Resources for Travel and Outdoor Adventure
Gear Junkie:GearJunkie.com, launched in 2006, is regarded as a top blog and online publication for product reviews and news in the outdoors world. The site contains thousands of pages of content — gear reviews, news, travel and adventure stories, a video section, photo galleries, and giveaway contests.
The Gear Caster: Profiles emerging companies and technologies in the outdoor sports industry. They also review soon to be released gear, helping you decide what to buy for your outdoor adventures.
Triple Blaze: Tripleblaze.com was created to be the online starting place for your camping and hiking adventures. Much like a “triple blaze” marks the start of a trail, this website has all the information you need to start planning your next camping or hiking trip.
Daily Hiker: Daily Hiker is a web magazine dedicated to helping hikers, backpackers, mountaineers, and anyone else interested in the outdoors.
Hiking and Backpacking: Hiking and Backpacking.com is your quick and easy way to find info on hiker and backpacker activities.
American Hiking Society: For the last three decades, American Hiking Society has been at the forefront protecting the nation’s trails and the hiking experience. Our deep roots in outdoor recreation, advocacy, volunteering and experiencing nature through hiking bring me enormous pride and satisfaction. Hiking our nation’s trails offers Americans boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, renew themselves and establish a lifetime of fitness.
Trail Cooking: Food reviews and recipes for the outdoors.
All Trails: Explore over 40,000 trails & reviews. Share trails, reviews, & photos with friends. Get outside today by joining local events.
Backpacking Light: Backpacking Light hosts the world’s most passionate core community of lightweight wilderness travelers. Backpacking Light also publishes comprehensive gear reviews that are critical, honest, and founded on both sound technical analysis and rigorous field use.
Backpacker Magazine: Your Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Outdoor Gear, Adventure Travel, and Skills Magazine
Outside Online: Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine, is dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear, art, and politics of the world outside.
Backpacking and Travel
Wiki Travel: Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. It is built in collaboration by Wikitravellers all around the globe.
Wiki Voyage: Wiki Voyage the free worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit..
Tripit: TripIt turns chaos into order by making it easy for anyone to: a) Organize trip details into one master online itinerary, even if arrangements are booked at multiple travel sites; b) Automatically include maps, directions, and weather in their master itinerary; c) Have the option to book restaurants, theatre tickets, activities, and more right from within the online itinerary; d) Safely access travel plans online, share them, check-in for flights, or print an itinerary.
Google Maps: Google Maps is a map service that you view in your web browser. Depending on your location, you can view basic or custom maps and local business information, including business locations, contact information, and driving directions.
Currency Converter: XE is the world’s favorite provider of online Internet foreign exchange tools and services.
World Time Buddy: World Time Buddy (WTB) is a cross between a world clock, meeting planner and a time zone converter; a true productivity booster for working with world time.
World Time Engine: Welcome to the quickest way to get and compare world time info.
World Weather: This global web site presents official weather observations, weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities supplied by National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) worldwide.
International Electrical Guide: This World Plug Adapters Guide shows you the voltage and frequency for all of the countries of the world. When you click on a country name you will be shown the grounded plug adapters and ungrounded plug adapters required there.
Google Translate: Google Translate is a free translation service that provides instant translations between dozens of different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of our supported languages.
Travel Requirements by Country: Provides information on Visa requirements, cost, length of stay, identification documents needed, recommended vaccines.
Urban Rail: UrbanRail.Net is your gateway to any information related to metros, subways, or similar urban rail transit systems around the world. UrbanRail.Net gives you a general overview of each city’s metro system and links you to other relevant sites.
Seat 61: It’s time to rediscover real travel by train or ship, where the journey itself is part of the adventure. This site explains how to travel comfortably & affordably by train or ferry where you might think that air was now the only option. For help with train travel, ask the Man in Seat 61!
International Airlines: Offers lists to national airlines and other important carriers around the world with their IATA and ICAO Airline Designators.
