Our Top MUST HAVE Travel Apps & Services of 2020!

Our Top MUST HAVE Travel Apps & Services of 2020!


Good morning adventurers. Well hello there! And welcome to 2020 Yeah! (party sounds) [Allison]: Our last video was our final road trip of 2019 We’re going down to see family, we had wonderful holidays, happy new year and now we’re officially in 2020. We also had enough of the cold weather so we hiked hill to Texas. Also, if you watched our last video, we have jury duty in Texas Yes we’re down here because, tomorrow actually, we have jury duty. Fingers crossed we don’t get picked or it’s not super long if we do get picked. Yeah, that will be bad. Last year we did a video where we talked about some of our favorite travel items And we thought it would be really cool to do a follow up where we talk about our favorite travel services. So we’ve actually been putting together a list over the last 6 months or so Every time we think about a really cool travel service that we use all the time, that we want to tell you guys about we write it down. I’m sure we missed some but I think we put together a pretty solid list that would hopefully would help you a lot in your travel planning. Before we get into it: All the stuff we mention is going to be linked in the description below so we’re not going to get too detailed into everything but if you wanna learn more about any particular service that we mention click the link in the description and you can learn to your heart’s content. -Yup.
-There you go. These are in no particular order but first of is a VPN. This is something you guys heard us talk about all the time it is probably one of our most used services while we’re traveling a VPN stands for Virtual Private Network which probably doesn’t mean that much to you but basically it helps you keep your internet connection secure when you’re traveling and you’re on a bunch of foreign wifi’s You know, cafe’s, and airports, and stuff like that In addition it also allows you to use sites in your home country because you can basically set your browsing site to wherever you want. Which brings us to our next service which is streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go -Spotify?
-Spotify. Netflix. [Eric]: A lot of these services offer specific programming depending on where you are in the world so if you wanna watch USA content you can’t do that when you’re in the UK for example. But you can switch your VPN to the USA and then you can watch it. Having access to these entertainment anywhere is really important for us to unwind at the end of the day or to put off line when we’re about to go to a flight. We use these streaming services and we think they’re worth paying for because it gives you instant entertainment anywhere. One of the things that we are asked about all the time and probably one of the most important travel services is Traveling Health Insurance What do we do when we’re on the other side of the world and something goes wrong or we get hurt? Alright. Oh! (stumbles) Okay, I’m dying! Whoo! Oh! Oh my god you guys I might have actually broke my tailbone on that one. We’re off. [Eric]: Oh geez! For the longest time we traveled without medical insurance. Cannot recommend doing that. No. Luckily we didn’t have any major issues but we definitely have to pop in clinics here and there. It’s also just scary traveling knowing that if something goes wrong you gotta pay for it yourself and figure it out. There are a ton of different travel medical service providers out there but the one that we use is called Safety Wing It provides travel medical coverage super cheap it’s just $37/4 weeks Safety Wing is actually sponsoring this video and we have been using them for months now. Sign up was super easy and it’s just really nice knowing that when this guy inadvertently twist his ankle, we’re covered. Let’s face it, it’ll probably a lot worse than a twist of ankle when it happens. But Safety Wing is available in 180 different countries. You can purchase insurance while you’re in the middle of traveling. And we’re gonna have a link to them in the description below like everything else so you can learn a lot more about that service. We highly recommend it along with all the other services that we’re gonna be talking about today. A lot of times when you’re traveling, a country will require you to have tickets purchased out of the country before you are let into the country. Well, you don’t always know where you’re going or when you want to leave and you don’t wanna waste a bunch of money either buying a really expensive refundable ticket or a throw-away ticket as they call them So there’s this site called Best Onward Ticket that we use all the time and it has saved us so many times, you pay I think 15 USD You give them information, they book you a flight, just a random flight to anywhere, and then they cancel it for you. But you pay $15, you get a flight that you can show to the airline to be let in to the country and then they take care of everything else, so you don’t have to worry anymore after that. It’s super convenient. There’s been so many times we showed up to the airport and completely forgot that you had to have onward travel booked The guy up here is making us have onward travel booked out of Japan which we do not have I don’t think we needed that last time we went to Japan but he’s being a stickler about it. I don’t know if we’re gonna book a fake one, or a real one. So