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If you’re going to be traveling, either for business or pleasure, you might as well do it in style. I’ve put together this monster list of travel resources to help you get the most out of your next trip(s). If you’re a frequent flier, you’ll probably want to bookmark this post right now. Planning your honeymoon? Bookmark immediately. Time to take the fam on an awesome vacation? Bookmark-city. Included here are some awesome new tools that can help you save money when you book your trip, find cool people to sit with on your next flight, help you discover fun things to do wherever you go and much, much more. Ever worry about bed bugs? There’s even a link for that here too.
So whether you’re taking a road trip and need to know what kind of exciting things there are to find along the way or you’re headed on an international adventure and need to find a last-minute hotel for the night, this list is definitely going to come in handy for you both now and in the future. Like many posts I write here on DailyTekk, this post is a resource for myself and also for people I know and/or work with. If I missed a great resource, let me know in the comments so I can get it added.
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20 Random and Cool Travel Sites & Services
- rome2rio - Discover how to get anywhere.
- Jetpac - Travel photos, tips and guides from your friends.
- airbnb - Vacation rentals, private rooms, sublets by the night.
- Jetsetter - Great vacations at members-only prices.
- Startle - Expert hotel, restaurant and destination reviews.
- Twigmore - Have friends on the ground wherever you’re heading.
- Travellr - Smart travel answers.
- OnTheWay – Planning a road trip? Find the interesting stuff along the way.
- Triptrotting – Not just another clueless tourist.
- Trippy – A place to share travel ideas with friends.
- CouchSurfing – The world’s largest travel community.
- SocialStay – Text hotels like you would communicate with friends.
- Where I’ve Been – An easy way to share your travels.
- SnappyGo – Travel advisors compete to help you plan your next vacation.
- CheatSpeak - Foreign language phrasebook. Like Wikipedia for language.
- Drungli – Adventure generator for spontaneous people.
- Zetrip – Inspiration for your next vacation.
- Tripping – People to meet, places to stay. Couch surfing and more.
- Topguest – Earn points for sharing travel info with your friends.
- Globetrooper – Find travel partners for group trips.
Activities / Experiences / Things to Do
- gtrot - Find awesome things to do in any city.
- Wanderfly - Discover new experiences based on your interests and budget.
- Goby – 6 million things to do. Everywhere, every time.
- Vayable – Discover unique tours and activities.
- Atlas Obscura - Curious and wondrous travel destinations.
- toour – Plan what to do when you get there.
- Galavantier – Offering unique experience packages. Quality first.
- SideTour – A marketplace for real experiences.
- GuideHop – Jump into the local scene. Local activities marketplace.
- LocalGuiding – Personal tours offered by locals and private tour guides.
- MyGuidie – Hand-picked experiences and activities provided by locals.
- Gidsy – Do something different. Book activities organized by real people.
- TourRadar - 1000′s of tours, safaris, vacations and treks.
- Hopper – Discover destinations using only keywords.
- Political Tours – Current affairs at first hand.
- Roadfood.com – Guide to authentic regional eats, eating tours and more.
iPhone / iPad / Android Travel Apps
- Flight Card - Your boarding pass, reinvented.
- TripIt - Automatic travel itinerary and trip planner.
- Loopt – Be an insider anywhere.
- HotelTonight - Need a hotel, tonight? Get last-minute deals. Up to 75% off.
- Roamz – Be a local. Social goggles for the real world (AR).
- Jets – Flight and seat advisor.
- Uber - Get a private driver hassle-free in many US cities.
- Embark - Mass transit made simple. Tailored maps for big city transit.
- RoomSailor – Set sail, find a room later. Donate to charity.
- Zamp – Discover and connect with others in real-time.
- Urbandig – Find off-the-beaten-path urban experiences.
- TripColor – Social travel sharing and trip blogging on iPhone.
- Mocha - Travel simplified. Sync your travel plans on mobile devices.
- HipGeo - iPhone app for recording your travels.
- Jibbigo - Voice translator apps.
- Kukunu - Plan, create and share your trips.
- Gogobot - Plan the perfect trip. See where your friends have travelled.
