Frommers logo default 2015

  • The Cost of Visiting Universal Epic Universe Will Gut Your Bank Account—and D...
  • Dengue Fever Surges in the USA! Learn How to Prevent Mosquito Bites When You ...
  • Frommer’s Maine Coast: Our Latest Guide to Acadia, Portland, and Other Seasid...
  • Bags Stolen From Baggage Claim: The Airlines' Big Luggage Security Problem
  • Online Passport Renewal is Back in the U.S.! Here's How to Get In On It
  • This Airline Is Mining Your Personal Information to Sell Things to You In Fli...
  • Find Vacation Rentals—But From Someone You Know: Meet Trustr, A New Rental Site
  • American Airlines Raises Bag Fees, Will Ban Some Booking Sites from Points El...

Arthur Frommer's Europe

  • When Is Oktoberfest in Germany in 2024? Dates, Best Cities, and Other Info to...
  • Barcelona to Ban All Vacation Rentals by 2028
  • JetBlue Basic Economy to Allow Carry-Ons—Which Airlines Still Charge for Over...
  • Where The Best Beaches in Europe for Water Quality Are
  • The Real Reason Cruise Ship Cabin TVs Don't Carry the Big Networks
  • You’re Not Going to Like What Drinking Alcohol on Flights Does to Your Body, ...
  • Would You Climb This Scary Ladder "Floating in Thin Air" Above Norwegian Fjords?

tourism websites forum

  • Idiotic Viral Travel Hacks You Shouldn’t Bother Trying When You Fly
  • How to Complain to Hilton: Contact Info for Every Brand
  • Caribbean Islands That (Almost) Never Get Hit by Hurricanes
  • 10 Surprising Things in Your Carry-On That Could Trigger an Extra Search
  • Etiquette Rules to Know Before Visiting a Nude Beach
  • Every Resort Fee in Las Vegas, Hotel by Hotel
  • When to Go to the Airport if Your Flight Is Delayed

Get inspired banner image

Some airlines auction off upgrades to business class and premium seat assignments. Here's how to figure out what to bid so you'll be more likely to succeed.

Reviews of the best and worst hotel booking sites for 2024

Subscribe to Frommers.com

For the latest tips and deals, sign up for our free newsletter.

I want to receive travel news, trip ideas, and special offers from Frommer’s and its marketing partners. I have read Frommer Media’s Privacy Notice.

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: celebrity cruises

Don't worry if you can't get to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. There's plenty to do on the New York side—and you can get right under the thundering water.

Oregon Coast road trip: Bandon Beach

Follow this leisurely road trip route for a coastal Oregon week of whale watching, lonely lighthouses, charming fishing villages, and majestic forests.

  • All Regions
  • Australia & South Pacific
  • Caribbean & Atlantic
  • Central & South America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • North America
  • Washington, D.C.
  • San Francisco
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Arts & Culture
  • Beach & Water Sports
  • Local Experiences
  • Food & Drink
  • Outdoor & Adventure
  • National Parks
  • Winter Sports
  • Travelers with Disabilities
  • Family & Kids
  • All Slideshows
  • Hotel Deals
  • Car Rentals
  • Flight Alerts
  • Credit Cards & Loyalty Points
  • Cruise News
  • Entry Requirements & Customs
  • Car, Bus, Rail News
  • Money & Fees
  • Health, Insurance, Security
  • Packing & Luggage
  • -Arthur Frommer Online
  • -Passportable
  • Road Trip Guides
  • Alaska Made Easy
  • Great Vacation Ideas in the U.S.A.
  • Best of the Caribbean
  • Best of Mexico
  • Cruise Inspiration
  • Best Places to Go 2024

Travel Forums

Are you looking for a friendly community to talk travel with? You've found the right place. Travellerspoint's free forums are non-commercial, independent and home to expert travellers who will be more than happy to help you plan your perfect trip.

tourism websites forum

Join Our Community

Or log in if you're one of the over 1 million people who have already signed up.

Please read the Forum Rules and How To Get The Most Out Of Your Forum Post before posting.

Frequently Asked Questions in the Travel Forum

Any tips for first time travellers.

Many first-time travellers worry about their first trip. Some of our favourite tips from previous discussions on this include:

  • Stay in hostels so you can meet other people
  • Find accommodation in advance so you have one less thing to worry about
  • Pick somewhere easy like Thailand or Western Europe
  • Don't overpack!

What size backpack should I buy?

There is no one answer for this, as it is a somewhat individual choice and can depend on a lot of factors. However, the general consensus is that you should keep it as small as possible . You generally do not need as large a backpack as you think. Be sure to test out the backpack with a load in it at a shop if at all possible.

Where should I travel to next?

Of course that's impossible to answer as there are so many possible places. But this question does keep popping up in various forms. If you are keen to get an answer to this question, we recommend starting a thread where you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your likes and dislikes when it comes to travelling. Be sure to let us know where you are travelling from and what kind of budget you have for your trip. We'll do our best to offer suggestions!

How should I take money with me?

It does depend somewhat on the destination, but these days a combination of cash and some form of debit/credit card tends to be the preference. One general recommendation is to always have at least 2 different cards with you - stored in separate places. If one gets blocked or stolen, you will have a backup.

Have a question of your own to ask? Don't hesitate.

Become a member

General Travel Forums

  • General Talk
  • Travel Companions
  • Travel Photography
  • Round the World Travel
  • Travel Gear

Destination Forums

  • Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific
  • North America
  • Central/South America & The Caribbean
  • Africa and The Middle East

Community Forums

  • System Talk
  • Introductions
  • Wiki Travel Guide

Women On The Road

These 5 Best Travel Forums Will Help You Plan Your Trip Better Than Google

These days, it’s so easy just to flick an app if we want travel information. Click, download and voilà, everything you ever wanted to know about a destination.

Or just Google it.

But as far as I’m concerned, nothing is as good as the information you’ll get from the best travel forums, or travel message boards.

However technological, we remain social animals and we listen to other people – users, customers, friends. We seek the validation of our fellow humans and sometimes, we even trust them more than machines.

We could always join a Facebook group, but while that’s useful for immediacy, it also has its drawbacks. Because things are posted in real time, searching is a bit complicated and you might have to scroll quite a bit if your search yields a lot of results. 

While I belong to plenty of Facebook groups (too many, I’d say), when I need travel information from knowledgeable sources I’ll try a travel forum. Some have been around for a long time, and they’re full of human interaction, where humans interact with one another, ask and answer questions and share their travel knowledge and passion. (Who knows how long this will last, as many forums are now turning to the social media format themselves…)

Somehow, I also perfer to listen to my fellow travelers rather than to a corporation trying to promote its packages…

Riad in Fez

You could also just Google (or Bing or…) the information but there’s a problem with that too. If one person posts wrong information, that will be picked up by hundreds or even thousands of other sites who may not bother to check it. Next thing you know, that train or ferry you were counting on no longer exist and that corner restaurant has long since become a computer shop.

And of course you could  read travel guides or guidebooks , which are full of in-depth information and great for pre-trip research, less so for immediacy (many guidebooks are written up to two years before they’re published).

So yes, there are better ways of getting fresh information from or about your destination.

HOW DO TRAVEL FORUMS WORK?

Wherever you’re going, chances are someone has been there, done that – and written about it. And now you get to benefit from their experience.

Even if you’ve never done it before, joining and  participating in a travel forum is simple . 

The first thing you have to do is find the right forum (more on the best travel forums  below ).

Once you’ve found a place that speaks to you, you will have to register. It’s free, and you only have to give out the information you feel comfortable sharing. You’ll need a user name (choose something you’ll remember – your user name will appear on your forum posts, or conversations) and a password (make sure you jot this down so you don’t forget it). And now, you’re ready to throw yourself into the fray.

Most forums have a section for new members, or ‘newbies’. It’s called something like ‘Introducing Yourself’ or ‘Post here first’. Don’t worry – it’ll be obvious.

Drop in and say hello , tell people who you are – a few sentences are enough. Upload a photo of yourself (or a cartoon or caricature if you’d rather). The point is to signal to people you are interested in taking part in the forum and that you’ll be posting once in a while.

Then find a thread – or a conversation – that interests you and jump in. Just click on it and ask a question, or if you can, answer one, all in the spirit of giving back.

Remember, a forum is a two-way street.

A word of caution – what you’ll be reading on the forums are people’s personal opinions, not necessarily facts, so exercise your judgment and double-check before you spend any money on anything or take it all at face value.

BEST TRAVEL FORUMS – THE BIGGIES

The first thing is to find the right forum for you. Are you a backpacker? Are you looking for luxury along the way? A solo traveler? Are you in your 20s or in your 70s? Are you looking for something destination-specific?

Some of the best travel forums have hundreds of thousands of members or posts, and others are tiny. While the smaller ones may be great if you’re looking for specialized information, the size of the bigger ones almost guarantees you’ll get some sort of answer about your question.

Here are the heftiest ones.

Tripadvisor travel forum

The Tripadvisor Forum may be the biggest community online – or not. It is strictly moderated (sometimes too strictly, cutting off interesting insights) and run by volunteers who are experts in certain parts of the world. This world travel forum is full of information, although I kept thinking no one was answering my questions because the notification comes up in the tiny little message icon in the upper right-hand corner… you’ll be lucky as long as you remember to look. But their destination information is topnotch, as is the special interests section (the reviews I trust less). Bar none, this should be your first forum stop if you’re looking for recommendations.

Fodor’s travel talk forums

A great feature of Fodors forums are the Trip Reports, which often provide in-depth views into top travel destinations you won’t get any other way (than by going yourself, that is). It’s strong on cruises and its destination sections are quite helpful, with a strong focus on Europe, which you can browse by country. It’s also easy to get around… This isn’t the place to look for travel tips or any ‘how to’ unless they’re destination-related, however. But if you’re in the mood for a narrative posted by bona fide travelers, head for the Trip Reports section.

Travellerspoint

Travellerspoint has been around forever. Well, since 2002, anyway, so it knows what it’s doing. There’s a good, active forum but a few additional bells and whistles as well, such as a trip planner and a blog platform. In fact before everyone started a WordPress blog, this was one of the few places you could host a travel blog for free, along with itinerary maps and photos. The blog function is still there, if all you want to do is share your travels with family and friends (and not the rest of the world). The map is basic but oh so much easier to use than Google maps!

TRAVEL FORUMS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Some of the web’s most popular forums have packed up and gone home – well, not quite, but they have moved their forums to social media. True, an increasing number of people are getting their information from social media but the forum structure allowed for much more exchange of information, in a more horizontal way than is possible on social media.

Still, that’s where they’re headed… 

Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree

Once the premier travel forum online, Thorn Tree belongs to Lonely Planet. It started losing steam after Lonely Planet was bought by the BBC, and provided answers to just about every question you might have on backpacker travel or long-term travel.

With Covid, the Thorn Tree changed the forum to read-only, keeping all its valuable information but sadly not allowing anything new to be posted.

Now, they’ve switched to social networks to exchange travel advice. Find them, on  Lonely Planet Facebook Travelers Group ,  Twitter ,  Instagram  or  TikTok .

Frommer’s Forums

I’ve always been a fan of their guides and have found fine tips in them. The forums were a bit less active than I would have liked, nor were they moderated (at least not properly). So their move to social media might actually be an improvement.

You can find them at  Frommer’s Roamers Travel Chat on Facebook .

Other forums

Two other possibilities, which are popular with travelers:  Nomadic Matt’s Forum , dedicated to budget independent travel, and the  Travel Sub-Reddit ,

WHAT IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL?

Most of the forums I listed above are global forums. Wherever you travel, you’ll find information there. But there are plenty of specialty forums that might be worth your while.

  • specific destination forums , by searching such things as ‘Russia travel forum’ or ‘travel forum Asia’ or ‘Caribbean travel forums’. Two that I use often are  Rick Steves’ forum  (specializes on Europe and excellent for itinerary help) and  Caravanistan  for the Silk Road, which I consulted almost daily when traveling around Central Asia.
  • expat forums  – there’s nothing like an expat to tell you what a place is really like! Search for ‘expat forums’ and you’ll find more than you’ll have time to read; most are networks with sections for different countries. If you know exactly what country you’re looking for, then Search for “expat forum Spain” or any country you want.
  • thematic travel forums , for example food forums –  Mouthfuls  is a good example of a forum that combines travel and the food themes, or an air travel forum such as  Flyertalk  forums.
  • types of traveler forums , such as a solo travellers forum (I use the solo travel forums on Tripadvisor for this) or a family travel forum
  • specific  types of transportation forums , like RVing, cycling, or  The Hubb , for those of you who travel by motorcycle.
  • and if you’re looking for work, why not try  job-related travel forums ? Many professional forums have sections on overseas work and travel. One of the best of its kind used to be  Dave’s ESL Cafe , if you wanted to teach  English as a foreign language  (when I checked, the last post was in 2020 so I’m not sure it’s still active – I’ll leave it for a few months just in case). Or if you want to  make your job portable  and take it with you, try  Working Nomad .

Whatever your travel question, a travel or tourist forum is an excellent source of research – straight from the ground and usually answered by people who are right where you want to go.

