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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Helpful travel links

Backpacking Sites
Art of Travel or How to Travel for $25 a Day step-by-step guide for backpackers as described by one experienced backpacker

Backpack New Zealand Information on hiking and backpacking in New Zealand.

Backpacker Board New Zealand interactive travel guide to New Zealand. We have everything you need to plan and discuss your backpacking, adventure travel or budget trip to NZ and then have loads of online tools and information to assist you whilst travelling.

Backpacking Europe traveler recommended European backpacking hostels in Europe & key European cities enabling backpackers and student travelers to plan a trip to Europe in budget youth hostels & backpacker hostel accommodation.

Backpacking Life Backpacking guide offering tips for backpackers planning a backpacking trip through Europe or other top destinations.

Backpackers Planet Info about backpacking in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Classical Backpacking in Greece Travel/educational site on the history, archaeology, and remains of ancient Greece.

Eurotrip offers tons of information (hostel info, transportation, travelogues, bulletin boards to ask/answer many common questions or even find a travel-mate) for people planning to backpack in Europe --great starting point!!

Guide for Europe Tips for backpacking, youth hostels and backpackers hostels across Europe. Includes hostels in Europe for a backpack, budget or student trip, message boards, hostelling, planning, packing, weather and tips.

One Bag: The Art and Science of Travelling Light good travel tips and packing lists for backpackers/hostellers

TheBackpacker.net Backpacking resource featuring hundreds of backpacking guides plus the famous world beer index.

Ton de Maagt Hiking Hiking and holidays in Europe information and links

Travellers Point Travel community offering forums, travelogues, trip planning guides, and other useful travel tools.

World Backpackers Guide to helping the backpacker prepare for his journey, including: backpacking information with advice and tips, destination guides, travel stories and a backpack forum.

General Travel Sites
Budget Travel page devoted to helping budget travelers "save cash"

Bugbog an independent, impartial travel advice service that will help you plan your next holiday quickly and efficiently.

Cafe Trip Worldwide travel pictures and information.

Discover Israel Inside Israel top 10 travel site for 1998 provides background and resources on the government and society of Israel. Travel guides of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, Eilat, Galilee and Dead-Sea, listings of accommodations, restaurants, car-rentals, special deals, tours and providing quotes for all travel services.

Europe for Visitors 4,200 pages of European travel articles, links, and photos to plan vacations and cruises in Europe.

Europe, UK, & Worldwide Maps Through our site you will be able to find a wide variety of maps and guides covering the UK, Europe and worldwide locations.

Footloose Travel Tips and Gear for the Independent Traveler Our mission at Footloose. Travel is to help you reach for the top. Whether you're a geriatric globetrotter or a youthful backpacker, we hope you will travel with us and savor the diversity our world has to offer.

Holidays Today Information on European, USA, Canadian, African, and Australian holidays and adventure holidays featuring winter sports and scuba diving.

Lonely Planet travel guides--specific travel destination information on their homepage and bulletin boards for FAQ's and finding a travel-mate

News Directory organized by subject, including Travel.

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door a site based on his PBS travel show for budget travelers going to Europe

Transitions Abroad SINCE 1977 – the central hub for alternative travel. Find the best information for affordable overseas travel outside the regular tourist routes...

Travel Library: Independent Travel Advice Travel and tourism information with an emphasis on travellers sharing experiences of destinations and services.

Travel Europe HQ Everything travel Europe, from adventure travel Europe to youth travel Europe.

Trips with Pets You'll find thousands of pet friendly hotels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, campgrounds, and other pet friendly lodging across the U.S. where your pet is welcome! Plus, directories of pet hospitals and pet recreational activities, pet travel tips, airline pet policies, pet travel supplies, and there's much more to come.

UK Trail Guide to hostels and transport in Britain.

United States State Department get your passport (US citizen), find out if you need a visa, read travel warnings, etc.

Study Abroad
Studyabroad.com Comprehensive online directory of study abroad and international education. Includes college undergraduate semester, year-long and summer programs, intensive language and experiential programs plus high school and graduate study abroad.

