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I have summarised the most useful online resources for planning holidays and adventures, with the help of Randolph Hock’s The Traveler’s Web.

Adventures and outdoor activities Gap Adventures is a tour operator that specialises in small group outdoor adventures, focusing on sustainable and cultural activities. Backroads leads camping, walking, biking and sport excursions in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The National Geographic Adventure online magazine has articles, great photos and videos to inspire adventurous people around the world. Lonely Planet Travelcasts provide reports from LP authors around the world.

Accommodation Placestostay offers 16,000 hotels in 5,000 destinations in 160 countries. Search 10,000 hostels, budget hotels, guest houses and apartments by country, city and date. Travelocity offers low prices for more than 20,000 hotels and you can maximise savings by combining a hotel booking with a flight.


Languages Travlang provides an introduction to more than 80 languages, including basic words, numbers, directions, places, time and dates. BBC Languages offer an extensive free collection of introductions to languages, available in audio, video and quiz modules.

International study Semester at Sea makes three voyages a year aboard the MV Explorer. The floating campus includes six passenger decks, a library, computer lab, campus store and fitness centre. The Institute of International Education’s directory of more than 700 categories of programs around the world. You can select by country and field of study.

Online communities Members can create their own pages on VirtualTourist, where they can post pictures and stories about their favourite destinations. Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forums are among the most active travel forums available. Anyone can read the posts and they can be browsed by keyword or author.

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