We do our best to be as comprehensive as possible, covering everything you could need to know, but we’re limited with how much we can write and publish — there’s just so much information out there! That’s why we have included this page, directing you to some of our favorite sites so that you can browse through them and learn more in the event that the articles on our website don’t answer all of your questions.
- Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet publishes travel guides and are the biggest publisher of such guides in the world. The company was founded in the early 70s and quickly grew into a leader in the travel industry, worth close to $100 million. We know this because that was the price that an American businessman recently paid for the company, even though it was valued at more than twice as much as that just 6 years ago. Lonely Planet are still as big as they have always been, but the reduction in price is a result of many things, including a very competitive market. There are also many independent publishers and blogs doing what Lonely Planet do and offering their guides for less or even for free. Still, Lonely Planet is a great source for travel information, with hundreds of authors churning out the best and most comprehensive guides on everyone’s favorite travel destinations.
- Trip Advisor: This website is used by travelers all over the world. It can be used to find the cheapest hotels and flights, but many use it as a reference point, as there are millions of reviews on all of the biggest hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and activities in all of the world’s biggest cities. You will even find reviews on obscure cities and travel destinations, and that’s one of Trip Advisor’s many appeals. With this site you can effectively create your own travel plan, finding the best daytime and nighttime activities to suit your tastes, whilst also searching through all of the restaurants, cafes and bakeries in your chosen destination, before picking out a place to stay. Trip Advisor also has a forum with a lot of members, many of which are very experienced travelers and can therefore help you with any questions you have about a particular destination.
- Wiki Travel: As its name suggests, this is a Wiki focused on travel. It offers something a little different to the guides listed here, as not only is it free, but it is much simpler and much more straightforward. The information is laid out in a very simple way and the writing is not only honest, but it covers many things that other guides sometimes miss. This includes information on how to get around the city (the price of taxis, how to use the underground system, etc.,) what to do when you’re there and how to stay safe. It manages to be comprehensive whilst also being succinct, which is what every travel guide should do. The fact that it is a Wiki, looking like an exact copy of Wikipedia and other such websites, makes this very familiar even to those who have never used it before, as most people have used at least one Wiki in their lives. The link here points to the page on Taipei, but all major cities are covered by Wiki Travel and you can use the search bar in the top right corner to find the one you want to learn more about.
- Good Sam Club: Good Sam are a billion dollar company and one that is well known and well regarded in North America. Its reach doesn’t really stretch further than the United States and Canada, but you’ll struggle to find someone in those countries that hasn’t used a Good Sam guide before. Primarily focused on the RV market, running campgrounds and more for those that like to take their mobile homes across country, Good Sam also produce travel guides. These guides cater more for the RV community, but they can be used by all. Whilst Lonely Planet has a more International feel, Good Sam’s focus is on North America, so if you’re looking for the best excursions in the United States and Canada, then be sure to check them out.
- Travel Buddy: This is a message board for travelers seeking to converse with other travelers about their best and worst travel destinations. It doesn’t matter how many reviews you read about something, sometimes the thing that helps you make up your mind is a personal recommendation, and that’s how forums like this can help. You can ask questions to those who have been there before, people who know the ins and outs of your chosen destination and will be able to provide guidance and assistance. Travel Buddy and travel forums in general can be great if you have a question about a destination that you can’t get answered in a travel guide, and they can also be used to find travel partners and to meet and chat with likeminded people. There are thousands of active members on the Travel Buddy forum, which means that it shouldn’t take long for your threads to receive replies and that there is always going to be someone who can help you.
- Bucket List: This is a website that gets you prepared for the worst in the best possible way. As popularized by a film of the same name, a Bucket List is a list of activities you want to do and places you want to visit before you “kick the bucket”. There are some things that make it onto most people’s bucket lists, including seeing the pyramids, bungee jumping, sky diving, etc., but on the Bucket List site you can explore millions of other ideas posted by keen travelers and adventurers like yourself. You can also contribute some of your own ideas to the site, sharing your dreams with the rest of the world.
- Visit Taiwan: This is the official English language tourist site of Taiwan, created by the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau. Sometimes the best place to get information on a country is the tourism board in that country, as they are the ones who try to sell their country to the rest of the world. They can be biased, as you would expect, but Taiwan is generally a very safe and highly rated destination, and one that has won countless awards, so most of what they say is true anyway and they are a great source to discover news on the latest events, attractions and more in Taiwan.