Travel Resources

I’m traveling solo since 2013. Over the last 7 years, I have been to 62 countries and spent weeks and months on the roads. I’m going to share with you some great travel sources which will help you when you are traveling solo. I will share travel resources for both budget travelers and travel bloggers as I’m a travel blogger too 🙂

Visa Information Online

While traveling abroad, especially from a third world country, you’ll need visa information. And for visa information, you can visit VisaHQ.com to check whether you need a visa or not?. For current information on visa, I’ll recommend you to visit this link: Click Here

You’ll also need to find reviews about different places, visas, and other programs that you might be interested in. These reviews are posted by real travelers and in real-time. Please visit TripAdvisor.com.

How to Find Cheap Flights?

I personally use Skyscanner.net to find cheap flights. It is basically a flight search engine. You can just put your travel dates and it will bring you the cheapest flight for your dates. You can either buy from the airline website directly or can also buy from Skyscanner. Try changing dates to find more flexible options on this website.

How to Find Cheap Hotels?

I personally use booking.com and Agoda.com for finding cheap hotels and hostels. When I enter my traveling dates, it gives me a list of cheap hotels for that place everywhere. Put your dates in below search box to see the magic on booking.com’s website.

Booking.com

How to Find Private Accommodation?

Agoda and Booking.com are great websites for cheap hotels and hostels. However, if you are looking for something really cool and awesome then I would recommend airbnb.com which is a website offering local accommodation at cheap prices. You can hang out with locals by staying with them. Especially in Europe, it’s a great service.

airbnb

How to stay for free as a guest?

If you like to travel like a local then there is no better way than to stay with locals for free. I’m talking about couchsurfing.com which is a great platform for staying with locals for absolutely free. Just create your account and send requests to people for a free stay before your travel dates. I would suggest completing your profile first before requesting someone. Also, try to get some references. I am also on Couchsurfing here: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/abdul-wali

How to Book Cheap Tours?

When you have booked your flight and hotels, it’s time to book tours in advance. Viator is the best place to book your tours in advance. Check below tours for London and if you want a tour for any other place then simply click any tour below and then search on the website.

How to start a travel blog?

If you are thinking to start a travel blog then think again. It’s a very competitive niche and you will have to work very hard to succeed in this industry. If you say yes then allow me to share a few great steps with you regarding travel blogging. I’m doing this for 5 years and I’m still learning so this is always a learning process.

Best Web Hosting for Travel Blogs?

When you think about starting a travel blog, you will need to buy a domain name and hosting for that. I have been using many companies for this blog and I can recommend a few of those because you know what, some works the best and some give you a hard time. I’m listing these three companies and they have worked just nice for me.

Top 3 Web Hosting for Travel Blog

Travel Blog Hosting No.1Bluehost.com
Travel Blog Hosting No.2siteground.com
Travel Blog Hosting No.3hostgator.com
Domain Name Provider: namecheap.com

After you purchase your hosting and domain name then the most popular platform you are going to use is WordPress. This blog and all other blogs are hosted on WordPress and it works like a charm.

Best WordPress Themes for Travel Blog

Now you have Web Hosting and WordPress installed. It is time to get the best theme for your brand new travel blog.

I have used around 100 WordPress themes on my travel blogs and some themes gave me a very hard time. But as you test more and more themes then you are able to find the best ones.

I can recommend these three themes which you can customize on WordPress according to your own style. I see a few features in WordPress themes before using them.

No.1, how easy is the theme to customize.

No.2, how fast the theme loads and No.3, how much SEO friendly is the theme so my content can rank in Google.

Top 3 WordPress Themes I recommend for travel blogs:

Fastest WordPress ThemeSchema by MyThemeShop
Professional WordPress Theme (Which I use)CheerUP by Themeforest
Fast & SEO Friendly WordPress ThemeAstra Pro
Thousands of WordPress ThemesThemeforest

Both CheerUP and Schema are multi-purpose themes so you can use them for any of your blogs on WordPress.

After installing any of the themes on WordPress. Install these WordPress plugins which will save your life.

  • Yoast SEO
  • WP Fastest Cache
  • Contact Form 7
  • iTheme Security
  • TablePress
  • Easy Table of Content
  • reSmush.it Image Optimizer
  • reCaptcha by Google

These are the plugins you need to manage your WordPress blog. Just start writing your content and learn about storytelling so you can present your travel story in the best way possible. Nobody is perfect at the start, just play with WordPress features and your Theme’s customization and you will learn everything in a few weeks or a few months.

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