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Amazon.com has a most extensive website that offers speedy (and even free) delivery of everything you can think of in any category both new and used. They have country specific websites so make sure you are in the proper one so items are shipped easily and quickly to you. They offer a huge selection of products and services from music to household items to books to videos to business help and more so check the site and get shopping! The convenience of being able to shop when you want and how you want from the comfort of your home or while you commute to/from anywhere without needing to be fully dressed, spend gas, time, effort, wrestle with kids, people, vehicles or endure the endless lineup fun really is awesome! (You DO NEED to be fully dressed while commuting though!) PS: all my eBooks are available via their Kindle eBooks.
Booking.com has millions of reviews from real verified users, the best price guarantee on 20 types of over one million unique accommodations spanning 200 countries worldwide from camping, hostels, b&b's and hotels to all-inclusive resorts and more! No booking fees, viewable in 41 languages with a currency converter to make sure you are seeing prices in YOUR money, last minute deals and more! An excellent and easy to use site with awesome 'secret pricing' email offers of up to 50% off! You can always unsubscribe to the emails later if you stop traveling or just get tired of fabulous deals being sent to you! I use this company frequently, find it extremely easy to use, the customer service is amazing if you do need help with a booking or hotel issue and the deals are by far the best compared to the other major hotel sites. Make sure the prices that you see are in YOUR currency as I paid an exchange rate fee that my bank tacked on the very first time I used the site as I didn't notice the country/currency choice was for $US! If you are elsewhere in the world like me, there is a selection box usually on the right side near the top of their home page to pick your country/currency so that you are seeing accurate prices. You can do a quick comparison with other sites but be warned that while checking for a better price you may lose the best ones listed on here as they fill up fast no matter where you are looking to go! *If you are in the Netherlands; please use Booking.com (NL) instead, as it is specific for your country--which I LOVED when visiting in 2016 and hope to return to for a longer visit soon fyi!
Bootsnall is an Independent Travel Guide website of more information than you will be able to read and covering every imaginable topic! I used the 'Original RTW30 trip planner' a free trip planning course sent to you one email a day for 30 days with tips on how to get ready, what to pack, earn extra cash for the road, the best gear/backpacks/etc. They just updated all their information and email courses so check out their current information as of July 2019! They have their own travel site for purchasing travel tickets, community pages of helpful tips and more! They also hire location independent travel advisors, bloggers, customer service agents, etc so check out their job posting page if you are all about travel and wanting to work from home or while on the road yourself!
Couchsurfing is a great cultural exchange and an enjoyable way to meet new people. A free service worldwide to find FREE places to stay (always a place to sleep and maybe more depending on hosts) usually short term from one night to a week and you can view hosts in any city/country, plan a public trip so that hosts can offer to host you when you will be in their area among other services. There are reviews from both hosts and surfers to offer extra advice or hints about the people and places and they have a verified service for a fee as well as pictures and some personal info must be posted on both host and surfer profiles. It can be a fabulous way to budget travel and have actual real life experiences, not one in a resort behind a fence meant more to keep you and your money inside! I have met some wonderful people while Couchsurfing in Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada; but as with all things, be brave not stupid, and keep your 'wits' about you as you are in a stranger's home after all!
Digicel is a fabulous cell provider in Jamaica and much of the Caribbean, Asia and Central America. For short term (and visitors) there are daily, weekly and monthly plans for data and phone calls. Buy a SIM card (about $10 US) for your current cell and keep your usual SIM card to swap out on returning home. If you return or go to any country that has Digicel within 3 months just call in and restart the same phone number (or different number if in a different county) without hassle. If you are a frequent traveler keep a small amount of money in your pre-paid account and put it on a pay-as-you-go status to keep your number active with only a minor monthly fee. Top up your friends/family's Digicel balance in over 32 countries without needing a Digicel plan yourself and they get DOUBLE THE CREDIT of minutes or data when done online from any other country (such as the US or Canada). There are many stores that have a red card in the window with the Digicel name/logo where you can top up your or other people's balances worldwide, but it is faster and easier to do online. My favorite data plan is the 3 GIG data for $2100/month (Jamaican dollars) which works out to about $21.00 US/month. The first data plan started in each month gets you double the data if you let the plan expire and then start a fresh one each billing cycle, which is what I found best for me as it gave me 6 GIGS of data for $21 US per month, which was more than enough! Also, any unused regular data rolls over from month to month but not bonus data. Their $2.95/minute (Jamaican dollars) pre-paid calling plan ($0.03/min US) for ALL calls to local, US, Canada and UK cells and landlines is awesome as well! This does NOT include toll free numbers so dial direct when using your Digicel cell or it will cost $18.95/minute in Jamaican dollars ($0.19/min US) for all toll-free number calls. They have excellent coverage over most all of Jamaica and my SIM and number worked in the US and Canada as well (Wi-Fi only)! Costs differ for texts and calls to numbers with other local providers, so learn who your friend's providers are or refer them to switch to Digicel to save money all around! *In the spring of 2019 the best option in Jamaica was for the 6GIG NUFF NUFF DATA 28 Day Plan for $2100(jam). Also add-on the NUFF NUFF TALK 7 day Plan at $350(jam)/week (x4=$1400jam/28 days) which includes: UNLIMITED local 24/7 Digicel calling, UNLIMITED 24/7 calling to the US, Canada and the UK; UNLIMITED FREE Data for Facebook App usage (basic), UNLIMITED FREE Data for WhatsApp USAGE, as well as UNLIMITED global texting! ALL this for $3500jam plus 13% tax every month; which is less than i pay and get use of in Canada! You can find these plans using the *137# feature on your phone in options.*
DollarTree has FREE* In-Store Pickup with some restrictions on minimums, and is a great store with a massive selection of national and local brands products all for $1 or less at over 5,000 locations in the US! They are in Canada as well with a price point of $1.25 or less for all items and now have online shopping with delivery in both the US and Canada (make sure you are on the right country-specific website)! Also available is free shipping of your online order to your local DollarTree store when you shop on their website! Skip the parking, kids, carts and long lines at the store and still get exactly what you want at an excellent price! Load up early on school supplies, stocking stuffers for Christmas, decorations for every holiday and/or type of party you can imagine, household products, dry packaged food, drinks of all kinds, health/beauty products, office and paper supplies, art/craft supplies and more without leaving your sofa! This is pretty much my favorite and first stop on my shopping days no matter what city, province or even country I am in, and the ones in Texas hold true to the 'everything is bigger' slogan for sure! You can't beat the price and the only downside is there are not enough locations (in my opinion)…yet! They have more and more products arriving daily that you WILL pay more for at other stores so go here first!
