Ultimate Resource List

The Ultimate list of Travel Resources

A list of travel resources and more.

Use this list as a guide or starting point to plan your next ideal journey.  You will find a short synopsis of each item to get you started.

If you need to purchase something for your travels, or you need to do some research and would like to support Rich Culture, you are in the right place. Listed below is a number of useful website I use regularly.

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Commission or not I personally recommend each product listed, if you have any questions about the products please feel free to ask.

How are they listed? They are listed in terms of how you would plan a trip. i.e. Research first, then flights, accommodation etc.

My Favourite for each section is the top option, usually the best deal, and then my next favourite and so on. But you can decide for yourself.

Click the topic below to move straight to that area, or just scroll down.

Research

The best place to start your research is Google, after that there is the following.

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet   OR  30% off print guides, ebooks and PDF chapters 

For more in-depth information about a location use a Lonely planet guide book.

Lonely Planet is the world’s most successful travel publisher, printing over 100 million books. Their guides are printed in nine different languages; English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Korean.

Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks and eBooks to almost every destination on the planet, with a range of mobile and digital travel products.

InterNations – the Community for Expats

InterNations It’s Free, Free, Free!

Next Join a community, they are free and often you can talk to people in the location you want to go to and get lots of information and useful tips.

This Expatriate Community for Expats is Worldwide.

InterNations is the first Big international community for all people living and working abroad.

The website now unites more than 1 million expats and global minds in all countries around the world. As a network based on trust, they help members to find other expatriates in a similar situation, with comparable interests and needs.

Flights

Momondo

Momondo Is really easy to use and always finds the cheapest flights.

Momondo has a fantastic website with lots of option to help you make search easy. They never track your IP address or uses cookies to push prices up. They make real-time, live searches and find the best prices available at the time of your search. It’s a free, independent global travel search site comparing billions of cheap flights, hotels and car hires. 

The best part is the monthly graph at the top, showing the cheapest price on any given day, this makes it really easy to choose a cheap flight fast.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner Rocks 😉

Skyscanner always finds really good prices for flights.It is a global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

Skyscanner has flexible search options, which mean you can browse prices across a whole month, or even a year, allowing you to get the best deals. You always book direct with the airline or travel agent, so you get the lowest price, with no extra fees added.

Jetradar

Jetradar Special offers, enjoy!

JetRadar is an online search engine for flights all over the world helping you to compare airline prices, track down carriers’ special offers, and book the cheapest tickets available. Their travel search engine helps users to find flights to all destinations from all major airlines.

Expedia

Expedia

Expedia is an online search engines that compares flights to all over the world, as well as hotels, cruises and more. They may not be the best site, compared to the others, but often they have special offers and cheap promotional tickets available. So keep an eye out for those bargains.

Accommodation

Hostelz 

hostelz  What I use most 😀

This is a really good site for hostels. I have compared prices listed on the site to the actual price listed on each hostel, they are the same 99% of the time, there is no additional cost that I can see. (Let me know if I am wrong so I can change the details, thanks)

They offer free complete listings for all hostels worldwide including direct contact information, quick searching, genuine unbiased reviews, original hostel photographs, comments from other backpackers, and a reservation system that searches for the best prices and availability across all of the major booking systems.

Hostelworld

Hostelworld It’s a close second 😉

Hostelworld provides on-line bookings for hostels, budget accommodation centres and package tours worldwide. As well as comprehensive content, such as, city and country guides. All bookings are made securely, in real-time and are guaranteed for you.

Agoda.com

Agoda Is my favorite for booking Hotels.

Agoda Is a great website for booking hotels, its search can be a little cumbersome, to find the cheapest you need to select it to list its findings from 1 to 5 stars. This way the cheaper properties are shown first. The prices you find on Agoda are similar to other search sites but Agoda offer a point system as well. The point system great, you can use the points earned to pay in full for accommodation or as a part payment for accommodation if you don’t have a lot of points.

Booking.com 

Booking.com You need the occasional comfort, if you can get it cheap 😛

Booking.com is an informative, user-friendly website that guarantees (so they say) the best available prices. Their goal is to provide business and travellers with the most accessible and cost-effective selection of accommodation, in every corner of the world.

