When it’s time to plan your trip the first thing to do is nail down your flights, everything else can then be worked in around these flight dates. Sometimes for myself entire trips are based on where I can fly to on a discount.
For the best flight deals, I do browse about to just see what’s available but I usually always end up booking on Skyscanner and I use their app to set up flight alerts too.
When you’ve got your flights booked, you need to figure out where you’re going to stay. Whether you’re a backpacker, flash-packer or a luxe vacationer, how much you enjoy your trip depends a lot on the accommodation you choose.
A lot of the time when I was traveling on a budget in places like Southeast Asia I would wait until I’d arrived and then just turn up at a hostel and negotiate a cheap room deal directly at the reception.
These days, this doesn’t work so well. Hostels have become pretty hip lately and staying in one often requires the same booking etiquette as staying in a hotel, albeit still at a much lower price. So save yourself the pain of being turned away from your already fully-booked hostel of choice by booking in advance on a site like Hostel World. This is the go-to hostel booking resource.
Staying in hostels makes travel much more affordable and is also a great way to meet new travel buddies but when I’m in need of a place with a little more privacy than a hostel or dorm room, I go on Booking.com (incognito of course) to snap up a hotel deal.
Flights and accommodation booked? Check. Next its time to sort out your travel insurance. This is something that a lot of people overlook and I was one of those people for years! Then a streak of bad luck happened; a motorbike accident, lost luggage etc and I figured it was actually cheaper to get the insurance than to not.
I recommend the guys at World Nomads because they're reliable and they cover adventure travel activities. From paragliding to gorilla trekking to shark cage diving, World Nomads aren't scared and neither should you be, if you’re insured. So if you’re planning a trip or are about to take on one of our Top 100 Travel Adventures get a free quote from World Nomads before you go.