The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet3/13/2011

Update: Visit the 2012 version of The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet

I hope that everyone who attended my SXSW Core Conversation panel on How to Make Money Traveling Around the World enjoyed the presentation. As promised, I have a listing of my top 20 favorite travel websites (in no particular order).

I’m still working on my eBook “70 Vacations in 7 Months“. The project has consumed most of my time of late. If you attended the presentation with myself and Tynan, shoot me over an email (if you haven’t already) and I’ll make sure you receive a free copy upon completion

The Top 20!

Couch Surfing

Hands down my favorite travel website on the internet. The community is huge, over a million couch surfers worldwide. I couch surfed once in Budapest, and was rewarded a point of view only a local could show. Since I moved back to Austin, I’ve hosted a number of couch surfers. I give travelers a place to stay, they show me their way of life. In addition, has local meetup groups. I’ve met and hung out with some extraordinary travelers through the couchsurfing community. I highly recommend you start building your CouchSurfing profile now!

Travellers Point

Travellerspoint is a small travel community that features expert travel advice. The members on the message board are extraordinary helpful and knowledgeable. Travellerspoint is my top choice for travel advice, legalities, and transportation issues. Before traveling, I recommend running your itinerary through the boards.


How can a Danish aggregator feature cheaper flights within the U.S, than any American flight aggregator? By eliminating all third party fees! I use Momondo to research every flight I book. I’ve seen Momondo rates as much as $150 cheaper than SkyScanner. Momondo eliminates all booking fees by forwarding you directly to the airline’s main website.

Escape The City

Escape the City is a new website that continues to grow like wildfire. The idea: Turn the corporate world upside down by offering jobs that make a difference. I’m especially impressed with the quality of volunteer opportunities posted on Escape the City. Examples include, partaking in a gold mining expedition in Ecuador and leading a volunteer group in Malawi. If you’re tired of your boring day to day job, definitely give Escape the City a look.

Hostel World

My go to site for anything related to hostels. I read the reviews on hostelworld before booking any hostel. I’ve found some great places to stay during peak seasons by exploring page 2 and page 3 of this website.


I build almost all of my travel itineraries through Trip-it. Trip-it allows you to forward all of your lodging and transportation information to store in one location. In addition you receive statistics on miles traveled, locations visited, cities visited.


Airbnb is great for people who enjoy a finer lodging experience. Connect with other travelers to rent out house, apartments, villas, or condos. Like CouchSurfing the community is safe, secure, and builds trust through user reviews. AirBnB doesn’t charge until after a traveler books your home. They even offer free professional photography in many instances.

Flyer Talk

Flyertalk features some of the best travel hackers on the planet. Airfare remains the most expensive travel cost. The users of this forum exchange ideas on generating airline miles through various credit card reward programs. If you really want to dwell deep into the art of discount travel, FlyerTalk is a must read.

Sleeping in Airports

Ever wonder where to find the best nooks and crannies for overnight airport sleeping? Sleepinginairports displays the best locations to sleep. I used to dread the days of overnight uncomfortable, noisy airports. Now, I have an advantage over about 90% of other overnighters through knowledge of this great website.

Seat Guru

Think sleepinginairports, but with airplane seats. Seatguru maps out the exact location of the most comfortable seats inside the airplane. Not everyone can afford 1st class long distance traveling. Thus, before booking a coach ticket, take a gander at seatguru to find the best available seats.

Travel Finances

Conversion fees can add up during overseas traveling. Travelfinances outlines the conversion percentages of the major credit cards. I’ll save you the research. Capital One is the best travel card available. No foreign transaction fees and favorable airline miles rewards. In addition, Travelfinances is a great resource for information on financial news, legalities, taxes, and travel insurance.

Road Sharing

I haven’t used roadshare yet, but added based on responses from people who have. Roadshare is a social community that helps travelers save on transportation fees. A great way to travel with a companion for a few days while splitting the costs.

Cruise Compete

A travel aggregator for cruises. You can find some superb deals by searching thoroughly on this website. Check this site frequently during the offseason. Great deals await!


Weather2travel is your global resource for worldwide weather information. Avoid the pitfalls of travel by planning ahead. If your flleixble with your dates, view Weather2travel to ensure that mother nature doesn’t affect your travel plans

Global Volunteers

A great resource for volunteering abroad. Global Volunteers helps you find volunteer opportunities in areas your passionate about. For example, if you enjoy helping young children, Global Volunteers can help place you in exotic locations like the Cook Islands.

Hotels Combined

If you prefer the comforts of a hotel, HotelsCombined is the cheapest aggregator I’ve seen. I only use hotels these days for business travel. However, there are times where you need to unwind and relax from travel stresses. View HotelsCombined to receive a great overview of the hotels in your area.

