If you’re someone who loves to travel, you probably have a host of bookmarked websites you rely on to help you score amazing airline deals, reserve nice but affordable hotels or apartment rentals and lock in unbelievable, once-in-a-lifetime adventures. We’ve got to hand it to you: It sounds like you know your stuff. But in this world we live in, new and innovative websites, especially ones involving travel, pop up every day. In other words, there may be several travel sites out there you’ve yet to tap into. To help you out and ensure that you make the most of your upcoming adventures, we’re sharing some of the travel sites we think are top of the line.
This metasearch engine is essentially a streamlined Google search for all your travel needs. It pulls together all of the competing travel sites—Expedia, Kayak, CheapAir, etc.—and shows you the very best prices available. It then sends you to those sites to finish up your booking. Sometimes the airline or hotel itself offers the cheapest price, in which case Skyscanner will send you directly to them. Easy peasy!
2. Nomad List
This crowdsourcing database specializes in helping you choose the right country, city or town to visit next. How? By the second, the website collects more than 250,000 data points on more than 1,000 cities worldwide, including things like cost of living, average and current temperatures and more. Their goal is to give travelers a more thorough understanding and clearer expectations of the places they intend to visit or, perhaps, live.
As many companies do, BlaBlaCar began as a startup. It was founded by a French 20-something who was trying to get home to his family in the countryside for Christmas. But when all of the trains were booked and he had no car, he ran into a bit of a predicament—one that thousands of folks find themselves in all the time. That’s where the idea to start BlaBlaCar was born. The company, which has been up and running for over a decade, is now the world’s leading carpooling platform, connecting millions of people going to the same places.
You might be familiar with this chic and content-driven service from its daily Instagram posts of some of the most jaw-dropping travel destinations in the world. Well, they offer far more than #views from afar. Indagare is an actual service that helps you plan and book awe-inspiring trips to places you’ve dreamed of visiting—or perhaps never knew you someday would! With a paid membership, you get tailor-made trips designed to your interests and travel style by their well-vetted team of travel pros, preferred bookings (yep—discounts on hotels, flights, you name it) and more.
Foodies: Meet your new favorite travel site. Eatwith is the world’s largest community for authentic food experiences with actual locals in the areas in which you’re traveling. They connect you with hosts in over 130 countries who are open to cooking for you—or with you! Imagine attending an elegant dinner party in a Parisian home or whipping up an Italian feast with a Roman family. So cool, right?
If saving time and money is on your agenda when it comes to planning trips around the world, we recommend you add Hipmunk to your bookmarks. It’s one of the most comprehensive travel searches out there, combining everything from flights, trains and charter flights to vacation rentals and hotels. You can browse their site or use their app to score great deals on top travel sites.