Travel resources are always helpful
Some people have asked about the resources that I use, so I thought I would share some of them with you.
Amtrak has over 500 destinations, by train and connecting services, and Amtrak is the primary way I travel. If you have never about travel by rail, give it a try. Also, check out my guides to traveling on Amtrak.
Amtrak has both a mobile and regular website plus apps for the major platforms.
AMsnag is a helpful site for finding the cheapest Amtrak tickets. This site can display up to 30 days at a time, and different accommodations. If there is more than one route available you can filter everything to just what you want to see.
AMsnag does have a learning curve for people starting. Once you get the hang of the site and what Amtrak offers it will quickly become a handy site for picking dates for a trip based on cost. You must know the station codes for where you are stating and finishing.
This site or app is an excellent resource for people who enjoy surface travel. It can help plan out routes using trains and buses or even the combination of the two.
Major bus companies in the US
Greyhound and Megabus are the leading two bus companies with many regional bus companies such as Peter Pan
I do not use his site too much, but we have a few things in common. He covers overseas rail travel in other countries. IF you are traveling abroad, Seat61 might be a great resource.
Google Flights is an excellent resource for air travel. This site allows you to view flight information from several airports at once.
For example, Milwaukee Mitchell (MKE) and Midway (MDW) are convenient airports for me. If I want to return to San Francisco, I can check prices and schedules with just one search from both of these airports at the same time. So, if you have flexibility with your trips, this site is a time saver.
This app can give you more information about your plane than the airline can. This app will inform you if your aircraft is waiting for you or en route to the airport.
When you are flying, download the app of the carrier that you are using, even if it is just for the trip. The app can give you gate information, updates, and your electronic boarding pass. Additionally if can make the check-in possesses more effect.
Luggage and gear
This site a great place to get wheeled luggage and travel accessories. Ebags carries about everything that you need for traveling. They do not tend to sell gear from indepnedent companies, but they are worth a look.
Well they have everything plus everything you didn’t know you needed
Tortuga is an independent travel backpack company that made my main bag. If you are looking for a single bag travel backpack, I recommend this company.
Tortuga no longer makes my bag, but they continually update their product lines. Tortuga backpacks founders and staff are travelers, so they know what travelers need and want.
Not a luggage company, but Chase gives you honest bag reviews and suggestions. This site is a useful research tool to guide you on your path to purchasing your next travel bag. I also have a link to him in the YouTube section of this page under Chase Reeves.
Podcasts can be significant travel resources; they can give you inspirations and help you plan your next adventure!
You can listen to podcasts on either built-in apps on your phone/tablet, download apps such as Podbean or others or off of the websites on your PC. Give them a try, I find them useful.
EPOP is the first travel podcast that I listened to and still, am subscribed. EPOP offer several insightful podcasts called “Destination Diaries” discussing cities and countries. I have used their suggestions during my visits to New Orleans.
The podcast also covers travel tips and stories. I bought my Tortuga backpack based on their recommendation, and I am happy with that suggestion!
Zero to travel is an excellent compliment to EPOP. The guy’s team up on another podcast called Location Indie, and it’s about location independence. I have applied tips that I received from Jason on this podcast to improve my travels. His passion for travel is infectious and can brighten your day if you are down.
This podcast is a roundtable group discussion on all things relating to travel. The podcast has a realistic approach to travel sharing both highlights and warts of the subject while having a practical perspective to round both out. Additionally, they tell the real stories of people working in the industry. They are no longer producing new podcasts, but the archives are very useful.
For more great podcast suggestions, check out more of Kev’s Favorite Podcast.
City Specific podcast:
If New Orleans is on your horizon, you must listen to this podcast. Mark has a passion for his city and loves to share his
knowledge. If you are not interested in visiting New Orleans, you will be by the time your done listing to his shows.
Most people know about Bourbon Street, but Mark informs you that there is so more to this city than just one street. Mark shares bi-weekly podcasts on both the history and current events of the city and greater area. He covers places to go, things to see, and what to eat.
His bag reviews are not your usual reviews, but they are pretty freaking awesome. You know me in person, and like me, I think you will like Chase as well. The show may contain some adult humor and language. Chase also has a complimenting website.
The brothers’ have some cool travel Vlogs that I have enjoyed. They have an excellent video on suggestions on what to pack, what to buy as a traveler.
Mark has a great series of vlogs covering locations and helpful travel information including what to do and what not to do as you see other countries.