Over the 12+ years of planning our own travels, we have found our go-to companies and brands that we love to use. These are brands that we have had only positive experiences with and recommend to you.
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This camera is the number one item we travel with (other than important documents, of course!).
Photography is a passion, and this camera makes it easy for us to capture memories of every destination we visit.
With automatic and manual settings and the option to use the pop-up flash or attach an external flash, the 70D is user-friendly for most any skill level.
Our backup/second camera is the Canon EOS 60D.
Great for general use. This lens stays on my camera about 80% of the time. It’s great for landscapes or portraits. Very, very versatile!
A wide-angle lens for the budget-minded. Great for selfies (!), landscapes, and interesting effects (so artsy!).
Great for low-light conditions and makes beautiful portraits, detail shots, and food images. We affectionately call this lens the “short fatty,” and short fatty is always in our camera bag!
We use SanDisk Extreme PRO Camera cards in our Canon 70D and our Canon 60D and have had no issues with the cards at all. We do make sure to buy new cards and retire old cards once every two years or so. Tip: Write the date that you started using the card on the card itself.
The 5 Million Dollar Home is a water-resistant camera bag, no bigger than a medium-sized purse. It holds one DSLR camera body with lens attached, two other lenses (or 2 accessories, like battery charger or external flash), and has pockets for lens wipes, extra camera cards, etc.
Instead of a traditional tripod, you may find a flexible tripod more useful. The legs can be wrapped around branches, fences, or other stationary objects for a reliable hold in almost any situation. The legs can be moved to adjust angles and heights making positioning your camera easy peasy.
This little action cam is great for travelers. Not only is it compact, which makes it light and easy to pack, but it will take photos and 4K videos (including time lapse) while being waterproof. This version has a screen on the back to preview/playback your photos and videos, and even edit, on the spot.
The Pioneer Memory Card Organizer has been our go-to travel case for our memory cards for years. Each case holds 10 memory cards, so I have written EMPTY across five compartments and FULL! across the other 5. So handy to be able to switch cards quickly, knowing which ones have already been used. The thin design slips into my camera bag easily as well.
We bought our waterproof camera after I (Jenni) accidentally dropped two digital cameras in the ocean. At the same time. It was not a good day for me, but we learned our lesson very quickly and bought our waterproof camera ASAP. Great for beach days, snorkeling, kayaking, or any situation where you don’t want to risk harming a DSLR.
The Olympus TG-5 is waterproof up to 50 feet and shockproof up to 7 feet, so this allows it to take the normal abuse that goes with swimming or snorkeling. Also: Anti-fog lens! Yes!
Packing cubes are a great way to to compress and organize clothing when you’re packing for that next big adventure. I love this 3-piece set that has a large, medium, and small cube. The small cube is great for socks, underwear, bras, or even swimsuits. The medium is great for shirts or smaller dresses, and I save the large for pants, dresses, and jackets. Throw these in drawers when you get to your hotel room or cruise cabin, and you’re unpacked in seconds!
Weight and size of luggage is important when traveling. Airlines, cruise ships, etc. have rules about the weight and size of luggage. This luggage scale with built-in tape measure will ensure that you’re compliant with all of the rules. Why manual? So you don’t have to worry about batteries!
Find Cheap Flights with Skyscanner
If you’re looking for some incredible deals on flights, Skyscanner is a fantastic place to start. The coolest part? Skyscanner lets you be flexible. For example, you can tell it to search for your destination, but have it tell you the cheapest month. Not sure where you want to go? It has a search Everywhere option!
Book Your Hotel with Booking.com
Booking.com is a user-friendly site where you can book hotel accommodations for your trip. They offer a price-match guarantee, no booking fees, and free cancellation on most rooms. According to their website, they cover accommodations in 229 countries and territories and have over 1.5 MILLION reservations made each day!
Need a ride? Hate taxis? Uber is a quick, cost-efficient way to get around town. Watch smartphones work their magic as you request a ride, see your Uber en route to you, and pay/tip all in the same app. Uber tells you the name of your driver, type/color of car, as well as license plate number so you always know when you’re getting into the correct vehicle. We have had friendly, helpful drivers who load/unload luggage for us as well as make recommendations for their hometown. Use our code jenniferc52470ue , and your first ride will be free (Promotional value or availability may vary based on your location).
The other big name in ride-share. We would recommend checking out both companies to see which one fits for you since they work essentially the same way. We’ve only had positive experiences with both, so we usually compare current fare prices and choose the cheaper option at the time. Use our code JUSTCHASINGRABB , and your first ride is free (Promotional value or availability may vary based on your location).
1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth by Rough Guides
Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen
An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) starring Chevy Chase
The Muppet Movie (1979) starring Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)
Thelma & Louise (1991) starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis
A Goofy Movie (1995) by Walt Disney Pictures
Up (2009) by Disney/Pixar
Cars (2006) by Disney/Pixar
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) starring Ben Stiller
Into The Wild (2007) starring Emile Hirsch
Eat Pray Love (2010) starring Julia Roberts
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If you’re just getting started with your blog and looking for a budget-friendly option for web hosting, Bluehost is an excellent choice. We have been using Bluehost since our blog’s makeover in 2016 and have had excellent customer service and no issues so far.
A great tool for travel bloggers is Interactive World Maps. This plugin lets you customize maps that can be used in many ways on your blog. Here, we use them on our Destinations page to show which countries and territories we’ve visited and link to the associated pages.
Sign up for Rakuten to get cash back on your everyday internet purchases. Simply start your shopping trip at the Rakuten website or use the browser add-on, click through to your retailer, and shop as usual. Your purchase will then qualify for cash back! We’ve gotten well over $1000 back so far!
Ibotta is a shopping app for your phone that will reward you with cash back for your everyday purchases. Choose which rebates you’d like to activate from your favorite retailers, shop for these items, and submit your receipt. Who doesn’t like extra cash?
Honey is a browser extension that can find and apply coupon codes during checkout on most popular sites. No more searching and trying code after code! It will also tell you if you’re getting the best deal on Amazon.
*DISCLOSURE: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that (at no extra cost to you) we earn commission when you make a purchase or sign up for a service. Purchases through affiliate links help to support this blog. If you enjoy our posts or use our recommendations, making purchases through this page is a great way to show us some love! Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about these products and services.