From international airlines to rideshare websites, here are some of my favourite companies when it comes to getting around the globe.
As usual, I’ve focused on operators that offer a good service, as well as value for money, and arranged them in alphabetical order.
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An awesome site if you’re applying for a visa that requires you to show proof of an onward flight ticket, these guys let you rent a flight ticket, so you can get your visa, get into the country, and not have to pay for a plane departure!
Great for instances when you’re leaving a country by land not air, or haven’t fully finalised your plans / itinerary yet, this site is fab for working the system.
Please note: I am not advocating overstaying your visa here!
Europe’s largest carpooling community, Bla Bla Car allows you to connect with people who can either help share your fuel costs or who can make your journey cheaper.
It’s similar to hitching, but things are a bit more organised.
BlaBla now also offer really cheap bus travel across Europe too care of, would you believe it, Bla Bla Bus!
US-based flight comparison site with a Price Drop Payback guarantee i.e. if fares drop after you purchase, they’ll credit you back the difference.
Hard not to get onboard with that idea!
A great place to search for ridesharing adventures in Australia, if you looking to travel Down Under cheaply, this could be the answer!
Advertise your ride or pick one up for free (I’ve done both!)
Coseats also have super information about relocation deals.
Top campervan search company operating in Australia and New Zealand.
They scan hundreds of deals to get you the best price, so are well worth taking a look at.
A clear and simple layout makes this flight comparison site easy to navigate and a useful starting point for good fare pricing.
They have a price match guarantee aswell – hoorah!
My go-to for travel around Europe, it’s hard to beat Flixbus when it comes to incredibly cheap coach travel across a huge range of routes and countries.
If you’re looking to get anywhere in Europe (from Romania to Rome, Lisbon to Lithuania), check these guys first for the biggest range of bus options and lowest fares.
And now there’s also FlixTrain!
I used it in Germany and found it wonderfully affordable!
Incredible source of information that brings together hitchhiking tips and information from around the globe, the Hitchwiki site is divided into continents and then country sections, so you can easily find all you need to know about where you’re trying to get a ride from and to.
I used these guys to secure my relocation between Alice Springs and Darwin in Australia and found them excellent.
Imoova basically act as an agent for lots of different rental companies, so pool together all the available relocation deals and then contact you.
I was on-stand by and they called me with a great deal.
I did have to pay them a small agent fee, but the process was easy and smooth and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Brilliant booking agent that covers bus, train and plane travel, so you can organise journeys that include a combination of 1, 2 or all 3.
Very helpful if you’re trying to plan flight-free or flight-reduced travel options like I often am.
The UK site for rideshares – ride for cheap and help reduce the number of cars on the road.
Amazingly cheap bus travel in the UK, mainland Europe, Canada and the US.
I’ve picked up fares for as low as $1, and while it might not have been a luxury ride, who’s complaining at this price?!
The best site when it comes to all things train and ferry related.
Man in seat 61 has amassed a vast collection of global information so you can find it all in one easy location.
Awesome for those looking to avoid flying and reduce their carbon footprint, check out my 13 money saving tips for train travel in Europe for more advice in this area.
My go-to when it comes to searching for cheap flights across the world.
Skyscanner even includes budget airlines, guaranteeing you some very competitive prices.
I love their ‘To: Everywhere’ feature, which allows you to look for the cheapest destinations from any given departure point.
A fantastic site that gives you the lowdown on which airports you can sleep in, how and where, including a list of the best and worst ones.
They even include tips about where to charge your phone, where to find 24 hour food outlets, how to source wifi and other useful facilities.
The bus company to use if you’re travelling long-distance through Central America.
From Southern Mexico through to Panama, Ticabus cover the whole stretch, stopping in all the capital cities, so you can easily connect with other national destinations or airports.
They also have Tica hotels attached to their terminals, which allow you to get a good night’s sleep without having to navigate sketchy, unknown cities if you arrive after dark.
These buses aren’t nearly as fun as chicken buses, and I wouldn’t recommend them for hopping short distances, but if you need to hop across any land borders in Central America quickly and safely, these are your guys.
Check out the 11 things you need to know about bus travel in Central America for more tips and tricks in this area.
When it comes to the quickest and easiest way to book train and bus tickets across Europe, including the UK, look no further than Trainline.
Offering the best prices, with a handy journey planning feature and live departure updates, this is my one-stop shop when it comes to organising all my Europe adventures on a budget and without flying, because yes, they also cover some coach and bus travel too.