When I was 16, I ran away from home.
Over 10 years later and I’m still on the run.
These are my favorite travel resources, websites, and companies. I use them because they help me travel cheaper and stay on the road longer. Whether you’re planning a trip or already on the road, I highly recommend them.
Run Away Now
This is my first ever e-book. It represents the culmination of all my travel knowledge over the last 10 years. It is designed to help you get from where you are now to anywhere you want to go on any budget.
World Nomads is the travel insurance company I use and they’ve saved me more than once. They allow you to purchase or renew your policy from any country in the world. Their coverage is extensive and relatively cheap. And when I had my bag stolen on a train in Italy they reimbursed me for the pack and everything in it. It was quick and easy.
I created this map to make entering new countries and crossing border as easy as it should be. Find out what visas you need, how much they cost, and how to get them. This map is currently only applicable to US Citizens but will soon include UK, AU & CA citizens as well.
Agoda is the best hotel booking website for Asia and is quickly becoming the best for the world. It primarily lists cool guesthouses and hotels and often at the best rate possible.
Hostel World boasts the largest collection of youth hostels and budget hotels. It’s easy to book online and through their app, and I’ve found that it’s often cheaper to book in advance than on arrival.
I really love Airbnb! You can find apartments, boats, teepees, igloos, camping space, and even Sicilian villas for super cheap. If you use this link to sign up, you’ll receive 40$ off your first stay!
Couchsurfing is a budget travelers dream. It’s a website that connects travelers with anyone willing to host them. Sometimes you get a couch in someones living room. Other times you get your own room and local who can’t wait to show you around.
Skyscanner doesn’t always have the cheapest fares but it does have excellent search features. Instead of specifying a destination, it let’s you find flights to ‘everywhere’ and for any period of time. Get ready to dream away afternoons.
Norwegian Air is my favorite airline and I’m not just saying that because I’m half Norwegian. 150$ NYC>>Stockholm, 200$ Stockholm>>Bangkok. The prices speak for themselves. It’s not always that cheap but pretty close. Definitely sign up for their newsletter or mine for deals.
This is my second favorite airline and I’m not just saying it cause I’m 1/4 Japanese. Bangkok>>Osaka 90$, Kuala Lumpur>>Gold Coast 150$. For the cheapest fares it’s best to book well in advance.
Spirit is the cheapest means to Central & South America. New York>>El Salvador 150$. New York>>Lima 250$. Like all the budget airlines above you’re only allowed 1 carry on under 7-10 kilos, so pack light!
Both these companies sell Europe train passes to non European citizens. Both Rail Europe’s Select Pass and Eurail’s Global Pass gets you an equal amount of train travel for about the same price. However if you purchase a pass over 499$, Rail Europe will wave the 18$ shipping fee making it the cheaper option. *For booking single train journeys in Europe definitely head to individual train websites instead.
This guy rode every train from Hanoi to Timbuktu. On his site you’ll find info on every train journey you could ever want to take.
Runaway tours are backpacking tours through three of the world’s best backpacking regions. They’re all about small intimate groups of likeminded travel lovers, zero stress and good times. Run Away With Me!
G Adventures is one of the largest and most reputable tour companies. They offer tours just about everywhere you might want to go, even Antarctica. Although I’ve never gone on a tour with them, all of my friends tell me they’re great.
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