We typically use sources on the internet to plan our trips, both planned and spontaneous. There are an incredible amount of apps available that can assist with locating hotels, restaurants, markets, and fun events. Below are some of our favorites, and more can be seen in our blog.
Luggage Forward – Door-to-door luggage shipping is the convenient, affordable alternative to carrying and checking bags!
Yelp – We have been using this App for quite some time now and continue to be very impress with the results of our search from restaurants to hotels. The team at Yelp are also seem to be quite pro-active in listening to their users.
EatWith – Connecting “foodies” with various hosts throughout the various parts of the world.
With Locals – Find the ultimate local tours, activities or home diner with a local in Asia and Europe.
Plate Culture – Similar to EatWith but concentrated in SE Asia.
Whether you are an American citizen traveling abroad or a foreign citizen traveling to the U.S., get all the information you need before you head overseas. This website contains tips for traveling abroad, passport and visa applications and document requirements. You can also obtain worldwide travel announcements and advisories. A great resource.
This site gives the Center for Disease Control’s recommended health precautions and warnings for travelers.
Vast amount of information pertaining to Travel, Trade and Border Security. We utilized this site to participate in the Global Entry program. More information here.
When you sign up, you will automatically receive the most current information we compile about the country where you will be traveling or living. You will also receive updates, including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts (where appropriate). You only need to sign up once, and then you can add and delete trips from your account based on your current travel plans!
The Universal Currency Converter™, the world’s most popular currency tool, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates. Available also is a handy app that you may download directly on your smartphone.
When we travel outside the US, 3 apps for communication back to the US have been used successfully for free as long as you are able to locate a “free” WiFi location. Make sure your friends and family with whom you wish to communicate also have the app! Try it out before you leave the country. They are:
If you’re going on a cruise, USA Today travel section has an excellent article and tips
What we also found another travel Blog by Legal Nomads and have found it to be extremely complete.
The resources listed above should prove useful when it comes to planning a spontaneous overnight getaway or a long journey to a foreign country. They can help you create a realistic budget and goals to enjoy your trip stress free.
Please feel free to comment and/or suggest anything that could be added here. Safe travels!