Resources 2017-04-05T20:59:50+00:00


Below are resources that we use on our travel.  These are tried and true.  We only make recommendations on products or services that we have fully vetted and use for all our travels. New services and products come out all the time so if we ever find something better, we will update this page with the new information.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links.  Affiliate links contain our special code that if you click on them and buy the product or service, we could earn a commission. This comes at no additional cost to you. All of the companies/products below are products that we use on our travel and recommend to make your travels easier. You will most likely see examples of the services/products in our pictures throughout our blog posts. If you have any questions about the resources below, please email us.  We’ll be happy to answer them.  If you do book or purchase something we recommend below at a later time, we do appreciate your support of Retire Early and Travel, if you would come back and do it through the links below.  

Travel Planning

Discount Travel Bookings



Tripadvisor is our go to site for reviews on hotels, restaurants and things to do for all our travels.  Make travel booking easy and once you read the review, just book the accommodations or tour.  It’s so easy to use and you don’t have to remember what place got the best rating.  Just book it.

Easiest and Best Prices for Car Rentals

Car Rental 8


Car Rental 8 is one of the best rental sites we’ve found.  It’s amazing how much less their rental deals are then the others.  Just compare to see for yourself. Great service and we bet you won’t find a better deal. We use them exclusively on all our travels when a car is needed.

The Best Airline for South American Travel

LATAM Airlines


LATAM Airlines is our airline of choice when flying anywhere in South America.  The airline is one of the best we’ve ever flown on.  The seats are very spacious and the service is excellent.  We really enjoy flying on LATAM.

Cheaper than all the rest


JustFly is not just another online airline booking service.  This one really finds deals that are cheaper than the others.  Test it for yourself. Compare what JustFly finds to your favorite booking service.  You can also set an alert to have JustFly alert you when the price changes.  I use it all the time when I’m making advance plans.

Travel Accessories

Unique Swing Around Pod

Paxis Backpack

paxis-backpackOne of the most unique backpacks we’ve ever used.  The easy access pod that swings around makes getting things out quick and easy without having to take the backpack off.  The backpack also has a flat bottom making it stand up with ease.  The model 18 fits nicely under the smallest of airline seats.

Simply the Easiest Travel Clothes

Columbia Sportswear

columbia sportswear

Columbia Sportswear is simply the most affordable and easiest clothes to travel with.  We use Columbia almost exclusively.  What I like is that they pack easily and don’t get wrinkled.  Much of it has UV protection, stain resistant and breathes well.  We like to pack lite and Columbia clothes make that easier.  Hands down some of the best value for your money.

Small and Easy with Full Professional Features

Sony Alpha Series Cameras

sony-alphaPictures and video are so important to remember your travels. We found that many times, we didn’t want to carry the big full DSLR camera. A camera doesn’t do you any good when you don’t have it with you. We decided to move to a mirrorless camera. It’s half the size and weight and we found that we tend to carry it with us more. We use the Sony a6000. It’s a great camera.  Very high-resolution pictures and also takes excellent HD video.  We’ve been so happy with the purchase.  And since Sony came out with the new a6300 model, the a6000 can be purchased for a great deal.  And it comes with a prime lens and telephoto.

Computer Travel Technology

Faster VPN Substitute

SmartDNS Proxy

smartdns proxy

This is what we use when traveling and living abroad instead of a VPN.  This allows you to change where your computer or router does DNS lookups.  This has worked for us instead of a VPN 90% of the websites we visit.  In our experience, using a VPN always has overhead and slows down your connection.  This inexpensive solution works for banking, video streaming, etc…   You can give it a try for free for 14 days to see if it works for you.

Hosting With Support When You Need It


We’ve used many hosting providers over the years before settling on Bluehost.  We’ve been with all the well-known names and most work just fine when things are going well.  But when you have a problem, that’s what separates the good ones from the bad.  We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had website problems and the hosting company would always try and blame it on our website.  We had to be the ones to prove it was their problem and not ours.   That doesn’t happen with Bluehost.  They first will look into the problem to try and diagnose it instead of telling us that they don’t have any widespread outages so it must be our problem. That’s what we want in a hosting company.  Support when you really need it.


[Updated for 2017]
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