FREE Resources

  • Google Maps – A big favorite. This isn’t just an ordinary map. You can do so much with it like create layers and it even has offline capabilities.
  • Evernote – I love this tool. It keeps all your various notes and ideas in one place that you can access on the web or your phone just about anywhere.
  • TripIt – Keeps all your tickets and confirmations (flights, hotels, etc) in one spot that is very useful on the go.
  • Google Trips – Keeps everything in one place, user friendly, and visually appealing. Offline capabilities. There are a few flaws though… I really wish this and TripIt would join forces for 1 awesome planning tool.
  • Google Flights – Airline flight search that helps you compare airfares. It even groups by the best flight options which I like.
  • Kayak – Another airline flight search that helps you compare airfares. I prefer Google Flights but double check myself here.
  • Momondo – Shows cheap flights and also has a trip finder that’s fun
  • Secret Flying – Shows random cheap and secret flight deals that are found around the world
  • Air Wander – Shows you how to find free multi-day stopovers
  • Rail Europe – Travel by train in Europe
  • Rome 2 Rio – Shows you how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry and automobile
  • CIBT – Helps you determine if you need a visa for where you’re going
  • Seat Guru – (allows you to know the amenities of every plane) I check this when narrowing down my flight options so I don’t end up on a long plane ride with small seats when I could have paid just a little more for a more comfortable ride
  • Gas Buddy – excellent for calculating gas cost for taking a road trip and even finding the cheapest gas stations along your route
  • Amtrak – if you want to take a longer yet scenic and cheaper route via train
  • Airbnb
  • Booking.com – Fantastic for finding the cheapest hotel rates and very user-friendly
  • VRBO – the older version of Airbnb but sometimes you can find great places that aren’t on Airbnb
  • Hostel World – Hostels aren’t as scary as you may have seen on a movie. Some even have individual rooms similar to a hotel. Just be smart and look at ratings/reviews.
  • Good Sam Club – Helps you find campgrounds
  • Glamping Hub – Unique lodging options (yurts, tree houses, cabins)
  • Venmo – Fantastic for sharing payments with friends if you’re traveling together and splitting things.
  • EveryDollar – Used for budgeting. Excellent for use in daily life but also a great tool to help you save for a trip.
  • Last Pass – Keeps all your passwords and secure notes (banking info, health docs, passport numbers and drivers license, etc) safely in one location. You may be wondering why you wouldn’t keep it in my favorite Evernote and that’s because it’s not completely secure and this info you wouldn’t want anyone to have access to.
  • On The Grid – For travel guides of various cities created by locals.
  • Get Your Guide – Book things to do and guides all around the world
  • Airline Baggage Costs – Know the baggage fees of most airlines and keep them all handy with this website