We often get asked for recommendations of products and services that we use and love, so we've compiled them all in one place!
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The House Sitting Handbook is your comprehensive resource on how to start (and continue) house sitting like a pro. We've been house sitting since 2015 and have put all our best tips and methods in The House Sitting Handbook. You'll also get a workbook with message templates, checklists, and other helpful worksheets.
The Madrid Vegan Guidebook is your ultimate guide to eating vegan in Spain’s capital. After living in Madrid for years, we got tired of hearing that “it must be so hard” being vegan in Spain. The only thing that's difficult about being a vegan in Madrid is choosing which places to dine at! Our book helps with that...and more!
TrustedHousesitters: The biggest house sitting website worldwide and the only one that we use as full time house sitters. We have been house sitting with TrustedHousesitters since 2016, across the U.S. and Europe. This is how we don't pay for accommodation as digital nomads! Click here to sign up with a reader discount of 10% off.
Booking: We don't usually pay for accommodation (we normally house sit), but when we do, we use Booking. They have great customer service, great prices, rewards program, and a great range of listings truly everywhere. Click here to search on Booking.com.
Airbnb: We advocate for responsible Airbnb usage, so we recommend looking into whether Airbnb has had a negative impact on a particular area before using the website. Airbnb Responsibly! Click here to get $40 off your first booking on Airbnb.
Hotels.com: For every 9 nights that you stay, you get one night free, how awesome is that! Click here to search for hotels on Hotels.com.
Skyscanner: This is our #1 go-to website for searching for flights. We always find the cheapest flights on Skyscanner and we love their "everywhere" function to discover cheap flights if you're flexible on destination. Click here to search for flights on Skyscanner.
Sixt: We exclusively used Sixt when renting cars in Europe. They're incredibly affordable and have great customer service. Click here to search for car rentals on Sixt.
Kayak: An all around booking search engine that covers hotels, car rentals, and flights. We find they're great for getting cheap car rentals in the United States. Click here to search Kayak for travel deals.
Siteground: We've been using Siteground for hosting our website for the past few years, and we highly recommend them. Their customer service is truly amazing, a far cry from our previous hosting company (Hostgator). They have some great sign up deals as well! Click here to check out their current deals.
Keysearch: This is the keyword research tool that we use to improve our SEO and get more traffic. It's a very powerful tool that includes tons of analytics. We're big fans and recommend it to anyone that wants to get serious about SEO. Use the code "KSDIC" to sign up with 20% off! Click here to sign up for Keysearch.
Active Campaign: In 2019 we got serious about building an email list and moved from Mailchimp to the very powerful Active Campaign. It's an amazing email marketing tool that allows targeted emailing, email automations, tagging, and much more. Click here to check out current plans and deals on Active Campaign.
Tailwind: We use Tailwind to schedule and share pins on Pinterest. It's a great tool where you can discover and share others' pins as well as automate sharing your own over a long period of time. This allows us to get more traffic to our website through Pinterest. Click here to sign up for Tailwind today.
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We love Patagonia for many reasons. Their products are durable and high quality, and importantly for us as sustainable travelers, Patagonia is committed to ethics and the environment, paying their workers a fair wage and using recycled, environmentally friendly materials. Click here to shop Patagonia.
Xero shoes are barefoot style, minimalist shoes. We love Xero shoes because they are high quality and comfy yet they still look stylish. Xero shoes look great in an urban environment yet are highly functional for outdoor adventures.
The ultimate travel bag for nomads! We searched far and wide to find the best, super functional bag. The Nomatic has tons of pockets, a sleek look, and other awesome features. With our link, you'll get a free wallet when you spend over $100.
REI is well known as an excellent outdoor equipment store, but they also have a fantastic array of items that are perfect for the adventure minded traveler, from clothes to bags and much more. We are all about the co-op model too!
Click here to shop REI.
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Pela started out making the world's first 100 compostable phone case and has since branched out to make other compostable products including sunglasses, Air Pods cases, smart watch bands, and more.
Last Object is the company behind Last Swab (reusable Q-tip), Last Round (reusable cotton round), and Last Tissue (hankies). We wrote a whole article on Last Object here. Use code ALTERNATIVETRAVELERS for 10% off!
Click here to shop Last Object.
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This is a selection of our recommendations for conscious, ethical, sustainable shopping. Of course there are many more! Check out our article, Best Ethical Alternatives to Amazon for even more!
Earth Hero is a fantastic eco-friendly online marketplace that curates hundreds of ethical companies across a variety of categories: travel, home, clothing, pets, kids, wellness, beauty, and more. They vet each and every brand sold on Earth Hero and every order is offset with their partnership with CarbonFund. As sustainable travelers, we especially love their travel section!
Click here to shop Earth Hero (use code ALTERNATIVETRAVELERS at checkout for 10% off).
Billion Vegans brands itself as the “The Ethical Amazon,” and it really is. This your one stop shop for all kinds of ethical, vegan items in a huge variety of categories: grocery, fashion, beauty, home, pets, health, shoes, kids, etc. Search by “eco-friendly” “women owned” “vegan company” “organic” “gluten-free” “fair trade” and more to find exactly what you’re looking for in the categories that are important to you.
Bookshop.org helps you support independent bookshops through online ordering.
You can search for a specific bookshop to support, or order from Bookshop knowing that your purchase will be distributed to help independent bookstores everywhere. Bookshop gives away over 75% of their profit margin to stores, publications, and authors.
Public Goods brings you ethical, sustainable home, grocery, health, and wellness goods at production cost through the membership model. Refine your search even further with filters like cruelty free, zero waste, vegan, non-GMO, and more.
For every order placed, a tree is planted to help offset the carbon cost of shipping.
Click here to shop Public Goods (use code ALTPGA at checkout for 15% off).