Distance.Gradschools.com is a comprehensive online database of distance graduate programs.

English.Studyabroad.com is a comprehensive database of intensive English language programs.

Gradschools.com Online directory of graduate and post-graduate programs worldwide including descriptions, contact information and institutional advertising

Hostel Information/Associations
On-Line Hostel Reservations check the price and availability of hostels all over the world and book on-line.

Hawaii Hostels Guide Hawaii budget travel resources featuring detailed descriptions, reviews, photographs, and links to Hostels in Hawaii Get comprehensive information to help plan your Hawaii backpacker adventure.

International Youth Hostel Federation information on how/where to join

Hotels, B&Bs, etc.
B&B My Guest U.K.

BNB Net

Eurocamp offers more than 200 campsites across Europe. Each site is unique in it's setting and the facilities it has on offer. Many sites also offer a choice of accommodation - ranging from modern 6 berth tents to the luxury of the Monaco mobile home. Use the search below to specify criteria that you feel are essential for the perfect camping holiday.

Expedia.com is the premier online travel planning and flight-booking site. Purchase airline tickets online, find vacation packages, and make hotel and car reservations, find maps, destination information, travel news and more. Try Expedia.ca, if you live in Canada, or Expedia.com.au, if you live in Australia.

Home Hostels Australia offering Budget Bed and breakfast, pension style accommodation at backpacker prices of AUS$45 per couple per night in regional NSW / QLD and $55 in Sydney and Byron Bay. A chance to meet real Australian people in the comfort of their own homes and promote Aussie culture. Luxury homes at budget prices and an opportunity to experience real Australian hospitality.

Inns of Tradition The Inns of Tradition are a group of privately owned properties offering a high quality of accommodation and cuisine in all corners of the UK. Real ales, 4 poster beds, home made food and the character you would expect from Britain's finest inns.

Lodging.com Great Discounts on hotel/motel rooms all over the world. Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, South America...search for the best rates worldwide and book on-line.

Orbitz book an OrbitzSaver hotel and save big!

PlacesToStay The UK's number 1 directory for bed and breakfast, hotel, self-catering accommodation.

Pure France Quality holiday villas & rental accommodation with pools in Provence, South of France

Rates-to-Go! Last minute hotel deals from Rates To Go - instant reservation service for hotels and apartments world wide!

Trading Homes International - Home exchange across the world - Join our worldwide roster of home exchange members and experience an exciting, inexpensive and fun way to vacation. By exchanging homes for your next vacation, you'll save money, make new friends, and live like a local, not like a tourist! Join the fun!

TravelNow Search for the best airfares, book hotel reservations, and rent a car all from the convenience of your computer. The pricing and reservation system is automated so you can quickly check prices from travel suppliers all over the world. Live travel agents are available to assist you in any way they can.

Venere A complete and secure on-line hotel and accommodation reservation service that directly links the user with five star and budget hotels, bed and breakfasts and country retreats throughout Europe and the world. Detailed profiles of properties facilitate the selection of hotel properties, making it easy to plan an entire vacation accommodation itinerary.

Transportation
Air-Hitch
You may be astounded to know that on any given day, literally thousand of seats go empty on commercial jet aircraft - the same kind you usually fly on. Providing you are flexible and savvy enough to fit your own travel plans into what is available, then the Air-Hitch way might be what you have been waiting for.

Auto Europe offers discount car rental services, discount airfare, and discount hotel reservations.

AutoReservation.Com On-line Car Rental Reservation system. Find the best price for the rental hire you want. 1,000's of locations in France, UK, Spain and Europe at discounted Car Hire rates. Compares rates for Sixt, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, National, Thrifty, and Guy Salmon car rental companies.

BusAbout The Budget Backpacker Travel Network for Europe Create your own itinerary, plan your own adventure! Busabout's Hostel to Hostel Backpacker Bus is exclusively for Independent Travelers - ideal if you are traveling alone.

BusWeb is a startpage on the Internet for European bus and coach companies.

BritRail train travel in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Bus Éireann National bus company in Ireland provides local bus services, Expressway long distance intercity services, Eurolines services with destinations in Britain and Europe. Use our site to learn more about our fares and the services we offer.

