My Favourite Companies

On this page, you will find links to some of the companies that I have used and unashamedly promoted on Hit The Road Jack. All offer either a magnificent product, service, or price and sometimes a combination of all three. At no additional cost to you, if you make a purchase via some of the links on this page, I may earn a pittance of commission (perhaps enough to buy half a tin of shop-brand beans). I like to be upfront about this, as I want you to know that every purchase you make supports this website and keeps a fellow traveller’s ridiculous dream alive, I am eternally grateful.

In my humble opinion, visas are the biggest annoyance all travellers face. They become a lot more than an annoyance when you’re stranded at a border, with pistol-wielding guards scrutinising your passport, before refusing you entry for a reason you cannot fathom. Make sure you obtain the correct visas by using a company that makes the process far more straightforward. It is by no means the cheapest option, but having someone else translate the Arabic on an Iranian visa is pretty helpful…


The biggest small-group tour company in the world, and because they are the biggest, they offer a wider range of experiences than anyone else. The service you receive upon purchasing one of their tours is as you would expect, and it is very easy to work alongside them to customise and perfect the trip you want. Organising independent travel within your package is very straightforward, should you want to, or you can opt to stay within the group – which is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last five years you’ll already know about Skyscanner but for those who don’t, this company is far and away the best flight-comparison site around. I use the app/widget on my phone almost every day: just select the destination ‘Everywhere’ and the time-frame ‘Anytime’ and browse through the myriad of deals that look far too good to be true. £5 to Bremen? True. £83 to Dubai? True. £126 to New York? True. £245 to Mars? Not true, but give Elon Musk a few years…

 

Offering a more obscure range of tours than G Adventures, Intrepid is a good bet for some of those countries where having a guide is required as a condition of the visa (yes I am talking about you Iran). The company recently acquired Gecko Adventures, which specialised in travel for under 30’s and was extremely popular within the backpacking community. One of the few tour groups that organise trips to Antarctica, if you have a spare kidney to sell for the ticket that is.


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