we just load up BestTicketOnward.com and then within usually about 30-45 minutes we have onward travel booked. When you’re traveling a lot and you’re moving from place to place and it’s really easy to lose items or to misplace things, or to just forget them. But there’s actually a bunch of cool tracking services and items that you can use to keep track of these items One of those is a GPS tracker Now this is actually a physical device that you put in your luggage for example and then it has an internet connection and the battery lasts for like 2 weeks So if you lose your item you can always just track it on your phone and actually see it on a map. The reason this is included as a service is because you actually have to have a cell phone service on these devices for them to work. The downside of this is you have to pay for that service you have to make sure that it’s charged and and the GPS device itself cost sometimes $80-100 just for one But if that’s not practical for you they also have Bluetooth trackers like Tile which is a lot smaller than a GPS tracker that you can put in your luggage or in a backpack and it alerts you when you get too far away from that item Those are a lot cheaper and they use a lot less power so you don’t have to charge them all the time. [Allison]: They’re super small so you can put them on your keys, you can put them in your passport case if you have one of those in your purse so you never leave them in the airport or anywhere else. I also want to quickly mention Find My iPhone If you’re not familiar with this, it’s a service that you can enable on your phone that when you lose it you can hold up someone else’s phone and you can see where your phone is. It puts it on a map so it’s basically like a GPS tracker built into your phone. So for example you lost your backpack with your phone in it you can still track it but it’s also just useful if you just lose your phone. We’ve used it all the time. Another really cool travel service that you can get are these little lost & found stickers It’s from a service called Return Me Basically, you put these little stickers on an item and it has an ID number and it says “If found, put in this ID number and you get a reward” So the idea is that people find it, they put in the ID number, you get reunited with your item and they get an incentive for it. Maybe not as reliable as a GPS tracker ‘coz you have to rely on human kindness But hey, it’s an option. And it’s a lot cheaper. Every time we try to talk we get huge gust of wind that comes through. We probably should have sat so that the wind was blowing at us and not sideways ‘coz I feel that my hair’s been on my face this whole time Alright, I think we’re good. It is an amazing day out here though. It is. It’s very lovely, it’s in the 70’s. It’s January and it’s in the 70’s. Huh, God bless Texas. God bless Texas. It’s a song, by the way. ♪ God bless Texas ♪ We are in no way experts with credit cards but we do have a Rewards Travel credit card I would suggest anyone traveling get one. We get 2x the points on every dollar spent that can go towards travel So it can be redeemed for, or kind of erase purchases like flights, train tickets, bus tickets [Eric]: Ubers.
[Allison]: Ubers. Everything. Anything travel related. We’ll have a link to this credit card in the description below. We’ve had it for years. We’re very happy with it. But you can learn more about it than we’ve told you in the description below if you wanna know the nitty gritty details. Basically, if you’re not using some sort of a reward card, you’re kinda just throwing away money and leaving it on the table. We put every purchase we can on this and then we pay it off the end of month and we get our rewards. Bing-bing-bam-thank you. How is it? Wham bam thank you ma’am. One other thing we’re asked about all the time is how we stay connected, what kind of – do we have like an international data plan for a phone or something like that The answer is – yes, we do. We both have an international data plan with T-Mobile It cost I think $50 a month for us They give you data all over the world but it’s very slow. The reason why we think it’s worth it is because Ina pinch, you know, no matter where you are, you at least have access to data. So you can use maps, you can Google stuff if you need to. And we use it all the time, it’s super helpful. It could be a little frustrating but it gets the job done for us. It is very slow, I think it maxes out at 2G speeds. But you could also do a global WiFi hotspot that you can take with you Those can get really expensive. And if you just really need access to email and maps when you’re not next to WiFi we feel like it’s better to go with an international plan like T-Mobile but if you need a lot of data and you need it really quick, you need it to be fast then go with the WiFi hotspots and again we’ll have links to more information on all this stuff in the description below. Travel days, especially in the airport can be super stressful but with something like Priority Pass you can pay and get access to airport lounges [Eric]: All over the world. [Allison]: All over the world. It could take so much stress out of your day ‘coz you can just go in there, zen out, relax. They usually have alcohol, food. If you travel and you usually have layovers or you like to get to the airport early it’s a great option. And if you think about it, the amount of money that you spend