“Homepage” should introduce the concept of budget travel, display a clipping of public itineraries and blogs, and direct people to become members and either create their own trips or browse through other people’s trips and volunteer opportunities. Should have a focus on the global aspect of the site with the ability to link to global regions and corresponding information for that region.
“Create Itinerary” page will allow users to create their travel plans. Start/end dates. Whether dates are specific or flexible. Locations they are visiting. What kind of trip it is (bicycle across S. America or public transport through southern Africa). Whether the travelers are looking for travel partners or not and how many they are looking for. The estimated costs and difficulty. A detailed description of the intended trip. What kind of volunteer opportunities they are looking for during their trip.
“Find Itinerary” page should display public itineraries. It should be able to be filtered by location and/or trip concept (biking, backpacking, climbing, rail, etc.) and/or volunteer work, if any, being pursued. It should display key aspects of the trip along with pictures.
“Blogs” page should display snippets of available blogs. It should allow blogs to be displayed by location (continent, major countries, etc.) and/or by major subject matter (travel experiences, travel advice, technology related, volunteer opportunities/experience, etc.) Possibly a tag cloud letting visitors browse blogs by related tags.
“Research” page should introduce the world and allow a breakdown into further and further detail (continents, countries, locations within countries, details about those locations, etc.) These pages will hold text about each layer of detail. They will be cross-linked to the “Create Itinerary” page to allow users to add locations to their itinerary, to the “Blogs” page to allow user submitted blogs be added to location information, and to the “Find Itinerary” page to allows users to see active trips in that location. Should provide for easy navigation up and down the detail levels.