlines website. In Australia we find the cheapest flights at Jetstar. Since moving to China we have also started using english.ctrip.com for China/Asia travel.
Buses and Trains: In New Zealand we use Naked Bus. In China we use Ctrip to book trains, while for bus tickets we them at the station as foreigners generally can’t buy them online. In Australia we either use the tilt train or public buses, though for longer distances flights are normally cheaper with budget airlines like Jetstar.
For all of our trips we’ve used World Nomads. We choose them because they’re affordable, you can add on extra coverage for certain activities if you’re doing something out of the ordinary, and we haven’t had any troubles claiming with them in the past. We’ve had two claims with them, one relating to theft, and another relating to damage to property which was out of our control. We found them to be both helpful and relatively painless in the claim process.
Our one tip if for you to read the print and know what you are and aren’t covered for, this way there aren’t any surprises later on.
For Asia we’ve been predominately been using Agoda, Hotels Combined, and Ctrip (China). Hostel Bookers offers more options ofr hostels for budget travellers, but when travelled on a budget we would often find a cheap guesthouse by foot on arrival rather than booking.