Darn Good Digs

Darn Good Digs is a unique travel site I stumbled upon that finds great places off the grid. The users rate the most enjoyable small hostels, hotels, and B&B locations around the world. In most instances the price is kept under $150 a night. If you find a great location during your travels, you can nominate your “dig” to be added to the directory. The reviews are much more in depth than most websites. Thus, the people who contribute often experience an extraordinary stay.


Connect and share your photos with friends and family. Flickr is my headquarters for storage of all my travel photos. The account is free. (A small yearly fee for additional storage). Flickr has the largest collection of travel photos on the net. If you don’t have a Flickr account, get one! The benefits including, free online storage, geo-tagging, and mobile viewing are too numerous to name.

Trip Films

Trip films organizes user uploaded travel videos. The community uploads, organizes, and rates the videos. I especially enjoy the many How-to type videos on this website. Visit Trip films for inspiration, information, or relaxation of the mind.

Trav Buddy

Trav Buddy is a great site that helps connect people with similar interest on travel excursions. In addition, Trav Buddy allows travelers to share advice on experiences, locations, and places stayed. The community is huge! Rivaling Coach Surfing with over 1.6 million members! You can find just about anything related to travel here!

But wait! There’s more!

In addition to my top 20 websites, I want to include my favorite travel blogs. These travel blogs consistently produce amazing content on a weekly basis. I highly recommend you follow the blogs that resonate with you. For me that’s all of them!

Blogs I follow


I’ve followed Tynan’s blog for quite some time now. He originally wrote about dating and pickup back in his “betterthanyourboyfriend” days. Through his success in the dating industry and his other endeavors, the blog slowly morphed into a life mastery site. These days Tynan lives out of an RV traveling around the world. (I helped him reach this nomadic lifestyle by purchasing his car years ago). The gear Tynan travels with can be considered the best of the best. He thoroughly researches each item and explains in great detail the value of the travel gear.

Everything Everywhere

Gary runs a powerhouse of a blog. He’s visited an absurd amount of countries since 2007, and does a great job connecting with his audience. Consistently, Everything Everywhere ranks as one of the top 10 travel blogs on the internet. Gary posts a daily travel photo, fresh content 4 -5x a week, and frequent podcasts. I personally enjoy his writings about visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Gadling is a must read for anything related to travel. With about 30 writers pouring out fresh content on a daily basis, you will always have articles to read throughout the day. I really enjoy Gadling’s travel news articles. They provide in-depth detail of current travel trends, noteworthy events, and changes effecting the industry.

Fluent in 3 months

The title says it all, a great blog on the art of language hacking. Benny has developed a formula he uses to learn a new language in 3 months. He’s traveled the world since 2003, studying, learning, and applying new languages. In addition to learning techniques, Benny provides great resources on travel experiences. A must read for anyone learning how to master a language quickly.

Nerd Fitness

Steve posts about fitness and world travel. His nerd fitness guide is incredibly detailed and provides a great resource for his “Rebel Army”. The Nerd Fitness challenges are superb. Steve creates personal challenges for himself and user based fitness challenges.

Nomadic Matt

Matt’s blog is full of personal stories and great travel experiences. He truly lives the nomadic lifestyle, documenting the experiences along the way. I enjoy reading his hostel adventures and watching his fascinating travel videos.


I’ve recently started following the Technomadia blog after learning of their presentation at SXSW. I love learning new words. Chris and Cherie created a new one based on their lifestyles as techie nomads. Expect to find great travel resources and hacks on this technology/travel blog.

Man vs. Debt

I’m a big fan of anything that helps me save money while traveling. Adam travels around with his wife and young daughter blogging about his experiences traveling the world and paying off accumulated debt. I find Man vs. Debt inspiring on multiple levels. 1. The man travels the world and is successfully lowering his debt. 2. The man travels with a wife and small child!

166 Responses to “The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet”

  1. Michael says:

    Thanks so much for including us on your Top 20! We are really psyched!

    – Michael and Allison (Darn Good Digs)

  2. Sarah says:

    Have you checked out yet?

  3. Finqc2004 says:

    You may review one of the first travel sites aggregator

  4. Mike says:

    How about us?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would like to add Rooms With Great Views to your list.  People send in photos taken from hotel rooms, etc that show the actual view FROM the room.

  6. Vedette says:

    I use too

  7. AnyTrip says:

    I think Escape the City is a good idea…. may I also recommend our blog? ? 🙂

  8. Ck says:

  9. Rodblakeman says:

    Try for Travel Video Streams for each and every country in the World. The home page is running the Ireland Video Stream but you can visit every country using the drop-down menu

  10. Space Wasp says:

    no tripadvisor?

