As I was going through a few things from our travels, I realized that putting together a list of websites and resources that we found helpful might be a good idea. Some of the websites below are great for travel anywhere and could be useful for any future trips.
*anything that is orange and italicized is a link - the link(s) will open in a new page
Flights, Hotels, Camping & General Info:
Google maps: this is just like ... duh. Not only was it handy to look on the website prior to heading out for the day, but if you have the google app on your phone you can download and save the directions (in case you don't have service/wifi), making for a much easier day out!
Local or Home Currency? : A great Forbes article on whether to pay in the local or your home currency when travelling - a question I was trying to answer for years before finding this article.
Thrifty Nomads : I find myself using this website more and more with every trip. Tons of useful, well researched, and well written articles on travel all over the world. Will forever be in my "bookmarked" pages.
RBC Rewards: obviously only handy for those that are with RBC and are looking to use their points!
101 Free (or nearly) Things To Do On Oahu: A wide range of great activities on the island! Whether you're a first timer or a regular visitor, lots of options to check out!
Spaceships Aus: Thinking about how you're going to get around Aus? Spaceships might just be the answer you're looking for.
Spaceships Camping: By far one of the best resources we came across. Great reviews, lots of info (wifi spots, camping locations, showers, etc.), and will most likely save your life once or twice! This link takes you to the Spaceship Aus app - but we also used the Spaceship NZ app as well. Worth a download even if you're not using a Spaceship.
A recently written guide on travelling through NZ, making all of the info applicable for trips happening in the near future : The Ultimate New Zealand Travel Guide
Japan Rail Pass: Is It Worth The Cost?: Prior to heading to Japan we were really conflicted over the JR pass, "Do we buy? Do we not buy? Is it worth it?" constantly tossing these questions up in the air, because it is expensive. This website was invaluable for us, and if you're planning a trip to Japan any time soon, it might just answer all of your questions as well!
Two Day Itinerary-Osaka: When you only have two days in a city, it's important to take advantage of all that you can! We found this to be a well thought out itinerary for Osaka and completed most of it ourselves (with the exception of the beer tour).
Kyoto For First Timers: Helpful when planning your first trip to Kyoto.
Boutique Japan: If you have a bit more time and money to spend, I would have a look at this blog. While we were able to check out some of the ideas, this blog already has me planning our next trip to Japan (this time, with more time and money!)
So there you have it - lots of info to filter through and digest. If I think of more I'll be adding them here, so feel free to check back from time to time and see if anything has been added. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to ask away in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and happy planning : )