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15 Useful Travel Websites for People Who Love Travelling

15 Useful Travel Websites for People Who Love Travelling

If you love to travel often then there are some websites you need to check out so you can make the most of your money, your time, your journey, or just ward off some nasty jet lag. And the best thing about this article is there won’t be any bothersome pop-ups for subscription magazines (because of course you are out traveling not at home). And there won’t be any sites that are advertised everywhere already (because of course you’ve already used or avoided them). So enjoy this little trip around the internet where I hope you not only find travel websites you haven’t come across before, but also sites that you will find awesomely useful!

So onward with the road less traveled!

1.  TripExpert

TripExpert

    Most everyone is aware of TripAdvisor, a site that allows everyone to leave reviews about places, but it is great to be able to cross-reference the average person’s short sometimes snarky review with an expert’s review. That is what TripExpert allows you to do. You type in your destination or accommodations and it will give you what the experts are putting in print from A to Zagat!

    2.  Oyster

    OYSTER

      Sometimes we get faked out by wonderful photos that stretch rooms out of proportion or minimize crowded beaches. Oyster is “The Hotel Tell-All” and has a page dedicated to comparing hotel’s photos to Oyster’s own, so you can decide if a place is a myth or a legend. Oyster’s reviews also go beyond the good, the bad, and the ugly about even the best of places. We appreciate their honesty because honestly no one wants to spend their money on a bad vacation.

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      3.  Yelp!

      YELP

        Still making up your mind whether to stay here or there or to eat this or that in the destination of your choosing?  Then maybe Yelp will help! I put in the same location (NYC), in each site to see what the reviews would say, and Yelp had very specific commenters that left pictures, ratings, and more. You can even scroll through the pictures associated with your search. Reviewers are assessed too, so you can see if this is a one-time reviewer with a bone to pick or if it is someone that has checked in a few times and knows well what they are reviewing. To some extent, you might be able to tell if this person’s evaluation would be comparable to yours. Maybe they are a member of your trip tribe.

        4.  Trip Tribe

        TRIP TRIBE

          As soon as I thought it, I knew someone must have that domain name for a travel site! Trip Tribe lets you put in your personality, suggests vacations and places to stay, and puts you in touch with others like you in age, relationship status, and interests. It isn’t exactly a dating site, but if you crave a journey, you can follow people that crave the same things. It is kind of inspired.

          5.  Rom2Rio

          ROME2RIO

            I came to Rom2Rio via a few different travel blogs that raved about it, so I tried it out, and I’m intrigued and inspired! You can compare with tools (like very easy on the eye visuals and sidebars with drop-down menus) how you want to travel, the cost of travel, and it will even give you very specific information such as the bus line or airline you can use. I went ahead and selected where I was departing from and where I wanted to arrive and was able to click easily through all the way to the airline’s website to purchase exactly what I was inquiring about.

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            6.  Skiplagged

            SKIPLAGGED

              This site is bananas! Did you know a ticket from one city to another can be half as much if you just take a different flight pattern with a different layover destination?! Say you want to go to Miami. You can go directly for $200. Or you can endure an hour layover and pay $160. Or you can pay $86 if you do an hour and a half layover in another city. If you can endure more time in your layover, or can put up with a layover in a different state, you can save half.

              7.  Sleeping In Airports

              SLEEPING IN AIRPORTS

                It can happen unintentionally, but it can also be preferable under some circumstances. So if you need to sleep in an airport, versus getting a costly hotel room, it can come in handy to know what kind of accommodations there are. Sleeping In Airports has reviews, assessments, and recommendations for the weary and wary traveler.

                8.  Responsible Travel

                Responsible Travel

                  I love the saying, “Take only photos. Leave only footprints.” And I love the idea of unique and rare vacations. That is what this company is all about. You will get recommendations that promise more than a few days off. You are shopping small and personal. You can decide what type of vacation you want to go on such as a couples honeymoon or a family getaway. You can decide if you are going cycling or shopping. There will be several places to choose from with pricing, pictures, descriptions, reviews, and suggested itineraries. Additionally, there will be a breakdown of how responsible the accommodations are, sometimes including the materials used in construction. If you are interested in ecotourism, this site is designed for your conscience.

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                  9.  Peek

                  peek

                    I almost couldn’t stop looking at this site. You get to look at other people’s “Perfect Day” and you can plan your own. There are suggestions by high profile residents of cities, like fashion designers, and there are offers and deals for tours. It is fun to see how others have spent a day in George Town or see where a sports car rental will take you in…. Vermont? Well, there is something for everyone!

                    10. The Man in Seat Sixty-One

                    The Man in Seat Sixty-One

                      If you are wild about trains and world travel, this is your website of choice. If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should start considering it and use this as a way to find some of the best experiences. Train travel in different countries can be a memorable experience. Doing your research will make it a good one!  Get routes, get pictures, and get an expert perspective from The Man in Seat Sixty-One.

                      11.  Black Tomato

                      Black Tomato

                        I say tomato, and you say Black Tomato! And I say what?  Black Tomato is a site that allows you to discover luxury vacation packages that are very dreamy.  Do you want to do a multi-destination honeymoon?  They have an itinerary for you.  Do you want to experience a cuisine inspired vacation?  They have an itinerary for you. Is this something to put on your bucket list?  Login and save it under “bucket list.” They are ready for all sorts of dreamers.

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                        12. Hipmunk

                        Hipmunk

                          Did you ever want to know before a flight if your legs would get cramped or if your layovers would be torture? This site has an “Agony Scale” for flights to let you know just that. And if you are booking a hotel, there is a heat map that will tell you using color bars where the nightlife is compared to your accommodations and sometimes if that nightlife is fun or not fun for you. Because sometimes, we don’t want a bedroom window too close to the rowdiest bar in town. We’d rather take a cab ride.

                          13.  AirHelp

                          AirHelp

                            If you lost your luggage, been delayed, or otherwise abused by the airlines, you might want to check out AirHelp. This website helps you know what your rights are and what compensation you are entitled to. Whatever your travel plans are, doing your research before and after something happens sounds like sound advice to me. It is worth investigating.

                            14.  Skift

                            Skift

                              Staying informed about what is going on in the travel industry could be good for you. If some bad news is brewing, this site would help you learn about it before you booked a non-refundable trip. Also, if an airline or another company you are about to do business with is in distress, you might consider making other plans. Even the latest in technology to make travel better is featured, so maybe you get to download an app to make the best of your travels.

                              15.  Home Exchange

                              HomeExchange

                                What if you live somewhere great and you want to see somewhere else that is great? Then Home Exchange could give you a fun and affordable way to find accommodations. I heard about people renting out their balconies for festivals, like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but if you have someplace awesome, you can trade spaces for a time. Lucky you!

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                                Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                                50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                1. Believe It to See It

                                Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                10. Be in It to Win It

                                Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                14. Be a One-Off Original

                                Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                21. Make Your Own Luck

                                In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                24. Champion in Communication

                                Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                28. Live by Core Values

                                Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                34. Change Opens New Doors

                                People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                41. Swim Against the Tide

                                Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                48. Follow Through

                                Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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                                Featured photo credit: Juan Jose via unsplash.com

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