Forget moving house or planning a wedding – preparing to travel long-term has to be one of the most stressful, complicated (but exciting!) experiences ever. There’s so much travel planning to do – from booking flights, researching countries, visas and plotting routes to getting rid of your possessions, sorting out travel gear, finances and making time to visit family and friends – the list seems endless.
Travel Planning Articles
If you’re struggling to know where to start, here’s how we prepared for our big travel adventure.
- Tips for Saving Money to Travel
- Sell your Stuff and Boost your Travel Fund
- What’s the Best Travel Debit Card?
- Choosing a Travel Credit Card
- Savings account comparison
- Our Complete Pre-Trip Cost Breakdown
- Managing Finances While you Travel
- How we can Afford to Travel Full Time
How To Get Around
- Laos Travel Tips: How to get Around
- Vietnam Travel Tips: How to get Around
- Cambodia Travel Tips: How to get Around
- Tips for Travelling in Burma: How to get Around
- How we Find the Best Flights
Travel Gear & Gadgets
- Choosing Our Travel Backpacks
- Travel Cameras – How to Choose the Right One
- Choosing a Travel Laptop
- Our Packing List
- We Spent a Cool 3,000,000 on a New Laptop!
- Changes to Our Travel Packing List – Six Month Update
- Travel Packing List for the USA
- A Guide to Vaccinations for Travel
- Malaria Prevention
- Long term travel insurance and reading the small print
- Malaria Pills and Travel Vaccinations: Reader Question
- Earplugs, Emergency Tissues and Yoga, Our Top Travel Health Tips
- Why Travel?
- Leaving Home and Travel Guilt
- Obsessive Compulsive Travel Planners
- Homesick? But we haven’t even left yet…
- Cancelling our Lives – Final Preparations for Leaving the UK
- Leaving my Job and Working while we Travel
- Departure Day
- How to make your World Travel Dreams a Reality this Year
General Travel Planning
- Planning a Travel Itinerary
- Around the World Tickets – to Buy, or Not to Buy?
- Travel Checklist – Tasks to do before we go Travelling
- Expert Travel Tips from The Working Traveller
- Our plans for Travelling Around New Zealand
- Travel Visa Guide
- Car Hire Tips for Travellers
- Flight Prices for 15 Months of Travel
- Airbnb – the Good, the Bad and the Bedbugs
- Our Cheapest and most Expensive Travel Experiences
Travel tools we use
Here are some of the tools, products and apps we use in our day-to-day travels and when we’re travel planning. There are some affiliate links within this list, which means if you click through and buy a product we’ve mentioned, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. However, these are all products we personally use and would recommend. Any income we make goes towards the running costs of our site; thank you for supporting our adventure!
WeatherBug – this free app is powered by the world’s largest network of weather stations and is really handy for travel planning. It’s great for checking detailed real-time and future weather conditions, displaying hourly and up to 10-day forecasts, as well as checking weather maps. We love photographing sunsets and sunrises when we travel and the app tells us exactly when the sun is due to rise and set each day.
Convert Units and Currency HD – this is a free app we use all the time for converting currencies.
Trail Wallet – we used this app for years to track our spending as we travelled. We don’t use it now because we currently have a Windows Phone, but we used it every day when we travelled with an iPhone.
Airbnb – we find it’s always cheaper to book accommodation through Airbnb in more expensive destinations like the USA, New Zealand and Europe. We’ve booked entire apartments before and scored great discounts for staying in places for a month at a time. Many hosts have been keen to share their local knowledge and even a meal with us. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you can get £20 free credit if you sign up using this link.
Booking.com, Agoda and Hotels.com – we use these hotel booking sites to search for hotels, compare reviews and book stays, mainly in Asia. We generally search all three to find the cheapest prices, as they can vary from site to site.
The ultimate guide to travel insurance – this handy guide explains the basics about the types of insurance coverage you can expect from typical travel insurance policies. We always make sure we’re fully insured when we travel and would recommend using this resource to research your options.
Trusted Housesitters – we’ve had some amazing house and pet sitting experiences in London and Spain through this site. We love having a pet to look after and a temporary home; it saves us a lot of money on accommodation. House sitting can be competitive, especially when it comes to finding opportunities in London, but building up some good reviews helps.
Skyscanner – this is always the first site we check when we’re searching for flights. The site allows you to search for prices over an entire month and you can even select ‘everywhere’ as the destination if your plans are flexible and you just want the cheapest deal. Skyscanner doesn’t include some budget airlines in its search, so we always double check those sites separately. Find out more about how we find the cheapest flights in this post.
RideGuru – compares taxi fare prices across a number of ridehail websites like Uber. Simply type in your journey and you’ll be able to see which service offers the cheapest rate. RideGuru also shows you how much of your fare is actually going to the driver.
ESLstarter – this is a useful site for finding English teaching jobs and TEFL courses around the world. Although we found our teaching jobs in Vietnam independently, this site has a great reputation and Andrew is thinking of using them to find a role in South America.
Our Essential Travel Gear
Panasonic Lumix DMC GF3 – we bought this camera before we left the UK in 2013 and it’s still going strong. It’s half-way between a point-and-shoot camera and a DSLR and we like the fact that it’s small and light but still takes great photos and video.
Travel sleeping bags – we make sure to have quality sleeping bags for camping and hiking. When we trekked to Everest Base Camp, where temperatures plunged to minus five, we used minus 15 synthetic down bags with a liner and they kept us nice and snug.
Running gear – we both try to keep fit when we travel and love to swim, hike and take yoga classes; Andrew is also a keen runner. We travel with a set of exercise gear including sturdy running and walking shoes, yoga pants, shorts and moisture wicking running t-shirts.
Acer laptops – we’ve found Acers are perfect travel laptops because they’re extremely durable. I’ve been using my 11 inch Acer since 2013 and it’s been bumped all around the world with me. We bought a second Acer in Indonesia at the beginning of our travels but unfortunately the hard drive got fried by a dodgy power outlet in Asia so we now have a 15 inch replacement.
Kindles – even though I love real books, our Kindles are perfect for travelling. They’re lightweight, can hold hundreds of books and their batteries last for ages.
Osprey Backpacks – our 35-litre Osprey backpacks have been with us since the beginning of our journey and they’ve survived years of being dragged around the world. Although they’re a bit grubby these days, they’re still intact, comfortable to wear and can be taken on planes as carry-on luggage if necessary.