A premier source of independent travel information online. They publish original travel guides to nearly 200 top destinations, with expert recommendations on hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping, and nightlife. The Interests + Ideas section contains great vacation ideas for every type of traveler, from budget to luxury to adventure. We also have easy and effective travel tools, lists of the world's best and hottest hotels, and features from Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
You can think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. To be clear, Alltop sites are starting points—they are not destinations per se. The bottom line is they try to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you have already visited and help you discover sites that you didn’t know existed.
The Travel Channel
Launched in February 1987, the Travel Channel is the only television network devoted exclusively to travel entertainment. The Travel Channel, is viewed in 90 million U.S. homes. You can view online video's updated reguarly about new places to travel.
Both online and in print, Fodor's readers can count on engagingly written, intelligently and accurately reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance.Covering over 300 destinations worldwide, Fodor's guidebooks are written for a variety of travelers who have one thing in common--they are seeking the best travel options available within their budget, including the best places to stay, eat, shop, and see. Read Reviews from over 700 travel writers.
Click a region under "destinations" or type in the name of a country, region, state or city to find information for your next holiday. Then you can check out hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for many popular locations. An added bonus at this site is a daily newsletter and hot tips from Arthur Frommer himself. Check the "Deals" for info about discounted packages, airfares, cruises, lodgings, and car rentals.
Road Junky Travel Guides are by no means the authority on the world. They are instead written to make you think, laugh and get a rough feel for a country. They go the extra step and tell you things other guides don’t and won’t dare to discuss.
This Australian travel guide publisher was founded in the early 1970s by Tony and Maureen Wheeler after an overland journey from London through Asia to Australia. Their first guide Across Asia on the Cheap became a bestseller. This site provides virtual travel guides, complete with gorgeous pictures, for many tourist destinations. Click in the middle on the world map to pick a destination, then from there you can learn more about where to sleep, eat, shop, etc...
TripAdvisor.com features real advice from real travelers, with more than 7 million unbiased reviews and opinions, covering 300,000+ hotels and attractions and operates sites in the U.S. and in the U.K. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk).
Trippy began when founder J.R. Johnson encountered a fellow traveler in India who recommended a tour of Darjeeling and the Himalayas over going to the popular Taj Mahal. Since then, Trippy has been about using technology to connect people and to connecting to the world. Trippy allows anyone to post any travel question they have, from dining alone in New York City to the best things to do in Medellin, Colombia, and all questions are vetted to destination experts who provide a personal answer that is unique to the user's needs. Readers also have the opportunity to rate answers so other users can see the most popular answers at the top.
Maps.com is a leading provider of mapping products and solutions for business, education and consumer markets. Founded in 1991 as Magellan Geographix, Maps.com has earned the status of The largest Online US map store with 10,000 products available, including wall maps, globes, atlases, online ,mapping tools and much more. Maps.com's mapping services provide three types of services: custom map creation, digital content licensing, and publishing.
Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
The Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory is your guide to official tourist information sources: government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar organizations that provide free, accurate, and unbiased travel information to the public. Businesses such as travel agents, tour operators, and hotels are not included.
A leading seller of discounted leisure travel products online through its Web site, www.CheapTickets.com. CheapTickets provides consumers access to its collection of airfares on hundreds of airlines. In addition to air, CheapTickets' family of discounted travel products also includes hotel accommodations, cruises, rental cars, vacation packages, condo rentals and Last Minute Trips. Founded in 1986, CheapTickets is a brand of Orbitz Worldwide.
The company provides direct access to one of the broadest selections of travel products and services through its North American Web site, localized versions throughout Europe, and extensive partnerships in Asia. Expedia-branded Web sites feature airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rental, cruises, and many other in-destination services from a broad selection of partners.
On FareCompare.com, you'll find cheap plane tickets, discount first class airfare, the easiest air travel planning tools, and expert travel advice. Airlines change airfares constantly, FareCompare.com can monitor airline ticket prices to enable you to find the cheapest time to fly.
Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, Hipmunk allows customers to compare flights, charter flights, trains, and hotels from major travel sites, as well as apartments or other lodging through Homeaway and Airbnb. Hipmunk displays results through a chart comparing prices, time, or "agony" (combination of price, layovers, duration, takeoff time, etc.) to help users visually compare their options to pick the best travel accommodations for them.
