I've been traveling solo for more than a decade (here's my story), and I've come across some great resources along the way. Planning a trip is my favorite past time, and I have go-to websites that I use each step of the way.
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There are so many sites out there to use when you look for flights. Personally, I find the best deals by subscribing to the alert sites below – and jumping on a good deal that matches a country on my bucket list!
To find the best routes available I use Google Flights and Skyscanner (and love playing flight roulette with both), then check Momondo and FlightHub to ensure I have the best deal possible.
The key to getting the best price is being flexible with dates and deciding quickly when you find a deal that's too good to be true, those are the ones that disappear the fastest!
Google Flights is always my first stop in trip planning! I have saved so much money using their price comparison calendar. I also love playing “flight roulette” by setting my departure and finding out the cheapest arrival city in a given month. It helps if you're flexible — I've flown from Toronto to Europe for less than $300 playing flight roulette.
Skyscanner is my second favorite flight search engine. They also have the “flight roulette” option which I use often when I want to find the cheapest flight by departure point, arrival point, or travel month. I also have handy weekly travel alerts set up — if there's a flight from Toronto for under $200 to anywhere in the world, I will know about it!
YYZ Deals is run by Chris Myden and showcases the best deals on flights leaving from Toronto! Since I scored my half-price return flight to Australia (hello $995!), it's the only e-mail I open immediately — these deals are so good, they go FAST! YYZ Deals has sister sites with deals from 26 cities Canadian cities (all listed at the bottom of the site).
Flighthub has some great deals for flights! Their AirFare Alert is my favorite — subscribe and get notified when the flight you are tracking drops in price! Sometimes they'll notify you if there's a chance it'll rise in price so you can purchase before you miss out! It's a great way to stay on top of flight deals.
The best site for finding error fares! When airlines make mistakes in prices, the savings can be remarkable. If you're willing to take a risk on a flight that might get canceled, you might just find yourself crossing the ocean on a flight that cost you $75. ( flew Toronto to London, UK last year for $125 last year. Goes without saying, these flights GO FAST!
Do you have trouble deciding how far in advance you should buy a ticket? Well, Hopper to the rescue! They can predict prices up to a year in advance, and they claim to do it with 95% accuracy — that's pretty impressive. They've been right every time I checked — give them a try!
ITA Matrix is owned by Google. I only use it when I buy a flight on points and want to find the best flight option on an airline that has the lowest tax fees. This is how I paid only $50 for my flight from Athens to Toronto, with a free 10-hour layover in Egypt (during which I saw the pyramids).
It wouldn't be a complete resource list without Expedia. I love using Expedia for vacation packages or when I need to get a hotel and flight together, I find they have the best combo deals for that. If you need to add a car rental to the package, the savings are even higher.
Momondo is another great site for finding cheap flights. There have been times when I bought a flight through here that I couldn't find on any other site for the same price. I usually check just in case, you never know and it usually pays off!
Booking accommodation is an important step in the planning process, and I like to simplify it as much as possible.
For solo travel, I start with Hotels.com for the 1 for 10 deal and complement my search with Booking.com. If I'm not alone, I start with Airbnb instead, as it tends to be the same price as a hotel, but homier and spacier. In pricier countries, I check out hostels first, either through Hostelworld, Hotels.com, or Booking.com.
Lastly, Trip Advisor reviews never hurt – but I do take them with a grain of salt and read between the lines.
I use Hotels.com the most because I get 1 free night for every 10 booked, which is great for long-term travel! For my 65-day trip to Australia, I racked up 6.5 free nights! Loyalty pays off and that kind of value is hard to match. I appreciate the option to pay at the hotel so I can book ahead of time and get the best deals without paying for months worth of hotels on the spot.
Booking.com is my second stop if I can't find good options on Hotels.com. Hotels in certain regions in the world prefer will sometimes choose between Booking.com and Hotels.com, so I use them interchangeably. Book 5+ nights to unlock 10% off, and sometimes more. It's also reliable and I love being able to book ahead but pay at the destination or cancel if something comes up.
I often use Airbnb if I'm traveling with a friend or in a group since it is much more convenient and cheaper. It's also my go-to when I want the local experience, I miss home, need a break from hotels, or when I want to cook my own food to save money. If you're a first timer, use the link above and get $45 CAD (or $40 US) credit for your next trip, or $17 CAD off an Airbnb experience!
