My favorite travel websites

 

Getting the right resources to travel with your friends and family is rather difficult nowadays. On the one hand, the economy doesn’t let us travel the world as we could several decades ago. Perhaps our parents were a bit more lucky in this sense.

You don’t need a lot of money to be adventurous, however, and the coolest thing about this hobby is that it doesn’t even need to cost a fortune. If you have nothing against sharing your room with other people and bringing along just some of your essentials, you’re all good to go. Of course, some people might be a tad pickier than that, which is to say that they might want to travel in style and perhaps stay at a hotel.

 

 

When I was younger, I tried Couchsurfing with my boyfriend, and it turned out to be the coolest experience of my life. You know how people say that money doesn’t matter because your life experiences matter more? Well, that might not be true in all cases, but it was in ours. We took a trip to The Netherlands and Germany thanks to the site I mentioned above. What I did was look for hosts ahead of time and get in touch with these people to ask them whether they could offer us a couch or room for a night. Once we got to Cologne, the city we landed in, we rented a car, and for ten days, we went from one town to the next.

So, the first site I can recommend when it comes to travel, especially if you don’t have a lot of funds, is Couchsurfing.

 

Another website I used extensively is Booking.com. It’s one of the most popular sites in Europe especially, and for a good reason, in my opinion. The neatest thing about it is that, if you want to visit a town, there’s always a myriad of hotels and bed and breakfasts you can stay at for a decent fee. Their offers are updated every couple of days or so, and new lodging becomes available for fair prices.

HRS.com is another site I’ve tried in the past, and it did wonders for me. When I was about 25, I had to travel to Vienna for an international conference, and I found a reasonably priced hotel right next to the location of the meeting. Of course, I was way too tired to go out and visit Vienna, so I decided to take a stroll here and there. The sights are absolutely breathtaking, and while I did promise myself to visit the city again, I never got to it.

 

Finally, if you’re all out of ideas and you don’t know where your future adventures should take you, I recommend checking out the BBC Travel website. It’s packed with loads of details regarding European locations, specialty dishes, exotic destinations, and a bunch of other tips and tricks you might need whenever you go to a country other than your own.

Some essentials you need when you’re traveling with your motorhome

Not all accountants live boring, uneventful lives. I am a retired accountant and I have fairly recently learned the joys of traveling in an RV. In fact, I have even been thinking of selling our home to move into a campervan with my beloved wife.

To successfully achieve that, I have read many a good article on how to really start enjoying the casual lifestyle of being in a motorhome. I would love to write such a thing but for now, let me start by telling you about our preparations for our first ever RV camping adventure, or more specifically, the preparations leading to it.

 

The spontaneity we get to enjoy in sticking to an RV lifestyle is immeasurable. It presents the potential to escape the big city at a moment’s notice at the end of a work week to enjoy an unplanned miniature break, which can be immensely satisfying, to say the least. With a motorhome, everything that we need is already packed up and ready to go on our next RV adventure.

 

This holds quite the appeal for my wife, who can readily spend a full day packing a suitcase to make us both prepared for any eventuality on the road the minute we go beyond suburbia. This makes it essential that our RV be appropriately loaded before our very first trip so the next time the sun rises on the horizon, all we need to do is load the RV fridge and set off.

 

Although I and the wifey only had to pack for ourselves, it can be quite easy to bring more than we ought to. However, I am happy to say that most of the items we have packed are going to be used a lot during our entire road trip. In fact, we even had to rush to the supermarket to get a few items that were missing.

 

The most useful item is, of course, a good-quality RV GPS. I don’t know how we can ever survive without one. It was easy to leave all the Lonely Planet books I have collected in favor of this one, single device with the ‘avoid toll roads’ feature that is going to save us a lot of precious money, as well as from getting into potential trouble with law enforcers on the road.

 

In terms of accommodation, transportation, and eateries, that single device has pretty much everything covered along with our RV.

Now for the general RV camping items, we have packed a foldable mattress and some pillows, blankets, and sheets for sleeping. My wife installed some foldable curtains for the windows. We also have a 5-liter canister for the drinking water and another 5-liter canister for cooking. We each packed a foldable chair.

The laundry bag is a no-brainer, as is the small plastic trash can. We have also brought a camping floor tarp in case we decide to camp out for the night.

We have also packed the essential everyday items including underwear, socks, shoes, T-shirts, jackets, hiking boots, sneakers, flip flops, etc.

I know you are all rooting for me and my spouse. I am really excited about how this first trip turns out.