Oh yes, those all-American holidays Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us! It’s the perfect time for travel addicts and travel bloggers (i.e. me) to take advantage of plummeting prices, so here is my personal wishlist of Black Friday travel deals, including gadgets, cheap flights and hotels, and even travel blogging courses:
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Top 5 Black Friday Bargains on Amazon for Travellers
Note: the following products were found in the Amazon UK store, however if you are based in another country, Amazon will automatically redirect you to your local Amazon region and may therefore sometimes show you a related product rather than the exact product listed here.
First off, Amazon are offering great Black Friday discounts on their Kindle products. This includes the latest Kindle Paperwhite E-reader, which has no glare (perfect for the beach) and a built-in light for reading at night; as well as the more tablet-like Kindle Fire HD 10 (I love my Kindle Fire and I’ve had it for over five years, so I can definitely vouch for it).
There are also some really great Black Friday deals on high-quality headphones on Amazon. Two great options are these wireless headphones, which are great when you don’t want the hassle of wires and extra cables, and these noise cancelling headphones.
Noise cancelling headphones are literally the best thing for long flights and even help my fear of flying, especially for takeoff, which is when I’m most nervous.
3. Luggage, Backpacks and Camping Gear
I don’t know about you, but my battered suitcase is practically being held together by keyring chains and string! For Thanksgiving weekend, Amazon has huge savings on luggage, such as this great value set (pictured); durable and protective camera backpacks; and high-quality camping equipment, including cooking equipment, torches, bedding and a multitude of other outdoorsy things.
Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that drones can provide incredible video footage that have great benefit to many travel bloggers/vloggers/influencers. For Black Friday 2017, Amazon has some real hefty discounts on expensive GoPro KARMA Drones, which come with either the HERO5 or HERO6 Action Camera. A more budget-friendly option is this cheaper drone with camera.
5. Travel Accessories
And then there’s everything else you could possibly need for your travel adventures! Just select the category Black Friday Deals Week (US) or Black Friday Sale (UK) in the search bar at the top and type in “travel“.
You’ll see this great travel pillow (pictured), these squeezy travel bottle containers, this helpful money belt to keep your belongings safe in transit, this multi-purpose towel/yoga mat/travel mat, these changeable chargers and adapters, and just about any other cheap travel gadget you could think of!
Best Flight Deals for Black Friday
If you’re keeping your eyes peeled over Black Friday weekend for a great deal on flights, then flight search engine Skyscanner has your back.
Skyscanner is the queen of flight booking sites (and in my opinion, the best website for cheap flights as well). They are compiling a list of all major Black Friday flights by airline in real time. So, you know you’re getting he best Black Friday holiday deals as they’re being announced.
Some of the deals start early and finish late, so keep an eye on Skyscanner’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages to watch the discounts roll in. (Note: these two links are to the US version of the site, though I assume the flight deals apply no matter where you are based or from). For further deals from UK or Europe-based Skyscanner, you can also view this Black Friday page.)
Black Friday Discounts on Travel Insurance
I swear by World Nomads because they’re the only travel insurance provider who will cover me once I’m already abroad; most providers require that you start a trip from your home country. But, as any long-term traveller, expat or digital nomad knows, that isn’t always an option.
World Nomads aren’t expensive in the grand scheme of things, but they aren’t cheap compared to many other policies (or annual travel insurance, for example). So, a chance for a discount is great.
At the time of writing this post, WN haven’t announced any official Black Friday sales, however, Anycodes and DONTPAYFULL (coupon code websites) have coupon deals for 10% and 30% off World Nomads that seem to be valid until the end of November, so I’ve included WN on this list. If the coupon deals don’t work for you, then let me know.
Black Friday Discounts on Hotels & Hostels
Similarly, my go-to website for booking cheap accommodation, Booking.com, has not announced any official Black Friday deals. However, coupons.com and Anycodes have codes for up to 70% off Booking.com, including flights, accommodation and other services, so I have included them in this list for those looking for cheap travel deals online. Again, if they don’t work, let me know.
Black Friday Deals on Travel Blogging Courses & Resources
If you’re a travel blogger or almost-blogger (thinking of starting a travel blog? You should!), there are some great discounts around on popular travel blogging courses and resources.
1. Travel Blog Success
Travel Blog Success were a godsend at the start of this year, when I decided to turn this hobby blog into something more and felt in over my head. I also applied a lot of what I learnt through TBS to my copywriting and digital marketing work. They’re perfect for beginners and not-so-beginners looking to take their travel blog to the next level.
All their courses are curated by a community of successful, professional travel bloggers, with popular courses including Travel Writing for Bloggers (which I personally plan to purchase this holiday season), The Complete Facebook Marketing Course and Affiliate Marketing for Beginners.
Or, you can purchase the full TBS Membership (paid in one lump sum or in installments), which includes two courses, webinars, resources, perks and access to the private Facebook Group. There’s even a 30-day money back guarantee in case you feel it’s not for you.
Black Friday is TBS’ biggest sale of the year. It starts at 12:00 AM (Eastern time) on Friday and ends at 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on Monday.
The Facebook Group includes active members such as Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate and Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads, who are blogging heroes of mine. Receiving help and words of encouragement from those I admire and who know what they’re talking about has been invaluable.
2. The She Approach
Ana from The She Approach is like my Fairy Blogging Godmother! I can’t remember how I first came across her blog, which has the objective of helping women succeed in online business, but her words of wisdom and positive attitude have been an incredible source of blog support this year.
I use her resources in the Genius Bloggers Toolkit (which included a one-on-one Skype coaching session with her), I follow her email newsletters religiously and I’m currently engrossed in her course From Zero To Superhero Affiliate Marketing Bundle, which has already taught me so much.
For Black Friday, she is giving a generous 40% off all her courses and resources with the code “NOVEMBERLOVE” and the deals will continue until 29th November.
I hope you found this post useful for finding some great Black Friday deals for travel and travel blogging things. Let me know if you hear of any more great Black Friday discounts that could be added to this list!