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The world’s best travel websites

Updated on December 25, 2012

How to find your way through the internet jungle

In the old days before the internet was invented, we all had to rely on travel guide books and tourist brochures. Nowadays trip planning has become easy and efficient, but it’s often a challenge to navigate through the website maze. Here are a few amazing websites that tell you how to find the nearest underground station, a public washroom, an ATM machine, where to get free board and lodging, how much luggage you can take, what the weather is like in your travel destination, how to travel as a vegetarian/vegan, how to cycle through Europe and much more.

If you know of any other useful travel related websites please leave a comment and I will gladly add it to my list. Thanks and happy travels!

Accommodation and Food & Volunteering:

Work for free board and lodging:

Have some time to spare but not enough money? If you are willing to work for a few hours a day, grateful hosts are welcoming you into their home.

Couchsurfing: Stay with local people for free

This great global organization hooks you up with local, open-minded people who offer tourists a free bed and sometimes food, friendship and their services as a tourist guide. Of course you are expected to reciprocate to make the whole thing work.

Free lodging and a hot shower (for cyclists only):

If you are on a bicycle trip around the world finding a safe and cheap place to crash is on top of the priority list. is a bicycling community linking hosts with touring cyclists. Hosts offer a free roof over your head (be prepared to sleep in your own sleeping bag on the floor) as well as a hot shower.

US reststops where you can legally park for the night:

Whether your are an RV'er, a trucker or just a car driver on a long trip, finding a safe rest stop where you are allowed to pitch camp for the nights is becoming increasingly difficult. This website links you up with all the spots.

Worldwide opportunities on organic farms:

The WWOOF organization is especially popular among the younger generation or the lone traveller. It links up willing workers with owners of smallholdings. In exchange for a few hours of work the volunteer usually gets free board and lodging and becomes part of the family. A great way to explore the world on a shoestring and to meet local people.

Volunteering and teaching jobs worldwide:

Volunteering has become hugely popular. It's a great way to meet the local population while helping out. This website is a compilation of various organizations which offer volunteering positions and teaching jobs worldwide.

Warning: While many volunteering organizations are legitimate, there are a few sharks out there who make unsuspecting Gringos pay thousands of dollars for a working holiday. So before you sign up make sure that you are dealing with a registered and reliable organization and google it for references and complaints.

Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants:

While the average traveller will be happy to eat in just about any restaurant, finding a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in a new country might pose a challenge. This website will show you where to go.

Connect & Communicate:

Find travellers you met on the plane:

Do you believe in match making in heaven? Met a nice lady on the plane but were too shy to ask for her address? Just enter the number of your flight, day and time as well as departure and arrival city and with some luck your dream partner might be looking for you as well.

Language exchange:

Want to learn a new language an need a native conversation partner or somebody who corrects you?

Weather Livecams worldwide

Want to know what the weather is like in your travel destination? Earth TV cameras show you images of the world's major tourist traps in real time.

Pre-trip organization & what to pack:

Personalized pre-trip to-do lists and packing lists:

This is an amazing website, especially if you are a bad organizer or a forgetful person. You just enter your travel destination, the date of your departure, your accommodation choice and your interests and this free programme will supply you with super handy to-do and packing lists. The to-do lists tell you in detail what to organize in advance, 2 weeks, 1 week, 1 day, night before the trip and as you leave.

Transportation, travel logistics & luggage:

Rail and metro/underground information:

Information about rail and underground travel worldwide including maps and prices.

How to get from point A to point B:

You don't need to travel all the way from Rome to Rio to find this website useful. Don’t know how to get to a travel destination and how long it’s going to take? Worldwide listings and maps and suggestions of public transportation, nearest airports etc.

Luggage limits:

The luggage limits are continuously changing, which can make travelling quite a challenge. This database gives you the latest information for 180 airlines worldwide.

Cycle through Europe

Europe has currently a bicycle network of 14 routes covering 70’000 km of trails. More info about cycling in Europe and trip planning:

ATM locator

Don’t know where to get money? Find the nearest Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) worldwide.

Important: Many countries (particularly in Europe) use 4 digit pin codes while North America uses up to 6 digits. Before you leave North America you are therefore advised to change your pin code to 4 digits only. If you don't do this, you might not be able to use your ATM card at all.

Toilet finder

In Europe, when you are asking for the nearest public washroom, you will probably be sent to a laundromat. In North America, if you look for a toilet, you will end up in the plumbing department. Therefore remember: In Europe and other continents, it's a "Toilet" and in North America "Washroom". This website will send you to the right spot:

Hotel and restaurant reviews

Not quite sure if the flashy resort or expensive restaurant that you found on the net is worth its money? These two websites give you honest reviews of thousands of travellers based on their own personal experiences.

Unique experiences with local tour guides that you won't find in the average travel catalogue:

How to hire your VIP travel guide at low budget cost? Want to travel to a remote location or go for a walk through the urban jungle to meet some quirky people? Ready for some authetic food that you won't find in a normal restaurant? Local experts from all over the world are offering unique and authentic experiences via the following websites:


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    • cheetah786 profile image


      6 years ago

      very useful links.. thanks for sharing..good work

    • greeneryday profile image


      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      Very interesting travel websites, I am going to have a look each one of them. thank you for sharing such an informative hub, voted up for useful

    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for the useful travel information. I have to say I was unaware of all these web sites but will check them out!

    • jojo29 profile image

      Jane Boucheirre 

      6 years ago from CA

      Thanks for this interesting hub. A great guide for those people who travel.

    • brainfood4u profile image


      6 years ago from PHILIPPINES

      novascotiamiss: I like to much singapore because that is the clean country that I saw. I been there before but just a limited time.

    • novascotiamiss profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Brainfood: I believe that most of the webpages listed also apply to Singapore. I've only tranferred through Singapore airport once and I found that it was the most remarkable, most comfortable and most beautiful airport I've ever see. Unfortunetely we didn't have time to see Singapore as we were in transit but if the rest of Singapore is as geared up as the airport, it must be an amazing place.

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      6 years ago from PHILIPPINES

      Wow, you have a great information for travelling, easy place and comfortable, I wish that place soon... mostly in Singapore. Any idea and comments out there?

    • novascotiamiss profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Shannahan: Many thanks for your input. I'll gladly at the WWOOF website to the list. I haven't tried it out myself but I've heard about it and it certainly seems to be a great organization.

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      D Shannahan 

      6 years ago from Everywhere Man!

      cool compilation of resources, traveling can be really great. some info to add if I may: if you don't know of this already, there is a program called WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms) through which you can arrange to stay with host families in exchange for some simple work during the day. Its actually quite big, it exists in over 100 countries, and is well established in many. I spent some time travelling from host to host in Australia through WWOOF and it was a great way to travel. hardly spent any money, and finding a host was very easy wherever I was.


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