I have lots of resources to inspire you to get out into the world!
When I need information, I often start with the websites below. They are current and full of tips for every stage of planning and travel. The authors visit all parts of the planet, and want you to do the same…safely, easily, and without taking out a second mortgage.
Please let me know if you have any favorite websites, books, or resources to help other travelers.
Europe Up Close: Off to Europe? Check this website for articles about destinations, personal stories, and great advice. Learn from travelers who’ve been there! There is also a tab for UNESCO sites to help you plan.
Frommers.com: Everything you need to plan a trip! Plus news stories, travel tips, and a blog by Arthur Frommer, the man who changed travel with his Europe on $5 a Day, published in 1957. If you’re looking for information, this is a good place to start.
GoNOMAD.com: Since 2000, an independent travel website, full of articles on a wide range of topics. Destinations, lodgings, alternate travel, and one of my specialties, women and solo travel. Max Hartshorne, Editor, does a great job of finding and publishing interesting topics.
International Living: Are you considering a retirement in a tropical, budget-friendly country? Interested in knowing more about how to live and travel in other parts of the world? IL offers information and advice for folks who want to fully experience life…and still have money left over.
LonelyPlanet.com: In 1973, Tony and Maureen Wheeler created a company focused on honest information and responsible travel. In their words: “We never compromise our opinions for commercial gain. If you read something written by a Lonely Planet author, you can guarantee they’ve been there, had a look for themselves and are telling you what they really think. It’s trusted advice from a trusted source.”
Nomad Revelations: A great website with tons of information for any place you can imagine. Serious world traveler João LeitãoI (126+ countries, 7 continents) has gained nearly 60K fans during his 10 years as a blogger. I especially like the List of 2300 Travel Blogs…it’s easy to spend an hour clicking away.
RickSteves.com is where I often begin my research when planning a trip. Rick has been leading tours throughout Europe for decades and still travels for three months each year to update his famous teal-and-yellow guidebooks. Check the website’s forums for practical information. Subscribe to the website, listen to Rick’s weekly podcasts, and watch his “Travels Through Europe” shows on PBS.
Check out Reviews.com for a comparison of different companies, based on your travel needs. Not all insurance policies are the same!
Travel Safety and Tips:
CreditCard.com has a useful article about choosing–and using–credit cards for your trip. Focus is on solo travelers, but the information is good for everyone.
PeterGreenberg.com is the website of The Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg. You’ll want to sign up for his newsletter, which always has excellent tips. Peter also has a weekly podcast. Go to his site for safety tips and the latest travel trends.