They also have a multilingual Customer Service team 24/7 providing dedicated assistance.

HotelLook

Hotellook 

HotelLook allows you to find and compare worldwide hotel prices provided by a leading reservation systems. Hotellook provides information on more than 250,000 hotels in 205 countries working together with more than 10 online reservation systems such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, Hotels.com, and Expedia. Makes it easy to compare prices across a few sites.

Hotelscombined

Hotels Combined

HotelsCombined allows you to search and compare room availability and prices from all major travel websites, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Venere, Laterooms, Travelocity…(and many more) all in one set of search results.

The website is 100% free!  The prices you see on HotelsCombined include all standard taxes to help you accurately compare hotel offers from different travel websites. Additional taxes may apply in selected destinations, which will be indicated on the website of the supplier before you make a booking.

Travel Factory (Australia only)

Travel Factory

Travel factory offer amazing travel deals & travel products at the lowest price, with Low Margin and High Volume. They also offer Flights, Hotels, Car Hire, Cruising & Motor home Hire. Great for local deals. You will need to check what offers they have available because they vary.

Travel Insurance

World Nomads

World Nomads What I use.

World Nomads Travel Insurance is very good and easy to get online with just a few clicks. They give you lots of options, say you need to pause or stop your insurance temporary and then start it again. Why would you want to do that? Well maybe you need to return home for an emergency or some reason? This is where is comes in handy. Regular insurance companies don’t allow this and make you renew completely, charging you again. This happened to my brother and he lost 8 months of his insurance when he came home because my father was really sick. Since then I have found it important to have an insurance policy that has lots of options. The other bonus, World Nomads is really cheap and reliable!

Worldcare Travel Insurance (Australians only)

Worldcare 

Worldcare is a locally-operated company providing travel insurance to Australians travelling domestically and overseas for more than 20 years.

They offer you a total in-house service from arranging your insurance to paying your claim. Whether you have a general question, or need to make an insurance claim, or require emergency medical assistance, one phone call to Worldcare and it should be under control.

Jobs and/or Volunteer Work

Anyworkanywhere.com

Anywork Anywhere offer any work anywhere.

They have resources for work and travel throughout the world. You can search for jobs and volunteer work very easily. Further to this, the site has information about training, visas, embassies, hostels and more.

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Dave’s ESL Café Teach English world wide.

The go to place if you want to teach English in a foreign country. Dave has load of information, the jobs are updated regularly and it even has an active forum. I highly recommend this site because it is just loaded with everything you need to teach English.

Hostel jobs

Hostel Jobs Trade work for accommodation!

This site has the feel of a forum and is easy to navigate but the searching is a bit cumbersome. It has many opportunities available doing various tasks for hostels. Some are paid jobs and some are in exchange for accommodation and maybe meals, many variations. It also has some volunteer, English teaching, resort jobs and other information available.

Grassroots Volunteer

Grassroots Volunteering Its good for you 😉

Really simple and easy to navigate site, they have various listing for a variety of projects, some for free and others have a fee involved.

Travel Gear

Oakley (Australia only)

Oakley I only wear Oakley 😎

Sunglasses are first on my gear list, I always protect my eyes, number one. You should too.

Oakley was created for world-class athletes, those who see the limits of possibility as just another challenge. Oakley, Inc. is a sport and lifestyle brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science.

As the undisputed leader in performance eye-wear, Oakley continues to advance sport technology and redefine the lifestyle market with innovations.

Joe Button (Global)

Joe Button An ESL teachers best friend!

A custom tailored shirt is one of those luxuries that you probably think you don’t need – but once you get your first one, you won’t know how you ever wore anything else.

Joe Button offer high quality dress shirts designed by the person who knows exactly what you want – you! Joe Button lets you be your own designer! In a few simple steps, you can create your own dress shirt and have it tailored to your exact measurements for a perfect fit.

Joe Button’s range of premium shirts, start at $99 for a shirt and $149 for a shirt-dress.  They offer multiple purchase discounts and free delivery worldwide.  Suits and shirts for men and women.

