Please find all the services and gear that I use for travelling and blogging. If you have any questions about them, feel free to contact me through my contact form.
- Hosting: I host The Navigatio with UKHost4u. For only £5 per month, you can get their one website hosting package. Ever since I launched my website I’ve been with them and they have always been amazing. Their customer service is top-notch and they’re always very quick to help me with any website issues.
- WordPress Theme: My WordPress theme is designed by Bluchic. I currently use the Isabelle theme. What I like so much about Bluchic’s themes is that they are very customisable, they’re clean, minimal but also look professional. But the biggest selling point for me is that they are incredibly SEO-friendly – which is an absolute must.
- Plugins: I try to keep the number of plugins running on my website to a minimum to keep the loading time down, but some are simply irreplaceable. I use Akismet Anti-Spam (block spam comments), Autoptimize (caching and minimizing CSS, HTML and JS), Easy Table of Contents (table of contents for blog posts), Interactive World Maps (to inset the maps on my website), Redirection (set up any redirections for changed or deleted URLs), Simple Share Buttons Adder (adding buttons to share my content on socials), Wordfence Security (firewall and helps me protect my website against viruses), WP Last Modified Info (an easy way to insert “last updated” rather than just “posted on” to show my content is up-to-date) and Yoast SEO (SEO and meta data editor).
- Camera: Most photos on my website are taken by me Canon 750D and my iPhone 6s.
- Lens: I have two lenses that I use with my Canon. The Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 and the Canon 50mm f/1.8.
- Lightroom: I edit all my photos in Lightroom. It’s totally worth the investment and learning how to edit your photography properly can really set you apart. I learned most of it through Youtube tutorials.
- Canva: For editing and creating pins for Pinterest and e-books, I use Canva.
- Flights: The majority of the flights I book are booked through Google Flights or Skyscanner. I use these because they compare all flights and are always certain to give me the cheapest prices. I also stay up-to-date with Jack’s Flight Club’s newsletters, which share tips for cheap flights.
- Accommodation: As a mid-range travel blogger, I definitely prefer hotels over hostels. Which is why when booking accommodation, I always use Booking or Airbnb.
- Travel insurance: Having the correct travel insurance is incredibly important when travelling. I get my travel insurance with World Nomads, they offer flexible and affordable insurance that can be bought per trip.
SEO / Website Traffic
- SEO ebooks: SEO is one of the main sources of my website traffic. I have worked as an SEO specialist before diving into the full-time blogger world, and that knowledge helped me a lot. I have written two ebooks about SEO for Bloggers which can be found here. There is a free SEO checklist on there too!
- Keysearch: For keyword research, I use the keyword tool Keysearch. It’s a game-changer! You can get 20% off your Keysearch subscription through this link (add code KSDISC to your basket!).
- Moz Bar: To help my SEO research and stats of my own website, I also use the free Moz Bar Chrome Extension.
- Pinterest ebook: After organic traffic, Pinterest is my second biggest source of website traffic. I learned everything I know about Pinterest through Emily Dyson’s Pinterest Course.
- Business cards: For trade shows and other events, I always take printed business cards and media kits with me. I get them printed with Vista Print.
- Media kit: Having a media kit is incredibly important for when you want to work with brands or other companies. I’ve designed my media kit myself, but you can buy my templates on my Etsy shop.
- Grammerly: Even though I have an English and Creative Writing degree, sometimes I miss a few typos. The free Grammerly Chrome extension helps me massively with that.
- Mailchimp: I send emails to my mailing list with Mailchimp.