outside the lounge on food and drink a lot of people say that that covers almost the whole price of the lounge anyway especially if you’re getting priority pass because it takes the price of each individual lounge visit down if you go to them a lot. If you have a priority pass you should leave a comment and let us know if you think it has been worth it. Yes, please. This next service is something we are very excited about because we just became members That is Global Entry and TSA Pre-check, baby. We’re global entrance! I still don’t know if that’s actually how you… Entriens. A lot of times at the airport you get stuck in these long security lines or these long immigration lines when you’re coming back into the country and Global Entry and TSA Pre-check basically gives you a fast track through those lines It’s amazing. We’ve already used it a few times. We love it. It’s only $100 Every 5 years or something so do yourself a favor. Yes, sadly it’s only for a US citizen. But it is super worth it. You can finally be one of those people that passes that long security line and be like “I’m just gonna go on through, bye guys!” Those people I used to hate. And now I’m one of them. We’re with them. It is sometimes super stressful trying to keep all of the details of your trips together and Tripit takes the work out of that It puts everything for your itinerary in this nice…itinerary? Let me say that again… [Allison]: It puts all of your details for your trip into this beautiful itinerary that you can share with anybody who’s traveling with you It just keeps you on track day-to-day. Here it says “Your flight is here.” “Your Hotel is here.” “You have lunch plans here.” Whatever you have, you put it in there, and it’s just in this beautiful little app that you can pull up on your phone or your laptop. If you’ve watched this channel at least one episode you know that we exclusively stay in AirBnB’s And if you’re not familiar with AirBnB It’s basically a service where you can rent out people’s places when they’re not there or it’s just rental property so you can rent an entire place you can rent a room in a place but the main thing is you can get something really cheap or you can get stuff on the nicer end, you can get luxury villas on there You can find anything. It’s a lot of fun because you can get more local experiences that way. And we actually have links that we’ll put down below that will give you a discount when you sign up and book your first stay. It will also give us a little bit of credit for our next stay so it’s a win-win! And another site like AirBnB that I use constantly is SkyScanner and it helps me find flights all over the world. The best feature about this is you can put in where you’re starting from and the other location You can put everywhere in the world. You can even search by a whole month You can see what’s cheapest at that month if you don’t know where you’re going. If you do have solid plans you can put your destination in there and it aggregates from all of these airlines so you could see all of the prices the timelines for all of these different flights instead of going site by site. We’re not experts in finding the cheapest deals or something like that But we found that using SkyScanner is just one little edge that we can get to try to find the cheapest flights and keep our cost down considering how much we travel. Also pro-tip: If you use a VPN, sometimes you can set your location in the world like your browsing from the UK or browsing from the USA and you’ll get shown a cheaper price. And last but not least in the same bay as SkyScanner There’s actually a site called CruiseSheet that does pretty much what SkyScanner does for airlines but it does it for cruises. So you can basically put in where you wanna go, where you’re coming from you can find the cheapest deals on cruises. The first cruise we ever did we used that. We found a really cheap cruise. Relocation cruise, it was 2 weeks, and it averaged out to like 50 USD per day per person. It was 15 days of cruise and it got us over to Europe. Cheaper than a flight, hotel, and meals, that we would have to pay to get over there. Okay, that’s it. That’s what we have written down anyway Of course there are tons more There are some services we didn’t include because the video would be too long Also I’m sure you guys have a ton of really cool services that you have found so if it’s something we haven’t mentioned, leave a comment, help us out. Help other viewers out. That’s it? Okay. We’re done. If you guys watched our previous video, we had no idea where we were headed in this – now- this year We also asked for a bunch of suggestions which you guys came through. Thank you so much for all the suggestions. We’re compiling it all to a doc. We’ll keep you posted on where we’re going though. But we do know our first location, our first official location outside of the States We are going to the Philippines! We have some friends over there, there’s a big festival. At the end of January, so we’re gonna pop over there and I think we’ll be off to Sri Lanka? And then some other goodies after that. Oh yeah we got some really cool places, we’re so excited. and we’re gonna be in places we’ve never been before. Well I hope you guys find this super helpful ‘coz it was a lot of fun putting these together. We like helping you guys and making your lives easier. Alright, goodbye adventurers. We’ll see you on the road.

