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.
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.
We booked about 90% of our hotel stays 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.
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.
Scott’s Cheap flights
I think Scott’s cheap flights is the best airfare alert website out there. I’ve been getting emails Scott’s for about six months to test them out before I recommended them here, and I’m definitely impressed. They don’t spam you with $20 off deals; instead they wait for the really great airfare deals before they send out an email.
Here’s how it works: Sign up for a free trial membership to check it out, and then you can upgrade to a paid membership if you want the more frequent, exclusive deals. We have the paid membership, and I love it.
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 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.
Recommended by Lonely Planet and National Geographic, World Nomads travel insurance has competitive prices, good customer service, and solid coverage.
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 is the world’s number one blogging platform. It’s free and easy to customize.
We were with HostGator early on, but quickly outgrew them, so we switched to reseller hosting at Namecheap for 2014 and 2015. 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 – Hosting. We’re thrilled with them – they’ve made our websites so much faster! Before we switched, we were constantly getting errors our website was down, but we very rarely get one now. In fact, I can’t remember the last time our website was down.
The KnownHost website seems a little technical, but don’t be turned off. They handled everything from our transfer to ongoing maintenance, and they’ve been helpful and quick to respond whenever we’re reached out.
Update: We’ve been with KnownHost for over a two years now, and still love them. Support is fast and responsive, and downtime’s almost non-existent.