Last Updated: June 1, 2016
THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL RESOURCES
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Welcome to The Art Of Travel! The internet is full of all sorts of resource lists. Some of them are good. But none of them are complete. And therefore, this page was created. This is the solution to all of the half-ass travel resource lists out there.
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We thought it would be helpful to create an ultimate travel resource page that you can always come to for all of your travel related. Airline bookings, frequent flyer miles, transportation in a third world or developing country, budgeting tools, free travel guides, travel insurances, car and hotel renting, travel alerts and safety, hotline numbers, and much, much more.
I update this list often and remove the old and broken links and add new ones as they come to my notice.
USEFUL TRAVEL LINKS (Global)
World Tourism Directory – an extensive country by country source with over 120,000 contacts of all international, national, regional, local tourism authorities, travel organizations, travel services, etc
Layover Guide – has airport and nearby city guides for long layover
Trip Films – a great resource for finding and sharing travel videos
Weather Channel – weather information, alerts and breathtaking pictures and short videos from around the world
Vital Records Information International – a comprehensive resource for locating vital records
Routes International – discover your routes. Covering all modes of transportation resource directory (a global list)
World Map of Travel Warning – travel warning heat map, risk level, and country specific information
Know the Exact Time (Anywhere in World) – type in the destination and find time, sunrise, sunset, time difference, etc.
Travel Resource List (By Country/Region)
State Dept. Travel Warnings – US dept of state travel advisories
Foreign Entry Requirements – travel visa information for Americans traveling abroad
National Weather Service – local weather forecast by City or ZIP code
International Drivers License (AAA) – information about how to obtain an international drivers license
Internation Driving Permits (DMV.Org) – get international driving permits
International Driver’s License Scams (FTC) – be aware of various scams
Trailblazer Hawaii – a good site for free things to do and see in Hawaii
Travel With A Meaning – those interested in visiting Russia and it’s culture capital St. Petersburg. A beautiful website run by a mom and daughter team
Simply Holiday Deals – a UK travel deals and discount site. It searches dozens of top travel sites and passes along the best travel deals including flight, holiday packages, cruises, hotel deals, and as well as last minute deals
Africa & Asia Venture – gap year and summer immersion programs in Africa and Asia from the UK
Foreign travel advice – UK government’s travel advice on 225 countries and territories
Indian Visa Online (Gov site) – Indian eVisa for tourists
Online Rail Reservation – book train tickets (within India) online, accepts credit cards
China Travel & Visa (Gov Site) – in english
Official Tourism Website – in english
HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION LISTS
Hostels – search for hostels anywhere in the world
Hostelworld – one of the largest hostel booking site
Hostelz – a hostel lookup site which incorporates reviews and listings from the other major hostel booking engines
BootsnAll – excellent community oriented hostel booking resource
Hostelbookers – one of the biggest hostel booking site. You can book hostels all over the world. You can find prices, amenities (including pictures), and customer reviews of each location so you know what you’re getting before you land. You can also book directly from the site.
Hosteling International – another hostel booking site.
BUDGET ACCOMMODATION LISTS
Airbnb – an accommodation booking engine where you can rent a house, a room or even a couch
Home Away – similar to Airbnb, pay-to-stay in homes for rents
Sleeping in Airports – a guide to sleeping in airports
HOME STAY LIST
Home Stay – accommodations that help the local people earn a wage, and they promote tourism in their communities.
Tripping – is a global network of travelers who connect with locals for cultural exchange from shared cups of coffee to free home stays.
Couchsurfing – a worldwide community that allows strangers to connect. All Couchsurfing hosts host travelers for free.
Global Freeloaders – same as Couchsurfing but new members must host someone within the first six months.
Hospitality Club – an active community of thousands of Hospitality Club members around the world who help each other when they are traveling. Joining and stay is free.
Home Exchange – a comprehensive listing of home listings. You 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. This exchange system lets you live wherever you find a match. The website is slow though.
