In no particular order, some of the websites that we’ve found useful in planning our trip.
AirBnB – renting rooms/apartments from local people
Wimdu – renting rooms/apartments from local people
TrustedHouseSitters – find house sitting opportunities
HelpX – an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
MarriedWithLuggage – blog from an American couple who have turned their break into a lifestyle choice. ‘Self-help’ style advice as well as information about some of the places that they’ve visited
RTWExpenses – by the same couple as the Married With Luggage blog, documenting their monthly expenditures by category
OttsWorld – blog from an American woman who has made travelling and photography her life