  11. traveler11 says:

    Thanks for sharing the list of the best
    Travel Websites on the Internet

  12. This collection of the traveling websites are great, thank you.

  13. Vacaxion says:

    I’m starting a new travel blog, I hope I could be in this list soon! 😀

  14. Mike says:

    I have always found to be a very effective tool.   

  15. Anonymous says:

    Nice post just a bit sad we don’t see 🙁 Maybe we could learn (tips) how to be better so we’ll be in the next one

  16. there are some key websites missing here but overall a good list

  17. p90x says:

    this is what i needed, thanks

  18. jader says:

    I liked this page

  19. jader says:

    I liked this page

  20. Patrickmorgan2004 says:

    Hm. I just went to Hostel World to look up a hostel I just stayed at in Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia. The site didn’t bring up any hostels but one in a town that has at least three! Odd.

  21. Really great list of websites and blogs — well done

  22. Joe says:

    Wow thanks for the links. There are some obvious ones and some I’ve heard of before but there was also a few I never heard of before. Particularly the Fluent in 3 Months one. Seems pretty interesting.

  23. Mmuncil says: : perhaps a contender for #26? it’s a new social network type of site constructed around the idea of helping travelers connect with one another (but much more secure than couchsurfing- which i have no qualms with). check it out! 🙂 

  24. Penny Ciocchi says:

    Wait, before you go galavanting traveling around the world, you need to check this site out. It might save you money, time and grief!

  25. That’s a great list you have here.

  26. From this site travelers will get some very important address
    of some well known website which can help them in many ways during


  27. Thatsouthernanthem says:

    Momondo always seems to be more expensive, at least from Burlington to JFK, which is my most common flight. Travelocity beats em by 20 percent most of the time, and the best I’ve seen was when they were both equal at 109 round trip

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  29. D Murphy says:

    Travel website for big families
    Helps big families of 5 or mroe find hotel/guest house accommodation to suite them:)

  30. foodlover says:

    Awesome list, only missing more trip plannig sites. My favorite one:

  31. Thanks for this detailed information about the travelling blogs… Nice collection…

  32. Great list, hop my future website will be listed in.

  33. Thank you! Great post.

  34. I liked “travelers point”

  35. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the info.  Don’t forget too.  It’s a good place to check out many countries in a short amount of time.  Travel the world in minutes as they say.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Check too

  37. Jun says:

    thanks for sharing. i also love they have many useful tips

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  39. Sinisa says:

     Interesting list .For some of them. I didn’t hear before

  40. Wadudamin says:

    Very informative site. Traveler can be benefited from here


  41. AnitaMac says:

    Wow – tonnes of info here!  I can see couch surfing is getting a mention on a lot of blogs and sites – maybe time to bite the bullet and try!  Loved hosteling on a trip around the world – the best part of breakfast – sharing a table with people from around the world.  Learned a lot that way in South America.  Staying with a local could be a great way to take it to the next level!

  42. Cº Cº says:


  43. Great list. You actually started with the best site. If I would count the amazing time I have had with Couchsurfing and the great people I have met it would be countless.

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  45. Explorermike says:

    Hey im trying to make your list someday! im an adventure hungry kiddo looking to see the world! check me out plz! 

  46. MMcBride43 says:

    Traveling to Prague?  Check out,, and .

  47. Cheap Hotels says:

    Great List. But i would recommend to the list. Thier  rates are comparitively lower than other online hotel booking websites and they do not charge any booking fee.

  48. Pirate Lane says:

    No Wanna See It All? I think their address 

  49. great list!
    I’ll go check out Sleeping in Airports, I remember sleeping in Vienna in August wasn’t fun at all, all the somehow soft spots were taken and sleeping on the benchese/seats of that airport killed me!

  50. Nigel says: if you’re heading downunder. They were awesome!

  51. All definitely good sites for travel! I love Tripit and HostelWorld too! Have you tried the travel ticker app for iphone yet? Also a great tool!

  52. Day 01: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to Karama Lodge, or around Arusha for dinner and overnight.

