During our research, our trip, and after we returned home, we learnt that there are many fantastic resources on the web to help travellers. It would take forever to list all of those that we found, so here are the persistent favourites that we visited regularly.
Health warning: Many of these sites will make your feet itch!
Vagabonding.com is our all time favourite travelogue. Mike Pugh created an extraordinary tale of his travels around the world. We saw Mike's site before we left the UK, when he was in the middle of his trip, and aspired to have a website even 10% as good. Lots of videos and plenty of out of the ordinary views of travel. How about his Bangkok street food story? And why didn't I take a video of the street traffic in Saigon?
The Thorntree is Lonely Planet's contribution to the online traveller community. And they have a whole topic devoted to travelling with children in Kids to Go. If you're just starting, you'll find people have asked, and had answered, many of your questions. And if you have a burning specific question that you just need to know, then ask away - somebody's bound to know the new telephone number of Abdul's Chalets on Perhentian Cecil in Malaysia.
Bootsnall is a similar website, and has more depth of information, as well as a nicer design.
Travel for Kids is a website that gives lots of general info about travelling with children, whether it's for a short haul holiday or a looong trip.
There are lots of websites for hostel information. I think that they're a bit of a personal choice, so I'll just point you to two we used. Hostelworld had a clever rating system for hostels, whereas Hostelz lets you take a look inside. By the way, if 'hostels' to you means the kind of place that throws you outside from 10am to 4pm, makes you do a daily chore, and sounds less attractive than a park bench, then you ain't seen what's happened to them! BugPacific is a great hostel guide for Oz, New Zealand and the Pacific islands.
We created our website initially using Blogger, and then made it look smarter using Dreamweaver. The great thing about Blogger is that you can update your website from any Internet Cafe in the world, but if you want to get smart with photos and stuff, then you'll need to have a laptop or the kind of Internet Cafe that lets you download your camera, and has software to change picture sizes etc.
And finally, to read our columns published in the TES, about using ICT to support learning while we were away, pop across to the TES website