Our top recommendation is using AirBnb for lodging whenever possible.
If we can’t find a good AirBnb, we love saving up to 50% off hotels with Hotwire. Hotwire is also our go-to for rental cars. They have the best prices around on car rentals.
Airfare Watchdog is a new favorite of ours. We have found some awesome deals on flights, both last minute and in advance. Airfare Watchdog can send email alerts for flights out of your airport, and we’ve seen them as low as $48, round trip.
If you don’t want to rent a car, riding with Lyft is a great option.
One of our most important recommendations is being self hosted on WordPress if you want to start a blog. We use Siteground to host our travel blog (plus another blog and a photography website) and we couldn’t be happier. A lot of bloggers recommend Bluehost, and while they’re a good company with affordable hosting, we can’t recommend them due to their downtime. Bluehost pays more for affiliates than most hosting companies, and I believe that is why so many recommend them. We would rather recommend a hosting site that we can stand behind. We have had 0 downtime with Siteground, and their customer service is excellent.
If you don’t use Siteground to purchase your domain, I recommend GoDaddy. They have excellent prices and outstanding customer service.
Once you have a blog set up with hosting, the first thing you’ll need is a theme. We buy all of our themes through Themeforest. There are lots of nice, free themes out there. However, most of them require that you leave the branding of the theme creator (which is fair!) and can make your site look less professional. The themes on Themeforest can be very affordable, and I use them on all of my websites.
Once you have a blog up and running, keeping up with social media can be a chore. I post to Instagram and Facebook manually (or use Facebook’s built-in scheduler) but I prefer Buffer for Twitter. We use the free version which is enough for us right now. The most important scheduler that I can recommend is Tailwind. Using Pinterest is a must for any kind of blogger, and Tailwind has been a life saver. I put off using it for a long time, but I absolutely love it now!
If you’re looking to earn some cash while traveling, affiliate marketing is a great option. Taking Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, has been a great investment. I don’t recommend many courses, but this is one that’s very worthwhile.
If you want to start saving money for travel, then you need a budget! That’s actually the name of the budgeting software that we use (otherwise known as YNAB.) If you use our link, you can get a 34 day free trial to see how the budgeting tool works for you. We have been using this software for years, and highly recommend it for anyone.
Survey websites may not make you rich, but every little bit helps. We recommend SurveyJunkie because they pay out the same day that you request it. Another favorite is Swagbucks. We use Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards. If you use Swagbucks all year, you can easily have enough gift cards saved for Christmas!
If you do any shopping online, you should be using a cashback service like Ebates. Use this link to get started with $10! If you book a lot of travel, the cash back through Ebates can really add up. We also use Ibotta for cash back on groceries.