The Worlds Top Travel Websites

The World’s Top Travel Websites


Skyscanner

A useful tool for finding the cheapest flights, Skyscanner compares airfares with its easy-to-use flight finder search engine. Users can filter search results in a number of ways including preferred airline, flight duration and departure time. It is possible to compare fares for an entire month or find the cost of flying to anywhere in a specified country.

Tingo

This money-saving site automatically rebooks you at a lower rate if your hotel drops its price, sending the refund back to your credit card. Tingo also monitors rates of other rooms in your hotel so that if a better room becomes available at a lower price, the site will automatically switch your room, taking advantage of the free upgrade.

Seat Guru

A go-to resource for savvy flyers, Seat Guru gives people the chance to find the most comfortable seat for their upcoming flight. With seat maps and flight searches, users can view a colour-coded seating chart of a specific aircraft and read consumer reviews of the best – and worst – seats on the plane.

Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is one of the world’s largest travel sites, enabling travellers to read customer reviews of accommodation, restaurants, bars and attractions around the world. The site contains more than 200 million reviews, as well as consumer picture galleries, links to booking websites and its famous Travellers’ Choice awards.

Lonely Planet

Having printed more than 120 million books in 11 different languages, it is fair to say Lonely Planet is the world’s most successful travel publisher. As well as offering users a choice of more than 500 travel titles covering 195 countries, the website also offers inspiration for travellers – from road trips and sightseeing tours to budget travel and wildlife. Users can also check the Thorn Tree travel forum to consult with a community of independent travellers, sharing advice on destinations in every corner of the planet.

Last Minute

Designed to help holidaymakers find five-star experiences at three-star prices, Last Minute is packed with great value deals on hotels, flights, spas, entertainment and theatre trips. The site’s ‘Top Secret Hotel’ function gives users a discount of up to 35 per cent on luxury hotels in prime locations.

The Man in Seat 61

For those who would prefer to travel the world by train or ferry, the Man in Seat 61 is the perfect place to plan a trip. By clicking on a country users can discover how to reach different cities and towns by rail, how to book tickets, find the estimated cost of their journey and view timetables. It also has tips on booking hotels, useful tourist information and a comprehensive list of rail websites around the world.

Rough Guides

The travel guide publisher has become known for its ‘tell it like it is’ accessible and contemporary writing. The Rough Guides website is full to the brim of beautiful photos and guides to destinations as well as inspiring articles, travel offers and a community where travellers can share their own advice.

Weather 2 Travel

For people seeking the sun, Weather 2 Travel is a handy way to find their ideal destination at any time of year. The website gives detailed climate information about any location, from the current conditions and forecasts for the following day, to the average humidity and sea temperatures for any month of the year. Users can search for a perfect holiday location by choosing their ideal weather conditions using the site’s handy ‘destination finder’.

Secret Escapes

For people seeking low cost luxury, Secret Escapes negotiates exclusive rates at handpicked hotels around the world. Users can get up to 70 per cent off the normal price in exchange for filling an empty room. The site also offers members-only rates if travellers sign up to a free email newsletter.

Airbnb:

Launched in 2008,Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to discover unique, low-cost accommodation around the world. Now a global phenomenon, the site has more than 300,000 listings in 192 countries. Users can choose from a huge range of accommodation from spare rooms, guesthouses and apartments to villas, treehouses and shepherd huts.

i-escape

Described as the home of hip hideaways,i-escape aims to help travellers find and book boutique accommodation in the world’s most beautiful and interesting destinations.The site includes photos and detailed descriptions of properties, reviews from trusted writers and rates throughout the season. Prices range from mid-range to high-price luxury but the site also offers discounts and offers.

CDC Travel Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a must-visit website for trustworthy travel health advice. Users can select a destination and type of trip to view the vaccines and medicines that are advised for their travels. The site also offers advice on staying healthy and safe abroad, healthy travel packing lists for each country and travel health notices for the region.

Hostel World

Hostel World’s simplesearch engine allows users to compare an enormous selection of accommodation in nearly every city, town and village a backpacker could want to visit. Users are able to filter results by date, property and room type, facilities and even payment type and organise results into availability, price, user rating or name.

iFly

iFly is the largest online resource of worldwide airport information. The site contains everything a traveller might need for navigating through and between commercial airports. From booking and tracking flights to finding somewhere to eat at a connecting terminal, iFly aims to take the stress out of air travel.

