Wouldn’t it be cool if our trip inspired you to do the same? Here are some links to the websites that we found very helpful during the planning of our trip…
After checking out dozens of travel booking engines and working with a travel agent, we ended up booking all of our flights via Kayak. You can also create an account and keep all of your booking information and flight confirmations etc.
An oldy and a goody for info on places from sights, safety, tips etc etc is:
Researching what places/things to see and do.
For immunizations/vaccinations. They also sell travel stuff like needle kits, first aid kits etc:
For great insight on what to and not to pack. This site has tons of information on traveling from A to Z:
For visa information. This government of Canada site also has up to date information on the safety of an area as well as vaccinations, tips on what you can take on a plane, and you can even register to receive automatic updates from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada that keeps you connected to Canada in case of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or civil unrest, or an emergency at home.
To book accommodation:
** The best Hotel Loyalty program we have come across hands down is the Starwood Program SPG for short. We have been with SPG for about 10 years now and love the program and hotels. On this trip, they have been fabulous. The program has afforded us a level of luxury and comfort we would not have been able to enjoy otherwise. We have stayed at some absolutely incredibly gorgeous properties around the world and been treated like Royalty. Our experience with the program, the benefits and affordability of it lead us to put a special note on this site about it and encourage you to become members of the program. We are not the only ones who feel this way as the program has received numerous industry awards. Check it out at SPG.com
For the places that SPG does not have a property, try these booking engines...
To get an idea of the cost of living in each country - because exchange rate alone means very little
Travel insurance. We bought trip cancellation and medical. After much comparing this seemed to be the best value:
Traveling with kids adds a whole new dimension. For some great tips on traveling with kids:
To upload and backup all of our images and videos while we are on the road, we are using:
There are a number of amazing iPod/iPhone apps available for the traveler. What a difference from our trip 13 years ago! Some of our top pics so far are listed below. We will update this list as we get more familiar with these apps: