Resources For Travellers & Travel Bloggers

I like to think of this entire site as a resource for travel. But you can use this page as a quick way of referencing tools, websites, and products that are helpful for you, the traveller. If you think I've missed a resource please let me know. I personally use everything on this list at some time or another. These resources are tried and tested and I stand behind them.

I hope you find these resources useful. Please shout out and let me know if you did!

Disclosure: I'd like to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links. Clicking on these links and purchasing products on the related websites adds no additional cost to you. I might earn a commission if you make a purchase. The commission helps me continue producing helpful content. I only promote companies I use, trust, and love. If you have any questions about the companies, e-mail me. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Trip Management

I've used TripIt for a number of years now and it always makes organizing my trips a lot easier. It works like this: you book a flight. The airline sends you a  confirmation email. You forward this to [email protected] and you're done. TripIt magically converts the confirmation email into an itinerary on the website or app. It manages all of your flights so you can see everything in a logical timeline.

The free version is excellent but the pro version gives you some nice extras such as the seat tracker, flight refunds, and lounge access discounts. Worth every penny.

Onward Tickets

A great service for people that like to travel without a lot of advance planning. Not having an onward ticket can be risky when travelling to some countries. Many airlines will deny you flight access if you don't have an onward ticket. Long-term travellers and digital nomads often avoid buying onward tickets so that they can decide to stay longer in a country. Or they simply change plans. BestOnwardTicket.com lets you buy an onward flight at a very cheap price. Show this to immigration or the airline and cancel it afterwards. Saves $$$

Luggage Forwarding

Ever bought so much stuff on a trip that you can't take it home with you? Lugging a huge bag through the airport sucks. Don't be that guy/girl! Instead of paying extortionate airline fees for overweight baggage use a service like SendMyBag. Your bags will be shipped from point A to point B safely and securely and you can track the entire thing.

Money Transfer

There are a lot of currency transfer companies out there. The internet has made it much easier to get into a game previously dominated by a few players like Western Union. WU is still a great service but there are some new kids on the block. Rather than repeat what I wrote about in this blog post I'll suggest one service, Transferwise. Let me know how it worked out.

Transport Planning

Rome2Rio is one of those apps that makes you wonder how you ever travelled without it. The website displays different options for travelling between two points on the globe. The information returned is detailed and precise. Not only that but it's super fast and easy to use.

Why use Rome2Rio over Google Maps, you might ask? Google Maps only offers one mode of transport at any time. Rome2Rio combines all transport options and gives you every result showing time and costs. For example, using Google Maps to search for travel

For example, using Google Maps to search for travel information between two random locations: Oxford, England and Braga, Lisbon, I am given one option: Drive, 28-hour trip. What, Google?

Rome2Rio, on the other hand, offers 8 different options for the same journey. The first one is Train, Train to London Gatwick, Fly, Bus. €93-271, 8hrs 18mins. The full details of each step are also broken down into prices and times.

Frequent Flyer Points Management

For managing my miles, awards, and points, I use the website that's been doing this the longest, AwardWallet. Over the years the software has been upgraded to become a flight awards management toolkit that can save you lots of time. AwardWallet notifies you when your points are about to expire, keeps track of all your upcoming trips. A very handy tool.

Travel Blogging

Planning on getting into travel blogging? This post on starting a travel blog is one of the biggest articles on the topic on the Internet.

Successful travel blogging is hard work. With millions of blog posts published every day thanks to the ease of entry to the blogosphere, there's a lot of competition for eyes on your content. With the lure of making money online, blogging has become mainstream. Everyone’s at it. And that makes it more difficult. But the truth is, 90% of blogs aren’t worth reading. Yet, the remaining 10% of excellent blogs still accounts for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of websites.

Leveraging blogging tools and resources is a great way to get a little extra advantage on your competition. But where to start and which resources and blogging tools are the best? I’ve tried them all. Because I’m a geek, I naturally love experimenting and I love data. Trying lots of tools out is enjoyable. Here are my choices for the travel blogging resources you need to take your blog into the big league.

Disclosure: I'd like to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links. Clicking on these links and purchasing products on the related websites adds no additional cost to you. I might earn a commission if you make a purchase. The commission helps me continue producing helpful content. I only promote companies I use, trust, and love. If you have any questions about the companies, e-mail me. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Web Hosting

I used to use SiteGround, and I was happy with the WordPress hosting service. But they have quite a high renewal fee so after getting hit with a big second and third-year bill, I tested half my website with FastComet web hosting. The results were great. Equal or better results on an easier to manage system, with a hosting price that doesn’t increase every year.

Starting A Blog

Read this post for everything you need to know about getting started blogging in the wonderful world of travel

Email Service

MailChimp is a great email service for people with less than a few thousand subscribers. It offers a lot of the features of many high-end email services. What I dislike about MailChimp is the confusing layout and features that are hard to find. It’s not the most intuitive software in the world, but it’s great for beginners. Once you outgrow MailChimp and don’t want to pay the fees for upgrading (which are high compared to other services), I’d recommend Active Campaign. With Active Campaign, you also get webinar software and tools for launching courses.

Email List Building

For capturing email addresses with lead magnets and in-content sign up forms, check out ConvertFul‘s conversion and engagement tools.

Infographic, Social Media and Blog Image Creation

If you want to make sure that your images are optimised for our blog and your social media channels, you’ll save a lot of time with Stencil.

Another free option is Canva. Canva is a good option for that travel ebook you’ve always wanted to produce.

These days, to stand out, you need more than just content. Visual imagery works well. Although infographics had their heyday in around 2016, they are still a powerful way of getting shares and backlinks to your website (great for SEO). But apart from that, great infographics can provide great value to your readers. If it tells a story and is loaded with useful facts, people will love it, and people will love your blog. My favourite tool and the only one I use for creating infographics is Visme.

Videos

You know how important video is these days. Making quality videos with graphics and titles can be expensive and time consuming. It doesn’t have to be. Check out Rocketium.

Keyword Research

The best value tool out there for keyword research is keysearch. I haven’t found a better one for the price.

Rank Tracking

If you want to see how your blog posts are doing in the organic search results, you need a rank tracking tool. Google Search Console is great but it can be a little vague when it comes to tracking keyword rankings. The highest ranking position of a keyword does not mean it currently ranks anywhere near that. SERanking is one of the most affordable rank trackers out there and it’s the one I use for analysing how my target keywords are doing.

Social Media Management

I’m not a huge fan of social (I prefer to write stories and guides) and I don’t employ an assistant to help with posting. So I use software to assist me with the posting, analytics, and other essentials. Social Media can eat up all of your time if you’re not careful. So learning to use a tool for scheduling and analysing is worth your time up front. I use ContentStudio to post articles, discover content worth sharing. For Pinterest, I prefer to use the awesome Tailwind. Trust me when I say that this app will take your Pinterest marketing to the next level.

Social Sharing

Those sharing buttons you see at the top of posts and on the left-hand side (in desktop) and bottom of the screen (on mobile) are provided by Monarch Social Sharing tool.

Books

There are plenty of books on travel writing out there. But it’s a busy Internet out there so you need to stand out. Reading books that inspire travel but are not actually travel books can really spark your imagination. Think about all the different ways you can incorporate travel and other topics: History travel writing, writing about cultures, food & travel. There’s a lot of different sub-niches and ways to set yourself up as an authority. Too many people follow the guidelines for travel bloggers and end up producing the same Top 10 things as everyone else. We’re all guilty of it. But it doesn’t mean we should continue that way.

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