Oyster

A holiday booking site that aims to provide an honest look at hotels around the world. Independent reviewers have visited every hotel on the site and post ‘photo fakeout’ comparison pictures alongside the official brochure images. Users can search destination and select from collections like ‘best value’ or ‘best luxury’.

Travellers Point

With more than 30,000 blogs and 1.4 million photos Travellers Point is a useful first port of call for people planning a trip. The site includes a feature for booking hotels, a route planner and a widget to help users set up their own travel blog.

Gogobot

Designed with the aim of making the planning process fun, Gogobot has been described as the ‘Facebook of travel websites’. The site brings travellers together while allowing users to plan their dream trip. The ‘tribe’ section divides users into categories such as ‘spiritual seekers’, ‘outdoor enthusiasts’ and ‘vegetarian’ so visitors can find kindred spirits.

Adioso

A website for people looking to book a flight and can be flexible with their dates. Users can utilise the Adiosoflight search engine filters to select a destination and budget to search for fares, as well as setting up email alerts for when the price drops.

Gadling

From articles on wing-suit diving toAustria’s best bakeries, Gadling is the home of quirky travel news. Articles are categorised by country as well as topics including budget travel, travel tech, arts and culture and more.

Hipmunk

Created by a co-founder of Reddit, Hipmunk is a travel logistics website that shows flight search engine results on a timeline and hotels on a map. The site claims to offer the most comprehensive travel search, comparing results from top travel sites.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

For travellers with a bigger budget, Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a collection of unique, beautiful and boutique accommodation. Members are given extra perks including free upgrades and late check-ins.

Airline Meals

With pictures from almost 650 airlines, Airline Meals gives users a flavor of the types of meals on offer on flights, in different classes and in airport lounges. People can even upload photos of meals from past flights, with images going back to the 1950s.

The Hotel Guru

Unlike many hotel websites The Hotel Guru aims to make things simpler for travellers by cherry-picking what they consider the best on offer at any given destination. A unique ‘Ask the Guru’ service allows users to get in touch with a team of hotel critics and holiday experts who help tailor results to the users’ needs. As well as a standard destination search The Hotel Guru also has a ‘collections’ page with articles to inspire the reader, for example ‘Best US & European Rooftop Bars’.

501 Places

A blog by freelance writer Andy Jarosz and freelance photographer SameenaJarosz. The non-commercial travel site is self-funded and contains hundreds of fascinating blog posts and beautiful photographs making it ideal for travel enthusiasts.

Green Traveller

This site is packed with holiday ideas for environmentally conscious travellers. Every holiday on the site can be reached by ferry, train or coach, and has been researched and written by a team of expert travel journalists.

Planapple

A site for organisedtravellers, Planapple is designed to help holidaymakers plan and collect information about their holiday with one easy-to-use tool. Creator and programmer, Pete Rice, came up with the idea in 2009 after researching a trip with his wife. As well as making the planning process easier, Planapple also allows users to send their plans to a smartphone or tablet and share recommendations with friends.

Tripomatic

A new type of sightseeing travel guide. Tripomatic allows users to build up their dream itinerary by picking from attractions in more than 400 destinations worldwide. Also available as an app, trips are automatically synced to the website and can be edited online.

Holiday Pad

Created for people who aren’t sure where their next journey will take them, Holiday Pad is bursting with ideas for exciting new destinations. The team behind the site scours the world for the hottest new places, showcasing weird and wonderful holidays alike.

Welcome Beyond

A luxury hotel website that handpicks original small hotels and holiday rentals. Founded by two Berlin-based brothers the site is brimming with quirky, rustic and exclusive accommodation. There is even a helpline so users can speak to an expert over the phone.

Camp in my Garden

Ideal for people seeking accommodation during a big event, Camp in my Garden is the first online garden camping community. Members can list their gardens as a campsite for free as well as bookinga site to stay in.  The standard varies from basic to ‘glamping’ – glamorous camping – and a rating and reviewing system lets campers know what they’re in for.

Couchsurfing

A great way to meet the locals, Couchsurfing is allows people to stay for free in homes around the world. After becoming part of the community and setting up a profile, Couchsurfers can doss down on sofas, in spare beds, and on the floors of community members’ homes for very little cost, whilst gaining a local’s knowledge of their city or town.

