Travel Resources

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Links to some fantastic travel resources!  Add your site here by dropping a line to: nomadic.chick@gmail.com

Accommodation (Budget to Mid-Range)

Airbnb – Vacation rentals, private rooms or sublets by the night.  A decent range of prices for the budget to luxury traveler.

Casa Casa – Hospitality on a budget!

CouchSurfing -Hospitality for free!  Join the CouchSurfing project.

Darn Good Digs – Search for travel inns or B&B’s.

Global Freeloaders – Australia’s famed free accommodation website is now worldwide.

Hospitality Club – Connect with travelers and search for free accommodation.

Hotwire – Unearth hotel deals up to 55% off in Canada, USA, Mexico and the Caribbean.  You can also search cheap flight deals for Canada/USA only.

House Carers – House sitting gigs around the world.  Seriously.

Lay Your Head Here – Accommodation source for Asia.

Mind My House – A site that brings home owners and house sitters together.  Low yearly memberships, too!

Roofswap – One of the largest home exchange sites.

Roomorama – Short term rentals for the discerning traveler.  Listing over 30,000 properties worldwide.

Sublet.com – Apartment rentals, rooms and houses for rent.

Trivago - An online comparison site that will help you find a perfect hotel for your next vacation. It also offers reviews to make your decision easier. Now that’s cool and smart to compare and contrast.

Trusted Housitters.com: A similar site to Housecarers, post your house or become a bona fide house sitter!

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – If you adore farming, do this.  Room and board in exchange for household/farming duties.

University Hotel Network – Your online source to find hotels near your favorite universities. They provide a wide range of services including hotel reservations, car rentals, and other travel tools for your trip to universities and colleges around the United States!

Transportation
(Airlines, Bus Lines, Trains or Out of the Ordinary)

Airtreks – Around the world and international travel airfare experts.

Eurail – Travel by Europe with Eurail passes! I’m a big fan of the Global Passes.

FlightFox – A unique way to obtain cheap flights, through crowd sourcing.  You know, getting someone else to do it for you.  I like this idea.

Fly Low Cost Airlines - Comprehensive site to search for budget airlines such as Blue AirEasyjet,Ryanair.

Freighter Travel NZ – Specialists in cargo passenger travel.

Greyhound – Hands down, the cheapest way to travel throughout Canada and the United States.

Hit The Road – Connects people with travel/transportation needs in a budget and environmentally conscious way.

International Rail – The experts in global rail.

Kayak – Compare and find cheap travel deals (flights, cars, hotels).

Megabus – A low cost bus service in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Momondo – Search and compare cheap, cheap flights.  What sets them apart from Kayak?  The don’t sell ad space to companies.  Check out their tip guide and blog, ultracool.

Rent a Car Now – Save time and money by searching Hertz, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty with one click.

Skyscanner - Another search engine for cheap flights, hotels or rental cars.

Vayama - Specializing in cheap international flights – offering a massive selection airlines, flights and fares.

World Cab Fares –  Free taxi and cab care information from the world’s international airports.

Yapta – Track flight prices and save money before or after you buy!

Interactive Travel Sites/Guides

Aspiring Backpacker – A travel website for first time traveler or people who are dreaming about hitting the road. All you need to do is read up and set off!

Authentic Seacoast – Your travel guide to Nova Scotia’s boundless beauty!

Best Beaches in Asia – Top beaches in Asia.

BootsnAll Travel Network – The ultimate source for the independent traveler.

Europe Budget Guide – Site for travelers to read and share ideas and inspiration for budget traveling across Europe.

Globetrooper – An interactive tool to find travel partners. Create a trip, connect with like-minded people, and travel together!

Go Backpacking - Travel advice for the independent backpacker.

Go Nomad – Inspiration and links to plan your next trip.

Iconic Guides – A range of downloadable MP3 audio guides to the ancient sites of Egypt, Greece and Japan.

Hike Bike Travel – Download free self-guides for hiking, biking and adventure travel.

The Layover Guide – Stuck in an airport?  Discover how you can make the most of a layover.

NileGuide – Interactive online travel guides and personal travel recommendations.

Socialite Travel – Community for the backpacker, flashpacker or jet setter.

Top Backpacking Destinations – A guide to backpacking destinations around the world!

