Part of the joy of traveling is the satisfaction from planning your own trip. Through this process you will naturally gain insight into your destination's history and culture that will enrich your travel experience.


Want to visit Central America in December or January? You're not alone. An important aspect to consider when planning any trip is to determine when the high and low seasons are so you can avoid the crowds and inflated prices. For instance, you'll find prices for airlines and accommodations much more pocket-friendly in October for places in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Likewise, May is the perfect time for a trip to Europe.

 

Here are some of our favorite sites to help you plan your next trip.

 

Research

Best Time To Visit

Find the best month to explore cities from around the world during your preferred climate.

Get Your Guide

Discover, compare, and reserve a variety of tours and other activities at destinations around the globe.

Lonely Planet

No guidebook can be definitive, but LP comes close. They also offer budget-friendly "shoestring" travel guides that cover entire continents.

Oanda

Get the latest currency exchange rates and review recent price trends before your trip.

Rough Guides

Our second (but certainly not least favorite) preferred travel guide. Famed for its historical context and narrative.

Stay.com

Pick your destination, get tips from other travelers to help plan your day, then link your new city guide to a mobile device for offline reference.

Travelers' Health

Search the CDC's country-specific list to learn about vaccines and other important information to stay healthy while you travel.

Travelfish

The go-to independent travel guide for budget travelers heading to Southeast Asia.

TripAdvisor

A leader in customer reviews helping to you to research the best hotel, restaurants, and things to do.

Vayable

Looking for a unique tour? Get the insider perspective from locals who create hand-crafted "experiences."

Viator

Search and book from a range of well-priced tours and attractions. Read traveler reviews and get live support.

Visa Express

Learn the travel visa requirements for nearly every country. 

World Nomads

It always pays to travel safely. World Nomads offers flexible travel insurance to keep you safe and informed.

World Travel Guide

The trip planning resource most travel agents use. You'll find a massive amount of information (from country facts to getting around) covering countries on every continent.


Need Advice?

Expats Blogs

A directory of hand-picked expat blogs from around the globe.

FlyerTalk

A useful forum where you can learn everything about frequent flyer miles.

Frugal Traveler

New York Times columnist, Seth Kugel, offers a wealth of money-saving tips.

Spotted By Locals

Get tips on where to eat, drink, shop and see from local insiders covering over 40 European cities.

Thorn Tree Travel

One of the best online travel forums to exchange information and ask for advice.

Travelers Point

As a member you can create a map of your upcoming trip, build itineraries and get answers from other members.

Virtual Tourist

A wonderful online community where you can access travel tips, reviews and photos.  


Inspiration

AFAR

Explore destinations by city or interests such as adventure, winter travel or even UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Amazing World

A travel photoblog focusing on amazing and often unheard of locations around the world.

Atlas Obscura

A unique guide to some of the world's hidden wonders.

Green Traveller

Worried about your carbon footprint or prefer not to fly? Green Traveller offers an array of destination ideas all reachable by train, ferry, or bus.

Nat. Geo.

Expeditions, road trips, foodie guides and family-friendly vacation destinations from around the world.

Perceptive Travel

An online magazine home to interesting and award-winning travel stories from authors on the move.

TripTuner

Match your ideal destination by adjusting tuners with your preferred level of relaxation, price and  remoteness.

G Adventures

An internationally renowned travel company that specializes in global adventure travel. Famed for their affordability, destinations and environmental commitment.