Kayak was started by founders of Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia who believed in a better online travel experience. It's a travel search engine, which means you can search hundreds of travel sites from all over the world. It provides information in an easy-to-use display and takes you directly to the source for purchase. In short, you control your travel choices.
Five airlines - American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United came together to fulfill a mission: Develop a travel website that would serve people better. Orbitz is a leading online travel company offering leisure and business travelers a wide selection of low airfares, as well as deals on lodging, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and other travel. The site was created to address consumers' need for an unbiased, comprehensive display of fares and rates in a single location.
Mobissimo is the product of three young global entrepreneurs frustrated with the quality of travel information. This newcomer empowers customers to quickly find and book travel deals that suit their needs. In a very short time, Mobissimo returns some of the most comprehensive travel search results available on the Web today.
Travelocity is an online travel company. Widely known for its frequent tv commercials. It's Web sites feature airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, and many other in-destination services from a broad selection of partners. A good place to get good rates at a single location. One of the "big three" with Expedia & Orbitz.
AirTrain is a low-fair airline designed for business travelers. They operate over 700 flights a day to over 56 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport.
Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, together provide passenger and cargo service to more than 90 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada, and Mexico.
AOW: Airlines of the Web
The first index of airline sites on the web, it has been online since 1994. Was created by University of British Columbia associate professor Marc-David Seidel while conducting research on the strategic development of the airline industry. It now includes full travel booking functionality through its relationships with well established travel companies.
Air Canada is Canada's largest full-service airline. Air Canada serves over 32 million customers annually and provides direct passenger service to over 170 destinations on five continents.
As the largest airline in the world, they have a lot to offer customers in the U.S. and around the globe.
British Airways is the UK's largest international scheduled airline, flying to over 550 destinations.
China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines is proud to be the largest airline in The People's Republic of China, with destination to 142 cities throughout China.
America's fastest growing international carrier operates service to more destinations than any global airline. They offer flights to 481 destinations in 105 countries on Delta.
Discount airline headquartered in England and offers a consistent and reliable product and fares appealing to leisure and business markets on a range of European routes.
Frontier is Denver's hometown carrier with service to cities coast to coast, down to Mexico, and even up to Canada.
Airline is based in Tokoyo, Japan and is the largest airline carrier in Asia. Click on the Japan Guide link to find out more about travel in Japan.
Discount North American airline which serves 50 plus destinations. Rated top low cost airline for customer satisfaction by JD Power and Associates.
World's Largest Airline Website Directory. Best known for airline scheduling. Every 10 seconds the OAG system updates.
Ryanair was Europe's original low fares airline and is still Europe's largest low fares carrier. In the current year Ryanair will carry 52m passengers on 741 low fare routes across 26 European countries.
SeatGuru has over 350 airplane seatmaps from over 50 different airlines. Very useful website to let you know where your seat is on almost all airlines. Recently merged with tripadvisor.com.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
From the very beginning SAS was one of the most innovative airlines in Europe. For example, it introduced tourist class onin 1957 on its polar route to Tokyo.
Singapore Airlines has evolved into one of the most respected travel brands around the world. They have one of the world's youngest fleets in the air and a network spanning five continents.
What began as a small Texas airline has grown to become one of the largest airlines in America. Today, Southwest Airlines flies more than 104 million passengers a year to 64 great cities all across the country, and do it more than 3,400 times a day.
US Airways and America West’s recent merger creates the fifth largest domestic airline employing nearly 36,000 aviation professionals. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,700 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe,the Caribbean and Latin America.
United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United Airlines operates more than 3,200 flights a day on United®, United Express® and TedSM to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations.
Train service with over 500 destinations that serves 48 states in the US and 3 locations in Canada. This site allows you to make reservations and purchase tickets online. Click on Hot Deals to find advertised specials and bargains. Check out vacation travel packages at Amtrak's additional site. http://www.amtrakvacations.com/
Rail Europe is the leading authority of European rail and related travel products in North America representing more than 35 European railroads. Having begun operations in North America in the 1930's they have been in operation for more than 75 years and serve one million clients annually. View this site for the many different rail passes Rail Europe offers throughout Europe.
Private Railroad that offers year-round vacation packages to the most unique regions of Canada including the acclaimed two-day, all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. In both 2005 and 2006, Rocky Mountaineer has won the prestigious World Travel Award as "World's Leading Travel Experience by Train".
VIA Rail Canada
VIA Rail Canada is an independent Crown corporation established in 1978. VIA operates trains in all regions of Canada over a network spanning the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay. 480 trains travel per week, including 300 in southern Quebec and southern Ontario.
