for both national and international flights
When it's time to buy our flight tickets, we always use Skyscanner.
This flight search engine crosses information from many travel companies and always offers us the best price. The secret with SkyScanner is to use the many different combinations the website allows, particularly if your dates are flexible.
The options to “travel to everywhere” and/or “depart on Whole month/ Cheapest month” on the website are excellent to find true bargains. Another tip is to check the price of the tickets at the company's website. Sometimes you find better offers or conditions, such as shorter stop overs.
ATTENTION: When you choose to fly with Low Costs, such as RyanAir, EasyJet or Norwegian Air in Europe or Fly Dubai and Air Arabia in the east, for instance, don't forget that these companies have many requirements, such as the specific size of the hand bag, prior check in and more.
These companies are cheap for a reason and failing to comply with any of these rules will result in your ticket to be much more expensive. Just read the small letters.
Who doesn't like a road trip, isn't it right? We, whenever possible, rent a car to travel through the places we visit, mainly those that are quite remote and difficult to find public transportation of quality.
To find the best rental car offers in Europe and elsewhere, we use Rental Cars. This search engine also crosses data from many car rental companies to bring users the best offers.
Travelling by land are often more practical than flying. Airports are usually far from the city centres, demanding that we organise ourselves in great advance. For this reason, we would rather travel in between cities or even countries by land.
To book our hotels, wherever we are in the world, we always use booking.com.
They offer the best prices and currently have practically all the sorts of accommodation compiled in their system, such as hostel, houses, hotels, B&Bs, apartments and so on.
Air BnB is also a great option, particularly at expensive destinations. That allows you to cook at home instead of dine out, saving a few bucks.
Due to the economical embargo imposed on Iran by the United States, American companies cannot operate in the country. That means, in Iran, it's not possible to rent a car with Rental Cars, book a hotel with either Booking nor Air BnB, not even use your international credit cards for online payment, let alone when you are in the country.
Local businesses, however, are looking for a way to go around this issue, offering online services, such as 1st Quest. With them, you can book a hotel, your tickets, tours and so on all online, in advance and safely. During our last trip to Iran, we personally met them and can assure they have a very professional work and are really reliable.
for museums, activities and more
We always leave to book our tours and activities when we arrive at our destination. However, we do understand that we generally have more time at places, allowing us to face longer queues and searching for different companies.
To book you activities before-hand, which might even come out cheaper sometimes, we recommend Get Your Guide. They are a German start-up comparison tool between tour operators and agencies from basically every corner of the world. When booking with them, don't forget to read the reviews in each tour so not to have an unwanted surprise afterwards.
Until recent, we were not so keen on travel insurances. But we had to learn by experience. Travel insurance is that sort of thing that you think you will never need. Until you do. We are just so lucky that we had won an insurance in an event we went for one year. We thought "whatever, we not gonna use it anyway".
Well, if wasn't for the insurance, it would have ruined our trip to Pakistan and Dubai. In Pakistan, Fernanda felt really bad, with stomach ache. We had a doctor to see her and he gave her medicine. She felt better after. In Dubai, Fernanda fell going upstairs in a boat. It hurt her ribs. We went to the hospital to make sure she hadn't broken anything and they even gave us the pills.
There are many ways of reducing the costs of your travel. In fact, we have a whole article dedicated to this topic. But to sum up, some of the tools and sites you would want to use are:
Couchsurfing used to be the most loved one of all the backpackers willing to change experience with locals and save some cash. We have used them in a few different countries in the world and we have had interesting experiences – not sure if they would be considered good for some.
But we haven't used them in a while now and we heard from some travellers that the platform has changed and no longer fulfils the purpose once it did - at least when not paying. Anyway, it is worthy checking it out.
Worldpackers has the idea of exchange your workforce for accommodation in different parts of the world is continuously gaining more adepts. Websites, such as Worldpackers, connect volunteers and hosts and offer much more than simply free accommodation. The idea is to exchange experiences and culture. The Worldpackers is also a partner of Monday Feelings and we have a special offer for our readers. Using the code “MondayFeelingsWP”, you win U$10 on your annual subscription.
Have you ever considered cycle tourism?
We have done two long bike trips and absolutely loved it. The first, we left north Italy and cycle all the way to Slovenia and around the country for about one month and a half. The other, we left north Italy and cycled all the way to the most southern point of the country for about two months.
The Warmshowers is something like Couchsurfing, but for cyclists travelling the world. We never managed to stay at someone's house, but we have hosted already somebody in ours, when we were living in Italy.
We touched on hitchhiking above, on the topic about transportation, but it is worth to highlight it again.
For the most adventurous, to hitchhike old-style by the motorway is also an option! We have done a lot of that through Asia, Africa and the Caucasus during our first two years travelling around the world. It is indeed an experience we truly think everyone should try at least once in a lifetime, as it can really be a life-changing experience. We really think that, and for this reason we created an e-book complete free outlining how is the experience of hitchhike and why you should give it a go, as well as all the info and tips about this cost-free style of travelling.
It's unnecessary to state the relevance of reliable internet connection while you are away, moreover if your work depend on the internet, such as ours. We completely understand if you believe that when you are away, you should be offline, disconnected, direct your time to yourself and be at this present moment. We have also been there. However, it's is just impossible for some. And it's with you that we are talking now.
When we did our cycling trip from north to south of Italy - video above - we partnered up with Travelers Wifi to have internet when travelling. It was the best partnership we have ever done. Their connection are incredibly reliable and their customer service always prompt to answer your questions. We have made a video review, which you are welcome to watch, but if you prefer, you can read all about our experience with Travellers Wifi in this article too.
There is a huge difference between those who travel for leisure and those who work with travelling. As we produce content for each place we visit, we need to have equipment. In fact, the electronics are the heaviest as well as the things that occupy most of our bags.
Currently, we have:
We have a full detailed article about how to choose your backpack, but we will line up three important tips down here for you to have in your mind when choosing your backpack for your trip:
It is undeniable that technology facilitated greatly the life of travellers. There are many apps launched daily to address some necessities of who travels. We wrote a complete article with the 10 most essential apps for travellers, but here is our favourite three:
Well, that is it for now. We hope this post will help you to better organise your trip and make your planning more efficient. If you have any doubt about something we haven't wrote in here, let us know by email or commenting below.
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Ti and Fe