Wild Earth (Global)

Wild Earth Backpacks and more..

Wild Earth is not your typical general camping or hiking store – it is fresh, and so exciting! Wild Earth caters to all types of outdoor people including outdoor adrenalin seekers, backpackers, travellers or simply families taking an adventure. They all have a common need and that is lightweight products of high quality and at a great price.

Box13 (Global)

Box13 They’re surfers, skaters and snowboarders. They love culture and lifestyle, just like you.

Australia’s No. 1 destination for urban street clothing. Whether you are a surfer, skater or just someone who enjoys hanging out with your friends, they have the latest clothing and hardware for you. All the stuff you need!

Food and Drink

Why food and drink? Well, glad you asked. In-between my travels I like to save time and money, I can spend my time planning my next trip. Rather than doing other mundane tasks I can research my next big adventure.

Different Drop (Australia only)

Different Drop Wine delivered to your door via an online silver platter.

Great for bulk orders, and usually wines craft wines that are hard to get.

Different Drop is an online wine shop specializing in the new wave of awesome, unique Australian craft wines. In a nutshell, remarkable wines made by real people that you won’t find in your average wine store. They always offer terrific value for money. You won’t find any wine wank here, just a team of fellow wine lovers working hard to find you your next favourite drop.

Hello Fresh (Selected countries and areas)

Hello Fresh It’s happiness in a box.

Anyone can cook with Hello Fresh, even me! Oh the pain… Expecially because I am lazy when it comes to cooking, I like eating more!

They have step-by-step photo instructions that will change the way you think about cooking. Every week their chefs create amazing recipes that are easy to prepare. The meals are interesting yet simple.

All the menus are overseen and developed the dedicated HelloFresh team, lead by 2011 MasterChef Top 24 Finalist (and HelloFresh Australia founder) Tom Rutledge.

Moo-Lolly-Bar (Australia only)

Moo Lolly Bar For the LOVE of Choc!

Moo-Lolly-Bar is the best online chocolate, lolly and confectionery store on the web!

They stock all kinds of products, and in volume! They have American Chocolates and Sodas, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Pop Tarts, Australian Chocolate, English Chocolate, New Zealand Chocolate, Licorice, Dutch Licorice and a vast range of sour lollies, chocolate lollies, retro lollies and novelty lollies.

In addition if you sign up to the Moo-Lolly-Bar EZine you will receive lots of great special offers every month, the latest of which is the opportunity to receive $10 of free chocolates and lollies.

I am eating their gummy bears right now, mmm, none for you :p

Charity

Why is this here? In my travels I have often seen people doing things to animals that they shouldn’t. To try and prevent this and to educate people worldwide I choose to support WSPA.

If you have a pet, which you love and cherish, I’m sure you understand their value.  I hope you support WSPA as well.

WSPA

WSPA They need your support :'(

WSPA endeavor to end the needless suffering of animals. They influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda. They help the world see how important animals are to all of us. They inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better and they move the world to protect animals.

Discount Site for Fun

What’s going on? Well I love to save money for travel, I am always on the look out for a bargain or a discount on my next purchase.

Super Koupon (Australia only)

Super Koupon Is Super Awesome!

They Have discounts from 50% to 90% off retail. Super Koupon is a fun and interesting collective buying platform. It’s designed to provide members with hugely discounted deals over a set time period. They have  ‘Quality’ deals at ‘Super Discounted’ prices. Their range varies from a Weekend Getaway, a Day Spa, a Massage, or even a meal at a hip restaurant. You can even give them as the ideal gift. The offers are always changing so you need to check on a regular basis if you are keen to find something you like.

11 Must Have Items for Travel

1# Laptop, Sony VAIO Pro, 13.3-Inch Core i7 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Carbon Black)

The best laptop on the market by far, guaranteed not to have a permanent MacAttack breakdown after 4 months.

2# External Hard drive, WD My Passport Ultra 2TB, Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup – Black

Tones of room for all your digital media, reliable, smaller and lighter compared to other models.