Please don’t forget your travel insurance! Women on the Road recommends  World Nomads  if you’re under 66 (70 in some countries). If that birthday has come and gone,  click here  for travel insurance recommendations that cover you at any age.

THE ETIQUETTE OF FORUMS ON TRAVEL

Every forum has its rules, and you’re often requested to indicate you’ll abide by them. Above and beyond the rules, there are basic forum etiquette behaviors that are common on most every forum. Here are just a few:

  • No self-promotion . so if you have a business, this isn’t the place to promote it; most forums are strict about this and the odd mention of your Etsy shop will get you thrown right out. Same with excessive linking back to your own online content or blog (some will eject you after even one mention!)
  • Be nice . Do I even have to mention this? Sadly, yes. Many people see the online world as one they can navigate without civility. Well, most moderators won’t stand for it and if they see any rudeness, discriminatory speech or anything insulting, you’ll get banned immediately. And that’s a good thing
  • Talk travel . A travel forum is a place to talk about travel but because of a strange online distancing from normal interaction, people sometimes end up veering way off topic and next thing you know, they’re delving into the minute details of their love life, which is probably of no interest to readers looking for a good restaurant in Madrid.
  • Always search first . Before you ask a question, use the Search function. But we forget. It’s so tempting and easy to just type “What’s the best way to get from Paris to Brussels?” But we’re not that original and there’s a very good chance someone has asked that question before. So rather than be gently told off, see what’s been said, and build on it. You’ll get better travel information that way, but so will everyone else reading the thread.
  • Do some homework . This one dovetails with the above point but goes beyond a simple search. The number of times I see questions like this: “I’m going to Italy. What should I visit?” Really? You can’t do a quick search online for “top 10 places to visit in Italy”? Seriously… do the homework, then come back and ask about specifics. No one is paid to answer on a forum and everyone does it out of genuine helpfulness. Let’s not waste their time.

While some questions may be too simple, no question is too complex or detailed as long as it’s about travel. In fact, forums shine by their granularity – it’s all in the details. Forums are also great for those questions people don’t tend to ask online because they don’t expect to find a page with the answers.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of questions you’ll find on forums and that will yield answers:

  • Do you know a great hostel in Mumbai/New York/Kashkai or anywhere?
  • How can I  cope if loneliness hits ?
  • I’m traveling to  Switzerland  for a week and plan to visit Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich. How much time should I spend in each if what I like best is good food/beautiful nature or whatever?
  • Should I reserve a place to stay for my first night in Bangkok?
  • What size  backpack  should I take for six months?
  • Has anyone else here traveled solo, and what was it like?
  • I want to  fly RTW  through Africa and Latin America. What is the best way to do this?
  • I’m looking for a travel companion for an overland journey across Africa/Asia/Latin America…

You get the picture.

— Originally published on 31 July 2011

Istanbul spice bazaar - ask about it in the best travel forums

If you liked this post, please share it!

tourism websites forum

Travel Forum from Travelblog.org

The travel forums, highlighted topics.

Most popular inspiration

Most popular experiences

Most popular destinations

Most popular itineraries

60 Best travel websites for researching & planning a trip

Researching and planning a holiday is like decorating a room. It’s all about the preparation. (Yes, you can have a great spontaneous holiday, but there’s a lot of luck involved in that…).

In the good old days, before the internet, we relied on travel agents, but in today’s digital world, a wealth of online websites and apps are on-hand to help.

But too many. The choice is overwhelming and the quality and trustworthiness variable.

So which ones are the best? Which ones should you use and for what purpose?

Planning a holiday – even before you book it – involves several steps. We’ve broken down this process and recommended the best tools to use at each stage, to make your research and planning process as simple, painless, fast –and enjoyable – as possible.

hello

Where to go & what to do

1.1 ideas & inspiration.

Discover new places you never thought of going to, wonderful things to see & do on your travels. Add them to your travel bucket list.

Bucket List Travels

Bucket List Travels

Concept: This specialist travel inspiration site works with an impressive list of leading travel writers around the world to recommend the world’s greatest travel experiences. It also offers destination guides, simple itineraries that link the top attractions together, and recommends the best places to stay while you’re there. You can search and filter through the recommendations e.g. to find recommendations by price, or that are suitable for kids. You can also save your ‘finds’ to your travel bucket list.

Pros: the search and filtering is unique amongst travel inspiration sites, and it allows you to sort through the thousands of expert recommendations to find what you want quickly – a huge time saver. The destination guides have curated, not comprehensive recommendations, so they’re effectively handing you a list of great recommendations for when you visit a new destination, i.e. the ‘bucket list’ experiences not-to-be-missed. The adding to favourites is also unique – great for ‘saving for later’ those brilliant experiences or places to stay you come across.

Cons: coverage is limited to only 100 or so destinations, which mainly centres on the UK and western Europe. Non-Europe content is limited (but being added in the near future).

When to use: Use it before any other site to decide on where to go or what to do next, and to get an outline list/itinerary of what you want to do there. Then supplement that with tours & activities from other inspiration sites listed here, especially the ones with the local authentic experiences.

Website : https://www.bucketlisttravels.com/

Instagram

Concept: Instagram is a social media platform that allows users to share photos and videos with their followers. It’s popular among individuals, influencers, and businesses for promoting their personal brands or products.

Pros: Insta is a great source of travel inspiration, as it allows you to discover new destinations, attractions, and experiences through visually appealing and engaging content. You can follow travel influencers and bloggers for tips and recommendations, discover lesser-known destinations and experiences, find out about local events and festivals, and see how others experience a particular destination, which can provide ideas for your own itinerary.

When to use it: Day-to-day inspiration and idea generation for your next trip. Bookmark your favourites, or save your ideas to your travel bucket list for the next time you do want to go somewhere special.

Website : https://www.instagram.com/

Pinterest

Concept: Pinterest is a social media platform that allows users to discover, collect and share images and videos on virtual pinboards. Users can create boards on any topic and save Pins from other users or external websites, as well as search for inspiration and ideas. The platform has over 400 million active users worldwide.

Pros: Like Instagram, it’s a great visual travel inspiration tool, for discovering what to do in the world and specific destinations.

When to use it: For visual searches of potential destinations, and saving ideas (pins) for future trips.

Website : https://www.pinterest.com

Travel & Leisure

Travel & Leisure

This high-end, luxury travel magazine covers a range of topics including hotels and resorts, airlines, cruises, food and drink, and various travel destinations around the world. Being a magazine, it focuses on the new and topical, so it’s a showcase of the latest and greatest in travel if novelty is your thing.

Pros: It’s top-quality content and genuine expertise from leading journalists and travel writers, with selective, curated recommendations. They have tonnes of round-ups of the ‘world’s best’ too.

Cons: Recommendations can be a bit too curated, missing lots of smaller experiences, and are often outside of the budget of most travellers. It’s primarily a magazine with an online afterthought, so recommendations tend to get buried in long pages of text. The site search turns up articles/posts that you then have to read further, rather than specific recommendations, and you can’t filter anything which is the big time saver.

When to use it: Sign up for their social feeds and newsletters, which often feature great round-ups like: “Best place to…”. Great for day-to-day inspiration and idea generation for your next trip. Bookmark your favourites, or save your ideas to your travel bucket list for the next time you do want to go somewhere special.

Honourable mentions: other great magazines for this include Conde Nast Traveller (featured later) and Wanderlust .

Website : https://www.travelandleisure.com/

Travel blogs

Travel blogs

Concept: Travel blogs (too many to mention, but pretty much all the same in format) feature personal experiences, advice, and recommendations, usually written by an individual traveller or group of travellers who share their travel stories, photos, and tips with their audience.

Pros: You can’t beat personal experience when it comes to travel recommendations, and often these experienced author-travellers offer good insights and tips. They’re also usually an interesting, engaging read.

Cons: for planning a trip, blogs are hit and miss. They are written from the perspective of the blogger i.e. where they have just been or what they have just done, so it’s pot luck if that coincides with where you want to go or do next. They are also flat, text articles – you can’t search or filter their recommendations.

When to use it: Follow the ones you like if you enjoy reading such things. Once you have your list itinerary roughly planned out, they’re worth a quick scan for additional tips and insights (if you can find something relevant).

1.2 Top attractions, activities, tours & events

If you’re ready to start planning your trip, and nothing on your travel bucket list fits the bill, take a look at one of these sites to decide:

Concept: See listing above.

When to use: Head to their search results that shows all 100+ destination they cover, then use the filters to select a destination based on cost (cheap v expensive), or theme  (e.g. Science & Nature, Art, History & Culture) etc. You can also handily filter the list according to the best month of the year to visit.

FlightsFrom

FlightsFrom

Concept: this handy website lists all of the destinations you can fly to from every airport, on what days and with what airline.

When to use it: great for identifying where you can fly to from your local airport, and planning multi-destination trips.

Website : https://www.flightsfrom.com/

Google Flights

Google Flights

Google’s flight aggregator and comparison service consolidates flight schedules from all of the world’s commercial airlines in one place. By entering your dates and departure/arrival airports, you can quickly see who flies there, on what dates and at what times, and the price of the fare. Prices and availability are updated in real-time, and you can sign up for price alerts.

How to use it: The ‘Explore’ function allows you to specify a departure airport and see the cheapest flights to any destination you can fly to from that airport, for certain dates and trip durations – so great if you don’t have a fixed destination in mind. You can also handily add more than one departure airport if you have more than one departure option. (NB FlightsFrom shows you all available flights; Google Flights shows you available flights and their prices). NB Skyscanner has a similar ‘Explore everywhere’ feature, however, it is only available on the app and you can only enter one departure destination).

Website : https://www.google.com/travel/flights

TripSavvy

This travel inspiration website provides a wealth of travel content, including destination guides, hotel and restaurant recommendations.

Pros: there’s loads of decent quality content, and their network of experts worldwide have good credentials and specialise in the destinations they write about.

Cons: The recommendations feature in text-heavy pages, making it hard to use for planning. You can’t filter, or save your favourites, and if you site search, you then have to wade through lots and lots of article posts. The content can also be quite random – as if it’s what someone felt like writing at the time, rather than being structured.

When to use it: Once you have your main list drawn up from the other sites listed here, it’s worth a quick scan for additional tips and insights.

Website : https://www.tripsavvy.com/

TravelZoo

This global deals site specialises in providing exclusive offers and one-of-a-kind experiences to its 30 million members worldwide (membership is free). They partner with over 5,000 travel suppliers to source cut-price inventory.

When to use it: Sign up for their newsletter, then sit back and let the deals roll in. If you’re price-conscious, or just love a deal, then use their offers to decide on where to go and what to do next. Works best if you’re flexible on dates – most deals will be for when demand is lower i.e. in winter and/or outside of school holidays.

Website : https://www.travelzoo.com

1.3 What to do when you get there: attractions

Now you’ve decided on a destination, what should you do there? What are the top attractions, the must-see-and-dos, and the ‘bucket list experiences not to be missed?

How to use it: Navigate to the destination guide webpage. Our expert writes not only curates the top travel experiences – attractions, activities, tours & events – for you, but also further splits them as either ‘bucket list’ i.e. the not-to-be-missed, or ‘other’ experiences – nice to know about, but only for if you have time/interest.

Also, be sure to scroll through the destination page photo gallery for a pictorial summary.

Google Travel

Google Travel

Concept: Google’s travel planning platform offers a range of tools to help users plan their trips. It includes Google Flights (see later), a hotel aggregator and holiday rentals

For deciding what to do when you go somewhere, type your destination into the search, then click on the ‘Things to do’ side icon for full listings. It tries to list in order of priority/popularity, which mostly works, though it is an auto-generated list. The written descriptions come from Wikipedia, so it lacks that human expertise and it all feels a bit soulless (to me anyway). The interface however is easy to use, and you can add favourites to a trip list.

How to use it: After you’ve been to Bucket List Travels for the curated, expert list, if you feel you need more in your itinerary, and/or you’re worried we may have missed something, then use Google Travel to check the full comprehensive listings and see if there is anything else you want to do.

Website : https://www.google.com/travel/

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

Concept: The original ‘guidebook’ company, they have destination guides for pretty much every place on the planet. Their expert writers, who must specialise in the destination, provide comprehensive listings and recommendations for sightseeing, accommodation and food & drink, plus very detailed logistical and practical information.

How to use it: They’re comprehensive, not curated. They include a lot of minor attractions that the majority of travellers would not want to bother with, and there’s not a lot of imagery, just text. I use them as a cross-check once I have outlined what you want to do. It’s too detailed/comprehensive for researching and planning – unless you’ve got days to spare. Handy to take the book with you, though, for the in-depth local tips when you’re there.

Honourable mentions: all of the guidebooks are broadly similar. Also try Rough Guides , Fodor’s , Frommers’ , Rick Steves (Europe only) and DK Eyewitness .

Website : https://www.lonelyplanet.com/

Tourism Associations

Tourism Associations

Concept: A local government body, tasked with promoting tourism to the destination, that will provide comprehensive information, advice and recommendations for visitors to both attract and facilitate their visit. Being the local specialist, they should know better than anyone what to see & do, and they often include many smaller, high quality attractions and tours that others will miss. However, the quality of websites is highly variable (best in the most developed, richer nations as you’d expect), and they have to be impartial so there is no curation and little opinion.

