On our trip I frequently used different websites to help me plan our travel and get an idea of what we should expect. Here are a list of the sites that I used the most. Happy planning!
Rome2Rio shows creative ways to get from point A to point B, as well as an estimated price tag
Skyscanner and other airline search engines can help place a ballpark figure for your budget
Plataforma10 for traveling by bus through South America
The Man in Seat61 offers great traveler-to-traveler advice about transportation options
Numbeo for learning about cost of living in other countries
Briggs Passports and Visas has a great search tool that tells you what type, if any, visas you need as an American citizen in any country
Triposo is sort of like tripadvisor, but all its maps and reviews are available offline as well–perfect for smartphone users without service in rural areas.
Backpacker Europe has a great list of links to other parts of the world for the planning phase of your trip
Other backpackers’ blogs and word-of-mouth has been by far the most valuable tool I’ve found, especially in backpacking through places that are still developing tourism as a market. We found the cheapest hostels, the best deals, and the prettiest out-of-the-way places from other backpackers over casual dinner conversation.
For those of you that have traveled, what online resources have you found most helpful?