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These resource pages are ongoing and come from many sources including online searches, word of mouth recommendations, books, pamphlets, brochures, and my own travel experiences. If you have anything to add, would like something removed, or something isn’t working correctly, please let me know. The flags below are meant to give you an idea of which nationalities the link is for or where the company is located. Common sense should tell you if you’re able to use a given link from another country.

How to take a broke-ass road trip - travel tips and articles There’s a saying that goes, ‘The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco’. It’s credited to Mark Twain, but that’s a lie; nobody really knows who said it. I wish I had. You know what else I wish I had? 1. (I know I just complained about not having a car, but I’m actually tied to my desk right now, so just look at my car reference before as a metaphor for ‘the freedom to not be at my damn desk’.) 2. If you don’t have wheels but aren’t too keen on riding with random strangers, you can always rent a car. 3. Still on the car-less theme, if you use Zipcar or one of the countless smaller local versions of car sharing, you can take a vehicle for multiple days at a time. 4. Don’t wanna spend too much loot on food while traveling? 5. You read Lonely Planet, so you know the drill, but just in case you don’t, I’ll break it down for you. 6. If you wanna save money on a road trip, don’t go to Disneyland, or any other theme park for that matter. 7. 8.

WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free So you’ve decided to do it. You have a friend or family member who can store your belongings for an undetermined period of time, you’ve tied up loose ends, and your bags are packed. It’s time to start traveling long term! But now what? How then, do you travel long term and not run out of money? © *sean Here are eight handy resources to help you get started on your long term travel adventure: Caretaker’s Gazette ( By joining this service (annual membership is approximately US$30), you will gain access to a classified system of people looking for caretakers in exchange for rent-free living. Some are paying opportunities, while others are simply work-trade arrangements for accommodation. This is what TIME Magazine had to say about the Caretaker’s Gazette. Woofing ( WWOOF is an acronym for a number of different phrases, the most apt of which in my mind is “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”. House Carers ( Couch Surfing

How I Can Afford My Life Of Constant Travel I’m confused. I’m simply confused as to how it’s possible that I have so far failed to properly explain how I’ve managed to travel/live/work abroad nonstop for 12 years straight (and counting). The questions are still pouring in every single day: How do you do it? And while I thoroughly enjoy communicating with readers (I’m being completely serious and encourage you all to continue sending your emails to me as often as you wish), the fact that these very questions are on the minds of so many of you out there has led me to believe that I need to do a better job at providing the answers. While it’s true that I’ve already written plenty of posts on the matter, clearly all of these posts, even as one collective entity, still fall well short of proving that a life of travel is not some crazy fantasy but a perfectly reasonable and easily attainable lifestyle option instead. So what am I to do? The following is a brief summary of the past 12 years of my life. December 25, 1999: March 2000 April 2003

25 Great Travel Sites & Tools To Check Before You Go On Vacation Unless you are hopelessly workaholic, you are one of those people who cherish a nice, long vacation in their favorite destinations. While it's a nice feeling to have, imagining yourself lying lazily on a beach beside sunshade, sometimes vacation planning could turn out to be really cumbersome and if not done properly, could spoil your trip. The following list of sites would help you overcome the pre-vacation planning syndromes. 1. Lonely Planet is a great resource for travelers and has a huge database of information about travel destinations around the world. Apart from general travel information, Lonely Planet offers travel guides and a vibrant community of travelers who are there to answer any question you have. 2. AirBnB is an excellent site if you are looking to ditch costly hotels and instead go for a spacious apartment at much lower rates. There are a lot of search options and you can filter the results based on space, price, amenities and more. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Help Exchange: free volunteer work exchange abroad Australia New Zealand Canada Europe 19 Epic Adventures by Travel Bloggers in 2011 19 Epic Adventures by Travel Bloggers in 2011 As the end of 2011 fast approaches, waves of year-end reviews have been circulating the travel blog community. There have been countless adventures by hundreds of travel bloggers, each special and unique in their own way. But there were a few adventures that stood out from the rest (at least in our minds). Perhaps one of these adventures will inspire your travels in 2012! Photo credit – The Planet D The Mongol Rally Dave and Deb of The Planet D, Rick Griffin of Midlife Road Trip and Sherry Ott of Ottsworld formed the Social Media Syndicate and took on one of the most epic travel blogger adventures of 2011, the Mongol Rally. The Ultimate Train Challenge Michael of Go, See, Write, Nora of The Professional Hobo and Jeannie of Nomadic Chick took on the Ultimate Train Challenge, a 30-day train only journey from Lisbon, Portugal to Saigon, Vietnam. Getting Shipwrecked in Indonesia Walking with Cheetahs in Zambia Snorkeling with Beluga Whales in Manitoba

Inspiring Websites About Travel We are constantly trying to inspire people around the world to travel and see what is beyond day to day life. We don’t see ourselves as any sort of heroes because we travel, but we do try and share our adventures as much as possible, in the hope that we may have inspired one person to travel the world! We have been inspired by so many other websites and we wanted to share them with you so you can also benefit like we have from there travels. We are generally inspired by other people, art and photography. These inspiring websites below show what has driven us to travel for as long as we have and where we have turned to for advice. We love all of these websites, so in no particular order, here is our inspiration: y Travel Blog Caz & Craig have been travelling since 1997 and have a wealth of knowledge from all areas across the globe.