    Day 02:After breakfast depart to Tarangire, arrive lunch time, drive to Tarangire National Park, game drive, overnight Roika Tented Lodge.
    Day 03:After breakfast departure to Serengeti via Oldupai Gorge, afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park, overnight Kenzan Tented Lodge.
    Day 04:Full day in Serengeti National Park, early morning, mid and afternoon game drives, overnight Kenzan Tented Lodge.
    Day 05:Early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park (with breakfast box + picnic lunch), after lunch drive to Ngorongoro Crater rim via Masai Village, overnight Bouganivillea Safari Lodge.
    Day 06:After breakfast descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for full day game drive, ascend to the rim, overnight Bouganivillea Safari Lodge.
    Day 07:After breakfast depart for Lake Eyasi, arrive lunch time, afternoon visit Datogo Village, overnight Kisimangeda Tented Camp.
    Day 08: Early morning hunting with hunter gatherers Hadzabe, breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara, overnight Migunga Tented Lodge.
    Day 09: After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park (with picnic lunch) for a game drive. Dinner and overnight at Karama Lodge.

  53. I think the best travel Agency is Arusha Travel Agency

  54. how about – Arusha Travel Agency ??

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    how about – Arusha Travel Agency ??  http://www.arushatravelagency.comHave you ever get into it!? just click and see…..

  56. Mike!
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  57. how about – Arusha Travel Agency ??

    Have you ever get into it!? just click and see…..

  58. Peter Heck says:

    This is a good list for travel resources – well done!

  59. It’s brand new, but has some 12,000 webcams indexed. Might be fun for travel lovers to check out.

  60. Adventuretravelshop says:

    It’s really hard to choose 10 best! What about the

  61. John pete says:

    Great list.i found very interesting.

  62. Kooldaddy says:

    What about resources for pet friendly travel?

  63. Roger says:

    Good list, some new sites for me. I suggest for small hotels and accommodations that are otherwise difficult to find as they do not appear on the big hotel search sites

  64. DayaM says: if you want to read reviews of programs abroad. Great resource! 🙂

  65. Days Inn says:

    This is somewhat a budget travel oriented list, plus the blogs list I like very much.

  66. Great list. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Xaumi says: should be in this list

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  72. Planeters says:

    Some of them I already knew and they’re really great. Adam Baker and Gary from E-E are highly recommended

  73. Nicholas Schneider says:

    Hi, please also check out the low-budget travelling website

  74. Canbby Buddy says:

    I suggest you check out for some great city escapes in Europe. Great place to book a room. 

  75. These are good lists to share. Always looking for such resources

  76. Pollaqq says:

    Can I post without being Disqus subscriber?

  77. Neelamtewari25 says:

    Hi really liked this page..would also like to know bout places to visit in malaysia

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  79. Cathy Ly says:

    What a resourceful blog. I absolutely adore everything you listed on this site. Couchsurfing has got to be my #1 favorite website for meeting other locals and immersing in other cultures. You really cannot beat that.

    Cathy Trails

  80. TripAdvisor is a must for any traveller .. much better than Hotels Combined (an amalgamator!) .. and what about Lonely Planet??

  81. Justinwdart says:

    One of my favorites is Not so much travel info but stories about places from all over Japan. Lots of off the beaten path places overlooked by most travel guides.

  82. James says:

    I’d also check out – gives some good adventure travel ideas

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  84. admin says:

    yes that should not be an issue

  85. Alessandro says:

    Very good list. You should mention – a quite new website where you can stay with locals in return for work, money or for free

  86. Anonymous says:

    The link for Travel Finances is not working…do you have another?

  87. Ana says:

    thanks for sharing!:D

  88. sj says:

    Wow, fantastic post. Seems like really comes up with the goods!

  89. Maloula says:

    Great list, not sure about Hostelworld, it charges a $2 fee on top of the 10%, so if you book a $20 bed, you’ll end up paying $4 instead of $2, what is great in that..? Other companies do better like &, with no booking fee…

  90. Maloula says:

    Great list, not sure about Hostelworld, it charges a $2 fee on top of the 10%, so if you book a $20 bed, you’ll end up paying $4 instead of $2, what is great in that..? Other companies do better &, with no booking fee…

  91. Anonymous says:

    Great list. My favourite is couchsurfing by far. It revolutionised by travels and made me love the world for its kindness and generosity! For anyone visiting Europe, don’t forget to take advantage of its amazing train network with ! It has some great blog posts too like

  92. Uberholiday says:

    I know what i’ll be looking at over dinner tonight. 

  93. lyttleton says:

    I try a different kind of traveling, more long-term (one year in each city), so I rarely see sites that cater to my type of needs.  Still, I’ve been told couch surfing has sections that could work for me.  Interesting list, all the same.

  94. George says:

    I’ve used a couple of these in the pasts, but when i’ve been wanting a nice cruise holiday i’ve used

  95. Arif Ammar says:

    Good work for travelers. 