- mygola – Get real people to plan your trip.
- TravelMuse – Travel planning made easy.
- Dopplr – Makes your travel planning smarter.
- YourTour - Personal tour planner.
- Plnnr – Plan the perfect trip, automatically.
- Traxo – Your ultimate digital travel wallet.
- Home & Abroad – Personalized trip planing, virtual concierge and more.
- Planapple – An easy and free trip planning tool.
- Trekiz – DIY trip planner. Travel as unique as you think.
- JetZet – Organize. Socialize. Stay informed.
- Tripku - Create your next adventure. Collaborative trip planning.
- TripWiser.com – Road trip planner. Social trip planning network.
- Fathom – Travel guides, blog, tips and more.
- TouristEye - Get inspired, plan, travel. Personalized recommendations.
- Spotted By Locals - Experience cities like a local.
- 10Best – What to know before you go.
- TipList - Beautiful user-created city guides and recommendations.
- tripwolf - A World-wide social travel guide.
- Offbeat Guides – Build your own personalized travel guide.
- NileGuide – Local insight for global travelers.
- Triposo – Free interactive travel guides for mobile devices.
- Wikitravel – Free worldwide travel guides (like Wikipedia for travel).
- GORP – Outdoor travel guides and adventure travel info.
Airfare & Flying
- Superfly – Flight search, reinvented.
- Planely - Meet interesting people on your flights.
- Social Flights - Fill empty seats on private aircraft.
- Yapta – Track flight prices and check for airline refunds.
- @JetBlueCheeps – Great deals on last minute flights every tuesday.
- MileWise – Search flights in cash, miles and points.
- Airfarewatchdog - Airfare deals and cheap flights.
- Skyscanner – Find cheap flights and compare fares.
- First Class Flyer - Unpublished airframes, upgrade strategies and more.
- FlyerTalk - The world’s most popular frequent flyer community.
- LowFares.com – Find super cheap flights.
Newer or Lesser Known Sites
- Hipmunk - Cool flight and hotel search.
- Room 77 – Find the best price on over 120,000 hotels worldwide.
- Soverinn – Connects you with boutique for unparalleled experiences.
- Momondo – Price comparison for flights and more.
- Tripology – Travel specialists plan and book your vacation.
- LetMeGo - Let hotels, b&bs, and vacation rentals compete for your stay.
- IgoUgo – Compare hotel prices, travel reviews, things to do and more.
- Tripbase – Compare rates even if you don’t know where to go.
- StudentUniverse – Smart travel deals for students.
Bigger or More Well Known Sites
Cool Travel Blogs
- AFAR - Where travel can take you.
- Overhead Bin – Getting there is half the fun. From MSNBC.
- Digital Nomad – Travel dispatches from Andrew Evans (Nat. Geo.).
- Stuck In Customs - The #1 travel photography blog.
- Tnooz - Travel technology news and more.
- My Life’s a Trip – A multimedia travel diary.
- Cool Travel Guide – Insights and reflections about cool travel.
Other / Miscellaneous
- Budget Your Trip – Plan and track your travel budget.
- Bed Bug Registry – Check hotels for bed bug sightings.
- Touristlink – Travelers social network.
- The Guide to Sleeping in Airports – Airport reviews.
- A Story Before Bed – Free recordable children’s book for business travelers.
- Joobili – You say when, Joobili says where.
- WAYN – Where are you now? Travel social network.
- Out of Office Ad – Earn money while you’re away. Sell your email auto response.
- Maxroam – Low cost international roaming for cell phones.
- Tripl – Recommended people, not places, for travel.
- myTab – Save up for your dream trip.
- The Bidding Traveler – Better bidding for travel, hotels.
- HomeExchange – Home swap listings.
- CruiseWise – Find and books cruise deals online.
- Flextrip - The world’s largest marketplace for tours and activities.
- DogFriendly.com – Pet travel guides.
- Rentmix - Find vacation rentals by searching multiple sites.
- Wimdu - Apartments and bed and breakfasts.
- HomeAway - Vacation rentals for beach houses, condos and more.