3# Unlocked phone, Samsung Galaxy S5, 16GB Factory Unlocked International Version – WHITE

An essential item is an unlocked phone, I choose Samsung because they are top of the line in every way. It’s easy to use and has a good battery life, compared to some not so smartiphones.

4# Compact camera, Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, Digital Camera (Black)

I have always chosen Canon over other brands when it comes to cameras, they give superior colour and detail to your photos, this model has a huge zoom which comes in handy all the time.

5# Compact video camera, GoPro HERO3+, Black Edition

Excellent quality footage for a camera of it size and weight, really handy if you are into and type of activity where you want your hands free.

6# Head Torch, Petzl Nao REACTIVE , Rechargeable Headlamp

Always pack a torch! I use mine all the time. On many occasion people have said “gee I wish we had a torch” when I whip mine out they are happily surprised and wished they had packed one.

7# Multi Adapter plug with USB, Mudder® Universal Adapter, All In One International Travel Power Plug Adapter With 2 Port 1A USB (Black)

I swear by this make of Universal adapter, it is compact and easily changes to the required outlet setting. The bonus!? It has no extra parts that can get lost.

8# Power board, Ceptics 110V-250V Universal 3-Outlet, Power Strip & Surge Protector for Worldwide Travel

Makes it easy to charge everything in one hit rather than waiting around for you various items to charge. Also handy if you need to share the only available power outlet.

9# Water bottle, Filter Water Bottle, Removal of bacteria and virus up to 99.9999%

This is by far the best water bottle on the market. It is even used by humanitarian groups where water has big contamination issues. Be sure you are safe to drink any water with this bottle. Bonus!? It is sure cheaper than buying bottles of water to drink all the time. DO a calculation and you will see!

10# Passport protection, Ortlieb Valuables Bag, waterproof (8.7 in x 7.1 in)

Since my minor mishap of getting my passport almost destroyed by water, I have come to the conclusion that I should, No, I will use my Ortlieb pouch every day just to be safe.

11# Reusable bottles, Signstek 3 Pack Silicone Travel Tubes Set, Squeezable Bottle Pack Smart Carry Leak Proof Portable Orange/Green/Blue

I use these for shampoo and conditioner, its way better than lugging the whole bottle around.

Motivational Tools

Need some motivation to inspire your travel adventure?

Below are my top 11 Travel movies and top 11 Travel reads. They will give you the push you need to get out the door or on the plan to adventure capital, where ever that is for you.

You are sure to be delighted with each motivational tool 😉

11 Awesome Travel Movies

1# The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [Blu-ray]Ben Stiller (2013)

2# The Ramen GirlBrittany Murphy (2008)

3# Lost in Translation [Blu-ray]Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson (2003)

4# The Darjeeling LimitedOwen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman (2007)

5# Island Etude (English Subtitled),  Ming-hsiang Tung, Danny Deng (2006)

6# The Terminal [Blu-ray], Tom Hanks (2004)

7# Seven Years in Tibet [Blu-ray] Brad Pitt (1997)

8# The Beach, Leonardo DiCaprio (2000)

9# Amelie (English Subtitled)Audrey Tautou (2001)

10# Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Raiders of the Lost Ark / Temple of Doom / Last Crusade / Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) [Blu-ray], Harrison Ford (1981-2008)

11# Up in the Air, George Clooney (2009)

11 Fantastic Travel Reads

1# Strange Foods: Bush Meat, Bats, and Butterflies; An Epicurean Adventure Around the World, Jerry Hopkins (1999)

2# China: Portrait of a People,  Tom Carter (2008)

3# Extreme Cuisine: The Weird & Wonderful Foods that People Eat, Jerry Hopkins, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Freeman (2004)

4# A Year of Festivals, Andrew Bain, James Bainbridge, Marika Mcadam (2008)

5# Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Susan Jane Gilman (2009)

6# The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux (1975)

7# Pole to Pole, Michael Palin (1995)

8# Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Jon Krakauer (1997)

9# Into the Heart of Borneo, Redmond O’Hanlon (1984)

10# The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway (1987)

11# Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Hunter S. Thompson (1972)

 

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