9flats – a leader in home renting in Europe. It acquired iStopOver. The concept is similar to Airbnb – connects people who want to rent out extra rooms in their homes to travelers who want to save on costly hotel bills.
Roomorama – a peer-to-peer short-term rental marketplace. As a host, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your guest has paid in advance of the stay. As a guest, rest assured that Roomorama is keeping your money secure until you check-in and hand over the payment code
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION LISTS
Booking.com – has a strong European and North American presence
HRS – one of the world’s largest hotel booking sites. Especially strong in Europe
Venere – has a strong European presence
Hotel Direct – an online hotel booking site
Hotel – a popular hotel booking site (*note: HotelClub is now part of Hotels.com)
Agoda – great for hotel booking for throughout Asia
Quierohotel – has a wide range of Hotels, Apartments, Aparthotels, Hostels, Rural Houses, Spas, Paradores in Spain. They have Family Hotels, Big Hotel Chains, Rural Hotels, Charming Hotels, Baths, Spa Hotels, Rural Cottages and residencies located not only in big cities but also in villages, on the beach, in the mountains, and Ski Hotels
Amoma – hotels at best price
Lastminute – also offers online spa, villa, theater, activity booking
Goibibo.com – also allows online flight and bus booking
Quikbook – deals from the boutique hotel experts
Easytobook – luxury and budget hotels
Galahotels – discount hotels
Quickrooms – late discount hotels, last minute hotel
Late Rooms – last minute hotel deals (*Note: AsiaRooms has merged with LateRooms)
Hotelopia – wide offer of inexpensive hotels
HotelTravel – big network of hotels
Onhotels – discount worldwide hotel reservations
Tablet Hotels – luxury & boutique hotels
Accor Hotels – big chain of hotels in the Americas and Europe
Trivago – a site that compares hotel prices on over 40 hotel booking sites
CHEAP AIR TRAVEL LIST
This is the difficult section. Why are there so many flight search engines? Which airline booking website offers the best and cheapest results? If you think, Expedia or CheapOair or one from our list below, then you’re wrong. Big time. If it was “They’re all the same,” you’re definitely wrong. “It’s so overwhelming, I have no idea”? You’re getting close.
Yes, it’s a shame that we have over two dozen or so sites to track just to buy a @#$5ing ticket! Why make air travel so hard? If you are thinking, “this is so overwhelming, I have no idea what to do?”, I hear you.
Not all flight search engine are the same. Yes, I hear you, you are probably thinking, “forget about it. I am going to go with just one.”Now you are talking my
If that;’s you, congratulations, you are part of the crowd. The vast majority of people book their tickets forms the same two sites that they have bookmarked in their browser. But wait, is this the right approach? Can we do something “smart” here?
The Solution to Flight Ticket Booking Jungle
The real solution is finding the sites that best fit your specific travel needs — all the more true for the heavily budget-conscious. Each of the following sites has different strengths and often use different functions to produce different results. But where to go for what? Even for people like me who live on these sites, it’s not always clear.
But where to go for what? Read the description. Test for yourself. Always search atleast three of the flight booking search engines and over the time you will get better at it.
Airfare Watchdog – cheap airfare specials to/from a city
TravelZoo Top 20 – top 20 weekly travel deals, cool website, deals, and list
STA Travel – a student themed airfare search engine. Specials can be sometimes a good deal
Student Universe – a student themed airfare search engine, cheap deals for students
Priceline – a booking/bidding service, one of the biggest booking engines in the world. Priceline puts the power of pricing back in your hands by allowing you to name your own price for hotels and pay no booking fees for flights, cars, or vacation packages. The site also offers reviews by travelers to help you make the best travel decision.
