Trip planning links

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Getting there

Purchasing an around-the-world-plane ticket (RTW ticket) may be the way for you to go. Click the link for more information on the pluses and minuses of an RTW ticket.

If you decide to skip the RTW ticket we like the airfare price guide at Kayak.com as a planning tool. But they do sometimes get it wrong. Some low-cost airlines might not appear and an airline’s web site might be cheaper. Trust but verify.

Skyscanner is another airfare site that also includes discount airlines like Ryanair.

SKYTRAX is the world’s largest airline review site. Based on viewer input the site has extremely detailed ratings on every airline including their food, seat comfort, service, etc.

Once you find a flight, where should you sit? Rows 22 and 23 may sound the same but SeatGuru will tell you that on your particular flight Row 23 stores the in-flight entertainment system and has less leg room. They also provide nifty seating charts for every possible configuration.

The Man in Seat 61 is the definitive web site for information on train travel. Interested in traveling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city by rail? Well there’s a video of the journey. Need the timetable for the brand spanking new Beijing-Shanghai bullet train? That’s here too.

Staying there

You’ll save money by renting a home or apartment instead of staying in a hotel. Our favorite sites for vacation rentals are Homeaway, VRBO, FlipKey , airbnb and Sabbatical Homes. Click the link for more information on the benefits of a vacation rental.

If you’re interested in house sitting for a free place to stay you might want to read this first: Is House Sitting Worth It?

The above links offer places to rent all over the world. There are also some sites that specialize in certain countries or regions:

Australia

  • Stayz.com has over 30,000 places to rent in Australia
  • Take-A-Break global site that focuses on Australia

New Zealand

Hotel Reservations

    • Agoda Excellent selection of properties with reviews. Global but strongest in Asia. Frequent stay points.
    • Booking.com Good cancellation policy. Don’t pay until you arrive.
    • WOTIF Provides a user-friendly matrix of properties.
    • Book Now and Save at hotels.com - Provides details on smoking policy

What to do there

The Time Out series provides relevant information beyond the usual tourist sites.  Published in a  magazine format, we pick one up at an airport newsstand upon arrival along with a local newspaper.

Meetup.com is a great way to meet new people, both at home and on the road. They have groups for practically any interest.

Chowhound - Our favorite place to find out where the locals are eating.

Asia

YourLocalBooking.com - Tours and drivers in Vietnam. We used them three times, excellent customer service.

Groovy Map - Really cool maps for many Asian cities. They get it right and are easy to use.

Staying well

After checking many, many travel health insurance sites around the world we settled on HTH Worldwide which happened to be located only 20 minutes away from us. They offer a variety of plans to suit different budgets and were helpful and easy to reach on the phone.

The web site of the Centers for Disease Control. Use their handy tool to get information about the country you are visiting, find out what exotic diseases you can catch there and, hopefully, how to avoid them.

The US State Department’s update of conditions in every country. This is where you find out that a civil war has just broken out where you booked your honeymoon.

For long-term travel you may need multiple passport pictures as you apply for extra visas. It’s cheaper to print them yourself rather than paying at a photo shop. The State Department provides a handy tool to make sure your photo meets the proper specs.

Resources to get you ready to make a break

Career Break Secrets – Author Jeff Jung explains how to take that long-awaited career break.

Meet, Plan, Go! – Invaluable resource for taking your first big step out into the world.

Travel Blogs

Here are our favorite blogs:

Note: This page is continually being added to as we find new sites so come back again and check it out.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb Wright November 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi Larissa and Michael
Now this is interesting stuff and useful information not found in tourist guides.

Cheers
Deb

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Michael November 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Thanks Deb. We had a great week-long stay at Belar Homestead in New South Wales, a working cattle ranch and farm. We’ll be writing it up soon.

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margie janes November 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

It was nice meeting you and larissa at the market on Sunday at Clare. Thank you for the feed back on the donuts and the banana donut. Good luck on the rest of your trip. Bye for now.

Regards

Margie Janes

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Michael November 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Thanks Margie. We’ll be updating the “World of Donuts” page soon to inculde the wonderful banana donut.

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Stefano May 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Hi there, great information site!

I was wondering if you can add also my website i the section dedicated to Vietnam.

Thank you in advance
Bet regards

Stefano

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Greg Prohl November 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Hello Larissa and Michael,

Just found your site and am having fun checking it out. I love your attitude and sense of adventure and fun communicated through your articles.

Greg Prohl

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Barrett Caldwell February 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Larissa & Michael,

This is a fantastic resource and I’m loving the journey you’re both on…I’d love to host you in historic Williamsburg, VA if you’re ever in the area. Thanks for pushing us to see the world and I encourage you to provide feedback on my blog as it’s just getting started if your time allows. Many thanks and keep up the great work!

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Michael January 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Barrett. We might take you up on that when we are back in the area.

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