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We’ve used many companies over the years that have enhanced our adventures together. Below are the ones that we love and the ones we would use again! Don’t forget to bookmark this page if ever you decide to book your next adventure.

Flights
Accommodation
Tour Companies
Tipsters and Gadgets
Blogging Resources
Books
Dying Matters

Flights

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Skyscanner:

The go-to website to hunt for the cheapest flights, Skyscanner has found us many a flight! The ability to refine your searches makes it easier to plan your journey and there’s an option to search through a whole month too to compare prices. https://www.skyscanner.ie/ 


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Google Flights:

What can we say? Google Flights is brilliant at being a no nonsense search engine, offering you all the details that you need. They also offer tips on better dates to fly.
 https://www.google.ie/flights/

Accommodation

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Booking.com:

What can we say about this nifty site? A favourite for thousands, Booking.com will sort you out in jiffy (or even if you’re looking for some hotel inspiration). Their ratings system hasn’t let us down yet.

Hotels.com:

Switch to any currency and browse your heart out on this site. It doesn’t just offer general city promotions but you can specify area too. While it isn’t the cleanest site in terms of layout (quite text heavy), you will find a wide range of offers! hotels.com

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AirBnB:

The site really offers two main things: unusual accommodation that you mightn’t see elsewhere but also, severe wanderlust! You can find fantastic deals on AirBnb and come across the most beautiful places. Treehouses, glamping, tiny houses? You name it! Note: If you sign up to AirBnb using my code here, I may get travel credit! www.airbnb.ie/c/unak31

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Agoda.com:

This is our go-to hotel website for when we’re in Asia. They offer fantastic deals and the checkout and payment system is really straightforward. If you’re looking for the best rates in Asia, then look no further. https://www.agoda.com/

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Hostelworld:

With 33,000 properties across the world on offer, if you’re looking to backpack your way across the world, then Hostelworld will sort you out. http://www.hostelworld.com

Trivago:

With a pretty clean interface, Trivago’s site gets all the basics right with the room to refine your searches for more specifics. It does however tend to do a lot of redirecting to other sites like Booking.com but it’s a handy comparison site that aggregates information https://www.trivago.ie/

Tour Companies

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Intrepid:

We’ve taken many tours with Intrepid over the years and have found not a single fault with them! Our experiences have been nothing but positive and they offer great small-group tours. Environmentally conscious and using expert, local guides, we love their enthusiasm. Not only that but they also run Urban Adventures, day tours that offer experiences often run by locals! www.intrepidtravel.com www.urbanadventures.com

Handspan:

If you find yourself in Asia, then we highly recommend Handspan. With a focus on responsible tourism, their guides are professional and armed with tons of information. Not only that but they really do listen when you want to change up your tour so that it really suits you. They offer a variety of small group tours throughout Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. http://www.handspan.com

Tipsters and Gear

Trespass:

We’ve used Trespass suitcases, backpacks and coats for years and have found them incredibly durable. Annoyingly the only damage done to the cases was due to the baggage handlers in the airports but we loved the bags so much that we got them repaired. https://www.trespass.com/

Lonely Planet:

The largest travel guide book publisher in the world, Lonely Planet is our firm favourite guide company. If you looked at our shelf at home, then you would see guidebooks from all over the world by them. They have a good emphasis on budget travel and have great layouts – check out their eBooks too!

Rough Guides:

Their guides are incredibly straightforward and up-to-date with travel guides for around 120 destinations. We’ve used their guidebooks many-a-time, as well as their language phrasebooks. They also have digital versions of their guides! https://www.roughguides.com/

Trip Advisor:

One of the best for actual mass opinion from real customers, Trip Advisor has been a favourite at sussing out hotels, tours and tourism attractions. Also! Trip Advisor have been very vocal about being against cruelty to animals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/tripadvisor-promises-to-stop-selling-tickets-cruel-animal-attractions/

Blogging Resources

Dying Matters

We’re trying to break down the taboo of talking about death and dying with your loved ones. Why should you leave it until the last moment? From Making a Will to keeping people in the loop about your wishes, there are so many important things that should be discussed!

Our Favourite Books & Travel Movies

Books:

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Three Moons in Vietnam by Maria Coffey
Shantaram by David Roberts
Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy

Movies:

Wild
Monsoon Wedding
The Way
Indochine
Lost in Translation
One Week
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Darjeeling Limited
Tracks
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Beach
Eat Pray Love
180 Degrees South
In Bruges
The Bucket List
The Trip to Italy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy