We put up HWTW to share with you everything we can about why and how we travel. Our hopes are that we might inspire or even help some of our readers to challenge themselves and feel more confident to step onto their own roads.

Of course, there’s just so much help we can provide on our own, so we’ve put together this Resources Page which features our recommendations for websites and other services we use (or otherwise hold in high regard).

We hope they may become useful to you as well.

If you still find yourself hungry for more internet, please do check out our Directory page.

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Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

Our first go-to website for detailed info on traveller’s health. We first heard about it on pre-travel consultations before our first big trip and we now recommend it to everyone planning on going abroad. Particularly useful for its country profiles and general resources on staying healthy on the road.

Another health related website we usually check belongs to the National Health Service of Scotland. While travelling Southeast Asia, we found its “Malaria Maps” to be particularly helpful when figuring out the areas with higher risks within any given country in that region of the world.

Focusing on each individual country in the world, this website provides practical information regarding safety, local laws and customs, health or the potential for occurrence of natural disasters. Stay informed. Stay safe.

True Traveller travel insurance was our choice for the first big trip, and a great one. We got full refund for all hospital expenses we had, and we loved their focus on independent travellers, as well as their customization options and quick replies. Beware though, TT is only available for European residents.

Flying Away

Our #1 stop when deciding the next trip! Those tickets will most likely be our highest expense, so it pays to be watchful of the best opportunities out there. Skyscanner makes it easy to get a feel for prices and availability of flights. Plus, we LOVE that exciting and inspiring map feature they rolled out just last year!

We used our fair share of airline companies around SE Asia but the one that stands out is definitely Air Asia. On all our flights with them, service was always well up to par (never really had that “low-costy” feel to it), but the game changer turned out to be the endless routes they provide in the region.

We use this app to make sure we’re constantly up-to-date on the sweetest flying deals. Push App sends instant notifications of time sensitive alerts coming from any site you choose. We recommend Fly4free and Planetairlines. You can even customize alerts using hashtags!

Overland Travel

If you’re thinking of travelling by train anywhere in the world, chances are you’re going to start (or end up) here. Seat 61 is probably the most thorough website you’re likely to turn to for a given topic, so we’re pretty sure it will cover any minor question you might have concerning your next train ride.

The best way to avoid dealing with overcharging taxi drivers or confusing bus maps and timetables is getting your own ride through Uber. A bit the same as back home, right? We used it quite a lot in Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as Thailand.

This Singapore-based company is essentially Uber for Southeast Asia, including services such as social carpooling and car sharing, as well as the ever-present motorcycle taxis.

We know, this one is a shocker, right? Not really. It cannot be overstated how easy Google Maps has made exploring and navigating a foreign city (or country), and even more after the introduction of features such as the shaded “Areas of Interest” or the personal favourites and “Want to go” lists.

While Google Maps is awesome enough, when you’re travelling you can never be 100% sure to get cheap (or free) internet wherever you go. However, you can be 100% sure to have fully downloaded and fully reliable offline maps if you’re using Maps.Me (accurate directions included).

Accommodation

Since it usually provides plenty of options outside of the main touristy areas, Airbnb is one of the websites we always check, hoping to find a better place for a more local experience. On top of that, you can sometimes find good deals for longer stays, which can be a big plus.

Since it usually provides plenty of options outside of the main touristy areas, Airbnb is one of the websites we always check, hoping to find a better place for a more local experience. On top of that, you can sometimes find good deals for longer stays, which can be a big plus.

Most of the times credited as the best option when travelling in Asia. We’re actually not so sure Agoda is all that hot (at least facing off against booking.com), but we did find it useful sometimes during our first big trip. Just make sure to check if that price you’re looking at includes all taxes.

One of the things we’ve learned while travelling long term is that you can never look at too many websites when you’re searching for the best accommodation deal. Hostelworld is a good choice whenever you’re running out of options on Booking.com or Agoda.

Boasting a huge network of people looking to meet and host travellers from around the world, CS is more of a social platform than just a free couch. Actually, we were somewhat divided about listing this one under Accommodation instead of Experiences, where it would also feel well at home (pun intended).

Another one of those awesome projects entirely built on our ability to trust our fellow humans, house-sitting is about looking after someone else’s pet and house while staying in their homes free of charge. Just another great way for you to enjoy life in a local community abroad by providing a simple service.

