Resources for travel planning

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

Workaway and WWOOF link prospective workers and hosts together

Airbnb, Homestay, and Couchsurfing for places to stay

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?

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  1. Planning a trip through Europe can be stressful, especially when you’re on a budget, but these sites you’ve provided are very helpful! Some of the sites I couldn’t live without while living overseas are: where you can find a room/bed/couch in the city you are staying for a very affordable price. Often you will want to be as close to the city centre as possible, so staying in a hotel is way too expensive. After that I used a great place to book a hostel room and know exactly what you will expect when you get there. They have plenty of reviews and photos to check out. And lastly, and for flights. I found booking on their own websites to be cheaper then third party flights. If you have the option, plan your trip around the flights that are on sale, it will save money!

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