Helpful travel apps I like
Search for flights
Search for accommodation
Hostels.com – Find hostels arranged by country/city
TripAdvisor – Travellers review/rate hotels/restaurants/activities etc. I’m on here and I use it before every trip.
Couchsurfing – I’ve had only great experiences with this site and its community, not just for places to sleep, but meeting for coffee etc. Be sure to check peoples reviews though.
Nomador – House-sitting, accommodation for watching pets
World Nomads – Easily navigated site that lets you plot where you want to go, for how long etc, and gives you a quote. Usually “Standard” or “Explorer”. They were quite a bit cheaper than the Norwegian insurance companies I found and cover most of what you will need. I have now confirmed that you can also buy insurance from them even if you’ve already left your country of origin.