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Unfortunately, I've had my wallet stolen a few times while traveling and TransferWise has been a complete lifesaver when I need access to cash from my bank while overseas. I was able to get funds into my Spanish bank account from my American bank account free of charge with my first transaction within three days. Use my TransferWise link to sign up and make your first transfer at least £200 and up to £500 completely free of charge! is my favorite platform to use for hotel reservations as there are no hidden fees, no credit card needed to book, great customer service, and most reservations can be canceled or changed free of charge. They also have listings for bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, which support locals and is a more mindful accommodation option than international hotel chains. Do you want to earn $20 cash back from for your next vacation? Use this link the next time you book a hotel on and receive the cash back after your stay!

If you haven’t already signed up for Airbnb, or if you can sign up under a different email address to get $40 off your first stay of $75 or more please use my Airbnb referral link so I can get a credit too. This is the only way I can benefit from staying at Airbnb properties and share the awesome Airbnb's that I've stayed in on Miss Filatelista. Airbnb supports locals in the tourism sector of the places where you visit and usually offers the most unique accommodation options! is the world's largest free database of hostels and compares rates from between booking websites like Hostelworld, Gomio, and other accommodation sites. shows the price difference between each site and allows users to book directly through the booking platform that offers the lowest fare. If you're traveling on a budget then hostels are an excellent choice, especially if you're traveling solo and keen to meet other travelers to share experiences and explore with. 

I am a firm believer that the best way to learn about the culture and traditions of the places we visit is through locals. Homestays are the most authentic way to truly live like a local as we travel. I find hosts through which has more than 50,000 homestays in 160+ countries. It's an affordable way to travel too as the average room price per night is $31.

Responsible travel goes beyond what you do while you're on vacation, it also matters what you're wearing! Purchase beautiful fair trade clothing and accessories made of natural fabrics from likemary. You'll be happy you have one of the blanket scarves the next time you're on a freezing long-distance bus! They're created by a cooperative of artisans who hand-weave on traditional looms. is the first and largest platform for social impact travel with thousands of community-based travel experiences hosted by highly vetted do-good organizations in 80 countries around the world. They partner with non-profits, NGOs, and social enterprises to ensure impact as these organizations are legally obligated to invest revenue into programs that benefit the local community. is committed to responsible travel with 100% of hosts’ revenue invested back into the local community. Book immersive and impactful experiences with for a unique opportunity engage in authentic cultural exchanges. I've slept in the Moroccan Sahara Desert, learned to cook Sri Lankan curries, looked in the eyes of brown bears in Romania, learned cool facts in Bulgaria, had my heart broken by children living on the street in India, and many more life-changing experiences all through

Take Me Tours is a marketplace of tours in Thailand hosted by locals. Each of their experiences is unique and authentic. The best way to have a transformative travel memory is by supporting locals in the communities you visit. I had the pleasure of learning about Lanna Cooking while I was in Chiang Mai and absolutely recommend booking with Take Me Tours! You can get 200 THB (around US$6.00) off of your first experience with a local in Thailand by using the exclusive discount code MFLTLTPROMO when booking on

For unique local experiences, I book excursions through Lokal Travel. All of their experiences are operated by locally owned businesses that are committed to preserving culture, impacting the environment, and supporting locals. They truly live up to the motto of traveling further. Currently, they have activities in Asia and Latin America.

If you're interested in receiving a sak yant blessing while in Thailand I recommend booking the ancient tattoo ritual with Where Sidewalks End. They’ve created authentic tours lead by locals that help travelers receive sacred yantra blessings from Arjans in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Ayutthaya. I plan to get a new sak yant with WSE next time I am in Thailand and know many people who've loved the experience.

These are the travel essentials that I have used over the last 2+ years of full-time travel and wholeheartedly recommend to other travelers that are all available on




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