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Obviously this list isn't exhaustive, but here's some of the most useful websites I've come across while researching for Europe. Note that I haven't actually left on my pre-trip adventure yet, so these aren't exactly 'field-tested'. Use at your own discretion.

General Research
- google.com my best friend
- maps.google.com my other best friend (for checking whether possible stops would merge into a good route)
- travellerspoint.com shameless advertising, but use this to bookmark stuff for each stop
- opentravel.com has some good things-to-do lists
- tripadvisor.com has reviews for each (most) attraction, browse according to city

- seat61.com tells you practically everything you need to know about train travel, including the cheapest and easiest ways to get across different parts of Europe. Extensive and informative, highly recommended to be read through completely.
- bahn.de for most trains around Europe
- b-europe.com
- eurail.com

- skyscanner.net searches for the cheapest flights on a whole bunch of different providers.
- tuifly.de I heard it's good but haven't actually used it

- eurolines.com probably the best overall bus website for Europe
- alsa.es/en for buses in the Spain and Portugal area, but especially within Spain
- movelia.es for buses in Spain (okay obviously I've only really looked into buses around Spain)

- couchsurfing.org a popular way to meet locals (and also get a free bed)
- airbnb.com like couchsurfing, but you pay, and local interaction is not guaranteed
- hostelworld.com for, well, hostels. You don't meet that many locals, but you'll meet other travellers
- hotel.com for hostels and hotels, no cancellation fee

Note that websites like skyscanner and bahn.de sometimes don't get you the best connections, so once the initial search is done, and connections are undesirable, you could book tickets from original company websites for a better deal.

Posted by seaskimmer 22:42 Tagged prep Comments (1)

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