Best Independent Travel Websites
Travel advice for independent travelers is hard to find on the Web: Many travel-related websites make money by selling travel packages and tours—which is not what independent travelers seek. However, we have a found a number of websites that provide useful information for independent travelers. These sites provide both general advice and tips for independent travelers, as well as information about specific destinations. We have also included some blogs that provide food for thought about issues and ideas relating to independent travel, and we hope they provide you with inspiration.
In addition, we invite you to browse our featured selection of independent travel articles on TransitionsAbout.com which discuss core issues of concern and are written by seasoned travelers as well as first-hand participant reports from those who have chosen off-the-beaten-path destinations. —Travel and Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl
Backpackers.com, www.backpackers.com, provides information and news for independent and budget travelers, including blogs and discussion forums.
Globetrotters Club, www.globetrotters.co.uk. is a London-based club for independent travelers and travel enthusiasts of all ages and has been active for over fifty years. The club provides travel information for its members and publishes a club journal and an e-newsletter.
The Independent Traveler is an interactive traveler's exchange and comprehensive online travel planning guide for a community of travelers who enjoy the fun of planning their own trips and the adventure of independent travel. You can access the wealth of travel resources and great bargains at www.independenttraveler.com.
Matador, matadortravel.com, is an online community designed to enable people interested in travel, music, art, writing, photography, etc. to share their experiences. The Matador Network hosts a growing number of travel blogs and articles written by people traveling throughout the world, including many posts from "destination experts."
Perceptive Travel, www.perceptivetravel.com, is a webzine for independent travelers published by Transitions Abroad magazine columnist Tim Leffel, with travel stories from authors on the move.
Solo Travel, www.solotravel.org, is a guide to single and solo travel which provides inspiration and information. The site also includes much budget travel information useful for independent travelers.
TravelIndependent.info, www.travelindependent.info, provides travel tips and information for independent budget travelers.
Travelmag, www.travelmag.co.uk, is a webzine featuring travel writing by independent travelers to reflect the wide variety of travel experiences by independent travelers.
Vagablogging, vagablogging.net, a blog hosted by travel writer Rolf Potts, is an enlightening and lively collaborative blog covering many aspects of travel and issues relevant to independent travelers.
WorldBackpackers.net, www.worldbackpackers.net, is an online resource for independent travelers, featuring with backpacking Information, "Stories from the Road," a discussion forum, and destination guides..