How to use it: A great resource when it’s done well. If you’re going to a developed nation, I would say they are a must-visit. Use them to start drafting up your list.

YouTube

Concept: A video-sharing website where users can upload, share, and view videos on a variety of topics. It attracts billions of monthly active users. There’s a digital tonne of travel content on there, covering every aspect – from destination recommendations to videos on how to book flights.

When to use it: if you’re a visual person, YouTube is a great resource for travel inspiration. It’s jammed packed these days with ‘What to see in X’, with video and image slideshows showing you the top sights. It tends to be top sights only, but a good place to start drawing up your shortlist. It’s also great for travel advice and tips.

Website : https://youtube.com

1.4 What to do when you get there: local experiences

‘Authentic’ experiences enable you to experience the real destination, to experience its culture, to meet its people, and to live like a local. Indeed, many travellers prefer them to crowd-thronged, tourist-spoiled ‘big ticket’ attractions. Here are some resources I use to discover them in my chosen destination:

Air BnB experiences

Air BnB experiences

Concept: This service allows individuals and small businesses to offer unique activities and tours to travellers in over 1,000 cities around the world. Experiences can range from food tours to pottery classes to wildlife safaris, and are designed and led by locals who have expertise in their field.

Pros: Coverage is extensive, and the experiences can be a more immersive and authentic way for travellers to connect with the local culture and community.

Cons: Some of the experiences listed I feel are more for locals than tourists, and it’s tours/classes, so not really attractions you visit like museums.

When to use it: If you’re a first-time visitor wanting to tick off the main attractions, use a site like Bucket List Travels first to find those out and make a preliminary list, then complement what they give you with these experiences to add some local flavour and insight to your itinerary.

Website : https://www.airbnb.com/experiences

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura

An online travel guide that features unique, offbeat and even bizarre travel experiences – be it unknown/obscure destinations or little-known experiences within well-known destinations. It also offers tours and experiences to some of the destinations featured on the website.

Pros: Once again, this is a site for those seeking off-the-beaten-track, authentic and unusual experiences.

Cons: It’s very niche, aimed at the truly intrepid traveller. If you’re a mainstream tourist, wanting to tick off the main sites, this is not the site for you.

When to use it: If you want to avoid the big tourist sites and experience something unique and different in a destination. If you’re a first-time visitor wanting to tick off the main attractions, use a site like Bucket List Travels first to find those out and make a preliminary list, then complement what they give you with the Atlas Obscura experiences to add some local flavour and insight to your itinerary.

Website : https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Spotted by Locals

Spotted by Locals

Concept: A travel website/blog that provides insider city tips from locals. Each city ‘guide’ is curated by a team of handpicked city residents, featuring their favourite local spots for food, drinks, culture, and entertainment.

Pros: it’s a great source for finding those authentic local experiences, away from the tourist hoards.

Cons: Recommendations/articles are quite random in subject – and you have to scroll through pages and pages of blog posts. You can’t search or filter by interest for example. Coverage is also limited to only 80 cities.

When to use it: They also don’t cover the big-ticket attractions first-time visitors will want to see, so use this for filling gaps in your itinerary or for second visits once the big ones have been ticked off.

Website : https://www.spottedbylocals.com/

1.5 What to do when you get there: tickets & tours

Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide

Offers a very similar proposition to Viator (see below). GyG though is Europe-based, so it has much stronger tour options in Europe than the US-based Viator, which conversely has a better US inventory.

Website : https://www.getyourguide.com/

TourRadar

Concept: An online tour ‘aggregator’ combines and lists multi-day organised tours, both small and large group, from all the leading tour operator brands like Intrepid , G Adventures and Exodus. They are to guided tours what Booking.com is to hotels. Search is by destination, so you need to know where you want to go first.

Pros: Listings are comprehensive and up to date, giving you a window on all of the options available that you can search and filter to your specific need.

Cons: Always beware the pricing on aggregators. Operators have learned to use low pricing to get you to click through to them, then load that up with expensive extras and upgrades once you are on their site (or they lie about the price in the first place).

When to use: If you want to go on a guided tour, this is a great place to start. It will tell you who the best tour operators are, what are your tour options, and the prices.

Website : https://www.tourradar.com/

Viator

Concept: A ‘tour aggregator’ offers a wide range of tours and experiences in destinations worldwide, through local third-party tour operators. (Think of them as the Booking.com or Expedia of tours). Tours can be anything from 1-hour walking tours to 10-day organised tours. A US-based company (owned by TripAdvisor), it’s much more comprehensive in the US than in Europe.

Pros: They partner with the best local tour operators, so the tour quality is good, and you have someone to complain to if things go awry. The site search allows you to sort through the extensive catalogue quickly.

When to use it: Work out where you want to go, and get a feel for the top attractions, somewhere else, then come to Viator to book tickets and tours.

Website : https://www.viator.com/

1.6 Draft an outline itinerary

Now you know what you want to see & do in your destination, work out a rough day-by-day itinerary to ensure you get to do everything you want to do, with minimal travelling around.

Concept: see listing above.

How to use it: For most destination guides (where it makes sense to do so), our writers have set out simple itineraries of what to do and where to go on each day of a trip. For cities, they are usually 3- and 5-day itineraries (the 5-day version has the same first 3 days, then two additional days on top). They link all of the top attractions together in the most logistically convenient way, minimising travel, and including recommendations for lunch and dinner while you’re there.

Rick Steves Europe

Rick Steves Europe

Rick Steves is a travel guidebook author and television personality who specialises in European travel. His guidebooks offer practical advice and recommendations for budget travel, including tips on accommodations, dining, and sightseeing. His approach emphasises cultural immersion and connecting with locals, and his guides often include suggested walking tours and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Pros: Rick’s guidebooks offer much more in-depth expertise than the others for Europe, with high-quality, well-researched recommendations based on experts with years of experience. The website has great travel forums for asking fellow travellers questions.

How to use it: It’s not a site for researching where to go and what to do. It’s better once you know where you want to go, and really want to drill into the fine detail. However, like Bucket List Travels , the site does have helpful itineraries that set out where to go and what to do day-to-day.

Website : https://www.ricksteves.com/

1.7 Specialist travel

Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic

The world’s leading online cruise review website and community provides comprehensive reviews, ratings and forums to help you assess cruise vacations. It’s the TripAdvisor of cruises (and not surprisingly, it’s owned by them), so just like with TripAdvisor, don’t believe everything you read.

When to use: We would personally recommend finding recommendations elsewhere e.g. from cruise travel journalists writing for newspapers, magazines or even Bucket List Travels. Then come to this site to check out the reviews of your shortlist.

Website : https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/

Euan’s Guide

Euan’s Guide

Set up by wheelchair user Euan MacDonald MBE, this disabled access review website is the go-to tool for many disabled people wanting to travel in the UK and beyond. It shares accessibility information for venues and the experiences/reviews of other disabled users.

Pros: Helps to solve some of the challenges disabled people face, and gives them the confidence to travel.

Cons: the coverage is mainly UK and Europe, but thankfully is widening to the rest of the world at a pace.

Website : https://www.euansguide.com

We Love 2 Ski

We Love 2 Ski

This excellent online resource provides skiers and snowboarders with up-to-date and comprehensive information on ski resorts, conditions, accommodation, equipment, and more. The website features detailed reviews, insider tips, and expert advice on everything related to skiing, as well as an active forum for the ski community to share their experiences and knowledge.

It’s managed by 3 ski experts, with a wealth of expertise between them and who really know their stuff and take pride in keeping the information up-to-date. It’s one of those more genuine sites that care about their advice and is not trying to constantly do the hard sell.

When to use: if you want to go skiing, start here. If you’ve already found somewhere to go or stay, be sure to check what they say about it here before you go.

Website : https://welove2ski.com/

Getting there & around

2.1 flights.

Going

Concept: a flight deal finder service that sends you price and deal alerts on flights. You enter your preferred departure airport and they send you notifications of great deals, and price movements. Tickets are discounted 40-90%, for flights 2-6 months out in Economy, Business and First classes.

How to use it: If you’ve got flexible travel dates, or have a bucket list destination in mind. Sign up and wait for a deal.

Website : https://www.going.com/

Google Flights

Google’s Flights is a flight aggregator that allows you to find and compare flights. It enables you to find the airlines that fly between your destinations, and available flight times.

Prices and availability are updated in real-time, and you can sign up for price alerts. The pricing can sometimes be inaccurate, however, and when you click through, it’s usually for a basic fare without any luggage.

When to use it: Start your flight search here. You may have to add in the extras, then compare prices, or you may not get the cheapest option.

Honourable mentions: Skyscanner and Kayak offer similar services. In my experience, they pretty much have the same inventory. It really comes down to which interface you prefer.

Hopper

Hopper is one of the US’s most successful travel apps, selling over $4.5B of travel each year. It helps you find the best deals on flights, hotels, home rentals, and car hire by analysing trillions of data points to predict when prices will rise or fall. When you set your dates, you see a helpful calendar showing when prices are highest and lowest, and you can sign up for price alerts.

Their second big USP is their ‘price freeze’ option, where you pay a small fee (5%-15% of the price) to freeze the price for a limited duration (options range up to 3 weeks). If the price goes up, you pay no more; if it goes down, you pay the lower price (like insurance). They also offer Flight Disruption and Cancel for Any Reason Guarantees.

Pros: Simple to use, the most accurate predictor of prices, really helps you get the best deal (if your dates are flexible). The insurance options have been a godsend to many in the recent years of travel disruption and inflating prices. Unlike other flight aggregators like Kayak or Skyscanner they show the different airline fare options within the app, so you don’t get caught by the artificially low basic fare enticing you to click through (see Skyscanner summary).

Cons: None that we can see! It really is an excellent service.

When to use it: Once you know where you want to go, come to the site to get the best deal on flights, car hire and accommodation. Simple as that.

It works best if you’re dates are flexible, so you can pick the cheapest travel dates, and/or if you have time before you book – take out the freeze option and you can be assured that the price will only come down, or sign up for the price alert.

Website : https://hopper.com/

Skyscanner

Concept: This flight aggregator, owned by Chinese-backed Trip.com and based in Edinburgh, does the same thing as Google Flights. . It enables you to find the airlines that fly between your destinations, and available flight times.

Prices and availability are updated in real-time, and you can sign up for price alerts.

When to use it: I’ve not found much difference in pricing to Google Flights, though I much prefer Skyscanner’s user interface. It really comes down to personal choice.

Honourable mentions: US-based Kayak , originating in the US, offers a similar service to Skyscanner.

Website : https://www.skyscanner.net/

The Points Guy

The Points Guy

If you’re someone that loves to save on travel using reward points, check out this advisory site by Brian Kelly. As he puts it, it’s ‘your go-to source for all things travel, points, miles, credit cards and more’. His advice covers both where best to earn points, and how best to spend them. There’s both a US and a UK website , with custom advice based on where you reside.

He gives up-to-date advice and tips in this ever-changing, evolving space that cuts through all of the confusion, and helps you find the best deals in the market, and explains how to take advantage of them.

How to use it: Visit here first if you’ve got points to burn, or will have and want to know the best scheme to sign up for.

Website : https://thepointsguy.com/

2.2 Car hire & taxis

Rentalcars.com

Rentalcars.com

A global car rental booking platform that provides customers with access to over 60,000 rental locations in more than 160 countries worldwide. The site enables you to compare prices and features from a wide range of rental companies. Customers can also benefit from 24/7 support and free cancellation on most bookings.

I’ve regularly rented cars via them, and never found a cheaper deal. The customer service and support are also very good. There’s not really a reason to start looking anywhere else.

Website : https://www.rentalcars.com/

Uber

It doesn’t really need any introduction… but just for completeness. Founded in 2009, Uber is a ride-hailing service that connects riders with drivers in most major cities around the world. Through the app, you can request and pay for rides, track your driver’s location, and rate the experience.

Uber’s meteoric rise to a global brand can be attributed to solving several customer issues with then-taxi firms: they would find you a ride tell you how long it would take to arrive, how much the fare would be upfront, and sort payment automatically through your account, thus avoiding the need to have enough cash on you.

Other leading ride-sharing apps include Lyft (US and Canada) and Cabify (Spain & Latin America).

2.3 Rail, Bus & Ferry

Omio

Concept: Omio is a comprehensive travel search and booking platform that helps users find and book the best deals on trains, buses, and flights across Europe. The website offers a user-friendly interface, with real-time price comparisons and flexible search options to suit individual needs and preferences.

When to use: It’s a great tool for planning and booking multi-modal trips.

Website : https://www.omio.co.uk/

Rail Europe

Rail Europe

Concept: Rail Europe is a one-stop-shop for planning and booking train travel in 33 European countries. The website offers a wide range of tickets, passes, and packages for different destinations and budgets, as well as information on train schedules, routes, and stations. Note, they don’t cover local trams and metros, it’s intercity trains only (that includes Eurostar). Enter the destinations you want to go to and they’ll recommend the best value ticket/pass.