Want to compare all the hotel sites and booking engines in one spot? Enter, Hotels Combined. This is my favorite website for comparing all the prices, they just make it easy and convenient.
Hostelworld is a great alternative if you're looking to save money, and stay in hostels. Not all hostels are listed on the other booking sites, and it's great to see them all in one place.
Trip Advisor needs no introduction, and it's great for checking reviews for all kinds of accommodation or activities before booking anything.
Transportation companies are usually regionally-based, so I've compiled a list of the companies I found most useful during my travels across North America, Europe, South America, Asia & Oceania.
Trains, regular buses, and hop-on-hop-off routes are great ways to see a country and an awesome alternative to driving, especially if traveling alone.
Rome2Rio is amazing. They find all the transportation options between A and B, including airlines, local buses, trains, and more. I use it often to plan transportation in areas like Eastern European and need to find local companies in the region.
Via Rail has an extensive rail network that can take you all across Canada. You can make it up to Churchill to see polar bears, to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies and more! Some wagons have glass tops to take in the scenery – talk about bucket list experiences.
Interrail train passes are a great way to travel through Europe if you are a European citizen or a legal resident of a European countries. You can see as many as 31 countries with the Interrail passes, and you'll have 40,000 destinations to choose from!
Like Interrail, Eurail passes are available for travel around 31 countries in Europe but are open to all non-European residents. With so many destinations, it's a great way to see the nooks and crannies of Europe. The most scenic & photogenic routes can only be accessed by train.
Don't let the name fool you, Rail Europe is a big distributor of train tickets all over the world, and I use this site a lot when I need to purchase tickets in various countries. It works best for tickets throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. They often have sales, so keep an eye on it! It's a great one-stop shop.
I've been taking Greyhound buses for more than a decade and they're my go-to when I'm not driving. Taking the Greyhound bus across Canada, United States, Mexico or Australia is a great way to see each of the 4 countries, considering their size! The network is extensive, so you'll never miss a beat.
How does a $1 bus ride sound? Crazy, maybe, but also realistic with Megabus. You can make it from Toronto to NYC for $1, just one example. That's right, Megabus is mega-affordable with a sizeable coach bus network across Canada, the United States of America, and Europe.
Looking for a hop-on-hop-off bus network across Europe, Asia, and North America? Then you'll want to check out Busabout. They have winter tours, European music festival routes, island hopping options and much more! Your bucket list will never be the same. Great alternative to driving!
I spent a month on Intercity buses hopping around the North & South islands of New Zealand last spring and I couldn't get enough. The buses were always on time, had WiFi, and were super comfortable. Book in advance to catch the best deals! And have your camera ready, the scenery is out of this world.
Australia is huge and this a great resource if you're looking to hop-on-hop-off at cities across the country. Build your own adventure across the vast country with flexible passes, individual tours or activities. The routes go through every city or attraction you'd want to see in Australia.
Peru/Bolivia Hop is a network of hop-on-hop-off buses that connect Peru and Bolivia. They're a great way to stop at all the amazing locations in both countries without a tour, and going at your own pace. You can get passes for various destinations and itineraries, ranging between 13 hours to 10 days.
Car Rental & Ride Sharing
I tend to prefer walking, using public transportation and ridesharing while traveling. I find it much cheaper than renting a car, especially in cities! There's less headache with having to find parking as well.
However, sometimes renting a car can't be avoided and I've done many solo trips in the past year across Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Here are the companies I used.
I use UBER a lot more abroad than when I'm in Canada. It's so handy, and most of the time, it's much cheaper to use. If you have a local SIM card (which I always recommend), then it's even more convenient. It's also safer not to have to exchange cash while traveling. If you're new to Uber, use code IOANAS17UE to get $10 credit towards a ride.
Lyft is another ride share option if you're traveling around the United States and Ontario, Canada. A lot of Uber drivers are also with Lyft so they complement each other. Lyft is usually cheaper than a taxi, especially in cities like Toronto! It never hurts to have more options. If you're new to Lyft, use code IOANASTOICA to get $20 credit toward rides.
BlaBlaCar is primarily available in Europe (22 countries) to find carpool rides. It works like an online marketplace where drivers can find passengers for specific trips, and vice versa. It's a trusted service and very popular in Eastern Europe. They even have female-only ride options, awesome if you're traveling alone and you want to try them out.
