Basic Travel Tips & Links

I’ve received a few emails from people my age asking for some travel advice. I’m posting this one because it has some helpful links for everyone.

To plan trips I used to go to the bookstore and grab the travel books and sit there and read them. I don’t know if you have tried this but it’s pretty useless in trying to find places you think are good. There really is no travel guide written for the single young guy. I tried the internet too but it’s mostly just advertisements and general info that the travel books have.

So that leaves two real sources of decent info:

1. People you know, who know you and what you would like.

2. Message boards, with opinions that are more honest and current.

Some sites I use…

BootsnAll Travel Forum
Road Junky – i read this regularly
Hostel reviews
FlyerTalk Forum
Couch Surfing – myspace for travelers
WikiTravel Guides – dry but free

You may be reduced to picking a major city you like and just winging it. Once you get there it will be much easier to find things to do because you only have to ask the locals.

As for travel tips, my main one is to keep your schedule as free as possible. Don’t reserve more than your first couple nights of rooms and don’t buy any bus/train tickets in advance. Once you get to the location, you will find out about things you can do and you want to be as free as possible to change your schedule.


In other travel news, it took me about six hours but I was finally able to get a custom map installed that keeps track of my whereabouts. When I post from down there, all I have to do is attach my longitude and latitude coordinates and a marker automatically shows up here. Then you can click on a post from that location. 😎


  1. kayla May 28, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    I highly recommend Rick Steeves (has a show on PBS, website and numerous travel guides). He employs a staff of very young travelers – and the advice/tips are honest and very on point. I researched extensively before going to Spain years ago and found his info to be the most accurate.

  2. Gunslingergregi May 29, 2007 at 2:33 am

    That Road Junky is good stuff. I found this site

    I think when I retire I’ll go get my Tefl in Thailand then just go down the list on some of that stuff. 2400 for 5 weeks perfect.
    Watching Humback wales off of Brazil. Doing a little ocean research. After you don’t have to work I think it will be all about learning and Woman.
    Thanks Bro

  3. Roissy May 29, 2007 at 10:39 am

    that ‘betas rule’ article is asinine. lessee, jim from the office is the only cool, intentionally funny guy working there, and is probably the better looking of the bunch. al gore, though he may have lost a presidential race, is still a leading public figure giving speeches to thousands and regularly appearing on tv to enlighten the masses. and shrek is an animated fantasy, who even in his fantasy world rescues a princess from a dragon.

    i suppose betas rule if you redefine betas so broadly that the entire concept becomes meaningless.