Whether you’re in between trips, planning a trip, or just returned from one, here are four websites with quality travel advice to keep you inspired and help you plan your next trip.
- Bootsnall.com As adventure travel sites go, Bootsnall is probably the best. Nothing against the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums or anything, but…they’re not as good as Bootsnall. The site can also help you plan your trip, from helping you purchase Eurail passes to RTW plane tickets. There’s not a lot you won’t find here. They have free city travel guides, an active community, a plethora of resources to help you plan your trip, and best of all their website isn’t full of advertisements for their own products. I’ve never bought plane tickets through them, though I’ve heard good things about it. They also have a fare search that covers all the major aggregate search engines like Vayama, Kayak, etc.
- Oneworld or Star Alliance RTW fare calculators. Hmm, maybe its’ just me, but I can waste good time making up theoretical round-the-world trips. And if you’re actually trying to plan an RTW, these interactive maps are great for mapping out exactly what you want to do. Depending on where you start your trip, the RTW fare might be higher or lower (the USA is a fairly expensive place to start, due to low demand and relative inaccessibility to the rest of the world, while the UK is the best deal I’ve found so far.) Each program has different fare rules; Oneworld is based on continents visited and country of origin, while Star Alliance is based on miles traveled. Check both with your planned itinerary to see which can give you a better deal.
- Nomadic Matt: Nomadic Matt has travel advice, articles, and a good travel blog. He’s actually developed his site to the point where he makes money off it — no mean feat in the oversaturated world of travel-writing-on-the-internet. Look him up on Twitter too; he always has interesting travel article links.
- Vagabondish: “The travelzine for today’s vagabond.” If it’s possible to make vagabonding posh, then this site has done it. It’s a good way to stay inspired to travel and has some good travel advice.