Resources

Below is a list of travel resources that travelers, backpackers and motorcycle travelers may find useful:

GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION:

US Department of State - Website for USA passport, visa and travel advisories.
NationsOnline.org - Great country maps and information
Wikipedia.org - General encyclopedia information
Wikitravel.org - Free travel guide information
BrokeTourist.com - Free things to do all over the world
LonelyPlanet.com - Some free and some for purchase travel guide information
1000places.com - Book about 1000 Places To See Before You Die
Weather2Travel.com - Weather information for travel planning
Kayak.com - Reservations for airfares, hotels, automobiles
AP.org - News from around the world or your city.
AAA.com – Offers free maps to members (Mexico/Central America, South America)
Step.state.gov – Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to registration with US State Dept.
Garmin.onstreetmap.nl – Free Garmin maps of Latin America and other countries
LiveMocha.com - Language learning and exchange
REI - Online and Storefront Retailer for outdoor gear
Sierra Trading Post - Online and Storefront Discount Retailer for outdoor gear

MOTORCYCLE INFO:
HorizonsUnlimited.com - Global forum and information for overland motorcycle travel
ADVRider.com - Global forum for overland motorcycle travel
DRRiders.com - Forum for Suzuki DR650 motorcycle information
Two Wheeled Texans - A forum for Texans who ride motorcycles.
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook by Chris Scot - A classic how to book about motorcycle travel.

ACCOMMODATION INFO:
HostelWorld.com - Website for finding and booking hostels worldwide.
CouchSurfing.com - Website for finding a short term couch/bed/place to stay
Airbnb.com - Website for short-term room, apartment or house stay around the world
HolaHostels.com – Website for finding and booking hostels in Latin America
Compartoapto.com – Website for short-term room, apartment or house stay in Latin America
Agoda.com - Website for finding and booking hostels and hotels in Asia.
WWOOF.org – Website to find volunteer opportunities on organic farms  

TECHNOLOGY INFO:
Cnet.com - Website for electronics reviews and software downloads
DPReview.com - Website for camera and video camera reviews

FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE INFO:
CapitalOne.com - Bank website with no fee credit and debit cards
Schwab.com - Investment website with no fee debit cards
MedicalExpress.com – Health/Travel/Motorcycle insurance
Worldwide Travel Insurance - Travel Insurance
MedjetAssist.com - Medical Evacuation Insurance