Traveling around the world can seem daunting! To help prepare you, here’s a list of some of my favorite travel resources:
I LOVE Lonely Planet guidebooks and don’t travel without them! Before I book a trip, I usually plop myself down in a bookstore surrounded by Lonely Planet books, flip through them and then go with my gut. The books have great info and recommendations for travelers of all budgets and I use their suggested itineraries as inspiration for my own travels. I’m also old-fashioned because I love having a collection of my worn out books as both a reminder of my travels and an inspiration to see and do more!
There are so many travel review sites, but I’ve honestly had the best luck using Trip Advisor while I’m abroad. No matter what I’m looking for – anything from food, to adventures, to lodging – I’ve had great luck!
Whenever I’m looking for airfare I always first check my options on Kayak and Orbitz. When I see flights I like, I then check out the airline’s website to see if prices are comparable or even cheaper. I also love that on the Skyscanner App you can check out tickets to “Everywhere” to see a list of all the deals available from your departure city — it’s perfect for spontaneous travel!
Simply type in the country you’re interested in visiting and you’ll find out necessary information regarding passport and visa requirements, vaccinations and more.
If you need to get immunizations, see if there’s one of these clinics around you! I’ve used them many times in L.A. and they’ve always been awesome!
If you travel internationally often, become a Global Entry Citizen. The process was long (it took me 6 months), but it was worth it! Not only does it allow you to go through US Customs electronically — bypassing anyi long lines — but you also become TSA Precheck, which is incredibly helpful even when flying domestically.
My all-time favorite travel gift was a surprise Scratch Map that I got in the mail from a friend after one of my trips. It’s a gold map of the world that lets you scratch off where you’ve been. I look at mine every day and am reminded of how much more traveling I need to do!
I love posting instas during my travels (find me at @atwjustin) and while I was in Thailand I realized Instagram can also be a great way to find inspiration when you can’t decide where to go! When I was torn between spending 2 nights in Phuket or Railay, I looked up related hashtags, found that I was more drawn towards pictures of Railay and so headed there.