This section offers a few of the travel resources we find interesting and useful. Be sure to check back – we’ll add new ones from time to time. And please tell us about your favorites so we can share them!
- Train and Air
- Green Travel
- Family Travel
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Guides, and Travel Tips
- Travel Deals
- Travel Tools
- More Travel
Travel Resources: Train and Air
Rail Europe – Maps, schedules, fares, tickets and passes for over 50 different train companies across Europe.
Momondo – Free global travel search engine that helps you compare prices on flights, hotels, and travel deals.
Google Flights – Really easy-to use flight search engine.
Airwander (formally Quest Organizer) – Flight search engine that helps you find multi-day stopovers at no additional charge.
Travel Resources: Green Travel
Wander – Online travel agency that gives part of its profits from your hotel reservation to a cause of your choice. Good traveling for good people.
BookDifferent – Nonprofit hotel booking site where you can easily find green hotels and support a charity with a portion of your reservation.
Travel Resources: Family Travel
Clanventure – Simplifies family vacation planning and sets you up with a vacation rental that can easily cater to families with children.
Kid & Coe – Vacation rental and home exchange booking site that offers family-friendly homes equipped with cribs, baby gates and other necessary equipment to accommodate babies and small children.
Traveling Baby – Baby/toddler equipment rental delivered to your destination in most major “tourist-y” cities in the U.S.
Travel Resources: Travel Insurance
Squaremouth – The largest search engine for travel insurance (the “Kayak” of the travel insurance world).
World Nomads – Travel insurance providers who let you choose to make a difference by funding community development projects as part of your travel insurance decision.
Travel Resources: Tours, Guides, and Travel Tips
Viator (a TripAdvisor Company) – “Travel insiders” in offices around the world who help you plan tours and experiences.
Context – Private guides and small- group tours led by Ph.D. and MA-level scholar guides.
Live Like a Local – Insider tips and tours by real locals in various places in the world.
Trip Advisor – Yelp-like collection of tips and reviews from travelers to just about anywhere.
Travel Resources: Travel Deals & Mileage Points
Upgraded Points – The ultimate guide for helping travelers find the real value of points and miles.
AwardWallet – Helps you manage your travel reward programs.
Book Your Award – International first and business class airline mileage award booking service.
The Points Guy – Detailed, up-to-date travel advice and guides.
InsideFlyer – One-stop-shopping for travel advice and information.
Frugal Travel Guy – Information, including a blog, to help you travel affordably by using frequent flyer miles and points.
Airfarewatchdog – A trip-planning, deal-finding website that sends out low-fare and hotel deals via email and Tweets to their millions of subscribers. Just type in your search criteria and email address and they’ll alert you as soon as a great deal pops up.
Travel Resources: Tools & Gear
Google Translate – Free Google service that translates 103 different languages through typing, voice or camera. Available through the App Store as well.
Pacsafe Portable Safe – Anti-theft portable safe with a TSA accepted three-dial combination lock to secure the stainless steel cable to a fixture in your hotel room, by the pool, in the car, or in flight. Folds flat when not in use.
XE Currency App – for your phone. Have trouble figuring out how much that meal will cost you in U.S. dollars? This app lets you access live exchange rates and quickly calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet.
GPSmyCity App – The useful app lets you use your mobile device as a personal tour guide. Includes more than 6000 self-guided city walks in 750+ cities around the world. You can download the maps to use offline.
Steripen – To eliminate the use of plastic bottles when water quality is questionable, use this small, battery operated water filter with UV light technology that easily fits in your backpack.
More Travel Resources
Gumtree – A Craigslist-like website for finding travel partners, rideshares, jobs, second hand gear, homestays, and much more. It spans 76 cities across 11 countries.
EatWith – Website for finding home-cooked meals with locals. Locals post listings for dinner parties and specialty meals that you can sign up for – a great way to do something different, pick a local’s brain, and make a new friend.
TransferTravel – A sort of StubHub to help travelers buy and sell airline tickets, nonrefundable hotel packages, and more. Once you’re registered, you can search for what you need or list your unused bookings. The site takes a commission for securely processing payments.
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