Cycling Sideways bicycling in Wales and U.K.

Eurail Passes Has large selection of rail passes including: Eurail, Europass, BritRail, regional passes, single country passes and point-to-point tickets.

Inter-Rail is available for European residents.

Fox Rent A Car Provides quality rental cars at discount prices for pick up in Dublin, Ireland.

Hitchhikers.org Hitch a ride in Europe! People who drive can announce their rides and hitchhikers can search for an appropriate ride. Hier kunnen mensen die met de auto reizen hun ritten aanmelden en kunnen lifters zoeken naar een geschikte lift.

Kemwel makes it easy for you to get the best discount car rentals in Europe, and around the world. Great savings on rentals for more than 17 days.

Magic Travellers Network New Zealand 'hop-on, hop-off' bus travel, Flexible coach passes for backpackers and like-minded independent travellers; transport only passes, travel and hostel accommodation passes, short break travel packages and discounts on adventure activities.

MotoEuropa/IdeaMerge With tax-free, short-term auto leasing you get the exact, brand-new vehicle you reserve, plus unlimited miles, zero-deductible insurance, and 24/7 breakdown cover — all for a single, set, fully inclusive, up-front price often lower than that of a rental! Great deals for those traveling 17 days or more.

National Express bus travel in England, Scotland, and Wales

Eurolines similar to goes to 21 cities in Europe

Haggis Backpackers hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Scotland

Irish Rail National provider of train and rail services in ireland covers Intercity, DART and suburban services. Use this site to plan your journey, check fares, special deals and learn more about our services and facilities

MackBackpackers offers 1, 3, 5, and 7 day mini-bus (seats 18) tours of Scotland in addition to a hop-on, hop-off option. Tours can be booked at High Street Hostel or Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh. Site available in English and German.

Travel Agencies
1travel.com budget travel agency

Council Travel student travel agency

Expedia.com is the premier online travel planning and flight-booking site. Purchase airline tickets online, find vacation packages, and make hotel and car reservations, find maps, destination information, travel news and more. Try Expedia.ca, if you live in Canada, Expedia.co.uk if you live in the UK, or Expedia.com.au, if you live in Australia.

STA Travel student travel agency

Student Advantage offers exclusive discounts to college students at over 20,000 locations on-line and off.

Travel Cuts Canadian student travel agency. Site available in English and French.

TravelNow Search for the best airfares, book hotel reservations, and rent a car all from the convenience of your computer. The pricing and reservation system is automated so you can quickly check prices from travel suppliers all over the world. Live travel agents are available to assist you in any way they can.

Travelocity On-line travel agency--includes "Fare Tracker" to keep you informed of the current prices to your selected destinations. (Note: I've used them several times with excellent results.) Travelocity.ca. (site especially for Canadians)

Travel Gear and Shopping
Altrec Outdoors Wide variety of backpacks, clothing, shoes, and other outdoor gear at competitive prices. Make sure to check their Outlet for super closeout deals! International shipping available.

Amazon.com Hot 100 Best Sellers at 40-20% off retail price!

Bargain Outfitters Bargains, deals, discounts, markdowns and closeouts on top-quality, name brand work boots, hunting boots, discount shoes, bargain clothing and other products.

Container Store They carry all sorts of cool travel and packing gadgets and accessories. From toiletry containers to travel alarm clocks, they have a bit of everything.

eBags.com Save on backpacks, luggage and travel gear. Free shipping! eBags Outlet Blow-out prices on bargains and closeouts.

Ex Officio Clearance Warehouse Excellent, functional, well-made travel clothes. I highly recommend their socks and underwear, especially for long trips. Their Clearance warehouse is a great place to save money on their travel gear.

Magellan's has an awesome selection of travel necessities and cool gadgets. See their "Web Specials" section for clearance items. Magellans UK International shipping available.

REI--Gear up for travel! Great place to look for backpacks, boots, and other backpacking necessities. Be sure to check out the REI outlet pages too.

The Sharper Image Variety of travel products, cool gadgets, and more.