Kangaride is the Canadian equivalent to Europe's BlaBlaCar and it's starting to get traction. It's an online marketplace for drivers and passengers to find ride sharing opportunities for long-term travel. It's a good way to save on gas. Contact me if you want to sign up without paying the fee.
When I rent a car during my travels, I like to go with a known and a trusted brand to avoid hidden fees and scams. I love using Avis and have rented from them all over Europe. The rental process has always been transparent, smooth and quick. Secret tip: booking on the Avis mobile app will get you better prices and it couldn't be easier!
In the spirit of sticking with known companies, Hertz is my second go-to. I booked through Hertz all over Australia and New Zealand, where all the other rentals were much more expensive. I even did epic road trips on both coasts of Australia. Their drop-off fee to a different location is very low, reasonable and convenient.
SiXT can be found in the smallest and unlikeliest of places, sometimes where a lot of the other bigger players can't be found. Their rates are very reasonable and their service and cars are awesome! I even found an office in Milos, Greece. In fact, they have about 400 offices in over 100 countries.
Rentalcars.com is a great search comparison engine to finding the best rental car prices from around the world. It's awesome when you want to find the best price, since the cheapest company usually varies by region. Do your homework before you book, as with everything!
Travel Insurance & Protection
I don't go anywhere without travel insurance after a couple of experiences that proved to me I need it. I only ever purchase it through World Nomads, it's hard to find something cheaper and more comprehensive than their plans.
VPN is a new addition to my arsenal, but I also had a few travel experiences that put my personal data at risk, so better safe than sorry! I also use it when I'm at home to watch tv shows from around the world without the location ban.
I first turned to World Nomads before leaving on the first leg of my sabbatical year. The trip was longer than my regular travel insurance covered so I got a policy through them. Boy, was I ever glad I did. My brand new iPhone 8 Plus went for a dip and died halfway through that trip, and I was able to get a brand new one. The claim process was very fast and simple. Now I don't leave home without insurance.
Being protected on the road is more than just insurance. VPN stands for a virtual private network, which essentially masks your IP address and encrypts your web traffic so you can roam privately and securely! You can activate it right on your phone, and it comes in handy in hostels, coffee shops, etc. Plus, you can bypass censorship and watch TV shows from anywhere!
This product is one of my favorite travel products! It's lined with stainless steel wire mesh to keep personal belongings safe. Just attach it to something that can't move (like a pipe!) and have some peace of mind while you're out and about, or sleeping!
When it comes to what to do in a city, country or region, there are so many options to choose from, and it can get overwhelming.
I always start with my trip intention. Do I want a solo trip and check off attractions on my own? Am I going with a group with friends? In a group with strangers? Is it a location where a big group would work or do I want a small intimate group?
From there I check the companies below that match my intention.
I recently started using Get Your Guide to skip the line at some European attractions and I'm hooked. The site brings together the best activities from around the world. They have free cancellation up to 24-hours in advance, convenient while traveling!
G Adventures caters to small groups (15 people max) in over 100 countries, including Antarctica. My first trip with them was in 2017 through the Balkans. I'm still close to so many people I met on that trip. There are tons of tours available, for every travel style.
I discovered Viator last summer, and it's great for finding tours in destinations all over the world. From day trips, helicopter tours and much more, you may even find a tour that you didn't even know you were looking for! They're owned by Trip Advisor.
I love Intrepid because they're a champion for responsible travel – they were the first to ban elephant riding on their tours in 2014. Intrepid has over 1,500 itineraries to choose from, in more than 120 countries and their groups consist of 10 people on average.
Another great alternative to finding tours. I find that the tours listed on Tourradar are sometimes different than on any other site. They're essentially an online marketplace for over 250 tour operators. With over 25,000 tours available, you'll have plenty of choice!
Contiki is another great tour company, and they cater to the 18-35 crowd. The itineraries are usually fast-paced and pack a lot in, and groups are bigger than other tours. You'll have a chance to meet a ton of people and see a lot of amazing things. Watch out for sales!
I love the Book Me sites, they're a one-stop shop for tours, conveniently organized by city. I've saved hundreds by booking through them while in Australia, as most activities and attractions have discounted dates and time slots you can choose and save up to 50-70% off the regular price. Score!
This is like the Australia version, but for activities and attractions in New Zealand! They're all I used when booking things in NZ and they have an amazing selection across all regions. The discounts are amazing, if you book in advance or are flexible, you can save some serious coin!
