For me, its something special to search for discovering pieces of secret travel and sightseeing tips about exotic places from across the internet and then anticipating a great vacation that will benefit all of them. When I investigate the area in the world that I plan to travel to, I often find small hidden treasures, secret restaurants, ignored little tourist mysteries and advertised local events that nobody knows about, and of course I find some of the best ticket prices everywhere. I have come up with a lot of useful resource resources during my years that believe the world. Some of them are new, and some of them have seen many travel seasons. Information that is power and everything, here is my list of the best travel sites I ever had the pleasure to use.
Lets start with the places that will give you a race in the run for the cheapest flights. Everyone knows about the mass market like kayaking, Expedia and Bing Travel (Microsofts rescheduled travel service thats so creative, they call themselves a travel decision engine (as opposed to a travel search engine). But what about some of the new launches (or should I say startup?) that has come up in the past year or two - those claiming all kinds of innovative discounts? There are just so many of them - Dohop, SideStep, Mobissimo and Vayama are some of the more interesting new names in this operations.
In my opinion, these travel sites deserve at least one visit at least for the kind of psychedelic names they have managed to bring. On a new trip I made from New York to London, I decided to try all of these. Still, to me, the journey giant Bing and boot Dohop both made better than any of the others. In these two places I could beat Buy on a trip to London at $ 771; Not everyone else, if I met Buy, I would have hit an extra $ 100. There is another booking website called cFares that has picqued my fancy recently. The first and most interesting part of this trip is the fact that they try to keep rif-raff out by making you pony up money for a $ 50-a-year membership before they let you do something about it. When I tried to look for the same flight on cFares, I saved another $ 70 on the ticket price. So the moral of history is that travel sites for low prices, as big as they are, are not perfect. They do not all win all the time. The best thing I know how to get cheap flights now is to take advantage of Dohop and cFares, and always choose Thursdays and Wednesdays to fly - lots of fares are predictably cheaper these two days a week.
So these travel sites can help you buy a ticket and book a hotel room and everyone knows about SeatExpert and SeatGuru as the people will go to the best location on the flight you take; But is there such a thing for hotels though? It should be much more useful - you spend a lot more time in the hotel. As it happens there is. Its called TripKick and its a really nice idea; It has an alarming amount of information about which rooms in a hotel you choose have larger bathrooms, better views and so on. For my London trip, I told you to take room number 218 at a hotel on Oxford Circus, for a great view of a park. The only problem with TripKick is that it only covers expensive hotels, and not the budget.
But enough of the everyday in travel agencies; How about ideas and how to enjoy your destination when you get there? For anyone traveling to Japan I found AitaiJapan, a good well-informed source of tips for entertaining in the obscure. Its a good website aimed at getting a taste of local flavor for your travels; Whenever you visit Japan, you can get in touch with this site to find a local volunteer who likes to walk around with you and show you around. Its so much better than being part of a travel group - with a guide that gives you the same old spiel every day. Its a wonderful feeling to just show up in Japan and find a new friend waiting for you - and every volunteer also speaks English. The best part is that they refuse to accept anything for the service.
For some wonderful from-heart recommendations for places to go to anywhere in the world, you must try AtlasObscura. As the name suggests, the site tries to give you ideas for places to go to that are exotic, wonderful and just outside the wall. The big thing is that it covers the whole world. and if you travel, it does not matter where this is the site you need to look up - if its the only one you ever did.