Here are all our favorite tools and resources that have helped us travel with ease and tools that also helped us grow a successful travel blog over the last 6 years. Because of my maximizer personality, I am always comparing, cross-referencing, and  looking for the best products and services that can improve our travels (you should see my NYC excel sheet). You may also find that we’re a tad obsessed with finding ways to pack lighter, smarter, and smaller. Check back often to see updates on our newest finds.

Disclosure: Many of the links below are affiliate links, where we receive a small commission on sales that are linked at no additional cost to you. Read our full disclosure for more info. This helps us keep the site running, so thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible. We use and love everything listed below, but please read all the reviews and only make purchases that are a good fit for you.

If you feel there’s something missing from our list or if you have any questions about any of these companies, please feel free to reach out to us on social or email. We’d love to hear from you.

Accommodations

Booking is our go-to to site when we’re looking to book a hotel.

If you’re looking for a simple rewards program, Hotels.com is for you. Stay 10 nights, get one free!

HotelsCombined has one of the most advanced search algorithms out there.

Once you book your hotel, email your reservation to [email protected] They offer an interesting service where, at no cost to you, they monitor the price of your room. If the price doesn’t change, your booking stays the same. If it does drop between when you book and when you stay, they will send you an email to let you know how to book it at the lower price. It’s like travel insurance that costs you nothing!

Transportation + Tours

We check Rentalcars.com when we’re traveling. It’s a great way to compare prices across multiple companies.
Skip the lines and don’t risk missing out on experiences by waiting until you arrive to get tickets. They have a huge catalogue of experiences all over the world.

An amazing company that lead epic bucket list hikes around the world. They support local communities by working with local guides.

 

Flights

I love all things Google, so naturally I use check Google Flights when I’m looking to book. They have a lot of data that helps you decide when it’s good to buy. 
Momondo consistently ranks as one of the best travel sites for deals because of its search engine capabilities. It also gives you combos and options of flights that you won’t find on most other sites.

Expedia has been around forever and still proves to be a reliable tool to book your travel.

  • Luggage Hero – If you ever have a long layover or need to store your luggage while you’re out adventuring, check out Luggage Hero. You can search by city, find a convenient location, and pay by the hour or day.
Compare some of the best Travel Reward credit cards! We currently have the venture one card.
If you prefer cards that focus on Airline Rewards, check out this list to compare.

For the best Cash Back cards, check out and compare them on this list. We used to use these type of cards until we started traveling more.

Photography Gear

This tiny light packs a huge punch! So easy to carry around and handy in different environments because of the gel packs. It’s waterproof too. We have the Master Light Pack.

We use the Adobe Suite for all our photos and video. We mostly edit in Lightroom and Photoshop for photos, and use Premiere for all our video edits.

B&H

We buy most of our camera gear from B&H. They ship fast, offer great customer service, and have a HUGE selection. We listed our camera below.

Favorite Camera Gear

CAMERAS

LENSES

  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L  – This is our favorite lens that always goes with us whenever we travel. Nothing else quite shoots this sharp.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L – A huge lens that’s annoying to carry around, but we always regret not bringing it with us. It takes all our best portrait shots.
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 – We only bring this along for astrophotography or when I know I’ll be in tight spaces where my 35 won’t be wide enough.

TRIPODS

  • MeFoto Globetrotter Air Tripod – Very packable tripod that we throw into our carry on.
  • GorillaPod – We mainly use this for our video point-and-shoot since we’re always shooting both photo and video simultaneously. If you want to go extra light, and you aren’t in a time crunch, then you can travel with this alone.

BACKPACKS

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Blogging Tools

Pinterest brings me the most blog traffic right after Google, and Tailwind helps me save so much time. Before, I was pinning nonstop throughout the day, but now I schedule everything ahead of time.

I can’t believe we only started using this. I used to do a lot of guess work using Keyword Planner since it’s free. It worked okay, but Keysearch helps me see the real data I need to rank on Google’s top page.

We use Dreamhost for hosting. We’re happy with the service, but may end up switching because the caching has had some conflicts with our site design. You can also check out Blue Host and Host Gator.

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Affiliates

Here are the current blog networks we are a part of for brand partnerships and affiliate marketing. 

Here’s a list of all our affiliate partners.

TRAVEL Gear

This Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 is a beast of a charger. It can charge two devices at once, and you can even charge a new MacBook pro on it. We actually use this quite often in NYC.

We’ve tested out a few, and this Skyroam one is a solid wifi option for traveling. You can connect up to 5 devices so we always travel with it to stay connected.

This is such a great small sling perfect for carrying around your every day items. We use a few other backpacks for when we need to carry more detailed below.

OUR GO TO TRAVEL GEAR

WATER BOTTLES

  • Platypus plusBottle – This water bottle comes with me on every trip because it’s so lightweight and takes up practically no space when it’s empty.
  • Hydro Flask – If you’re going to be out in cold or hot temperatures, this water bottle is great to bring hot soup or keep your water cold.

BACKPACKS

  • Peak Design Everyday Sling – This is such a great small sling perfect for carrying around your every day essentials without the burden of a full on backpack. I usually pack in a DSLR, one lens, a thin layer, and a few small items. Can fit a small tablet but not a laptop.
  • Peak Design Everyday Backpack – Easily the most used bag we have and one we get the most compliments on. Great to store camera gear, laptop, and other travel essentials. It also gives easy access to your camera without having to take off the backpack. You can also take out the dividers if you don’t travel with camera gear.
  • Wandrd Prvke Backpack – Our newest addition used as our travel backpack. We currently fit 1 DSLR + lens + extra lens + drone.
  • Peak Design Everyday Sling – This is our go-to bag when we need to bring our camera gear on hiking and outdoor adventures. Rugged build, supportive straps, and great for organizing all your camera gear. You can also access everything without taking the bag off or sitting down.

CLOTHES

  • Sharmbaa – Always travel with both the lighter one and the fleece. The fleece can be worn 4 ways and the knit one can be worn 5+. I usually wear the knit as a scarf, a light cardigan, or a head covering if I’m in conservative countries or visiting a church or mosque. The fleece I use as a blanket too on the plane.
  • Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid Jacket – Rain jacket for travel and outdoors.
  • ExOfficio Underwear and Boxer Briefs – Their slogan is “7 countries. 6 weeks. One pair of award-winning underwear. (Ok, maybe two.).” We have yet to travel that light, but we’ve had occasions where we needed to wash and rewear them. They dry quick.
  • Under Armor Sandals – Super lightweight and comfortable.

Favorite Outdoor Gear

We shop at REI for 90% of our outdoor gear. The staff is friendly and can usually speak to a lot of the products. Plus they have one of the best return policies around.

A lot of outdoor gear doesn’t fit us well, but we really like how Patagonia fits. We usually keep an eye on their site to pick up items when they’re on sale.

Arc’teryx is our new gear obsession. They create some really quality gear that we’ve brought on our recent adventures.

OUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR GEAR

Camping / Hiking

Footwear

Clothes

Climbing Gear 

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