Backpacking Resources 101

When planning your first backpacking trip it's hard to know where to start. Which companies offer a reliable and trustworthy product?  Where do I find information about the country/s that I want to visit? What travel insurance do I use? Where do I even begin??? Well, we've taken some of the guess work out by compiling this comprehensive Backpacking Resources 101 list. Here you will find the basic resources you need to help you plan your backpacking adventure. So get started right now, and plan the most kick-ass backpacking trip ever!

Travel Insurance

World Nomads Travel Insurance

World Nomads offer travel insurance for independent travellers from more than 150 countries. Plus they offer 24hr worldwide assistance and an easy online application and claim forms. We don't travel anywhere without them.

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Travel Insurance - The Ultimate Guide. A very useful guide about the types of coverage travellers can expect on a typical travel insurance policy. This is a very useful resource from 1Cover on why it's important to have travel insurance coverage while abroad.

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Merida Mexico: The Ultimate Travel Guide

The only city to be awarded cultural capital of Latin America twice! Find out why with our ultimate mega guide to food fun & travel in Merida

Merida Mexico: Things to do, Restaurants, Yucatan Food, Day trip Itineraries, Nightlife, Best Mayan Ruins, Merida Beaches, Markets, Best Hotels in Merida...

General Travel Resources:


Flights compares cheap flights from low cost airlines all over the world.


Skyscanner's flight search will help you find cheap flights and airline tickets to your favourite travel destinations. Book direct with no fees at Skyscanner.


Find cheap flights with momondo. They help you find and compare fares from 700+ travel sites.


Rail Europe

Rail Europe organise rail journeys, passes and trips for people wanting to visit Europe by rail.


Discover 28 European countries with Eurail. Find the right pass for your trip, see the most popular destinations, and plan your rail adventure!


The InterRail pass is a railway ticket (Railroad Pass), available to European residents. Residents of countries outside Europe can purchase the Eurail pass.



MegaBus and coach company operates throughout the UK, Europe and in the United States midwest region. Providing  routes, schedules and discounted online booking. Offers some fantastic deals on occasion like Paris - Barcelona for 5 pounds ( $7.76 USD).


Octopus Transfers

Octopus Transfers Croatia connects travellers across Croatia and it's neighbouring countries, with their vast network of professional drivers and vehicles.

Car Hire

Auto Europe

Auto Europe is a large car rental company, working with approximately 20,000 car rental locations in 180 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, as well as North and South America.

Route Planning


A multi transport search. Input any address, town or landmark as the origin and destination and rome2rio presents routes for travelling to that destination.

The Man in Seat Sixty-One

The oracle of world wide train travel. Use this site to find out information about routes, cabin configuration, and guides on what to expect. The Man in Seat Sixty-One will answer all your train travel questions



Hostelbookers offers Youth hostels and Cheap Hotels in over 3500 travel destinations! Book a Hostel or Cheap Hotel with no booking fee.


Hostelworld is another great hostel booking site - it's always best to compare Hostelworld and Hostelbookers to see if one has a better deal. Some have different listings depending on the location so always double check this as well.


airbnb is an accommodation website where locals can rent out their home, apartment, spare room to travelers for a fee. This is often a unique way to visit a city, as many hosts are happy to give you insider local knowledge or even show you around town. Can also be cheaper than hostels if traveling with 2 or more people. To get $25 off you first airbnb stay CLICK HERE



Couchsurfing gives travelers the opportunity to "surf" on couches by staying as a guest at a host's home or in turn you can host travelers all for free. You can also just meet up with locals or fellow travelers by joining an event. A great way to meet new people and get insider local knowledge. offers an accommodation search for all budget types. With everything from budget hostels to boutique hotels and luxury penthouses - it's all here. One thing we love about this site is that you can search for a particular budget and also by distance to the city centre.

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Tour Companies

Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel is a small group adventure travel company that offers scheduled itineraries in Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Antarctica

G Adventures (formally Gap Travel)

G Adventures is the largest small group adventure travel company in the world. Offering trips to Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Central America & Caribbean, Europe, North Africa & the Middle East, North & South America and even to the Polar regions.

Busabout Europe & Asia

Busabout offers a more independent way of travel with a regular hop on, hop off bus service for cities and countries across Europe and now Asia. Group tour are also available. All buses have trained guides on board to make sure you get all the info you need while traveling.


Contiki offers package tours for 18-35 year olds. Travel to over 50 countries over 6 continents with Contiki tours.

Urban Adventures

Don't want to commit to a full group tour, but still want to experience the occasional day trip? Urban Adventures offers day trips to over 10 cities across the world.



Travel Essentials

Lonely Planet Guide Books

Plan and book your perfect trip with expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration from Lonely Planet.



Tripadvisor is a travel search platform that allows you to search and read other travelers reviews on accommodation, tours, attractions, restaurants etc. It now has a booking system integrated so you can go straight from review to booking easily.

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