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Travel Resources

This is a working list of useful sites for trip planning. For information about volunteering and working abroad, visit the “How to Volunteer or Work Abroad” page.

I will continue to add to this list to make it as comprehensive and helpful as possible. If you have recommendations, make sure to let me know, and I will add it to the list. I like to add sites and organizations that have been recommended to me by first-hand accounts of people.


* Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting - Did you know that you can stay in luxury condos and big houses for free by housesitting? The gals who wrote this book are housesitting experts and show you how to get successful housesits in beautiful locations.

* How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter – Travel isn’t always expensive. Well-known travel blogger Nomadic Matt, who has been successfully traveling the globe since 2006, gives you the goods on how to do it without breaking the bank.

Plan Your Escape - A comprehensive book on planning, budgeting, and traveling for less than the cost of living at home


* – Thinking of taking a gap year? This is a great site to get started. – Thinking of taking a gap year? This is another great site to get started.

* Go Overseas – An excellent resources for learning about gap years and finding one that fits your interests.

Meet Plan Go – A great site if you are considering a career break. They have some great information and inspiration on how to get started. They also have events and meetups throughout the year, which are super helpful. I attended their national event in San Diego in 2012. Additionally, Meet Plan Go has a paid course with resources on how to live out your travel dreams.

* - If you are looking to go on a sabbatical, this site has everything you need to know.


Agoda – A site to book deals on accommodation. Sometimes the deals are really good, and sometimes they aren’t. I have used the site to get some pretty good deals. They also have reviews from other travelers.

AirBnB - Super cool vacation rental site. You can rent a room out of someone’s place, or an entire villa. Lots of great options with different prices.

* Airfare Watchdog – A site that finds airfare deals. You can customize your search and get alerts for certain cities.

Air Treks – Great for around the world and international flights

* Air Miles Calculator – Does simple calculations on the distance between airports. Good for planning big trips around the world and figuring out your points for miles cards. - Has lots of different accommodation deals.

* Booking BuddyGlobetrotter Girls are a fan of this site because it includes airfare options from OneTravel (another site with cheap deals). Has deals on accommodation, flights, car rentals, and vacation packages.

Couchsurfing - FREE. Great for meeting new people, finding free accommodation, and getting social with other locals and travelers. – Can’t decide which credit card is right for you? This site has a list of some good travel credit cards to get miles points.

Eurocheapo - Pretty much how it sounds. A search engine to find cheap hotels in Europe.

Flight Fox – Super interesting! Tagline: “Real people compete to find you the best flight.”

Hipmunk – Aims to make searching for flights and hotels easier. I gave it a try when looking up “mock” flights. It’s pretty easy to use, and I’ll probably use it in the future.

* Hospitality Club – FREE. Similar to Couchsurfing, it’s a site where you can connect with others (locals, travelers) while you travel.

HostelBookers - Excellent for booking hostels.

HostelWorld - Excellent for booking hostels.

Hotwire - This is a booking site that’s a little different. You enter the criteria that you want, and you get a bunch of search results, but you are not given names the places. If you like what you see, you book it. Only after you pay, you see the place you booked.

* Kayak – A search site for flights and other travel deals

* Sky Scanner – A solid booking and flight comparison site

STA Travel – A tour company that’s great for students and young adults. They’ve got deals worth checking out.

Vayama – A search site for international travel flights and deals

* We Hostels – A really great mobile app for budget-conscious travelers. Also connects travelers with each other.

* Yapta – Helps you track flight prices before and after you buy your tickets. If the price goes down, Yapta helps you get a refund for the difference.


Boarding Area – Features all the best frequent flier blogs and has good info

Cards For Travel – Another great site that has recommendations and comparisons of different  credit cards

Chris Guillebeau – If you don’t know about Chris, get to know him. He is a master of acquiring frequent flier miles and often has lots of challenges. Although I have never bought his Frequent Flier Master guide or his travel hacking guides, I know they are good. He has TONS of testimonials.

* The Points Guy – Want frequent flier points? This site has an overwhelming amount of info about how to get them.

* Travel Credit Cards – Everything you need to know about credit cards and their rewards programs


Insure My Trip – A very popular site that also compares different travel insurance plans and prices. They have what seems to be an intuitive site and claim that they “provide you with more offerings than any other travel insurance website.”

SquareMouth – Compares tons of travel insurance plans. I used SquareMouth to find travel insurance for when I traveled to India and Southeast Asia for three and a half months.

* World Nomads – Travel insurance that is sponsored and recommended by some big name brands and people (Lonely Planet, AirBnB, Nomadic Matt, and HostelWorld to name a few).

* Even more - Okay, so the list can go on and on. Luckily, Matthew at Expert Vagabond has a ton more travel insurance options he wrote about. Check it out!


Agoda – A site to book deals on accommodation. Sometimes the deals are really good, and sometimes they aren’t. I have used the site to get some pretty good deals. They also have reviews from other travelers.

* TripAdvisor – I am a HUGE fan of TripAdvisor. I always read reviews on here before I make decisions on where to stay, where to eat, or what to do.


* Budget Your Trip – I wish I had known about this site when I first began traveling. It’s a very accurate way to budget and track your travel costs.

* Fund My Travel – Part of Go Abroad, this site is dedicated to help you get started on funding your meaningful travel experiences.

* FundRazr - A general fundraising site to raise money. There’s a separate travel section.

* Go Fund Me - Another general online fundraising site for anyone. They have a Volunteer & Service section.

* Go Get Funding - A site to raise money for things that matter most. You can raise money for a number of different causes.

* Project Travel – Formerly Travel720, it’s a “peer-funding platform that makes educational travel possible.”

* Volunteer Forever – Crowdfunding platform that helps volunteers find and fund their volunteer abroad trips.


* Globetrooper – Want to find travel partners for your excursions or join an excursion? Globetrooper helps with that.

* Wikitravel – It’s like Wikipedia, but for travel. I love it! It’s really worth checking out.

Note: There are numerous other great sites and blogs out there for planning. I can’t possibly add them all but will expand to this list with time. If you’re looking for first-hand accounts of different destinations, I’d recommend doing a Google blog search of your place of interest.


* Home Exchange Expert – Interested in free home exchanges? Yep, you can live somewhere for free by swapping your house with someone else! Featured on Episode Slice #21.

* Time and Date – EXCELLENT site for converting time zones easily. I think I like it better than the site below.

* Tortuga Backpacks – A lightweight, carry-on backpack made for travelers by travelers.

* Want to house sit and travel? Check out this fantastic and detailed post by GlobetrotterGirls.



  • tcklisa

    Wow, what an incredible list of resources! Thanks for putting this all together! This page is now a ‘favorite’ as I know I’ll be back to get more info!

    • Alexa Hart

      Ohhh, happy to be of service! :)

  • housecarers

    House Sitting is a great way to travel anywhere in the world – rent free…

    Or find a free live-in pet lover to keep your home secure, and pets happy at home.

    This saves on expensive pet boarding fees and Pet Stress.