  96. Bob Rouse says:

    Really usefull site, hope to get many travel ideas for our trip to Vietnam

  97. A W Golden says:

    This is fantastic. I’m a big fan of too. Plenty of great travel films to motivate me for my next adventure.

  98. Emr Vendors says:

    Great work website….

  99. jackieschan says:

    Take a look at

  100. Santorini_Hotels says:

    Thank you for this article. It has many good websites and it is very useful.

  101. Very good list. I am happy Airbnb is also in it. You can check a Santorini Hotel at 

  102. Zach says:

    Great list. we are connected with some of them already but like finding new ones. You might consider this site as well.

  103. I think the best one is the where you can compare the prices for any hotel and find the best price. 

  104. says:

    Great information! Definitely use this for the next time I travel.

  105. Tom says:

    Great suggestions. One of my favourites is . They have some great travel blogs and ideas. 

  106. Subash Bidare says:

    I suggest for booking cabs / taxis in India. It covers 75 cities and works smoothly. 

  107. Golapmohi says:

    Hello friends…visit to know about the beauty of Bangladesh

  108. Thank you for share, Please visit ours site : . We are travel agents in Vietnam and Southeast Asia

  109. I suggest for more information about travels and Strange thing that you dont know

  110. osaid says:

    lovely sites, enjoyed.. thanks for sharing.

  111. Datca360 says:

    If you would like to come to Datça try There are panoramic photographs of Datça places.

  112. Sandra Foyt says:

    Someday, I hope you’ll add – a blog about inspiring lifelong learners to travel.

  113. A definetilly great one for traveling in mexico is

  114. Dana Valles says:

    Great list, I really enjoyed hopping randomly, I would like to add . . this is really a perfect site for newbie and seasoned travelers.

  115. john says:

    I suggest, for backpackers and travellers accommodation

  116. JACSVIAJERO says:

    Dejo otro blog, con muchas descripciones y fotografías, pocas entradas todavía, pero promete:

  117. David Urmann says:

    Great List – Our site is a social network connecting travellers with locals who can help them plan a trip.

  118. broer says:

    I suggest, for backpackers and travellers destinations…

  119. ChrisJW says:

    Great list, some nice blogs to follow, i use for my hotels

  120. Mark Green says:

    Pretty cool if your in the top. Im feeling like Im almost there

  121. Good luck to these “20 best travel websites”!

  122. Travel Spyz says:

    Aliens in your hotel room? No, not really but Travel Spyz provides videos for travelers…from travelers. Watch traveler submitted videos & see
    inside hotel rooms, resorts, cruise ships and more. Add your insider travel videos and help build this new community of actually seeing it before you book it. Real videos from real people.

  123. Travagal says:

    Very cool – consider it bookmarked! I have been toying with using but haven’t gotten up the courage yet to crash at a stranger’s house!

  124. Excellent! You have a couple I hadn’t heard of yet 🙂

  125. 24/7 in France says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive list.

  126. says:

    yes, tripadvisor is a nice travel site.

  127. egypt-travel says:

    I have seen it is a good web travel too

  128. Why not spirittourism ?

  129. JRinAsia says:

    Thanks for sharing your resources! As a travel blogger/globedrifter I’m always looking out for the best tips. Thanks again!

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  131. robert says:

    Great list: you gave me more ideas for my next trip. however I suggest for accommodations in spain casue they are based in bacelona

  132. Joa says:

    Many good sites there. I can see you’ve already mentioned Airbnb, but there are many similar concepts, so I would also add the following sites for finding really cheap private accomodation:

  133. BBakeca says:

    Great list! Thanks!

  134. Luxury & Lifestyles says:

    What You Should See In the World – A List of Most Popular 10 Travelling Destinations

  135. Adrian Pusca says:

    no booking dot com ? 🙂

  136. induelahi says:

    Explore Calcutta/Kolkata India with walking tours, city tours,slum tours,gastronomic tours.

  137. Jeanine F says:

    You forgot LoveRoom!

  138. Annu says:

    Hehe, sleeping in the airports sounds interesting. I guess that relates to me, cause I did it once. And I remember there were many people doing so in USA airports. The crucial part is that you have the tickets on you, hehe.

  139. Veronika says:

    I am a big fan of they are showing you how to make long-term travelling affordable and they have just been named one of the top travel blogs to follow 2015

  140. Thanks for sharing your resources!

  141. Jackie Sasso says:

    Thank you very much!

  142. says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go
    ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the good job!

  143. Richie2703 says:

  144. russianblogger says:

    Hmm, not even Lonely Planet in the list.

  145. Steve Nomad says:

    Nice list of travel websites. I’d like to suggest one more for the list, – Thanks! Steve

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