Welcome to the Escape Velocity travel resources page, a compendium of tips, tricks, guides, and hacks from this blog and many of the world’s best travel writers about how to travel better, cheaper & longer.
For a deep-dive guide to world travel please refer to my piece How To Travel the World on any Budget.
Also, I’ll be updating this list as I discover new resources. If you’ve found something missing from this list, or have written a piece yourself, please use my contact page to let me know about it.
01. Weather & Climate research – Wikipedia’s “climate” section for your destination. Example.
02. Check worldwide air pollution with the AQICN.org tracking center.
04. For vaccination information, be sure to check out: The Adventure Doc’s vaccination page, CDC’s Malaria Map, CDC Traveler’s Heath recommendations, World Health Organization’s Country-specific Reports.
05. Take a look at country reports for your destination. It’s worth it to check a few different government pages, not just your home country’s: Here are the relevant governmental bodies for travel in Canada, USA, Australia, Great Britain. Note that governments tend to be overly cautious, but if you see negative patterns then you can investigate further and determine if a destination will be truly dangerous or not.
Consider Joao at Nomad Revelations travel through Northern Iraq – a scary thought at first sight, until digging deeper and realizing that this area (at the time of this writing) is a stable and non-violent region of Iraq.
Travel insurance can be a painful and frustrating topic. Fortunately for travellers, there is one standout option, WorldNomads – that make the logistics for subscribing & renewing easy – not to mention cost effective.
Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to come up with across the board visa advice as requirements change by nationality and travel circumstances.
Interesting resource: FoxNomad – How to Get a Visa for Every Country in Central Asia
Guide: Nomadic Matt – How to buy a RTW ticket
Search for a combination of bus, rail, car, and ferry with Rome2Rio.com
Trains worldwide: Seat61
Trains in Europe: RailEurope
UK trains: Virgin Trains
Cruise deals: Vacations To Go
Car rentals:Kayak Cars
This seems to be the main concern for many travellers, so here’s a wealth of resources for you to consider:
First, Download my free guidebook of 101 Ways to Make Money While Traveling.