Greyhound Lines Inc.
The largest bus company in the US. This easy to navigate site makes it a breeze to book you next bus trip. If you already know your destination click on "purchase tickets" for fares and schedules. Greyhound is now serving more than 2,300 destinations with 13,00 daily depatures.
The brand name Eurolines groups 32 independent coach companies operating together Europe's largest regular coach network. Provides coach services to 500 destinations in Europe.
Similar to mapquest you can plot driving directions, locate adresses, and develop personalized maps. You can also get a street view of certain cities in the US.
Originally founded by R. R. Donnelly & Sons in 1966 as a cartographic services division, this is one of the busiest sites on the web. From here you can plot driving directions, locate addresses, develop personalized maps, and the ability to find the lowest gas prices. Also features cell phone mapping services.
An easy-to-use self-booking tool which compares on one screen the live Internet rates for 10 rental car classes of Australia´s five major car rental brands at over 700 locations across Australia.
Take a Free Trip on AutoPilot
Develops highway routing technology and services for the the Travel and Transportation Industries, focusing on highway travel planning, truck fleet operations, and on-the-road information website services.
Breeze.Net's guide to more than 90 major airport auto rental companies and franchises at over 170 airports. Look under company deals on the left if you're hunting for a bargain or try out their rate compare guide for the best prices.
From the world's largest sycamore tree to a tour of the Crayola factory, you can find it here. Use the "Map-A-City" to find the strange and unusual attractions along the road for your next trip.
You prepare for a trip, whether it's just a few hundred kilometers - or miles - away, the next country, or even around the world. It provides information uniquely on motorcycle travel, and particularly long-distance / life on the road type travel, and link to sites with general information on travel. If you’re a motorcycle traveler this is the website for you.
Taxi Fare Finder
Compares taxi or other rideshare costs in different cities internationally. Whether using Lyft or Uber, or a traditional taxi service the Taxi Fare Calculator allows users to list origin and destination to prepare the logical route and estimates the fare. The homepage offers a list of taxis and rideshares in locations around the world, and a rate chart allows users to see initial charges, rates per mile, typical fare for short, medium, and long journeys by location. The RideGURU looks at the proper rates for taxies, rideshares, and car rentals to compare the fares between companies in each city.
All the hotels and resorts on the site provide full information, such as rates and discounts, graphics of rooms, sport, recreation, function, food and cuisine facilities. Location and fact sheets are provided to ensure you a comfortable and memorable stay.
Offers more than 70,000 properties worldwide - from hotels to B&B's to condos to all-inclusive resorts. hotels.com offers the information travelers need to book the perfect trip all backed by the hotels.com Low Price Guarantee. Now an operating company of Expedia.
Provides over 75,000 links to lodgings and travel resources worldwide. This site gives you a chance to search for hotels all across the world.
i-escape.com is a UK-based website dedicated to helping discerning independent travelers find and book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world's most beautiful and fascinating locations. The site features a growing collection of small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, and private rental properties. From jungle tree houses to historic palaces, they have put together a genuinely charming and eclectic range.
Oyster sends a team to inspect every hotel listed on their website to provide a review of the pros, cons, the location, amenities, and the "bottom line" decision about the quality of the hotel, backed by photographic evidence as seen by the team. Oyster's "Photo Fakeouts" show the differences between the hotel advertised and the team's photos showing the unedited image guests will experience. The site allows users to compare dozens of travel sites to find a good hotel within their price range, and the editors offer advice about the thousands of hotels visited in over 200 cities to ensure guests find the type of accommodation they want while minimizing unpleasant surprises upon arrival.
A division of WorldRes.com founded in 1995, this Internet company lists more than 35,000 bed & breakfasts, ski resorts, inns and hotels, including many independents. Has hotels in over 5,000 destinations in 160 countries worldwide.
If you've ever picked up those green traveler discount guide hotel coupons at state welcome stations then you're familiar with Roomsaver. They have more than 500 magazines with a weekly circulation of over 5 million. Now you can print your very own online coupon book for your next trip. They take you directly to their reservation website where you'll find the best rates on the Web!
Groople gives any group of family members, friends, teammates or colleagues an easy way to plan and book travel arrangements online. Whether your group is three people or 103, Groople is the first stop for your reunion, vacation, convention, sports outing, destination wedding or other event.
