Finding cheap flights
Skyscanner – Our top #1 choice flight search engine. Our favorite part about this is if you are flexible with your dates, it lets you search within a full month and a year as well. This also searches a lot of airlines that other search engines missed. We often use this, but we still recommend you to compare it to other search engines.
Momondo – This is another choice that we like to use. They seem to find great budget airlines at cheapest prices.
Kayak – This used to be our favorite until we found Skyscanner. Kayak is another website used to find cheap flights for variety of airlines. It is especially great for flying between states in America. However, keep in mind sometimes Kayak seemed to be missing some flights that Skyscanner or Momondo have so it is recommended to check other websites mentioned.
Hostelworld – This is the best hostel website we use to find availability to stay; it offers numerous options in many countries – that’s a plus! Additionally, there’s no booking fee and a lot of reviews for many hostels to help you determine whether or not to book it. Last but not least, I love how informative the hostel managers are sometimes, they often give specific direction how to get there. We personally recommend this over Hostelbooker.com because hostelbookers sometimes is a rip-off.
Couchsurfing – This is an absolutely amazing website that we use to stay at people’s couch, floor or a spare room for freeee! Oh yes, believe it or not, it is free! The host will sometimes be glad to help you to guide you around in the city which is very helpful. Not only do you stay for free, Couchsurfing also have local events or just to hang out with other Couchsurfers. We often use this site to meet new people and save money.
Airbnb – This is another amazing unique accommodation that you can stay at local hosts who rent out their rooms, or even the whole houses or apartments to you! We would search Airbnb before searching hotels if there are no hostels available.
Chase Sapphire – For new customers, if you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months from account opening, you’ll earn 40,000 bonus points! That equals about that’s $500 towards airfare or hotels when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Do you know what that means? You can get a free flight or hotel that is worth $500 and/or pay rest of the amount. Bam! The Introductory Annual Fee for the first year is $0; afterward, it would be $95 annually. It is definitely worth it if you keep using it and want to earn bonus for airfare or hotels! One of the biggest benefits is that when you travel, this card won’t charge you for overseas transaction or conversion fee! Another benefit is that this includes travel insurance. Therefore, you wouldn’t need to purchase a separated travel insurance. Unfortunately, this credit card do have interest. Just make sure you pay the balance in full or pay monthly on time.
Stacey personally uses this credit card. She highly recommends it! She got this during a promotion – spending $3,000 in the first three months to earn 40,000 bonus points. Here is an advice: Stacey recommends to use this card to purchase gas, food, etc for your family and friends to earn more points – as long you are able to trust them to pay you back though. So, do watch out for the promotions! (:
American Express True Earnings Card – If you want to spend whatever you’d like, get this card! The points you earn can be transferred their multiple airline and hotel partnerships. You can book your travel directly through their sites. It has no annual fee. You can get 2% Cash Back on eligible travel purchases, including at Costco, and at US restaurants! Click on the link for more information!
Ground site transportation
Megabus, Boltbus & Greyhound – A reliable transportation offers cheap ride, including plugs, wi-fi and air-conditioning. You can use Megabus in America, Canada or Europe! According to AdventurousKate, if you book several weeks in advance, you might be lucky to pay only $1 for one way trip!
World Nomads – We highly recommend you to get a travel insurance at World Nomads. It has a lot of great coverage – such as flight cancellation, broken camera lens, stolen purchases, and more! You can pick how long you want it to be, and it can be easily extended it when needed. The customer service is great! If you make a claim, they will response soon as possible!
*note: Check if your travel credit card includes travel insurance like Chase Sapphire! If so, you don’t need to purchase World Nomads.
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