The internet is a modern day resource for us travellers that provides us with a priceless and almost endless ability to book, research and plan out our trips. There are so many websites out there however and as helpful as they all are it is sometimes hard to sift through to find the best ones! As travellers with a mild internet addiction (understatement!) and ones who regularly use the internet to assist with our travels here are the ones we find to be the most useful!
An invaluable resource that we also included on our list of best mobile phone apps. This website allows you to comprehensively search the web for the best flight deals. Here you can choose to search for the cheapest destinations from your starting point, find the cheapest month to travel in and have the flexibility to find the best deals on worldwide flights.
Google flights comes in handy in a few ways. Firstly it acts as a search engine much in the same way as SkyScanner allowing you to find flights via a variety of different criteria as well as allowing you to discover cheap destinations.
The other great feature on Google Flights is the ability for the website to link up to your gMail account and display all your upcoming itineraries and flights in one place. For frequent travellers in particular this can be a real time saver!
An old favourite of ours many of our most memorable trips have been planned on Trip Advisor. Not only can you use it as another resource to check prices on flights, hotels and also package holidays the feature we love the most is the “things to do in…”. The great thing about Trip Advisor is that the top recommendations for each city come from reviews and feedback of other travellers rather than writers or people with an agenda. There are also lists put together by other travellers of their favourite spots, we have used Trip Advisor to find many great places to visit.
Another amazing resource from one of the most well known travel guides in the world. Not only are their printed guides a great way to discover more about your destination but their website has plenty of free information too. On this website you can find guides for almost any city, find tours, tips, news and also endless inspiration from which to plan your travels around. You can also buy guides direct from Lonely Planet, book trusted tours and accommodation too.
As frequent hostel dwellers we use Hostel World for the majority of our bookings. Not only does this site have the largest pool of hostels from which to pick from but you can also book budget hotels and apartments through this site too. Reviews are some of the most honest and trust worthy around too and the most useful feature for us is the ability to put just a 10% deposit down on all reservations. As budget travellers this means we can risk a very small amount of money on reserving a room. Alongside each reservation you also get a free downloadable guide to your destination!
Another site that allows you to search for the best deals out there for flights, hostels, holidays and more. We have managed to bag some great accommodation on here that otherwise would have been way out of our price range. Despite the name you also don’t always have to be on the last minute to get the best deals, the site has offers available from hours to months before travel.
Rome 2 Rio
Trying to figure out how to get from one city to another but baffled by all the different train, plane and bus websites? Well Rome 2 Rio brings together all the resources on the internet and allows you to view all possible routes from A to B. Train routes, Bla Bla opportunities, Bus timetables, fights, ferries and any other method you could think of are available to view. The site sets out the route taken, price range and time scale so you can make the quickest and cheapest journey possible. For backpackers especially this is such a useful website!
Happy cow is a more niche resource but one that as vegetarians we have found to be really useful. For the veggie or vegan traveller this website might just stop you from starving!! Just type in the name of any city into the search bar and you will be greeted with a comprehensive list of suitable eateries rated; Vegan, Vegetarian, Veg friendly. Each listing includes reviews from other veggies and example menus, planning your gastronomical tour of a city has never been easier!
For budget travellers and those hoping to get a locals perspective on their travels Couch Surfing is a wonderful community to get involved with. Stay with locals on their couch, in their spare room and let them host you in their city. Alongside the obvious benefits of getting a free room for the night the most important is how couchsurfing allows you to really connect with your destination on a level you would otherwise never have been able to!
Another valuable resource for those travelling long term and also looking to get a deeper insight into their destination. Workaway allows you to work for your board in an endless number of unique, fun and insightful locations in almost any country around the world. Look after animals in Croatia, pick grapes in Australia, volunteer in a children’s home in Ghana, clean a hostel in Argentina…the possibilities are endless! Workaway allows you to not only save money on accommodation but meet locals and like minded travellers, give back to the community, learn new skills and experience the world in a way the average tourist never would.
If you are looking for unique and reasonably priced accommodation then AirBnB is the place to look. From penthouse apartments to tree-houses in the sky AirBnB allows your to rent out some of the craziest abodes in the world! You can also search via your requirements, budget and general location allowing you to get the most our of your stay!
This one is a little left field and most likely quite unknown, but if you are taking the train on your travels them Seat 61 is the ultimate resource. We discovered this website when researching our upcoming Trans-Mongolian journey and not only does it include timetables, tips, routes and reviews but also practical information such as visas needed for the trip. Travelling by train is a wonderful experience and this site makes it that much easier to organise!
Another firm favourite of ours and a resource that has helped us book countless trips. Expedia is not only another great search engine for flights and hotels but it also offers deals on those booked together, last minute offers and city breaks. On top of that it is also another great place to discover what are the top rated attractions and sights in any given location.
Money Saving Expert
The name says it all! This website pulls together pretty much all the information there is out there on the web to save you money on anything you could think of! We used this site to research the best card to get for travelling, get cheap travel insurance and discover the rights we have as a traveller we never knew about. You can also use it in everyday life to help you organise your banks, insurance and even with the grocery shopping too!
Another less well known site but again one of the most valuable for both saving time and money. Packing for a city break, gap year or two week beach vacation? This website allows any type of traveller to make the most out of the space they have and discover new ways to travel lighter and cheaper! This site also provides tips and guides to what you might need for different types of trips to make sure you never forget that essential item in favour of 5 pairs of shoes again!!
We might be bias here but in our opinion Travel Blogs are the most useful and honest resource available on the web. Blogs are written by travellers who have been there and done it, scoured the streets for undiscovered gems, found the best accommodation out there and formed educated opinions on the most over or underrated sites across the world. Travel blogs are the best way to really get an accurate idea of a location before you visit!
Check out this list of the top 1000 for a start:
Which are your favourite and most useful travel websites?