This list is continually being updated as I uncover new and awesome things to make your travels easier. Use these resources to inspire yourself, even when you’re not travelling!
Besides the obvious Google Flights and Kayak, I also like to use Skyscanner, CheapoFlights, and Momondo when searching for flight deals.
Depending on my destination, I use different types of accommodation. I love Couchsurfing, especially when I’m travelling solo. However, although it’s a great way to meet locals, it’s not always reliable for securing a bed for the night. Hostels and Airbnb are my next choice.
Lonely Planet Guides are always where I start when planning a trip!
A Year in Provence – Peter Mayle A romantically written tale about the less romantic side of moving to the countryside of France.
Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro’s Cuba An insightful look of the people and life in Cuba (although I found the baseball parts boring).
Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini A sad, but beautifully written story about a boy growing up in Afghanistan.
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts Written by a poet, this is prose you can get lost in. I have read this book several times and love the characters.
Inspired Journeys: Travel Writers in Search of the Muse A collection of short stories about our literal and metaphorical pilgramages.
The Gift of Travel: The Best of Travellers Tales A collection of travel stories written with the expertise of serious and skilled authors. There was only one story in this collection I skipped over.
The Way A feel good movie about living life and finding yourself on the Camino de Santiago.
127 Hours I love these movies about people who survive extraordinary circumstances.
Wild I can only hope that one day I have the courage and strength to do what this woman did.
Into Thin Air Also a book, this story highlights why I will never attempt to climb Mt. Everest.
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Reusable menstrual products are more sustainable and more convenient for travel since there is less to pack and you can wear a menstrual cup longer than a tampon.