Welcome to the Escape Velocity travel resources page, a compendium of tips, tricks, guides, and hacks from this blog and many of the world’s best travel writers about how to travel better, cheaper & longer.
For a deep-dive guide to world travel please refer to my piece How To Travel the World on any Budget.
Also, I’ll be updating this list as I discover new resources. If you’ve found something missing from this list, or have written a piece yourself, please use my contact page to let me know about it.
Planning & Preparing
1. Weather & Climate research – Wikipedia’s “climate” section for your destination. Example.
2. Check worldwide air pollution with the AQICN.org tracking center.
4. For vaccination information, be sure to check out: The Adventure Doc’s vaccination page, CDC’s Malaria Map, CDC Traveler’s Heath recommendations, World Health Organization’s Country-specific Reports.
5. Take a look at country reports for your destination. It’s worth it to check a few different government pages, not just your home country’s: Here are the relevant governmental bodies for travel in Canada, USA, Australia, Great Britain. Note that governments tend to be overly cautious, but if you see negative patterns then you can investigate further and determine if a destination will be truly dangerous or not.
Consider Joao at Nomad Revelations travel through Northern Iraq – a scary thought at first sight, until digging deeper and realizing that this area (at the time of this writing) is a stable and non-violent region of Iraq.
Travel insurance can be a painful and frustrating topic. Fortunately for travellers, there is one standout option, WorldNomads – that make the logistics for subscribing & renewing easy – not to mention cost effective.
- World Nomads is what I and many other travelers use. The only travel insurance recommended by Lonely Planet.
- Clements Worldwide also provides coverage for gear. Just be sure to read all the fine print!
- IMGlobal is recommended by Adventurous Kate for Americans or travellers to America.
Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to come up with across the board visa advice as requirements change by nationality and travel circumstances.
Interesting resource: FoxNomad – How to Get a Visa for Every Country in Central Asia
- Going on Safari? Check out The Perfect Safari Packing List.
- Tim Ferris has shared his light-weight packing list, complete with the “necessary”survival electronics at less than 10lbs (4.55 kg),
- The guide Minimalist packing for normal people is a minimalist, but realistic look at packing.
- Marek from Indie Traveller: Pack Light – In my opinion, the most realistic look at packing.
- Farnoosh Brock of ProlificLiving.com has a detailed packing guide for women including an in-depth, 30-min video.
- A long-term road-tripping family of 7 and their combined 321 possessions.
- Jodi from Legal Nomads has one of my favorite packing lists
- Sankara from Be on the Road has a winter backpacking checklist
Round The World Tickets
- Guide: Nomadic Matt – How to buy a RTW ticket
- Create a RTW itinerary with: Star Alliance, One World, SkyTeam Alliance, Airtreks RTW ticket options , BootnAll’s travel planner
- My favorite research tools: Skyscanner.com, Kayak Explore, Rome2Rio,
- Additional Resources: WhichBudget, TravelSuperMarket, HipMunk, CheapOAir, Momondo, CheapFlights, Kelkoo, Fly.com, Dohop, Mobissimo TravelSpec, and Travelocity.
Search for a combination of bus, rail, car, and ferry with Rome2Rio.com
Trains worldwide: Seat61
Trains in Europe: RailEurope
UK trains: Virgin Trains
Cruise deals: Vacations To Go
Car rentals: Kayak Cars
- 19 Ways to get Cheap or Free Accommodation All Over The World
- The Complete Guide to Housesitting
- I wrote some material about How to write the perfect couch request
- Christian Eliers of dauntlessjaunter.com – Guide to using CouchSurfing
- Trusted House Sitters ($95.88/yr) Industry leader, with 3-10 new assignments per day. Mainly UK/Europe
- Mind My House ($20/yr) Fewer listings but a lower entry fee.
- HouseCarers ($50/yr) Lots of North and Central America houses.
- Nomador ($89/yr) Ultramodern design and super easy to use. The top choice from a user experience standpoint.
- HouseSitWorld ($40/yr) Old design, but worth a look.
- Housesit Match ($60) a newer site popular in the UK
- LuxuryHousesitting ($25/yr) Who doesn’t like a bit of luxury?
Making Money On The Road
This seems to be the main concern for many travellers, so here’s a wealth of resources for you to consider:
First, Download my free guidebook of 101 Ways to Make Money While Traveling.
Additional useful resources:
- 42 Ways You Can Make Money and Travel the World – Wandering Earl
- How I Make Money While Traveling – Twenty-Something Travel
- How Much Money Does This Blog Make? – Goats on the Road
- This is How I Fund My Long-Term Travel Lifestyle – Expert Vagabond
- How We Do It (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Us) – Hecktic Travels
- How I Make Money to Travel the World – Art of Adventuring
- How We Fund Our Permanent Travels – Never Ending Voyage
- How Do We Earn a Living? – Raising Miro
- How to Go Freelance and Not Starve – Indecisive Traveler
- Answers to Questions About our Work Life Balance – Edventure Project
- How to Afford Long-Term World Travel: How Travel Bloggers Do it – Lash World Tour
- How I Fund My Travels Around the World – Never Ending Footsteps
- About Page Blurb – Legal Nomads
- About Page Blurb – Adventurous Kate