Still on our to-try list!

Making Plans

Usually our go-to website whenever we’re looking for an overall view into the history of a country, as well as its religion, politics and geography. From a more practical perspective, Wikitravel helps us better figuring out transportation, spoken languages, popular activities or scams to look out for.

One of the most thorough resources you can find regarding travel in Southeast Asia, Travel Fish was a regular stop for us during our longest trip yet. Expect trustworthy info on stuff such as weather, transportation or things to see and do in that area of the world.

A database for collection and comparison of average prices in many different cities and regions of the world, Numbeo is super useful for accessing the cost of living in any given place even before you set foot on that plane/train/bus/bike/freighter.

This is a very useful website if you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South Korea or Japan. It lets you look up the monthly trends for weather in each different region within a country, as well as the different festivities taking place in each month.

USEFUL STUFF

This great modern alternative to old-fashioned banks lets you have a digital bank account plus a pre-paid Mastercard. The best part is that it lets you withdraw money free of tax in ATMs all around the world, while also giving you the best exchange rates. It’s only available for European residents, though. At least for now.

Podcasts have become a big part of our daily lives starting a few months before we set out on our big trip to SE Asia. The main reason for this was because we got positively hooked on travel podcasts such as The Travelers and Zero To Travel, both of which we highly recommend.

For most people, long-term travelling is only possible by bringing all costs as down as possible, both at home and on the road. MoneyWiz was the personal finance tool that allowed us to keep close (superclose!) track of our expenses, and to maintain a tight daily budget from Thailand to Taiwan.

Let’s face it. Our generation’s most terrifying nightmares feature a monster coming out from under our bed to devour all photos and videos stored on our phones and laptops. Not only for us bloggers, but for us travellers (and us humans!), keeping them safe in the cloud is a necessity, and Dropbox keeps on delivering.

Same as we need peace of mind when managing our files, we need privacy and security when browsing the web, especially while travelling around and accessing public wi-fi connections here and there. Last thing we need is some gangster peaking into our browser while we check our online banking. VyprVPN makes it all safe and secure.

One of the best ways to immerse yourself knee-deep in a foreign culture and to forge a lasting connection with a place and its people is to learn the local language. Memrise makes it fun, convenient and downright awesome!

Experience the World

Most of what we have to say about Workaway (and there’s quite a lot!) is up for grabs (or up for reads) on our On Workaway blog post, but the gist is that it’s a life-changing project connecting people from around the world in wonderful work exchange opportunities that warm your way into real local communities.

While we still haven’t tried our hand at WWOOFing, it is right up there on our top to-do stuff on the road. WWOOF is a worldwide community that promotes cultural and educational experiences by linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers, so they can work together in sustainable projects.

Still on our to-try list!

Much like Workaway, HelpX lists a ton of opportunities for work exchange, in much the same structure of an average 4 daily hours of work in exchange for accommodation and meals. While workawaying, we met fellow helpers who were using HelpX and the spirit felt pretty much the same.

Still on our to-try list!

Especially useful for solo travellers but also a big plus for us travel couples, Meetup allows you to get together with groups of locals and expats who share the same interests as you, in a bunch of cities worldwide. Meetup themes include multiple sports, language exchanges, boardgames or dog lovers.

Behind a Travel Blog

We can’t really code, but when we started HWTW we wanted to be able to style things our way. Divi allows you to edit directly on page with live preview, making it incredible convenient for us to arrange our content and immediately see how it will turn out in every screen, including mobile and tablet.

HWTW is our very first website, so the easy and accessible descriptions of InMotion’s web hosting solutions and plans really helped us find our way. Their 90-day money back guarantee also made us feel more at ease from day 1. Turned out setting up the website was way easier than expected. And their support rocks!!

Creative Market is an awesome platform where you can find ready-to-use digital assets made by independent creators from around the world. On top of some purchases, we’ve also took advantage of a bunch of their weekly free goods to spice up our blog posts (always check the credit section).

Even if we prefer to use our own photos whenever we can, Unsplash presents an invaluable alternative for those cases when we haven’t got an adequate pic. It provides truly amazing photos from generous photographers who are willing to let us use their gorgeous work for free. Be nice and credit them.