Top-Notch Resources for the Novice Traveler

Not sure where or how to pursue your travel dream? Start here.

Not sure where or how to pursue your travel dream? Start here.

By Ashley Reynolds

You dream of exploring the ruins of ancient Greece, hiking to the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu and soaking up rays on the beautiful shores of the Caribbean. But with all the options the world has to offer, you’re just not sure where (or how) to get started. Sound familiar?

True, travel can be overwhelming. From booking your plane ticket to deciding on accommodations and each day’s activities, it takes time and know-how to come up with a solid plan. And, depending on your budget or perceptions on the cost of travel, you might be hesitant to even begin pursuing your travel dream. But here’s a tip – just dive in! Ask anyone who’s had the opportunity to see a different corner of the world, it can be one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences in your lifetime.

So, what’re you waiting for? Check out our list of top-notch travel resources and get inspired to jet off to your dream destination.


If you’re looking to explore the world through someone else’s lens, read up on savvy travel tips or learn from seasoned globetrotters, here are some great blogs to follow:

Rick Steves’ Travel Blog – Gain insight from the travel king himself and study up on some of the world’s most traveled destinations.

Adventure Journal – For the more serious outdoorsmen and women, this blog is chock-full of smart tips and intriguing stories about backpacking, camping and trekking through the wild side of life.

12 Hours – Perfect for anyone planning a trip with multiple destinations, this site offers up guides and 12 hour itineraries for some of the world’s most exciting cities. Get ideas on how to do it all in a short amount of time!

Classe Touriste – Specializing in off-the-beaten-path destinations, this blog will inspire you to explore the farthest corners of the world.

Nomadic Matt – Looking to travel on a budget? Check out Matt’s tips! He’s got insight to share on everything from finding cheap flights to how you can actually make money while you travel.

Globetotting – Going on trips with kids is no easy task, but having a family is no reason to put your travel dreams on hold. This blog will empower you to show your children the world without breaking the bank (or losing your mind).


So you’ve studied up on where to travel and how to go about it, now it’s time to put your plans into action! If you’re not really ready to venture off on your own, consider booking through one of these established travel companies.

EF College Break – Specializing in helping people ages 18-28 travel the world, this company is a great option. They offer educational yet fun trips at an affordable price, plus they plan every stop and stay along the way for you!

EF Tours – Owned and operated under the same umbrella as EF College Break, this tour agency is a great way for adults to experience new and exciting destinations world-wide.

International Volunteer HQ – If you’re interested in traveling while actually making a difference in the world, consider going through this philanthropic travel group. They offer affordable, responsible and rewarding trips to over 30 destinations across the globe.

REI Adventures – For the more active traveler, check out these fun and adventurous hiking and biking tours available anywhere from Ireland to the San Juan Islands. – If you’ve already got a trip planned or are comfortable booking everything on your own, is a great place to scope out exciting and diverse day-trips and activities. It’s perfect for filling out your itinerary.

Apple Vacations – If you’re seeking out a more relaxing beach vacation or a week at an all-inclusive resort, this site will help you review your options and narrow them down to the best deal.

No matter where you long to go or what you want to do when you get there, tapping into these resources should help make your planning easier and hopefully more fun! Now get started on building your world-traveler resume – because once you hop on that plane, you’ll never want to stop exploring. Happy travels!

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