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.



Vagabonding – website from the author of the book that started it all

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