Do have a good idea where you want to go on your next vacation but no idea what to do when you get there? Could you use some fun activity ideas? Travergence.com is a website where you can find and book all kinds of fun and unique travel activities in cities around the world. According to The Travergence:
Travergence is your travel activity headquarters. Search, discover, and book your travel activity with just a few clicks and the confidence of an uncompromising satisfaction guarantee… We know there’s nothing more enlivening than a great travel experience. After all, we know having great experiences is the reason why you travel and booking worry free is the first step.
Activities are rated based on reviews from other customers. Travergence is currently available for twelve cities around the world but is adding more cities as it expands.
Do you find it more fun to go with a group of friends when you travel? Do you have a hard time getting things planned and organized when traveling with a group? Travelstormer.com is an online tool that helps groups of friends plan and organize their travel adventures using group brainstorming. According to Travelstormer:
No matter how big or small the decision, Travelstormer enables all aspects of your trip to be decided in a co-operative way. Everyone gets a vote and a chance to be heard… Organising a group holiday should be an enjoyable experience, however, group administration can be a real pain for those in charge. Not only does Travelstormer spread the responsibility across all trip members, it also acts as a one stop storage and planning hub for all trip-related communication.
You can plan a group trip in four easy steps: 1.) start the trip plan and invite friends to join, 2.) use Brainstorms to get everyone’s input, get ideas, and figure out what works for everyone, 3.) use public Brainstorms to get ideas and advice from experienced travelers outside of your group, and 4.) finalize the details and put your travel plans into action. Travelstormer also has a blog.
Do you like to travel? Would you like to join an online community of travelers to share your adventures with and get advice from? Gogobot.com is a social networking website for travelers where you can share your favorite places with your fellow travelers and friends. According to Gogobot:
Gogobot is harnessing the power of the social web to revolutionize travel… We believe planning your trip should be almost as fun as the trip itself. Whether it is a week’s vacation, a business trip or a weekend getaway, we believe planning your trip should be almost as fun as the trip itself. We believe the best advice comes from people you trust – people like you – and not from anonymous strangers on the internet. We believe sharing your experiences should be as simple as touching the screen on your phone. We are passionate about technology and design and their power to reshape our world for the better.
On Gogobot you can get travel advice by asking questions to the community, you can write reviews, you can browse destinations, you can create a profile page, and more. For each destination you can browse: Overview, Things to Do, Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Restaurants, and Photos. Gogobot also has a blog.
Previously we featured 43 Things, a website for publicly listing goals and encouraging others, as our Website of the Day. Today’s featured site is a sister site of 43 Things and it’s similar but it deals with places instead of goals. 43Places.com is a website where you can create and publicly post lists of all the places you’ve traveled to and all the places you want to go. You can also browse other people’s travel lists and photos for inspiration. According to 43 Places:
Travel changes people. Whether it is finding a great new coffee shop in your city or a life altering trip around the world, finding great places can make us happier people… Every day, users build 43 Places by adding places, asking questions, giving travel advice, uploading pictures of their favorite places and writing stories about the places they’ve been and want to go… We think 43 is the right number of places for a busy person to try and visit. Why not more? It’s too much. Why not less? You can do less, but it is still called 43 Places.
Having trouble working out the details of your travel plans? You can also ask questions at 43 Places and get help from their travel community.
Do you love to find unusual or bizarre places and things when you travel? Are you getting board with the usual bunch of travel websites and travel guides? AtlasObscura.com is an online travel guide that specializes in the bizarre, off the beaten path, or otherwise unusual travel destinations. According to Atlas Obscura:
Welcome to the Atlas Obscura, a compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. If you’re looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them. The Atlas Obscura is not just about collecting oddities. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, the Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of traveling, and a different lens through which to view the world.
The atlas can be explored by region or category. The site also features a blog and discussion forums. Atlas Obscure take suggestions so if you’ve stumbled across an unusual place not featured on the site you can submit it and share.
Oyster.com is website that posts reviews (and photos) of hotels written by a staff of experienced travelers, who stay at hotels anonymously. According to Oyster:
At Oyster.com, we have a very simple mission: to give a comprehensive preview of the hotels you might choose to stay at, from the beds you’ll sleep in to the bathrooms you’ll use to the food you’ll eat. Our goal is to guide our users to the hotels that will best fit their needs. We do this by extensively photographing every place we visit and writing in-depth reviews based on our firsthand experiences. Oyster employs tireless, smart, experienced travelers who have each seen and extensively evaluated dozens of hotels… We pay to visit each hotel as guests. Management doesn’t know we’re coming to review the property, and we’re not afraid to say when service wasn’t perfect or a room was dirty. Our reviews are informed by the sights, smells, and sounds of a property, guest interviews, and our interactions with the staff. Unlike other hotel websites, Oyster includes photos taken by our reviewers to accurately reflect what it’s really like to be there. We don’t airbrush out power lines or adjacent buildings. The photos you see here represent the hotel as we experienced it.
