Research your Destination

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  • Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forums
    Research and discuss travel destinations, accommodation, political situations, and more.
  • Country Specific Info
    American State Department’s general overview of every country including geography, political system, transport system, standard of medical facilites, and overall safety issues as well as visa requirement for American citizens. Also, check the Travel Alerts & Warnings.
  • Transitions Abroad
    A portal for people who want to work, volunteer, study or simply live and travel abroad.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    Discover the world’s most spectacular monuments, natural wonders, and points of cultural interest.
  • Craig’s List
    Great resource for finding discount appartments, used cars, temp jobs, shared rides – a must for long term travelers.

Getting to your Destination

  • Flight Search Engine
    This is a good place to start when researching flight prices.
  • STA Travel
    Travel agency offering discounted flights and tours for students and young travelers. Can purchase tickets online.
  • Seat 61
    Excellent source of information on the rail systems of the world. Places an emphasis on rail trips from London, but its extensive information is quite useful to all. Can purchase tickets and railpasses online.

Finding Accommodation

  • Agoda
    This search engine is similar to, but generally returns better hotel deals in Asia.
  • HotelsCombined
    This site finds the best deals for you across numerous top hotel booking sites.
  • Airbnb
    If you plan to stay for more than a few nights, we recommend booking an apartment through Airbnb. If you haven’t used Airbnb before, click on this link, and you get a credit toward your first stay.
  • Couch Surfing
    An organization of people who offer travelers a free place to stay. Sometimes a couch, sometimes more.

Health and Travel Insurance

Travel Gear

  • REI
    For anything outdoorsy. Clothing and gear for camping, hiking, paddling, running, climbing – you name it.
  • Amazon
    At Amazon, you can get pretty much everything at competitive prices.

Tour Companies

  • Viator
    This is a well-known booking site for tours around the world. You can find great food tours, entry tickets, walking tours, and many more.
  • REI Adventures
    REI is not only great for travel gear, you can also book amazing adventure tours through them.

Money Matters

Region Specific Sites

  • 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking
    Nepalese organization providing female trekking guides and porters. Great for independent female travelers.
  • Cheap European Accommodation
    Find inexpensive accommodation in major European cities.
    This site is amazing. Book flights, trains, buses and more in India. You will grow to love this site as much as we do.
  • – Temples of India
    The ultimate guide to the temples of India. This site is enormous!
  • Heritage Hotels in India
    Explore accommodation in luxurious Indian palaces, havelis, and fortresses.
  • Trekking in China
    Learn the inside secrets to China’s best hiking and trekking destinations.
  • Latest on Visiting Tibet
    The Land of Snows has extensive, regularly updated information for those planning a trip to Tibet. Excellent resource for learning the latest about Tibet permits.
  • Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide
    Learn everything you need to know about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, including routes, seasons, packing lists, visa information, and tips on how to prepare for your ascent.

Other Useful Sites

  • World Weather
    Look up the weather in destinations all over the world.
  • World Clock
    Look up current local times around the world.

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