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Post by Daejn » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:28 pm

Thought it might be a good idea to put together a list of everybody's favourite online travel sites - whether for booking cheap flights, travel tips and journalism, guidebooks and blogs, whatever really. Add your own here - I've started off with a few suggestions.

I've Been There (from the Guardian newspaper group) is an online guidebook where users post tips on the places they've been. As well as writing recommendations and personal preferences, entries are tagged for easier searching.

Where Are You Now? is a social networking site geared towards travelers, where you can exchange profile details with other members and keep in contact with people you've met on the road.

The Man In Seat 61 - a comprehensive guide on how to travel the world without leaving terra firma. The site has details on how to get from the UK to virtually every continent by land, rail, sea and other non-flying methods.

Climate Care - salve your conscience by offsetting the carbon emissions on your flight. We may all be doomed to die on an overheated planet, but at least you'll be able to act all smug and say it wasn't your fault.
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Post by Ian_in_DC » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:38 pm

I think you posted this on the wrong forum, daejn. We don't allow any OPs on helpful and informative topics here at PS. Full. Stop.
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Post by Moethebartender » Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:15 pm

Tales of Asia - An excellent website for anyone planning on travel to Cambodia. It's run by an American who's been living over there for years. Great FAQ and extensive information on border crossings and overland travel.

Trekearth - a photo critique website for travel shots. Photos are grouped by region.

Flyertalk - haven't spent much time on there yet, but it's all about frequent flyers.

Oanda - currency conversions
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Post by Polardude » Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:50 pm

Talesofasia was excellent in providing very specific information aboot the border crossing at Poipet without the use of a bus from Khao Song Rd. It included a nice little map of the border.

I have used Kayak.com for airfare searches.

Ian, thanks for that Guardian link. I've already pulled some good info off of it for my upcoming Vietnam trip
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Post by Ian_in_DC » Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:02 pm

Polardude wrote:Ian, thanks for that Guardian link. I've already pulled some good info off of it for my upcoming Vietnam trip

You mean daejn - I didn't post any travel advice here.
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Post by pezworld » Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:33 am

indiamike.com for India travel.
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Post by zara » Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:59 am

most of my travel links are on my other comp, but remembered these:

http://www.travelblog.org/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Main_Page
http://www.timeticker.com/

i was thinking of subscribing to this one: http://www.trails.com/
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Post by a wanker » Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:34 am

Some of you may have heard of this site: lonelyplanet.com
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Post by purplegemini » Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:03 pm

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Post by anotherjen » Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:58 pm

For those of us with kids (or who still act like them): www.travelforkids.com/

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Post by zara » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:42 am

for some great articles and tips (ian wright is a contributor), i discovered a new (for me) mag at the doc's office. he had a whole stack and i actually didn't mind the long line ahead of me today. hell, i might even look forward to my appointments now ... not! but it's a damn read better than fucking chatelaine or cosmo.

http://www.outpostmagazine.com/

(unfortunately, there's only teasers for the online archives, but i'm going to check the library for back issues)

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Post by Moethebartender » Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:00 pm

Via Nica.com

Just found this one - looks like an absolutely excellent website for anyone interested in visiting Nicaragua. It's got comprehensive bus schedules, information about destinations and all sorts of useful information.
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Post by WeiLong » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:44 am

My travelogues are here Travels in Asia

I lived in Taiwan for around 7 years and during that time managed to travel extensively in the area.

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Post by pezworld » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:56 am

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Post by zara » Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:37 am

seat guru is cool - used it before selecting my seats online.

another link i came across for US trails as well as international links, http://www.railtrails.org

http://www.wikimapia.org combines wikipedia and maps for an informative reference tool... just mouseover or click any boxed area for details on the location.

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Post by Moethebartender » Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:00 pm

Mexico Maps


Grabbed this one from the thorn tree today. Lots of maps for Mexico. Apparently you have to do a screen capture to print them out. Link to thread explaining how to do this
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Post by Polardude » Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:02 pm

Thanks Moe. I'll try this site out for an upcoming trip to Chiapas
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Post by kindrid » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:48 am

http://www.khmer440.com/

Covers Cambodia. Wish could I find other sites like it for other countries that compare in quality. India Mike for India is the only one that is similar in quality.
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Post by simon_in_exile » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:28 pm

If you like cycling, you'll know about this already:
http://www.trentobike.org/
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Post by chimes » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:49 pm

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Post by Tomska » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:38 pm

Surprised that nobody's mentioned Tripadvisor. Excellent for hotel reviews and the forums are much more active than the Thorn Tree nowadays.
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Post by pezworld » Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:29 pm

I had no idea Tripadvisor had forums. I've posted hotel reviews and searched reviews quite a bit.
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Post by Tomska » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:50 pm

pezworld wrote:I had no idea Tripadvisor had forums. I've posted hotel reviews and searched reviews quite a bit.


The forums are really good. They go right down to city level and have a lot of contributors. They're busy like TT used to be. TT's a ghost town now...
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Post by avalon_ » Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:21 pm

This is a good one for Southeast Asia:
http://www.travelfish.org/

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Post by Electrolyte » Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:56 am

FLIGHTS: I find http://www.Kayak.com/to be best for flights. (I found out about it from Moe.)
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HOTELS: http://www.hrs.de is the best hotel site I've found for Europe.
(Edited to add, I just used it to find good inexpensive places outside Yellowstone Park in the US.)

http://www.asiahotels.com/ is good for Asia. So is http://www.asiatravel.com
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DISCOUNT HOTELS: http://www.hotels.com has cheap rooms, but requires prepayment.

