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Sometimes a little insider knowledge goes a long way. These days we are our own travel agents. We research, re-search and search some more to find the best travel destinations and deals online. But what if we can make it just that little bit easier for ourselves? Here are 10 travel websites you need to know about, pronto!

Rome 2 Rio

R2R is the bomb dot com. Well, not really… its, but if there could be just one website to top the list of helpful travel resources, this website would be it. In a nutshell: you type the destination you want to travel from and the destination(s) you want to travel to. R2R robots work some magic behind the scenes and BAM! The R2R fairies will tell you how to get from point A to point B the fastest and cheapest ways – listing them in order of best-worst. They’ll even calculate an estimate on how much the flight will cost or how much petrol will be used. Genius. 


It baffles me that some (many) Americans don’t know about this website. If you’re an offender, it’s okay. I forgive you. Welcome to road trip planning heaven – your life will never be the same again. In a nutshell: Roadtrippers is the ultimate resource for roadtripping around the USA. It will pinpoint all of the hotels, all of the attractions, all of the weird kooky stuff and everything in between, and save it for you as a map. Awesome.


I get the shock of my life every time someone tells me they haven’t yet heard about Skyscanner. In Australia and Europe its a staple go-to-website for booking flights, but somehow ye Americans haven’t yet caught on to the flight comparing search engine. In a nutshell: Skyscanner compares flights and shows you the cheapest option. But my favourite feature is the ‘everywhere’ button. Say for instance I want to go on a trip from Melbourne, Australia, but I’m not sure where to. I simply select “everywhere” and the magic elves behind the screen will tell me my options from cheapeast – most expensive. Great for the spontaneous travellers.

Air BnB

Once upon a time you wouldn’t be able to travel to popular cities without booking accommodation months in advance to ensure you weren’t a) stuck out on the street or b) left to pay a fortune for a last-minute room. Gone are the days of low supply and high demand, and in are the days of choices, choices, choices. In a nutshell: AirBnB makes it possible to rent someone else’s private apartment or a room inside for a night, week, month or more. Great for those who enjoy a more local, authentic experience outside of hotels.


If Viator didn’t insist on making their tours and airport transfers way more expensive than the norm, I’d use them all the time. But because they insist on hiking the prices on unsuspecting travellers, I only ever use this website as a first port of call, followed by booking the tours direct once I know whats out there in a city. In a nutshell: A directory of tours, airport transfers and private city tours. Its much more expensive than booking direct, but a great searching tool.

Spotted by Locals

If you like to explore a city more like a local and less like a visitor, this is a great resource for you on the road. In a nutshell: Spotted by locals offer city guides catered to the traveller who likes a more local, ‘off-the-beaten-path’ experience. 


Chances are you don’t know your airline rights. That’s okay, most of us don’t. But when things do go wrong, you’re gonna wish you did. Airhelp is a great resource for recovering money when things go wrong and knowing your rights. In a nutshell: A website that helps you get money back. Now that’s a winner!


A great resource to find out what is happening in the travel industry. Who’s doing what, what’s news, what’s old news, breaking industry news… you get the gist. In a nutshell: Skift is a news website for travel geeks. Hoorah!


Another resource to help you find cheap flights in a less-traditional route. Skiplagged lets you find cheap flights by highlighting hidden cities. For example, say you want to fly from Boston to Philadelphia. It may be cheaper for you to book a flight through to an alternative destination with Philadelphia as a stopover. You book that flight (found for you by the skiplagged fairies) and simply get off at your connecting airport. In a nutshell: A genius little invention for one-way travellers.

