The following collection of resources are websites, brands, and products that we at HPL use on a regular basis when we travel. Many of the items on this list have been talked about before on Her Packing List!
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- Kayak – Book your flights, hotels and cars through Kayak, a site that searches hundreds of travel sites in one click.
- Skyscanner – Skyscanner is another booking site for flights, cars, and hotels always worth checking out.
- Vayama – Vayama is a good site to search for international flight deals.
- Secret Flying – Secret Flying is a flight deals website. If you act fast, you can often get hold of error fares and awesome special fares!
- The Man in Seat 61 – A resource for train travel across the world. Great place to see timetables, trips and inside a train’s different classes in advance.
- Ultimate Guide to Train Travel – The HPL produced resource guide to train travel, including insight from our team as well as booking and travel tips.
- Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.
- Booking.com – Search for hotels and hostels and apartments (and more) using this one resource. Beloved by many, Booking.com even comes with a handy app.
- Airbnb – Want something a smidge nicer than a hostel and something a bit more home-like than a hotel? Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world, and if you sign up for your first stay using this link, you’ll get $20 in credit!
- Couchsurfing – A great way to meet locals and save a buck! Couchsurfing is a place where people offer their couches (or spare rooms, etc.) to travelers for free. It’s a community, so get and give is the motto.
As much as we love independent travel, travel tours can really help you get to know a destination on a deeper level. Or it can just ensure you see the top sites in a specified period of time. Tours are great ideas for solo female travelers looking to meet new people.
- Viator – Viator is the place to book tours and travel experiences across the globe. Also great for searching for private tour guides.
- Intrepid Travel – Small group tours to the far reaches of the world. Book in from a few days to a few months.
Gear We Use
- Pacsafe – We love Pacsafe bags. Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, they make you a more confident traveler. This bag is especially recommended by both Brooke and Caroline.
- Exofficio – Our love of Exofficio started with their quick-dry underwear and has continued on to other products of theirs, like the Storm Logic Jacket.
- Tom Bihn – American made backpack company, Tom Bihn, crafts high-quality gear- like the Tom Bihn Smart Alec backpack. At just 26L, it’s a minimalist traveler’s dream, and one that Brooke loves.
- Osprey – If you’re in the market for a high-quality backpack with an awesome frame, check out Osprey. We have plenty of reviews on the site for many of their models. Brooke’s first backpack was an Osprey, and Caroline carries one now.
- REI – REI is known for all sorts of excellent travel gear, and they stock both their own brands and the gear of other travel brands in their shops and outlets (deals!). Ali in particular uses and recommends this REI backpack.
- Tortuga Backpacks – Tortuga is making big news in the travel gear world right now. Being a backpack company built by travelers, they really take into account all the features and scenarios that affect us on the road when designing their gear. Starting with their original Tortuga, to the Air, and now on to the packable daypacks.
- Encircled – From the Chrysalis Cardi (a scarf, a top or dress), to the Evolve Top (one top, 8 ways), on to the Dressy Sweatpant (business or casual wear, plus super comfy). We appreciate encircled’s concept and desire to create more functional clothing.
- Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that we use and love. They’re perfect for stashing cash, credit cards, lip balms, Aroamas solid perfume sticks (see “Stuff We Make” section), a passport and even a flask if you’re so inclined.
- World Nomads – Our favorite travel insurance brand. They make it so easy to get the travel health coverage you need, but do read all the terms and compare according to your personal needs.
Meeting Other Travelers
- #HPLWorld – Her Packing List’s own Facebook group where you can connect with other female travelers, ask questions about gear, packing and travel in general. Join and connect!
- Meetup.com – Find people with similar interests to you in different places around the world, and then meet up!
- Travel Massive – A meetup for people in the travel world, whether you’re a blogger or a business owner. Chapters exist worldwide with regular meetups.
Stuff We Make
- Aroamas – Aroamas are solid perfume sticks designed for travelers, handmade by Brooke. Coming in conveniently sized tubes, these fragrant body balms take up no space on packing lists and won’t spill or leak in luggage.
- HPL Products – We have an assortment of goodies with the HPL brand on them, such as ditty bags, solid shampoos and solid sunscreen sticks.
Handy Guides & Books
- Pack Smaller, Lighter & Smarter – This HPL ebook will help you address your packing and make it smaller, lighter and smarter in just 30 days. We take you through every aspect of packing, from the planning stages and choosing the right luggage to getting it all to the airport.
Keeping in Touch on the Road
- Start a Travel Blog – Travel blogs make it SO EASY to keep friends and family updated on your adventures without having to constantly email everyone in your address book (which is time consuming!). Plus, it acts as a digital travel scrapbook for you to look back on for years to come. (Oh, and as a backup storage space for any photos you upload to your hosting. Winning!). We recommend WordPress for your blog, and a good starter hosting plan is with Bluehost. See our step-by-step guide: How to Start a Travel Blog
- Skype – Skype makes video chatting across the globe pretty easy, and if you both have the software installed, it’s free! You can also purchase credit and use Skype to call landline phones for a low rate.
- Google Hangouts – Group video calls are pretty easy with Google Hangouts as well, so if you want to go that route, it’s also free.
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