Work Away

For those who don’t mind volunteering to earn their keep, Work Away is a great way for travellers to see the world whilst keeping costs low. Choosing from the website’s extensive ‘host list’, users can find information about the location, work duties, accommodation and read reviews from other Work Away users. Volunteers can also be rated by their hosts after their trip is complete.

WWOOF

Members can find placements in exchange for graft on organic farms around the world. Users are usually offered free accommodation and board in beautiful locations including Hawaii, Uganda and Ecuador, as well as Europe and Australia.

In Your Pocket

For those who like to get off the beaten track, In Your Pocket contains essential city guides to European cities and is especially useful for finding weird and wonderful places to eat, sleep and be entertained.

Responsible Travel

The home of conscientious travel inspiration, Responsible Travel is a holiday-booking site that puts the emphasis on grassroots initiatives and local providers in beautiful locations around the world. Companies recommended by Responsible Travel are screened for their commitment to responsible tourism.

Rent a Local Friend

A site that connects people who love to travel with those who have an interesting story to tell about their city. The community was set up with the aim of spreading local knowledge that could not be found in a guidebook. The friend will customise an itinerary – for a price – according to the visitor’s interests and show them the sights.

Hotel Chatter

A daily web-based magazine chronicling hotel stories around the world. From hotel deals and reviews, industry news, tips for booking online to which celebrities are staying where, Hotel Chatter is a good place to go to get the latest on a hotel before you book.

Meet Plan Go

A leading career break website, Meet Plan Go aims to encourage and teach people how to travel the world without damaging their careers. Users can research how to successfully leave their jobs, find inspiration and speak to other like-minded community members.

Globorati

Packed with aspirational holiday ideas, Globorati is the home of everything new in luxury travel. Users are able to search by interest, destination, or view ‘dreamlists’ with photographs and information about the world’s most beautiful locations.

Tnooz

The site that contains everything you could ever need to know about the latest advances in travel technology. With articles on everything from voice-activated flight searches to the latest travel apps, Tnooz is a great site for tech-savvy travellers who like to stay ahead of the game.

Lecool

One of the best websites on the web for finding arts events in some of the world’s hippest cities. Lecool is a comprehensive collection of events from clubbing to pop-up art installations in London, Barcelona, Vienna, Budapest Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Moscow and Istanbul.

Much Better Adventures

An ethical travel-planning site that rates companies according to their eco-values. Much Better Adventures offers a host of skiing, cycling and road biking holidays with specialist independent operators who are vetted by the site.

Mr and Mrs Smith

A website created with couples in mind, Mr and Mrs Smith rounds up and checks out romantic boutique hotels from around the world. The site gives users a glimpse of what the hotel is like before they book –from what room to ask for, to the best picnic spots.

Eater

For foodies visiting the USA, Eater is a must-visit website. Users can view maps of where to eat as well as read reviews and features about restaurants in cities across the country.

Roadtrippers

Powered by a team of travel writers and local experts, Roadtrippers is a thorough database of more than 100,000 places. Users can plan their perfect road trip using its planning features, get a fuel cost estimation, save their favourite places and read destination guides.

Skypicker

This simple flight search engine is great for holidaymakers who need to cut costs and don’t mind which airport to fly from or to. Users can select a ‘from’ and ‘to’ country and Skypicker will search for the cheapest airfares in and out of all airports.

Context Travel

A website offering guided tours with a difference. Context Travel’s experts are academics who are passionate about their field of research. Users can search for walks by selecting a city and date and be presented with a list of ‘walking seminars’ to choose from.

The Festival Calendar

For travellers to Europe, The Festival Calendar is packed with interesting arts and culture, music, comedy and food festivals held throughout the continent. With everything from make-your-own cosmetics workshops to German rock music festivals, there is something for any sightseer on this site.

Spotted by Locals

This website aims to keep ahead of the guidebooks with city guides with insider tips from local people in 61 cities. The guides have tips on the top bars, restaurants and events and are available in PDF format or as a free smartphone app.

The Bald Hiker

An extremely comprehensive blog by travel writer Paul Steele and his friends. The blog is packed with interesting tales from weird and wonderful places around the world as well as beautiful photographs and tips and tricks for backpackers.

