Best Travel Resources
After travelling almost the whole coastline of Australia, as well as many other countries, I’ve come to rely on certain companies that make the experience easier. On this page, you’ll find my recommended resources for both travel and running a blog.
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1. Travel Accommodation
I’ve travelled Australia extensively and stayed in all sorts of places, including hotels, hostels, holiday parks, locals’ homes and even homestays. Here are my favourite booking providers for travel accommodation.
2. House Sitting for Free Accommodation
House sitting is when you stay in a local’s home for free while they’re on holiday, in return for taking care of their pets. It saved me over $50k in rent and travel accommodation fees during my first few years in Australia!
I’ve stayed in beachfront homes, waterfront mansions and luxury apartments in the city. My recommended house-sitting websites are Aussie House Sitters for Australian sits and Trusted Housesitters for worldwide.
I saved thousands of dollars by using Aussie House Sitters during my Australian road trips, as well as when I moved to Sydney. They’re one of Australia’s largest house-sitting websites and have a very user-friendly site.
3. General Travel Resources
Here are my recommended resources for finding the best tours and activities for your trip, meeting new friends and transferring money abroad if you’re travelling or moving overseas.
4. Pet Care During Your Holiday
If you need someone to take care of your pets while you’re away, hiring someone to either house sit, visit your pets each day or host your pets in their own home can be a much nicer option than kennels or catteries.
I began house sitting in Australia for travel accommodation, but now run my own pet care business in Sydney. Here are my recommended companies to find a pet sitter.
PetCloud is an Australian business that’s part-owned by the RSPCA, and I’ve had a few jobs through them myself over the years. You can book a large range of services from local pet lovers. To receive $10 credit towards your first booking, just join through this link or use the discount code LISA2754.
The site I’ve used the most for local house sitting in Sydney since 2016 is MadPaws, another great Australian business. Their website and app is easy to use, and they have great customer service. They’ve also really invested in improvements and listening to feedback since I’ve been with them. They also provide insurance with each booking.
I started house sitting through this website when I was travelling Australia, and found the site very easy to use. House sitters pay a subscription fee to the website, but it’s totally free for pet owners.
There’s no insurance or cancellation protection, but if you’re happy to arrange a sitter on a trust basis only, it can be a big money saver.
Trusted Housesitters is a worldwide site. Sitters don’t charge, but owners pay a subscription fee to the site, at a choice of three tiers, and can even have a dual owner/sitter membership.
Perks can include home and contents protection, money-back guarantee, video calls with vets, sit cancellation insurance and airport lounge passes!
5. Blogging Resources
If you want to start a blog or website, or you’re looking to change hosting provider, theme or email-list builder, here are the companies I use on my own site and personally recommend.
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