I spent hours looking over the web pages of other travelers, particularly those listed below, who know it or not, inspired me before the trip.
Mike's European Adventure showed me how an everyday guy can have a blast traveling.
His Travelogues Around the World are extensive. I'm not ready for this level yet, but it's good to know there's always more out there... well, maybe not for Sean.
Rick's Europe Through the Back Door made the most profound impact on how I travel. I originally picked up the book to get some ideas on how to make my trip last longer by going budget style. After reading the first half, I felt that traveling low to ground wasn't the way to travel just to make it affordable, but the best way to travel. I highly recommend this book to anyone currious about traveling in this way. You maybe surpised at how some travel philosophy starts playing a role in your everyday life.
Kaaryn's Backpack Europe on a budget site was a helpful planning resource. She's looking to launch a new site about RTW (around the world travel).
Kirsty's Travoholic web site continues to be a great place to learn about hostels.