Travel Blogs (Google is your friend)

Last but not least, the world wide web is full of great travel blogs (you’re on one right now – hah!). But on a serious note, there are truly some great travel blogs out there. There are many reasons why blogs are a better resource than guides – first off, they’re free! You can peruse blogs for hours and find loads of relevant information without paying a cent. But my favourite reason for choosing blogs over traditional travel guides is the personality behind them. You can match up your personality with that of a travel blogger and trust their travel tips to suit your own personal needs. In a nutshell: blogs are the way to go in the present day! A great way to keep up with your favourite blogs is to follow them on Bloglovin’ (a site that allows you to save blog posts for future reference and discover new blogs you’ll love along the way!!). But of course, google is a great way to search for great blogs. Simply type in a few key words or a phrase that will help you find what you’re looking for and google will do the hard work for you. The best blogs out there will come up on the first page of the search engine. Problem(s) solved!
So, over to you! What are some great travel blogs you can recommend to other readers!? Would love to see your recommendations in the comments below!


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    January 27, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Love this post! I’ve heard of a few of these, but Roadtrippers will be super useful when I do a trip around the US! Skyscanner is a godsend.

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      January 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      I absolutely LOVE Roadtrippers it has so much fun / quirky stuff on there 🙂 enjoy your time in the States!

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    October 28, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Great list of travel tools! would be a great addition to this, always a memorable way of meeting locals and staying with them for free! Also alternating between skyscanner and cheapoair has given me some super cheap flights. For any German speakers or living in or around Germany, got me a 6 day all-inclusive trip from Munich to Cyprus for only 147 Euros. All-inclusive means return travel to and from both airports (train or bus), plane tickets, 6 days at a bungalow hotel (really beautiful), AND breakfast for all the days. All for 147 Euros. Absolutely mind-boggling!!

    The Jamerican Traveler
    October 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for this information. I’ve used several of these site before and some I’ve never heard of so Ill be checking them out.

    Mike's Road Trip
    October 27, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Nice round-up Brooke.

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    October 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Great list about traveling websites. So nice of you that you have made such an important and incredible article. I just want to thanks for your all efforts.

    Mama Munchkin
    September 21, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Rome 2 Rio was our favorite app while traveling across Europe this past summer. We had four little ones with us and had never before visited Europe. This app helped us find the cheapest/ fastest routes from point A to point B without fail. Must have app!!!

    Charlie @ Bout India
    September 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Very useful post Brooke, thanks for sharing this.
    After reading this I felt like introducing our tour & travel services too. “Bout India Tours Pvt. Ltd.” or simply “BOUT INDIA”, are expertise in planning and arranging group & private tours for India Subcontinent. We have so far earned good customer trust and are continuously working to provide the best experience to our clients.
    We are currently focusing on trekking tours to various adventurous destinations of India and welcome all the nature & trek lovers.

    September 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Hi,Nice article 🙂 After reading the list I checked Rome2Rio.Wow,it’s Fun.You have listed skyscanner which is a best tool for flight search but for hotel search I don’t recommend using it.I would like to add for better hotel search.Their UI is simple and cleaner and they search almost 200+ booking sites at once 🙂

    l. m.
    July 26, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Hi all! Has anyone tried Pozzr ( Looks like a great tool.

    Anne Finity
    July 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Another great post! Just in time for what I need ,Will love to try skyscanner since the other agency I’m eyeing to book my flight is not efficient.


    Janeen @ Green Global Travel
    July 10, 2015 at 3:25 am

    These are all amazing! I can’t wait to check out roadtrippers and Skyscanner. Thank you!

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    May 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Thank you for a wonderful post full of great resources! Roadtrippers seems like a great tool and what perfect timing, because I’m temporarily headed back to the states to trade in my backpack for my old car so I can road trip to the last 18 states I haven’t visited!

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    May 19, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    You probly will only use Viator when you are traveling in Europe – which is still over-priced. Living in hongkong and looking at Viator, you feel the website is quite expensive and has very limited options to offer. Recently encounter an Asian destination app called Klook, featured as top new app in Asia by Apple AppStore last week, and their website has very affordable experience especially if you are traveling in Asia. And not only providing local tours, but also provides all attractions, performance and activities in Asian cities (wish they could cover more destinations soon).