For multiple trips, you’ll likely be recommended a Eurail pass. This brilliant invention allows you to travel on over 30 European railway operators and some ferries too. Kids under 11 travel free with an adult.

Website : https://www.raileurope.com/

2.4 Route planning

Google Maps

Google Maps

Who hasn’t used google Maps? And for good reason. Its coverage is comprehensive, it’s simple to use, and it’s is invaluable when you’re trying to figure out how to get from A to B in an unfamiliar place. It shows travel times and distances in multiple transport modes: on foot, bike, by available public transport and by car.

How to use it: use it to help plan upfront your transportation from point to point in your itinerary.

Website : https://www.google.com/maps

Rome 2 Rio

Hands down the best service for planning and booking journeys within and between countries. It combines and compares transport options from over 5,000 transportation providers across 160 countries, then recommends the cheapest, fastest, and most convenient routes for different modes of transportation including flights, trains, buses, and car rentals. The website also provides comprehensive travel information. It will quote prices, distances, times, mileage, route numbers, and which companies to book.

Their slogan is “Discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry & car – and it does exactly what is says on the tin.

Website : https://www.rome2rio.com/

Where to stay

3.1 'best' hotels - curated selections.

Whatever you go, there are always thousands of hotel options. These sites do the research work for you and use experts to curate a list of the best, based on location, quality and quality.

How to use it: For all the destinations we cover, we provide you with a curated list of the best hotels – for all budgets, from the mainstream to the unusual.

The selections are made by our writers, who must not only be leading travel journalists, but also specialise in that destination (either living there or visiting frequently). The writers have at least inspected and usually stayed in the properties they recommend.

Conde Nast Traveller

Conde Nast Traveller

Similar to Travel & Leisure above, this high-end, luxury global travel magazine covers a range of topics including hotels and resorts, airlines, cruises, food and drink, and various travel destinations around the world.

When to use it: They do great round-ups of the ‘best’ hotels to stay in a destination – but obviously at the top end. If you’re not that price sensitive, start with their shortlist.

Honourable mention: Travel & Leisure, their great rival, also does destination hotel round-ups.

Website : https://www.cntraveller.com/

Frommer’s

In my view, it’s the best ‘guidebook’ website for researching and planning a trip online – once you know where you want to go. They simply and helpfully list out a reasonably long short list of things to see & do and places to stay, and rate them each from 1-3, depending on how good they are.

However, like all the guidebooks online, coverage is comprehensive at times, requiring a lot of time and effort to research through it. The website is also swamped with banner ads that are off-putting and annoying.

How to use it: A good place to start your hotel search. They generally do select good options, though it’s more aimed at budget travellers.

Website : https://www.frommers.com/

The Telegraph (Travel)

The Telegraph (Travel)

This long-standing British newspaper does a fine job of curating and rating (out of 10) the best hotels in destinations around the world, for all budgets. The reviews tell you what you want to know – style, location, key amenities – without being overwhelming.

As for Bucket List Travels , selections and reviews are written by top travel writers who have inspected and usually stayed in the property. The number of hotels they recommend is a lot more than Bucket List Travels – and includes ones we certainly wouldn’t include – but it does give you a longer list to start with.

When to use it: if you care about where you stay, and really want one of the best places, this is a great place to start your start for somewhere to stay.

Website : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

The original hotel review site, it has since expanded to become the global platform for reviews (and information) on hotels, restaurants, attractions, and other travel-related businesses. It also offers a variety of travel-related content and resources, including travel guides and forums.

Over the years it has, sadly become increasingly corrupted with fake reviews, but they can’t fake all of them and as long as there are at least several hundred reviews, the score should be reasonably reflective.

When to use it: I personally like to start drawing up a shortlist of places to stay on other sites listed here, then do a quick check of the reviews of each on TripAdvisor. I also filter to see only the negative comments, then look at 1) how recent they are 2) if it is a one-off complaint i.e. someone had a refund request refused and 3) if it is something that can and probably has been fixed e.g. a rude receptionist. Small room sizes, traffic noise from road proximity, and so on – these issues are not easily fixed.

Website : https://www.tripadvisor.com

3.2 Boutique hotel collections

If it’s a boutique hotel you’re after, try one of these specialist sites. They only list high-quality properties that meet their individual criteria.

Design Hotels

Design Hotels

As the name suggests, this website offers a curated selection of over 300 independently owned and operated hotels and resorts around the world, each chosen for its unique design and aesthetic. The site emphasizes design and architecture and offers a range of luxury and boutique properties.

Pros: It’s a brilliant resource for finding unique and interesting stays, especially with modern and/or minimalist interiors.

Cons: if you’re not that worried about hotel design, then it doesn’t offer a lot of value other than a list of interesting hotels.

When to use: if you’re interested in design, and prioritise that in your accommodation, then this is a great resource. If it’s not that important, you’re better off elsewhere with a greater selection and better prices.

Website : https://www.designhotels.com/

i-escape

This boutique hotel booking website offers a carefully curated selection of stylish, unique and independently-run hotels and vacation rentals around the world. They offer in-depth reviews of each property, personalised recommendations, and a friendly, 24/7 booking service.

Pros: The curated selection of unique and stylish properties is exceptional and of a consistently high quality that you can rely on. Each property has been personally inspected by staff. The reviews, from both customers and staff, are honest and in-depth and tell you who it is and isn’t for, rather than pretend everyone’s going to love it.

Cons: There’s a limited number of properties in many destinations, and it is property, not destination, led – meaning is easier to find the place, then decide on the destination rather than the reverse (which may suit).

When to use: if their style of property i.e. unique, high quality, small and independent, is what you like/are looking for, there’s no better resource to use. If they don’t have something in your preferred destination, then look elsewhere, but check first.

Honourable mention: Sawdays offers a similar service, but they’re UK & Europe only.

Website : https://www.i-escape.com/

Mr & Mrs Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith

This first-rate, UK-based hotel booking website curates handpicked, boutique hotels around the world, each personally inspected to meet their high standards of facilities, service and location. The website has in-depth reviews of each property, with insider tips like what are the best rooms to book, without being overwhelming.

There are also exclusive benefits for members like gifts on arrival, or late checkouts, and a 24/7 booking service.

Pros: The standard of hotels is consistently high, so much so that the brand has become a trusted stamp of quality. The booking service and post-sales support is efficient yet very personable, and hotel staff genuinely care about ‘Smith’ customers so you feel very welcome when you arrive.

Cons: They have limited or no options in many destinations. They also can’t match the benefits of the OTA reward schemes like Booking.com .

When to use: The site is great if this is your style of hotel, and you want to be looked after at every step. Limited coverage is only an issue if you are dead set on a destination. If you’re not really that bothered where you go, or at least are open to suggestions, check this excellent site first.

Website : https://www.mrandmrssmith.com/

Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes

A members-only hotel booking website that offers exclusive deals and discounts on luxury hotels and vacations around the world. The site negotiates special rates with hotels and resorts, available to their members only.

Pros: There some great deals and genuine exclusive discounts to be had, though max discount tends to be 30% (and average of 15%-20%), but still not to be sniffed at. They also do a good job of curation, so you know you’re getting a decent hotel.

Cons: You still need to compare prices to other sites like Booking.com and the hotel’s own website, as there are lots of sneaky tricks and breaking of agreements that going on behind the scenes and you never really know where the best deal is until you check.

When to use: if you know where you want to go, it’s well worth checking in for a deal.

Website : https://www.secretescapes.com/

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

This website has personally visited, verified and vetted every single one of its 520 hotels in more than 90 countries. The criteria for inclusions I small (<50 rooms, non-chain and offering the highest standards of luxury and service.

Pros: it’s an exceptional collection of outstanding hotels, and the brand guarantees a high-quality, luxury stay. Members get 10% off and extra (tiered) benefits like upgrades and late checkouts. Hotels welcome their members with open arms, as they usually spend well, and SMH look after their customers.

Cons: things this good come with a price tag. Many hotels are out of reach of most travellers’ budgets.

When to use: if you’re a discerning, occasionally demanding, traveller, that specifically wants a smaller hotel, this is a great place to start your search. Check other websites though for better prices – even with the 10% off – but if you’re not that price sensitive, it’s nice to book with someone who cares, as opposed to a hotel production line like Booking.com.

Website : https://slh.com/

Tablet Hotels

Tablet Hotels

This New York-based brand, founded in 2000 and well-known across the US, has curated over 3,500 boutique & luxury properties around the world. In 2018, it was purchased by and merged with Michelin.

Similar to Mr & Mrs Smith, they curate a selection based on criteria, offer a full booking service, and exclusive benefits for ‘Tablet Plus’ members like VIP upgrades and free valet parking.

Pros: the curated selection guarantees a measure of quality, and some of the VIP benefits are really nice ones to have and make you feel a bit special.

Cons: You inevitably will pay more than on other sites, and sometimes they overpromise and underdeliver on the VIP experience – much depends on the attitude of the hotel. The criteria for selection is much broader than a Mr & Mrs Smith, so you’re not getting that real consistency of accommodation, and the personal relationship that Smith has with its properties.

When to use: If you want to feel like a VIP and value those benefits over saving a few pennies or cents, then they are worth a look.

Website : https://www.tablethotels.com/

3.3 Home rentals & stays

AirBnB

Launched in 2008 and needing no introduction, this global accommodation powerhouse forever altered the holiday market. Now with more than 300,000 listings in over 190 countries, it has expanded from its original core offering of ‘spare rooms to rent’ to include apartments, treehouses, villas – whatever you can stay in, it’s likely to be on AirBnB.

Pros: the sheer number of options and global coverage means you’re highly likely to find something you want. The site is simple and easy to use, with lots of photographs, user reviews and star ratings.

Cons: The product and website is great, but they don’t really care about customers, and customer service if something goes wrong can be challenging to find.

When to use: whenever you’re looking for something other than a hotel, and/or something more authentic or with a local feel. It’s especially good for families and groups wanting to stay together in one place.

Website : https://www.airbnb.com

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing

This global hospitality exchange enables you to stay with a host for free for a few nights – be it sofa or, if you’re lucky, a bed. You simply create a profile, search for hosts, and request to stay with them. Surprisingly, perhaps, it works, and over the years the site has built a loyal following and a strong community of ‘couchsurfers’ who help and support each other, and even organise events around the world.

When to use it: When budget is tight and you just really want somewhere to crash, and/or you’re looking to connect with other travellers and the local community.

Website : https://www.couchsurfing.com/

Vrbo

This upscale holiday home and apartment rental specialist has a large catalogue of privately-owned places to stay, which you can filter by key criteria like price, location, number of bedrooms etc. Each listing is vetted by their team to ensure it meet minimum standards. It’s owned by the Expedia Group.

The quality of homes for rent is exceptional and varied, from lake houses to treehouses, and the search and filtering makes it quick and simple to find something that suits. Customer service is good, much better than AirBnB for example.

Website : https://www.vrbo.com/

Villas of Distinction

Villas of Distinction

Villas of Distinction is a luxury villa rental company that offers an extensive portfolio of properties in over 50 destinations worldwide. They provide personalized service to help clients select the perfect villa for their vacation, and offer a range of amenities such as private pools, chefs, and concierge services to enhance the guest experience.

When to use it: When you’re looking for an independent, self-catering stay in an uber-luxurious villa. It’s top-end, with a price tag to match.

Honourable mention: One Fine Stay offers a similar service.

Website : https://www.villasofdistinction.com/

3.4 Campsites & Hostels

HostelWorld

HostelWorld

The hostel specialist is the go-to place for booking budget accommodation in over 170 countries – both dormitory beds and private rooms. The website and mobile app allow you to browse and book from a wide range of hostels, hotels, and guesthouses, with a focus on affordable and social options. There are also offers travel guides, reviews, and a loyalty program for frequent users.

Pros: The UX is really smooth, the inventory (number of options) is much is larger than on the major hotel search engines (OTAs), and it does a much better job of setting out dormitory bed pricing and deal options. There are a number of ‘community’ features that encourage you to connect with fellow travellers.

When to use it: If you’re on a budget or want to meet people when you’re travelling, start here with your accommodation search.

Website : https://www.hostelworld.com/

CampAGlam

If you’re looking for something off-grid, preferably unique and unusual – but don’t want to compromise too much on luxury, this website is for you. It’s a directory of for luxury campsites and stays, with various accommodation options ranging from tents to tipis, log cabins to vintage caravans. Coverage is mainly Europe & UK, though they have plans to expand beyond.

Website : https://campaglam.com/

3.5 Price comparison

Trivago

Concept: This Expedia-owned hotel search engine allows you to compare prices from various booking sites for over 1.8 million hotels in more than 190 countries. You can search & filter to discover hotels matching your criteria, then each hotel listing shows the price of a room on the various OTA sites. The site also offers user reviews, ratings, and filters to help you decide.

For all aggregators, the prices are often inaccurate, and not the cheapest option when you click through. The OTAs (like Expedia, Booking.com) have learned over the years how to manipulate them to ensure their listing comes up first with the cheapest price.

When to use it: It’s a good place to start your hotel search, especially when you have specific requirements such that you can use the on-site filters to narrow down the options quickly. If you discover a hotel you want somewhere else, always come and check the prices here before booking.

