I’ve been using Booking.com since I can remember! It’s my number one website when looking for accommodation. The more you book, the higher your Genius level will be. And you’ll get an extra discount on top of their low prices. Don’t forget to download the app, for some extra mobile discount too! I find it also very handy that you can still cancel some bookings for free.
Most of the time, I prefer to stay in apartments over hotels. Nothing beats your own kitchen and fridge (gotta keep a bottle of wine cold at all times). Airbnb is perfect if you’re looking for a homier feeling than a hotel. What’s also a big plus for me is that most Airbnb’s are privately owned, which means you’re supporting local people. If you use this link, you’ll get a €25 discount on your first reservation.
Tripadvisor can’t be missed when travelling. I use Tripadvisor mostly to look for the best restaurants in town and things like lists with ‘the best bars in Prague’. You can also easily book a table at a restaurant via the app. If you’re reading reviews, keep in mind that everybody can add a review 😉 so don’t rely entirely on them.
Get Your Guide is the newest addition to my resources. I personally love how professional and colourful their website looks! I found their website very handy and informative. You get loads of information on activities, tours and excursions in every destination and you can immediately book tickets via their website.
Kiwi is a flight search engine that will find you the best flights out there. The options I like is where you can leave the destination open, the date open, add multiple destinations in your search or look in a specific month. Perfect if you’re flexible and looking for a budget destination. The options are endless. Kiwi also includes low cost airlines in their search results.
Staying in hostels is not for everyone, but I will include Hostelworld as an option for budget accommodation. I might not prefer to stay in a dorm, but some hostels or guesthouses also offer private rooms. You could have a private room, but with the option to meet other travellers in communal areas.
Travel insurance is a must when travelling! You can never know what is going to happen down the road. If you’re looking for a travel insurance when planning a longer trip, check out Safetywing. This one has great reviews and covers many necessary things. They also cover Covid in their new policies. Definitely worth checking out.
Agoda is another major travel platform you can’t miss. It has flights and accommodation worldwide—everything in one place. If I’m looking for tickets or accommodation, I always check Agoda too, just to be sure. Agoda is big in Asia.
A webshop with loads of different beauty brands and free shipping! They are located in the United Kingdom, and there are no customs fees for delivery in Europe. The webshop has expanded with so many more brands in the last years. Beauty Bay is my number one webshop to buy makeup.
The Balm is the first cosmetic brand that reached out to me to collab! Before I was already a happy user of their products. Their packaging is so pretty and unique. My favourite products are the Betty Lou Manizer bronzer, Creamy Lip Stains, the Schwing Liquid liner and the Nude Tude palette. Use code ‘SARAHSHIREEN’ for a 10% discount on their website.
There are a lot of hosting options out there. I have been using Siteground since I switched from WordPress.com to a self-hosted website. Their customer service is fantastic, and they helped me out really well when I had to transfer my data from one to another. I find Siteground reliable and fast.
I’ve searched everywhere to find a theme for my website to adapt precisely to how I want it to look. CSS Igniter has a lot of great themes that suit everyone. Their support desk and forum is excellent and fast if you have any questions. I’m using the paid Olsen theme, but there is also a free Olsen Light version.
Canva is a must-have to me if you’re a blogger! I use Canva to create my Pinterest pins, logo’s, invitations, and so much more. There’s no learning curve compared to Photoshop. There is a free trial, and a paid subscription is about €12 per month. To me, Canva is totally worth it if you’re serious about your blog.
All those share buttons you’ll see on every website? Social Warfare is one plugin that does this for you. I have been using it recently, but I really like this pro plugin. Many features are customizable, and the plugin comes with extras like a Pinterest Hover Button and analytics. The pro plugin costs about €20 per year, totally worth it if you ask me.
I made my first affiliate sale two months after posting a particular blog post on my blog. To drive traffic to my website, I use Pinterest. Tailwind is an automation program where you can schedule your pins. Very helpful if you don’t have the time to pin manually every day. It’s definitely an investment, but worth it. I usually plan my pins one month ahead, which saves me a lot of time.
Don’t know how to use Pinterest? Want to know how to create the perfect pin? Pinterest is a must-have for driving traffic to your blog. I have used Elise’s course, and it’s a good beginners course to take you through the entire process, and this course is super affordable.
I found this course from Dale handy if you want to know a little more about affiliate marketing on Pinterest. You will learn using Pinterest directly for affiliate marketing even if you don’t have a blog. If you already know the basics pretty well when it comes to Pinterest and affiliate marketing, this course is not for you.
A lot of information can be found online, but this is very time-consuming. If you want to get there faster and looking for something specific to learn, check out the courses on Udemy. I bought a course on Travel Writing a few months ago, which was really helpful, informative and fun to follow. Most of the time Udemy has incredible sales, where you can buy a course for around €10.