The Travel Resource List

Hello and welcome to the TRL. Our goal is to provide an up-to-date, comprehensive, straightforward destination where travelers, backpackers, vacations and those preparing for study abroad are able to find the top travel resources by category.  Our goal isn’t to link to every travel site and resource out there.  Instead, we’ll work with our readers to create a list of the most popular/useful sites you may have never heard of.

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Luxury Holidays

Luxury Holidays


Maldives Holidays

Mauritius Holidays

Budget holidays

Hostelworld – One of the largest/best 2nd generation hostel booking resources available.

Hostelz – A great hostel look-up site which incorporates reviews and listings from the other major hostel booking engines.

BootsnAll – Excellent community oriented 2nd generation hostel booking resource.

Hosteling International – Far from my favorite this 1st generation hostel network is good in places under-served by 2nd generation hostels.

Water Saftey

National Travel Health Network– A website that gives reports on a country-by-country basis on water drinkability.


The Ultimate Packing List

Bed Bug FAQ

Bed Bug Info – General information on preventing, treating, and identifying bed bugs.

Air Miles Resources

Flyer Talk – The web’s 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.



Flightless Travel – A community dedicated to sharing flightless travel stories, strategies, tips and tricks.

Routes International – While technically a booking site they provide comprehensive line info. Especially useful for ferry travel.

Automotive Travel

RoadSharing – Originally started in Italy, the site has grown to serve all of Europe.  It works as a facilitator helping strangers carpool.

ViaMichelin – Comprehensive Europe focused resource for people planning on taking a trip by car provided by the Michelin tire company.

Rail Travel

Seat Sixty One – Comprehensive travel info for Europe and Asia tied to travel from the UK.

Urban Rail – Comprehensive international resource site with Metro maps for major city’s subway systems.

Bus Travel

Megabus – UK/North America centered discount Bus line.

Eurolines – European centered discount Bus line.

Orange Ways – Eastern European centered discount Bus line.

By Sea

Go Nomad’s Guide – Solid writeup with general information and general pricing estimates.

A la Carte Freighter Travel – General info about travel on cargo vessels.

Crew Seekers international – Similar to Global Crew Network.  Puts deck hands/volunteers in contact with captains and their ships.

Sailing Networks – Their slogan “connecting sailors everywhere”.  Note the crew finder option.

The Float Plan – Site dedicated to connecting crew and volunteers.


Credit Cards

Flyer Guide: Travel Friendly Credit Cards – Hands down one of the best resources for picking a travel friendly credit card/researching foreign transaction fees.

Currency Exchange

Google Currency – View charts of historical currency trends and current exchange rates.

XE – All things currency look-up related.


Free Web Travel Guides

Traveller’s Point Guides – A wiki-based set of international web based travel guides.

Travelfish – The go-to guide for South Eastern Asia.  Provides .pdf guides.

Travel Discussion

Bootsn All Forums – very community oriented backpacker/hosteller themed forums with advice, general discussion and a wealth of information.

Lonely Planet’s Thorntree Forums – Backpacker/hosteller themed forums with advice, general discussion and a wealth of information.

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.


Teach English – Stands for Teach English as a Foreign Language. Site with job postings and info. – Same as above but with a list of job opportunities and programs.

Study Abroad

ISIC – International Student Identity Card. The go to international student ID for stud-abroad.

Institute of International Education – A wonderful resource focusing on study abroad programs.

Go – A resource to help facilitate identifying, researching, and choosing international internships. – 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.

Live Abroad

Expatriates (InterNations) – A community dedicated to bringing together expatriates and global minds to pool expertise, connect people and facilitate new relationships.

Volunteer/Work-Stay Programs

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 – Non-profit organization arranging ethical volunteering opportunities around the world.

VolunTourism – Another Volunteer travel group.

Idealist – A comprehensive directory which connects organizations with volunteers.

28 Responses to “The Travel Resource List”

WanderlusterApril 15th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

How about Transitions Abroad for Work/Study Abroad?

And how ’bout a gals category for Wanderlust and Lipstick 🙂

MelvinApril 19th, 2010 at 11:49 am

Nice listing, thanks!

What about adding to Free Web Travel Guides

EricaMay 4th, 2010 at 9:33 am

I would love to be on the list! 🙂 😀 We’re just a couple tryin’ to travel.

jamieMay 10th, 2010 at 8:41 am

How about
So far it’s been a wonderful experience! I highly recommend!!

Inga PietersMay 14th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hi there may I quote some of the material here in this entry if I reference you with a link back to your site?

GlamderingMay 14th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Thank you all for your kind words and submissions.

Feel free Inga.

SocialiteTravelMay 15th, 2010 at 8:40 am

Great job! We would like to be considered under Travel Community: – World’s Largest Flashpacker Community


Lai MuscolinoMay 20th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Great post!! I love your content and come here daily.

Ali AzharJune 17th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

The resource was amazing Alex. used the student fares website to get quite honestly the cheapest last minute ticket to Chicago. I really appreciate the work you’ve put into it. FAST SHIPPING A++++++++++++++++

LaurieJuly 16th, 2010 at 6:46 am

Can I suggest . It’s a great resource for estimating, planning, and tracking your travel budget.

Car PoolingSeptember 7th, 2010 at 8:38 am

I would like to be on the list! 🙂

CamilaOctober 27th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Under “Budget / Social” in the “Accommodation” section:

Tripping: a global network of travelers who connect with locals for cultural exchange – ranging from shared cups of coffee to free home stays.

George WhitehallDecember 8th, 2010 at 5:36 am

Let me suggest a site to be added to the Air Travel section. – flight metasearch engine. Capable of searching for connecting flights as well.

SimonJanuary 13th, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hi, is a great website that aims to place students interested in studying abroad into university and college courses.

I believe that this website may be of use to your audience.

MartinFebruary 3rd, 2011 at 11:19 am

These are great resources – especially the Social Travel ones. Would you consider checking out and possibly including it as an Air Travel resource?

CilApril 22nd, 2011 at 4:50 am

Very comprehensive list.
May I make a suggestion? Eurotrip is an established travel messageboard site with a concentration on, yes, you probably figured it out–Europe. The site offers both booking and planning tools. The mods are seasoned budget travelers.

ClaireApril 26th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

How about a HomeStay list? There are some (but few) non-profit homestays that help the local people earn a wage, and they promote tourism in their communities. One such site is:

Thanks for the list!

ChadMay 13th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

How about adding to hotel booking? Great list

GlamderingMay 13th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Will add it to my to-review list, thanks Chad =)

BertJune 9th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

what about a traveling by bike section??

GlamderingJune 9th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Howdy Bert,

Are there a lot of resources specific to that type of travel? Have any favorites? Always open to considering it.

TracyJune 23rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Thanks for sharing this great resource.

GlamderingJune 23rd, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Thanks Tracy! Greatly appreciate it!

GlamderingJuly 18th, 2011 at 12:33 am

Thanks, glad you were able to put it to work!

AventureFranceNovember 22nd, 2020 at 8:20 am

Thanks for this list. If you would like you can to add this travel website (adventure) :

BatteryhsrDecember 12th, 2020 at 7:04 pm

mostly in monasteries.

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