Travel Resources and Tools we recommend

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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.

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Flight ComparisonTravel InsuranceHostel BookingsTravel AppsHow to get tickets to SightsVisaPublic Transport

Let us talk about powerful and smart resources to use when traveling.

The whole Hostelgeeks team has been travel a lot, using different apps and websites for budget traveling. We were able to catch a flight from Barcelona to the Canary Islands for just 12€!

Not only that: we took a road trip across Central Europe, saving 70% of the transport costs thanks to an app.

Flight Comparison

The best websites to find cheap flights are:

Especially Kiwi is an incredible powerful website.

It comes with a radius feature.

Simply draw a circle on the map around your desired destination and find the cheapest connections.

You can search for cheap destinations only, and compare numerous days to fly from A to B.

Full review of Kiwi.com (+ How to use it)

Cheap Flights with kiwi

Travel Insurance

We have used World Nomads on our travels around South East Asia and Europe.

We are currently using Safetywing. Here is our review of Safetywing, compared with World Nomads.

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.

Full Review of World Nomads

World Nomads Travel Insurance - A quick look behind the infamous topic of Insurance

Hostel Bookings

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!

You can find all our handwritten guides on the best hostels in the world here and all 5 Star Hostels here.

For more stuff on hostels, we wrote many articles about different hostel topics, like different hostel types, rooms, and packing list.

YET: which hostel booking site is the best and the cheapest? For sure you have heard of Hostelworld.com and Hostelz.com

We wrote a in-depth guide to booking hostels and which websites to use.

Find here our guide on how to use Hostelworld.

15 Tips How to book Hostels

Booking Hostels like a boss

How to get tickets to Sights?

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.

We use two websites to find tickets to sights:

Both websites are reliable. it is worth it to compare both as there can be different prices. We wrote a full review on Tiqets.com, and how to use them.

Full review of Tiqets.com

Tiqets.com in Review: Easiest Way to Buy Tickets to Culture?

Visa

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.

It is a fast and simple way to find out if

  1. you need a visa in the first place
  2. how to get your visa
  3. and if it costs money, how much it is.
Visit iVisa.com

iVisa.com in Review - The simple Shortcut to your Visa around the world

Public Transport and Bus

Public Transport like buses and trains are a fantastic way to travel cheaper. We love to use two websites for finding public transport:

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.

Flixbus.com in Review - Exploring Europe and USA by Bus - Is it actually cheaper?

Travel Apps

We love travel apps. Here we share our favorite apps for your smartphone.

1. Maps.me

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.

2. TrailWallet

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.

3. FourSquare

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.

It helps you to find places around, such as

  • cafés
  • bars
  • venues
  • restaurants

With this app we found so many gems and design-led coffee shops. Go for it!

4. Snapseed

The best app for editing your photos on the road, Snapseed. It is easy to use and free to download. You can download Snapseed both for Android and iOs.

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.

Download the Kiwi App here.

Read our complete review of Kiwi.com and how to use it.

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Luggage

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.

Here are our top recommended luggage – including Matt’s own #1 choice: Lowe Alpine Carry-On 40l

Backpack Lowe Alpine

Minimal Traveler Backpack (Matt’s #1 choice)
Lowe Alpine Carry-On 40l

Day Back

Day Backpack
Fjallraven Backpack

 

Travel Essentials

The travel survival kit, the hostel starter kit. Here we list a bunch of travel essentials that you should bring. We made our experiences and recommend bringing certain items you most likely own already. Yet, a few things are worth it the extra investment such as light and quick-dry towels and dry-bag.

Here is our list of recommended travel essentials to bring on your adventure.

 

Rain Cover for Backpack

Backpack Rain Cover
Solid Backpack Rain Cover

Electronic Gear

Welcome to the 21st century. We at Hostelgeeks travel with a bit of gear. Since we are working from the road, we carry laptops and cameras.

Here is our recommendations for camera gear and electronics.

 

 

Photography Gear

This section covers our camera gear.

You can purchase all these items via Amazon.

Not sure how to buy on Amazon? For the Spanish speaker: read this guide on how to buy on Amazon.

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Books

Life’s a good read. Here we recommend books we enjoy and that can help you travel longer, with more confidence and stay in cooler places.

Packing List

Our ultimate hostel packing list covers 23 items you need to bring. From padlocks, to hostel games and the perfect backpack.

The perfect Hostel Packing List

Hostel Packing List