Youâ€™ve just finished your exams and itâ€™s time to hit the big time. For three years your major in Philosophy has given you parties and lots of girls with glasses and a coffee habit. But now youâ€™re graduating. Thereâ€™s no job out there, and you kinda like the easy lifestyle so the best option is to go travelling to â€˜find yourselfâ€™ or in other words, spend another year not doing much and burn out your parentâ€™s credit card.
But, as youâ€™ve spent the last three years with Michel de Montaigne, you donâ€™t know how to do this. So, weâ€™ve put together a handy post to give all you students and grads out there a chance to travel the world and have an excellent time doing it.
Credit crunch got to your trust fund as well? No fear, hook up with this excellent community and stay on couchâ€™s through the world on your trip. Youâ€™ll meet lots of interesting people and youâ€™ll also get to see how people really live. And it really saves on the bucks as well.
Even these days, the web is full of biased hotel reviews and destinations that are truly magical and amazing and are life changing. You then find out the only magic about the hotel is the one that is holding it up or that the customers have not died of dysentery after two nights of their food. Fortunately tripadvisor shows these problems with customer feedback reviews â€“ what you really want.
In the same way that couch surfing is for sleeping, digihitch is for hitchhiking. I know what youâ€™re thinking: horror movie â€“ stabbed in the outback and left for dead â€“ but there is a whole community out there dedicated to hitch hiking â€“ if this doesnâ€™t make you feel safe, then you might as well stay in the basement!
While the term ‘freeloader’ is defined as someone who takes advantage of the charity of others, this website has a way of bringing them together. The site is an online community of people offering free accommodations.
Like Tripadvisor, but European in outlook â€“ you gonna want to go to Europe, right? With excellent hotel reviews and the added bonus of you being able to search for a car, hotel and flight together (well, if youâ€™ve got loads of money and havenâ€™t burnt out the credit card yet!).
Travelling on the whole is boring. Getting there is the fun bit. The bit in-between is dull with long periods of sitting down and dozing â€“ actually a perfect way to train you for an office job â€“ but in the meantime you need some fun in your life. Got to Apple and download some tracks, podcasts, apps and games for your iPod. Canâ€™t afford this level of tech? Sell some more blood or a kidney!
The most horrific that can happen to you on your holiday is when you lose your passport â€“ luckily the US State Department can give you all the advice you need and will hopefully help you when it all goes wrong. They may however, just lock you up, throw you in an orange jump suit and give you an extended stay in Cuba.
A great weather service that tells you all the information you need to know about the weather. Strangely!
So you want to travel the world but you want to do it with the minimum of impact to the environment? Youâ€™ll need help â€“ fortunately this blog is packed to the mulched raftersÂ with advice and hints and tips on eco-friendly travel.
Amazon Kindle Store
Donâ€™t lug all your books around the world â€“ that mean that youâ€™ll only be able to wear one pair of underwear through the whole trip. A kindle, with connection to their store means you can read a whole library on your techhie wonder all in a rather grey and rather lacklustre design. But itâ€™s worth the 15 days working in the cracker factory with Jose.
Youth Hostels are a great place to hang out in. But be aware! You want to go to the recognised hostels, not just any old thing. This site tells you all about the right ones â€“ and thereâ€™s a great forum added in to boot.
Travellingâ€™s all about showing off the right gadgets â€“ the Apple Tablet, a $14,000 camera(and lenses) and a proper diving watch. But those things are a bit passÃ©, arenâ€™t they? Get yourself some really funky travel gadgets, and be the envy of your hostel.
Hilarious and informative at the same time. Picture the scene. Youâ€™re in France. Youâ€™re exhausted and you canâ€™t afford a hostel and there are no friends to couch surf with. You have two choices, sleep in Charles De Gaulleâ€™s airport of sleep rough. Sleepinginairports will tell you which one to choose and, the best places to sleep. Invaluable for the weary traveller. Or for the not so weary traveller having a laugh.
Wanna complain about something on your trip? Chances are, Travel Rants may have got there first. A great blog for checking in and making you feel that itâ€™s not just you asking the question, â€œis it just me?â€
Are you lactose intolerant? Allergic to ethnic food? Check this site out. You can see famous recipes from any country you like so you can see what you like and what might kill you, helping you not cause offence to the lovely inn keeper whoâ€™s just given you Teh Halia
Donâ€™t you roll your eyes at the back! Itâ€™s not just a place for people to tell you theyâ€™ve just gone to the Washroom â€“ itâ€™s a way you can keep family and friends up to date with where you are and whatâ€™s going on. Oh, and what the washrooms are like in Vietnam.