When our Web Wonder Woman Jamey Ordolis first shared the best travel sites with us in 2010, they became our go-to's for booking, enjoying and sharing our trips. So, we asked her to give us an update on the latest and greatest...
This hugely popular site allows you to rent living space on any budget — from a single room to a private island! — from private owners. The incredible range of places from around the world includes ancient British castles, city lofts, cool NYC apartments and kookier experiences like treehouses and snowdomes. The site has become well known for its beautiful photography too, so enjoy having a browse of cool international homes.
It's simply the best flight aggregator with the easiest and most helpful functionality. You can find the best deals on last minute flights by typing "everywhere" as a destination, you can plan ahead with the easy search filters and change your results as they appear. The site even offers suggestions on how you can save money by changing dates, airports, etc. And because it's such a comprehensive tool, it's great for booking at smaller airlines on-the-go around the world via the site or the app.
This "hotel tell-all" site breaks through all the marketing jargon you see on hotel and travel sites to provide real reviews of hotels. Their "special investigators" visit hotels around the world to rate and photograph them so you know what you're really getting. Check out their "marketing vs. reality" photo fakeouts to see what we mean (and have a laugh).
When you're visiting a major metropolitan city, this is your guide to shows, museums, restaurants and all the cool cultural happenings. The site had critics' picks and reviews, user favourites and it's the best way to fill your days and nights with more than the basic sightseeing.
This "International Picture Dictionary" app allows you to communicate when you don't know the language by flashing easy-to-understand images, like a toothbrush, a hospital, a hairdryer (Chris' favourite) ... even condoms! And you don't need to be connected to the internet to use it, just download the app and you're good to go!
This must-have conversion calculator is free and easy to use and can save you a lot of dough. Add the currencies you will want to use to your list of conversion options and toggle easily between them.
Let us know if you have any questions about these or other travel sites and apps in the comments below and happy travels!