Sleeping in Airports: Whether you sleep in an airport overnight by choice or you just get stuck in the airport due to a long transit, let The Guide to Sleeping in Airports help make your experience more tolerable.
One Bag: If there is a “trick” to travelling light, it’s the understanding and proper use of a packing list. Other than that, however, there’s no single specific secret. Travelling light is a skill comprised of a very large number of very small considerations.
Flyer Talk: FlyerTalk features discussions and chat boards that covers the most up-to-date traveler information. An interactive community dedicated to your favorite topic: travel! That’s right: all travel, all the time. The FlyerTalk forums are open for business 24 hours, 7 days a week. Even better, all travelers — whether vacation travelers to mileage junkies — are welcome in the community.
Gorp: Helps you choose your next vacation destination and plan your trip by offering ideas and recommendations customized to your specific travel interest. With more than two million pages of content covering nearly 50,000 destinations worldwide, Gorp provides a distinctive blend of expert and consumer advice.
Nearby Wiki: Discover nearby places of interest while travelling. Just arrived in a new city with a bit of time off for adventuring, use this site to tell you about nearby points of interest and tourist attractions.
Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums: Join the discussion and share your travel experiences, tips, and recommendations with other avid travelers worldwide.
Thorn Tree Travel Forums: Lonely Planet is well known for their travel guide books, and their Thorn Tree travel forum lets you join fellow travellers to exchange travel information, advice, hints and tips. Get help, get connected, get inspired and have your say.
BootsnAll: BootsnAll provides a suite of services for Indie Travelers: Exclusive Original Content cultivated by editors and researched by travel writers and bloggers; Indie Travel Community Message Boards; Travel Booking for Indie Travelers with a first of its kind, Multi-Country Flight Finder.
Virtual Tourist Forums: Worldwide travel and vacation advice of over 1,000,000 VirtualTourist members. Post a travel question and get unbiased, timely answers and insights by real travelers and locals.
Hitchesters: An easy-to-use website that conveniently connects travelers going to and away airports so that they can share a ride (and thus split the fare). The hitchsters.com matching system makes riding in a car to the airport more affordable, more convenient, safer, and more environmentally-friendly.
Couch Surfing: CouchSurfing helps you meet and adventure with new friends around the world. When you join CouchSurfing, you tap into our network of welcoming people worldwide. You can share your hospitality and experience your city through new eyes by offering travelers a place to stay on their journey. You can bypass the typical hotel experience by staying at the home of a local and learning about their culture.
Global Freeloaders: GlobalFreeloaders.com is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world at a local’s perspective!
Staydu: Staydu is a social travel network for budget travelers. Host, travel and stay with locals from all over the world – for work, for money or for free. Perfect to get involved in foreign lifestyles, to exchange cultures, to learn another language, to try the local cuisine and to have unique experiences.
Help X: HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
Dave’s ESL Cafe: The Internet’s Meeting place for ESL (English as a Second Language) + EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers and students from around the World!
Tripping: Tripping has the largest selection of vacation rentals and short term rentals on the planet. We give you access to the best local homes and neighborhoods around the world. We also have a thriving community of travelers who use Tripping to enjoy free homestays and cultural exchange.
9 Flats: On 9flats.com, you can rent out someone else’s apartment, room or house (or even igloo) and enjoy feeling more at home while you travel. Or you can earn money renting out your spare space. 9 Flats aim is to make travel more rewarding, comfortable and affordable, and to give homeowners an easy way of boosting their income.
Hostel Bookers: HostelBookers.com Whether you’re looking for a cheap hotel in London, Paris or Las Vegas or a hostel in Amsterdam, New York, Sydney or thousands more destinations worldwide, Hostel Bookers can provide a great selection of cheap accommodation to fit your budget and expectations. Pay No Booking Fees!
Hostel World: Hostelworld.com is the world’s number one hostel booking website. The flagship brand of parent company Web Reservations International (WRI), the site was launched in 1999 when a hostel owner and IT entrepreneur identified a niche in the market to introduce online bookings into hostels.