Travel Links

It’s a big world out there.

This is my (hopefully) useful list and guide to travel websites and resources. Enjoy! You can also check out my frequently asked questions or feel free to shout at me on Twitter @travelsfoadam.

Favorite Travel Websites & Tips

Over 40 different travel recommendations to make your trip easier

Hotels, Hostels or Apartments?

Design Hotel

Hotels: Finding the right hotels can be a challenge, but I use Booking.com to narrow down my searches. It’s also sometimes worth it to check Design Hotels if you’re looking for somewhere stylish

Hostels: Hostelworld and Hostelbookers are the two main players here, but if you want to discover some cool indie hostels, try Gomio.com

Apartments: The best options are going to be found on AirBNB.com. Other options include HomeAway and GoWithOh. One company I absolutely would *not* recommend is Wimdu.

Read my entire collection of accommodation reviews.

Favorite Airlines

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Europe: Unfortunately I’m not much of a fan of the airlines in Germany, but thankfully Europe serves up plenty of budget options. EasyJet and Vueling are more often than not my preferred options.

North America: My preferred airline has (and probably always will be) American Airlines. That’s because I’ve got a bit of a family history with them and I’ve been collecting AAdvantage miles since I was 16.

Booking: I use Dohop, Expedia, Skyscanner and Google Flights to find airfares but generally prefer to book directly through the airline rather than third-parties. That usually ensures I get the most air miles as possible.

Twitter for Travelers

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Twitter has long-been one of my favorite secret tools for traveling. Sometimes simply by posting a question and tweeting @ the right Twitterers, you can get some really useful tips. For example, anyone who tweets at me with a destination question, if I can help, I’ll happily reply in 140 characters or less! And if you’re looking for useful travel Twitter lists, try the following:

Berlin | LondonIsrael | Amsterdam | Prague | Dallas | Boston | Thailand | India | More…

Foursquare for Travelers

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My #1 recommended travel app is Foursquare. It’s easily the most useful app for finding nearby restaurants and things to do. And no: you don’t have to share your location with everyone in order to reap the full benefits of the app. Simply open the app once you’ve checked into your hotel and use it to see what’s nearby. If you are a regular user like myself, you’ll find it’s pretty good at recommending places.

My Foursquare travel guides: Berlin | Cologne | Tel Aviv | Jerusalem | Amsterdam | London | East London | Edinburgh | Budapest | Helsinki | BarcelonaSeville | Brussels | Antwerp | RomeToronto | Boston | Austin | More…

Recommended Travel Blogs

Travel blogging

What I’m reading regularly changes, but below are a handful of some of my favorite travel blogs. There are lots of other great websites for travel inspiration as well, but these are the personal blogs I find interesting and/or informative.

Moving Postcard | Cheryl HowardHeart Rome | Bruised Passports | Young Adventuress | D Travels RoundThat Gay Backpacker | Bridgekeeping Traveller | Fly Brother | Waegook Tom | Skimbaco | Nomadic Matt | Dream Euro Trip | Two Bad Tourists | Leave Your Daily Hell | More…

Gay Travel Resources

Gay Travel Resources

For LGBT travelers and gay backpackers, there is a lot of information out on the web. Unfortunately much of it is outdated, but below are some useful websites and blogs.

USA State Department LGBT Travel Information | World Rainbow HotelsMan About World | So So Gay: Travel | Passport Magazine | Gay Star News: Travel | More…

Stay tuned for additional gay travel tips, including the best apps and tips on how to meet other gay backpackers in future blog posts.

Recommended Guidebooks

travel guidebooks

While I increasingly do my travel research online, sometimes it’s still useful to have a guidebook. And even still more useful is a printed & bound guidebook rather than one of those new-fangled apps for your iPhone. Below are some of my favorite guidebook brands but knowing which guidebooks are the best is really a difficult art. It’s important to know who the author of the book is and go from there.

My best guidebook tip? Visit a bookstore before you leave on your holiday and pick up a few different brands. Quickly thumb through them and read the descriptions for their mid-range hotels. Check the variety and if there’s any overlap, compare the writing to see which style you prefer.

Let’s Go | Lonely Planet | Wallpaper* City Guides | Time Out GuidesMore Travel Books…

Packing Tips

What to Pack - Study Abroad Guide

Determining what to bring on a holiday can be rather challenging. And everyone travels differently, so really you have to determine for yourself what works best. Do you want to escape reality for the week? Leave behind your computer. Do you want to go clubbing every night? Make sure you bring extra shoes. Is it a beach holiday, a city break, an adventure trip? Know what’s needed and make sure you know the weather beforehand!

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