Here is a collection of most of the travel resources I have accumulated along the way, and that have been very useful at least once. From Hitchhiking help, to Couchsurfing, to other inspiring and helpful travel blogs, there is enough info here to get anyone started. If you have another useful travel resource that I missed, comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hostel World. Pretty mainstream, but they have a huge list of hostels all over the world, and usually the cheapest prices. I’ve used it tons of times.
Booking. This is another hotel booking giant, but as apposed to Hostel World, has more hotels and high end stuff, as well as hostels.
Couchsurfing. This has got to be the best budget travel resource out there for backpackers. Sleep for free, meet cool peeps.
AirBNB. On this site you can find and rent out things from locals, from whole apartments to the spare bedroom. Good way to save some money.
Home Exchange. list your house on the site, find another house where you’d like to stay, and contact the member to see if they want to trade homes for a bit.
Skyscanner. This site searches all the airlines and finds the best deals. I love their option to choose ANYWHERE and see where’s the cheapest to go.
Holiday Pirates. I have never seen better deals than some of the ones on here. I once saw a flight from London to Rio for 300 Euro round trip. Good to key an eye on this one.
Hitchwiki. This is the best resource a hitchhiker can have. I don’t know how many times it saved me. Just type in the city you are in and a map will appear with all the recommended (by votes) hitch points you should take. MUST HAVE.
Working on the road:
Work Away. A site set up to promote fair exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers and families, individuals or organizations who are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.
HelpX. An online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
Grassroots Volunteering. Check this site out if you are interested in finding great places to volunteer on your travels.
Hostel Jobs. This site is dedicated to putting backpackers and hostel work together. They also have a forum to let people connect.
Rome 2 Rio. This site is awesome for finding out how to get from place to place. It’s very detailed and covers all angles and ways of travel.
The Man in Seat 61. This is the best guide to train travel anywhere. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions.
BootsnAll Travel. Thousands of travel stories & travel blogs written by travelers, travel guides to destinations all over the world
The Backpacker – The community reviews local bars, restaurants, accommodations, attractions, and tours.
Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet is renowned for its first-hand approach, up-to-date maps and commitment to providing the best information for travelers.
Frommer’s. The alternative travel guide to Lonely Planet, and just as detailed and informational.
TripAdvisor – The biggest online community of travellers. This is the first (and often, last) stop for vacation planners.
SeatGuru – Database of airplane seat configurations by airline. You can get diagrams with notes on where the good (and bad) seats are on the plane.
Health on the road:
World Nomads Travel Insurance. Recommended by Lonely Planet and National Geographic, as well as many top bloggers
The CDC. Find out what precautions to take, depending on where in the world you’re going.
MD Travel Health. Complete travel health information updated daily.
Skype. This is almost invaluable. I use the free Skype to Skype calls all the time, but it’s also useful to put some money on your account and be able to call places in emergencies when all you have is wifi and no phone.
Extreme travel, and living free:
Trash Wiki. This site is like Hitchwiki, and actually has a dumpster map for each city, showing stores that throw out perfectly good food, ect. Its not as crazy as it sounds. The things rich countries throw out is amazing! (how about bottles of whiskey, bags of pasta etc).
Falling Fruit. Another great resource for free living, recycling, and living without waist. Their motto is “feed people, not landfills!”. Check out their urban harvest map.
Moneyless. A Rich Life without Money. Tips, Blogs, Stories, Books. You will be inspired, just have a look.
Other travel blogs:
Crazzzy Travel. Crazzzy Travel is a blog by a travel couple Illia and Nastia where they tell their story, share romantic travel tips and shed light on how to travel really cheap.
Out of Town Blog. A travel blog of a Filipino travel writer and photographer. This blog offers travel guide, hotel reviews and trip itineraries for Philippine Destinations and some Southeast Asian countries.
Man on the Lam. Raymond is one of the funniest travel bloggers out there I think. Oh ya, he also travels to the far corners of the earth where I wanna go!
Nomadic Samuel. Sam will teach you how to teach English in Korea, ride a train in India, or eat weird stuff in Finland. Worth a read for sure!
Runaway Guide. Leif is the crazy guy behind Runaway guide who gets in some seriously unique and crazy adventures (human smuggling). I love this blog!
The Constant Rambler. Follow Lauren, Kenin, and their dog Zoe, as they road trip across the world seeking out off the beaten path couples and adventure travel destinations!
The Crowded Planet. A blog about nature and adventure travel on a budget
Wagoners Abroad. Heidi and Alan have experienced over 43 countries and share it all, as they explore the world with two kids in tow. They are full of adventure, experiences, mishaps, travel tips and inspiration.
Worldly View. Affordable and inspirational travel blog from a twenty-something world traveler