Whether you’re interested in backpacking through Europe or house-sitting for a weekend getaway, this page will be filled with resources to help get you out there exploring. If you have a website in mind that you think would be a great addition to this list, please drop me a line here.
GENERAL TRAVEL RESOURCES & INSPIRATION
Since 2006, Matt has been traveling the world, making his blog one of the most useful travel resources on the internet. Whether you’re preparing for a trip to New Zealand or French Polynesia, Matt will have the most up-to-date facts to assist you with your journey. Read his tips on how to choose a travel backpack! Or see what he has to say about booking cheap flights!
Nomad List is an online community that features information on the best cities to live and work remotely for digital nomads, based on cost of living, internet speed, weather and other metrics. Whether you’re a full time travel blogger, virtual assistant, or do any other kind of digital work while traveling, Nomad List is the absolute best resource for finding the best cities to park your lap top.
Momondo blows other flight and hotel websites away. One of the unique features of this website is the interactive graphs that show flight comparisons by day and month – very helpful when comparing prices! Momondo also shows yearly average temperatures for your destination of choice. You can also customize the language and currency at the top of the page. And even cooler? Momondo has an Inspiration page that has tons of information on cities throughout the world that will help you plan an amazing trip.
Couch Surfing is a service that allows travelers to go from city to city, even country to country, without paying for accommodations. Locals open up their homes and let you stay for free. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get hooked up with a local who will show you around their city and make you feel right at home. Hosts are given ratings that allow travelers (couch surfers) to see what kind of host they are. Are they clean? Are they trustworthy? Are they into coffee shops just like you? Couch surfers are also given ratings as guests. So your host will give your profile a rating based on what kind of guest you were – two way accountability is what you should look for in services like this. This system makes Couch Surfing a reliable service for finding accommodations with awesome locals in all the cities you’ve been itching to visit.
Hostelworld is a website that allows travelers to search and book hostels online. It’s super easy and I rely on this website heavily while I’m backpacking. The website also has tons of other great travel resources, including: free travel guides, sample itineraries, and podcasts featuring cities all throughout the world by locals.
House-sitting is becoming such a popular way to explore the world without having to pay for your accommodations. This website allows you to browse both house- and pet-sitting assignments around the world and connect you with potential hosts. To use this site, you must register and create a profile. The more reputable you are, the higher your chances of scoring a house-sitting gig. Want an idea of how this all works? Check out Carole Livesey and Chris Lampard’s house-sitting experiences. This could be your ticket to a beautiful Chateau in France!
Trustedhousesitters.com is a great online resource that connects home and pet owners with trustworthy people who want to house sit. As a potential house/pet sitter, you just fill out your profile on their website.
You’ll want to include any previous house/pet sitting experience you have and reference information. Remember, homeowners and pet owners need to trust you with their home and their pets. Rob and Kellie of Hungry Escapades relies on Trusthousesitters.com to find house-sitting assignments all over the world. Read about how they’re able to travel around the world and spend nothing on accommodations because of their house-sitting adventures here!
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms -or- Willing Workers on Organic Farms) is an international network of organic farms and gardens that invites individuals or groups to work and gain agricultural experiences. Volunteers will be hosted by a farm and will provide hands-on work in exchange for food and accommodation. This is an excellent option for individuals who are on strict budgets, but who have a passion for seeing the world, experiencing diverse ways of life, and for those who enjoy helping others.