This is another booking site for Australia but this one offers days-long tours, not just day trips to attractions. Their tours cover every part of Australia, including Uluru, Tasmania and the West Coast. They often have sales so keep your eyes peeled.
Did you know Airbnb is no longer just for booking accommodation? Airbnb added “Experiences” to their platform in 2016, but started expanding in 2018 with a goal of adding them in 1,000 cities! You can get photography walks, culinary lessons, and more, including off-the-beaten path activities and cool, well, experiences. Most are led by locals. Use the link above and get $17 CAD off your first experience!
I absolutely love this website. You can find providers of free tours from over 124 countries, on every continent but Antarctica. I've been using them a lot, most recently in my hometown, Toronto, and I love the quality and organization of the tours. They're truly free and you can choose to tip at the end if you feel you got value from it – but don't have to and there's no pressure. Awesome, right?
In my travels, I've also come across many specialized tours, such as local bus tours, foodie or cultural tours, and river cruises.
They're great when you want something different than the usual tourist track. Here are my favorites.
This one is for the Foodies! Eating Europe offers eating tours across 6 major cities in Europe – Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Amsterdam, and Prague. If you're looking for a different and off-the-beaten-path perspective of the most famous cities in Europe, check out these tours. They're amazing and a great mix of food and culture.
Another service offering specialized tours, this one is for photographers! You will love Discovery Photo Tours — there are 9 tours in 2019 in awesome places like Tanzania, Jordan, Myanmar, and Antarctica. They're not cheap but they include luxury accommodation, all meals, a professional photographer, and a local guide.
Context Travel is a bit different – with groups as small as 6 people per group, their semi-private tours feel more like cultural seminars than your average walking tour, which is exactly what they're going for! You can find them in big cities across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Perfect for the cultural traveler!
Hop-on-hop-off buses are one of my favorite thing to do in a city. Enter City Sightseeing. You've likely seen their double deckers around, after all, they have tours in 100 cities across 6 continents. I've used them in nearly every big city I've seen them in and I love them because they stop at every major attraction and usually offer discounts to other activities, like biking or museums. They're worth checking out.
U by Uniworld proves that cruises don't have to break the bank! Experiential travel at its best. The cruises are currently in 5 countries in Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria) and cover 22 ports. The Danube cruise is awesome, and only one of their itineraries. Ships even have a gym and bikes on board. Check them out.
River cruises are a unique way to see a country or region. Uniword is a boutique river cruise line, operating in Europe, China, Russia, India, Egypt, Vietnam, and Cambodia. With all-inclusive benefits and offshore excursions, the cruises are an experience. They're pricy, so if you are looking for a budget version, check out their U by Uniworld itineraries.
On the Road Travel Apps
There are a lot of services and apps that can make your trip better, smoother, and more enjoyable.
I've used the companies above to plan my itineraries, track my flights and loyalty programs, find my way around, and generally just to make my life easier.
Do you use one that's not on the list? Drop me a line and let me know!
Priority Pass gives you access to 1,200+ airport lounges around the world, and it's worth every penny. I now go to the airport early just to have time for the lounge. It's helped me find balance in my digital nomad career. It's worth the annual membership fee, but also offered as a perk by some travel credit cards!
Skyroam is amazing and something you should always have in your back pocket while traveling, quite literally. Skyroam is a global WiFi hot spot that works in over 130 countries! You get unlimited WiFi on up to 5 devices, for a flat rate of $9 for 24 hours. It's incredibly convenient, and a time saver!
Know Roaming is a Toronto company that offers global SIM cards & WiFi coverage. Get unlimited data from $3.99 USD a day in over 120 countries, as well as long term data plans & pay as you go roaming. I love using a SIM card abroad & love it even more that I don't have to find one in every country.
I've been using Google Trips for so long and I love it. If you are a Gmail user, the app automatically imports all your travel plans and organizes them. I also use it to build daily itineraries for things to do in the cities I'm traveling to. All of it is available offline.
Trip It is similar to Google Trips but you can create a master itinerary regarding of your e-mail provider. You can give them access or forward them your reservations. Your itinerary is available offline so you know your schedule for the day.
Google Maps needs no introduction but it is the one app I use the most when I travel. Download an offline map of the city you are visiting for access to directions and nearby attractions all the time. I also star everything and essentially use it as my bucket list.
