Tools

by Sojourner

Tools

Looking for specific travel gear? Websites to find the best flight deals? Blogging must-haves? Well this page has it all. I organized a bunch of my travel tools for you to be prepared for your adventures too. Use the table of contents to quickly jump around the page and find what you need!

*Note: This page may contain affiliate links that discount the price for you and may give me a percent of the commission.

Table of Contents

For Finding Cheap Flights

Google Flights

Since 2015, Google Flights is my tried and true resource for planning flights! It works great in conjunction with Scott’s Cheap Flights (see below) to plan the cheapest times and days to book a flight.

Scott's Cheap Flights

I use Scott’s Cheap Flights to keep track of the best flight deals. You can set your home airport, and others, to get deals straight to your inbox. It is the only flight deal list I prefer to pay for as a premium member. And I think it’s 100% worth it.

Hopper

To help find the best time to book a flight, I use the app Hopper. You can “watch” your trips and they will send you notifications on when you should book.  If you are considering multiple dates and airports you can set reminders for all of those too.

Student Universe

Student travelers – this is a resource you need! Student Universe is specifically geared towards students under the age of 26 to get discounts on flights. Membership is free and promo codes are sent to your inbox.

Skyscanner

Similar to Google Flights, Skyscanner is another tried and true resource.  They make it easy to compare different flights across different times and airlines. And their “Everywhere” option is great for those spontaneous adventures. 

For Activities & Accommodations

Hostelworld

I’m a hostel lover and the only website I use to book them is Hostelworld. For budget and student travelers looking to cut costs, or solo travelers who want to meet new people, this is the way to go. 

Airbnb

For long-term stays, more spacious accommodations, or a group trip I choose Airbnb.  This is also my choice as someone who travels for work and leisure. The extra amenities of a washer, dryer, and full kitchen often come in handy.

Get Your Guide

After booking the flight and accommodations, you have to find the activities! Get Your Guide can be your resource. They offer discounts on touristy activities and excursions in your destination of choice.

Airbnb Experiences

Another go-to favorite for booking activities is  Airbnb Experiences! I’ve used them for photoshoots, tours, and other unique experiences in a destination. These are great to do as a solo traveler or with friends. 

ViaHero

Looking for more activity planning help? Have a local help plan your itinerary! ViaHero hires locals in cities around the world to help plan your trip activities. It can be personalized and there are daily rates that directly support locals.

For Travel Clothing & Shoes

Tevas Sandals

Yes – I am Tevas girl! They have become my go-to sandals for daily walking and even hiking. They are versatile, cute (to me hehe), and make traveling on my feet so much more easier. 

Ragstock Oversized Jean Jacket

Layering is key while traveling so you do not have to always pack a thick coat. I love a good oversized jean jacket as a staple layering piece. While the one I own from Ragstock is unavailable, they have tons more at a reasonable price!

Columbia Sportswear Jacket

This is my go-to hiking jacket! I love it because it’s insulated, perfect for layering, water resistant, and cropped for my 5’1 frame. It’s also lightweight and comfortable for multiple seasons of hiking. For the best price, go to a Columbia outlet near you!

HI-TEC Hiking Boots from Sierra

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to incorporate exercise into my travels. But, outdoor gear can get expensive which is why I love Sierra! They have affordable gear for hikers like me who want to get outside but do not want to break the bank.

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For Packing and Luggage

eBags Backpacks

My first travel backpack in 2015 was from eBags and I have used them ever since! Their mother loader series is my tried and true style, including tons of pockets for all my travel needs.

Peak Design Tech Pouch

As a travel content creator I carry more tech than the average person and Peak Design’s pouch carries it all (except for my DSLR). Cords, chargers, external batteries, etc. all fits.

Packing Cubes

It’s not a secret that packing cubes are a must-have for traveling! I purchased mine on Amazon, but there are so many others to choose from. Find the color and style that works for you.

Travel-Sized Containers

No one likes to get their liquids dumped going through TSA. It adds extra time to your check-in process. Travel-sized containers are necessary to prevent airport delays. These are TSA approved so you can carry all of your toiletry needs happily. 

