We have been travelling all over the world since March 2013 and during that time, we’ve spent a lot of time and trial and error testing out which companies work the best and give us the best value for money on the road. All of the companies you will see here are the ones that we use when we travel, because we know that they provide what we need to get the most out of our travels.
Sometimes, we have built such a good relationship with a company, that we’re able to offer special deals which are exclusive to BZFLAG Travel Group.
The long-time go to place for honest customer reviews of everything from hotels, hostels, tour companies, restaurants and practically anything else you can think of.
From the cheapest hostels to the shiniest of 5-Star hotels, you can book it with Booking.com and their prices are often 25 percent cheaper than the price in the hotel.
The New York Times called Agoda.com ‘one of the leading hotel sites for Asia.’ They also have 4 Million+ Hotel Reviews · 500,000+ Hotels Worldwide.
Does exactly what it says on the tin! Find great deals on hotels all over the world and get a free night for every ten you book!
Connecting home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away, with trustworthy people who are happy to sit for FREE. This is one of the best ways to extend your travels, whilst having the luxury of living in someone else’s home!
Flight Booking + Transportation
Skyscanner is pretty much the most comprehensive mainstream flight comparison on the web. It’s easy to use, lets you easily search using a calendar for the best prices in a whole month and most of the time, the final price matches what it tells you!
We’ve used these guys a lot and have never had any problems, they really are one of the best for finding cheap flights, hotel deals and package holidays. One of the best things about LastMinute.com is the Last Minute tab at the top – If you’re prepared to fly anywhere at the drop of a hat, you can grab some truly incredible deals!
Not the cheapest airline in the world, but if you book with Etihad Airways, you’re not booking your average budget trip either! Booking directly with the airline can often provide better deals and it takes out the risk and extra hassles that you can experience with third parties.
That classic, romantic image we hold in our minds of cruising smoothly through the constantly-evolving countryside, chatting with passengers from all over the world between one beautiful city and the next. The Eurail Group provides rail passes for travel all over Europe, for one, two, four or twenty eight countries, at a much lower cost than buying individual tickets.
Travel Mobile launched in 2012 with the goal of improving the experience of mobile telephony access to tourists, students and business travelers who are visiting the U.S. We help reduce complexity in the acquisition and activation of prepaid mobile phone plans.
Most of our outdoor hiking and climbing gear is Craghoppers, as they have an awesome range from insulated clothing to lightweight hiking gear, with cool features such as mosquito repellent coatings and breathable fabrics.
Craghoppers is just one of the brands under the Hawkshead name. Hawkshead have been developing and selling outdoor clothing since 1979 and are one of the biggest outdoor brands in the UK.
The first international booking platform for outdoor activities and extreme sports. The platform is user-friendly and currently has more than 5,000 adventure activities all around the world. Try bungee jumping, skydiving, paragliding, kitesurfing, ski touring, quad biking and jet skiing – the list is endless! Book your next thrill and get ready to live an adventure of a lifetime!
Guided tours. Cooking classes. Sightseeing buses. Canal cruises. There are a lot of things to do when you’re discovering a new place. The hard part? Figuring out where to start! GetYourGuide collects and categorizes all the world’s things to do so you research less and do more. Africa to Oceania and back again, we make it simple for you to find and book an activity that will make your trip — or your day.
Geckos is not your average, ‘Off the bus! Take a photo! Back on the bus!’ tour company. All Geckos tours are designed to give you real experiences, introduce you to real people and show you things that most tourists will never know exist, let alone actually see. It’s the real adventure you’re looking for you on your travels!
Tinggly offer the gift of experience, the freedom of choice and time to make the most of them – That’s three of our favourite things! They offer 350 experiences in 80 countries, split into essential – $79; Premium – $119; and Ultimate – $279. If travel teaches us only one thing, it’s to value experiences above all!
Known around the world for being the best of the best in long-term travel insurance. They are one of the very few insurance providers who do not require that you have fixed plans to return home, which makes it perfect for long-term travellers like ourselves. We use World Nomads for exactly this reason. They also have very high emergency and health coverage and customized additions for your important and expensive gadgets.
The Canadian-based TEFL website that we’ve been working with for almost a year now.They are fully accredited and peer reviewed so you know you’re getting an internationally recognized certificate. The 120 hour TEFL course is the most accepted by schools and language centers. Click this link and use promo CODE: 2MONKEYS at the checkout to get a 40% discount. We’ll also give you advice on your CV and job applications! (This is valid until December 2017)
Travel Blogging Tools
This is the affiliate network company we use to monetize (earn money from) our blog. They are partners with all kinds of great brands which you probably already use on your travels and even recommend to your readers. Being a member of Affiliate Window means you can earn a small commission when your readers buy something you’ve recommended. Remember though, this comes with a responsibility – Only ever recommend something that you know is good and that you would use yourself.
Today influence marketing is in its early stages. Influencers who create professional content and are being ed by sponsors, have few mechanisms to showcase their influence and reach in a professional way. The Mid Game provides that connection between content creators / influencers and sponsors looking to target a specific audience.
Rakuten is another affiliate network which we use to recommend quality travel products and services to our readers. Each affiliate network works with a different range of companies, so it’s worth finding several good ones.
One of our favorite and most profitable affiliate programs! From brands and website hosting to travel tours! They have a very simple to use interface and we have always been paid on time!
A slightly different way to make money through your blog, Link Vehicle connects bloggers with companies looking to promote their products or services through sponsored content.
An exclusive members-only community of Professional Travel Bloggers. When you’re ready to take that next big step from hobby blog to professional online influencer, Travel Blog Success is a fantastic place to learn all the skills you need in a supportive environment of people who have been there – done that! You’ll also have access to exclusive online courses which take you step-by-step through all kinds of blogger- related challenges. It’s also great value as there is only a one-off, lifetime membership cost!
Bluehost was our first hosting when we were just starting out with BZFLAG Travel. The have great products and introductory offers, so their great for newbies when you’re still building your traffic. We also bought our first domain here!
Cheaper hosting than Bluehost and you get a free hosting for one year when you sign up! A much more simplified solution than other hosting providers and it comes with a website builder that you can use to create simple sites. A good solution for someone looking to create a simple site on a low budget, but you’ll want to upgrade to a WordPress solution if you decide to continue and take your site more seriously.
Every traveler’s bible since 1972! You don’t even have to carry them around anymore, you can download the e-books instead. No matter how much of an off-the-beaten-path traveller you are, or want to be, there are some things that we just want to know. Lonely Planet is still the ultimate guidebook for most parts of the world.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. So when you make a purchase we sometimes make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. The cost to you remains the same, sometimes even cheaper if we have negotiated a special deal for our readers. We use all of the companies we have listed here and that’s why they are in this list, but of course we need to keep BZFLAG Travel Group running as well as it can, which is exactly what you’re helping with if you do decide to buy or book something through an affiliate link! If you have any more questions about the companies we use or any other companies you’re looking at, just email us and we’ll be happy to help.