Maps.Me is a great back-up for Google Maps. Maps.Me works on the desktop but is also a great offline map app. It offers offline GPS data, directions by car or foot, offline search and more. I'm not crazy about the interface but it's a great resource and it's gotten me out of a lot of jams over the years.
The largest flight tracking website in the world, FlightAware is very useful and free to use. They have a mobile app which is handy, but I also use it when I book my fights and need to figure out which side of the plane to sit on to get the city view when landing. I'm all about strategic planning, and I love my window seats!
Skype needs no introduction. It's my back-up plan when I'm traveling and I always have at least $5 credit on my account before I leave a trip, in case of emergencies. I can use it to call landlines anywhere in the world and it's saved my butt many times. I only have to load about $10-15 a year.
Lonely Planet guides are amazing, I have a full shelf of them. You can also get city and country PDF guides from their site so you can carry on your phone. Their mobile app, Guides, is very handy.
Triposo is a social travel app and another great “mobile tour guide”. You can get guides, directions, GPS location, all available offline. You can also conveniently book hotels, attractions, and read reviews.
I love this app for calculating currency exchanges while on the road. I tend to underestimate how much something costs, especially in countries like Iceland, and this app keeps me on in the know and on budget.
Do you have hundreds of loyalty cards? No? Just me? Ok. AwardWallet is a free service that supports almost 700 loyalty programs including car, hotel, credit cards, and car rental programs. It's a great way to manage all your programs and point balances, and also carry all the cards with you digitally.
Ok, so Dropbox isn't a travel app but I do use it a lot while traveling to access copies of my passport, insurance policies, and other important documents. It's good to be able to access everything offline, anytime. If you're new to Dropbox, get 500MB of bonus space with the link above.
I can't live without Spotify when I travel. I use it in my hotels, on buses, planes and while I'm roaming around to listen to my playlists. On the free plan, you can listen to songs that are downloaded to your phone, or over WiFi. You can't shuffle songs unless you upgrade to the premium service.
If you don't have WhatsApp installed on your phone, you need to do it now. I'll wait. WhatsApp is a secure messaging service that you can use in over 180 countries (that's almost all of them!) to message or call people from any mobile phone. You can even keep your number if you change SIM cards. Just make sure to install it before you leave, to avoid paying for the confirmation text while abroad.
Another life saver! The first time I used it was in an authentic restaurant in Zagreb, Croatia, where the menu was in Croatian and I couldn't read a word of it. I used the Picture translate feature to figure out what I can order, and since then I've used it on every trip! There's also a voice translate feature that's helpful. Download the languages you need ahead of time so you can use them offline.
Shazam is another app I can't live without while traveling. I love it because I always hear amazing songs while on the road that I wouldn't otherwise have access to. This way, I Shazam them and save them to a playlist that gets synced to Spotify and BAM! Or, should I say, SHAZAM!
Travel Gear & Photography
I love photography and I love to travel, so naturally, I love capturing my travel moments in photographs. I've had a DSLR camera for the last six years but really started taking advantage of using the manual mode in the last year.
I've been using Canon for years and I just upgraded to Canon Rebel T7i (from the T3i), mostly for the stabilization feature and the fact that I can connect it via WiFi to my phone and control the camera remotely. That feature helps me tremendously when I'm taking solo pictures.
I also love lenses, so over the last couple of years, I've invested in a few that help me take better travel photos. My favorites are the 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens (so I can get really close to things and attractions), the 10-18mm wide angle lens (landscape and well, wide angles), and the 50mm portrait lens(for a blurred background and bokeh effects).
I edit all my photos in Lightroom (and sometimes Photoshop), and continuously read photography tips to continue to learn tips and tricks. Here are the companies I use the most.
Canon has an amazing website, Outside of Manual, which is a great resource if you want to learn how to use the manual mode on your camera. My favourite feature of this site, is the Play module, where you can practice changing the settings to achieve the photo you want. You can even do challenges. Try it for yourself with the link above!
Digital Photography School is a great resource for those looking to improve their photography, posing and editing skills. They have e-Books, Lightroom presets and various courses. In fact, their Lightroom course thought me a ton and helped me become the editor I am today. Check out their newsletters too, they always have great photography tips!
Random, I know. But hear me out. Sun Surveyor is an amazing mobile app to help you figure out where the sun and/or the moon will be while you're traveling. I use it a lot to figure out where I should catch the sunrise or sunset from, where I can spot the milky way (for photography), and much more. There's a free version and a paid version.
