Traveling is my passion, but I couldn’t travel as often if I didn’t keep my bottom line in check. Over the years, I’ve developed my own list of “favorites” when it comes to finding airfare, accommodations, and gear, and I wanted to share my list with you. Most likely you’ve seen at least some of these brands, but there might be a few new-to-you resources you haven’t come across. It might be worth a peek!

Disclosure: Some of the links provided below are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase.  For me, these are tried and true sites, and I wouldn’t be linking to them if I felt otherwise. If you are ready to make the leap and plan your next trip, using the links is one way to help support this site.

And if you ever have questions, please feel to email me at I’m happy to fill you in on my personal experiences!

Happy Travels!



When I traveled to Ireland with six other people, renting a home made a lot more sense, financially. We booked through HomeAway and had a fantastic experience. Take a peek at some of the pictures from our rental along the Ring of Kerry.




This is gear that I personally use when I travel. Budget-friendly without compromising quality.


Anyone who knows me personally knows how big of a fan I am of Rick Steves and his Europe through the Backdoor business. I consider myself super lucky that his store is just a few short blocks from where I live. However, if stopping by his store is not in the cards for you, you can find his travel books and other gear online. Rick Steves’ travel guides have been my constant companion when I travel to Europe. Easy to follow, up-to-date, and not your run-of-the-mill tips for traveling. Take a peek at a few of my favorites: