Here’s a bunch of resources that I think will help you guys as much as they’ve helped us! We’ve used all of these since venturing to Europe and believe them to be both rad & reliable – hopefully making your Europe planning, that much easier.
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Booking.com – An easy to use, affordable and quick way to book accomodation accross the world. Whether you book a year, a month or a day in advance, booking.com has you covered. With hotels, apartments, villas, hostels, resorts and B&Bs to choose from, your bound to find something suitable for your travels.
Airbnb – Another great alternative that we’ve used a lot. Airbnb is a homestay network, allowing people like us, to rent short term residential properties at the expese set by the owner. Cheaper than a lot of hotels, this is a good options for friends, families or couples who want their own space. Ps if you sign up with this link, you’ll get an epic $50NZD travel credit to spend on your next trip!
Hostelworld – A great place to find all sorts of hostels across the world. Search through their site, get excited and book yourself in somewhere epic! Just check out this blog post “99 Unusual Hostels You’ll Never Want To Leave“ and see for yourself just how cool the hostels on Hostelworld are!
Skyscanner – A place to compare cheap flights, hotels and car rentals. We’ve used Skyscanner many times before!
Easy Jet – This low-cost European airline is always one to check out! We’ve found some absolute killer deals on the Easy Jet website.
Flixbus – The best way to travel Europe by bus. The website is user-friendly (a must when booking things while travelling), has tons of routes across Europe and its totally affordable.
Raileurope – Raileurope combines the maps, schedules and fares for over 50 different train companies across Europe, creating a one stop site to plan and book your European rail travel.
Eurail – One of the companies that you’ll find on RailEurope is Eurail. We brought a 6 day Eurail pass for France and it was definitely the most affordable way to get around.
Rome2rio – Use this website to discover how to get places. Go by plane, train, bus, ferry or car, Rome2rio has all the options laid out for you. A must if your trying to decide how to get around Europe.
Bla Bla Car – This ones a pretty rad concept that I know works well. Basically a site for trusted carpooling that connects people who need a ride, with drivers who have spare seats. An affordable way to get from A to B – this is a cool way to get around, meet people and do it all on the cheap.
Gumtree – A place to search for & buy your home on wheels. We found Cassie after hours of searching on Gumtree. Easiest option for people in the UK & Europe for sure!
Amazon – We brought our enamel crockery, spice rack, hooks and other little bits and bobs from Amazon.co.uk. For everything and anything you need, Amazon does the trick.
Decathlon – The best store to get all your outdoor and camping gear. This store was literally a life saver while on the road! Better yet, they’re all over Europe too!
Urban Outfitters – If you wanna spruce up your van, shop here! We made our van feel like home with some wicked tapestries and lots of other little things. (Gotta be one of my fav clothes stores too)
H&M Home – Another great store for vanlife decor. We brought our bed linen, pillows, laundry basket and fruit bowl, all making our van feel like home.
IKEA – The godfather of stores, we spent up large at IKEA getting our van ready for the road.
Kathmandu – A huge range of outdoor gear, clothing and equipment. I can’t go travelling without my trusty Puffer Jacket and 50L Backpack.
We’ll keep adding to this list as we continue our travels, but in the meantime, get amongst these epic tools & resources!
Remember these are just our faves, so if you have some rad & reliable resources too…send em through and in the meantime…HAPPY TRAVELS YO!
Peace | FREE & ADDICTED