This is a short list (for now) of products and services that I have personally used and loved. I hope this helps you to make better purchases so you can get the most bang for your buck. More categories and items will come as I travel more!
Agoda is one of my favourite sites to book accommodation. They have everything from budget hostels to luxury hotels — there really is something for everyone!
A very helpful guide about the types of coverage travellers can expect on a typical travel insurance policy. This is a very useful resource from 1Cover on the importance of getting travel insurance coverage while abroad.
A super helpful site for finding low-cost holiday ideas. They offer a fantastic range of holiday packages to short and long-haul destinations, from all-inclusive getaways to exotic beach breaks. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, family or with friends, it’s easy to find a holiday you’ll love.
This site is my all-time favourite way to practice speaking French. italki connects you with native language speakers from around the world which you can then schedule a 1-on-1 Skype call with and practice speaking! It has teachers and language exchange partners in over 50 different languages. My French teacher has been very patient with me, and while I was hesitant in the beginning to put myself out there and “make a fool of myself”, I quickly let go and started speaking and learning French. Short of moving to another country for an extended period of time, italki is probably the best language learning tool to help you improve speaking the language! Check out my post on how to learn French at home for a list of other fun language learning tips (they work for any language!).
When I first decided to start a travel blog in December 2015, I decided to go with a self-hosted blog using WordPress.org as my platform. That way I could have a cleaner URL (www.everyfootstepanadventure.com as opposed to www.everyfootstepanadventure.wordpress.com if I started my blog on WordPress.com).
Being self-hosted meant that I had to set up hosting. It was hard to decide which hosting company to go with because I had barely a clue what hosting even was. After scratching my head a bit, looking at what other bloggers were using, and doing an enormous amount of online research, I finally settled on Bluehost. And I’ve never looked back since.
Bluehost is very affordable ($5.95 a month), it’s quick and easy to set up, and they have a live chat support team that are super helpful and has helped me resolve issues within minutes. I even receive my domain name for free!
To set up your own blog now, you can head to Bluehost’s homepage — you should be done in less than 20 minutes! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 🙂
During my first few months of blogging, so many of you have been commenting about my nifty pink sneakers on my blog and over on Instagram as well. You guys seem to love it so much and I do too! Officially, this pair of shoes is made for running; however, I’ve gone on so many other adventures in them, from muddy hikes to snowy treks. Because so many of you awesome people have been inquiring about my shoes, I’ve started selling this pair of ASICS running shoes and 25+ other pairs of men’s and women’s ASICS shoes on my brand new (live as of July 3, 2016) ASICS Shoes Shop! All items will currently be packaged by me and you may even receive a special personalized note from yours truly.
This is the perfect shoe choice if you want a more stylish, yet comfortable, pair of shoes to walk around in. They’re super light to carry on trips and great for walking around the city. When I’m not in a pair of sneakers, I usually have my pair of TOMS on. Another thing I love about them is that for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, the company will donate another pair to an impoverished child.
I’ve been wearing ASICS clothing for almost 10 years and I absolutely love this brand. This particular jacket is great to wear when you’re outdoors and need an extra layer to keep the wind away. While it’s only moderately waterproof and won’t keep you dry in a torrential downpour of hail and rain (which I learned the hard way on a four-day-three-night camping trip), the material the jacket is made of allows it to dry very quickly.
Yes. I’m a leggings person. This is my go-to pair of pants when I’m going to a run in cooler weather, or for my random day hikes, and days when I just don’t feel like jeans (which, I mean, is almost every day because who really feels like jeans?). Though they’re more expensive than other leggings, they last forever. Ok, I’m sure they actually won’t last forever, but instead of getting a hole in a few months, these leggings have lasted me over two years and will surely last me more. Because they aren’t made of cotton, if you get wet in the rain or, say, *cough cough* by falling into a lake (yes, that happened to me), you won’t be sitting in your dampness for hours to come. These leggings dry incredibly fast.
This is another pair of great leggings for when it’s warmer out and you don’t feel like covering your entire leg. Like the previous pair I mentioned, the quality is amazing and they dry super fast as well.
This is the laptop I use to I write all my posts, edit my photos, answer emails, and, of course, surf the Internet! I recently (2015) switched from PCs to my very first Apple computer and I can honestly attest to the fact that once you use an Apple computer, you’ll never want to go back to PCs again. The battery life is so so so much longer than a PC even for my simple MacBook Air (MacBook Pros have even longer battery life) and I can go over 10 hours between charges. This allows me to take my laptop to cafes or parks or go on long bus rides while doing work or watching movies on my laptop. It crashes much less than any of my previous laptops did, is much faster, and is better in so many ways.
I just bought this new cellphone this past May and it’s AHHH-mazing! For the previous several months, I was debating between getting a DSLR camera or point-and-shoot camera or just a new phone to take on my travels. I finally settled on this phone. Why you may ask? A thin phone is so much easier to discreetly pull out, take quick snaps of things, and put back away. And I like taking a LOT of photos, just of random daily moments as a kind of personal photo diary. A phone is much easier to take around than, say, a heavy DSLR camera, with it’s different lens, and any other equipment it may need. In terms of quality, I find that the new phone cameras rival those of point-and-shoots. You can buy a very cheap Fish Eye, Wide Angle & Macro 3 in 1 Lens (Canada link) to add to phones, or, what I’ve recently discovered, the panoramic setting on the camera is also a great way to capture a wider angle as well! Plus when the photos are on your phone, you can easily edit them and share them to Instagram and Facebook.
A.K.A. My Baby. ♥ This was my first ever cellphone. No, not first smartphone, but my Very. First. Cellphone. Ever. I’m one of those weird (and awesome!) people that didn’t get a phone until after I graduated high school. This phone lasted me a solid four years. It survived the abuse I put it through daily, dropping it on grass, then pavement, then concrete hundreds of times, and even fell in a lake and survived! I used a simple Wallet Flip Cover (Canada link) that only cost a few bucks to protect it. Still semi-working but extremely slow, I bought my new phone to use on my upcoming travels.
A godsend. I mentioned above how I love taking photos, right? Well, over the past four years of owning my first cellphone/first camera, I’ve taken hundreds of thousands of photos and this handy external hard drive safely stores them all. I actually have three external hard drives: one is full, and the other two are backups of each other in case anything happens to one of them.
These may be the BEST earphones in the world. Their noise-cancelling feature is the best I’ve come across in terms of earphones. I bought mines for $25 and they have lasted me, so far, for over a year and a half. That’s crazy! Before this one, I’ve bought several $5, $15, and even $25 ones, but they always broke in a couple of months. Even if this one breaks in the future, I’m definitely getting it again.
Flights and more categories to come!
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