In the Hotel Recommendations section you can browse recommended hotels by type of hotel. In the Destinations section you can browse recommended hotels by location. In the Deals section you can find deals on hotels using rating, price range, theme, location and more as criteria. If you can’t travel now you can still dream and watch slides shows of beautiful hotels in the Slideshows section.
Are you looking for fun things to do while traveling on your upcoming vacation? Do just need something fun to do on your day off in your own town? Goby.com is a search engine for fun free-time activities anywhere at anytime. According to Goby:
Goby is an inspiration engine all about exploring things to do with your free time, from this weekend’s adventure to your next week off… With Goby you do one search, specifying what you want to do, where and when to find what you need about a desired trip or leisure activity, rather than hopping around from Web site to Web site and sorting through pages and links to often irrelevant info… Goby explores the depths of the Web to access the richest sources of hard-to-find information for your free time activities. The results are organized in a way that’s easy to understand and use, rather than serving up page after page of Web sites that just happen to contain your key words… Goby was created to solve the frustrations involved in planning your everyday adventures and free-time activities. Our goal is to stop the madness and eliminate the need to hop around to multiple Web sites and sort through information that’s often incomplete and/or irrelevant or hard to find.
Searches require three bits of information: What (you would like to do), Where, and When. Need fun ideas on the go? Goby has an app for iPhone, iPad and Android
Do you travel a lot? Do you find keeping track of your travel schedule to be stressful and a little confusing at times? TripIt.com is a website that builds you a master itinerary based on your travel plans that you simply send to TripIt via email. According to TripIt:
TripIt is an online service that helps people organize all their travel plans—flights, hotels, rental cars, trains, cruises—no matter where they booked. To get started, travelers just forward their travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt processes these emails and automatically creates a master itinerary with travel plans, daily weather, local maps, restaurant reservations, city guides and more. With TripIt, travelers can print, access and share their travel plans online, from a mobile device or even in their personal calendar.
Tripit has apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. With Facebook Connect for TripIt, you can easily share all your travel plans with your friends through Facebook. If you’re traveling with a group of people you can easily keep track of everyone’s plans using a group travel map with TripIt groups.
Do you love to travel? Would you like to share your adventures with the world and read about the adventures of fellow travelers? TravelJournal.com is an advanced online authoring and publishing platform for travel writing, where you can share your adventures with your family, friends, and the rest of the world. According to TravelJournal:
From the dawn of civilization exploration and discovery was at the core of human culture, with travel writing laying the foundations to knowledge and history. For centuries travel journals became men’s primary source of information of the world around him. Although over the years they have taken different shapes and forms, travel journals always kept the spirit of their original essence… On TravelJournal you’ll find elegant and intuitive tools, up to the moment geo-related information, plenty of useful resources and the professional and experienced community you’ve been looking for – all in a state of the art and fun environment created specifically for travelers. We believe TravelJournal will become a perfect travel companion for any modern adventurer, be it first-time travelers, seasoned explorers or experienced traveling writers, wherever they are.
Travel journals are categorized by continent, sub-categorized by country, and can also be found through search. TravelJournal also includes a blog.
Today’s Website of the Day was suggested by Yossi Fefer. Thanks Yossi!
Are you bored and looking for something to do tonight? Tired of the same old thing? Want something a bit different and a lot more exciting? Thrillist.com is website that sends out free daily emails with recommendations for what is new, unknown or under-appreciated in your city. There is also a lot of information on the site if you don’t want sign up for the email. According to Thrillist:
Each weekday, we’ll drop you a must-have recommendation, from the best of what’s new, to deeply under-the-radar goodness. We’re talking absinthe-only cocktail spots, eateries that dish up BBQ Rattlesnake Salad and Reindeer in Bourbon Sauce… We’re not going to waste our time or yours with things that suck — you already have your job for that. So we don’t write reviews, just recommendations, and because we painstakingly wade through the crap to unearth greatness, you get exclusively the best of your city’s food, drinks, gear, services, entertainment, travel options, and events.
Thrillist covers fifteen major cities and counting. Topics include: Food+Dining, Style, Entertainment, Travel, Bars+Nightlife, Home+Gadgets, Music, Sex+Dating, Sports+Fitness, Career+Money, and Cars