Finding the right information on travel is what I’m good at: here’s my “go to” list on great sites in the industry.

The Man In Seat 61

Its ugly – but the content is gold – all you could possibly want to know about train travel, anywhere in the world. REALLY! If train doesn’t exist on this site it almost certainly doesn’t exist.

The ultimate crowd-sourced website with reviews on everything from hotels to restaurants to airlines. The forums are fairly well hidden but can be useful for more up-market locations and properties. Its easier to find information than in the Lonely Planet forums and there are far fewer stupid questions. The contributors tend to be older and more sophisticated travellers (that’s a simplification).

Publishers of my favourite guide books – most of their site is now just a flashy magazine – not that useful. Of more interest is the “Thorntree” forum. Busiest travel forum that I know of – but lots and lots of first time travellers, and an emphasis on the backpacker market.

Gulliver: The Economist’s Travel Blogger 

Although the Economist is a VERY serious magazine – I like whoever writes the business travel blog. The tongue-in-cheek humour is raises a smile from time to time.

Travel Blogs



Food and travel  – focus on food and Asia – very nice – don’t read on an empty stomach.



Gary Arndt has been travelling continuously for years – though these days its often sponsored. His early travels are more interesting when he went to some very remote parts of the Pacific. His photography is amazing – best part of the blog these days.


The Longest Way Home

Dave is looking for somewhere to call home – its taken him about 7 years so far. Although I don’t share his angst about having a “home” – even though I don’t really feel like I have one – I do like his detailed posts and destination guides.

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