gap year travel resources

travel resources

gap year travel resources

Here, you’ll find some of the best travel resources that I’ve used myself, and personally recommend.

travel

Easily the most popular flight comparison website out there. With its no commission policy, great comparison tools with other websites, and fast response, Skyscanner is straightforward to use and understands the modern traveller’s need for flexibility.

Serving every continent, Qatar Airways has been voted #1 airline in the world on more then one occasion. They definitely have been one of the most comfortable planes I have travelled on, a plus for long-haul, and customer service is really good.

Momondo has an ‘anywhere’ function, and its price chart which appears on the top of the results page shows you the cheapest airline ticket prices for the days around your selection. One of its outstanding features is the Trip Finder.

Priceline has a 'Name Your Own Price' system where you set your parameters and, well, name your own price and if one of the hotels/hostels agrees you then are immediately booked in and charged. Makes booking a bit more fun!

Not in a rush, fancy looking at the countryside rolling by your window? Why not consider train travel instead. If you are planning on some slow travel around Europe then getting an Interrail pass may be just the ticket you're looking for.

When flying around Europe I tend to use KLM. I've always found them to be super friendly and have a good meal service, even on short-haul flights. Once, my girlfriend had a bit of a wobble and an attendant showed her an app to help with her flying fear!

accommodation

A home from home. Get stuck in and live like a local by staying at their home and learning about their home town/city/village. Homestays are a perfect match for volunteering. The homestays you will find on this site usually include a free breakfast.

Booking.com have an extensive database of both hotels and hostels all over the world. There are also reviews from previous guests, helping you decide whether it is suitable. If you're anything like me you wouldn't stay anywhere unless it had half decent reviews.

One of the original, and best online hostel database. They have thousands of listings around the world and millions of reviews. They also have a booking guarantee that they'll give you $50 if your booking is not found upon checking in.

Couchsurfing is free and means you can network with like-minded locals while saving the pennies. Couchsurfing is not without controversy so I would always recommend doing plenty of research and only stay with well vetted hosts.

Airbnb are well known now, they really did change the face of accommodation. I have used Airbnb all over the world. Not only are they usually much better value than a hotel but you can also have your own private living space and kitchen.

Camp in my Garden is the biggest global camping community. If you're up for it camping is a much cheaper way to travel and means you can travel for much longer. This is a bit like a homestay, except you're in their garden, not their house.

insurance

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You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. It is available to people from 140 countries and is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. Find out more here.

equipment

If it's top brands and top quality you are looking for than Alpine Trek is for you. I've used Alpine Trek for years for whenever I am looking for more specialist gear. Their footwear selection is especially awesome. This is for the serious travellers out there.

Go Outdoors have a huge stock or travelling and camping gear, including some of the big brands. If you are looking for basic gear at a cheap price for your travels then Go Outdoors is probably the best place for you to shop.

We all know and use Amazon already I'm sure - a diverse marketplace that has almost everything you could dream of. It may always be worth checking whether they stock something at a better price before purchasing from somewhere else.

volunteering

A wonderful database of projects and small businesses that you can support on your travels. They give you details so you can contact projects directly, most of which are free, and if they are not you can rest assured your fee is going to the directly.

HelpX allows you to exchange your time for food and accommodation. They have a small membership fee, and you will then have access to their diverse database. There are some amazing volunteer opportunities to be found here.

We all know and use Amazon already I'm sure - a diverse marketplace that has almost everything you could dream of. It may always be worth checking whether they stock something at a better price before purchasing from somewhere else.

WWOOF have been on the volunteer scene for a long, long time so you've probably heard of them already. WWOOF connect volunteers with organic farms worldwide, allowing you to exchange your time for food and board.

A very admirable one man show, Volunteer South America is a list of projects you can volunteer at for free - set up by a frustrated man who was fed up of paying to volunteer. It's a simple straightforward site with an impressive list of projects.

A volunteer community and crowd-funding site where you can create a profile and fundraise straightaway. It is a resource that is aimed at overcoming information and financial barriers by helping you find and fund your volunteer opportunity.

languages

Rosetta Stone were a game-changer when it came to learning a new language. You learn intuitively without translation, and depending on what subscription you buy you have access to a native speaking tutor. Try their free demo first.

money

Travelex are good for foreign currencies and also money travel cards, one of which you should definitely have when travelling. They have good rates when you purchase your money online and they either deliver it to your home or you can pick it up.

guides

I wouldn't leave home without one. You can either buy them in eBook format or hardback. For me personally though, I don't think you can beat having the actual book to hand. Full of useful info on accommodation, travel, safety and itineraries.

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