Note – it doesn’t always include the hotel direct price (so make sure you check separately), and sometimes the prices are inaccurate when you click through.

Honourable mentions: HotelsCombined , owned by Booking.com and the main rival to Trivago, is known for having better deals as they search lesser-known booking sites (though that can come with risks). Both I suspect of bias, however, in pushing Booking.com and Expedia products. Skyscanner also now offers accommodation price comparison, and they have the advantage of being independent and unbiased of the leading OTAs. Kayak also offers price comparison – but they are owned by Booking.com too. I prefer Trvago above the rest purely because they also helpfully show you show the lowest price depending on the ‘deal’ type i.e. cancellable or non, including breakfast etc. which obviously makes a big difference to the ‘cheapest’ price.

Website : https://www.trivago.com

3.6 Accommodation booking

Booking.com

Booking.com

The world’s largest accommodation online booking service that lists over 28 million hotels (and now rentals, B&Bs and hostels) from around the world. They offer a tiered loyalty program called ‘Genius’ The three levels offer 10%, 15%, and 20% discounts (respectively) on bookings at hundreds of thousands of participating locations. They also include priority customer service help, and free breakfast packages or room upgrades when possible.

Pros: The website is easy to use, with excellent filter options, and once you have created an account, you can book within a few clicks. Their inventory is phenomenal, with most hotels in the world signed up. The loyalty program is accessible and with great benefits.

Cons: The loyalty program only applies for a limited number of participating hotels, so you won’t always get the benefits. Hotel websites often still have a better deal, and some don’t release all of their room types to Booking.com so you can’t see these rooms.

Booking.com may also confusingly say ‘sold out’ when there are rooms available still on the hotel website. So always check the hotel website before booking.

When to use it: Start your accommodation search here, and then once you’ve narrowed down the options with the filters, check other sites and the hotel website for a better deal.

Honourable mention: Agoda is essentially a carbon copy of Booking.com – they are owned by the Bookings Holdings Group. Agoda has it’s roots in Asia, and is based in Singapore, so it has more comprehensive Asian content. If that’s where you’re going, it’s worth using.

Website : https://www.booking.com

Hotels.com

Concept: same as for Booking.com, with a similar tiered loyalty program, though at time of writing, the tiered benefits are not lifetime like they are with Booking.com. You need to be a regular customer to benefit from the higher tiers – not the case with Booking.com.

Their famous loyalty program of stay 10 times, earn one free reward night – now the basic tier – requires you to book at least once every 12 months or your reward night expires.

Honourable mention: Expedia is essentially a carbon copy of Hotels.com. They’re owned by the same group, and effectively have the same hotel inventory and pricing. There are slight differences in the reward program – I think Hotels.com’s one is better, hence why they got the nudge.

Website : https://hotels.com

HotelTonight

HotelTonight

Owned by AirBnB , this mobile app and website offers last-minute hotel rooms at discounted rates. Inventory ranges from budget to luxury, and you can use the filters to specify your location and preferences. There’s also a ‘Rate Drop’ feature that discounts same-day prices after 3pm.

When to use: if you need a last-minute room, it’s definitely worth checking for a deal. However, in my experience, their deals weren’t especially good compared to other standard booking sites – though the ‘Rate Drop’ does deliver discounts.

Website : https://www.hoteltonight.com/

Food, drink & entertainment

4.1 food & drink.

Eater.com

A food and dining news website that provides reviews, guides, and information on restaurants and food trends in various cities across the world. The site offers articles on topics such as dining culture, chefs, industry news, and more. They also feature videos and podcasts related to food and restaurants. The quality of content and recommendations is excellent, and they’ve regularly won awards to their food & wine journalism.

When to use it: Officially it only spans 23 US cities, and if that’s where you’re headed, it’s a good place to check. However, that’s for detailed coverage. For most cities, however, they have a round-up of ‘the best restaurants in X’, covering all price ranges. Just search for it on their site.

Website : https://eater.com

Foodie blogs

Foodie blogs

Local foodies blog about anything from food trucks to Michelin-starred restaurants. In any destination, especially cities, the food scene changes so fast that almost any corporate website will not keep up. Local foodies are out testing daily, and take pride in keeping their blogs up to date with the latest and greatest. They also cover the smaller, more niche places that only a local would know about.

There are too many to mention, but search for ‘food blogs in X’ by Googling (or Binging) and see who you can find.

When to use: When you want to discover some insider foodie experiences in a destination, and get some good restaurant tips that are not Michelin-starred.

Happy Cow

Concept: Increasingly the go-to resource for vegan and vegetarian dining around the world, run by vegans, as the popularity of the movement continues to gather a welcome pace and momentum. The site is also becoming a thriving community hub, with active forums and listings of fellow vegans in local cities that you can message for tips.

When to use it: to discover the best vegan and vegetarian dining options in your destination, or to get tips/advice from the local community.

Website : https://www.happycow.net/

Time Out

This stalwart former magazine is still the place to go in the digital era for local listings of ‘what’s on’. It provides comprehensive listings, information and reviews on cultural events, concerts, theatre performances, film screenings, and other entertainment in cities around the world.

When to use it: If you’re wanting to book in some entertainment on your trip, this is the best place to start looking.

Website : https://www.timeout.com/

Yelp

Yelp is a platform that allows you to search for and review local businesses, including restaurants, bars, shops, and other services in 220 cities in 32 countries . It’s best known for restaurant reviews, however – some of the other business listings can be fairly light. As with all review sites, it suffers from fake reviews,  but the volume is sufficient to give you an overall sense of what’s worth a try.

How to use it: I use it to draft a short list of places to try, then cross-check that with other sources and/or my hotel if I’m staying in one. Concierges will give good restaurant tips, but in my experience, the options they give are limited.

Website : https://www.yelp.com

Before you go

Centre for Disease Control

Centre for Disease Control

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a national public health institute in the United States. The website provides comprehensive information and resources on health and safety topics, including infectious diseases, vaccines, travel health, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and more.

When to use it: before you go to a new destination, stop here to check any disease risks and vaccination requirements (you can search by country from the home page). It also has helpful advice for people with special health conditions , and/or doing specialist activities.

Website : https://www.cdc.gov/

5.2 What to take

Go.Travel

This global online store is a specialist in all things travel accessories, with over 200 products covering everything from adapters, to travel pillows and luggage security.

How to use it: have a skim before you go. I always end up seeing/buying things I never even knew I needed!

Website : https://go.travel

Packing List Checklist App

Packing List Checklist App

A handy app to create packing checklists – a godsend for people like me who always forget their sunglasses. A plethora of packing list apps, I like and use this one before it’s simple, quick – and free. No upgrades needed.

You manually create your own list(s) – you can create multiple different ones, for different holiday types for example – then select from a list of a fairly comprehensive list of suggested items to start you off. Most of the time that will do it, though you can add your own if needed. When it comes to packing, you can tick things off as and when they’re in the case.

How to use it: Next time you get a few free moments, create a packing list. Add to it as and when things pop into your head. Tick them off when you pack.

Website : https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/packing-list-checklist/id1235121075

5.3 Travel planning

TripIt

TripIt is another travel organising app that allows you to store all of your travel plans in one place. Users can forward their confirmation emails for flights, hotels, and rental cars to the app, which will then create a master itinerary for their trip. The app also provides real-time flight alerts, directions, and travel recommendations.

Website : https://www.tripit.com/web

Winter is here! Check out the winter wonderlands at these 5 amazing winter destinations in Montana

  • Travel Tips

FAQ & Travel Community Forum

Published: November 20, 2023

Modified: December 28, 2023

by Ashlie Parker

  • Hotel Reviews

faq-travel-community-forum

Introduction

Welcome to our Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum! Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first adventure, this is the perfect place to find answers to your travel-related questions, connect with other like-minded travelers, and share your own experiences and tips.

Planning a trip can be both exciting and overwhelming, with countless details to consider and decisions to make. Our Travel Tips FAQ section is designed to provide you with concise and informative answers to common travel questions. From packing essentials to budgeting tips, we’ve got you covered.

But we understand that sometimes you need more than just a quick answer. That’s where our Travel Community Forum comes in. This vibrant online community is your virtual travel companion, ready to offer support, advice, and inspiration. Whether you’re looking for recommendations on destinations, accommodations, or local cuisine, our forum is a treasure trove of firsthand experiences from fellow travelers.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the ins and outs of our Travel Community Forum, helping you make the most of this valuable resource. From posting guidelines to engaging in discussions, we’ll cover everything you need to know to become an active member of our travel community.

So, whether you’re seeking answers, sharing expertise, or simply looking for some travel-related camaraderie, let’s dive in and explore our Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum!

General FAQs

Here are some common questions and answers about our Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum:

  • What is the purpose of the Travel Tips FAQ section? The Travel Tips FAQ section is a compilation of frequently asked questions related to travel. It aims to provide quick and informative answers to common queries, covering various aspects of travel planning, safety, packing, budgeting, and more. It serves as a go-to resource for travelers seeking practical advice and guidance.
  • What can I expect from the Travel Community Forum? The Travel Community Forum is an online platform where travelers from around the world connect, share experiences, and provide valuable insights. It’s a place to ask questions, seek recommendations, engage in discussions, and forge meaningful connections with fellow travel enthusiasts.
  • Is the Travel Community Forum moderated? Yes, our Travel Community Forum is moderated to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all users. Our team of moderators closely monitors the forum, ensuring that discussions are conducted in a friendly and inclusive manner. Any inappropriate or spammy content is swiftly removed.
  • Is the forum accessible on mobile devices? Absolutely! Our Travel Community Forum is fully responsive, allowing you to participate in discussions and access valuable information from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Stay connected and engaged with the community, no matter where you are.
  • Do I need to create an account to use the Travel Community Forum? Yes, creating an account is necessary to fully utilize the features of the Travel Community Forum. By signing up, you’ll be able to post questions, engage in discussions, and connect with other travelers. It’s quick, easy, and free!

These are just a few general FAQs about our Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum. If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to help!

Travel Community Forum

Our Travel Community Forum is a dynamic hub where travelers from all walks of life come together to share their knowledge, experiences, and passion for exploration. It provides a platform for members to connect, seek advice, and engage in meaningful conversations.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler with a wealth of insight to share or a newbie seeking guidance, the forum is a welcoming space for everyone. Here, you’ll find an incredible community of like-minded individuals who are eager to connect and assist.

From discussing travel itineraries and recommending hidden gems to sharing off-the-beaten-path destinations and tips for sustainable travel, the forum covers a wide range of topics. With a diverse group of travelers, you’ll get valuable perspectives and discover new ideas that can enhance your own travel experiences.

The forum is organized into different categories such as destinations, accommodations, transportation, budgeting, and more. This makes it easy to navigate and find information relevant to your travel plans. You can also make use of the search bar to look for specific topics or threads.

Our Travel Community Forum encourages active participation and interaction among members. By posting questions, sharing your own experiences, or providing helpful suggestions, you contribute to the collective knowledge of the community.

Remember, the forum is a space for respectful and constructive discussions. Treat others with kindness and courtesy, and always adhere to our posting guidelines to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

Join our vibrant travel community today and embark on a journey of sharing, learning, and connecting with fellow travelers around the globe!

How to Use the Travel Community Forum

Using our Travel Community Forum is straightforward and user-friendly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the most of this valuable resource:

  • Create an account: To fully utilize the features of the forum, you’ll need to create an account. Simply click on the “Sign Up” button and provide the required information. It’s quick, easy, and free!
  • Explore the categories: Once you’re logged in, take a moment to browse through the different categories in the forum. From “Destinations” to “Travel Tips” and “Accommodations” to “Budgeting,” you’ll find a wide range of topics to explore.
  • Search for specific topics: If you’re looking for information on a specific topic or have a specific question in mind, you can use the search bar feature to quickly find threads or discussions related to your query.
  • Ask questions: If you have a travel-related question or need advice on a specific matter, click on the “New Topic” button within the appropriate category and ask away. Be sure to provide enough details to help members understand your query.
  • Engage in discussions: Start conversations by responding to existing threads in the forum. Share your experiences, insights, and tips with other travelers. Engage in discussions to gain new perspectives and learn from the experiences of fellow community members.
  • Connect with other travelers: Use the forum as an opportunity to connect with other like-minded travelers. Read through their profiles, send private messages, or even plan collaborations or meetups if you find someone with similar travel interests.
  • Follow threads: If you find a thread or discussion particularly interesting or helpful, you can choose to “follow” it. This allows you to receive notifications when new replies or updates are posted, keeping you engaged with the conversation.
  • Be respectful and helpful: Remember to always maintain a respectful and friendly tone when interacting in the forum. Help out fellow travelers by providing accurate and useful information. Embrace diversity and be open to different perspectives.
  • Report issues: If you come across any content that is inappropriate, spammy, or goes against the forum guidelines, use the report option to bring it to the attention of the moderators. They will address the issue promptly.

By following these simple steps and actively participating in our Travel Community Forum, you’ll unlock a world of travel knowledge, forge connections with fellow travelers, and have an enriching experience as part of our vibrant travel community.

