For those interested in the world of long-term travel we’ve put together a list of links with stories and information on big trips:

Brook’s blog – While shooting A MAP FOR SATURDAY, director Brook Silva-Braga kept a blog of his adventures. Many of the entries mirror stories and characters that appear in the film. He also kept a blog during his more recent Africa adventure.

Candy from Strangers – Malena won our essay contest and is using her free around-the-world ticket to explore the world through the lens of candy production and consumption.

Start Backpacking – Tips and advice on planning your own adventure.

Travel Independent – Another impressive how-to resource especially tailored to first-tme backpackers.

Thorn Tree – Lonely Planet’s message board is a top source for travel information, especially for long-term, budget trips.

BootsnAll Travel – Another dense source of information for independent travelers.

Hostelz – Hostel reviews, information and booking for more than 22,000 hostels worldwide.

Hostelling International-USA – HI runs hostels around the world, the US branch sponsored our around-the-world ticket contest..