Now, before you start packing your suitcase, let's pack your phone. Yup, your phone.
Getting around can take a lot of planning if you are not ready to take the blind leap of faith and purchase a ticket on the spot. (Note: I highly recommend this, even just once! Some of my best adventures were spontaneous.)
Apps are a great way to prepare for your upcoming trip. Below I listed my favorite apps & sites that I use throughout my travels that make my life easier.
Carrentals or Rentalcars.com are great for cheap deals on renting a car. For ride-sharing companies, I recommend Uber and Grab. Grab is cheaper and offers motorbike hire as well. Busbud and Trainline are great for bus and rail travel.
A great way to meet new people and travel cheap is to stay in hostels. Agoda is my absolute favorite for cheap hostels. Hotels.com and Booking.com are also good for finding deals on hostels and hotels.
I usually keep track of my flights in my head or via email, but that doesn't always work. I was recommended Tripit a few months ago and I love it! It snycs all my travel documents from my phone into my calendar and keeps it organized.
Sometimes I struggle to keep track of all of the countries I've traveled to off the top of my head. Instead, I update my travels on the Been app. I can add countries by region and see a colored world map of where I have been and where I have yet to travel.
I keep all of my books on my iBooks app. Or I bring a physical copy with me. I love the smell of books!
Keeping in Contact
My phone is unlocked, which means that I can put any SIM card into my phone and it will accept it regardless of where I am. It's easy to purchase a tourist SIM card at the airport. This saved me twice while I was road tripping through New Zealand and backpacking through the Philippines. You never know what could happen in a no wifi zone.
I keep my Bank of America online banking app on my phone regardless if I am traveling or not. It helps me stay up-to-date on my banking accounts and saves me time.
We all have different ways of keeping track of our spending. I personally use Microsoft Excel and the "old school" pen and paper. What do you use to budget your travels??
Have your own travel tips that you absolutely love and can't be without? Let me know in the comments below!