In days of yore, explorers relied on navigating by the stars, communicating via telegram, and sharing intrepid tips via word of mouth in select wood-lined members’ clubs where they might gather a few times a year at their home base to regale compatriots with their wild and wonderful tales.
Today’s travel is a lot more hassle-free, thanks in no small measure to the heroics of these early pioneers. But technology has also helped immeasurably, and we’ve never had more information at our fingertips.
However, in some ways we’re somewhat spoiled for choice, and this can make it tough to figure out which sites and apps are best for helping you plan your next tailor-made holiday. With that in mind, we’ve trawled the internet to gather the following ten super sites and apps for adventurers!
Today we bring you a collection of 10 applications, web tools, and sites to plan your trip. These will ensure that when the time for your vacation comes, you can have everything well organized. The below list contains what we consider to be the coolest and most useful resources, from travel and reservation search engines to tools that will help with food, transportation, or organization once you are at your destination.
We have tried to include a wide range for all platforms, so that no matter what device you use or prefer, there will be something for you on the list that you can use on any operating system.
1. Vegan Dining
If you’ve travelled fairly extensively, you’ll know that some nations are more reliant on meat-based diets than others. No need to say that this can present a considerable problem if you’re vegan. However, your worries are over when you consult the plant-based dining site Happy Cow.net. This website collates thousands of reviews of veggie and vegan cafes, restaurants, and takeaways worldwide. It’s also available as an app.
2. Travel Journalism
There are more travel blogs, vlogs, TV shows, and websites than ever, but quantity doesn’t always equate quality. However, lonelyplanet.com has maintained consistently excellent travel journalism and incisive information on a wide range of global locations since its inception back in 1972, when it was set up by globetrotting couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler.
3. Happy Hostelling
Staying in a hostel has always been a cheaper option than a hotel for thrifty travellers. But unfortunately, in the past, some hostels have suffered from a variety of issues, ranging from security to cleanliness. However, hostel review site hostelworld.com provides peace of mind, with over 13 million verified guest reviews and over 36,000 properties in 178 countries.
4. Eco Breaks
Ethical travel has become increasingly important to many tourists these days, and although some travel agents and establishments are purportedly green, it’s often hard to find an independent assessment of their claims. However, at nationaltrust.org.uk, you can easily search for eco-friendly cottages in the UK. You’ll find listings for over 400 lovely holiday homes everywhere from Cornwall to the Isle of Wight where you can escape from everyday life in stunning scenery – and with a completely clear conscience!
5. Car Hire
Although many global cities now have efficient public transport networks, this isn’t universal. For some territories and types of travel groups, journeying by car is still by far the best option. If you want to weigh up great deals from leading rental providers, car hire comparison site enjoytravel.com is worth checking out. As a bonus, it also has some excellent guidance on things to see and do in a range of destinations. Pre-booking your car from the comfort of your sofa is so convenient, and if you book ahead of time you can often bag a bargain.
This is a perfect application to use both when you travel and in your day-to-day life. This app tells you when there are going to be concerts by your favourite musicians near your destination city. You can follow the bands you like to get tour and gig updates, and find out which artists are scheduled to perform closest to your city. You can change the city to put the one where you are going to be on vacation. They have a website as well as applications available for Android and iOS.
It is clear that if you are going to travel, it’s useful – if not necessary! – to consult the weather forecast both ahead of and during your trip. Of course, you can easily use the information provided by the official agencies of each country or by the weather applications of your mobile operating system. But many of the latter actually use AccuWeather as a source, so you can also go straight to the source by installing it or consulting it online directly. From our team’s personal experience, My Trail Co can vouch that this service is one of the most accurate and reliable out there.
If you are planning a trip to a country whose local language you are completely unfamiliar with, it might not hurt to learn some basics using this popular language-learning app. While you may find people who speak English, depending on where you go, it is always possible that some locals will be as lost with that language as you are with theirs. Being able to say a few common sentences in the local language will also allow you to connect with the locals better.
If you don’t know what to pack, this application helps you organize your luggage, informing you of what you should include in your suitcase depending on the destination you are going to travel to and the duration of your trip. It will also analyze the weather forecast and the activities you have planned to do in order to tell you what to bring.
TripIt is an application that aims to act as your main trip organizer. It allows you to add all the plans you make, from transportation to hotels, tours, food, and much more, with locations on the map. Of course, to get the most out of it, you will need to pay for the Pro version.
That rounds up our list of the top 10 super sites and apps for adventurers! Let us know in the comments section if we’ve missed your favourite travel site. We’d love to hear if you think that we have left out an important tool. This will allow users who come here in search of solutions to also draw on the knowledge of our readers!
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