Kayak – acquired by Priceline, still a good site to search for hotels and flights. The only place you need to search for discounted airfare. Kayak searches over 140+ airlines and travel agencies (including Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, Hotwire.com, and other big airfare search engines) to aggregate the best flight deals all in one place. (Note: Sidestep was merged into Kayak)
Orbitz – Airfare search portal. Very flexible search options (month grid, etc.). Excellent for flexible travelers. With Orbitz Price Assurance, you’re guaranteed the lowest rate offered by Orbitz. If another customer books the same flight on Orbitz at a lower price, you’ll automatically be issued a refund for the difference. They also offer real time traveler updates to keep you apprised of your flight status.
ITA Software by Google – search all flights and find best deals
Hipmunk – if you are looking for shorter+cheaper combination, go here as they are dedicated to providing a better user experience. Unique visual interface. Hipmunk is a flight and hotel search aggregator, but its strong suit is hotels. The hotel searches a huge database of hotels for availability and also includes Airbnb and Homeaway to give you the option of staying in alternative accommodations.
FlightFox – pay a small fee and have people search for the cheapest airfare within your set criteria. So far, I’ve heard people are getting good results.
DoHop – airfare search aggregator with a focus on making searches as comprehensive as possible.
Fly.com – powered by discount deal finder TravelZoo. A powerful airfare search portal.
MSN Travel (previously Bing Travel, Live Search Farecast, and Farecast.com) – powerful airfare search portal. *Note: Bing.MSN Travel stopped Farecast (price prediction) feature
CheapOAir – a comprehensive airfare search engine. Note: Listed prices include fees but exclude taxes.
Mobissimo – a comprehensive airfare search engine.
Momondo – an airfare search engine.
Hotwire – comprehensive airfare search engine with great flexible search options. It includes planning tools and tips for a smooth trip. Hotwire’s partners offer unsold inventory at big savings and rest assured that Hotwire only works with partners you know and trust.
OneTravel – airfare search engine.
Farecompare – a budget oriented airfare search engine that compares airfare across the board
SkyScanner – a very popular Euro-centered airfare search engine (skyscanner.net one of the best place to find cheap airline tickets)
Wegolo – shows you the “all-in” fares for low-cost airlines which include the total cost for all passengers together as charged by the airlines. Their search tool allows you to combine your out- and inbound flights with 2 different airlines and select the optimum departure/arriving schedules or airports
Travelocity – if you find a lower flight, they will match and return the difference. The Travelocity Guarantee is the most proactive and comprehensive in the industry
Which Airline – flight metasearch engine for low-cost airlines. Capable of searching for connecting flights
CheapFlights – flight search engine
Ctrip (in English) – cheap flight search engine if you’re traveling within China
MASTER THE AIR TRAVEL
Which Budget – a comprehensive list of over 300 budget airlines by coverage area
To and From the Airport – a comprehensive site with information on how to get to/from the airport
Kayak Explore – powerful tool to check airfare to major airports filtered by month
FlightStats – a useful tool for checking Airport and Airline on-time stats, with ratings for specific legs to/from specific airports
TravelMath – an online tool to do all kinds of calculation such as, flight time, distance, driving time and cost, airports, etc.
Seat Guru – airline based database of plane’s seating arrangement. Helps make sure you chose the right seat. You can get diagrams with notes on where the good (and bad) seats are on the plane. (note: now owned by TripAdvisor)
Seat Expert –a competitor that offers nearly the same service as SeatGuru. It knows what seats are available. Offers the ability to search by airline/flight number
TheAirDB – a comprehensive list of airlines from an airport to wherever they fly to
Yapta –stands for Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant. It’s a travel ticket price tracking site. If prices drop, they notify you. It has options to help you get frequent flyer credits
Airfarewatchdog – sends you all the deals from your home airport
ExpertFlyer – a source for tracking and being alerted to when you can use your frequent flyer miles for awards (free tickets) and upgraded tickets for 20 airlines
Adioso – is like Google for cheap flights
AIR MILES & FREQUENT FLYER LIST
FlyerTalk – one of the most popular frequent flyer community
WebFlyer – a go-to resource for deals, specials and recent news in the airline mileage/frequent flyer industry
ExpertFlyer – a site focused on flight rewards and upgrade programs. It gives you the best information so you can buy your tickets anywhere, online or off. With their Seat Alerts® feature, you can be notified when the exact seat you want becomes available
Free Travel AudioBooks
As mentioned above, these days more and more people are listening to Audio books. I listen to audiobooks all the time when flying. It is easy to read more and finish books faster when you listen to an audio book while you are on the road or waiting at the airport. Or, while you drive, cook or exercise. Switch between print books and audio version and finish faster.