As a leader in group travel online, it offers a FREE event planning service to help you find group hotel discounts for your business meeting, conference, convention, family reunion, wedding, work crew, bus tour, military reunion, church event or any group travel. Also books group cruise, group air, group car and free event websites.
Founded in 2008 and based in San Francisco, it has over 1.5 million listings worldwide, including 1,400 castles, in 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Over 40 million have used the site, whether to list their home to make extra money renting their space to travelers or finding travel accommodation themselves.
A non-profit organization, that has constructed a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit. Provides current opportunities to visit residences at little or no cost to you.
Created in 1992, worldwide hospitality listings offered at this site provide current opportunities to exchange residences at little or no cost to either participant. You can list your residence online and search for listings in areas you would like to visit.
From New York hotels to Chicago restaurants, Los Angeles shopping to San Francisco night clubs, Citysearch will help you find what you're looking for, wherever you may be. Read dining and entertainment ratings and reviews, and browse the Citysearch Yellow Pages to find recommended shops and services near you.
Founded in 1998 and producing its first mobile app in 2008, OpenTable connects users with 32,000 restaurants worldwide. 47% of users in North America have reserved a table with the mobile app and 16 million diners has spend over $30 billion at partner restaurants. It also allows users to write reviews of the restaurant, with some 450,000 reviews posted every month.
The company now offers guides to dining for more than 70 major markets, as well as guides for hotels, resorts and spas worldwide, family travel, entertaining, shopping, nightlife, movies, music, theater and golf. Featuring over 30,00 of the best places to eat, drink, stay and play. Ratings and reviews are based on 100,000 frequent restaurant-goers.
After a trip around Asia in the early 1990s Craig Burkinshaw founded Audley, originally called Asia Journeys, in 1996. It offers a new type of travel - individual journeys designed to match your interests, tastes and budget. While it has an expertise in Southeast Asia, Audley books travel all over the world. In March, 2014 it opened an office in Boston.
Away.com offers extraordinary travel content, they have more than a million active registered members, and collectively provide information to millions of visitors each month. In addition to its inspiring editorial content, the Away Network offers a searchable database of over 1,000 active vacation packages.
BootsnAll promotes independent, long term travel arrangements that allow visitors to dig deeper in the culture of a different city or country. Their tools like AirTreks and Indie allows users to plan and purchase complex travel packages such as round the world treks or international trips with multiple stops. Each year 4 million travelers use the website's do-it-yourself services like reading travel articles, taking an e-course on traveling around the world, participating in their online traveler community, using their route-planner, as well as working with consultants to design individual travel packages.
GORP Great Outdoors Recreation Pages
Founded by Diane and Bill Geer in 1995, with more than 100,000 pages, GORP is the largest web site devoted to outdoor recreation and adventure travel. Click on your favorite activity to locate interesting trips from biking to wildlife viewing.
A leading travel booking site for students, faculty, and youth (18-25), StudentUniverse was launched in 2000 and partners with dozens of travel agencies and more than 70 airlines to provide users with unique discounts on flights, hotels, activities, and group travel to international destinations. In addition to comparing prices and booking for hotels and group traveling, StudentUniverse allows users to simultaneously search Expedia, Trivago, Priceline, JustAir Ticket, Hotwire, Travelocity, and Orbitz for price comparison.
This is one of the largest travel agencies in the US. Their web site was established in 1998, it tells you just about every thing you want to know about cruising from "ship reviews" to "ship stats." Cruise.com now claims to be the Internet's largest cruise seller.
Practically invented the last-minute discount by convincing major cruise lines to drastically reduce the price of unsold cabins close to departure. Click on the 90 day ticker sign up as a free memeber and look at many great cruise deals.
Ecotourism is not just about choosing the greener option; it’s about discovering new ways of travelling and making a difference. So whether you’re looking for info on ideas and destinations, eco-friendly accommodation, from budget to luxury, or want the low-down on the latest ecotourism news and views.
Best Fares Online
This is the online version of Tom Parson's Best Fares Magazine. While the inside scoop goes to paid members you can try out the "quick fare finder."
A new innovation in air travel. You name the price you're willing to pay for tickets and priceline finds a major airline willing to release seats on flights where they have unsold space. Caution! Once your bid is accepted you are committed. You can also bid for hotel rooms and rental cars.
This exciting company lets you bid on airline tickets, room nights, tours, cruises and all-inclusive vacation packages. Click on "auctions closing soon" to watch closing bids. You can even check out deals by location.
