Resources for Nomads

 

Booking

Hipmunk: This is a remarkable new travel search site that aims to take the agony out of travel planning.

Kayak: Enables you to easily compare hundreds of travel sites at once, in one comprehensive, fast and intuitive display.

Momondo: This is a travel site searching for flights, hotels and car rentals, and providing travel guides written by the users.

STA Travel: Travel booking for the young and restless with discounted airfares.

SkyScanner: A global, cheap flight search engine – it includes all budget airlines worldwide.

 

Accommodation 

AirBnb: This plattform is an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals and other short-term accommodations with those with rooms to rent, generally private parties that are not professional hoteliers. Listings include private rooms, entire apartments, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, tipis, igloos, private islands and other properties.

Couchsurfing: If you haven’t come across this website, then I’m not sure we’re on the same page traveling-wise. Anyway: I’ve couchsurfed and hosted people from around the world quite a bit in the past. I also made good friends meeting fellow couchsurfers for coffee or drinks. Check out my profile here and let’s meet up next time we’re in the same place!

Hostelworld: Don’t just rely on your guidebook for accommodation, use the Internet! Hostelworld is my hostel search site of choice and I’ve booked a ton of beds/rooms via this plattform. It offers huge amount of choice for any budget and also includes many, many hostel reviews from other travellers. Don’t ever just trust on opinion (guidebook)!

 

Work on the Road

Workaway: Holds a database of families, individuals or organizations in an extensive range of different countries who have registered with them and are looking for volunteer help in a huge range of different fields.

Wwoof: Also known as “Willing Workers On Organic Farms”, is a loose network of national organisations that facilitate placement of volunteers on organic farms. Many offer free room and board in exchange for work.

Transitions Abroad: Web portal and webzine for work, study, travel, living, and volunteering abroad. Huge amount of articles, first-hand experiences, links and more.

Dave’s ESL Cafe: THE meeting place for (future) English teachers from around the world. Has a big job board, forum and lots of info for teaching english ANYWHERE.

Anywork Anywhere: Jobs and resources for Work & Travel worldwide, including Work Visa Infos, job guides and job search.

 

Travel-Related

Insurance: 

I’ve been using a German travel insurance called HanseMerkur, which I can highly recommend. They cover absolutely everything at a veeery affordable cost. For Non-Germans, I’ve heard many good things about World Nomads. But usually, every country has their own travel insurance companies, so go check out some travel forums below (Bootsnall, Lonely Planet & Travelfish).

Scuba Diving:

I really hope you consider diving on your travels! There are two big dive certification organisations, PADI and SSI. They are equally awesome. But remember: More important than the organisation you choose is the diveshop and their instructors! Always check out a few and go with the one you feel most comfortable with. (If you need any advice on diving worldwide, hit me up!)

 

Books

Reading about travel before you hit the road is a great way to foster your anticipation. {Reward Links coming up}

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Holy Cow by Sarah McDonald

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Into the Wild by John Krakauer

You can find more recommendations on my Amazon list for travel books

Obviously, reading while being on the road is a brilliant pastime as well, so check out my other book recommendations over here.

 

Blogs

Wandering Earl

Go, See, Write

Everything Everywhere

Y Travel Blog

Travelettes

The Expert Vagabond

Go Backpacking

Fluent in 3 Months

Adventurous Kate

Nomadic Matt

Nerdy Nomad

Legal Nomads

The NuNomad

Nomadtopia

Uncornered Market

 

Other Great Online Resources

Matador Network: Big traveller network and plattform with great content. Must check out!

BootsnAll: Great website with lots of valuable articles and advice in the forums. Highly recommended.

Travelfish: Brilliant travel guide for Southeast Asia. 

Lonely Planet Thorntree Forum: With Bootsnall one of the biggest travel forums.

Vagabondish: Offbeat backpacking and travel news, advice, how-to tips and tall tales from around the world.

Wikitravel: Independent, crowd-sourced online travel guide based on the Wikipedia principle.

Seat61: Transport around the world. This is the most extensive and detailed transport site out there. Any train, any bus – it’s there. Try it!