Hostels and hotels

Generally, I use Booking if I’m staying in a hotel or hostel. If you use this link, you’ll get 10% off your first booking! They have a wide selection of hostels and hotels and offer amazing customer service.

Sign up for Airbnb here and get £25 off your first stay

If I’m staying somewhere for longer, or I want a place for myself for a while, I use Airbnb. This gives me not only a place to sleep, but also a small kitchen and a private bathroom.

How to get there

I always use Skyscanner for booking flights. You can be really flexible with your dates, times and locations

Another great way to travel places (if you’re crossing oceans) is by coach. I love using CheckMyBus to find cheap coaches. They compare different companies and give you a wide selection of times and prices to choose from.

Travel gear

Walking boots – when you’re travelling, you’ll be walking. A lot. Walking boots might not look as cute as a pair of flip-flops but they will stop your feet from hurting as much.

A reusable water bottle – invest in one that keeps your water cold for at least twelve hours.

Canon EOS M3 – this camera is the love of my life. It’s not too heavy or big and takes amazing pictures that you can transfer to your phone via WiFi!

Transferwise – Transferwise is a wonderful app if you want to transfer money to a different currency. They use the real exchange rate (instead of adding a markup like some banks do) and the transfer fees are extremely low. If you sign up with Transferwise now, you will get your first international transfer of up to £500 for free!

For Au Pairs

If you’re living with a family, things are going horribly wrong and you need to escape, have a look in the Au Pair Emergency Couch Facebook-group. You might find somewhere to spend a few days before your flight home.

This group is for every country in the world. And you don’t have to be an au pair to be a part of it. Give a run-away au pair a warm meal and a roof over their head while they sort out their plane ticket home.

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