Travel resources for your upcoming trips

We have traveled all over the world for decades so we know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. The companies and websites listed below are resources we use, have used, or know enough about to trust recommending them to you. This insider knowledge also allows us to offer select deals or are aware of special offers, as listed below with travel resources, that in some cases are here-today, gone-tomorrow. Bookmark this page and check back often to not miss out. Better yet, become a member  (it’s free) and get personal notice of current or new deals as well as access to free downloads of print-ready PDFs (language guides, city guides and more) as well as other special members-only offers. Who doesn’t like to save a little money?

Travel Deals

Planning an RV adventure in the United States this year? Our friends at offer a Frequent Traveler Club as part of its premium RVing service to manage your travel reservations throughout your epic road trip. With the RoverPass Frequent Traveler Club you get to make unlimited online reservations at an affordable flat rate. Plus, you get access to their exclusive discounts at hundreds of RV parks. Learn more here.

Members-Only Discounts

A Gold Member exclusive! Save 15% on all orders from ChillAngel.comTemperature managed sleepwear for travel and for life. Designed by women for women. Go to our Gold Member Discounts and Deals page to get your code and save.

Travel Insurance

  • Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance – We purchase all of our travel and evacuation insurance from Ripcord. Its prices are extremely competitive and it has a reputation for handling everything from the simplest of travel insurance claims to coordinating remote emergency medical evacuations from the sides of mountains for clients in trouble. We do NOT leave home without travel insurance coverage. Learn more about travel insurance here.

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  • Exito Travel — Because of our connections, we are able to bring you access to what many adventure travel veterans consider the premier flight agency for global travelers. Exito works hard to bring the personal touch back to buying airfare, to hand-selecting the best airlines, the best prices, the best routes, and the best seat assignments for your next adventure. They have access to airfare discounts you will not find online, anywhere. We rely on them for booking most of our travel needs, just as leading adventure travel companies such as Mountain Travel Sobek do.
  • Google Flights – If you simply insist on booking your flights yourself, then this is essentially the same search engine many travel agents use (although the visibility of various discounted fares that agencies can find won’t be available to you). For the consumer, it’s the best flight search engine we know, even allowing you to watch various routes and get alerts as fares change, select different classes and alliances, and analyze the price of a trip on an expansive calendar if you are flexible. It is not a booking engine; for that, you go to the airline or other travel websites.


  • – An all-around resource for finding a range of lodging –budget to luxury, funky inns to castles — anywhere in the world. No, not every hotel or boutique accommodation is listed, but it is certainly one of our primary go-to sites when we are searching for places to stay in any city or country.

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Michael Hodgson & Therese Iknoian

Co-Conspirators at HI Travel Tales
Award-winning travel writers, Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian, use words, art, video and photography to guide you on their journeys around the world, and inspire you to embark on your own travel adventure soon. They are members of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
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