Below is a comprehensive list of essential travel resources for planning and preparation of your dream trip. Use it to organize own list or bookmark this page and refer back to it as needed.

 

Flights

Skyskanner Search flights by popular destination, weekend getaway, deals and [my favorite] everywhere

Momondo Search flights based on anywhere, anything, anytime, budget, city, beaches, skiing, shopping etc

Air Wander Enter your departure and arrival cities the search engine will provide all the stopover options available with how much more, or less, the ticket will cost you.

Stopover Airlines: Icelandair (Reykjavík),  FinnAir (Helsinki), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), Emirates (Dubai), Etihad (Abu Dhabi), Air China (Beijing, Shanghai) Japan Airlines (Tokyo, Osaka), Thai Airways (Bangkok), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), Air France (Paris), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu)

Which Budget  Great site to discover which budget airline flies to your destination

US Discount Airlines:  SouthwestAirTranSpirit Airlines, and jetBlue

Europe Discount Airlines: RyanaireasyJet, and airberlin

SE Asia Discount Airlines: Air AsiaAsiana AirlinesNok Air (Thailand only), and Tiger Airways

Australia Discount Airlines: JetStarRegional Express (REX), and Virgin Australia

Sign up for airfare alerts at Hipmunk

Hoppa Airport transfers worldwide

 

Transportation

Rome 2 Rio Discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry and automobile

Rail Europe Maps, schedules and fares for over 50 train companies across Europe and the UK. This site is simple to use; response time for questions is fast

Seat 61 Worldwide train travel information; guides and journeys to explore while planning your trip

Auto Europe allows you to compare prices by company side by side. No hidden fees. Easy access to toll free phone number allowing to to speak to an actual person! Site includes Europe road trip planner and guides. Helpful hint: small cars are your friend in Europe, roads and parking spaces are small, be sure to rent a GPS.

TravelMath Driving information to help you plan a road trip including driving distance, driving time, cost of driving, halfway point and best stopping points for your road trip

Bus About If I was 20 and backpacking Europe, the hop on off pass would be my choice

Mega Bus Information for bus travel throughout the UK, Europe, United States and Canada

Bolt Bus Book US bus travel for West Coast and Northeastern states

Greyhound Book bus travel in US, Canada and Mexico

 

Lodging

Booking.com No fees! Search hotels, apartments and homes by location or try out there destination inspiration search

Hotels.com 11th night is free! Search hotels by location or deal

Airbnb Book unique homes and experience a city like a local. Sign up today and receive a $35.00 credit toward your first stay

Hostel World Hostels can be a great option, they are often located in the city center and offer private rooms at a lower rate than most hotels

 

Travel Deals

Travel Zoo, Living Social and Groupon offer deals on everything! Check them for all inclusive trips, hotel discounts, day trips, activities and food discounts.

 

Culture and Customs

Etiquette by Country Comprehensive country etiquette guides

Worldsmart Gestures around the World

What to Wear on Holiday Clothing advice and holiday packing lists for 138 destinations worldwide

Journey Women Advice from women to women on what to wear by destination

How To Avoid Pickpockets In Europe Comprehensive list of cities known for pickpockets, techniques used and how to protect yourself

 

Additional Travel Resources

Lonely Planet Purchase and download destination travel guides in a variety of formats

Weather2Travel.com Search by destination, month or type of desired weather

U.S. National Park Service Search by park or state and plan your visit

passports.state.gov  U.S. passport and international travel information for U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad

International Air Transport Association International travel information including passport, visa, health, currency and customs

Project Visa Visa and embassy information by country

World Nomads Travel insurance for medical evacuation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel health notices including vaccines needed by country

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers Search for health risks, required and recommended vaccinations, food and water conditions by destination

GOV.UK Travel safety advice by country including safety, terrorism, laws and customs

XE Currency Converter Live exchange rates, currency converter and travel expenses calculator

Timeanddate.com Provides time zone conversions taking into account Daylight Saving Time (DST), local time zone and accepts present, past, or future dates

CountryCode.org Dialing codes for phone calls around the globe

World Standards  Overview of all countries of the world and their respective plugs/outlets and voltages/frequencies used for domestic appliances

Boingo Worldwide wifi hotspots, variety of payment plans

 

Travel Apps

  • ICOON Global Picture Dictionary and Google Translate
  • XE Currency
  • Smart Traveler and Travisa Visa
  • Skype and What’s App
  • Gate Guru and Airline App of current trip
  • Rail Planner
  • Subway app of current destination
  • Google Maps and Lonely Planet PDF’s of destination
  • Google Drive or Drop Box
  • Sit or squat and Gas Buddy
  • Boingo (WiFi)
  • Onavo (shrink data usage)
  • Camera+

 

What is your favorite travel resource?

Comprehensive list of essential travel bookmarks for planning and preparation of your dream trip.

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