That said, we absorb information differently when it comes to visual vs. listening. For maximum retention, it is great to listen to a book and then read it or vice-versa.
For example, I loved listening to
What a delight to listen to someone whom you admire.
Audible offers the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks and spoken word content. You can listen anytime and anywhere to professionally-narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres.
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WATER SAFETY LIST
National Travel Health Network – travel health information aimed at healthcare professionals advising travelers, and people traveling overseas from the UK. News and information by country on vaccinations, infectious and non-infectious diseases, malaria prevention, and disease outbreaks
Water Org – global water facts
BED BUG LIST
Bed Bug Info – general information on preventing, treating and identifying bed bugs
Bed Bug FAQ – frequently asked questions on bed bugs, answered by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Travel By Car
RoadSharing – a meeting point for people that want to reduce travel costs and pollution. Portal with a search engine based on Google maps
ViaMichelin – route planner for taking road trips (+ more comprehensive Europe focused resources)
Flightless Travel – an active community dedicated to cargo, overland, and all slow modes of travel
Carpooling by BlaBlaCar – connecting people who need to travel with drivers who have empty seats
Travel By Rail/Train
The Man in Seat Sixty One – comprehensive travel info for travel by train and ferry
Urban Rail – information on subway systems organized by continent, and news, links, and literature
Travel By Bus
Megabus – US/Europe centered discount Bus line
Eurolines – European centered discount Bus line
Orange Ways – cheap bus lines from and to Budapest
Travel By Sea (Water)
A la Carte Freighter Travel – includes general cargo ship travel, container ship, and mail and supply ship travel. Fares range from $90 to $180 per person per day
Sailing Networks – social networking for sailing people. Find crew and boats. Share photos and stories. Meet new people
FloatPlan – another site dedicated to connecting crew, volunteers & ships
MONEY SAVING TIPS
Travel and Airlines Credit Cards – as the name say, list of all travel and airlines credit cards
Google Currency Converter – an online tool for currency conversion. (If you simply google the currency, you can see current and historical trends)
TRAVEL COMMUNITY SITES
TripAdvisor – one of the largest community of travelers on the web. You can read and write reviews of places and activities. A good place to begin your vacation planning. You can also book tickets for attractions, etc
Tripatini – an active travel social network
TRAVEL FORUMS LIST
Bootsn All Forums – very community oriented backpacker/hosteller themed forums with advice, general discussion and a wealth of information. BootsnAll Travel – BootsnAll seeks to cultivate an organic community that encourages independent travel. It does this through thousands of travel stories & travel blogs written by travelers, travel guides to destinations all over the world, a membership of passionate travelers, and the ability to book all of your travel needs – air tickets, hostels, RTW tickets, adventure trips, and more – from one website. In this way, BootsnAll aims to be the ultimate resource for the independent traveler.
Lonely Planet’s Thorntree Forums – Backpacker/hosteller themed forums with advice, general discussion and a wealth of information. Lonely Planet is renowned for its first-hand approach, up-to-date maps and commitment to providing the best information for travelers. Their authors are professional writers and journalists who nail down all the practical info about a destination then build on that with insider knowledge, thorough reviews, little-known facts and authoritative recommendations. Their aim is to get you accurate, practical information, impartial recommendations and best-value tips.
Traveller’s Point Forums – Backpacker/hosteller themed forums with advice, general discussion and quality information.
