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 also 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 restaurants, things to do and to read reviews. You can also easily book hotels and excursions or make reservations for restaurants through Tripadvisor.
When travelling the internet can be a great help if you’re looking for free resources. But nothing beats a guide that has all the information in one book. Lonely Planet is the travel guide! All the necessary information about your destination, maps, where to eat, how to use transport and so much more! All the travel guides in my bookcase are from Lonely Planet.
When searching for cheap flights I always use Skyscanner. The option I especially like is where you can search in a specific month or on a specific date for the lowest fare available. Perfect if you’re flexible when it comes to the destination and just looking for a budget destination. Check out Skyscanner or download the app to make it super easy.
Agoda is a 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.
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.
Finally, a webshop with a lot of different brands without paying too much for shipping. They are located in the United Kingdom which also means 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.
Good makeup brushes are the key to applying makeup properly. Your fingers and makeup brushes actually. The first one comes for free luckily. Sigma Beauty brushes are a must-have in your kit. My favourite beauty blender is the Sigma 3DHD and their buffer brush.
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 amazing and they helped me out really well when I had to transfer my data from one to another. Siteground is reliable and fast.
For my website, I’ve searched everywhere to find a theme that I can adapt exactly to how I want it to look. CSS Igniter has a lot of great themes that suit everyone. Their support desk and forum is great 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. But to me, Canva is totally worth it.
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 too.
I found this course from Dale handy if you want to know a little more about affiliate marketing on Pinterest. If you already know how to use Pinterest and create pins, this course is the next step. You will use that knowledge into using Pinterest directly for affiliate marketing. Even if you don’t have a blog (which I strongly recommend you do have) you could use this strategy for affiliate marketing. 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 I’m looking for something specific to learn I also check the courses on Udemy. I bought a course on travel writing a few months ago, which was really helpful and informative. Most of the time Udemy has incredible sales, where you can buy a course for around €10.