Top travel websites that every good traveller should now

Top travel websites that every good traveller should now
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What websites and resources do you normally use when before and during your trip? The available resources are continuously growing, so what are the choices?

Multiple resources per travel phase or stage

Most people use multiple resources during the different phases of the trip, as there is no single travel app or website that gives you everything. Or maybe there are some, but there is no clear winner, or they are not good enough in all aspect of a trip.

Let’s divide the trip into a few phases:

Plan

This is where we start looking for options, mostly destinations, dates, companions, and sometimes reviews as well. Advanced travellers may look for weather forecast and more.

Blogs are an important part of this stage, as we want to see pictures, read recommendations and evaluate options. If we travel with more people, we sometimes want to share part of the research. And there is no clear winner here.

Have you found yourself taking and sending a screenshot with a flight or a hotel? I don’t think there are enough tools to provide all this at the moment. Everybody knows the importance of social networks, but the key players in the industry do not seem to provide the right tools.

Tripadvisor.com seems to be leading the reviews World still, but Google is approaching super fast.

Search

This is a key phase and there are plenty of players trying to win. The meta-search business is turning into sales, so websites that only used to search and redirect are now merchants.

There seems to be a high percentage of travellers that start looking for flights when they don’t know where and when. Websites such as Skyscanner.net and Kayak.com now let you search without a date and a destination, so guiding you in this phase quite well. Google is also becoming a big player here, and we all know that when it comes to search nobody will have the courage to confront them.

Booking.com is still the leader in hotels, with the largest inventory in the World. Many people use other resources to buy such as Expedia.com, but when it comes to search Booking seems to be the reference site.

Buy

And at some point, we need to make decisions, and the worst part: we need to pay.

But even this phase can be complex for some people. Some websites offer the possibility to pay in multiple currencies from multiple locations, and advanced travellers see a possibility here. This is now a technique called Resident Fares.

Online or mobile banking can also be important here, as they offer accounts in multiple currencies, good rates and minimum or zero commissions or fees. In our post “Best Free Cards for Travel” we detailed some of these benefits.

Travel

Travel time! Now the resources that are normally used are different.

Travel cards are essential here. Everyday cards (from standard banks) have a lot of hidden charges, such as foreign transaction fees (“non-sterling”, if your account is from the UK), cash withdrawal fees and interest charges even if you pay off in full your credit card bill. Moreover, banks and credit cards normally give you very bad exchange rates. In our post “Best Free Cards for Travel” we listed some of the best ones.

Reviews, blogs and especially maps are important in this phase. Our Best Travel Apps post shows the most useful apps while you are travelling.

Best Travel Websites/Apps

This is our selection of websites for travellers, grouped by categories:

Accommodation / Hotels

Flights / Airports

Information

Rent A Car / Airport Transfers

Restaurants

  • Quandoo Find and book your table at the best restaurants worldwide

Reviews

  • Tripadvisor.com 435 million+ unbiased traveller reviews (you can now book tours and hotels as well!)

Tours

  • Viator.com Find and book the best tours everywhere
  • GetYourGuide: Book ticket for top attractions around the World
  • Klook: Discover and book experiences in Asia
  • Tiqets: Tickets to culture and entertainment from your smartphone. No printing, no waiting.
  • UrbanAdventures.com Day and short tours
  • TourRadar.com Search, compare and book tours
  • Voyage-prive.com Good deals and packages on quality holidays and luxury trips

Trip Planner / Itinerary

Weather

Additional travel tips and recommendations

  • I strongly recommend Skyscanner for searching both cars and flights. I always find the best prices for both.
  • We also recommend Quidco, which gives you cash-back when you buy from most of the travel vendors above. This referral link gives you £5 already.
  • For a selection of mobile applications, visit our Best Travel Apps post.


NOTE: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.

One Reply to “Top travel websites that every good traveller should now”

  1. This is good list, thanks for writting . I can suggest to add on Trip Planner/Itinerary section one very good website: https://tripplannera.com/

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