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Our absolute go-to for booking travel accommodation is HostelWorld. We tend to look for budget options for accommodations, are hostels are usually our jam. This is the most comprehensive and transparent hostel booking and review site, with over 36,000 accommodations listed around the world and over 10 million reviews. It’s accessible, clean and easy to use.
If we’re stuck for options or we’re looking to go a little upmarket and book a guest house or hotel, we also love using Booking.com. It often offers exclusive discounts and deals, and like HostelWorld has extensive international coverage.
We booked our main round-the-world flight package with Travel Nation. The price we got for a journey from London and included the USA, South America, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and South-East Asia was quite incredible, and our travel career break wouldn’t have been possible without it. What’s more, the team were fantastic in helping us plan our route, and were always available throughout our trip to answer any questions. They also sorted our Australia visa for us, which took an arduous task off our hands.
For any additional flights, we usually turn to Skyscanner, the best flight comparison site out there. A little tip if you are flexible with your travel destinations and dates is to use the ‘search everywhere’ option, which will show you the cheapest flights available from an airport over any given period. We’re using it now to plan future trips.
We have enjoyed many a roadtrip on our travels, and each time we’ve used rentalcars.com. Whether it’s been Argentina or Australia, we’ve always been able to get the cheapest deals through their comparison service. We’ve always had a good experience with the local dealer, and the one time we had to claim on insurance with RentalCars.com after an incident it was a quick and painless process.
We tend to organise and self-guide our own activities, but we made an exception for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. We saw this as the highlight of our trip and wanted to make sure the experience was everything it promised to be.
We booked with G Adventures via STA Travel, and they made sure it was. Our tour guides were outstanding: they looked after us from start to finish, and filled the experience with entertainment through their stories, jokes and local insights. It was well worth the money to put our experience in their hands.
For any extended travel break abroad, insurance really is a necessity. We got it primarily to make sure we were covered for any healthcare issues, but we ended up making a claim after we were robbed in Argentina. We were so glad we had the cover.
After shopping around, we insured our round-the-world travel with Annual Travel Insurance. The policy fit perfectly for our trip (for example, the 4,200m altitude hiking aspect covered the Inca Trail), and the price was the most competitive we could find.
When it came to making a claim, the process was cumbersome and difficult as you may expect – lots of forms, lots of digging out receipts – but ultimately it was dealt with, and we were fairly reimbursed in reasonable time in line with the policy.