USEFUL STUFF I LOVE & TRAVEL RESOURCES
Here I share with my favourite travel links. Have a look through them, and get the travel bug.
BUCKET LIST WILDERNESS
Studying English at a ranch in Canada is more than sitting in a classroom. You combine the language studies with the best Canadian Wilderness experience ever.
Choose between a 4-day and a 7-day Trip Package, depending how much time you have available and how much wilderness you want to discover.
Who doesn’t dream about a western lifestyle experience! Spend a few days at one of our unique Western Guest Ranches and it will be the best part of your vacation.
Imagine, you get dropped off by helicopter on top of a high mountain plateau close to glaciers in the deep wilderness of British Columbia and camp for a week. Contact me for more details.
FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS
One of the best flight search engines out there, Google Flights lets you enter your departure airport and it shows flights from all over the world on a map. You can see where the cheapest destinations are. You can’t book here, but you can check on flights before booking your flight.
More choice, better deals! TripAdvisor searches hundreds of sites for you, scouring premium airlines, low-cost carriers and the biggest online travel agencies for the best deals. They also check alternate dates and nearby airports to help you save money, time, even sanity.
FIND A RUSTIC PLACE TO SLEEP
Forget expensive hotels! Check out Airbnb, a great booking site to find comfortable, furnished rooms, romantic cabins, cool city apartments – anything you’re dreaming of! Airbnb is often cheaper than hotels and you will feel like a local. Sign up now and get $40 travel credit!
Trusted House Sitters is the largest house and pet sitting website in the world. You stay for free in exchange for help! You can find anything from an apartment in the city to a hobby farm or horse ranch out in the country. Make sure to check this out!
Booking.com has been one of my favourite travel resources for years. It provides a great resource and booking site for cheap hotels and other accommodation. Their interface is very user-friendly.
Find the perfect host family and experience a place like a local. Homestay offers great value accommodation options for travellers of all ages. Homestay is worth checking out.
This website allows you to stay on people’s couches or spare rooms for free. It’s a great way to save money while meeting locals who can tell you much more about a city than you will find out in a hostel/hotel. I have used this website dozens of times and the site also has groups where you can meet up for events in your city.
GET TRAVEL INSURANCE
Never make the mistake and go on a trip without travel insurance! You might never need it, but if you do, you will be thankful that you have it. Don’t think of it as a waste of money. To have travel insurance is important and gives you a peace of mind. Costs are reasonable and often cheaper than your regular health plan.
World Nomads is a reliable, trusted travel insurance company for independent travellers, recommended by Travelfish, Nomadic Matt. Lonely Planet and ME. Try them out and you will be safe, no matter what adventures you get yourself into. Buy, extend and claim online with 24/7 phone assistance.
You can never go wrong with a Lonely Planet travel guide, the bible for travellers. I own a whole bookshelf full of their books. The guides are packed with travel advice, accommodation tips, destination info, anything you need to know about the country you travel to. Because it’s a hassle to carry the books around, you can now switch to the PDF-version.
Buy a new travel book today from Lonely Planet!
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website with millions of users every month. It’s an excellent resource for travel information, reviews, opinions, and pictures of hotels, restaurants, attractions and things to do. Everything is written by other travellers.
I always check TripAdvisor for accommodation and sightseeing tips before I start a trip. It gives me some insight and detailed information about the places I’m going to.
VOLUNTEER WORK IN CANADA
HelpX is one of the best places to find volunteer opportunities when you travel. You can choose between farms, farm stays, homestays, B&Bs, and hostels, who invite volunteers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
Workaway is another great website for finding jobs, similar to HelpX. You can travel all over Canada on a budget by exchanging your work for food and accommodation.
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. You work as a Volunteer in exchange for accommodation and meals and gain knowledge in biological farming and sustainable living.
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS
Gang Ranch: The Real Story by Judy Alsager
Cabin at Singing River by Chris Czajkowski
Wildfire in the Wilderness by Chris Czajkowski
The Legend of Pan Phillips by Jack and Darlene Brown
The Best Of Robert Service by R. Service
The Call Of The Wild, White Fang & To Build A Fire by Jack London
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
MY FAVOURITE TRAVEL BOOKS
Yukon by Polly Evans
The Great Northern Canada Bucket List by Robin Esrock
The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock
The Great Atlantic Canada Bucket List by Robibn Esrock
The Great Western Canada Bucket List by Robin Esrock
The Great Central Canada Bucket List by Robin Esrock
Milepost 2017 by Kris Valencia
Lonely Planet British Columbia & The Canadian Rockies by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Canada by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Discover Canada by Lonely Planet
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada
Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island by Tim Leadem
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