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Air & Ground Transportation
Google Flights The new favorite in flight booking aggregators. Love it gives you price estimates on a calendar when deciding on booking dates.
Skiplagged Finds the best prices on flights based on a one-way trip itinerary. You get off at your destination, drop the rest.
SkyScanner aggregates budget carrier airlines, domestic airports as well as standard flights. Great for booking domestic flights. They have an Everywhere section like Kayak, which allows you to find the cheapest flight anywhere on the globe.
Uber The millineal taxi. Cheaper than taxis. Seemingly safer too
India Rail Info is a train booking timetable tool I use to schedule my trains, especially in emergencies where trains are booked full and I need to get a foreign tourist quota ticket. While you can book reservations on Cleartrip or Makemytrip, IndiaRailInfo is for seeing seating availability and prices. Read tips for Indian Trains
Secret Flying Nabs a bunch of best deals from you home airport and shares it.
Blog Posts on Transportation:
AirBnB Forget hotels. Experience the city from the comfort of a local home or apartment. Get $40 in travel credit when you sign up through my link.
Intrepid Travel A trusted and reputable tour operator focused on relaxed-fit tours for travelers who want to feel independent. The style will feel comfortable to those in their 20s-40s, but open to all.
GetyourGuide is an aggregate site, pulling a variety of budget day trips and they’ve got interesting ones in almost every destination. From bicycle to walking and food tours to cabaret shows… it does something similar to Viator but at a fraction of the price. Worthwhile a gander when planning your itinerary.
Blog Posts Booking Tour Companies:
Travel Services & Resources
Skype These days, there are many ways to stay connected abroad. Skype will always be the most universally known. I use it for trip emergencies like when my bank locks my credit card. Great for business interviews and conference calls too.
Transferwise is the new Paypal killer. I love Paypal but the transfer fees and their currency exchange rates never make me smile. Now you can save a ton of money. Transferwise is a money transfer service with lower rates on everything. It allows you to open a borderless bank account too.
Top Mobile Messaging Apps for Travelers
Facebook Messenger Many of us spend an obscene amount of social time on Facebook so Messenger app is obvious. It offers free text messages, calls, group chat and photo/video sharing. I’ve occasionally sharing Word documents and messages with other bloggers from forums. Unlike the other social mobile apps, abroad, I have access to all my international friends at my fingertips.
WeChat is China’s Facebook and yet, so much more. It’s an essential travel tool for China, with a broad range of possibilities. You can use free text, multimedia/group chat/push-to-talk voice message/video chats, but if you lived in China, you can buy groceries, apply for a job, pay rent, etc.. on this app.
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging ap. Over 300 million people use it each month as its easy to use. I actually don’t use this in the U.S., but it came in handy in Thailand. Send texts, photos and voice messages. Service costs $0.99 for a one-year subscription.
Working, Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
Blog Posts on Working, Teaching & Volunteering Abroad
Business Travel Tools
Open Office is a free Microsoft Office software clone. Perfect for expats/travelers who need to get an English version of Microsoft Office on their office computer abroad. I used this living and working in Korea.
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