Bookings.com is our preferred site. The deals seem to be the best, it is super up to date and easy to use. It is great for families as you can enter in the ages of your children and gives you details of rooms, maximum occupancy and rules relating to extra children, beds etc
We use Airbnb often for short and long term bookings. If you use this link to Airbnb to sign up you will receive a $34 (AUD) travel credit for your next trip.
If you have anyone in your family who is a dinosaur (like my dad) and doesn’t have a mobile or who doesn’t like the delays you can sometimes experience on Skype, Viber or FaceTime – consider signing up to Rebtel and downloading the app onto your phone. It is also super handy if you need to call your bank, insurance company or airline. The rates are really low (it costs me two Australian cents per minute to call my Dad).
While we don’t travel with a lot of specialist travel gear there are a few things that we couldn’t go without. Russ and the kids are pretty much dressed by Quiksilver Dunsborough or Surfstitch.com. Surfstitich is really handy for picking up things that are out of season or that you just have trouble sourcing locally. Great customer service and delivery.
Our backpacks, rain jackets and packing cells are from Kathmandu Australia.
We use Webjet to help search and book flights when we’re travelling. It’s handy having a number of companies compared for you using one handy site.
Apps and Trip Planning
Rome 2 Rio: this site (and their app) is awesome. Put in two destinations and the app will tell how you how to get there with multiple options. Flights, trains, buses, private car – all are listed with time and approximate cost. Helps make trip planning a breeze!
The Man in Seat 61 – an awesome site that can help you plan train trips wherever in the world this is an option. Check it out. It’s amazing
You can travel a bit lighter with the Lonely Planet downloadable PDFs or put books straight onto your Kindle. Super handy to get an overview of where you’re going and for their maps.
CityMaps2Go is a really great app when you are in cities. You download the maps and guides when you’re connected to WIFI and then the GPS location works when you’re not connected. Never get lost again!
We get our travel insurance through Travel Insurance Direct. They’ve been very helpful and have some pretty useful resources that will help you with your trip planning. These include an app with a phrasebook and notifications about your chosen travel destinations.
Saving and budget
Saving for your trip and then spending your money while you’re overseas, whichever bank you choose it’s a big decision. We went with ING for their Savings Maximiser account and then use an Orang Everyday account while we are travelling. The only charge we’ve paid on this account is $2.50 for using an overseas ATM. Pretty good deal for Australian travellers.
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