Heading off to your next destination soon? Never fear! I’ve created this list for you so you won’t be scratching your head once you get where you’re going. I love all of these resources and have successfully tried each of them, so I want to share them with you! Make your trip the best it can be, and don’t forget anything you lightning slots!

For a complete list of websites, apps, and tools I use whenever I travel, scroll to the end of this page and sign up to receive the complete PDF. It comes with clickable links, so that you stay organized while planning your trip and have everything in one spot. Happy planning!

Travel Insurance

*World Nomads: I’ve never had a hugely unfortunate incident while traveling (yet), but I’ve read enough horror stories to know that travel insurance is an absolute must. I chose World Nomads for several reasons: because you can easily get a free quote based on how long you will be traveling, they cover over 150 different adventure activities, they cover you for sudden trip cancellation, and they even help you out in a medical emergency. Plus, they are trusted by some of my favorite bloggers and travel agencies. You can find the form to fill out for your price quote in my sidebar!

Fav Books

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller: Hiking the Appalachian Trail is definitely a dream of mine. David Miller left everything behind to pursue the same dream. He tells his story so well and includes safety and general tips on completing the incredibly long and beautiful thru-hike.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams: I read part of this before heading off on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and finished reading it afterwards. This travel writer sat at a desk writing about adventures until he decided to actually have one of his own. He took on the famous Inca Trail and gives us an awesome mix of history and his own experience on the trek. The author is pretty witty too, so I loved it.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed: Another dream of mine is to complete the Pacific Crest Trail as well… Am I crazy? Yep. I love how real the author is about her life. She had a really rough time and lost everything, which drove her to decide to take on the PCT. Her best-selling story is super inspiring in every way. This book was made into a movie as well.

TV Shows

Departures: This is by far my favorite travel series yet. Two very different Canadians plan a few seasons of nonstop journeys and document all the ups and downs along the way. It’s packed with adventures! They make a really good pair and always keep you laughing. Their show seriously gives you a serious case of the travel bug, and gives you a cool perspective on culture around the world.


*Bluehost: I had heard so many good things about Bluehost that I decided to use it to host my first blog. It’s been really great! For just $3.95 a month you can get a free website domain, install WordPress easily, and they even have 24/7 support. I had an issue one time and decided to use their chat support, and they helped solve my issue in minutes!

*ConvertKit: I use this for all things emailing. ConvertKit makes it really easy to create opt-in forms for your blog and freebies/email courses to go with them whenever someone signs up. It’s really useful when it comes to blogging.

WordPress: You can start a blog in less than 5 minutes with WordPress. It has everything you need to make your blog look and feel exactly the way you envision it in your head!

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