We travel for a myriad reasons. To get away from our comfort zone, to dig our way out of a rut, to explore the world and discover the different cultures we only see in books and travel shows, the list is endless.
Whether you’re travelling for work or leaving the mother’s nest for the first time to tackle your travel bucket list, these resources will no doubt ensure a smooth trip abroad. Some of them might even save you hundreds of dollars! Here’s a look at the 100 resources we have painstakingly listed down for you:
Airbnb: Rent homes or apartments from hosts in over 100 countries.
Couchsurfing: “Surf” on couches by staying as a guest or host travellers in your home.
Home Away: Book apartment rentals, cabins, condos, villas, or castles.
Staydu: Social travel community where travellers can stay and help, stay and pay, or stay for free.
Be Welcome: Find hosts, or “open your door to the world”.
Love Home Swap: Home exchange. Choose from 90000 homes.
Home Exchange: Search 65000 homes in 150 countries.
Warmshowers.org: Specially for touring cyclists and hosts.
Kayak: Find the most affordable travel deals.
Seatguru: Compare cheap flights. Brought to you by TripAdvisor.
Fare Compare: Find airfare deals and save money.
Momondo: Find cheapest flights from airlines and travel sites.
Cheap Flights: Simple, fuss-free search on cheap flights.
Via: Book flights (one way, multi-city, or round-trip).
Zuji: Airfare booking tool.
Skyscanner: Find best prices for airfare tickets.
Hostel Bookers: Book cheap hostels in over 3500 destinations.
Hostels Worldwide: Over 17000 hostels available worldwide.
Hostels: Over 33000 hostels in 170 countries.
Booking: Book hotels in 85000 places worldwide.
Hostelz: Hotel database. Over 30000 listings in 7000 cities.
Hipmunk: Compare multiple top travel sites at one go.
Trivago: Compare 900000 hotel prices from over 200 booking sites.
Agoda: Hotel booking service in 38 different languages.
Hotwire: Discount travel website covering airfare, hotel, vacation packages, and rental cars.
Expedia: Book hotels, activities and travel services.
Trustroots: Hospitality exchange community for hitchhikers.
Rome2Rio: Discover multiple travel options in one platform.
Black Tomato: Luxury tour operator.
Skiplagged: Save up to 80% on airfares.
Reviews & Hacks
Rough Guides: Travel content provider.
Travel & Adventure: Travel stories from around the world.
How (And Why) To Travel Alone: Hilarious and heart-warming personal account on travelling alone.
Solo Traveler: Travel tips and stories for the solo traveller.
Fodors Travel: Expert travel advice.
Oyster: Painfully honest hotels reviews.
Travel Tribe: Get travel advice and share experiences.
TripExpert: Professional reviews on hotels, restaurants, and tourists attractions.
Sleeping in Airports: Tips on sleeping in airports. Also features the best and worst airports around the world.
Responsible Travel: The world’s best small holiday companies in one place.
True Travellers Society: Free resources on volunteering and saving money while travelling abroad.
BootsnAll: One-stop indie travel guide.
DiscoverSG: All things fun and exciting in Singapore.
Disclosure: DiscoverSG is a sister site of Vulcan Post.
Legal Nomads: Guide for digital nomads and entrepreneurs.
Accessible Travel Online Resources: Lonely Planet’s guide on travelling with a disability.
Air Help: Know your rights. Get paid when you’re delayed.
The Occasional Traveller: Singapore travel blog.
Lonely Planet: Popular travel guide.
Nomadic Matt: Up-to-date travel guide. Targeted at budget travellers.
TripAdvisor: Read reviews and compare prices.
Yelp: Find the best local businesses.
Travel via Home Exchange Programmes
Cultural Homestay International: Educational and cultural exchange programme.
Intervac Home Exchange: Economical home exchange programme founded on 1953.
Home for Exchange: Non-commercial home exchange marketplace.
Seniors Home Exchange: Exclusively for travellers over 50s.
Home Base Holidays: Choose from villas, apartments, and house boats.
Exchange Zones: Home exchange, home rentals, and bed & breakfast marketplace.
Travel Checklist & Planner
Travels’ Checklist: Fuss-free checklist.
Travel Smith Printable Packing List: See above.
Flight 001 Travel Checklist: Ditto.
Budget Direct Ultimate Travel Packing List: Interactive and visually arresting checklist.
Qantas Travel Checklist: Practical checklist.
Interactive Packing List: Customisable holiday checklist.
Wunderground: Travel planner.
Pinterest: Plan your ultimate destination.
XE Currency Convertor: Simple currency convertor tool.
OANDA Currency Convertor: Detailed currency convertor.
World Travel Guide: Passport and Visa information.
Travisa: Visa guide.
Weather & Environment
Accuweather: Check the weather in your holiday destination.
Holiday Weather: Daily worldwide weather forecast.
Responsible Travel: Chart on the best time to visit a country.
Ethical Traveler: Travel and protect the environment.
Money Smart Travel Insurance Guide: Get the best plan on travel insurance.
GoBear: Compare multiple travel insurance plans.
GPS & Maps
#TravelStoke World Map: Build your own map.
Travellers Point: DIY trip map.
Trav Buddy: Create own world travel map.
GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic: GPS tool. Live traffic included.
GPS Navigation: GPS tool with free trip planning.
Waze: GPS, maps and social traffic tool.
GIS Lounge: Understanding scales on maps.
GEO Community: GIS data.
Travel Shows & Tunes
Bear Gryllas Man vs Wild: TV show. For adrenaline and camping travellers.
Spotify Travel Playlist: Popular travel songs from Eddie Vedder to Iggy Pop.
8tracks Travel Playlist: 6000+ travel tunes.
Indie Travel Podcast: Travel recommendations and stories.
Rick Steves’ Podcast: Audio walking tours, radio shows, and video clips.
As Told By Nomads: Interviews with global nomads.
The Coolest Stuff On The Planet: Brought to you by HowStuffWorks.com
The World Wanderers Podcast: Travel hacks, backpacking, and more.
Tips For Travellers: Tips and tricks on best travel experience.
Campground Of The Week: Best regional activities and attractions.
Girl Camper: Adventures and fascinating people from different walks of life.
The Skift Podcast: Insights and perspectives on travellers’ habits and travel industry patterns.
The Travelers: A community for creative people, namely, the travel bugs.
Keep Your Daydream: How to achieve the ‘travel dream’ without burning a hole in your pocket.
Power Trip Travel Podcast: Weekly podcast and travel and entrepreneurship.
Travel Fish: Asia travel forum.
Overseas Adventure Travel: Post questions and share travel experiences.
Thorn Tree: Hints and tips. Brought to you by the Lonely Planet community.
Are there any others we missed out? Do let us know in the comments below!
Featured image credit: Jeremie Cremer