I've had this lens for 6 years and I don't leave on a trip without it. I don't use it constantly but it's worth carrying around when I need a closer view of something. I love viewpoints in a city and love using this lens from the top of a viewpoint or fortress in cities. I've been using the Canon Rebel series for more than six years – the perfect DSLR to learn photography on. It's awesome for pictures and videos, and the stabilization features make a big difference in the quality of the final product. The kit comes with the standard 18-55mm lens to get you started.
I've had this lens for 6 years and I don't leave on a trip without it. I don't use it constantly but it's worth carrying around when I need a closer view of something. I love viewpoints in a city and love using this lens from the top of a viewpoint or fortress in cities.
This is a new addition to my camera bag and I can't recommend it enough. I love using it for landscapes, but I love it even more in cities where a normal lens can't capture all the buildings and attractions around you. I recently used it in NYC and I'm in love!
This lens is as awesome as it is affordable. It's great for portraits because it blurs the background nicely and makes even a simple picture absolutely amazing. But it also has low aperture and it's great for night photography due to how much light it can let in.
I love this little tripod! I had a hard time finding a good, light, sturdy, and compact tripod to travel with until I came across the Baaland Tabletop Tripod. It adjusts up to 20 inches, and fits in your palm when folded. The ball head adjusts 360 degrees.
GoPro has nailed the action camera market and with good reason. It's a small, waterproof, and compact camera you can take anywhere with you. I use it to take my solo pictures (hello burst mode!), underwater pictures, and to record all the adventurous stuff I do. I love it!
If you want a drone, DJI is the company to get it from. They have the best quality drones, at reasonable prices. I love my DJI Spark, it's traveled with me on 4 continents so far. It's small and compact so it fits anywhere, but powerful and high quality so the footage is amazing!
Take your travel (and Instagram!) photos to the next level by editing them in Lightroom. The mobile app is free, but the desktop version is not, though it has more features and it's still reasonably priced. The Photography bundle includes Lightroom & Photoshop, for $9/month.
Matt Kepnes (a.k.a. “Nomadic Matt”) and travel photographer Laurence Norah have put together a great & practical course that covers how to master manual mode, composition rules, lighting, and much more. It's cheaper than most similar courses and you'll walk away with valuable skills to capture your next trip.
Three of my favorite travel products! Wear (or display) your travel milestones with these cool products.
I love pinning a map with all the locations I've been to. It not only helps me visually keep track of everywhere I've been, but it also makes a great statement piece. Check out these awesome maps, choose your own design, place them on a wall, and get pinning!
El Camino bracelets are like the pinnable maps, but wearable, so great for when you're on the road! Literally carry your travel on your sleeve. They have “steps” for every country, major city, and bucket list destination from around the world, and you can even customize your own. Pretty cool!
Traveller Collective is based on the same idea as the first two companies, but their products are smaller engraved rings that are subtle and can be worn on a keychain or a necklace.
Travel Visas, Compensation, Travel Credit Cards & More
The International Air Transport Association, IATA Travel Centre, is a great resource if you want to find out what kind of visa (if any) you need for a destination. They even link you to the appropriate place so you can get one. It couldn't be any easier to get organized before your trip.
AirHelp is a great service if you have ever experienced a delay or interruption on a flight from Europe. They're a great intermediary between you and the airline. They take a cut of what you get back, but you can be reimbursed 600 euros per flight, so it's worth the fee. You can check your eligibility for flights up to 3 years old.
My travel credit card of choice! It's pricey, but you get a travel credit of $200 per calendar year. Inside tip: as long as your first year overlaps two calendar years, you can get this twice, then once per year. There are also awesome perks, like unlimited lounge access through Priority Pass, membership in Avis, Hertz and various hotel chains, all kinds of amazing insurance and so much more! Earn . 60,000 AMEX points when you apply using the link above, and spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Best to use if you have a trip coming up or big expenses.
This one is for Canadians, but it saves so much time if you are traveling to the United States (or pass through). It saves me so much time, I can't believe it. There's a fast track lane at most Canadian airports that let you bypass the long lines, and re-entry into Canada is super fast (sometimes 10 minutes from plane to luggage area!)
XE also has the currency exchange app I use daily when I travel, but their money transfer service is also amazing. You can send money online internationally, and not pay any bank wire transfer fees.
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