The below listed resources are the exact ones we are using for our travel as we don’t recommend anything we aren’t personally using.
Some of the below are popular and some you may not have heard of, so check them all out and rest assured these are the best in the business.
Skyscanner is our number one site to look for cheap flights. In addition to all the big boy carriers, it also searches all the little low-cost carriers. It doesn’t cost anything, making it one of the best flight search tools.
HOSTELS & HOTELS
Hostelworld is the main site we use to look for places to stay. Hostels are common and cheap and Hostelworld is the number one place to find them.
Before traveling we had never before used Booking, but they are awesome for finding a cheap place to stay when there are no hostels or you just want a cheap room to yourself. A lot of the time we can get a private room for a lower price than 2 bunks in a hostel. Use our LINK and get $20 off your first booking (which could be an entirely free night!)
When we know a specific piece of gear that we want, Gear Trade is the first place we look. Shawn once picked up a pair of $200 climbing puffy pants for less than $100. If you don’t mind very slightly used gear then there are great deals to be had here. You can also sell your own gear!
Campsaver is another great discount online retailer. They offer an amazing 20% discount for active duty AND veterans of the US Military. If you’re military and trying to get a discount on that new piece of gear that’s never on sale, this is your site.
Sierra Trading Post frequently has DEEP discounts on TONS of popular outdoor brands. The key is checking back frequently as they don’t always have all sizes. Shawn frequently gets shoes here for well over half off retail prices.
Steep and Cheap is actually owned by Backcountry (see below) and seems to be their liquidation arm. They differ in that they have limited time discount collections and “current steal’s”. The deals go until inventory is gone and then another one pops up. If you’re on it, you can get AMAZING deals through this site, but you have to keep an eye out.
What can you really say about REI that hasn’t been said already? Their 1-year satisfaction guarantee is amazing. If you decide you don’t like something or want to try out a new pack, no problem, bring the old one back for a full refund or store credit. With actual brick and mortar stores, you can see and touch before purchasing as well. Top Notch.
Backcountry is REI’s direct competitor but without actual stores. Sometimes their prices are a little better than REI and they frequently run discounts. Like REI, they also have an ‘Outlet’ store on their website. Backcountry’s return program isn’t quite as robust, but still 30 days gurenteed return for used gear is pretty nice when dealing with an online retailer.
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