Over the past couple years, I have ran across several travel websites that are now my Go-Tos whenever Brady and I go off somewhere. With our upcoming trip to Europe in the near future, I have added a few more sites to my list, so I thought I would share them on my blog.
1) Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura allows you to type in what you would like to see in the area you will be. I use this anytime we go somewhere new. This was how I found 2 of the little hikes to waterfalls that we took in British Columbia last summer. It did not disappoint. More recently, I have researched castles near Killarney, Ireland and received several results along with a map showing where the castles are in conjunction with Killarney.
2) Trip Advisor
Trip Advisor is hand’s down my favorite website to use when researching travel. While I have never actually booked anything directly on Trip Advisor’s website, it is such a great place to get information and reviews from users. You are able to read reviews on everything – restaurants, nightlife, tours, hotels, shopping, etc.
My most recent search was for Things to Do in Brussels, Belgium. This search showed the #1 thing to do in Brussels out of 355 things to do was tour the Grand Place. It then allows you to book a tour directly from their website.
3) Jet Lag Rooster
Jet Lag Rooster might just be the best website I have ever ran across. I have not used it yet, but you can bet I will be all over it when we fly to Europe. The way this site works is pretty neat. Users type in the date, time, and city which they will be starting their trip as well as the date, time, and city they will be flying to. Users then enter their sleep and wake-up times. Sleep patterns can then be figured based 3 days ahead of your trip, day of departure, or after arriving. Very useful!
4) Black Tomato
Black Tomato is a luxury travel site which allows you a travel experience tailored to meet your needs. There are pre-planned itineraries that can be taken all over the world, or you can inquire about having your own custom itinerary made. I have not used this website for travel, but I gather a lot of information from it and get ideas for things to do based on where we will be. Plus, it’s always fun to dream!
Foodspotting has become one of my favorite websites to use no matter where we go! Every time we go to Oklahoma City for a weekend, I am pulling up this site to find somewhere new to eat. On my list now: Killarney, Ireland. Not that I am planning pit stops for food, I just want to see what is available.
6) The Man in Seat 61
Seat 61 is a website I have been on frequently for prepping this trip to Europe. It allows you to look at alternative transportation if you are not wanting to fly by plane. By plugging in your start and end points, you are able to see what routes and modes of transportation are available to you. There are also several tips on European train travel which I am scouring over as I am clueless in this area.
7) Sandeman’s New Europe
Sandeman’s offers tours in 18 European cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Lisbon, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Munich, NYC, Paris, Prague, and Tel Aviv. On this site, you are able to book FREE walking tours as well as private tours of the cities they operate in. The tours are operated by local guides and work on donation-basis. This is a great website for someone on a shoestring budget. I have been scoping out this site for tours in 4 of the 7 cities we will be visiting next summer.
I am not advertising for any of these websites – just wanted to share some of the websites I keep saved in my favorites folder for travel.