MY TRAVEL TIPS

Tips for the Bible (Travel guide books):

Regardless of which guidebook you will end up choosing, I have found that it is most important to choose a book that is up to date. Look at the publishing date - a book that was published in December 2012 was likely researched and written up to a year before. Especially in developing countries a lot can change in a year. Also look at the reviews and read into the book to get a feel for the author.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com
the mother of all budget guidebooks, although I have to say that lately it has gotten a bit main stream; highly recommended for South East Asia
http://www.letsgo.com
second in line, they are more catering to students, very current prices on housing and transport
http://www.footprinttravelguides.com
a british publisher; be aware that currency, language and style will be heavily influenced by Great Britain
http://www.roughguides.com
similar to LP, Let’s Go and Footprint
http://www.moon.com
I have found them to be very thorough and well researched – good for North & Latin America – still with much limited selection
http://www.timeout.com
excellent city guides
http://www.marcopolo.de
I use these as my additional guide book for sites and quick overviews to many of my travels. I think I have over 40 of these guides – only in German

 

Links for Inspiration:

http://travelerscenturyclub.org
my personal measurement of where I am with my countries visited
http://mosttraveledpeople.com
another encouragement list for what is still missing
http://1000places.com
you have to have goals in life

 

Links for Practical Advise:

http://www.gapyear.com/articles/90432/how-to-pack-a-backpack
how to pack your backpack (there are many of these lists out there and they should vary based on where you will go, this one seems to be a good one to start with) – an exercise that is essential to avoid extra weight.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
CIA Travel Advisory. This provides you with a good feel of where it might not be good to travel to right now. At the same time it includes many destinations where I say common. Countries like Lebanon, Israel and Colombia have been on that list for years, exactly these countries have been some of my best travel experiences.
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm
Information site for what kind of vaccinations you need for the region you will travel to
http://tropeninstitut.de/impfung/index.php
Vaccinations in German

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