What I Recommend

I get lots of questions about what I recommend, so I’ve listed them below.

*Some of these are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you buy through those links. I do use these products myself and highly recommend them.

Travel Recommendations

What I travel with: I travel carry-on only with this backpack (I’m in love with it): Timbuk2 Aviator 20″ 2015 and this purse: Timbuk2 Monterey Messenger.

How I get cell service abroad: I use T-Mobile because it has the best plan for international travel. Unlimited text messages, unlimited data, and phone calls at 20 cents per minute while roaming internationally.

How I book accommodations: I use Airbnb almost exclusively for temporary lodging. I have booked a hotel only one time in the past three years. I’ve used it to book a local host family in Cusco, Peru, for 10 days and to book my very own private apartment across from the Louvre in Paris for one month! You can get a $35 credit on Airbnb if you use my referral link.

How I get FREE accommodations: TrustedHousesitters.com is the best site I’ve found to discover housesitting assignments. I’ve housesat in Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area. Basically you get to stay in someone’s home for free in exchange for watching their home and caring for their pets while they’re gone. I’ve had amazing experiences with this site and highly recommend it.

Blogging Recommendations

My blog is hosted on SiteGround. I used Bluehost for four years, but experienced slow site load times and poor customer service. Since switching to SiteGround in July 2016, my site loads way faster and the customer service reps have been responsive and helpful! You can read more about why I switched in this detailed SiteGround review.

My blog’s theme is Oleander by Solo PineSolo Pine is my FAVORITE WordPress design agency, and before Oleander, I had the Redwood theme, which is simply gorgeous and a great theme for bloggers.

My blog’s header image, logos, and brand identity were designed by the lovely Melody Christian of Finicky DesignsI LOVED working with her. She understood my vision, worked relentlessly to create it, and she genuinely cared about my business.