Useful Websites and Apps for all things Travel

I’ve put together the greatest list of travel resources. These websites and apps will help you plan, navigate, work abroad, find free or paid accommodation and more. New resources are added often

Airfare – see more

Skyscanner – cheap airline ticket search engine
Skiplagged – so good at finding cheap flights, they get sued by major airlines
Google Flights– a smart flight search engine
Seat Guru– find the perfect seat on any plane
Kayak – compare ticket prices with thousands of airlines
Sleeping In Airports– find out where you can sleep peacefully in airports
Which Budget – A comprehensive list of budget airlines by coverage area.
To and From the Airport – Comprehensive site with information on how to get to/from the airport.
FlightStats – Very useful tool for checking Airport and Airline on-time statistics, with ratings for specific legs to/from specific airports. Know what to expect.
The Art of Travel: Cheap Airfare – A wonderful guide with links to airfare resources.
How Many Hours – Know how long flights take and how many miles are covered.
The Layover Guide – Have a long layover? This site has airport guides.
Seat Expert – Know what seats are available.  Offers the ability to search by airline/flight number.
The Air DB – Fairly comprehensive list, can be used to identify which airlines from from an airport/where they fly to.
Yapta – A travel ticket price tracking site.  Allows you to track prices both before and after. Also has options to help you get frequent flyer credits, etc.
Hipmunk – Airfare search aggregator dedicated to providing a better user experience. Unique visual interface. Very progressively minded dev. team.
FlightFox – Pay a small fee and have people search for the cheapest airfare within your set criteria. So far, I’ve heard people are getting good results.
DoHop – Airfare search aggregator with a focus on making searches as comprehensive as possible.
Sidestep Buzz – Owned by Kayak. Allows open ended price oriented searches for flexible travel.
Fly – Powered by discount deal finder TravelZoo. A powerful airfare search portal.
Bing Travel – Powerful airfare search portal. Gives quality price predictions for domestic flights.
Orbitz – Airfare search portal. Very flexible search options (month grid, etc.). Excellent for flexible travelers.
Priceline – A booking/bidding service similar to Orbitz but with the “Name your own price” bidding option.
CheapOAir – A comprehensive airfare search engine.  Note: Listed prices include fees but exclude taxes.
Mobissimo – A comprehensive airfare search engine.
Momondo – Another up and coming airfare search engine.
Hotwire – Comprehensive airfare search engine with great flexible search options.
OneTravel – Airfare search engine.
Farecompare – A budget oriented airfare search engine.

travel accommodation

Accommodation – see more

Booking– over 800 thousand properties and 20 million rooms at your fingertips
Trip Advisor– read reviews, compare prices, and find the best hotels
Hostelworld– find cheap hostels across the world
Airbnb– rent unique places to stay from local hosts in 190+ countries
All Stays– find rooms, campgrounds and truck stops.
Hostelworld – One of the largest/best 2nd generation hostel booking resources available.
Hostelz – A great hostel look-up site which incorporates reviews and listings from the other major hostel booking engines.
BootsnAll – Excellent community oriented 2nd generation hostel booking resource.
Hosteling International – 1st generation hostel network.
Bed Bug Info – General information on preventing, treating, and identifying bed bugs.
HRS – One of the world’s largest hotel booking sites. Especially strong in Europe.
Venere – Has a strong European presence.

(free) Accommodation – see more

Free Campsites– enjoy nature at no cost
Couchsurfing– travel the world and crash in a locals house
Mind My House– house sit for strangers and get a bed in exchange
Warm Showers– cyclists can crash in a locals house while on their bike trip
Hospitality Club Free network of people around the world who offer free accommodation
Global Freeloaders – Same principle as Couchsurfing but with one caveat: new members must host someone within the first six months.
Hospitality Club – Same principle as Couchsurfing. The site has an active community that facilitates hosting travelers and local tours.
Sleeping in Airports – The ultimate guide to sleeping in airports.


Communities – see more

Meetup – meet and do things with people who share your interests
Backpackr– the social network for travellers. Meetup with other backpackers who are travelling to the same destination as you
FlyerTalk– The worlds most frequent flyer community. Forum on frequent flyer programs
Bucketlist– discover your bucket list and unlock achievements in real life

Getting Around – see more

Blablacar– share rides and split costs with travellers diving to the same destination as you
Loco2 – travel Europe by train
Rome2Rio – discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry and car
Seat61 – travel by train or ferry worldwide
Uber – tap your phone, get a ride
RV rentals guide – A comprehensive directory of RV rental dealers organized by city & state

Hiking and Outdoors – see more

Mountain Project – find boulders and rocks to climb
All Trails – find trails to hike – a collaborative content community focused on climbing, mountaineering, hiking and other outdoor activities
Hammock Forums – discuss the world of hammock camping
Hip Camp – the most comprehensive guide to camping on private and public lands
Ultimate Campgrounds – the largest list of America and Canada campgrounds

Planning – see more

Wiki Voyage – a free worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit
Lonely Planet – guides for every destination and activity on the planet
Rough Guides – destination guides for places across the world
Yelp – find reviews for the best food, shopping, events, and more anywhere in the U.S.
Atlas Obscura – the definitive guide to the worlds curious and wondrous places
Cruise Sheet – search and find cruises
Tripit – all your travel plan n one place – book travel packages

Volunteer Opportunities – see more

Helpxlisting of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, you may receive your own room and sometimes other benefits such as free Internet use, horse riding, tours, surfing etc..
WorkawayWorkaway set up to promote fair exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers who can stay with 1000s of families, people, or small businesses
Wwoof – placement of volunteers on organic farms
Crewbay – find sailing crew, professional yacht crew, boat crew with sailing and power boats to sail with in exchange for help on the boat

Paid Work For Free Travel – see more

Daves Esl Cafe – English teaching ideas and job postings worldwide A wide range of seasonal jobs from Chalet Hotel jobs to Resort Representatives for both the summer and winter
seasonworkers.comsummer jobs, ski jobs…
All Cruise Jobs – the worlds largest list of cruise ship jobs
Any Work Anywhere – any work any where
Ski-Jobsapply directly to hundreds of ski jobs by resort or job type


Best blogs for tips, fun reads and inspiration

RORYS ADVENTURE TRAVEL BLOG – Rory is my BF, I love him. Far from basic he travels countries the average traveler wouldn’t, because he is not an average guy. Like Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan, Eritrea all the while looking beautiful. I have spent many amazing days in London and Tel Aviv with Rory

RUDY GIRON – What a beautiful photographer! He shows all the intricate parts of Antigua, Guatemala through stories and photos.

Libritas De Mas – Food Blog El Salvador – Dorris runs a wonderful food blog based in El Salvador. She’s honest, funny and posts real reviews

Food and Maternity Blogger from Medellin – Colombian based food and maternity blogger

Restaurant Critic Blog (USA) – Savory Travels from state to state to find great restaurants for people to dine, writing reviews regarding the experience and uses airline jargon to rate each place

The Anonymous Gangster Blog