Shoes.com From women's shoes, men's shoes and children's shoes including Adidas, Birkenstock, Merrell, and Dr Scholls. Weekly shoe giveaways, monthly blowout sales and daily savings!

Sierra Trading Post Save 35-70% on name brand travel clothing, accessories, shoes, backpacks, and outdoor equipment. (Note: check their site often because they are always getting in new items, many times in limited supplies)

Spiegel's Ultimate Outlet 25-75% off clearance of Spiegel's clothing, shoes, and home accessories

TravelSmith Travel clothes and accessories. Check their "overstocks" for discounted clothing and travel items. I've order lots of travel clothes from them. They are not cheap, but the travel clothes they offer are truly excellent.

Shop for Children's Shoes at Zappos.com Zappos offers shoes up to 50% off retail price Excellent customer service. Reviews of shoes by customers, make finding the right shoes a little bit easier. Ships to USA only.

Work or Volunteer Overseas and at Home
AnalyzeMyCareer.com Aptitude tests, personality tests, occupational interest assessments, etc. Find the careers you are destined for!

Au-Pair-Box Be an Au Pair overseas. Site available in English, French, German, and Spanish.

BUNAC It's easy enough to visit most of the globe as a tourist but, and it's a big but, it's not always easy to work and spend extended time abroad so that you get to know another country in a way a tourist never does. BUNAC programs make it possible for young people, all over the world, to do just that.

HotJobs.com Post your resume for free at HotJobs. They provide direct access to real job vacancies at real companies. Their job search engine can find jobs by location, industry or job title and find the right career opportunity for you.

InterExchange International Exchange Program specializing in Au Pair and childcare service, Work Abroad, Internships, and summer camp programs.

KENDA If you are interested in working overseas, let KENDA help you make the move.

Live-in Jobs for Backpackers in the UK! A backpacker about to travel to the UK on a working holiday? There is a very easy and free way to organise a live-in job waiting, bar, house, reception and chefing - all over Scotland, England and Wales.

Next Step Abroad - Growing the Internet's NUMBER ONE international online community, job board and classifieds for Job Seekers & Working Holiday makers & Backpackers, all around the world!

WorkTree.com The LARGEST Job Search Portal In The World!

Volunteer Opportunities
AmeriCorps Since 1993, more than 100,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps. Most AmeriCorps members are selected by and serve with local and national organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the I Have A Dream Foundation. Others serve in AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and AmeriCorps*NCCC (the National Civilian Community Corps). After their term of service, AmeriCorps members receive education awards that help finance college or pay back student loans.

Cross-Cultural Solutions As a Cross-Cultural Solutions international volunteer, you're making a meaningful contribution, working side-by-side with local people and sharing in the goals of a community that warmly welcomes you. You're experiencing another culture like never before and really getting to know its people. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing from 12 countries, start dates year-round and programs from 1-12 weeks long. CCS offers international volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand.

Kibbutz Volunteer Offers tips, hints and information on being a kibbutz volunteer, what Israel is like and what you can get up to over there, in the land of milk, honey and LOTS of beer!

OxFam International Oxfam International is a group of independent non-governmental organizations from three continents which share a common purpose - to work together to make a real impact on poverty and injustice world-wide. Site available in English, French and Spanish.

PeaceCorps Volunteers travel overseas and make real differences in the lives of real people. Find out how to apply, explore the world, read volunteer stories, access global education resources, and have fun at Kids World. Site available in English, French, and Spanish.

Project Trust Spend twelve months working in counties outside Europe, with Project Trust. A gap year organization that sends school leavers abroad for a years voluntary work in 24 different developing countries around the world, in Latin America, Africa, Far and the Middle East. Site available in Dutch and English.

Quaker Information Center Volunteer & Service Opportunities, Work camps, Internships, other Potentially-Transformational Experiences, and some perennial Jobs

Travel to Teach is a non-profit organization, which provides affordable volunteering opportunities to teach English whilst travelling abroad.

Volunteer for Peace International Voluntary Service - 1500 short-term intercultural adventures in 70 countries

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