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Trying to decide which companies to use for trip? After years of travel, our TNN team has used hundreds of companies. Some have been great, some have been awful. Below is a list of those we come back to time and time again. They are the exact ones we use when we’re booking our own travel. They are the best out there and continually offer superior deals. Use them on your trips too!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, including the HostGator link. By using the links in this post, you can help support our website. At no extra cost to you, we’ll earn a small commission from each booking, which will allow us to keep content up to date, run events, and maintain the website. We use all the companies listed here and recommend them because they’ve made our travels better. If you have any questions about the companies, email me.


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This is our all-time favorite flight search engine. It always seems to find the best deals, and its calendar view lets you see which days are cheapest to fly. We like it because it searches the small booking sites no one else does. Start all your flight searches here!

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This company is a leader in round-the-world tickets. Its booking engine allows you to construct itineraries using multiple airlines, so you can piece together the best deals. And its staff are excellent and really know their stuff! Win-win!

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This great website searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers that larger sites miss. While we start with Skyscanner, we’ll also check this site too as a way to compare prices.

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Google Flights

Google Flights lets you enter your departure airport and see flights all over the world on a map so you can determine where the cheapest destination is. It’s a good search engine to get a sense of routes, connections, and fares.

For more information on how to find a cheap flight, read this article with all of Nomadic Matt’s tips.
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For more information on how to find cheap accommodation, read this article with all Nomadic Matt’s tips.
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Travel Insurance

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Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. It has cheap monthly plans, first-rate customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.

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World Nomads Travel Insurance

This is one of the oldest insurance companies out there that specializes in products for long-term travelers. It has competitive prices, in-depth coverage, and super customer service.

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Medjet membership is a very affordable option for those who are going to be far from home and want added evacuation coverage. It’s great for solo travelers too.

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Insure My Trip

Insure My Trip is a wholesaler that helps you compare prices so you can buy the one that’s best for you. While we like World Nomads, they only insure people up to 70 years old so if you are 70 or over, use Insure My Trip.

For more information on choosing the best travel insurance, visit this section with all Nomadic Matt’s tips.
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Tour Companies

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Travel Credit Cards

For more information on choosing the best travel credit card, read this article with all Nomadic Matt’s expert tips.
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REI Backpacks and Gear

REI is hands-down our favorite gear store. You can get anything there, and their products will last you a long time. For more on picking the perfect backpack, read this article.

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Lonely Planet Guidebooks

Everyone has their own guidebook preference. Lonely Planet is ours. We like the guides’ look, organization, light weight, and emphasis on budget travel. Lonely Planet also redesigned its books in 2011, and they are now better organized, with more photos and improved maps.

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LifeStraw makes BPA-free reusable water bottles with a built-in filter so you can always be sure that your water is clean and safe. It filters 99.99% of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics — all while helping you reduce your reliance on single-use plastic.

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Patagonia is an outdoors company that makes quality gear. From raincoats to backpacks to hiking gear, it does it all. Best of all, it works hard to ensure that its products are as sustainable as possible. One percent of all its sales is donated to environmental causes.

For more information on buying the best travel gear, read this article with all Nomadic Matt’s tips.
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Job Resources

For more information on traveling cheap (or for free), read this article with all my tips.
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Blogging Resources

For more information on starting a blog, check out this guide with all Nomadic Matt’s tips.