YOU FOLLOW: @smartertravel and @adventuretravel for bulletins on deals, destinations, and gear; @explorersclub and @explorersweb for updates on professional expeditions as they happen; and @worldnomads for a veteran’s smirking perspective on globe-trotting—e.g., “App connects those in need of a bathroom with locals willing to share one (Throne surfing?).”
YOU LIKE: Adventure Journal for its always drool-worthy Weekend Cabin department; the Joy Trip Project for its culling of good-vibes outdoor-film clips, songs, and stories (“Loving Fleet Foxes The Plains/Bitter Dancer from the soundtrack of Sweetgrass Productions film Solitaire”); consumer advocate Christopher James Elliott for his informed postings on travel scams and controversies; New York Times writer and long-haul traveler Nicholas Kristof, who posts behind-the-scenes info about his weekly column; and Steve Fisher, who documents a lifestyle that’s equal parts vagabond and huck doll.
YOU USE: Hipmunk for quick flight and hotel searches; TripIt Pro ($49 annual subscription) to stay on top of fares and flight delays; and GateGuru to make the best of any layover. Your mapping folder includes HG2 for slick city guides, Maplets for access to more than 4,000 local maps worldwide, and AroundMe to locate nearby services like banks, gas stations, and, naturally, bars. PackingPro ($3, and worth every penny) makes sure you always have everything you need, and currency converter GlobeConvert helps you avoid getting fleeced. TruPhone scores you cheap international calls via Wi-Fi ($13 per month, unlimited), plus free Internet calls to other TruPhone, Skype, or GTalk users.
YOU BROWSE: Bing.com/travel for its Price Predictor, which forecasts when airline tickets will be cheapest; Travelzoo.com/airfare for the latest flight deals; and Gtrot.com for travel recommendations plucked from social media. For insight and inspiration: the Art of Non-Conformity blog, by the irreverent Chris Guillebeau, who’s on a quest to visit all of the world’s countries by 2013.