Dreaming of traveling again? For those making future travel plans, it’s very common to search for ideas online. You might want to backpack the Appalachian Trail. Maybe you want to search for the best restaurants in L.A. What’s the nightlife like in Chicago?  No more hopping from site to site, spending hours digging for inspiration. We can point you to some of the top resources online to do your travel research.

Travel Guidebook Websites

These are great for anything from basic travel information to trendy bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. A good online guidebook will be organized by country or city and will make recommendations for a variety of activities. Timeout City Guides is a resource that helps you get to know a city. Just pick a country to explore and the site routes you to information about its most popular cities. Once you choose a city, you can view different categories: news, food & drink, music, nightlife and more. Frommer’s offers valuable information on destinations, trip ideas, tips, news, and podcasts. The trip ideas section features an assortment of topics perfect for making future travel plans. Topics include local experiences, winter sports, national parks, and honeymoons. The site also helps you find weekly vacation deals.

Travel Blogs

Travel bloggers roam the world and report on their unique experiences. For many, it’s their full-time job! They can help you find the best getaways, hotels, secret trails, and can’t-miss eateries. It’s like having a personal travel advisor who can show you how to get the most out of a destination. There are blogs out there for everyone, from solo and family travelers to photographers and millennials. Here are a few of our favorites:

foXnoMad combines travel and tech to create a blog that can help you travel smarter. Anil Polat, the site’s owner, is an adventurer and travel app developer with a mission to visit every country in the world. So far, he has visited 90, sharing tips and stories about his experiences. He’s also developed 10 travel apps and has been featured on the Travel Channel.

Hand Luggage Only is run by Yaya and Lloyd, who blog about their love of travel, photography, and food. The former college roommates share travel stories and photos to form a two-way conversation with travelers around the world. They also share travel advice and destination inspiration.

Travel with Bender is an award-winning family travel blog following the Bender family. They want to show families how to enjoy vacations together with first-hand guides and expert travel tips.

News and Magazine Websites

Some news and magazine sites offer readers pages dedicated to travel. CNN’s travel section has robust commentary on destinations, food & drink, and travel news. The site covers a wide variety of national vacation topics such as “Sounds of Olympic National Park”, “Where to Eat in the San Francisco Bay Area Now” and “What’s the Best Ski Pass for You”. Forbes’ lifestyle section features the Forbes Travel Guide with editor’s picks and the latest travel news. The magazine has a multitude of contributing writers covering topics like “The Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa of the Year for 2020” and “12 Hotel Live Cams To Spur Wanderlust”. News and magazine sites can cover a lot of ground and add articles to their sites regularly. There’s always a little something for everyone.


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