From hotel booking to cheap flights, from last minute itinerary changes to train routes… things can make you crazy unless you know where to look for the most trusted advice. Check out this list of 30 most useful travel websites which can save you thousands of dollars of your hard-earned money and also make you a smarter traveler.
Essential Travel Websites
1. AirBnB – You can stay in rented rooms in over 34,000 cities and 190 countries or you can rent out your own room to make some quick cash. The best place to find cheap stay.
2. Couchsurfing – Another big site where you can find someone who has a room or couch available for you, free of cost. Or you can offer your extra couch to others too.
3. Last Minute – All last-minute airfare, hotel, attractions, and packages in one database. If you want to book a vacation for this weekend or grab a flight for tomorrow, start your search here for the best prices on last-minute deals.
4. Home Exchange – This site lets you put your house on a listing to exchange it for a time being for someone else’s. Although a paid site, but free trial available.
5. Hostelz – A heaven for backpackers and budget travelers where you can find many great deals on accommodation with zero booking fees.
6. Hostelworld – Another easy-to-use website that has a compiled list of hostels, hotels, home stays and bed and breakfasts for those of you who are looking for cheap rooms around the world.
7. Hotwire – Get up to 60% off of hotels and 40% off of flights. You can find cheap hotels, cars, and flights and if you bundle them, it’s even cheaper.
8. Kayak – This website compares hundreds of travel sites at one time and in one location. Worth a look, before you book your next international flights.
9. Orbitz – You can find deals on hotels, flights, cars, activities, and cruises here. Check out ‘Hot Deals’ section for finding unbeatable, real cool prices on hotels.
10. Skyscanner – Similar to Kayak, they compare flights, hotels, and car rentals to find the cheapest deals.
11. SeatGuru – Database of airplane seat configurations by airline. You can get diagrams with notes on where the good (and bad) seats are on the plane. You can see a layout of where the galley is (get your food faster) and where the bathrooms are (stay far away).
12. Eurail – Book passes to travel by train around Europe. They have trains in 24 different countries and you can buy passes for up to 3 months at a time. Check out the different prices for Youth, Adult, and Families.
13. Eurolines – Super easy interface to use but sadly limited to Europe and UK only.
14. Megabus – Located in Europe, United States and Canada this website is to find and book trips via bus. Huge network of routes which are all available in multiple languages.
15. Urban Rail – They map out all of the train courses in hundreds of countries. They break down each city and give great train information about the different lines.
16. Lonely Planet – The king of guides, they offer great online and print guides that cover cultural tips, activities, maps, and so much more. Expensive but useful.
17. TripAdvisor – Best free option for guides and reviews. Get all your answers for what to see, where to eat & what to skip here on this site. Don’t forget to check the honest reviews by other travelers before you book your next tour, hotel or attraction. Android application also available free.
18. VirtualTourist – A great website interface that has guides all around the world. Their guides are completely free and include activities, nightlife, hotels, customs, transportation and more.
19. Viator – Check this out for an expert advice on places to go and things to do. Their main priority is budget travel.
20. WikiTravel – Like Wikipedia.org for locales. Free, complete, and reliable worldwide travel guide written by actual travelers. Great resource for learning about your destination cities before you start planning a trip.
21. RoadJunky – is a good site for the ‘hardcore’ people. It covers all the things Lonely Planet hasn’t got the balls to go anywhere near including some interesting destinations and a hippy perspective on everything from finding work, travelling on a budget, to sex, drugs and love on the road
22. Bed Bug FAQ – If you’re worried about running into bed bugs and don’t know how to deal with them, this is your place. Learn the tips on how to stay safe and avoid the annoying little things!
23. HelpX.net – is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
24. WWOOF – Wwoofing!!! This has become something of a phenomenon and a godsend to people who want to see the world on limited funds. It’s a network offering volunteering opportunities on organic farms all over the world. In return for your volunteer help you get accommodation and food, as well a chance to learn about organic farming.
25. XE.com – XE is the world’s favorite provider of Internet foreign exchange tools and services.
26. TripIt – Keep every last confirmation number, arrival time, and prepaid reservation fee straight. TripIt consolidates every important detail of your vacation into a single handy document, which you can access on the go via laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Just forward each email receipt from booking a flight, hotel, rental car, or cruise to your TripIt account, and the site will cull and compile the flight numbers, gate information, and other relevant items so you never show up in the wrong place at the wrong time—or with the wrong confirmation code in hand.
27. ProjectVisa.com – The aim of Projectvisa.com is to share visa and travel information for all people from all countries.
28. Onebag.com – There’s no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes. Thus this website, which offers exhaustive (some might say exhausting!) detail on the art and science of travelling light
29. WorldTimeZone.com – With the aid of an interactive map, it provides a simple way to find out the local time anywhere in the world.
30. Fest 300 – Cool site with an exhaustive list of festivals and events all over the world, from the weird to the wonderful to the truly bizarre, it’s all here.
Do you have any helpful or fun travel websites that you use that didn’t make this list? Let other travelers know in the comment section!