Traveling Australia On the Internet
A detailed guide to Australian tourist attractions and travel facilities. You can search by state, region or city/town.
The Islands of the Bahamas
The official site for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism provides a wealth of information about the 700 islands which make up the country.
Offers everything you need to research, plan, purchase and share the experience of your Caribbean vacation, from detailed maps, travel forums and island information, to great package deals, cruises, vacation villas, and hotel specials.
Here you can check out theme parks, recreation and night life or visit resorts and make reservations at Disney World, Disneyland Paris, or Tokyo Disney or book a cruise on Disney Cruise Line.
A list of operating drive in theaters arranged by state and location.
Use the travel planner to help organize, plan and book your trip by providing details of available tour packages, with destinations categorized by theme – adventure, beach, holiday, culinary, dive, golf, heritage, medical and wellness.
Hawaii: The Island of Aloha
This is the official site of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. You can learn about the six unique islands, check out the activities, and find out about accommodations.
My Ideal Beach
This new website is hosted by Orbitz. Readers go through an easy three-step process in which they identify their preferences in each the three categories: type of traveler, interests, and hotel options.
Vast information source about travel to Spain covering adventure, travel, language, schools, hotels, ski resorts, etc.
Universal Studios Vacations
This is Disney's principal competitor in Orlando. Click on "tickets" for complete vacation packages from VIP tours to annual passes.
UK Travel Guide
This is the best overall guide to the UK with information on everything you want to know about travel in the UK... hotels, airports, money, timetables, royal family, tax refunds, weather, and a lot more. You can zoom in on special places on UK and London interactive maps.
FX Converter - 164 Currency Converter
Find up-to-the-minute foreign exchange news, conversion rates for 164 countries, a table of exchange rates for 26 countries, or create a wallet-size exchange rate table to take on your next trip. Or use FXGame to practice currency trading without spending a dime, a ruble, or a krona.
Provides information on 70 different foreign languages including guides to basic words, help on pronunciation, etc.
Everfest acts like a “global calendar” for festivals around the world, allowing users to find and connect to any such events, whether related to the arts, books, civic, cultural, faith, film, food, historical, music, performance, seasonal, sports, or something unique. Everfest has designed an accurate GPS-enabled map app to help users find information about festivals near their location, check calendars and schedules for their events, help users meet with friends at the festival, engage with other revelers through online forums, and share photos and videos by connecting with social media.
Here you can find information on more than 2,500 festivals in North America. Click on your favorite genre or locate festivals by date, location, performers or festival name.
This Week's Top 20
An online newsletter which lists the top 20 travel bargains of the week. GREAT DEALS!
Welcome to Igougo
A terrific site which allows you to read travel journals written by other tourists or write one yourself. Be sure to check out their 5,500 destinations and hundreds of thousands of reviews and pictures.
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over. Whether you want to stay close to home or venture around the world, you will find programs that meet your interests, activity level, budget, schedule and lifestyle.
Since 1977 AESU has offered special European travel packages for college students 18-35. Discounted airfares for students, faculty and groups. They also arrange accommodations, classroom space, site visits, and transportation.
This is a great place to check world time zones and calendars.
World is Round
A photo-sharing community where you can share personal photos with friends & family, and your travel photos and experiences with the world. Already over 1 million travel photos posted so far.
From the United States Environmental Protection Agency, AirNow gives travelers the real time Air Quality Index forecast for the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico) and Canada. AirNow offers real time information and future forecasts on whether the air quality is good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups such as the elderly, children, those with allergies or heart and lung diseases, unhealthy or hazardous. It also has summaries and maps to help users consider air quality in planning their outdoor adventures.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The FCO provides "travel advice" for information about possible threats to your safety in over 200 countries. During the 2003-04 financial year British nationals made over 60 million trips abroad. Their 1,800 Consular staff helped over 87,000 British travellers and issued over 455,000 passports.
Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets
Travel warnings are issued by the U.S. State Department to inform Americans that they should avoid travel to a certain country. Consular Information Sheets locate U.S. embassies or consulates and describe conditions in each country. Also, has good tips for U.S. Citizens traveling abroad.
Brian E. Coutts with Ryan Dowell, Summer, 2015
An earlier version of Dr. Brian Coutts' "Travel on the Web" was published in ACRL News and on the Web at ACRL News Website.