    May 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Great! Thanks for info…definitely gonna use them when planning my next trip.

    May 19, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Great information.. thanks

    May 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Agree about Viator – I’m not sure why people book through them when it’s so much pricier though it is good to browse what to do. A site that does this but at a MUCH cheaper price (even pricer than the operator) is – definitely worth checking Klook out if you’re in Asia.

    Adelaide Haynes
    May 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Skyscanner is the ultimate! I wouldn’t look for a flight anywhere else
    Also Rome2Rio if you’re tossing up between different modes of transport! So good and interesting to see how many ways you can get somewhere 🙂

    May 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Airbnb and rome2rio are my fav sites atm while im planning my trip. Makes things so much easier. I’ve heard great things about bla bla car, my fiance recently took a ride for €6 into another country. As a female traveling alone I would only go with trusted drivers and only female but it’s a great and cheap way to travel if public transport isn’t an option.

    Jenn & Jack
    May 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Great blog and we would love to visit India!

    Jenn & Jack
    May 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Great post as always, double thumbs up for the Rome2Rio suggestion, that site is so cool.

    Jenn Jack

    Jen Yeung
    May 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Momondo is also a fantastic booking site/app! I found far better prices than Skyscanner on it.

    May 16, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Wow! Another nice travel blog to follow. Keep up the good work! Ur an inspiration!

    April 22, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Definitely second travel blogs, mine is x

    Paula Morgan (@sydneyexpert)
    April 22, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Rome2Rio has been my favourite overall site for a while now and I also love Travelfish for Asia. I am sure it is the most comprehensive Asian budget travel site around. They use in country writers and have really great tips on hard to research spots.

    Also agree re googling travel blogs and the name of the place you plan to visit. I have uncovered some absolute gems doing this.

    April 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I discovered R2R earlier this year and it is bloody brilliant! I use Skyscanner all the time to find airfares but then I usually book direct with the airline themselves – I did not know about the ‘everywhere’ thing tho – that is brilliant and a great way to pick a destination within your budget. I agree about Viator – I like seeing what’s available but usually end up googling tours and going direct with the tour company. I’m not a massive fan of Tripadvisor but I will pop in now and then. I think the best source for all things travel is Google – you really can’t go wrong with Google. To get a more refined search result, be less general in your search.

    March 28, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I like to use TripAdvisor for all the travel reviews and forums. Thanks for sharing a lot of great sites. I also write a budget travel blog at

    Jack & Jenn
    March 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Great list of travel sites, we also love rome2rio such a fun site. We would have to be selfish in our answer and recommend our own travel blog 🙂

    Check it out if you are after some fun travel reads!

    Bhimsen Bhattarai
    March 17, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I knew viator before.Now i found other travel sites these sites have great information.

    Joe @ Tripzuki
    March 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Great stuff! Definitely second the vote for . And for Indian boutique hotels and good tips, of course our very own Tripuki: !!

    AJ Walton
    March 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hey Brooke,
    Rome2Rio is my favorite website for route planning! Skyscanner is a beast as well. I didn’t know about SkipLagged, which is totally my kind of resources. Can’t remember the last time I needed a return ticket!

    As for travel bloggers, I’m a fan of the Goats On The Road!

    ooa revo
    March 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Brooke,
    Thanks. Would add OOAworld and Travelfish for travel to Asia, and wikitravel offers some good starting points.
    If you’re interested in quality photos, videos and storytelling on top of traditional travel tips:

    Jennifer Stevens
    March 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Great post. I now have 5 new bookmarks to pour over after work 🙂

    Crane Fashrealm
    March 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the tips & info!
    I currently use to search for the best deals in my travel needs!

    Claire & Laura
    March 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    WHAT! How did we not know about Rome 2 Rio! We are all over this site now! Owners Direct is also a great website similar to Air BnB, especially for European apartments!

