Recommendations

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Credit Cards

Chase Sapphire Reserve (50k sign-up bonus): our primary credit card for general travel spending and food, purchase protection

Citi Prestige: 4th night free hotel bookings, purchase protection, and common-carrier transport (trains, buses, planes) due to delay protection kicking in after just 3 hours

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Card (35k sign-up bonus): earns Starpoints, access to Amex offers, free Boingo Wi-Fi, no foreign transaction fees

Lodging

Booking ($25 one-time credit): our first stop for comparing hostels, hotels, ect, calculates a reliable wifi rating which is critical for us. After using the above link for a stay, use this link for future stays.

Agoda: our second stop for comparing hostels, hotels, ect, has lower prices than booking.com in some parts of the world

AirBnB ($40 one-time credit): a bed/room/home rental platform that can sometimes offer a cheaper and/or more local experience, good for renting an entire apartment, often gives weekly or monthly discounts, easy to contact potential hosts

Travel Resources

Uber (enter code d77xv for $15 one-time credit): a game-changer for finding safe and reliable transport in many parts of the world

Project Fi ($20 one-time credit): a game-changer for having immediate cell and data coverage in over 135 countries, $10/GB data anywhere with reasonable calling rates anywhere (free in US)

Amazon Prime (30 days free): unlimited free 2-day shipping with no minimum order size, Kindle First, some free Kindle books, some free streaming videos and TV, free unlimited photo storage. Even living abroad where we don’t use the shipping much, we still keep our Prime membership.

Amazon: great for items with manufacturer warranties (Eagle Creek, Osprey) or difficult to find items

Brands

REI: 1-year satisfaction guarantee.  Within a year, return any item (except those purchased during ‘garage sale’ events) for any reason.  We’ve ‘returned and rebought’ items that went on sale to get the sale price, and we’ve had friends that returned backpacks that did not fit correctly after a few months of use.  These returned items can then be bought for 20%-80% of their original price at ‘garage sale’ events. We bought our travel packs, travel shoes, and much of our travel clothing from REI due to the 1-year satisfaction guarantee.

Nalgene: Water bottles with a life-time warranty.  If the bottle breaks – regardless of where you bought the bottle or whether it was given to you – you can fill out a form and be sent a replacement.  My 1L Nalgene broke after falling from an overhead rack on a train in Japan, and I had a  free replacement waiting for me when I returned from Japan.

Osprey: All might warranty repairs or replaces any damage or defect.  We have a S/M 70L Farpoint, a M/L 70L Farpoint, a Ozone 35L, and an older daypack – all of which we bought at REI. Our Ozone pack had a fraying strap that Osprey repaired free of charge (our only expense was shipping the pack back to Osprey).

Eagle Creek: No matter what warranty repairs product failures during a product’s lifetime.  We bought three sets of Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes from Amazon.  One cube’s material ripped within the first two months of use, so we sent it back to Eagle Creek’s North Western repair location for repair.

Other loved brands: Patagonia (underwear, daypack), Chacos (shoes), Icebreaker (shirts), L.L.Bean (daypacks, clothing, shoes)