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  1. Welcome to 2020! 🎉 We thought we'd kick the year off by sharing some of our favorite travel services and apps that we've been using over the last year. Links to everything can be found in the description! What are some of your favorite travel apps and services??

  2. rome2rio.com is a useful tool for figuring out how to get from place to place with all options (train, bus, ferry, plane, etc) listing websites…
    Used it for navigation complexities through former Yugoslav states last year… 😎

  3. Really looking forward to Philippines and Shri Lanka's videos would love to see you travel in India, too 🙂

  4. Howdy, Howdy from Texas! I found skiplagged (use in private browsing/incognito desktop window) gives great deals from US to international. 10 months ahead from Liberty airport (New Jersey) to Amsterdam $150 one way. But the trick is (on layovers that are your true destination) sometimes the options are best for backpacking traveling only. #WillTravelForCraftBeerFest 🍺

  5. Always worth paying for lounge entry. Having a half hour hot shower whilst drinking free beer at Kuala Lumpur makes flying from UK to NZ in standard almost tolerable.

  6. Hey guys! I’m wondering if you could give me any tips for travel in France and Ireland? We are going in May for the first time ever (we’re in the US). So excited, but so nervous at the same time. Thanks for the app ideas!! ❤️

  7. Hey guys. This could be useful for when Eric twists his ankle: It's an app that has mapped the entire world using just three normal words for every 3 square metre of the earth – like GPS but easier to say over the phone to emergency services! Check it out, and it's free, really useful: https://what3words.com/

  8. We use google fi for phone/data. We’ve travelled all over Europe and our son is on our plan in japan and we’ve had no trouble with connections or speed. If you’d like to check it out you can use my referral code. https://g.co/fi/r/MTTEU1

  9. I am curious if you ever use the Delta Airlines portal for Airbnb? If you go through their portal every time you stay, you could get a good number of Delta airline miles to use for free flights.

  10. Good luck and stay safe in the New Year. Great vlog. I have my own B & B and I don't like Airb&b. We provide an interactive service and work very hard to improve our guest's stay. They give you a key… and undercut us at the same time. Which is great if it is all good but… and I'll leave it there

  11. hey guy! Love the apps and will check out some of them. Whats also good to use in Europe is www.fromatob.com. it helps you find good ways to get to places but also after you see something check the website of the transportation as sometimes its even cheaper. Also some friends use blablacar.com a lot. I havent but only heard good stuff about it 🙂

  12. I know you don't use the train much but The Man in Seat 61 is a great site for finding brilliant advice about train routes and how to do it really cheap. E.g. Paris to Venice overnight sleeper for 29euro
    https://www.seat61.com
    Ps if you ever go to Scottish islands best time is invariably late May/June

  13. Kara and Nate created an app called Faredrop. It is always looking for crazy cheap flights, and you can type your future destination and it will let you know when cheap seats become available.

  14. Come back to the UK, there’s so much more to see. I’ll show you around castles and Where Harry Potter was filmed.

  15. Priority Pass at our airports can be useful (or not) depending on your itinerary. Almost all the flights to Europe leave at the same time (5pm-8pm) so the BA, Virgin Atlantic, Air France lounges all cut-off Priority Pass access around 2pm.

  16. Happy New Year! Question… "Priority Pass" or "Lounge Pass". With Priority Pass, you pay a fee a year, and you still have to pay to access?

  17. I have Priority Pass through the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. This means that I am only paying for it out of the annual fee, which makes it more than worth it!!!

  18. I have the chase sapphire card that includes priority pass and free global entry and yes it's totally worth it!!!

  19. I don’t travel full time, but I travel quite a bit and often upload my videos while in other countries. Sounds like a VPN is something I need to just break down and get. And I LOVE my Tile! I got it to find my keys, but I’ve used it more by clicking the tile on hm keys to find my phone, LOL! And 2 thumbs up for TripIt. I use it for every trip!

