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Resources for Travelers, Expats & Bloggers

Between blogging, living abroad, and traveling, I use a LOT of apps and tools to keep everything organized. These are the products and resources that I love, I hope they can help some of you too!

 

FOR TRAVELERS


LODGING

My favorite places to check for accommodation are Booking.com and Airbnb (get a discount off your first stay if you sign up here!)

*NOTE: did you know Iceland accommodation fills up during peak season?!
I always recommend booking as far in advance as possible!

Couchsurfing: Couchsurfing is a great way to meet locals, and can be a very affordable option!

FLIGHTS

My go to flight checker is google.com/flights to compare prices. I also use Skyscanner to check across airlines, especially if my dates are flexible.

INSURANCE

In case you didn’t already know, travel insurance is SO IMPORTANT! You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where your insurance doesn’t cover you while overseas. I use World Nomads for my travel insurance, here’s why:

Why buy travel insurance?

  1. Backed by specialist insurers and global assistance partners
  2. Buy Online, even if you’ve already left home
  3. Buy more cover and claim online while traveling
  4. Covers a range of adventure sports and activities
  5. Give a little back and support a community development project

CAMERA

I absolutely love my Sony alpha 6000. It’s lightweight like a point and shoot, but just as powerful as a DSLR. Since I’ve purchased this camera, there have been several version updates, but I can highly suggest this for beginner photographers.  My favorite function? The built-in Wi-Fi feature – I don’t even need a cord to transfer my photos right to my phone!

LENSES

The basic kit lens (16-50mm) that comes with the 6000 is a zoom lens, but the quality isn’t as great. I am in LOVE with my 35mm as well as my 55-210 for their clear image quality and functionality.

I highly recommend a wide angle lens for Iceland travel – get the best shots behind the waterfall! I have a wide angle lens attachment for my iPhone that I use for the time being.

SOFTWARE

I use Adobe Lightroom to edit all of my pictures – I love its robust features and versatility. It does take some getting used to, but there are a lot of free YouTube videos out there that can teach you.

Apps

Planning a trip? I put together a list of my 10 favorite travel apps that I use. From planning a trip to keeping me organized, I can’t live without these wonderful (and free!) apps!

FOR EXPATS


Living abroad can sometimes get lonely. It’s so important to get out there and make friends! There are a lot of online networks that can help you meet people – locals and fellow expats! I am a member of InterNations, and I have found my closest friends in Iceland using the Reykjavik chapter of Girl Gone International.

FOR BLOGGERS


WEB-BASED TOOLS

I am a one man team working on this blog over here! In order to have a normal life, I do use a few apps and schedulers that end up saving me a ton of time.

Tailwind to schedule pins from my posts as well as share other awesome bloggers. The nice thing is this program spreads out the pins over time, it’s like your always pinning! (**Pinterest is my biggest social referrer so this is very important for me!)

Buffer  to schedule tweets, I love their helpful Chrome plugin which allows me to share content from within the browser. More importantly, their insightful ‘best times to post’ disperses tweets at only the most optimal times.

Canva to create ALL of my images and graphics for my site.

Creative Market hosts my current/gorgeous site theme by SoloPine. I am in LOVE with this theme, but the best part is their support. I also us Creative Market to buy fonts, graphics, and Photoshop templates.

ConvertKit to handle my email lists and auto emails. My email list was a GAME CHANGER for me. It’s increased my page views, and helped me get the word out about my new Planning Service. Not to mention the relationship that I now have with my readers. Convertkit is an email marketing system FOR BLOGGERS. It’s so easy to use, I love it!

Bluehost for web hosting – I’ve had great experience with their customer service anytime I’ve had an issue or question.

PHOTO EDITING + STORAGE

Lightroom to edit all my photos and I absolutely love it! We have the Adobe bundle of Photoshop + Lightroom that I like to use for different projects.

UNUM is an app that helps me lay out my Instagram feed. (Follow along for daily Iceland posts! @lifewithaview15)

Sync cloud backup to store all of my photos. You automatically get 5GB of free storage, but if you sign up with my link you get an additional GB for FREE!

POSTCASTS

I am obsessed with Podcasts – they are a great way to stay up to date on the latest in technology and blogging. I usually download about 5-10 podcasts and listen to them on planes or my drive to work! My current faves: The Science of Social MediaSocial Media Examiner, Smart Passive Income (SPI), and ProBlogger.

BLOGGING HELP

Some of my best blogging knowledge has come from fellow bloggers!

Helene in between – Instagram for Success and Quit Your Job to Blog (courses)
Happy to Wander – Affiliate Marketing for Travel Bloggers (eBook)
Melyssa Griffin – EVERYTHING, seriously this woman is amazing! I love her strategies for Pinterest and email marketing.
Caitlin Bacher – ALL of her stuff, but really helpful with how to run a Facebook group.

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