Kiwi.com is a great website for comparing flights. It works just like Skyscanner but you can break down flights even further. Find the cheapest flights available on any day, to anywhere.
A popular website for comparing flights around the world. Find the cheapest flights, search by day or by month. You can ever search from here to everywhere to see where is cheapest place you can fly to.
My favourite low-cost airline. Fly anywhere in Asia for a very reasonable price and keep an eye on their super specials. Try to book about a month in advance for best deals, and buy food before you get on the plane to avoid extra costs.
Great website for booking accommodation worldwide. Get the best deals, get free cancellation on most bookings and in many instances no deposit is required. The app is very user friendly and lists thousands of accommodations worldwide.
An accommodation marketplace offering travellers the chance to connect with local hosts in over 150 countries. Their aim is to provide authentic travel experiences, staying with locals in their homes and putting money back into local communities.
Hostels are perfect for those on a budget and those wanting to meet like-minded travellers on their journey. Find the best hostels listed on Hostelworld, read reviews, check availability and book with ease on the Hostelworld app.
Responsible Tour Companies
G-Adventures create tours that are sustainable and give back to the local community. They are a social enterprise whose core values involve local investment and animal welfare, and they donate a lot of funds to these causes through their Planeterra foundation. Plus their tours are fantastic!
Intrepid is another socially responsible tour company that is committed to incorporating principles of sustainable development while providing travellers with real life experiences. Specialising in small group travel they cover many parts of the world with tailor made tours that suit a diverse range of travellers. Don’t forget to check out their Urban Adventure tours in a city near you.
Inspired Adventures is the leading adventure fundraising agency in Australia and New Zealand, partnering with Australian and international charities to create and manage fundraising adventures around the world. Choose a cause, choose a tour and support your charity while you gain amazing travel experiences. Check out their calendar for upcoming tours.
Find Social Enterprises
Social Enterprise Cambodia is a community that aims to promote social entrepreneurship in Cambodia in order to bring about greater social impact and inclusion from the social enterprise sector. Browse through their list of great organisations you can support when visiting Cambodia.
Grassroots Volunteering is a database of social businesses and volunteer opportunities worldwide. Search, by country, for the opportunity to volunteer at a grassroots level or search for social enterprises you can support in the areas you are travelling to. The best thing about this site is that it cuts out the middle man and all connections are made at a grassroots level.
ChooseSocial.PH is a website where you can discover and explore the social enterprise scene in Philippines. They are a crowdsourced social directory that aims to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for anyone looking to learn more about social enterprises in Philippines. Travellers can visit this site to find organisations they can support while visiting the country.
GivingWay is an online social network directly connecting volunteers and organisations worldwide, for free. GivingWay is shifting the power back to volunteers and end organisations, and away from the big volunteer companies and agencies. The online social network is loaded with great easy-to-use tools for both organisations and volunteers – making the volunteer experience smoother and more direct from start to finish.
African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa. The organisation was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the Africa leaders in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 12,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.
Concert Cambodia is social enterprise based in Siem Reap, Cambodia that helps volunteers find placements that are benefiting the local community and not causing more harm than good. An advocate for the Childsafe movement, the organisation works with local NGO’s to help avoid orphanage tourism and educate travellers about the importance of responsible volunteering.
Travel Insurance & Money
Even responsible travellers need insurance, and what better insurance to have than a socially responsible one. World Nomads believe all travellers have a responsibility to give back, which is why they make a difference by funding community development projects as part of their travel insurance program. I used World Nomads for my 10 month trip because they support long term travel and provide the best deals.
The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is what I used to travel around Asia for 10 months. Pre-load the travel cash card with Australian dollars and spend in any currency. It’s a safe way to carry money on your travels without the inconvenience of exchanging currency prior to your trip. It has a low 1% loading fee and no ATM fees from their end, plus you can have 2 online accounts and conveniently manage your money 24/7.
Travelling the world on a budget doesn’t mean you have to scrimp and save. If you are careful and clever with your money, you really will be able to travel for longer on less. It isn’t always easy, but there are heaps of ways you can catch a bargain when travelling. Here are Compare Travel Insurance’s favourite cost saving tips.