  20. Have been watching your videos for a while now … you guys are doing a great job! thanks for this video btw! really good information here! 🙂

  21. Happy new year guys! I've your content your still up there with travel beans and how mant holidays. Whens you next meet up with other vloggers in I always enjoy your vlogs where you work with other vloggers it makes for the best vloggs. You have introduced me to alot of my favourite travel vloggers so thank you! 🙂

  22. Priority Pass is great depending on what airports you are planning on traveling through. We have used it a ton the last few years through credit cards that offer it, paying am annual fee that is worth it for us.

  23. Google Fi might be a decent data option for you btw. Also, Chase Sapphire is another great travel card especially the Reserve version. Comes with a free priority pass and $300 travel credit.

  24. Vpn's have their limitations when trying to access streaming services from a country that they block, they know 99% of them. They can also cause problems when trying to do financial transactions with ones bank or using a debit card online, often better to pay for the hotels secure wifi or obtain the access code when in an Air bnb or hostel to a secure wifi.

  25. Super useful video, thanks guys!
    I was wondering about taxes, retirement and other bureaucratic stuff: how do you manage that?
    I don't want to get in your business, I'm just interested in the practical side of travelling, hoping to do it myself asap too. Thank you! Bye from Italy

  26. I use an online service called Google. If you have a question, or want to find website, you put the question into the Google bar and it searches this place called the "World Wide Web" for an answer. It's really handy

  27. Hi, in one of your videos you recommended CyberGhost VPN how does that measure up to your new recommendation ExpressVPN?

  28. Next time you are in the UK, you should pick up a sim (or cheap second smart phone) and PAYG plan for Three Wireless. They let you roam all over the world too and it’s much cheaper than t-Mobile with no worse than 3G coverage. I picked one up a while ago even though I’m American and I just keep the SIM active by sending a text at least once every six months if I haven’t traveled. I have a second older unlocked iPhone I use for my international travel. It’s no big deal to carry two phones to have the convenience of the data service on my UK phone to use.

  29. Great list!

    I could not agree more about having Priority Pass.

    Global Entry with TSA Precheck is totally worth it! I have literally saved hours by NOT standing in line.

    I would recommend Google Fi over T-Mobile as I've had 4G coverage is most of the countries I've traveled to. My bill has varied each month from $32 to $80 depending on how much data is used.

  30. Allison & Eric you two are so fun and and do enjoy your videos. Allison you looked particularly cute today. Light Blue is your color.

  31. Great vid. Thanks. I traveled most of my working career, but didn't have to worry about costs. Now that I am retired I need to learn how to find the best deals. Looking forward to what you two get up to in the Roaring Twenties. Best wishes.

  32. Some platforms and airlines have 24 hour cancel policy so could use that to book for flight /visa then cancel within the timeframe. Read the fine prints tho

  33. Love my Priority Pass! It’s so nice to just relax in a lounge, get a drink and some food and sometimes even have access to a shower. I also love using TripIt. I pay for the upgrade and it’s fantastic!

  34. You guys really need to look into Google Fi as a phone plan. It uses the Tmobile network and you pay for data as you go. Same price for data in like 120 countries and I've never had a problem with it being slow. I use it all the time internationally and my monthly bill is usually like $30-40. Plus now you can have any type of phone on it (including iPhone)

  35. Nexus card is cheaper than just global entry. And Nexus includes global entry plus the luxury of skipping the line crossing the US-Canadian border

  36. A few things that you've not mentioned (not sure if anyone else has).

    1. You can download offline maps on Google/Here on iPhone and Android. You can also save a route offline on iOS.

    2. You can use find my phone on Android.

    3. An international debit card that you can add one currency too and convert it to another with no ATM fees such as transferwise https://transferwise.com/invite/a/pauli75

  37. I was watching an older video (Mexico and lost laptop😰) but I need to know if you found it! Lol I was looking and don’t know if you ever got it back !