FlixBus is a European bus company that aims for 'green' travel while connecting 900 cities in 20 European countries via awesome coach-type buses of their own; and link with most local route European bus companies to provide a very comfortable touring experience without the headaches of driving! I traveled on several of their buses while in Europe in 2016 and absolutely loved the extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and they also allow up to 3 pieces of baggage at no extra cost! Trips start as low as $5 EUROS and you don't need to book in advance like some companies require for the savings! I booked my first trip with them only about 2 hours before boarding the bus and still it was the best deal and service around! The drivers are knowledgeable and friendly, the buses are modern and clean, and the site is extremely quick and easy to use.
Google is a massive company and resource for all things business and personal when it comes to being on the web in any way. From a personal account page, YouTube, Gmail, Google My Business, Webmaster Tools and more this company is THE site for all things web. It has the ultimate search tool for almost any topic you can think of including pictures and maps both in satellite and real-time street views of almost every inch of earth! Google Flights helps you to find, pick and link to buy the best/cheapest tickets for all destinations, Google AdWords and AdSense are possible advertising channels for your business with SEO help; and tons of resources for businesses to analyze, maintain and fix their own sites and related issues free of charge. A superb quick 'find what you need now' search page regardless of where you are or what you need worldwide that has saved my butt numerous times! There is also an awesome Google Translate page (and now APP), that can change almost any language from one to another; but bear in mind that the flow of the sentences is sometimes not the best after translating to different languages. Used for good, Google can be the best friend and advisor you ever had!
Hipmunk is a newer site that I just found in 2017 and I love it! It is for flights as well as hotels and other types of places to stay worldwide and they have a fantastic deal section offering sah-weet trips worldwide that I can’t find elsewhere! As with any website when buying anything, remember to check the currency the prices are listed in FIRST; as it could seem like an unbelievable deal, but after purchase you could find out it cost you almost double in your money!
HubSpot is an excellent company that I have used a few times so far for their free website checkup! Enter your URL and a report is almost instantly generated and covers topics such as security, pictures, text, scripting, loading times, and all other such errors that can happen on a site without you even realizing it is happening. This is very valuable as if people can’t reach your site, it doesn’t load or has links that go nowhere, they may not use your service as it can be an indication that you are not quite as professional as you had hoped to at least appear! I found a few typing errors while revising this a few weeks after the initial posting; so I proved my own point here I guess in that even spelling errors can trip up your best intent to impress! They also have some free marketing, sales and CRM tips and analytical testing for your site as well as a host of other paid services for all things internet, business and marketing.
iPage is an easy to use and inexpensive company where you can create and buy domain (URL) names, create websites and have them hosted, and various other helpful business options to make your business/online presence as large and out there as you want it to be! The customer service both in live chat and on the phone, is outstanding at resolving issues the first time and the domain you choose is YOUR property regardless of where your site is hosted (located) which is NOT the norm for domain sites either! The price for the first year of a domain name is only $8.99 US and it can also be 'parked' with them and directed to a different website creation/host service if need be. Don't forget that ALL info you enter about any website when creating or updating it is viewable by the PUBLIC as well.
Logitech is a great company that offers delivery with a PROMO: Free ground shipping for all orders over $49 US, has been around for decades and is also online in both the US and Canada as well as a few other countries (as far as I know). They have a huge inventory of the latest technology that includes keyboards, mice, webcams, ear and headsets, video security systems, gaming accessories, home and PC speakers, universal remotes, iPod/mp3/network music players and more! As I review this for accuracy and spelling, I notice the Logitech LS21 Multimedia Speaker System that sits on and beside my desk which I found second-hand at a thrift store about 2 weeks ago, and LOVE! It has a removable cord for the 2 wired mini L and R speakers in their own stands, a small control box on a long cord with a headphone jack, on/off switch and volume control dial. The cord from that box is a standard size headphone jack end that plugs into any headphone (or microphone) jack to route any audio through all 3 speakers; and it plugs into the wall for power so no having to drain another device's battery to run as well! Each piece is compact and sleek, black and silver, and works AWESOMELY for the type of music I love to exercise, walk, even work at/around home too. The bass intensity dial on the back of the main speaker provides added volume and the clarity of sound overall in picking up the different layers in the remixes I love is so amazing that even an online playlist through my headphone jack on my old phone can't be more than halfway to full volume most times as I live in an apartment! Excellent performance and fantastic values not to be missed and shopping online from the comfort of your own home when YOU have time! Use this For the Canadian site click HERE. to order and ship within Canada.