Backpacking trend has been here for couple of years but probably much longer with a different name! People were always traveling on a low budget, using local transportation, trying to avoid hotel resorts, crowds and willing to know the real local culture. Nowadays, unfortunately it’s almost impossible to avoid crowds of backpackers especially in South-East Asia and Latin America. As backpacking is growing in popularity we are coming with a list of websites which can be useful for every backpacker out there!
Become a volunteer, do an exchange job and get accommodation & food for FREE.
Workaway is a website providing volunteering and cultural exchange in over 130 countries in the world. It’s really easy, create a profile and search for your destination! Get a job in your dream country and experience other side of traveling. You can choose from various jobs such as, housekeeping, farming, construction but also IT jobs, web design, fitness etc.
Another savvy solution how to find a unique but affordable accommodation on your travels. It doesn’t matter whether you travel alone, as a couple, a family or a group of friends. Airbnb offers several types of accommodation. Rent a loft in New York, spend a night in igloo in Finland, rent a room in medieval Irish castle or dip into a swimming pool in your villa in Bali.
Airbnb was created as a marketplace where you can rent your flat or room while you are traveling and monetize your space when it’s not occupied. The community now consists of more than 60 millions guests in 191 countries across the globe.
If you are new user you can enjoy a welcome credit to your first booked trip. Just sign up using this link.
Find the cheapest places to stay!
Backpackers prefer to stay in cheap hostels and they don’t mind to sleep in dormitory room with 10 other travelers. Social live in hostels is amazing because of the amount of travelers you meet (the parties rocks!). To find a cheap / good place to stay in almost any city is with Hostelworld not problem at all.
Personal experience: definitely one of the best travel websites when it comes to great and cheap accommodation. Good review system, affordable pricing and wide choice in almost every city!
Read read travel experience and plan your trip!
It is a website full of blogs about traveling around the world containing information of almost every country. Travelers are sharing their stories, adventures and feelings. If you are after detailed info do not hesitate visiting. Many good travel writers got started on TravelBlog. In process of planing it’s always good to read thoughts and experiences of other travelers. A big plus are hundred of thousands beautiful pictures
Find accommodation for FREE or make friends in new city!
The idea of couchsurfing is simple but priceless at the same time. It is one of the biggest travel communities on web. Pretty much in every bigger city in the world you can find a couchsurfer who is ready to host you, show you around or meet some locals. Apart from crashing someones couch, you can go to meetings or parties and meet interesting, mostly friendly people, hear theirs stories and share yours. You can also create your own event for meeting new pips, sharing a ride or looking for travel buddies! Couchsurfing is growing daily, it is a chance to make millions of friends worldwide don’t waste a chance like this & make your travels attractive.
Traveling Lifestyle crew at the couchsurfing event in Santa Monica, LA.
Find the best flight deals!
Backpacker usually prefer to take a bus, a bicycle or hitchhike but sometimes you have to take a plane for whatever reason. There are many flight search engines out there but Skyscanner is one of the best. Skyscanner is completely free, multilingual with over 30 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish or Russian. It does not sell flights directly but it allows you to find the best deals. Become one of 35 million monthly visitors and get your flight for the best price on the market.
Lonely Planet – Thorn Tree Forum
The biggest travel forum on the internet!
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world which is great but backpackers hate LP. But be wise and think twice. Thorn Tree forum is one of the biggest travel forums on the web. Just imagine the wealth of information in every single post. Millions of subscribers have shared their questions, problems, hints and tips before you even started traveling. Thorn Tree was founded in 1996 by travelers and for travelers. It is a golden mine of information.
The Man in Seat 61
Best source of train transportation information!
If you like to use train transportation there is no better information source than seat 61. Not just famous but first of all very useful website about railways in Europe, Russia, India, more countries included. Check the details like schedule, map or even book a ticket. Over a million visitors in a month is a prove of popularity and importance of such a project. The Man in Seat 61 has won several awards as well.
All in! Read best reviews of hotels, hostels, trips, destinations etc…
Yeah we know it very well. There is no much to say to introduce Tripadvisor as everyone knows it haha. In forum with over 60 million members and 170 million reviews it is impossible not to find an information you need. Check out the top attractions in your future destinations, read reviews, check the photos & plan. Well done Tripadvisor, thank you.
Worldwide search engine can take you anywhere!
An amazing project, Rome2Rio is a worldwide transport search engine. Enter any place, landmark or city as an origin do the same for destination and hit enter. Search engine searches through databases of flights, buses, trains and ferries. It also compute the roads for cars. Use of map based interface to display roads makes it really easy to understand.
A classified advertisements website operating in over 70 countries around the world. If you are looking for whatever first try craigslist. Accommodation, cars, services, jobs, new or used staff there is no thing you can’t get on craigslist. But be wise because there are many freaks trying to rip you off. Apart of that it is a great help.