20 Useful Travel Websites

It’s quite incredible the amount of travel information there is online. You can find a website to assist you in practically every aspect of your trip. I’ve listed below 20 websites which I’ve found to be immensely useful when travelling and I hope you do too.

SeatGuru.com

In October 2001, frequent flyer Matthew Daimler launched SeatGuru.com with a single color-coded interactive airplane seating chart. Having experienced firsthand the vast differences between airline seats, he was determined to collect this useful information and share it with other travelers. Over ten million visitors later, SeatGuru has enjoyed incredible success and has expanded to include more than 700 airplane seatmaps from nearly 100 different airlines.

http://www.seatguru.com

CouchSurfing.com

CouchSurfing is an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world. Since 2004, members have been using our system to come together for cultural exchange, friendship, and learning experiences. Today, over a million people who might otherwise never meet are able to share hospitality and cultural understanding.

http://www.couchsurfing.com

SleepingInAirports.net

Why spend money on a night in the airport hotel when an inflatable raft on the airport floor is free? Sure, it may sound a little cheap and degrading at first, but read-on and you’ll soon discover a travel community that (for almost 15 years) has been sharing their airport sleeping experiences and travel advice with fellow airport sleepers around the world. Airport sleeping is no longer just for the cheap young backpacker. Nowadays, you’ll find travellers of all ages and income brackets stretched out on airport floors around the world.

http://www.sleepinginairports.net

WWOOF.org

WWOOF is a world wide network of organisations. We link volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living.

http://www.wwoof.org

HelpX.net

HelpX 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.

http://helpx.net

InsiderAgency.com

A Tokyo night scene: Bob Harris, a senescent actor, meets the lovelorn Charlotte at the hotel bar. The two Americans seem to be lost in that completely foreign “world” until they get to know the real Tokyo with a couple of young Japanese people – including karaoke, bizarre locations and extraordinary perspectives. The magic of “Lost in Translation” enchanted the audience in 2004 and the movie displayed in a remarkably way that only together with locals you will experience foreign cities and cultures authentically. more ..

http://www.insideragency.com

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, going pretty much anywhere, for an indefinite length of time, with no more than a single carry-on-sized bag.

http://www.onebag.com

PackForAPurpose.org

There is need everywhere in the world. It can sometimes be difficult, however, to identify specific needs in places far from home. We believe people fortunate enough to travel to other countries often wish they could make meaningful contributions to help meet the needs of the places they visit. Such contributions are one way of expressing appreciation for the experiences and hospitality they enjoyed in other lands. Our goal is to assist travelers who want to say thank you in this manner, or who simply want to expand their generosity beyond their own communities. The supply lists for destinations on our website are provided directly by the local community-based projects that will receive them, enabling travelers to make informed decisions and bring items which meet the needs of the people who will be using them.

http://packforapurpose.org

ProjectVisa.com

The aim of Projectvisa.com is to share visa and travel information for all people from all countries. All the work put into this site is made by various people who are overworked and underpaid. The money made from advertising goes toward paying for hosting and software. It in no way covers the many hours put in by various people to ensure the data on ProjectVisa is kept up to date. Please make a donation so we can expand and provide a better service for all.

http://www.projectvisa.com/

TheDirtyLoad.com

We were six months into our around-the-World trip, when Gina and I decided that the biggest impediment we had run into during our travels was the convenience of doing our own laundry. Frequently having to wear the same clothes three or four times between washes, we found ourselves desperately searching for a Laundromat on numerous occasions. Between the language barriers, shoddy cartography in our travel guides, and lack of online resources to assist in our time of need, we decided there had to be a better way. (more)

http://www.thedirtyload.com

BookCrossing.com

It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers. There are currently 923,690 BookCrossers and 7,929,462 books travelling throughout 132 countries. Our community is changing the world and touching lives one book at a time.

http://www.bookcrossing.com

TransitionsAbroad.com

Travelers and tourists, the distinction is simple: Tourists are those who bring their homes with them wherever they go, and apply them to whatever they see. They are closed to experiences outside of the superficial. Travelers, however, leave home at home, bringing only themselves and a desire to learn.

http://transitionsabroad.com

XE.com

XE is the world’s favorite provider of Internet foreign exchange tools and services. Independent rankings consistently confirm that more people – and websites – use our wide variety of currency tools than any others. We are committed to continuing our role as leaders and innovators in the foreign exchange industry and are always working to add new services that benefit you.

http://www.xe.com

TravelPost.com – Airport Wireless

A guide to airport wireless Internet access for major international airports. From large European hubs like London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle to exotic global destinations like Dubai International and Quito – Mariscal Sucre Airport, we provide the most complete listing of wireless access options, airport wifi providers, coverage areas and pricing.

http://www.travelpost.com/airport-wireless-international.aspx

WikiTravel.org

Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. It is built in collaboration by Wikitravellers from around the globe. Wikitravel is built with the spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they’re going. We want to make it easy to share that knowledge and let others share it; our copyleft license means that the facts you know can spread far and wide.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Main_Page

Thetimenow.com

Find out current local time in any time zone of the world with our world clock. Reliable tool for when traveling or calling abroad with local time and weather.

http://www.thetimenow.com

Seat61.com

Seat61 sets out to help people who already know they want to travel by train or ferry, but who can’t find out about it through normal commercial websites or travel agencies. These days, many people want to cut their carbon footprint or are simply fed up with the hassle of flying. Many of us prefer train travel, and a significant number of people are afraid of flying or medically restricted from doing so. However, information on alternatives to flying can often be difficult if not impossible to find. Second, the site aims to inspire people to do something more rewarding with their lives and their travel opportunities than going to an airport, getting on a globalised airliner and missing all the world has to offer. There’s more to travel than the destination. It used to be called a journey. (more)

http://seat61.com

AirlineMeals.com

From December 1999 till June 2002 I had a girlfriend in Istanbul, Turkey. I used to fly back and forth between Amsterdam and Istanbul every six to eight weeks. Since Turkey and Turkish food are quite different from what we’re used to here in Western Europe (i.e. Holland), I used to photograph quite a lot of everything I came across – including the food. I’m not a food fanatic, it was just to-at least-show the people at home what the great Turkish food is like. One day in 2001 my mom asked “and what do you eat on the plane, when you’re flying there?”. I just replied “I’ll take a picture for you next time”. (more)

http://www.airlinemeals.net

TripIt.com

With today’s myriad of travel sites, even the most experienced traveler has their hands full managing all the details of a typical trip. Booking airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and restaurants leaves you with lots of separate pieces of paper. Throw in maps, directions, things to do, and weather and the chaos multiplies.

http://www.tripit.com

FlightView.com

FlightView is the recognized leader in providing the most accurate, real-time flight information solutions for the aviation and travel industry, incorporating advanced visualization techniques and innovative new technologies to meet our customers’ varied needs. We’ve established an outstanding record in serving a multitude of industries such as the government, airports, commercial aviation, business aviation, ground transportation, and travel media & technology. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and contributing to the positive travel experience of millions.

http://www.flightview.com

We’d love to hear which travel websites you can’t live without. Please list them in the comments below.

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