We get a lot of requests asking what companies we use for booking flights and hotels, and even what tech we use, so we created a list of our favorites. We use all of these companies, and they’re only on this list because we use and recommend them. Accommodation Airbnb We book most of our apartment stays through Airbnb. Airbnb connects you with homeowners who will rent out their home or apartment to you. We like Airbnb because they hold your payment in trust until 24 hours after you check in. This way, if there’s a problem with your booking, Airbnb will refund your money. Get a $30 USD credit with your first airbnb stay! TravelPony TravelPony is a new hotel booking site that keeps its costs low by relying on word of mouth and social referrals, instead of a big ad budget. While their deals on lower and mid-end hotels are getting pretty good, you can often score an amazing deal on higher end hotels. Get a $25 credit for your first TravelPony stay! Booking.com We booked about 90% of our hotel stays in Europe in the last year with Booking.com. We use them because their interface is dead easy to use. We also love the ability to bookmark favorites to plan our stays ahead of time. Expedia We use Expedia to get our baseline hotel prices in North America. It’s easy to use, has a huge selection of hotels to choose from, and hotels often have deals that are only bookable through Expedia. Airfare Skyscanner We love Skyscanner for comparing prices and planning long trips. You can search for the cheapest price by month, by year, or even search for the cheapest price from your destination to any location on earth. Highly recommended. Skyscanner often includes discount airlines that many major search engines miss. Google Flights Google Flights is still one of the travel industries best kept secrets. It lets you search a month’s worth of fares at a time, and is usually accurate. All prices include taxes. However, it doesn’t have the cool Everywhere search or the Flexible? discover destinations search that shows you a map of everywhere you can fly and prices you’ll find on Skyscanner. Travel Insurance World Nomads Recommended by Lonely Planet and National Geographic, World Nomads travel insurance has competitive prices, good customer service, and solid coverage. Tech Stuff We get a lot of requests asking us how to set up a blog. Here are some of our favorite companies we used to set up The Barefoot Nomad and our other websites. WordPress WordPress is the world’s number one blogging platform, free and easily to customize. Namecheap We were with HostGator early on, but quickly outgrew them, so we switched to reseller hosting at Namecheap for most of 2014. They were a great alternative before we grew big enough to need VPS hosting. Since then, the blog’s grown a lot, and we’ve switched to KnownHost – Managed VPS Hosting. We’re thrilled with them – they’ve made our websites so much faster! Update: We’ve been with KnownHost for over a year now, and love them. Support has been fast and responsive, and downtime’s almost non-existent.