The following travel resources, products and services can help you travel cheaper, smarter and safer:
Travel Blogging (Learning)
Private Travel Blogging Consultations (either in person in NYC only or via Skype)
Price varies depending on length of consultation ordered and if it is via Skype or in-person. With both options you will leave with a clear idea of how to take your blog to the next level and turn it into a business. Full information for both of these services can be found here.
Ditch The Daily Grind: How To Create A Travel Blog That Makes Money ($24.99):
I created this 90-minute webinar to help budding travel bloggers create more than just a blog that tells stories, but a brand that inspires and ignites excitement so you can create a sustainable business doing what you love. This video is also available in three 30-minute installments at $9.99 each. Click here for more information.
From Hobby To Career: How To Create A Business Plan For Your Travel Blog ($9.99)
In the 40-minute “From Hobby To Career: How To Create A Business Plan For Your Travel Blog,” topics covered include the importance of a business plan, branding, fleshing out your idea, looking at the competition, creating a timeline, money-making ideas to get you thinking, seeking help when it’s time, promoting yourself and revising.
Bonus: When you purchase this instructional video you’ll receive a free website critique or free business plan critique.
Travel Blogging (Setup)
Bluehost: They always seem to be having great deals going on, offer wonderful customer service and have a knowledgeable in-house team.
X Theme: What makes this different from others is it works like a drag-and-drop page builder. So instead of having to download tons of plugins and additional software, the theme comes with essentially every customizable option you’d need built right into it. There are 20+ homepage style options built in, as well.
Sucuri: I highly recommend Sucuri for added website security and website backups. Before I had them monitoring my sites I was hacked numerous times and had to pay a fortune each time to fix it. Since purchasing their yearly plan, I barely have any issues; and when I do they fix them immediately without additional fees.
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users Hardcover by Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick
Brand Your Instagram by Nicole Smith
Expedia: Expedia is great for comparison shopping when trip planning. Plus, they have their own free-to-join rewards program so when you book through them you earn points for free travel.
Priceline: This site lets you bid on travel for cheaper-than-usual rates.
Avis.com: I’ve always been able to find pretty good rental car deals with Avis. Tip: Make sure to ask your credit card if you’re covered for car insurance already so you don’t end up paying for it twice. Click here to receive a Free Rental Day on a weekly rental or here to save 10% on weekend rentals.
RoamRight Travel Insurance: My top pick for travel insurance. They also have a great blog — which I contribute to from time to time — chock full of travel tips and guides.
Health & Safety
Clever Travel Companion: A line of pickpocket-proof clothing that allows you to carry money, credit cards and valuables without carrying a purse or wallet. Thieves won’t be able to steal your belongings as their hidden on pockets inside of your clothing. I don’t travel without it.
Door Stop: This may seem like an odd addition to your packing list, but shoving a doorstop underneath your hotel room door from the inside can stop intruders from barging in as well as make it more difficult for thieves or seedy staff to enter without you knowing.
Safety Whistle: Whether home or on the road I always carry a safety whistle. You never know when you’ll need to all out for help. Blowing into one can help deter humans and animals from approaching you.
Safety Zip Security Wallet: While I prefer the pickpocket-proof clothing, sometimes you have too much stuff to fit in the pockets and a wallet is necessary. For those times, I think this wallet is a great accessory.
ProboardShop.com: I’ve used Proboardshop for many of my adventure and outdoor needs, like hiking shoes, ski equipment and camping tents. They offer weekly deals, a price match guarantee and free shipping for purchases over $50. I’ve found this a great resource before my extended hiking, camping and backpacking trips.
REI: I’ve never used their online store, but I love going into REI to shop for outdoor and adventure gear as their staff is extremely knowledgeable. They’re a little on the pricier side, but everything I’ve ever purchased from REI has been high quality, allowing me to get more use out of it then what I spent.
GAdventures: Awesome tour company for those wanting to have epic adventures with a local, responsible tourism twist. Highly recommended. Plus, they always have great promotions going on.
Novica: This online store has a partnership with National Geographic and sells products like handmade jewelry, clothing, artwork and housewares made my artisans from around the world. While it’s not exactly a resource from traveling, it’s great for purchasing a thoughtful, travel-inspired gift for someone special in your life.
Visit.org: This site features unique nonprofit-led tours that help you go local and benefit the community you’re visiting. I even used them in my home of Brooklyn to do a cooking class in a local Uzbek home!
Viator: This site lists tours from numerous local companies in over 100 destinations around the world. It’s a great place to shop for the exact experience you’re looking for.
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera: I love this camera and you’ll often be able to get it at a great price with extra lenses and accessories (such as with this link).
Vista Explorer 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Tripod Bag: You’ll need a tripod for night shots.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras: I love this lens for food photography. You can create a beautiful blur behind the subject of your shot.
Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth: Don’t use your sleeve to clean your lens)
Olympus Stylus TG-830 iHS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Blue): Great for adventure photography and underwater shots as it’s waterproof and shockproof.
PicMonkey: Photoshop for dummies, essentially. I use the pro version — called Royale — for all the editing features for just $33 a year. They also offer a basic free version.
Vimeo: Inspirational travel videos by videographers from around the world. I love checking out the staff picks each week. If you’re a videographer this is also a great place to host your videos, get noticed and possibly even get paid.
ProEditors: Send ProEditors your raw travel footage and they’ll create a professional video for you for $50. Receive 20% off your first order with promo code “jessieonajourney”.
Great Travel Reads
Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips: Fun read for travel inspiration.
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2014: While Jessie on a Journey’s tagline is “Taking you beyond the guidebook,” anyone going to backpacking Europe — especially for the first time — will definitely want this book. This was my bible the first time I backpacked Europe solo for a summer. I mostly used it for the tips, as Rick Steve’s has really helpful tips on how to save money and get around.
Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism: I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire time reading this book. Even if you’re not a travel writer, you’ll definitely appreciate the misadventures of this guidebook author traveling through Brazil.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia: There’s a reason this book was a bestseller. If you haven’t read it yet it will undoubtedly inspire you to hit the road (and I promise it’s better than the movie!).
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter: Nomadic Matt is a good friend of mine, and I honestly say nobody is a better expert on traveling the world cheaply.
Adventure Travel In The Third World: Everything You Need To Know To Survive in Remote and Hostile Destinations: If you’re looking to travel to somewhere remote or that seems unstable, this book is a must.