At http://www.hotwire.com you reserve a class of hotel but not an exact hotel in a city. You can search on characteristics, like internet, parking, etc ... It's cheap because hotels can offer discounts without revealing who they are to their competitors and inviting bidding wars. A friend of mine says he's found great deals on it. I've never found anything that looked especially interesting on it, though.
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SEATS ON THE PLANE:
Seatguru.com

The NYTimes did an article on the topic of this OP and I think they said http://seatexpert.com/ was better. You can type in your flight to search for a seat.
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CALCULATE YOUR MILES: http://www.webflyer.com/travel/mileage_calculator/ calculates how many miles you will earn.
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I still use LP sometimes, but it's much slower and more tedious to use than it used to be and it seems to have fewer posts, maybe because other people find it slower too.

Actually, my favorite site now for getting answers to travel questions or subjects (Yellowstone in October) is ... www.google.com

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Post by polardude1 » Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:46 pm

FLIGHTS: I find http://www.Kayak.com/to be best for flights. (I found out about it fromket, but worth Moe.)


great search engine for airline ticket but worth cross referencing with the airline
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Post by Electrolyte » Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:23 am

polardude1 wrote:
FLIGHTS: I find http://www.Kayak.com/to be best for flights. (I found out about it fromket, but worth Moe.)


great search engine for airline ticket but worth cross referencing with the airline

I tried it a couple of times only and I got the same price.

Doesn't Kayak get the price from the Airline? When you buy a ticket they tell you something to the effect of "we're sending you to the airline website now".

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Post by polardude1 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:20 am

I tried it a couple of times only and I got the same price.

Doesn't Kayak get the price from the Airline? When you buy a ticket they tell you something to the effect of "we're sending you to the airline website now".

yes, some of the fares do. I only cross check those fares where I'm directed to an Orbitz or a website other than the airline
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Post by thegreenlantern » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:02 pm

http://www.itasoftware.com/

That's my chosen site for searching flights. It allows you to do all sorts of complicated things with longer layovers, three city flights, etc. It also offers more powerful tools to analyze historical flight prices to see where is cheapest when.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_class

Ticket class is an important thing to understand if you are the type that might end up changing tickets on your own dime.


I have been looking for, but haven't found, a good site for road trip restaurants. There isn't much good information on locating solid greasy spoons in the Western US.

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Post by Electrolyte » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:52 am

I take back what I said about how it isn't worth cross referencing Kayak prices with the airlines' websites. I've found better flight selection on the airlines' websites. On our summer vacation this year we got a price for United on Kayak but then bought the ticket on the United site where we got a better flight for the same price.

Now it's too late, but I'll check out the recent recommendations next time.

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Post by polardude1 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:01 pm

I take back what I said about how it isn't worth cross referencing Kayak prices with the airlines' websites. I've found better flight selection on the airlines' websites

it's always worth checking. Sometinmes you get better connections directly from the airline for the same price
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Post by queenrania » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:08 pm

www.itasoftware.com

Almost as Kayak.com but in my opinion is better.

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Post by polardude1 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:00 am

I'm not really impressed.
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Post by mishmish » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:28 pm

meh. I spent an entire precious day of layover in Seattle searching on all those sites, and ended up just going to the airport and buying a ticket that was available, which turned out to be cheaper than the websites. maybe just luck, but the next time I'm flexible with time, that's what I'll do.

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Post by polardude1 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:41 pm

probably luck. the seat was there to fill and it is better to earn something than for not to stay empty.There are not any empty seats on flighs now a days
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Post by CaptainCourageous » Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:54 pm

An excellent resource for SEA - Travelfish
To help work out your travel budget - Travel Calculator
Having used both, I can testify to their help.

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Post by leela » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:30 pm

Does anyone know if there's an Africa equivalent to India Mike and Travelfish?
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Post by scottyheather » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:35 pm

Cleartrip is an excellent site for trains within India. You can even reserve tickets online with them in advance from outside India which was great as we were travelling through India over the peak holiday period when trains were full way in advance.

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Post by Bondi » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:51 am

Crazy Guy on a bike has great bike touring resources along with journals


http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/?o=1
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Post by egjeg » Sun May 12, 2013 2:24 pm

Anyone know any good podcasts about travel? Looking for something more along the lines of a travelogue and less "tips on how to pack".
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Post by Stan In Maryland » Wed May 15, 2013 7:26 pm

It has been a few years but I found slowtravel.com really helpful for planning a trip to Italy.
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Post by Flora » Sat May 25, 2013 12:29 pm

Today I just realised how much I miss TT for this stuff. I mean, I want to know about Ghana and have no idea where to go.

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Post by NorthernLight » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:06 pm

egjeg wrote:Anyone know any good podcasts about travel? Looking for something more along the lines of a travelogue and less "tips on how to pack".

A bit late, but ... Rick Steeves has some podcasts and an App now for some destinations. I used it for both Rome and Florence.

Booking.com has been the most useful hotel search-booking site. There are a few other sites, but I've had good luck with this one the last couple of years.

Wotif does a good job in SEA for hotels.

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Post by Mikayla » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:05 pm

Actually these online resources are really hard to find out, but thanks to you because you get all that in one plate form.

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Post by lolasf » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:48 am

Flora wrote:Today I just realised how much I miss TT for this stuff. I mean, I want to know about Ghana and have no idea where to go.

It's obviously 2 years later and your life has changed tremendously, but I was just there if I can help at all and it's still on your radar.

I now use google flights for pricing before going anywhere. Excellent resource: https://www.google.com/flights/
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Post by ManchVegas » Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:20 pm

Southwest.com is a must for US domestic flights.

They don't show up on kayak and their ilk.
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