I’ve been travel blogging for a while now, and through good old-fashioned trial and error, I’ve compiled a fairly comprehensive list of top-notch resources related to the travel industry that have made my life so much easier. These are the products and services that I use on a daily basis in all aspects of my business – whether it be for travel itself or the day-to-day activities of running the blog.
Please keep in mind that some of the links below are affiliate links, and I will earn a small commission if you choose to sign up/purchase that product or service after clicking my link (at no extra cost to you). That being said, every product or service listed on this page is one that I use and depend on daily. If I didn’t believe in it, it would not be listed here. Thank you for your support!
Priority Pass – global airport lounge access
Priority Pass is (by far) my favorite travel tool of them all, since it allows unrestricted access to 1200 airport lounges around the world. For someone like me who doesn’t have upper-end elite status on any airline, this comes in super handy because I’m able to access some of the best airport lounges in nearly any major airport for a small annual membership fee. They’ve been around for 25 years, and their list of participating lounges keeps growing every year. Sign up today!
ExpertFlyer – The frequent flyer’s secret weapon!
I don’t know about you, but I’m a super busy guy and I don’t have time to keep checking airline websites in order to get the best deal or the best seat on a particular flight. ExpertFlyer does all of the hard work for you (such as notifying you when the specific seat you want becomes available) and it’s a tool that I depend on each and every time I fly. Think of it as your personal concierge that works for you 24/7 to get the best flight experience.
American Express Platinum – Rock star travel benefits
Cycling through credit cards in order to collect sign-up bonuses has been a big part of my travel strategy for years. I never typically keep a card for very long after receiving the bonus, but the Amex Platinum is one that I’m going to use forever. For frequent traveler such as myself, the benefits of this card (such as 5X points on all airfare spend, complementary Priority Pass membership, $200 yearly Uber credits, etc) far outweigh the annual fee.
Travel blogging resources
MyThemeShop WordPress themes and plug-ins
Three years ago, I discovered MyThemeShop and maintaining my blog has been a piece of cake ever since. Unlike many other WordPress theme developers, their products are beautifully simple and they work exactly as advertised. Even better, their support staff is incredibly responsive, and I’ve never had to wait more than 12 hours for a solution to any question that I’ve ever had – whether it be related to installation or customization.
Dreamstime.com Stock Photography
Having a travel blog and creating consistent marketing content for it requires stock photography from time to time – I simply don’t have the time to do everything myself! My favorite place to get stock photos for SANspotter marketing content is Dreamstime. They are a smaller agency compared to some of the others, but their catalog of high-quality travel photography is just as good as you can find anywhere else. I’ve been a happy customer since 2006.