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Posted 25 Jul, 2013 | No comments
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In recent years, it has become more and more feasible to plan long trips abroad. Flights are becoming cheaper, information is becoming more comprehensive, and accommodation more plentiful. If there was ever a time to start planning cheap holidays online, it’s now.

When we first started travelling, we relied largely on our Lonely Planet guide-book, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does have its downfalls. The main problem with relying solely on your guide-book is that almost everyone else is doing the same thing! This narrows the tourist trail and keeps you following a herd of travellers instead of seeking your own route.

If you want to find your way off the beaten path and into some hidden locations, consider planning online. If you’re going to a new place and you want to find your own experiences, try typing some ideas in to Google instead of following the pre-planned itinerary in your guide-book.

There are a lot of sites online that can help you with the planning process.

We frequently use sites like Wiki-Travel to give us new ideas on places to go, but the best way is to use blogs. Okay, as travel bloggers we may be tooting our own horn here, but there is a wealth of information to be found on the web’s travel blogs.

If you’re planning a trip from scratch, chances are that someone has already done it. Search the travel blogging community to get some fresh new ideas about places you hope to see.

So Why Use Travel Blogs?

Their personable and you can relate to individual travel styles

Not everyone is reading the same blog (like they do with guide books)

You can ask questions and get real answers

They’re FREE and UP-TO-DATE

Travel blogs are an excellent way to have new, authentic experiences and really help to enrich your travel experience. This isn’t to say that we don’t travel with a guide-book. We love the learning about history, culture, food and etiquette from the experts whether they’re published authors or hard-working travel bloggers. Info is info and it’s great to have many different resources for your travel.

The web isn’t just useful for travel blogs, there are a ton of resources to help you enrich your backpacking lifestyle. No longer do travellers have to slave away searching the library for books, or waste time in travel agencies trying to plan for their next adventure. The world is now at our fingertips… literally. Almost everything can be done online, from booking cars and rooms to ordering dinners and researching new destinations.

See our list of the best websites for backpackers for extra help!

With the age of internet bookings and social communication comes a whole new world of possibilities for the intrepid traveller. You can really get out there and find your own place, you just have to know where to look. Now is the time to plan your trips online. Guide-books, travel blogs and booking sites are here to help, but it’s up to you to make the decision to travel, and once you do… you’ll never regret it!

How do you find your inspiration for travel? Leave a comment below!


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Nick Wharton & Dariece Swift

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

Learn more about Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift on their respective author archives on this site and on the Goats On The Road About Us Page.

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