For Travel Tech Cameras

Canon Rebel T6i

If you want a beginner DSLR, the Canon Rebel T6i is a solid (and slightly bulky) choice. Since getting mine in 2016 they have since created the T7i. Regardless, it is great for YouTube videos and photos. 

GoPro Hero 9

If you are an adventure traveler (hiking, ziplining, bungee jumping, etc.) then a GoPro is a necessary device. It is the ultimate action camera with many accessories to match.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

I’ve had iPhones 4, 6, 10, and now the 12 Pro Max. For content creators who want a good quality, I’d recommend this one. The camera quality is impressive and it can be used for vlogging.

DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo

A pocket camera is not a necessary camera, but it’s size what makes it stand out. It’s so small and lightweight for quick vlogging. The creator combo is the best deal for content creators to have all the extras and save $100ish dollars.

For Travel Tech Accessories

Anker External Battery

Anker makes a lot of useful travel technology and gadgets. An external battery is a must for any solo traveler as we have to rely on our own devices to get us around. This one has multiple charging ports too.

Travel Wifi

Though it’s great to travel and unplug, sometimes you need wifi! A portable hotspot is a worthy investment and Travel Wifi is mine of choice. Just remember it’s okay to disconnect sometimes!

Anker USB Portable Charger

Similar to the external battery, Anker’s Portable USB Charger is another one of their excellent travel gadgets. This one has multiple ports as well to charge a few devices at once.

Freewell Lenses (for DJI Pocket 2)

To be transparent, this was an impulse buy after watching too many YouTube videos on the DJI Pocket 2. However these anamorphic and wide angle lenses are top quality and good tools to have for more cinematic travel videos.

For Travel Vlogging

Epidemic Sound

Take the headache out of finding royalty free music with Epidemic Sound. Created for YouTube videos, it’s full of all the sounds and sound effects you need.

Final Cut Pro X

Available on MacBooks, Final Cut Pro is for travel vloggers who want to level up their videos. I started on (free) iMovie then made this investment for better quality!

InShot

For editing on-the-go and on your phone, InShot is the app I recommend! It is super easy to use and most importantly: FREE. Perfect for creating reels, Tik Toks, etc.

Rode VideoMicro Microphone

There are hacks to get good quality sound for YouTube videos, vlogs, etc. However this Rode microphone makes it all the more easier. This microphone is great because it can plug right into your camera.

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

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Delkin Suction Camera Mount

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GoPro Chest Strap

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For Travel Blogging

MacBook Pro 2020

Investing in a solid laptop is necessary. I’ve been using MacBook Pros since 2012. I recently upgraded to 2020 version after having the 2016 version for 5 years. 

Siteground

Finding a hosting platform is one of those things you do when you want to become a “serious” travel blogger. 

WordPress

Sojournies originally started on Weebly, we have been on WordPress since 2018! It is definitely a learning curve, however it has been the best blogging decision. It’s a popular platform for bloggers too!

Canva

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Elementor Pro

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ConvertKit

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Adobe Lightroom

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For Travel Business

Notion

To balance writing, blogging, and content creation can get hectic. Notion is how I stay organized as my go-to project management tool for tasks and steps to completion.

Tailwind

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Google Voice

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External Hardrive

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Grammarly

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Blue Light Glasses

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For Black Natural Hair Care

The Wrap Life

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Fanm Djanm

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TGIN Honey Hair Mask

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Shea Butter

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Marley Twists

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Flexi Rods

If I wear my fro out I’m most likely doing a twist and curl with flexi rods at the end. Check your local beauty supply store! And if you forget, roll pieces of aluminum foil horizontally to create rollers.

For Travel Beauty & Skin

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

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Black Girl Sunscreen

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

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Clutch Nails

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Alice's Garden Facial Cleanser

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CeraVe PM Moisturizer

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For Other Travel Extras

She's Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

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Portable Door Lock

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Sea Nausea Relief Bands

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Zyrtec

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Essential Oils

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Essential Oils

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