Posting Guidelines

In order to maintain a positive and helpful environment within our Travel Community Forum, we have established a set of guidelines that we ask all members to adhere to when posting. These guidelines ensure that discussions remain respectful, informative, and enjoyable for everyone. Here are the key posting guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Be respectful: Treat fellow members with respect and courtesy. Avoid using offensive language, personal attacks, or discriminatory remarks. Differences of opinion are natural, but they should be expressed in a constructive and polite manner.
  • Stay on topic: When starting a new thread or joining an existing one, make sure your contributions are relevant to the topic of discussion. If you have a new question or topic in mind, create a separate thread to keep the conversations organized.
  • Provide accurate information: When sharing information or advice, ensure that it is accurate and reliable. If you’re unsure about something, it’s better to state it as a question rather than presenting it as factual information. Providing sources or personal experiences can also help authenticate your contributions.
  • Avoid self-promotion and spam: The forum is meant for genuine and helpful discussions, not for self-promotion or spamming. Refrain from posting excessive links or promotional content. If you wish to share a helpful resource or article, make sure it is relevant to the discussion and provides value to the community.
  • Respect privacy: Ensure that you are respecting the privacy of both individuals and businesses when discussing specific experiences or situations. Avoid sharing sensitive personal information about yourself or others without consent.
  • Use appropriate formatting: Format your posts in a clear and readable manner. Use paragraphs, bullet points, and headings to make your content easily digestible. Avoid excessive capitalization, abbreviations, or excessive use of emojis.
  • Stay safe: Be cautious when sharing personal information and avoid disclosing sensitive details such as your exact travel plans, home address, or financial information. Use your best judgment in determining what information is safe to share publicly.
  • Report violations: If you come across any content that violates the posting guidelines or seems inappropriate, use the report feature to notify the moderators. They will review the situation and take appropriate action.

By following these posting guidelines, you contribute to creating a welcoming and helpful community for all travelers to engage and share their experiences. Let’s work together to make our Travel Community Forum a valuable resource for everyone involved!

Asking Questions on the Forum

One of the key benefits of our Travel Community Forum is the ability to ask questions and receive advice from fellow travelers. Whether you’re seeking recommendations, tips, or guidance on a specific travel-related topic, here are some tips for asking questions effectively:

  • Be specific: When asking a question, provide as much detail as possible. This helps others understand your situation and provide more accurate and targeted responses. Include relevant information such as your destination, travel dates, budget, and any specific preferences or concerns.
  • Use clear and concise language: Articulate your question clearly, using simple and concise language. Avoid jargon or overly complex terms that may confuse others. The goal is to make it easy for fellow members to understand your query and provide helpful responses.
  • Ask one question at a time: While it’s tempting to ask multiple questions in a single post, it’s best to focus on one specific question at a time. This allows for more focused responses and avoids confusion or overload for those trying to help.
  • Check for similar questions: Before posting a new question, it’s a good practice to search the forum to see if a similar question has already been asked. This helps avoid duplication and allows you to benefit from existing discussions and responses.
  • Be polite and appreciative: Remember to express gratitude to those who take the time to respond to your question. A simple “thank you” goes a long way and encourages community engagement. Also, be patient as it may take some time for members to respond to your query.
  • Clarify if needed: If a response is not clear or doesn’t fully address your question, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Engage in a respectful dialogue to ensure that you fully grasp the information provided.
  • Consider different perspectives: Keep in mind that the forum is composed of travelers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Be open to different perspectives and approaches. Embrace the opportunity to learn from others and consider varying viewpoints.
  • Follow-up and share your experience: Once you’ve implemented the advice or recommendations you received, consider posting a follow-up to let the community know how it worked out. Sharing your experience not only benefits others but also encourages ongoing engagement and knowledge sharing.

Remember, our Travel Community Forum is a collaborative space where members are eager to help and share their insights. By asking questions effectively and engaging in constructive conversations, you’ll find a wealth of information and support to enhance your travel experiences.

Engaging in Discussions

Engaging in discussions within our Travel Community Forum is a fantastic way to connect with fellow travelers, learn from their experiences, and contribute your own insights. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your participation:

  • Read and listen: Before jumping into a discussion, take the time to read through existing posts and responses. This ensures that you have a good understanding of the topic and the perspectives shared by others. Listen attentively to gather valuable information.
  • Respectfully express your opinion: When participating in discussions, feel free to express your thoughts and opinions. However, it’s important to do so respectfully and tactfully. Avoid derogatory or offensive language and be open to healthy debates and differing viewpoints.
  • Provide valuable insights: Share your own travel experiences, tips, and recommendations to enrich the discussion. Your firsthand knowledge can be incredibly valuable to other members. Be detailed in your responses and provide practical advice whenever possible.
  • Ask follow-up questions: Engaging in discussions often leads to new insights and perspectives. If you come across a response that piques your interest or sparks curiosity, don’t hesitate to ask follow-up questions to deepen your understanding or explore different angles of the topic.
  • Be receptive to feedback: Discussions are an opportunity for growth and learning. Be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism from other members. Use it as a chance to reflect on your own experiences and enhance your future travel endeavors.
  • Encourage others: Show appreciation for valuable contributions from other members. Like or support their posts to acknowledge helpful insights. Encouraging others not only builds a positive community atmosphere but also encourages continued engagement.
  • Avoid personal attacks: Discussions should focus on ideas, experiences, and opinions rather than attacking individuals. Remain respectful even when disagreements arise. Healthy debates can lead to insightful conversations, but personal attacks have no place in our Travel Community Forum.
  • Stay on topic: When participating in a discussion, make sure your contributions stay focused on the original topic. Stay relevant and avoid derailing the conversation with unrelated subjects. If you have a new topic in mind, it’s best to create a separate thread to keep discussions organized.
  • Take breaks when needed: Engaging in discussions can be exciting and addictive, but it’s important to take breaks when needed. Avoid spending excessive time on the forum to maintain a healthy balance in your life. Remember to prioritize your own travel experiences!

By actively engaging in discussions within our Travel Community Forum, you’ll not only build connections with fellow travelers but also gain invaluable knowledge and insights that will enhance your own travel adventures. Embrace the spirit of collaboration and mutual support as you participate in the vibrant discussions.

Connecting with Other Travelers

One of the wonderful aspects of our Travel Community Forum is the opportunity to connect with fellow travelers from around the world. Building connections with like-minded individuals can greatly enhance your travel experience. Here are some tips for connecting with other travelers:

  • Read profiles: Take the time to read the profiles of other forum members. Get to know their travel experiences, interests, and expertise. Profiles often provide valuable insights into the person behind the username.
  • Send private messages: If you come across a member who shares similar interests or has valuable insights, don’t hesitate to send a private message. Introduce yourself, ask specific questions, or simply express your appreciation for their contributions. Private messages are a great way to initiate one-on-one conversations.
  • Participate in meetups or collaborations: If you find members located in the same area or planning to visit a similar destination, consider organizing meetups or collaborations. Meeting fellow travelers in person can foster deeper connections and provide opportunities to share experiences and explore together.
  • Share your own experiences: Contribute to discussions by sharing your own travel experiences and insights. By providing valuable information and advice, you position yourself as a resource and may attract other travelers who resonate with your experiences.
  • Join social media groups: Many members of our Travel Community Forum are also active on social media platforms. Consider joining related travel groups or following fellow travelers on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. This allows you to expand your network and stay connected outside of the forum.
  • Collaborate on blog posts or projects: If you run a travel blog or have a project related to your travel experiences, reach out to fellow members who may be interested in collaborating or providing guest contributions. Collaborative projects can strengthen bonds and create meaningful connections within the travel community.
  • Attend travel events or conferences: Keep an eye out for travel events or conferences in your area or online. These gatherings provide fantastic opportunities to connect with other travelers, hear inspiring stories, and expand your network within the travel community.
  • Show appreciation and support: When other travelers share their stories, experiences, or blog posts, show your appreciation by commenting, liking, or sharing their content. Supporting and applauding fellow travelers’ efforts fosters a sense of community and encourages reciprocal engagement.

Remember, connecting with other travelers not only enriches your travel journey but also opens doors to new friendships, collaborations, and lifelong memories. Embrace the chance to build meaningful connections as you engage with the vibrant members of our Travel Community Forum.

Reporting Issues on the Forum

Ensuring a safe and respectful environment within our Travel Community Forum is of utmost importance. If you come across any content that violates our guidelines or notice any issues on the forum, we encourage you to report them. Here’s how you can report issues effectively:

  • Identify the issue: Take a moment to clearly identify the issue or violation that you have encountered on the forum. This can be anything from offensive language, inappropriate content, spam, or any behavior that goes against our guidelines.
  • Locate the report feature: Look for the report feature within the forum interface. This is often represented by a flag icon or a “Report” button adjacent to the content you wish to report. Click on it to initiate the reporting process.
  • Provide specific details: When reporting an issue, provide as much specific information as possible. Clearly identify the post, thread, or user that is causing concern. Include details about the nature of the issue and why you believe it violates our guidelines. The more information you provide, the easier it is for our moderators to address the problem.
  • Remain respectful: When reporting an issue, maintain a respectful and professional tone. Stick to the facts and avoid personal attacks or derogatory language. Remember, the goal is to maintain a constructive and positive community atmosphere.
  • Trust the moderation process: After reporting an issue, trust that our team of moderators will carefully review your report. They will assess the situation and take appropriate action based on our guidelines. This may include removing the content, warning the user, or taking further measures if necessary.
  • Follow up if needed: If you feel that the reported issue has not been adequately addressed or if you have any additional concerns, follow up with our moderators or forum administrators. Engage in a respectful dialogue to seek clarification or further assistance.
  • Be patient: Resolving reported issues may take time, depending on the nature and complexity of the situation. Please exercise patience as our moderators work diligently to ensure a safe and enjoyable forum experience for all members.

By promptly reporting issues on the forum, you contribute to maintaining a positive and respectful community for all travelers. Your vigilance plays a crucial role in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone involved.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Forum

Here are some frequently asked questions about our Travel Community Forum:

  • Can I post in multiple categories? Yes, you can post in multiple categories if your question or topic of discussion is relevant to more than one category. However, it’s recommended to choose the most suitable category to ensure your post reaches the right audience.
  • Can I edit or delete my posts? Yes, you have the ability to edit or delete your own posts on the forum. Simply locate your post, click on the appropriate options (usually represented by icons such as a pencil for editing or a trash bin for deletion), and follow the prompts. Please note that once a post has received responses or has been quoted by other members, editing or deleting it may impact the continuity of the discussion.
  • How can I find answers to my questions without posting? Before posting a question, it’s always a good idea to search the forum to see if a similar question has already been asked and answered. Use the search function and enter relevant keywords to find relevant threads and discussions.
  • What if I don’t receive any responses to my question? While we strive to encourage active participation and prompt responses within the forum, there may be instances where you don’t receive immediate replies to your question. In such cases, consider rephrasing or reposting your question to increase visibility. Additionally, engaging in other discussions and building connections with fellow travelers may increase the likelihood of receiving responses.
  • How can I report inappropriate or spammy content? If you come across any content that violates the posting guidelines or seems inappropriate or spammy, locate the report feature (usually represented by a flag icon or a “Report” button) available within the forum. Click on it and provide specific details about the content in question. Our moderators will review the report and take necessary action.

These are just a few frequently asked questions about our Travel Community Forum. If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to support you and ensure you have a valuable forum experience.

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of our guide to the Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum. We hope this comprehensive overview has provided you with a solid understanding of how to make the most of our forum and connect with fellow travelers.

Remember, our Travel Community Forum is a hub of knowledge, support, and inspiration for all things travel-related. Whether you’re looking for practical advice, seeking recommendations, or simply craving the camaraderie of like-minded explorers, our forum is the perfect place to be.

By following the posting guidelines, asking questions effectively, engaging in discussions, and connecting with other travelers, you’ll unlock a wealth of information, forge meaningful connections, and contribute to a vibrant travel community.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive in, explore the different categories, start new threads, share your experiences, and indulge in discussions that ignite your curiosity. We can’t wait to see you flourish as a member of our Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum.

Remember, travel is not just about the destinations we visit, but the experiences we share and the connections we make along the way. Join us in creating a community of passionate travelers where knowledge is shared, conversations flourish, and friendships bloom.

Happy travels and happy engaging in our Travel Community Forum!

TouristSecrets

  • Privacy Overview
  • Strictly Necessary Cookies

This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful.

Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.

If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.

Discover story-worthy travel moments

Where to next.

Mallorca

Best in travel 2024

Your dream itinerary, crafted with you.

Elsewhere by Lonely Planet connects you with an award-winning local expert to craft your personalized, unforgettable trip.

