Welcome back to the blog of Jordan O’Donnell, author of Zoon Garden: The Decline of a Nation. This is where the Zoon Garden team shares thoughts, resources, and ideas with our readers, and we’re glad you’re here. Today we want to make a little room for daydreaming. Many of you are itching to get out of the house and hit the road, and with each month that passes, the nation draws closer to re-opening. So what can you do now to get ready for your next adventure? We think these three travel apps would make a great start.
HostelWorld is a go-to data base for finding clean, safe, reliable hostels. Enhanced with detailed review systems (with over 13 million verified guest reviews), HostelWorld embraces community in travel. Plus, its reach spans the globe – so as various countries re-open, you can use this app to guide you safely through your adventures.
This is a search engine made for travelers who want to see the world and save money. Just enter your desired location and travel date, and SkyScanner sorts through over 1,200 sites at once to find the cheapest airline ticket for your trip. Not bad, right?
You’ve probably heard of this one. Airbnb was conceived in 2007 when two Rhode Island School of Design grads Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were struggling to pay rent. The two designed a website which rented out already owned spaces, and since then Airbnb has blossomed into a $31 billion value business. It boasts cozy, private living spaces at reasonable prices. If hostels aren’t your thing, this app is a great alternative.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (or WWOOF) links adventurous volunteers with organic farmers to share knowledge, promote connection, and have a meaningful travel experience. This is one of O’Donnell’s personal favorites – along with “couch surfing” and “throwing your phone in the ocean.”
5. Harvest Host
This is a great option for bus, van, and RV travelers. If you need a place to park for the night, Harvest Host is perfect for you. It’s a membership program that connects you to a collection of wineries, farms, breweries, museums, and other attractions across North America – all which will allow you to park your self-contained vehicle on their property for the night.
We know it can be frustrating to be stuck inside – but it won’t be like this forever. We look forward to seeing you on the other side.