Travel Resources

Photography

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 


I did approximately 57394720874 hours worth of research about what kind of camera to invest in. Save yourself hours of review-reading you’ll never get back and just get this guy.

Hwota Handmade Genuine Real Leather Half Camera Case-Coffee


People tend to take me more seriously if my camera looks like it’s from 1972

Sandisk Ultra Plus 32gb  with Sd Adapter


Nothing. Nothing. Nothing is worse than running out of disc space when you’re trying to take the next Nat Geo shot. This SD card also comes with a free trial of Magisto, which is my movie making guilty pleasure.

iPhone Camera Lens Kit – Camera Lens Bundle


If you’re not into lugging around an extra camera, take your smartphone camera to the next level with lens clips. These clips can be used creatively for videos and photos and are rarely identifiable between the photos taken by their bulky predecessors.

Blogging Tools

Travel Blog Success

Travel Blog Success E-Course

To no fault of this course, I’m still a shitty travel blogger. Nevertheless, if you’ve got the will this course will show you the way.

Namecheap.com

Namecheap Domain Hosting

I made a misstep early on when I started my blog with 1&1. Then when I saw how UX friendly Namecheap was I quickly switched. Since then my site has been running smoothly and I have been benefitted from the many comprehensive Namecheap tutorials that explain how the internet works.

Joom United

Joom creates a number of Worpdress Plugins that are indispensable for coding dummies and lazy coders alike. My favorite is the WP Media Folder which allows me to organize my photos much like Google Photos. Another popular plugin is their customizable World Map. 

Skillshare

Skillshare is an incredible crowdsourced education platform. I’ve learned everything from design to hand-lettering, to how to build my own business–all for $8 a month. Sure beats my college tuition.

Canva for Work

Canva is a must for busy bloggers everywhere (that’s all of them). Though I love Adobe, Canva is sometimes easier and faster when all you need to do is create a Pinterest Graphic. Their business subscription is worth the fee for saving your fonts and colors in ready made templates.

Travel Booking & Apps

Hopper is the travel booking app I use to get a quick, overall glance at where I can fly on the cheap. Set up much like Google Flights, Hopper tells me when tickets are cheaper with a calendar grid, and also alerts me when my saved searches have lowered in price.

Afar is how I look less like a traveling idiot and more like a savvy local in little to no time. Their magazine and app have lead me to some of the most unique finds, from hole-in-the-wall restaurants to boutique shops.

If you haven’t heard of Airbnb I assume you just awoke from a 10 year coma. In which case I urge you to use my custom link to get you $30 off your own booking….no one else has this link. Just me.

Wanderu is the app we all forget about when we’re booking flights. Don’t discount trains and buses! Wanderu partners with bus and train companies in North America and Europe, making ground travel easy and cheap! Use their “Explore” feature to find tickets for the weekend under $10.

I’m usually not a big fan of tours as I think they disconnect you from living like a local. However, I AM a fan of travel that is educational and immersive, and that’s just what Context Travel is. I had the opportunity to attend one of their tours in London and left feeling both like a local and a Cambridge college professor.

Preparing for Long-Term Travel

Sell off your impulse buys with Poshmark. Traveling long term is all about downsizing and keeping your wardrobe small and simple. No need for that ruffled dress that only debuts on Cinco-de-Mayo. List and let go.

Get rid of useless electronics (who uses an ipod anymore?) and other electronic/digital goods with Decluttr. They take CD’s, DVD’s, old laptops and more. Use my custom code DTRF7DVP85 to get $10 the first time you sell.

Please note that some of these links are affiliates, which means if you choose to purchase them via my links I get a couple of pennies that go toward the “Wine & Cheese” fund. This, however, does not influence my recommendations – I only share the things I genuinely use and trust, sans cheese bribery.