Best Travel Websites
Wed 08 May 2013
As you all know, I’m a travel addict. Formerly an Internet Junkie so here is my best Websites for Travel.
1. www.skyscanner.net this is the Google for Plane Tickets. Example search ‘Sydney’ to ‘Everywhere’ for the month of ‘June’.
2. www.wikitravel.org my no.1 resource page on new locations. On Google or what ever you use type ‘wikitravel’ ‘Sydney’ or ‘Australia’ or ‘Antartica’. Check it out www.wikitravel.org/en/Antarctica
The next sites are all equal rating depending on your travel style.
Hostel World or Hostel Bookers. These 2 sites are the Hostel main booking sites/engines used throughout the world. Slowly hostels in Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and remote countries are starting to use these sites as they get on to the Internet. Many other travel sites and blogs sell/resell accommodation utilizing these 2 companies. I use these sites as a research tool, I use Hostel World with Wiki Travel. These Hostel Webpages are pre-dominantly Western Backpackers. Wiki Travel on the other hand is for a broader range of travelers. Next Trip Advisor is for more commercial travel. I know a lot of accommodation and restaurants which have gained much new business by and sometimes charging more than their competitors by establishing themselves on Trip Advisor. In my opinion, Trip Advisor is like a Lonely Planet. Please note. All the above systems, including Wiki can be manipulated by false references.
Escape Artist has been around for over 10years and is a great resource tool. Created in America, primarily for American ExPats. It contains so much information its not funny. Personally, I haven’t found the need for anymore information services as SkyScanner, WikiTravel, and Couch Surfing has done it all for me.
Couch Surfing, is one of the worlds best websites for making friends and staying with locals abroad. Millions of users have profiles and interact online to exchange tips/assistance/views and then organize meet ups and plans to accommodate each other. I’ve personally helped thousands of people here, hosted over 100people in my apartments and my Mum & Dads ‘house. I’ve stayed in 1-200 homes. Most of these experiences were directly through Couch Surfing or people I’ve meet through Couch Surfing friends. Adrian on CouchSurfing. Oh and it’s all free.
Be Welcome is another hospitality site like CouchSurfing. It was actually made by CouchSurfing volunteers who were unhappy at CouchSurfing organizers. CouchSurfing is a company. It was founded by donations although it was and is a company, so BeWelcome is ‘owned by the people’ with voting for head positions and direction. Personally, I hope and encourage all CouchSurfers to join BeWelcome. Although BeWelcome doesn’t have the funds that CouchSurfing has. A side note, CouchSurfing donations have been used to fly Organizers on world trips and have week long parties in places like Istanbul. BeWelcome Organisers have daily jobs and struggle to raise any money. Adrian on BeWelcome
One last site is Hospitality Club. Outdated now, this site was pre-Couch Surfing couchsurfing. Note: The first forms of couch surfing was over 30years ago via mail.
OK, I wanted to keep this short and just the best. If people would like to add their own welcome.Now go on, get out there!
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Expert traveler, Adrian has been in over 70 countries, stayed in mud huts and was once caught smuggling Vegemite in his trousers. Now he is on the speaking circuit and writes about his adventures.
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