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RECOMMENDATIONS

Below are resources that we use for travel, retirement and on our blog.  These are tried and true.  We only make recommendations on products or services that we have fully vetted and use for ourselves. 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

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. Click here for this savings.

Simply the Best Prices and Service for Car Rentals Worldwide

Auto Europe

autoeurope

Auto Europe 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. Click here for this savings.

The Best Airline for South American Travel

LATAM Airlines

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. Click here for this savings

Cheaper than all the rest

CheapOair

cheapoair
CheapOair 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 CheapOair finds to your favorite booking service.  You can also set an alert to have CheapOair alert you when the price changes.  I use it all the time when I'm making advance plans. Click here for this savings.

Travel Accessories

Travel Blazer & Clothes

bluffworksIt's not about the clothes – it's what you do in them. Bluffworks was founded to fit into every aspect of your life’s journey – work, travel, play (and everything in between). This apparel’s comfort, stylish versatility, and durability are designed to go the distance and help you focus on the journey ahead. One of my favorite pack items is the blazer. A blazer can dress up any attire. Click here for this savings.

Simply the Easiest Travel Clothes

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. Click here for this savings.

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. Click here for the savings.

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. Click here for the offer.

Always have your notes with you

Evernote

evernoteEvernote is one of my favorite tools. I use it to write my post drafts and to store all of my important travel information. I like that it automatically saves and syncs so it's available on all of my devices and my wife's. The paid version gives you offline access which is really important when you travel and don't have Internet. Click here for the offer.

Hosting With Support When You Need It

Bluehost

bluehostWe'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. Click here for the offer.

Travel Smart with Unlimited Global Wifi

Skyroam

We love the Skyroam device. Every country we've traveled in including the U.S. this device gave us unlimited data for up to 5 devices. It's even great for cruises when you're in port. Don't bother getting sim chips for your phone, this device will give all your phones data and if you need to make a call, just use Skype. And best of all, you never need to worry about reaching your data limit, it's unlimited. Be sure to use my 10% discount code of “retireearly” Click here for the offer.

Blogging

Great way to learn affiliate marketing

Affiliate Marketing Course

affiliate marketing

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a great course to learn how to make money with your website.  Learn how Michelle went from $0 to $50,000 a month with affiliate and direct programs. Click here for a special offer.

Best way to build your email list

interactThis is a great way to build up your email list. Make polls and quizzes easily and have them integrate into your favorite email marketing program.  Click here for a special offer.

Best way to build your email list

interactThis is a great way to build up your email list. Make polls and quizzes easily and have them integrate into your favorite email marketing program.  Click here for a special offer.

Best Website Caching Plugin

WP Rocket

WP Rocket - WordPress Caching Plugin

WP Rocket is the best plugin I found for speeding up my WordPress website. I've tried many of the free ones but for a small yearly fee, you can have the best. Click here for a deal.

Retiring Early

Make Extra Money

airbnb host

Being an Airbnb host is a great way to earn extra money using something you already have, a home or apartment. Rent year round or just when your away. And this is extra money you can use towards an early retirement. You can easily see what income your home or apartment can bring by going to Airbnb’s “What you can earn” site.