- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
This you must visit first, get the real information and advice on the country you are planning to visit.
- Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forums
Research and discuss travel destinations, accommodation, political situations, and more.
- Country Specific Info
American State Department’s general overview of every country including geography, political system, transport system, standard of medical facilities, and overall safety issues as well as visa requirements (for American citizens). All nationalities will want to check their general Travel Alerts & Warnings.
- Transitions Abroad
A portal for people who want to work, volunteer, study or simply live and travel abroad.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Discover the world’s most spectacular monuments, natural wonders, and points of cultural interest.
- Craig’s List
Great resource for finding discount apartments, used cars, temp jobs, shared rides – a must for long term travellers.
- British Expats
Find out how the people from our country do it abroad
- Trip It
All your travel plans, in one place. Great for keeping bookings and travel arrangements all in one place. works offline.
- XE concurrency Converter
Stores all your conversation offline.
- HERE Maps
You can download the whole world offline on to your mobile device, so you can always know where you are no matter what.
Real time tracking for your iPhone, so you and others can see where you are.
Getting to your Destination
- Kayak.com Flight Search Engine
This is a good place to start when researching flight prices.
- STA Travel
Travel agency offering discounted flights and tours for students and young travellers. Can purchase tickets online.
- Seat 61
Excellent source of information on the rail systems of the world. Places an emphasis on rail trips from London, but its extensive information is quite useful to all. Can purchase tickets and rail passes online.
- To and From the Airport
Nice resource to help you when you first arrive somewhere new.
- Sleeping at Airports
Are you stuck in the airport? Do you have a long layover? Would you like to save money on an airport hotel by sleeping in the airport?
- Lonely Planet Accommodation Search
Book anything from dormitories to budget guest houses to high-end hotels. Includes pictures, descriptions, and ratings.
- Tablet Hotels
Book luxury hotels worldwide. For something s little more extravagant!
- Couch Surfing
An organisation of people who offer travellers a free place to stay. Sometimes a couch, sometimes more.
Health and Travel Insurance
- Fit for Travel
Travel health information for people travelling abroad. The Malaria Maps are always one to look at.
- CDC Traveler’s Health Information
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s country-specific index of travel-related health issues including vaccination recommendations.
- WHO Epidemic and Pandemic Alerts
World Health Organisation’s website listing current epidemics and pandemics.
- WorldNomads.com Travel Insurance
Find affordable travel/health insurance in your country.
- Currency Converter
Get the latest exchange rates from Oanda.
Region Specific Sites
- 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking
Nepalese organization providing female trekking guides and porters. Great for independent female travelers.
- Cheap European Accommodation
Find inexpensive accommodation in major European cities.
This site is amazing. Book flights, trains, buses and more in India. You will grow to love this site as much as we do.
- Templenet.com – Temples of India
The ultimate guide to the temples of India. This site is enormous!
- Heritage Hotels in India
Explore accommodation in luxurious Indian palaces, havelis, and fortresses.
- Trekking in China
Learn the inside secrets to China’s best hiking and trekking destinations.
- Latest on Visiting Tibet
The Land of Snows has extensive, regularly updated information for those planning a trip to Tibet. Excellent resource for learning the latest about Tibet permits.