Lonely planet is quite an excellent website for those with the travel bug, and for 2012, they’ve managed to get together ideas from hundreds for staff, friends and family in house, to rank the best countries to travel in in 2012. They’re all ranked in order based on topicality, excitement, value and that special X-factor. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. It amuses me when friends are surprised that other friends have gone travelling after them and taken almost the exact same route, but they shouldn’t be surprised, because those routes are popular for a reason. This selection of top 10 countries is much more interesting, and you would certainly be taking the road less travelled.
Whenever I’m stuck anywhere that I don’t want to be in, for an extended period of time, I like to get out my smartphone and have a look at what new apps are available for me to use. Conde Nast Traveller has taken this idea and used it to help get you out (or make the most) of an annoying situation. They show you a range of apps that are used to get you out of the airport, find somewhere to eat, read a book, surf the web, play a game, and find somewhere to crash. Bookmark this website on your phone now, so that you’re not kicking yourself when you’re lying on the floor of an empty airport terminal at 4am in the middle of nowhere.
I have to admit that a cruise doesn’t really sound like the ideal holiday for most, it’s got a bit of a stigma of something old people do in their retirement, and that’s exactly how I felt before I went on one. It turns out that these days it’s way more than that, these cruise ships are built like cities on the sea, and there’s so much to do that you never get bored. Plus you wake up everyday in a new port, and have a new place to explore. The best cruise ships have something for everyone, from shopping malls, ice rinks, theatres, and pools, to surf machines, rock climbing walls, and water parks. And you with all that entertainment, you don’t have to worry about the average age range anymore.
National Geographic take you on a virtual tour of some of the most amazing roads in the world, ranging from the freezing cold and uninhabited 135 mile Denali Highway in Alaska, to the 15-mile route between Douglas and Ramsey, which is the motorcycle-racing circuit used for the Isle of Man TT. They share descriptions of their top 10 drivers’ drives, for people who enjoy driving, just for the sake of it. Going on a road trip is one of the best ways to see a country, get lost, and discover places you’d never have found in a guide book, on in a package holiday.
This is probably the most extensive, and best laid out guide to learn about how to travel the world. They take you in a step by step, page by page process and cover everything you need to know, starting from the very beginning on how you can raise the money you need. They cover planning and preparation, health, insurance, getting there, communication, what to take, technical stuff, how to pack, and your last few days. What you do when you’re out there is entirely up to you, but if you make sure that you follow this guide, you’ll be sure that you’re doing everything as safely and easily as possible.
I always find it fascinating when someone decided to share everything significant that they’ve learned over a certain period of time, and Gary here is no exception. Gary Arndt is the man behind Everything Everywhere, one of the most popular travel blogs in the world, and one of Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Blogs of 2010.” Since March 2007, Gary has been traveling around the globe, having visited more than 70 countries and territories, and gaining worldly wisdom in the process. I’ve been following his website and Facebook for a few months now, and he’s always ending up somewhere interesting, so this was a particularly fascinating post for me to read. My favourite point was ‘People Don’t Hate Americans’, because it’s true, but not what you expect. It’s almost cool to not like Americans in the UK, but when any come to visit, you can’t help but like them for the most part, so I think he raises a very valid point.
This is a bit like a ‘best of’ for Google Street View, where you can click ‘Go!’ to start exploring the world. There’s some amazing places in there, as well as a few not so special ones, but if you’re stuck for inspiration, click on ‘Gallery’ at the top of the page. Each day there’s a selection of the best finds on Street View where you can browse anything from the bizarre to the beautiful. Google really do go above and beyond other search engines in providing readers with something special.
If, like me, you’re a bit of a foodie, then this article could come in very handy for you. It’s the world’s 50 best restaurants, and they’re dotted all over the world, with the majority of which being in western europe and the USA. It wouldn’t be good for the waistline, but a trip around the world, visiting each of these restaurants, would be hard to beat for me. If you’ve ever eaten in a Michelin star restaurant, then you’ll know what I’m talking about, the food really is something else. It’s not exactly cheap though, so if you’re going to visit one when you’re travelling, make sure you’ve got enough money with you to do it properly. When I ate at a Michelin star restaurant, I knew it would probably be a very long time before I did it again, so I had all seven courses. Plus wine and Champagne. It was amazing.
This is an ambitious video that was shot by thousands of filmmakers in every country in the world, on a single day: October 10, 2010. The producer/director Kyle Ruddick is currently editing down 3,000 hours of film and is asking for help via Kickstarter to complete the project. If he were to watch the videos for 8 hours a day, it would take you over a year to see all of the footage. It’s a mammoth project, that will prove to be truly astounding when it’s finished, and one that should hopefully inspire many more people to get out and travel the world.
