Blogs I read and follow and love:
Sam in South America (my own blog from my South America trip in 2011)
The Global Bookshelf – travel book resource galore!
Bay Area Hiker – great resource for local Bay Area hikes, sorted by difficulty and favorites
Boots ‘n All – “one stop indie travel guide” with lots of travel inspiration and tips
Matador Network – Another inspirational website with helpful articles on destinations and the art of travel and travel writing
Volunteer South America – for free and low-cost volunteer opportunities in Latin America
Lonely Planet – Yes, it’s on the beaten path as far as guidebooks go, but I find their website helpful for itinerary suggestions, maps, reviews, and travel inspiration
Trip Advisor – This is a powerful tool in trip planning. I always read reviews before I book anywhere.