Scribol

A beautiful and eclectic collection of travel photography and articles. The website also has sections on pop culture, technology and sports but its travel section has posts on everything from an island that has been taken over by cats to a list of the ten craziest roads on earth.

Travelfish

This comprehensive guide to South East Asia was launched in 2004 to help travellers get the most out of their visit. The site contains detailed guides to each country as well as advice on planning and preparation and a forum where users can discuss their upcoming trips and impart their wisdom to fellow travellers.

XE

A very simple but useful site that gives instant currency conversions both on the web and on your phone. The simple tool allows users to enter an amount and convert one currency to another. There is also information on rates and up-to-date market analysis for different regions.

Skift

For hardcore travel enthusiasts, Skift has breaking news on just about every travel related topic imaginable. Users can check its daily coverage of the global travel industry or sort them by destination.

Accuweather

More than a billion people check Accuweather every day to get accurate up-to-date weather forecasts. The site provides minute-by-minute forecasts and covers every longitude and latitude on earth, giving holidaymakers the best chance of packing the right clothing and equipment for their trip.

Stay 4 Free

A great way to see a new place without forking out for pricey accommodation, Stay 4 Free is one of the most popular home-swap websites on the web. There is no time limit on how long families can swap homes for, whether it’s one week or 12 months, making it an ideal site for people wanting to make a big change without the hassle of finding a new house.

We Love 2 Ski

A skiing site created by specialist travel writers. We Love 2 Ski has information about ski resorts, snow forecasts, ski clothing and equipment, and the latest ski holiday deals and offers.

Just Park

A simple concept, park at my house allows users to rent a driveway or garage for a given length of time in more than 10,000 locations around the world. All that is required is a location and date to find the perfect parking space.

Globe Trooper

Solo travel can be daunting, so Globe Trooper aims to unite groups of travellers looking for company on their trip of a lifetime. The site allows people to design their ideal itinerary and invite people to join them or alternatively sign up to someone else’s tour. It is also packed with travel inspiration for people who aren’t sure where they want to go.

The Posh Packer

For people seeking boutique accommodation on a tight budget, The Posh Packer is brimming with unusual and quirky hotels and hostels in five continents, allcosting under $100 a night.

Global Help Swap

Whilst many sites offering volunteering placements charge thousands of pounds for the experience, Global Help Swap’s placements are all free or low cost. Launched in 2012, the site aims to help users connect with ‘hosts’ all over the world who are advised to offer free food and accommodation in exchange for 20-25 hours of work a week.

Hotels We Love

Covering 11 world cities, Hotels We Love launched in July 2013 with a ‘less is more’ attitude. The simple-to-use site lets users choose a city from a menu and select ‘Think’ ‘Play or ‘Sleep’ for information on books, films, music, art, events and a selection of places to stay in the region.

Kangaride

Hitchhiking is becoming increasingly popular amongst backpackers with sites like Kangaride providing a safe way to hitch a lift. Drivers can advertise a spare seat on the site, making it a very cheap way for travellers to get from city to city. Whilst Kangaride was designed for the US and Canada, there arehundreds of similar sites around the world including BlaBla Car in Europe and Go Get Car Share in Australia.

Eat With

A delicious way for holidaymakers to meet and eat with local people in more than 150 cities.  Eat With hosts range from professional chefs to home cooks and are interviewed before being featured on the site. Hosts have profiles with listings of upcoming events and guests can leave a review of their host.

Vayable

An innovative site that allows people to buy and sell ‘experiences’. From a running tour of New York City to a ninja training tour of Tokyo, users can find quirky and cool experiences either by searching for a specific city or browsing by interest.

Trover

For people who like to go off the beaten path, Trover is a great way for adventure-lovers to share stories and tips with their fellow travellers. Users can enter a destination into the simple search engine to explore beautiful photographs from people who have visited the region.

Nomadic Matt

One of the most popular travel blogs on the internet, Nomadic Matt is full of tips, tricks and inspiration for backpackers. Matt has been travelling the world since 2006 and his aim is to show visitors to the site that it is possible to sustain long-term travel on a tight budget.

World Route Planner

Using Google Maps, World Route Planner is a way for drivers to plan their route from A to B. The simple site also has a flight search engine, a hotel booking search engine, a daylight map of the world and time zone information.

Date posted: 21st March, 2015

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