Travel the Middl East – A comprehensive guide to travel tips in the Middle East.

World Travel Guide - Exciting travel tips, news and experiences from humorous travellers, who can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble.

Women Travel (Solo or Group)

Explorer Girls – Adventure and sport travel for women.

Galavanting TV – Fun and informative web travel series for the woman traveler.

Galavanting Women’s Travel Magazine – Go to resource for tips, sassy stories, and empowerment.

Go! Girl Guides – Travel guides for women, volunteers and solo adventurers!

Go Girl Travel Network - Connecting women to our world through tips, stories and meet-ups.

Hostel Booker for Women - Female friendly hostels.

Journeywoman – The premier travel source for women.

Lost Girls World – Premier travel and lifestyle magazine for young women.

Wanderwoman – Women’s travel vacations to Europe, USA & beyond.

Wanderlust and Lipstick – Beth Whitman’s amazing site for women travelers.

Women Travel the World – A great site full of everything; travel companies for women, festivals for women, travel insurance, products and accommodation.  This site is a massive directory of resources for the female traveler.

Digital Nomad/Entrepreneurs

Career Break Secrets – A career break is a time in your life when you put aside your career to pursue your personal passions and interests.  This site boasts a blog, video postcards and a passion for pursuing what matters to you.

Elance – Get Services.  Provide Services.  Become an elancer.

Global Bloggers Network – A must-read site that helps travel bloggers succeed.

Freelance Switch – Advice and resources for freelancers; search the massive job directory.

Living on Impulse – Markus Mindaugas serves a tall order, “To wake people up from the dream of life and help them create a dream worth living.”  Amen.

Location Independent – Community devoted to living and working anywhere you choose.

Sean Bonner – Creator of Technomad and lifestyle ninja.

Transitions Abroad – Portal to work, study or volunteer abroad.  They also accept submissions from writers and hold annual writing contests.

Untemplater – THE site on how to live and work the way you WANT.

Travel Companies

G Adventures - Top notch travel company, offering adventure-seeking travelers an alternative to the typical tour.  And they’re Canadian to boot!

Intrepid Travel – Travel company specializing in affordable and sustainable travel.

Writing

The Freelance Writing Jobs Network – Lively online community of freelance writers supporting each other.  Full of tips and writing leads.

Travel Writers Exchange – A community of travel writers, bloggers, and journalists.  Exchange tools, tips, and resources, and engage in a forum to help the community expand their online reach and find new opportunities.

Travel Magazines

Afar Magazine – Spin on well worn destinations and with some beautifully written travel narrative.

Been Seen – Travel from a creative and visually artistic point of view.

Cultureist Magazine – An online magazine for people who passionately care about the greater world around them.  I love this.

Gadling – World’s top travel blog!

GlobalGrasshopper – An offbeat global travelzine.

Gomad Nomad Travel Mag – An online magazine for independent travelers.

Matador Network – Best independent online travel magazine!

National Geographic Traveler – All travel, all the time.

Peregrine Mag – The ‘why’ of travel.  Great photography and lovely words to inspire that wanderlust.

Plum Deluxe - Travel lifestyle magazine.  Get inspired, travel more, and see the world.

Travelsquire - A digital magazine and trip planner in one. Compiled, written, and edited by destination specialists, the digital magazine provides nearly everything needed to plan an adventure. Or you can take it a step further with their Travel Itinerary Planning Service (TIPS).

World Hum – The best travel stories on the Internet.

Conferences Worth Attending

Asian Women’s Empowerment - Near and dear to my heart, this conference aims to encourage Asian women to embrace whatever life they imagine. In 2013, I was a speaker and talked about solo travel, a great experience. Go!

Travel Blog Exchange – A community of new media travel writers who share the journey.  I’m a member!

Women’s Travel Fest – A one day festival devoted to travel and women’s unique needs, chock full of inspirational and kick ass speakers.

Women in Travel Summit - The only conference of it’s kind for female travel bloggers, writers and entrepreneurs. I was proud to be the opening keynote for the 2014 conference.

World Domination Summit – A kind of conference that brings together remarkable people who are living unconventional lives and showing you how to as well.

World Travel Market – the leading global event for the travel industry – is a vibrant must attend business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors and International travel professionals. Go at least once.