Aardvark Travel Forums – Travel themed forums with advice, general discussion and good information.
Travel Blog Exchange – A wonderful travel themed community which is specifically tailored to travel bloggers.
Eurotrip is an established travel messageboard site with a concentration on Europe. The site offers both booking and planning tools. The mods are seasoned budget travelers.
The Backpacker – The community reviews local bars, restaurants, accommodations, attractions, and tours. All reviews are user-submitted, and many places have multiple reviews. They also have a travel wiki (destination guides) and you can post your vacation stories.
Frommer’s – Whether you’re venturing close to home or across the globe, whether your budget is limited or limitless, Frommer’s strive to live up to your discerning approach to travel by delivering the most candid and reliable information. Explore your travel destinations the way locals do.
IgoUgo – IgoUgo travel reviews and photos will spark your wanderlust and help you plan your next adventure. With more than 500,000 travelers on IgoUgo sharing trip stories and pictures, they’ve built a library of honest opinions, tips, and experiences that you won’t find in any guidebook. To date, their travel community has contributed hundreds of thousands of reviews and photos of everything from cheap eats to luxury hotels in 8,000 destinations worldwide.
Timeout City Guides – Time Out is an international multimedia publisher of cultural experiences for urban adventurers. They provide up-to-date and accurate information to help readers remain at the cutting edge of culture. Around the world, their local teams of critics are connected to the very best that their city has to offer. Listings are generated in-house and reviews are completely independent.
UpTake – Aggregates information and travelers’ opinions from 5,000 websites some 20 million opinions — and boils them down to a single rating along with the most telling traveler comments. It’s like visiting TripAdvisor and every other travel review site in one fell swoop.
Viator – Once you land, you need to have things to do. Viator is the easiest way to plan your days in-country. You can book tours, plan daytrips, buy tickets, and discover other things to do and attractions to see.
Virtual Tourist – As the single largest source of user-generated travel content in the world, VirtualTourist is a great resource for travelers seeking an insider’s perspective. Get real travel tips, reviews and photos from real people who have actually been there and done that.
ONLINE TRAVEL GUIDES LIST
Traveller’s Point Guides – a wiki-based approach, written and edited by travelers
USA Today – destination travel guides
Travelfish – independently written travel guides for Southeast Asia
Wikivoyage – from Wikimedia foundation, Wikivoyage is the Wikipedia of travel (a non-profit site). Written and edited by users from around the world
WikiTravel – a for-profit user written travel guides similar to Wikivoyage
ROUND THE WORLD (RTW) TRAVEL LIST
Perpetual Travel – round the world travel guides
SkyTeam – round the World Planner
StarAlliance – can book RTW ticket, SA has a big fleet serving over 150 destinations
AirTreks – around the World Tickets and multi-destination flights
RTW Ticket Airfare Reports – free comprehensive reports on prices, destinations and potential routes for people considering purchasing RTW airfare
WORK/STUDY ABROAD LIST
TEFL – stands for Teach English as a Foreign Language. This has job postings info as well
TEFL (another one) – an independent site with resources and objective advice for TEFL teachers
ISIC – International Student Identity Card (recognized in many countries)
Institute of International Education – a wonderful resource focusing on study abroad programs
GoAbroad – study, volunteer, teach, internships abroad
StudyAbroad – a resource to for identifying, researching, and choosing international study opportunities
Transitions Abroad – a resource to for identifying, researching, and choosing international study opportunities
SEA Semester – spend a semester sailing around the world on a large sailing vessel. Students man and crew the ship in addition to performing research and studying
Semester at Sea – for those who can’t pick a single country to study abroad in. Spend a semester touring the world, while learning and studying on a large cruise ship/floating university
Educations – a great website that aims to place students interested in studying abroad into university and college courses
Expatriates – an online community of expatriates (internationally)
Grow Food – connects farmers interested in teaching with people interested in farming and doing work/live exchanges
