#online travel sites
The 20 best travel websites
12:01AM BST 02 May 2008
We now use the internet for all sorts of boring grown-up things such as banking, looking for a new house and reserving library books. But the net also has its guilty pleasures and showbiz gossip websites rank among the finest. Here, we search for the best in travel websites
02 May 2008
Mr and Mrs Smith
The upmarket weekenders’ bible: hundreds of highly recommended (and anonymously reviewed) boutique hotels around the world.
Award-winning website (and rightly so) of this young London-based agency. Insider tips, a superb ideas generator, great pictures and a “Panic Button” for when you need travel inspiration fast.
World Travel Guide
The travel agents’ information database – a massive source of information now available to the rest of us. From skiing to beaches, cities to what’s on, if you can’t find it here you’re probably not looking for the right thing.
Visa-service website with extremely comprehensive database of the visa requirements, costs and application procedures of almost every country in the world.
The Man in Seat 61
Routes, tickets, tips and advice – the only guide you need to travelling by train from the UK to Europe and the rest of the world.
Online pedestrian routefinder for London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh that shows you the best route to walk from A to B. Includes calorie counter, CO2 savings and points of interest on the way. Other cities coming soon.
Excellent all-round travel site. Use it to find good prices on flights and holidays but click on “Destinations” for some well-researched and up-to-date travel guides to where you are going.
City guides, news and reviews for those who spend most of their working life in the air.
Aircraft seating plans, showing you the prime seats, the possible annoyances and seats you should do your very best to avoid.
A consumer guide to what you can expect aboard. There are news and features from the airline catering world, but the best part is a gallery of photos of on-board meals sent in by passengers and listed by airline.
Travel writing with a twist. Click on the destination you have in mind and be prepared to be inspired.
Often devastatingly honest reviews of airlines, airports, seats and lounges from customers and crew.
Powerful airline price-comparison site. Scans hundreds of agents and airlines across the world for the best deal to your destination. Good graphical interface so you can see if there’s a cheaper fare the day before or after.
Good source of special offers and last-minute deals. Sign up for the weekly newsletter of Top 20 bargains on the net.
Excellent one-stop reference site bringing together travel information, weather, photographs, events and news for locations around the world.
Low Carbon Travel Adventures
Fun, new and full of information for travelling in an environmentally less-destructive way, from sailing on a cargo ship to cycling through Serbia.
The home of the UK’s leading green transport charity. Excellent for tips and features and a superb database of cycle routes throughout the UK.
Door to Door
Excellent, if dully designed, UK government guide to domestic and foreign travel for disabled people. Plenty of information on the practicalities for travel and links to good specialist services and operators.
Find-a-sofa, make-new-friends site for travellers who would like to meet the locals. Originally a way of bagging a couch for the night, has expanded into a social networking site where people are just as happy to meet up for a beer and tour of the city. Predominantly younger users but independently minded oldies are starting to sign up too.