Excellent resources for planning trips, world travel, going on adventures, or buying and making new gear. They are organized into 7 categories, go ahead and click to jump into any particular one. Most of these resources work best when used from a desktop computer. Mobile results may vary. I have provided links for mobile apps if they are available. You can find my recommendations for individual mobile apps here!
DIY GEAR – places to buy materials to make your own gear
GEAR – places to buy when shopping for new gear
HOSPITALITY – websites to check for accommodations
PLANE TICKETS – the cheapest airfares
TRAIN TICKETS – EurRail tickets
CAMPSITES – find an available campsite
MAPS – create and edit your own digital maps
DIY Gear Supply:
Nearly a one-stop shop for all your DIY materials. Great prices on fabrics, insulation, thread, webbing and more. Free DIY tutorials as well.
Rip Stop by the Roll:
Variety of fabrics, many colors, free samples
Hammock materials, DIY parts, plus lots of pre-made gear
A wide variety of fabrics, insulation and other materials.
Many DIY items can be found on Ebay as well, just be sure to know what you are looking for. Sections of Tyvek is a popular product since many people do not want to buy full rolls.
I’m only putting this here as a reminder. Always check prices and read reviews! If you find a product somewhere online that you are interested in, be sure to look around elsewhere for decent reviews and the best pricing. Amazon is a great resource for this, as well as offering purchasing security and credibility.
Limited time deals on all kinds of adventure gear. (Referral link, membership is required)
Steep and Cheap:
Limited time offers on random gear.
A used gear forum, lots of great gear at discount prices. Most sellers prefer Paypal, use at your own risk.
The REI outlet often has some affordable gear. For those of us nowhere near an actual store, this is the next best option.
A convenient house or room rental service with participants around the world.
A giant friendly network of global citizens, happy to offer accommodation to trustworthy travelers.
Search for and book hostels around the world.
Google Flights & Matrix ITA:
These are undoubtedly the best methods to search for cheap flights. You can view graphs of the best times to buy cheap tickets and enter date ranges to find the lowest priced flights. These sites are technically the same service since Google purchased Matrix ITA, but there may be some differences as Google is still incorporating everything. Check out the Matrix site first.
Cheap tickets, good information
Well organized, easy to use site
Find fun things to do while driving across America
Find campsites and amenities in the US
Find campsites tailored to your needs
Create your own routes and maps
Map my Hike:
As the name suggests, you can map your hike over topographic, satellite or street maps.
How Far Can I Travel:
This is a fun one. You can enter some details and it will calculate how far you can travel from your location in a certain amount of time. Good for making up roadtrips if you have an open weekend and open mind.