travel and blogging resources

RESOURCES

There are so many different online resources we use to plan and book our travel to ensure we stay on budget and have the best experience. Scroll down to see some of the websites we use to book our trips.  Check out our favourite travel gear too.

FLIGHTS

More often than not you will find a cheaper flight online than when booking through a travel agent and best of all, there are flight search engines that allow you to compare prices between different websites so you are getting the best price. 

Skyscanner booking resources
Skyscanner
Skyscanner is our preferred flight comparison website. You can search flights for set dates or for the cheapest price and you can set up price alerts too. 
CheapOAir
CheapOAir is a good option for last minute flight deals and worth a look if you are travelling at short notice.

ACCOMMODATION

Just like flight search engines, hotel comparison services are a great way to find the best deal for accommodation for your destination. You will be surprised how different the price can appear on different booking sites.

Booking hotel resources
Booking
Booking is the first place we go to for hotel bookings usually, as most accommodation deals give free cancellation up to a certain point in case plans change.
tripadvisor booking
Tripadvisor
Tripadvisor is a popular tool for researching things to do, however it is also a great option to find accommodation and read reviews too.
booking resources
Hotels Combined
Another great hotel comparison website that is worth checking out.
Booking resources
Airbnb
If a private apartment, house or room is more your style, you can’t go past Airbnb.

TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

Viator tour booking service
Viator
Viator is a great choice for booking tours, attractions and entry tickets online to help you plan ahead.
get your guide booking service
Get Your Guide
Get Your Guide has a huge range of tours and attraction tickets also and many which are not on Viator.

TRAVEL BLOGGING RESOURCES

If you are wanting to start your own family travel blog… or any blog for that matter, there are plenty of resources to kick off with a bang and even potentially earn cash towards your next travel adventure. After all, there are plenty of digital nomads out there funding their travel adventures completely from the online presence they maintain through blogging or other online services.

WORDPRESS.ORG – Get yourself a self-hosted wordpress site. Unlike wordpress.com which will limit what you can do, or blogspot sites, which you do not actually own the content yourself, wordpress.org will allow you to create a fully customisable blog or website, and add advertising steams, which is not allowed on the free version.

GO DADDY – This is my go to place for buying cheap domain names. They do lots of special deals so keep an eye on your inbox. They also offer website hosting. This was the easy option for me first starting out self-hosted, with a website builder package that includes hosting that is actually extremely cheap, with bonus support.

BIGSCOOTS – This is one of the most best options for premium hosting, while still being affordable. Bigscoots service goes above and beyond the budget hosting services I have previously used and my websites are faster since switching. They have a shared plan if you are just starting out and want to keep your costs low.

STUDIOPRESS – Studiopress are the developers of the Genesis website framework which allows you greater flexibility and so many more options for WordPress website themes than all the free ones. I use Genesis on two of my 3 blogs and love what it can do. Soon I will be upgrading this one with Genesis too. And it’s totally user friendly even for a total newbie like I was when I first installed it! And if you need extra help, there is a Genesis for Absolute Beginners resource to help!

PRETTY DARN CUTE DESIGNS – We use PDC themes on all 3 blogs and I love them. They have lots of features and there’s different ones to suit every type of blog. They have lots of girly feminine designs however they can be modified to create simple and masculine style websites too. We run the Travel Pretty theme on this website.

BLOGGING TOOLS

TAILWIND – Pinterest is by far the biggest referral source of traffic to each of my websites and Tailwind is a huge help with automating a lot of the pinning. You schedule the posts and which boards and the Tailwind smart scheduling tool will work out the best times to post them. Plus they have an incredible growth tool – Tailwind Tribes which is free to use and allows you to share your pins to a group board and repin each others content.

MAILERLITE – This is by far the easiest email management system I have tried, with the service free up to 1000 subscribers and really easy newsletter editing tools.

eBAY – Promote products or services you recommend on eBay to your readers.

SHAREASALE – Affiliate network you can join and link up to relevant advertisers to generate sales from your own blog or website.

CREATIVE LIVE – Creative Live is amazing. A constant stream of educational online courses with a huge range talented and informative presenters. You can watch free live streaming and replays, or purchase for anytime access which includes extra resources. So good!

Hopefully all this information helps you on your way to a life of travel adventures worth remembering and possibly even a blogging life you love… just like ours!

Let us know if there is anything else you want information on and we can add it in.

The Connors Family x