Best Travel Resources and Tools we recommend (Fresh Update for 2021)
There are many smart websites and apps that make your travel life very easy. You can save money, find better flight deals, hostel prices, and so much more. The Hostelgeeks resource page is your gateway to smart travel gear. Bookmark this site; we always keep this page updated!
We love traveling light, in a minimalist way. We share our backpacks, day packs, gear and packing essentials, and essential guides we wrote for you.
Everybody loves shortcuts. We share following resources:
Did you know, some countries require the proof of onward travel? Meaning, when entering the country you need to show proof that you are leaving the country again before your visa expires.
A proof of onward travel can be a flight ticket, train ticket or bus ticket. The most reliable way to prove onward travel is having a flight ticket.
The problem? As a real backpacker, you do not always have an outbound flight yet, or even know where you’ll be heading next.
This can cause you big trouble. Why? Well, often the check-in desk will ask for proof of onward travel (from the destination you’re heading to), and if you don’t have it, you may not even be allowed to board the flight to your first destination!
Therefore, check if you require an outbound flight and get your official ticket only for $12 on Onward Ticket.
Since we travel with a bit of gear and planned to do some activities like skydiving, motorbiking, diving and such, a travel insurance simply makes sense.
Our travel insurance really depends on where we travel and what we do. While Safetywing is cheaper, World Nomads covers more destinations and activities. For instance, for Cuba we had to show a travel insurance. Safetywing does not cover Cuba, but World Nomads does.
Therefore, pay attention. We know, it is not the most entertaining topic, but seriously get an insurance. If something goes wrong, you will be incredibly grateful.
Booking hostels has become more and more complex over time. There are more hostels to choose from now than there were years before. And there are several hostel websites and booking portals you can use.
First, how to find good hostels? The answer is our website: Hostelgeeks.com!
Travelling the world also means visiting the most famous sights all over the globe.
From Colosseum to Taj Mahal. Some of the sights you really have to pre-book before visiting the city. This goes for Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Colosseum in Rome and other major sights. Please read this up before you go to avoid disappointment.
Bookmark this travel resource, you will need and love it: ivisa.com. For many countries of the world you need a visa. Yet, it depends on your nationality and the agreement of your home country with your destination.
So, how to find out if you need a visa? And how much is it? We always use ivisa.com.
Omio.com is a website finding all official trains and bus schedules around the world.
Flixbus is a bus company connecting mostly European cities and US cities. We wrote a complete review of Flixbus here.
We love travel apps. Here we share our favorite apps for your smartphone. We dedicated a huge article on our 47 best travel apps 2021.
MapsMe is the perfect offline app for your phone. It works without internet connection.
Thanks to your GPS location you can find your way, wherever in the world you are. As an alternative you can use Google.Maps directly. It works as well offline.
Traveling on a budget?
Then get TrailWallet to keep track of your budget. It is so easy to use and gives you a full, up-to-date report. There is a free version which allows you to test it, but we loved it and invested 4,99€ in the full version.
This app is a gold mine!
FourSquare is an underrated app which has been used a lot, but nowa- days less people seem interested. This is what makes it so awesome.
The best app for editing your photos on the road, Snapseed and Lightroom. Snapseed is easy to use and free to download. You can download Snapseed both for Android and iOs.
Lightroom from Adobe is also free for the phone. I absolutely love their functionalities. It is more powerful than Lightroom, yet you really have to know what you are doing. So in a nutshell, Snapseed is lighter and easier to handle, Lightroom more advanced.
5. Kiwi Flights App
The previously mentioned Kiwi.com has also a handy map for finding flights. We love to activate the notifications for cheap deals to destinations we are interested in.
Did you know: We have created a specific shop in Amazon with all items we recommend. These items are not sold by us, yet we do receive a small commission when you purchase a product at no extra cost for you.
When it comes to luggage, we recommend getting a backpack.
Yet, not any backpack. A bulky, heavy backpack is not recommended. For traveling light, a backpack must accomplish certain criteria, such as lightness and functional. The chic-factor may also be something to take into account.