This post is in the same vain as this website really, it’s all about the awesome stuff that you can do around the world. When people go travelling, they usually take the time to do stuff that they can’t do back at home, so that they can really make the most of their time away. I know a lot of my friends tried sky diving, bungie jumping, scuba diving, etc. The post covers some great locations, so if you’re struggling to think of places to go, and things to do and see, then this makes for great inspiration for your trip. How about visiting the Terracotta Warriors in China, or the volcanic mountains and white sand beaches of the Cook Islands? And even if you’re not going away anytime soon, a lot of these activities can be done in your own country.
All this travelling can get expensive, and it’s hard to see how anyone can do it while they’re tied down to job that will provide them with the money they need. But what if you didn’t need much money at all? What if you could just get up and go, and didn’t have to worry about an income. That’s what this post is all about. It’s the art of travelling for free; taking your time, trading skills for accommodation, transport and food, living with just the bare necessities. When you don’t have a budget you need to stick to, you can make it last a lot longer, and if you don’t need money, then you don’t need a job, so you have no financial reason to hurry back home.
This is a man who has dedicated eight years of his life to travelling, and from those eight years, he’s learnt 29 very important life lessons that he was kind enough to share with other people. I always believe that travel broadens the mind, and I would say that it’s clearly true for Benny Lewis, the author of this post. These lessons aren’t about stuff like ‘travel light’, they’re life lessons that he’s learnt from different cultures around the world, and the challenges that he’s set himself along the way.
This post is all about the insider secrets shared between airline pilots, that they’re either not allowed, or won’t tell you. That is, until Readers Digest asked 18 different airline pilots to share their secrets with the world. It’s quite a revealing post for anyone who flies frequently, as you start to the sense behind rules such as no using mobile phones, and secrets behind the way the pilots are forced to work. It’s a very interesting read, and when you’re done, check out the 13 things your flight attendant won’t tell you for more insider knowledge on how to fly properly.
This can really only be described as ‘earth porn’. It’s a selection of images from some of the most beautiful places in the world. They’re the sorts of images that make you think, ‘I’ve got to go there’, and with good reason, because this is a selection of some of the most amazing experience from around the globe. My personal favourites are Skaftafeli in Iceland, Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Multnomah Falls in Oregon.
The majority of us want to travel the world and see what else is out there, but we have one problem, and that’s our jobs. We usually need money to travel, but to get money, we have to have a job, which means that we’re stuck working somewhere. It’s a bit of a dilema. But what if we could earn money while we were travelling, which meant we didn’t have to stop, wouldn’t that be so much better? This post is all about the 20 awesome jobs you can do, which allow you to travel while you’re doing them, and what’s more, it tells you all about how to get them. What I would’t give to be a freelance travel photographer…
Travelling is a different kettle of fish for women, as many more dangers lurk around the corner, so that’s why it’s important for women to learn the dangers of travelling, before they actually go anywhere. That include dealing with unwanted attention from men, choosing the right accommodation, remaining safe when out and about, looking after yourself and general safety advice. It’s a post for women, but there’s still a lot to be learnt for men, as the dangers aren’t all gender specific.
This post is full of useful information, so that you can learn from other people’s mistakes, instead of having to learn from your own. You’re not the first person to go travelling and you won’t be the last, so you might as well learn from others and do it properly. There’s tips and information on all the important aspects ranging from food and medicine, to safety, culture and politics. My favourite tip on the list is “Don’t be a colonialist. Be careful about calling people “locals.” Don’t assume that your culture is superior. People are not stupid just because they don’t speak English or think like you do.”
Sometimes when we go away, all we really want to do is lie down somewhere relaxing and do absolutely nothing for a whole week, and where better to do this than on a beautiful sandy beach? These are the 50 best beaches in the world, and there’s something for everyone on this list, whether you’re looking for somewhere to get away and forget about it all, or you’re looking for some of the biggest beach parties in the world. There’s even beaches steeped in history. Check out number 11 on the list, I’ve always wanted to stay in a place like that.
This is 80 tips full of really useful advice on how to act when travelling. It was written after a trip to Matador, but this sort of information is useful for people, no matter where they’re travelling. There’s useful little nuggets like ‘Sit at a bar and strike up a conversation with the bartender. They’re possibly bored, know a lot about the town and might introduce you to other regulars.’ to smart safety advice like ‘Carry a “dummy” wallet with some expired credit and bank cards. Hand that over if you get robbed.’
This is one of the most fascinating things that I’ve read on the internet; it’s the story of a man and his friends and their annual Motor Cycling holiday around Europe in 1953. It’s a story, but mostly the photos of the journey that this group of men chose to take back in the 50’s. Big, old, black and white images depict each step along the way, including their old bikes, the dated air transport, the many roads they travelled down and the various towns they stopped in along the way. There’s no fancy website, or stylish layout, it’s all purely about the journey from England, through France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.