Useful Links

I’ve decided to keep a list of some links that I think will be useful during my travels. I’ll keep updating this page as new ideas come to me as I’m sure they will.

South East Asia

Island TEFL – Learn how to teach English on an island in Thailand! 

Become a SCUBA diving instructor for about $8,000 on a 7 month internship! 

South East Asia Backpacker – awesome tips for backpacking around SEA. I especially love their post about 7 epic journeys to do in SEA! 

TravelFish – Possibly the most awesome site in the world for backpacking around Southeast Asia 

Teach English as a volunteer in Tsunami affected Thailand 

Travelling to the Philippines for the first time as a backpacker? 

Want to see Halong Bay in Vietnam the fun way

See this cost breakdown of 6 months in SEA by Be My Travel Muse.

Central and South America

Learn Spanish in Guatemala 

Do a 10 day expedition to Antarctica 

A number of ‘free’ volunteering options for central and south America 

Some great tips for a number of countries in Latin America from the Travel Chica. Be warned, I think she subscribes to the theory of ‘forwarned means forarmed’. There’s a lot of info about scams, etc.

Too Many Adaptors gives advice about buying SIM cards in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.

Europe

Italy

Transport 

For tickets from Italy to other countries http://www.fsitaliane.it/homepage_en.html

For tickets within Italy http://www.internationalrail.com.au/ (I know, apparently one of the only international sites that you can get the discounted rates on)

Worldwide

Travel advice for women is all there on http://trekity.com/

Other Useful Sites

The Man in Seat 61 is the go-to site for train travel. Has saved me in Thailand, and will hopefully do the same for Italy! 

On-the-road tech advice from a travel geek – yes please! 

Compare cheap fights with Skyscanner (I’ve used them a couple of times now. Useful even just for getting an idea of what flights cost, and which companies do that route the cheapest). They also tell you whats included in the price (seat selection, food and drink, check-in luggage, etc)

Medical and vaccination advice for travelling? Get an appointment with the Adventure Doc 

BootsnAll – One of THE best Independent Travel websites out there! 

The Guardian has actually put together a pretty good list of travel sites, especially some of the eco/volunteering sites that one can use when traveling through more expensive countries such those in Western Europe.

I have used both HostelBookers and Hostel World, but the latter over-booked my accommodation on Koh Phangan during full-moon. They found alternative accommodation for only half our group. I’d rather not have that kind of stress on my holidays. PS – I’m not saying DON’T use them, my friend and I ended up in better accommodation than the original booking courtesy of Hostel World, but it could have gone very pear-shaped! Downside to Hostelbookers is that they charge in British Pounds, which means that once they take my Aus$ and convert them, the price is slightly higher than expected. Kind of annoying for an ‘international’ company.

A guide to travelling and still looking good, Alex the Travel Fashion Girl has a few tips for we ladies

Inspiration

The itinerary will constantly change, but here’s some inspiration that will hopefully keep me travelling as long as possible – a reminder that not everyone can travel

The EdVenture Project tackles the question ‘Aren’t you AFRAID?

Travel Blogs

Legal Nomads is a fantastic site where the hostess knows her solo travelling! I like it because really has some good advice, and I think she is really brave for travelling solo (because she’s really small).

One of my favorite bloggers in Nomadic Matt, who keeps his posts current, interesting and relevant to budget travelers! He also has so great travel guides to a number of popular countries. P.S: He decided to stop travelling full-time, and as such his site is no longer as interesting as it used to be. Still, check it out, there’s quite a bit of info there for newbie travellers.

The kind-of-annoying, insanely addictive podcasts which provide a great alternative way to experience travel blogging by kiwis Linda and Craig. They have interviews with people who have traveled to places and done stuff (like teach English in South Korea) that the hosts themselves haven’t done.

Long term, open-ended travel for over 14 years – LashWorldTour has a few interesting posts, although I have yet to read most of them 🙂

A lot of interesting and opinionated articles from around the world, the Vagabond Journey describes itself as a ‘daily chronicle of life across planet earth’.

Craig from the Travelvice website has possibly taken his blogging a little too seriously, and ended up with daily updates of his travels!

Leif Pettersen writes quite entertaining entries in his blog Killing Batteries, making even eating a hamburger quite amusing 🙂

The two lovely ladies from Globetrottergirls just celebrated 900 days of traveling. The German/American lesbian couple do a good job of showcasing the world as an awesome place.

Unbrave Girl wrote a blog about travelling in South East Asia and teaching English in Japan and China (I think my love for this blog is slightly unnatural :O).

A post that resonated with me was ‘the 7 stages of unplugging from the cubicle‘ by Nomadic Chick. She related it to the 7 stages of grief, which I totally agree with.

I love the posts that Adventurous Kate wrote about the things she did right and wrong in South East Asia. At the end of the day I’m sure she looks back on most of the things she ‘did wrong’ and sees they were meant to be – at least they’ll make for great stories back home!!!

For a blog with a bit of a different feel, the Hedgehogs without Borders put their experiences into a ‘book’. As in, it’s like a book on the screen. You kinda have to see it really..

The Goats on the Road have some really helpful info about teaching English in China.

Aw, hell! Just go to Just Chuckin’ It‘s site and check out the blogs he recommends (he even has pictures!) 🙂

Volunteer/Travel

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. Google WWOOF and the country you want to travel in to go directly to the correct site.

Free Volunteering (FV) is a new project with the mission of sharing free and low-cost volunteering opportunities, with willing volunteers.

Another site that looks promising is also called Free Volunteering, but is hosted in the UK (instead of the US).

A great site that has been recommended by other travel bloggers (on Twitter) is Grass Roots Volunteering, which lists free volunteering opportunities.

A great selection by the Matador website of free or cheap volunteering.

Non-Travel Sites

As you probably realised while on this site, I’m a total noob when it comes to technology, so here are a few sites that I have used, or will be using to increase my digital education.

Transferring from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, the guide.

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