Local expert with a traveler in a forest

Travel stories and news

Explore our latest stories.

tourism websites forum

Jul 10, 2024 • 7 min read

Around one third of Spain comes under protected status, and its national parks showcase the best of its natural bounty

tourism websites forum

Jul 10, 2024 • 9 min read

tourism websites forum

Jul 10, 2024 • 6 min read

Couple runs into Jackson Lake for a swim, Tetons in the background

Jul 10, 2024 • 5 min read

Amalfi-Coast-by-Bus.png

Jul 9, 2024 • 7 min read

tourism websites forum

Jul 9, 2024 • 8 min read

Three friends on a train laughing

Jul 9, 2024 • 9 min read

tourism websites forum

Jul 9, 2024 • 5 min read

tourism websites forum

Jul 9, 2024 • 3 min read

tourism websites forum

shop our books

Our guidebooks & travel books

Whether you’re interested in traveling to a new city, going on a cruise, or cooking a new dish — we’re committed to inspiring you to experience travel in a whole new way. Lonely Planet’s collection of 825+ travel and guidebooks is sure to inspire the traveler within.

#lonelyplanet

Follow lonely planet:.

ocean cove

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Under secretary nelson to travel to brisbane, australia for the pacific banking forum.

WASHINGTON – From July 8 – 10, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson will travel to Brisbane, Australia as the U.S. Department of the Treasury co-hosts the Pacific Banking Forum with the Government of Australia. While in Brisbane, he will also participate in a series of bilateral meetings with officials from Pacific nations and other partners in attendance.

The United States and Australia are proud Pacific nations with a shared vision to advance a free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient Pacific region. During Australia’s State Visit in October 2023, President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Albanese committed to supporting sustainable access to banking services across the Pacific and, in consultation with the countries of the region, jointly launched the Pacific Banking Forum to achieve this objective.

The Pacific Banking Forum will bring together policymakers, regulators, commercial banks, technical experts, and other stakeholders to support the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat’s correspondent banking initiatives. It will address the urgent problem of ‘de-risking’ and the decline of correspondent banking relationships in the Pacific, which affect the ability of local banks to connect with international financial institutions and access cross-border payment services.

According to Treasury’s 2023 National Derisking Strategy , de-risking occurs when financial institutions terminate or restrict business relationships indiscriminately with broad categories of customers rather than analyzing and managing the risk of those customers. De-risking undermines several key U.S. government policy objectives by driving financial activity out of the regulated financial system, hampering remittances, preventing low- and middle-income segments of the population from efficiently accessing the financial system, and preventing the unencumbered transfer of humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The forum will convene government and the private sector in order to advance creative, collective solutions for combatting de-risking in the Pacific.

Last fall, Secretary Yellen met with Pacific Islands leaders during the US-Pacific Islands Forum Summit, where she reaffirmed Treasury’s commitment to work together to mitigate threats to Pacific countries’ macro-financial stability, including through addressing the impacts of a changing climate, promoting fiscal sustainability, and strengthening correspondent banking relationships in the region. The United States and Australia will continue working to support Pacific Island efforts to build health and economic resilience and advancing a positive vision for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

On  Monday July 8 th at 9:10 AM AEST / July 7 th at 7:10 PM EDT , Secretary Yellen will deliver pre-recorded virtual remarks to the forum.

At  9:15 AM AEST , Under Secretary Nelson will deliver keynote remarks at the Pacific Banking Forum on Treasury’s efforts to address de-risking and promote financial inclusion and connectivity in the Pacific.

  • Sustainability
  • Small Business
  • Mastercard and the Medical Tourism Association join forces to revolutionize cross-border health care payments

The Medical Tourism Association will launch a one-stop platform with Mastercard payment capabilities to bring more convenience, flexibility, and trust to the medical tourism industry    

Responding to the growing need to simplify access to global health care for medical tourists, Mastercard and the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) have announced an exclusive partnership to modernize the end-to-end health care experience for patients and providers around the world. The Medical Tourism Association will utilize Mastercard’s commercial virtual card technology to go beyond arranging treatments to also facilitating fast and secure payments with health care providers.  

This marks a first-of-its-kind move for the medical tourism industry, which has largely remained reliant on cash and wire transfers, leading to a lack of financial transparency and limited payment options for individuals seeking treatments abroad. Insights from a recent Medical Tourism Patient Survey reveal that over half of patients globally expressed concerns over international payments [1] due to hidden costs, exchange rate complexities and greater fraud risk, demonstrating a clear need to improve the payment process.   

“As a global technology company, we’re constantly innovating to solve pain points across multiple industries and simplify the way money flows across people and businesses,” said Chad Wallace, global head of Commercial Solutions at Mastercard, “We’re embedding our technologies to drive safer and faster payment experiences at scale, and this latest collaboration unlocks our ability to further extend the advantages of Mastercard virtual cards to reimagine the health care ecosystem.”  

Patients will be able to simply book and pay for their treatment using a payment method of their choice, and the MTA seamlessly handles the rest by leveraging Mastercard’s virtual card technology. As soon as the payment is initiated and validated, the MTA’s banking partner will issue a Mastercard virtual card to pay the health care provider directly. Introducing virtual cards also brings a range of benefits to providers. These include increased security, robust controls, and real-time remittance data for more efficient reconciliation.   

To go beyond solving the pain points in health care payments, the MTA is developing Better by MTA , a new user-friendly platform integrated with Mastercard’s payment capabilities that aims to bring medical and travel services together. From paying for and scheduling a procedure to reserving corresponding travel, transportation and lodging, patients will be able to confidently manage every aspect of their journey within the same platform. Better by MTA is intended to simplify your travel choices, streamline the payment process, and allow you to effortlessly compare care options – replacing multiple booking tools with a connected, one-stop experience for your medical travel needs.

“For nearly two decades, we have played a critical role in providing affordable, transparent and high-quality health care by connecting patients with an extensive network of trusted, accredited providers worldwide,” said Jonathan Edelheit, chairman & co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association, “Developing a single interface with integrated Mastercard payment capabilities and services is a critical step in our mission to make quality health care secure and accessible across borders.”    

Mastercard and the MTA are first launching these new payment capabilities with several health care providers around the world and plan to expand to more providers globally by the end of 2024.  

tourism websites forum

What the health care providers have to say:   

  • “Medical tourism is one of Turkey’s fastest-growing industries, experiencing an annual growth rate of 22.6% [2] .  With more patients abroad seeking our services, we’re thrilled to be one of the first hospitals to receive Mastercard virtual cards for these payments. Shifting from cash to digital payments will unlock efficiencies for our finance teams and bring unmatched payment security.” — Johan W. F. de Letter, Europe/U.S. group director, Memorial Hospitals Group  
  • “Medical tourism is a win-win for the entire health care ecosystem, but significant challenges persist, especially driven by the lack of payment digitization across the industry. With Mastercard and the Medical Tourism Association coming together to streamline cross-border payments with virtual cards, we will be able to provide quality health care to more people who need it – regardless of where they live.” — Dr. Andrew Elkwood, CEO, Advanced Reconstructive Surgery Alliance (ARSA) ; founder, The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction  
  • “Ensuring that health care is accessible to anyone who needs it is essential yet cost often remains a significant barrier. While medical tourists traveling to Thailand can save significantly — anywhere from 25% to 75% on their treatments — the process of handling cross-border payments has traditionally been slow and inefficient for providers. We are proud to collaborate with the Medical Tourism Association and Mastercard, leveraging innovative payment methods like virtual cards, to streamline these transactions. This initiative is key to making quality health care more attainable and simplifying payment processes for everyone involved." — Artirat Charukitpipat, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Bumrungrad International Hospital  
  • “The medical tourism industry is growing worldwide, and with Abu Dhabi quickly becoming a leading destination for treatments abroad, we’re seeking ways to enhance the payment process, making it easier for both patients and providers like us. We are proud to partner with Mastercard and the Medical Tourism Association to make virtual cards for medical tourism payments a reality, improving the overall health care experience.” — Aysha Al Mahri, deputy CEO, Burjeel Medical City  

[1] Medical Tourism Patient Survey 2024, The Medical Tourism Association   

[2] The Expansion of Turkey’s Medical Tourism Industry; Voices in Bioethics, June 2022 

Media Contacts

About The Medical Tourism Association

The Medical Tourism Association (MTA)  is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking down the barriers to affordable, transparent, and world-class healthcare. Founded in 2007, the MTA continues to raise awareness for medical travel while driving the adoption of best practices in the industry. The MTA has launched leading brands in the industry, such as South Korea, Dubai, Washington DC, the State of Florida, and Abu Dhabi. They work with Governments, Healthcare Providers, Insurers, and other stakeholders from the conceptualization of their project to launch and throughout the commercialization.   

About Mastercard (NYSE: MA)

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

www.mastercard.com

  • Investor Relations

Mastercard Sites

  • Mastercard.com
  • Mastercard Brand Center
  • Mastercard Data & Services
  • Priceless.com

News | World

Irish air hostess charged with attempting suicide in Dubai heading home after travel ban is lifted

An Irish air hostess charged by police in Dubai with attempting to take her own life after she was allegedly attacked in her home has had her travel ban lifted by the authorities.

Tori Towey, an Emirates Airlines employee from Co Roscommon in Ireland, was reportedly attacked in her own home in Dubai across “several hours”, leaving her with injuries that needed hospital treatment.

Photos showed her with severe bruises on her arms, and bruising to the face.

She reportedly returned home after the assault but the violence continued, and Ms Towey attempted suicide.

Emergency services responded and the 28-year-old was taken to a police station in Dubai, where she was charged with “attempted suicide and alcohol consumption”.

Her passport was also reportedly blocked, meaning she is unable to return home to Ireland.

tourism websites forum

Ms Towey was understood to be staying in a rented apartment in Dubai with her mother, who flew out to be with her following the ordeal.

As her case was due before court in the UAE on July 18, she earlier pleaded for Irish authorities to intervene and help get her home.

“I’m glad I’m with my mother now but I don’t know what’s going to happen in court next week,” she told The Sun.

“I’m desperate to go home to Ireland and put all of this in the past. I’m asking the Taoiseach to please help us.” Her mother Caroline urged the Taoiseach, Department of Foreign Affairs, and British embassy “to please do everything to get my daughter home safely”.

tourism websites forum

“She’s been through the worst time of her life and needs to come home with me and heal,” she told the Sun.

Wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt killed amid manhunt - live

Wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt killed amid manhunt - live

Travel ban imposed on Irish woman in Dubai has been lifted, premier says

Travel ban imposed on Irish woman in Dubai has been lifted, premier says

Jay Slater search boosted as mayor flies in help look for teen missing in Tenerife

Jay Slater search boosted as mayor flies in help look for teen missing in Tenerife

Motability Operations is driving an EV transition that works for all

Motability Operations is driving an EV transition that works for all

In a major development, Irish premier Simon Harris revealed on Wednesday that Dubai’s travel ban on Ms Towey has now been lifted.

Addressing the Irish parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Harris said: "I've just been informed that the travel ban has been lifted, that the embassy will take Tori to the airport as soon as she is ready to go and that the embassy of course will continue to follow up on the case, which is still active as of now."

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald had earlier intervened in the case.

She told the Dáil, Ireland’s lower house of parliament, on Tuesday that Ms Towey had been the victim of the “most gross violence”.

“Her passport has been destroyed. There was a travel ban imposed on her.”

Radhi Stirling, a legal expert at Detained in Dubai who is working on Ms Towey’s case, said: "We are calling on Dubai authorities to urgently drop the charges against Tori, remove the travel ban and let her fly home to Ireland with her mother.

“It’s outrageous, it’s broken,” she added.

Ms Towey’s aunt Ann Flynn on Wednesday said both were trying to stay positive.

Ms Stirling said the support of the Irish Government had "really warmed" them and "given them hope and inspiration".

"Right now she's just happy to be with her mother in safety. It's all very recent," Ms Stirling added.

Irish premier Simon Harris has reportedly agreed “to intervene and see how we can support an Irish citizen in what sounds to be...the most appalling circumstances".

If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch.

Create a FREE account to continue reading

eros

Registration is a free and easy way to support our journalism.

Join our community where you can: comment on stories; sign up to newsletters; enter competitions and access content on our app.

Your email address

Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number

You must be at least 18 years old to create an account

* Required fields

Already have an account? SIGN IN

By clicking Create Account you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use , Cookie policy and Privacy policy .

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in

TUI Discount Code

tourism websites forum

Skift Global Forum East Returns to Dubai on November 20

Rafat Ali , Skift

July 9th, 2024 at 4:08 PM EDT

This November, Skift Global Forum East will return to Dubai to uncover the future of the travel industry in the Middle East and beyond.

We are excited to announce the third annual Skift Global Forum East , returning to the dynamic city of Dubai on November 19-20. Following the tremendous success of the previous Forums, this event will gather top CEOs and innovative leaders in the travel industry from the Middle East and around the globe.

Over these two days, we will delve into the latest innovations in marketing, strategy, and technology that are shaping the future of travel. We’ll kick things off on November 19 with our opening night event at Address Grand Creek Harbour, and then feature a full day of discussions on November 20 at Address Sky View, hearing from a wide range of leaders in discussion with Skift editors and research analysts, as we explore travel’s future.

Join us as we discuss these themes and more:

  • How are destinations capturing demand as source markets evolve? 
  • What impact will a unified visa program have on attracting travelers? 
  • How is the rise of branded residences reshaping hospitality in the region?
  • The rise of experiences and what destinations are doing to drive this trend? 
  • How is air connectivity growing in the region and airlines incentivizing stopovers?
  • What are the data and AI strategies that travel leaders are implementing? 
  • How are the needs of luxury and ultra-luxury travelers evolving? 
  • What is the future of sports and entertainment tourism in destinations? 
  • As the center of gravity of travel moves East, what is the industry doing to adapt? 