    March 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I love travel bloggers who are backpackers/budget travelers. I admire how they find the best deals and enjoy traveling with a limited budget!

    My favorite is

    February 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Great list, learned a lot. Thank you! One mo webpage with good info also:

    February 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I didn’t know about… UNTIL NOW. OMG, I can finally start to plan my dream trip from East to West!!
    Thank you Brooke!

    February 27, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I love all these sites, thanks for sharing! I really love rome2rio too!

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    February 26, 2015 at 12:10 am

    great list, learned a lot. Thank you!

    February 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I also love to use TripAdvisor, particularly for the forum section. So much local information there it’s a goldmine!

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    February 23, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Skiplagged is currently being sued by United Airlines for ticketing against the contract of carriage. Travel at your own risk of being denied boarding without recourse.

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    February 21, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I love the ” evrywhere” skyscanner option too. It’s the best thing ever for a traveler. Except for travel blogs, of course 😀

    February 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Great post, very useful to post them all in one place. Skyscanner is legit the best website ever invented, that and air b n b have opened up many doors for traveling without tourguides and last minute YOLO adventures . Will certainly be checking out the other ones you have listed 🙂 x

    Charlotte van Dijk
    February 20, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I love all these websites! Thanks for sharing! I do have two websites to add! 1) Favoroute – you can create your travel guidebook with the help of info of travel bloggers and journalists and 2) Travel Diaries – a cool and fun way to keep a diary during your travels! xx

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    February 19, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    The skiplagged website is blowing my mind! Thank you so much for sharing.

    February 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Let me suggest another useful travel site. If you flight with budget airlines across Europe and you know the exact dates for your flight, can suggest the best moment to buy your tickets.

    February 19, 2015 at 2:57 am

    as a traveller myself I can tell these come in handy at some point.
    Check out my blog to read about my life. : )

    February 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Great list. But missed about india travel websites. This is one of the best website I have come across in terms of India Travel :

    February 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    i have used most of these for travel. Great list. I will try the ones that I haven’t. My favorite travel blogger: 😉

    Jess (Are We There Yet?)
    February 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Oh dear – I hadn’t heard of any of these – thanks for the heads up – looks like I have lots to check out now!

    February 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Great list there are some that weren’t in my bag of tricks that I’ll need to add. Thanks for sharing these sites.

    February 17, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I’m travelling soon so thank you for all these great ressources, it’s definitely going to save me a lot of troubles and money !
    Truth be told, I only read your blog in the travel categorie !

    February 17, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I’ve never heard of more than half these website you shared, I’m definitely going to check them out. Thanks for the tips!

    JJ @theurbanenomad
    February 17, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I must admit, I’m one of those Americans that hadn’t heard of Roadtrippers. I am driving to Yosemite next month and so happy I came across this post sooner than later. Thanks for the useful information!

    February 17, 2015 at 4:40 am

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    February 17, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Hi everyone, these are great sites but I’ve spotted one omission. I absolutely love

    It’s great for booking random trips, when you have decided where you want to go. It just brings up the cheapest flight leaving from your airport of choice on the date you pick. I’ve discovered some great places doing this, usually destinations I wouldn’t have thought of myself.

    February 17, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Hi everyone, these are great sites but I’ve spotted one omission. I absolutely love

    It’s great for booking random trips, when you have decided where you want to go. It just brings up the cheapest flight leaving from your aiport of choice on the date you pick. I’ve discovered some great places doing this, usually destinations I wouldn’t have thought of myself.

    February 17, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Brooke, THANK YOU for that Roadtrippers site! I’m about to embark on a road trip from NY to LA next week so this will be very helpful!

    February 17, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I echo the praise for travel blogs. I am new to the world of travel, embarking on my first major trip (to the UK) next month. I have found SO MUCH valuable information completely free online. For me, travel guide books are a thing of the past! It is so much fun to learn, plan, and enjoy photos and experiences from other travelers all at the same time.

