We thought it would be helpful to create a resources page that you can use for:
- travel planning
- starting a travel blog
- developing your travel writing
- finding great travel books and videos
Many of these travel resources are free to use. Some of them require a one-time payment or monthly subscription. All deliver incredible value.
Start a Travel Blog to Share Your Experiences
We are asked quite frequently how DIWYY came to be. We thought we’d share some of the tools DIWYY is built on to give you a jumpstart. This is 3 years worth of blood sweat and tears (more tears than blood) while learning as we went.
WordPress: One of our absolute favorite travel blogger resources is WordPress. WordPress is the world’s number one blog publishing platform. Free and easily customizable with wonderful support in forums and around the Internet. There are a lot of great themes available to help your site look professional.
Consider checking out 18 Essential Resources to Learn WordPress like a Pro.
Do It While You’re Young is built on WordPress.
WooThemes: The ultimate travel blogger resource for premium looking WordPress themes. We’ve built many web sites on WooThemes. It’s always a toss-up between WooThemes & THESIS (see below).
Basically it comes down to how much you want to customize.
The THESIS Theme: This is the WordPress theme and framework that the DIWYY runs on. Thesis promises out-of-box search engine optimization, faster page load times, maximum readability to engage and hold reader’s attention, and point-and-click design and font controls.
The robust support forums will save you a ridiculous amount of time, money and energy. You can make dozens of minor changes yourself with a few clicks. We love this theme.
How to Start a Travel Blog & Earn Your First $1,000: We set out to help our fellow travel writers learn from our successes, as well as our mistakes. The result is this eBook. These are the SEVEN CRITICAL STEPS for growing your unique brand, understanding what informaIon your audience is looking for and then strategizing how to give it to them, ulImately building your audience of passionate followers and customers.
Here’s how to develop a brand that separates you from the pack; how to create epic content that actually gets read; and how to attract an audience of passionate followers and customers. Get your copy today!
Read this 6 step guide on how to start a blog, complete with pictures: How to Start a Blog Online
Get Your Travel Blog Online with Hosting
Hostgator: They have an awesome wizard to help you get started with your travel website. Easy to use, 1-click automatic WordPress installation, and excellent customer service. Highly recommended if you need an easy, no-nonsense travel website up and running quickly.
After having a horrible experience with other hosting providers, we finally took the advice of around a dozen of our colleagues and switched to HostGator. We’ve been happy ever since!
Stay In Touch with Your Followers Through Email
AWeber: The Internet’s most powerful email opt-in service and an incredible email marketing / broadcasting tool. This is what we use to build our email list and DIWYY newsletter. For a free step-by-step tutorial, check out DIWYY’s Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing.
AWeber is affordable, reliable and heavily customizable. Get started with their $1 trail offer by clicking here.
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Tour and Travel Companies
- Adventure Center – Helpful agents who can book you on adventurous vacations from an array of tour operators.
- Air France – Fly to over 180 destinations worldwide with Air France. Part of the SkyTeam network.
- Airport Parking Reservations – Pre-book your airport parking and save time and money!
- Contiki – Travel holidays for 18-35’s. Fun crowd of people who love travel.
- CruiseNow.com – Offers cruise deals for students.
- GAP Adventures – They love travel and adventure and they’ll take you to Antarctica!
- Gecko’s Adventures – Affordable, grassroots adventures worldwide.
- HostelBookers.com – When you need reasonably-priced accommodations, HostelBookers can help you out.
- Hotels.com – Find deals on hotel all over the world with Hotels.com.
- Intrepid Travel — Delivering real life experiences through small group trips, local cultural encounters and awe-inspiring adventures — all over the world.
- Kutoa Travel – listings for socially green travel all over the world.
- Peregrine Adventures – Small group travel from Africa to South America.
- Rail Europe – Get around Europe with one of the many pass options that will meet your travel needs whether you’re intensively traveling in one country or trying to see them all!
- STA Travel – Travel discounts for students.
- Resideo – Online Hotel Reservations. They’re like travel agents but they’re down with the Internet.
- University Hotel Network – Your online source to find hotels near your favorite universities. We provide a wide range of services including hotel reservations, car rentals, and other travel tools for your trip to universities and colleges around the United States!
- InternationalMoneyTransfers.org – Sending money abroad? This site compares some of the best international money transfer companies in the world. Recommended companies include only fully-regulated, proven, client-friendly money transfer services.
- CEA Study Abroad – Interested in studying abroad? CEA Global Education offers more than 100 academic programs in 24 cities and 14 countries worldwide.
- GO! Study Abroad – Online directory of study abroad programs.
- YES (Youth Exchanges in Spain) – Spanish language immersion programs for high school and college students in Seville, Spain.
- Teaching English Abroad: a Tripbase.com Guide – A comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to teach English abroad including a great list of monthly average salaries by country.
- GO! Teach Abroad – Online directory of teaching opportunities abroad.
- AVIF Volunteering in Kenya – a UK organization that runs no-fee volunteer programs in Kenya.
- Connect-123 – Internships and volunteering in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Cape Town, South Africa.
- Earthwatch Institute – Protect our planet and help environmental researchers address critical issues.
- Edge of Seven – Incredible and inspiring organization that organizes service tours to communities like Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand and others regions for explorers, adventurers and dreamers who want to make a difference in the world.
- Global Vision International (GVI) – Volunteer programs ranging from 1 week to 2 years in over 40 countries worldwide.
- GO! Volunteer Abroad – Online directory of volunteer programs abroad.
- Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program – Help build affordable housing in communities all over the world.
- The Humanity Exchange – Outstanding volunteer programs for both new & experienced volunteers in developing countries. Offers unique option to learn French while volunteering in Africa and excellent career building internships in various locations.
- The English Open Doors Program – Teach English and learn Spanish while living in the beautiful country of Chile!
CEA Study Abroad– Interested in studying abroad? CEA Global Education offers more than 100 academic programs in 24 cities and 14 countries worldwide.
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Start Your Own Location-Independent Business
We recognize how entrepreneurial our audience is. Which is why we want to highlight our favorite books on the topic of starting a business. Whether that be starting a travel blog, or consulting, or a business completely different from any of these things, you’ll get a jump start by checking these out.
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss, Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich: Pretty much the most awesomest book in the entire world.
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse: The best book about blogging from the number one online blogger, Darren Rowse.
- Moonlighting on the Internet by Yanik Silver: We’ve read this book – twice! It’s an easy read. You can finish it in a day. But it still delivers incredible value.
- Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson: If you are starting a small business, you’re going to want to keep this book handy. It throws out traditional business advice, because, quite frankly, so much business advice doesn’t work for small business.
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau: Our latest book edition to the resource page, and for good reason – this book rocks! It’s a sweet blend of The 4-Hour Work Week (but more realistic), and Rework (but more actionable).