  38. Hey so I have Priority Pass and haven’t been able to use it a single time…it’s frustrating because every trip we’ve taken or about to take, there’s either no lounge or the lounge is in a completely different terminal. Once this renews, I will 100% not be getting it again

  39. You should check out the app called secret flying. It's an absolute lifesaver and money saver, even better than Scott's cheap flights

  40. Happy New Year! Great ideas! I will miss the Way Away (and wish them well) and so glad we still have Endless Adventure! 💗

  41. Happy New year!! Thanks for the great tips you both give us.your last time tips of carrying some things during travel was very useful for us..we picked some of them for our trip to Russia ..love from India 🇮🇳🇮🇳

  42. about the airbnb link , it requires you to not have an account as the code cannot be applied to my account, even though it will be my first trip. interesting video though

  43. You guys should visit South Africa. Cape Town (Table Mount), Safari in the Kruger National Park and/or stay in a tree-top lodge in the Garden Route. Such beautiful places to see and definitely worth a visit👌🏻

  44. Wow what is the environmental and social and economic cost of that onward ticket sidestep causing empty aircraft seats ? Dont last minute cancellations risk this ? Skyscanner looks a green hack to avoid this 🤘 lets make the 2020s the decade we cherish 🌍💚

  45. Poor Eric…..I’m looking forward to the 2020 adventures. I use a lot of the same services. I have a few to add or mention that have helped me.

    Momondo for booking flights, cars, & hotel (similar to skyscanner)
    Omio – was GoEuro (Europe: electric tickets & book train, bus, & flights)
    TripCase (similar to Tripit)
    Visit a City app/website. Great for researching a city’s must see sites and you can build an itinerary that includes a map for offline use.

  46. For voice and data I use a few different options. 1. Magic Jack, this cost $6 a month and you can have a local US number of your choice. They have a nice app that allows you to make and receive calls just as you would be at home. It likes wifi or 3g data. I have been using this as my primary hone voice solution for years.

    2. Three UK pay as you go SIM. Three might not be the fastes but that have the best "roam around the world" plan out there. The base pay as you go rats are pretty good and I keep about £15 on it When I travel I will top it off some and put a 10 or 12gb plan on it. These last for 30 days and works in over 70 countries. I recommend popping the SIM in every 4 months or so to keep it active when not using it. I've had the same UK number for over 3 years. Use your Magic Jack app for calls back home.

    3. Check the local countries deals. I was in Romania last year and the Orange SIM was stupid cheep. I think it was 6 Euros for 50GB of 4G data.

  47. If you have a Revolut Metal card you get access to Airport Lounges as well. Plus travel insurance and other benefits.

  48. My most used app while travelling is CityMaps2Go …. u can pre download the maps u want which is saved in ur phone and u can pin all the locations that u wanna go….it doesn’t require Data connection to work and to track ur location so u save on overseas data charges

  49. ahhh you guys must be going to the dinagyang festival in iloilo?! Have fun!! loved it there when I visited and vlogged about it back in 2015! My family is from that area so its like a second home to me!

  50. Grafton, WV 25 degrees here, damn it. Also I've heard it costs more starting these trips from the U.S. is that so and roughly how much?

  51. Can you do an update on your best travel items.Like you I bought Osprey travel luggage.I still recommend but there are cons. interested in how to keep weight down.I travel alone so weight is a big issue for me.

  52. Why do you buy secondary medical or is this your primary?

    Capital one cards are awful! My friend had 60k points and I did as well with chase sapphire. Mine paid for an entire round trip to Japan. Hers she still had to pay $400! Same way to earn the rewards but redemption is awful with capital one!

    Priority pass included in Sapphire Reserve and other premium cards (often worth the annual fees) also hit or miss though on using it at a lounge. I think I’m at 75% acceptance globally.

    Global entry included as well every 5 years!

  53. Awwh you guys! This is so helpful! Because I wanna go exploring and travelling 🧭🧳 and I just wanna adventure more this year, so these are definitely going to help me in doing that! Thank you & happy new year to you both! 💗

  54. You should visit Malta. I will be more than happy to show you around the island.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta

  55. This is so helpful. I haven't traveled internationally in over 20 years, so looking forward to our trip to Norway in March! Thank you!

  56. Having just started to watch quite a few VDOs on your channel I must admit that I'm a fan of the girl (Alison?) – in a friendly way of course. Whilst most girls on travel channel (think Kara of Kara and Nate) try soooo hard to be cute, pretty and sexy unnecessarily, you seem rather natural in many ways. Hope you continue to be yourself, and never turn to be another Kara.
    By all means, I'm not Kara's hater but just got very annoyed with her personality despite their good contents.

  57. Nice!
    Check out the "City Walk Guide" app on Google store!
    Contains the most 100 visited cities in the world with itineraries and points of interests.

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