HelpX – help exchange for organic farms, non-organic farms, farm stays, home stays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels, etc
WWOOFING (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) – one of the largest resources of its kind
Work Away – a site dedicated to facilitating travel, work, and volunteering exchanges
Personal Overseas Development – a non-profit organization arranging ethical volunteering opportunities around the world
VolunTourism – another volunteer travel group
Idealist – a comprehensive directory which connects organizations with volunteers
Free Amazon Kindle
TRAVEL INSURANCE LIST
International Student Protection – several international travel and study abroad insurance plans
iNext Insurance – travelers insurance (also for students studying abroad)
Wallach & Company – comprehensive travel insurance
TRAVEL APPS LIST
TripIt – centralize all of your travel plans in one place. Finds alternative flights, sends real-time alerts. Collaborative features let you share your complete itinerary with other friends, family members, and colleagues
Mint – manage your money in a better way
HANDY TRAVEL TOOLS LIST
Stolen Camera Finder – did you lost your camera? Use the serial number stored in your photos to search the web for other photos taken with the same camera
Bootsn All Toolkit – an online toolkit for all things long travel
Backpacking – a resource for common questions and answers on independent travel and backpacking
TourRadar – travel booking and travel guides for beginners
Budget Your Trip – a great resource for estimating, planning, and tracking your travel budget
Travel Budget Calculator – a budget planning tool that tells you how much money you need to travel in a lot of different countries
Compete for your Seat – lets travel professionals to bid for your business
BestTravelDeals – all kinds of travel deals based social voting system that allows travel providers a free platform to showcase their offerings and travelers the opportunity to vote on, review and share deals
Tratoz – a Frommer’s site with destination guides and ressources by destination or travels topics
TravelMuse – travel planning with tips and travel guides
The Luggage List: a luggage resource site that offers reviews and suggestions on the best luggage for a wide variety of categories
TRAVEL BLOG HOSTING
SiteGround: This is #1 and best website hosting service that I used so far and the one I am currently using. (You get one free domain if you are starting out.) And their uptime is really 99.9%, not just in writing but for real.
TRAVEL WRITING TOOLS
Grammarly – a spell-check tool I use. Through my browser, anything I write automatically goes through their database of spelling and grammatical checks to make sure I write properly
Evernote – bring your life’s work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and organize all your important documents in one place. Now you can do voice recording as well
TextExpander – let’s you create your own shortkeys for words, phrases or emails you type regularly
Hemingway Editor – this apps does more than just turning your writing bold and clear
Plagiarism Checker – an online tool can check for duplicate and plagiarized content across internet. There is also an app/plugin that you can download and use with your blog
FREE TRAVEL IMAGES & PHOTOS
iStockPhoto –: this is one good place to occasionally purchase royalty-free images for your use on your websites or blogs
Flickr Creative Commons – this is where you can get free images for your website, but there are some rules that go along with it
Wikimedia Commons (Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, etc.)
CAMERA, TRAVEL GEARS & EDITING TOOLS
ScreenFlow (for Mac users) – the screen capture software
Camtasia for PC (Camtasia Studio) – for screen captures for PC
Omnidazzle – to draw on your screen (free)
Bamboo Pen and Tablet – This is the pen and tablet I use to make drawing on the screen extremely easy.
SplashEO (for Awesome Intro and Outro Graphics): If you want professional looking intros and outros for your videos, this is the place to go. Gideon Shalwick, the owner, is a good friend and I was totally blown away from the quality and turnaround time. Check it out!
Canon Rebel T4i: I’d recommend starting shooting videos with your smartphone, but if you’re getting serious a DSLR camera like this one will do the trick. This is the camera I use for my videos, which I like because of the auto-focus feature (in video mode while recording, which is rare), and the flip out screen so you can see yourself and make sure you’re where you want to be on screen.
GoPro 4k Black Action Camera
Free Sound & Music – YouTube Creator Studio
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