Unknown Travels Resources

We thought it would be fantastic to create a Unknown Travels resources page that you can always come to for all of your travel resource needs and wants. This is an ever evolving list as most things travel change, and we’ll add to it as we learn more. Pay attention! you’ll notice that in the future we will reference the resources page quite often. We recommend bookmarking it for your future reference and convenience. Oh and if there’s something you think we left out…let us know!  We’ll look into it! So enjoy the Unknown Travels Resources page!Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, Unknown Travels will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something.

OUR MOST RECOMMENDED

If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the four that you should know about. We find myself recommending these resources again and again, in emails and on podcasts. We use them because they make my life easier, and we are confident you’ll agree too.

BOOKS

  • The Start Up of You – We loved reading this book from Reid Hoffman when it first came out and we think it would be a great read when you’re hopping from one country to another.  It focuses how to utilize your best self as a networking tool no matter where you are and who ever you end up meeting.  Definitely worth a read!
  • Live and Work From Anywhere – We highly recommend reading this guide, especially if you are going to try to figure out how to fund your travels while traveling!  This guide along with any of the Unconventional Guides by Chris Guillebeau are great resources to use whether it is travel hacking, planning the live and work remote lifestyle or looking to expand your knowledge!  Check them out for yourself.
  • The Travel Hacking Pocket Guide – This book by Jamie Zeller does more than open your mind about travel hacking it helps set you on the right path! So many tips and hints that will help you reap the rewards fast but help you travel like a king as well!
  • The Travel 101 Course and Guide – This guide and course developed by a longtime friend David (Yes, I knew him in high school and he even visited me in Bulgaria).  David has created a online course and guide from his company International Travel HQ.  He does a great job explaining how you can achieve your goals and dreams traveling.  He even shows you how you can travel on a budget for $40 dollars a day.  He’s knows, I’ve seen him do it!

WEBSITES

  • AIRBNB – Have a house/apartment you want to rent out while you are gone? Or do you want to have a homey feel when you are traveling?  AirBnB offers just that.  Instead of staying in a hotel or a hostel you could find yourself in a home for cheaper!  Even some places that don’t offer a many options for places to stay will have listings for AirBnB.  This is a great way to literally give back to a local community if you’re looking to do such a thing. Sign up using our link and receive $25 dollars of credit for anywhere you choose to stay!
  • Couchsurfing.org – A personal favorite of mine. Unlike AirBnB, Couchsurfing is free.  Create a profile and see if you can meet people that are local to the area you are visiting, perhaps crash on their couch or let them show you around where they call home.  Generally they will know the ins and outs of the area and can point you in the right direction.
  • Flyertalk – Looking for up-to-date points deals and millage runs?  Look no further.  Flyer Talk is an awesome website/forum for just that.  It’s pretty easy to navigate and they have everything from luxury to budget travel. Definitely worth checking out if you’re planning a trip!
  • Slicethepie.com – Have time to kill in the hotel or hostel? Do you have wifi on the train or plane? Well Slice the Pie is a great way to listen to music, review the songs and make money for it!  After you create an account, you’ll start reviewing songs.  You’ll have 90 seconds (or more) to listen to a song and type what you think about the song in a box.  After that you can withdraw the money into your Paypal account. It adds up and is an easy way to make money if you have time to kill!

APPS

Pardon the mess! We are still trying to add to the list!

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Peace Corps – Jon served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria and he can’t stop talking about how beneficial the experience was on his life.  Head on over to their website and learn about the three goals of the Peace Corps and look throughout this site for what Jon did in his journey.
  • WWOOFING – This is a great way to experience local culture and work a little bit while you travel.  Worldwide Working On Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a great way to meet people and work for temporary housing.  You could find yourself on a small vineyard, a yoga retreat, or an animal grazing farm.  Check it out and who knows maybe you’d find your next location to travel too.
  • Findacrew.net–  Ever wanted to know what it was like to live and work as a deck hand on a boat?  Travel and see new places from the Seven Seas?  Well with Find a Crew you can do just that.  You can create a profile, and literally search for openings for crew members on boats of all sizes. Check it out, some positions are paid and others offer free room and board!