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RTW Resources and Links

Planning a RTW trip is a sometimes frustrating and extremely time consuming process. There is so much information out there that it’s tough to sift through it all, deciding which information is good and which you should just gloss over.

While we think we have the most comprehensive RTW planning site on the interwebs, we do realize that it’s important to get as much quality information as possible out there to you, our readers.

Following are some of the best resources for planning your RTW trip, from exact RTW budgets to homestay sites to sites about working abroad, we have you covered. If you have a site that you think should be on this list, then contact us and let us know.

Money/Budgeting Sites/Blogs

How much does it cost to travel the world (exact budget from a couple who did it)?
Budget for an 11 month solo trip around the world
How to budget for a RTW trip
Man vs. Debt – one families’ story of getting out debt and traveling the world
Tips for budgeting for your RTW tip from BootsnAll
One couples story about how to budget for an extended trip
How to plan a travel budget that works
How to create a travel budget you’ll stick to
The beginning of a series on how to estimate a big trip budget
Minimum daily backpacker budgets for 77 destinations around the world


Hostel/Hotel Sites

BootsnAll hostels
HI Hostels
Hostel World

Apartment/Condo/House Rental Sites
Home Away

House Sitting
Care Taker
House Carers
Mind My House
Sabbatical Homes

Couch Surfing

United States Servas
Cultural Homestay International

Home Exchanges
Home Exchange
Home Xchange Vacation
Home Base Holidays

Working Abroad/Exchanging work for room and board

Help X
Au Pair
Work Away Info


A collection of BootsnAll volunteer abroad links
Transitions Abroad


What clothes to pack (includes a male and female clothes packing list with links)
How to pack for a 1-year RTW trip
How and what to pack (includes a female packing list)
How to best pack your backpack
What to pack
2 female packing lists
Male and female packing lists for two digital nomads

Airfare Sites and Deals

Indie:  The BootsnAll Multi-Stop International Trip Planner
Hip Munk

Travel Message Boards

BootsnAll message boards
Lonely Planet message boards

RTW/Career Break Travel Sites/Blogs

BootsnAll RTW section
Meet, Plan, Go!
Meet, Plan, Go! Basic Training
Reboot your life
Career Break Secrets
Round the World travel guide


The World’s Cheapest Destinations by Tim Leffel
First Time Around the World a Rough Guides special
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts
No Debt World Travel by Brian Peters

We also have a great collection of travel blogs devoted to RTW travel, so be sure to check those out as well.

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