Information, advice and bookings

Destinations

www.travelindependent.info

Accessible, reliable and unspun summaries of countries and regions targeted at backpackers. Includes pros and cons, advice on safety, food, costs and guidebooks and suggested routes.

www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations

Country summaries from the publishers of the market-leading guidebooks.

Hotels and hostels

www.booking.com

www.hostelworld.com

Railways and ferries

www.seat61.com

Englishman, Mark Smith, spent his career in the railway industry and has travelled the world on trains and boats. His user-friendly site has a wealth of information about the railways (and ferries) throughout the world, including links to booking sites.

http://www.raildude.com

http://www.interrail.eu

http://www.eurail.com

http://www.internationalrail.com

http://www.aferry.co.uk

Flights

www.skyscanner.net

Restaurants

www.viamichelin.com/web/Restaurants

www.opentable.co.uk

www.theworlds50best.com

Reviews

www.tripadvisor.com

Currency conversion

www.xe.com/currencyconverter

Health

www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

www.cdc.gov/travel

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