Travel Resources and suitcase essentials!

These are the places I go to when I need the best and most reliable providers and gear at the best price. I use, trust and recommend each of these products and sources. Some of them I have been using ever since my first field trip as an anthropology graduate student. For others, I have been one of the earliest adopters of their platform! You can book your next trip with confidence from these reputable providers at the best possible price.


Booking.com has become my absolute go-to. Just occasionally it doesn’t have some smaller places but it is vast, growing, with excellent prices and incredible customer service. 

They get in touch with hotels to get refunds for no shows and if I want to leave a day earlier it negotiates with the hotel to get me a full refund! 


Similar to Booking.com, Agoda is a firm favorite with me because of its impeccable service and great specials.

I use Agoda for Asia. It has a better range of Asian accommodations and I love that I can book it an hour before I arrive. I often use their toll-free numbers and I always talk immediately to a human who confirms, cancels, or sorts my booking. They call the hotels directly for me. This is a top-level service from a quality and long-standing booking site.

Get Your Guide

I’m delighted with Get Your Guide. They don’t charge a single cent more than if you book a tour through the person operating the tour. But, they compare thousands of them on one site.

The best thing about Get Your Guide is that you can cancel up to 24 hours before with no charges and you get an instant electronic ticket for your tour. Get Your Guide has wonderful service, they are fast and responsive, and professional!


On this one trustworthy website, you can find the latest ferry schedules and timetables for all ferries in the Mediterranean. You can compare companies and ferry ticket prices, choose the route that suits you the most, and book cheap ferry tickets online with no extra fees. 
You can get your e-ticket, check-in for your trip online and track your ferry live on the map.

There’s fee customer support and no queueing at ticket offices on docks in busy Mediterranean ports overrun by tourists!


Klook has pretty much every activity you could ever think of doing in Asia.

It operates all over the world but you can buy bus tickets, museum tickets, and small, weird and wonderful tours that you can’t find on other sites.

Their prices are amazingly low – I’m not sure why they are so low, but it means their tours are wonderful value.

Discovery Cars

Discovery Cars have offices in pretty much every country that could ever want to travel by rental car!

They are a quality, globally known, and trusted brand and can be booked many months ahead on tiny islands and all major global cities.