Whether you’re in hospitality, aviation, tourism, or travel technology, this forum provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights, expand your network, and stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing travel landscape.

Last year’s Skift Global Forum East welcomed representatives from Jumeirah, Emirates, Accor, Dubai Airports, Booking.com, Air France-KLM, NEOM, Kerzner International and many more . Don’t miss out on the industry’s most important conference in the region as we return this November.

Wondering what to expect? Watch sessions from last year:

Register today to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the global travel industry. A limited number of early-bird tickets are available for a short time, so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance before prices increase.

Skift Global Forum East Registration

Early-bird price of 1,855 AED ($495 USD) for Solo tickets and 1,635 AED ($445 USD) for Group tickets are available for a limited time only. Full-price tickets are 2,555 AED ($695 USD) for Solo tickets and 2,295 AED ($625 USD) for Group tickets.

Register now for an in-person ticket to the Dubai event.

  • All Forum sessions
  • Networking options
  • Opening Reception

Bring the team and take your company to the next level.

  • Multi-registration discounts

Please read our FAQ for details about refunds, safety procedures, and other details .

Subscriber Benefits

Subscribers to Skift Research, Skift Pro, Daily Lodging Report, and Airline Weekly receive discounts off full-price tickets to in-person events.  Visit our Subscriber Benefits page to find your discount code . 

Thank you to our Sponsors and our Official Venue Partner, Address Hotels.

Tags: middle east , SGFE24 , Skift Global Forum East , Skift Global Forum East 2024

Anti-tourism protesters target diners with water guns in Barcelona

A rally in Barcelona was the latest in a summer of protests across Spain and its regions as tension mounts over the rising cost of housing and rents and other associated issues.

Monday 8 July 2024 11:28, UK

Protesters shoot water from water guns at tourists during a protest against mass tourism in Barcelona, Spain, July 6, 2024. The Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024. REUTERS/Bruna Casas

Protesters have targeted tourists with water guns in Barcelona as part of mass demonstrations over the number of visitors to the Spanish city.

Pictures showed people marching down the streets and remonstrating with diners sitting outside restaurants.

Weapons filled with water were fired at people who the protesters believed were visiting the city.

Guests were also prevented from leaving their hotels when campaigners taped up exits.

Thousands of people were said to have taken part in the rally against mass tourism - the Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024.

Tension has been mounting over the rising cost of housing and rents in Spain, and the cost of goods in the shops, with many blaming the trends on increasing tourism.

There has also been anger directed at tourists amid water shortages in Spain due to the growing impact of climate change .

The latest rally comes amid a summer of protests across Spain and its regions, including when thousands took to the streets in the Balearic Islands to protest against mass tourism and overcrowding.

Demonstrators marched through Menorca and Majorca demanding tourism is controlled and made "more sustainable".

A woman shouts from her hotel at protesters during a demonstration against mass tourism in Barcelona, Spain, July 6, 2024. The Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024. REUTERS/Bruna Casas

Last week, Spain's government announced a crackdown on short-term and seasonal holiday lettings amid rising anger from locals who feel priced out of the housing market.

The government said it will investigate listings on platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com to verify if they have licences, consumer rights minister Pablo Bustinduy said.

Demonstrators protest against mass tourism in Barcelona, Spain, July 6, 2024. The Catalan capital received more than 12 million tourists in 2023 and expects more in 2024. REUTERS/Bruna Casas

Read more on Sky News: Venice clamps down on tourism with new rules Popular destinations trying to limit tourism

Rents rose by an average of 13% in June compared to a year earlier and by 18% in tourist cities such as Barcelona and Madrid, according to the property website Idealista.

Barcelona's mayor, Jaume Collboni, has also announced plans to phase out all short-term lets in the city by 2028.

Tourism apartment owners have criticised the proposals, while Spain's Constitutional Court is deliberating whether the move is legal.

Be the first to get Breaking News

Install the Sky News app for free

tourism websites forum

There has been growing concern over the impact of tourism on water resources, with many parts of Spain continuing to struggle with drought conditions and facing restrictions on the use of water.

Heatwaves have brought increasing challenges across southern Europe - on the Italian island of Sicily, hotels have reportedly been forced to turn away guests because they cannot guarantee enough water for showers or to flush toilets.

Related Topics

Air travel is getting worse. That’s what passengers are telling the U.S. government.

WASHINGTON —  Air travel  got more miserable last year, if the number of consumer complaints filed with the U.S. government is any measure.

The Transportation Department said Friday that it received nearly 97,000 complaints in 2023, up from about 86,000 the year before. The department said there were so many complaints that it took until July to sort through the filings and compile the figures.

That’s the highest number of  consumer complaints about airlines  since 2020, when airlines were slow to give customers refunds after the coronavirus pandemic shut down air travel.

The increase in complaints came even as  airlines canceled  far fewer U.S. flights — 116,700, or 1.2% of the total, last year, compared with about 210,500, or 2.3%,  in 2022 , according to FlightAware data. However, delays remained stubbornly high last year, at around 21% of all flights.

So far this year, cancellations remain relatively low — about 1.3% of all flights — but delays are still running around 21%.

More than two-thirds of all complaints last year dealt with  U.S. airlines , but a quarter covered foreign airlines. Most of the rest were about travel agents and tour operators.

Complaints about treating  passengers with disabilities  rose by more than one-fourth compared with 2022. Complaints of discrimination, while small in number, also rose sharply. Most were  about race  or national origin.

Holiday travelers

The Transportation Department said the increase in complaints was partly the result of more consumers knowing about their rights and the ability to file a complaint. The department said it helped Southwest Airlines customers get more than $600 million in refunds and reimbursements after the carrier canceled nearly 17,000 flights during December 2022. Southwest also paid a  $35 million fine .

Airlines receive many more complaints from travelers who don’t know how or don’t bother to complain to the government, but the carriers don’t release those numbers.

The Transportation Department is modernizing its complaint-taking system, which the agency says will help it do a better job overseeing the airline industry. However, the department now releases complaint numbers many months late. It did not issue figures for the second half of 2023 until Friday.

tourism websites forum

The Associated Press

IMAGES

  1. Best Travel and Tourism Websites in the World 2022

    tourism websites forum

  2. 99+ Best Travel & Tourism Website Design Inspirations For 2022

    tourism websites forum

  3. 99+ Best Travel & Tourism Website Design Inspirations For 2022

    tourism websites forum

  4. 20 of the Best-Designed Destination Tourism Websites on the Web Today

    tourism websites forum

  5. Travel & Tourism Website Design on Behance

    tourism websites forum

  6. 17 Best Tourism Website Design Examples

    tourism websites forum

VIDEO

  1. Tourism idea worth sharing

  2. DALEK INVESTIGATES REUHRs Dalek order#1

  3. Life-changing Trips Everyone Should Experience at Least Once #travel #travelmore #travelshorts

COMMENTS

  1. Travel Forum, Discussion Board for Talk and Chat

    Discuss travel with Tripadvisor travelers. Free travel forum for thousands of destinations.

  2. Fodors.com Trending Discussions

    Travel Forum - Discuss and share your travel experiences, tips, and recommendations with other avid travelers worldwide on Fodor's community forums.

  3. Rick Steves Travel Forum

    Welcome to the Rick Steves Travel Forum for Europe and beyond! Join our lively community of travelers who exchange advice, tips and experiences. Feel free to browse to post questions and answers. New to the forum?

  4. Fodors Travel Guide

    Discuss and share your travel experiences, tips, and recommendations with other avid travelers worldwide on Fodor's community forums.

  5. United States

    United States - Travel Forum - Discuss and share your travel experiences, tips, and recommendations with other avid travelers worldwide on Fodor's community forums.

  6. Travel Forum: All Topics

    Travel Forum: All Topics This is a collection of all forum topics sorted by the most recent update. To start a new topic, return to our travel forum to select a category.

  7. Frommer's Travel Guides: Trip Ideas, Inspiration & Deals

    Frommer's Travel Guides offer expert advice, travel deals, and insights from lively message boards for the perfect travel excursion.

  8. Travel Forums

    Join the 950,000+ members of our active travel forum for travel advice or to share your travel experiences. Show off your trips on a map.

  9. United States Forums

    United States Forums. Visit Tripadvisor, your source for the web's best unbiased reviews of vacations, hotels, and resorts, worldwide. Also features discount vacation and travel packages.

  10. 7+ Best Travel Forums

    Best Online Travel Forums that you should visit before your vacation or road trip to find the most valuable and helpful travel tips from real travelers.

  11. 5 Best Travel Forums to Help Plan an Amazing Trip

    The best travel forums are run by real people: you can talk to them, exchange travel ideas and get great travel tips from other travelers.

  12. Travel Forum from Travelblog.org

    Travel Forum from Travelblog.org Friendly Travel Forum for the independent traveller. You can join Travel Blog to post replies and questions. What is a forum? - think questions and answers or a letters page in a magazine, but supercharged! Answers arrive back in minutes and you're free to reply!

  13. Welcome to the FlyerTalk Forums

    Join FlyerTalk Forums, the world's largest community of frequent travelers, and discover the best tips, deals, and benefits for your next trip.

  14. Tripadvisor: Over a billion reviews & contributions for Hotels

    Plan your next trip, read reviews and get travel advice from our community on where to stay and what to do. Find savings on hotels, book the perfect tour or attraction, and reserve a table at the best restaurants.

  15. 60 Best travel websites for researching & planning a trip

    Discover the best travel websites for planning your next trip, from finding inspiration to booking flights, hotels, food and more.

  16. FAQ & Travel Community Forum

    Introduction Welcome to our Travel Tips FAQ & Travel Community Forum! Whether you're a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first adventure, this is the perfect place to find answers to your travel-related questions, connect with other like-minded travelers, and share your own experiences and tips.

  17. Europe

    Europe - Travel Forum - Discuss and share your travel experiences, tips, and recommendations with other avid travelers worldwide on Fodor's community forums.

  18. Lonely Planet

    Love travel? Discover, plan and book your perfect trip with expert advice, travel guides, destination information and inspiration from Lonely Planet.

  19. TripAdvisor Forum & 7+ Travel Forums Like

    TripAdvisor forum is a physical or virtual platform where people come together to exchange their views, ideas, and concepts on a particular topic or issue; Tripadvisor has taken this to the next level and created one of the best travel forums available online. In fact, it was one of the first online travel forums to really get people to interact and share their experiences with one another.

  20. 9+ Best Travel Forums

    Best Online Travel Forums that you should visit before your vacation or road trip to find the most valuable and helpful travel tips from real travelers.

  21. E: 31/07 Win "The Awesome Travel Trivia Book"

    About the site MSE's editorial code Site's funding Sitemap Jobs Accessibility Email FAQs Site FAQs Forum rules New to forum? Contacts Press releases Modern Slavery Act Statement Martin's Biography The MSE Charity Fund Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram. Martin Lewis is a registered trade mark belonging to Martin S Lewis.

  22. Under Secretary Nelson to Travel to Brisbane, Australia for the Pacific

    WASHINGTON - From July 8 - 10, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson will travel to Brisbane, Australia as the U.S. Department of the Treasury co-hosts the Pacific Banking Forum with the Government of Australia. While in Brisbane, he will also participate in a series of bilateral meetings with officials from Pacific nations and other partners ...

  23. Las Vegas Travel Forum

    Plan the perfect trip to Las Vegas. TR May 3-18 - This Aussie girl is (never really) solo! Just back from a week. I don't do TRs so just observations.

  24. Is This the Comeback of Sri Lanka's Tourism? $1.5 Billion Revenue

    Sri Lanka's earnings from tourism soared to over $1.5 billion in the first half of 2024, according to data from Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

  25. Mastercard and the Medical Tourism Association join forces to

    About The Medical Tourism Association The Medical Tourism Association (MTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking down the barriers to affordable, transparent, and world-class healthcare. Founded in 2007, the MTA continues to raise awareness for medical travel while driving the adoption of best practices in the industry.

  26. Irish air hostess charged with attempting suicide in Dubai has travel

    Irish air hostess charged with attempting suicide in Dubai heading home after travel ban is lifted. Tori Towey, 28, made an attempt on her life after reportedly being the victim of a sustained attack.

  27. Skift Global Forum East Returns to Dubai on November 20

    Skift Take. This November, Skift Global Forum East will return to Dubai to uncover the future of the travel industry in the Middle East and beyond.

  28. Anti-tourism protesters target diners with water guns in Barcelona

    Anti-tourism protesters target diners with water guns in Barcelona. A rally in Barcelona was the latest in a summer of protests across Spain and its regions as tension mounts over the rising cost ...

  29. Europe Forums

    Europe Forums. Visit Tripadvisor, your source for the web's best unbiased reviews of vacations, hotels, and resorts, worldwide. Also features discount vacation and travel packages.

  30. Air travel is getting worse. That's what passengers are telling the U.S

    Air travel got more miserable last year, if the number of consumer complaints filed with the U.S. government is any measure.