    February 17, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Thank you for sharing. Your blog is just perfect.

    x Kate

    February 17, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Roadtrippers sounds super interesting, going to give that one a look…

    February 17, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

    Bart van Poll - Spotted by Locals
    February 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you very much for including Spotted by Locals Brooke! Happy to hear our locals’ tips have been useful on your travels.

    Henry Neriel
    February 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, great post Brooke. I totally digging all your suggestions here. They are all stunning. And speaking of stunning travel websites, this article gives useful information as well. Do you plan to go on tour on those places too?

    Henry Neriel
    February 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, great post Brooke. I totally digging all your suggestions here. There are all stunning. And speaking of stunning travel websites, this article gives useful information as well. Do you plan to go on tour on those places too?

    Sarah Elizabeth
    February 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Love these, thanks for the advice. I had never heard of Skyscanner till I moved to Europe (#american), but it seriously a fantastic one. Have you ever heard of Google’s flight site?

    February 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for this post, it’s REALLY useful!

    I have my own travelblog, and I’m giving travel tips and tips for cities and countries I visited 🙂 I’m writing in german and english 🙂 See you there 🙂

    February 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I love wikitravel also. Great Place for first research.


    February 16, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Great post! I also like researching my destination once it’s chosen so find lonely planet and even good old Wikipedia are great for that.

    February 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for a nice list! I knew sky scanner, but I didn’t many others.

    Spotted by Locals is very interesting to me because I am blogging as a Tokyo local! I really think that there are tips that only locals know.

    I can learn a lot from others’ travel blogs. Of course, from yours as well. Thanks!

    February 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    This is a great compilation!! Pinned this for later 🙂

    February 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    such a useful and great post, thank you!!!

    February 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Who are some travel bloggers that you follow and would recommend?

    Kayti Clayton
    February 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Yes to all of these! So glad I’m one of the American’s who actually knows about Roadtrippers… I use it every time I’m somewhere new and want to find a cool restaurant, scenic lookout and haunted house. I also LOVE Skycanner, AirBnB and I cannot rave enough about Rome2Rio. I’m just so grateful that I’m able to travel in a day and age where it’s so much easier to get information sorted, granted the prices are in some cases out of this world – still. Great post Brooke!

    February 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    My current obsession is The Wandering Lens, a travel photography blog that’s sooo amazing and inspiring!
    Love your site Brooke!

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    February 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I thought I utilized a lot of sites to book my travel but this was an eye opener! I can’t wait to check out some of these options.

    February 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    This is genius! I’ve only heard of Skyscanner before (travel blogs don’t count), so this list is really a gem for a young learning traveller! Thanks 😉

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    February 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Very useful information!

    February 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Very useful post, thanks <3


    February 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great suggestions! I’ll try to use spotted by locals whenever I travel. Local tips tend to be better than tourist tips 😉

    Leesa and Kate
    February 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great recommendations. Our personal favourite is Skyscanner!

    xx Leesa & kate
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    Jake Ryan
    February 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Cool post Brooke.
    And I agree about Viatour, such a great way to find out what trips to book…without actually booking them ha.


    Charlie Beatty
    February 16, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I love these tips, they are so great! Especially Skyscanner!
    You’ve totally inspired me Brooke, thank you!

    Mijn kleine geheimpjes
    February 16, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I just love love the guys from Hand Luggage Only and the WhatAboutHer travelblog.

    And ofcourse, World Of Wanderlust!

    Samantha Angell
    February 16, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I love sky scanner, and it is definitely one of the first sites I utilize when searching for flights in Europe. Unfortunately, it does not work quite as well in the U.S.- it seems like a ton of airlines are not listed, and I very rarely find any beneficial information from sky scanner within the US. Hoping this changes, quickly! The best option right now for the U.S. is Kayak explore or Google flights, and neither of them can compete whatsoever with sky scanner!