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Here are some sites that have information for independent travelers.  You are an independent traveler if you are not part of an escorted tour program. This is also called single or solo travel although you may travel with a companion. 

Independent travelers normally plan their itinerary and activities themselves. Besides young people and backpackers, many older people who feel comfortable going it alone or as a couple are independent travelers. An independent traveler may still incorporate a tour package during part of the journey. Typically a city tour to get a quick overview of a city or a special tour (e.g., an African safari) that are cheaper or easier to join than to make your own arrangements.  Sometimes, you may not have a choice but to take a tour due to the nature of the location.  Also, if you take a tour, you may have to pay an extra single supplement if you are alone.

Independent travelers will typically research and find a cheap round-trip flight to their initial overseas destination. Then they will plan a separate itinerary that may include a variety of transportation and lodging options. 

Search The Web.  Sometimes the easiest way to get information is to do a simple web search such as: Independent travel to Ireland.
Independent Travel Resources
These are comprehensive, popular websites that give you background information on independent travel.
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Travel Science Resources Description
Travel Agencies

We link to all major and popular travel agencies including some that focus on independent travel.

Student Travel

Good links to all the major student travel websites.

Discount Travel

Links to searches for discount travel and good discount travel websites.

Adventure Travel Links to good adventure travel websites.
Hiking and Backpacking Good links for hikers and backpackers.
Travel Companions This will save you money on single supplements.  For some, you may feel safer with a companion.
Tourist Offices We link to good websites with directories of official tourist websites for countries and cities.
Some Specific Websites  Description
Air Trek - Trip Planner AirTrek has a good trip planner for independent travelers planning an international trip. You can create your own custom, multi-city, multi-country itinerary.
Accessible Journeys

(Handicapped Travel) Worldwide assistance and bookings.


They say they are "The ultimate resource for the independent traveler."  They are a comprehensive, friendly, travel information source covering destinations worldwide.  They have a nice clean user interface.

  The independent travel search engine.
The Independent Traveler An excellent website with invaluable information for independent travelers.  They also have a forum and a newsletter and discount travel for air travel, cruises, car rentals, hotels, rail journeys and vacation packages.
Marco Polo Vacations

They specializes in luxury independent travel. They handle travel arrangements for the rich and famous. 

Packback - The Independent Travel Guide

They are located in London, England and are pioneering on-line resources for independent travel. An excellent site regardless of the country you live in. 

Sheridan's Great Britain and Ireland An excellent website for independent travelers living in Great Britain.
TravelMag A travel magazine for the independent traveler.
Virtual Tourist

Very helpful to independent travelers. You can exchange emails with people in other countries and get destination reports from independent travelers.

Travel Independent Everything you need to know about backpacking.
Backpack Europe On A  Budget

One of the best website for backpackers going to Europe. Oh, to be young again!


Backpacking, student and budget hostels, hotels, Eurail, air fares, budget tips, currency, vaccinations, weather and an extensive list of many useful links.


Independent Travel By Region

Region Google Search Websites
Worldwide Go

Travel Library
Ginz Independent Travel
Travel Notes -Travel Web Ring  These webbings are mostly to independent travelers and backpackers.
Attitude Travel  Independent travel intelligence
Transitions Abroad-Independent Travel 

Africa Go African Safari page on our website.

Goway's Africa
Asia Go

Envoy Travel Online
China Custom Tours

Canada Go First Class Holidays
Caribbean Go Definitive Caribbean
Central America Go Passplanet
Europe Go

Personal Travelogues
Intourist Russia

Latin America Go

Peru Traveller Guide

Mexico Go Our Mexico
Middle East Go Turizm.net
South Pacific Go South Pacific Organizer
United States Go Packback - United States
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