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December 9, 2014

10 Best Websites That Will Make Traveling Easier

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Vacations are fun, but planning them isn’t always nearly as fun. There are so many little details to take care of, including researching destinations, hotels, airfares, activities, and so much more. Of course, you also want to enjoy your vacation at a reasonable cost. These days, most people are turning to the Internet for all of their travel information and booking needs. But, it can be difficult to know which websites are the best. Here are our top picks:

1. Tripping

If you like to have an apartment rental so you have all the comforts of home while you travel, this website will help you find the best rentals. With so many different rental sites out there, you may wonder which one has the best deals. Tripping searches 18 rental sites, so you get the information you need without having to do a lot of separate searches.

2. Trover

You can check out reviews and articles from bloggers at Trover, and create your own blogs so you can share your own travel stories. Geotag locations so others can check them out as well. For instance, if you traveled to a certain city and you loved a particular restaurant, you can geotag that restaurant’s location and recommend it to others.

3. AirportParkingFlorida

You have to drive to one of the Florida airports, but what do you do with your car while you’re away? AirportParkingFlorida will help you to find the best off-site parking by providing you with the information you need. No matter how big or small the parking facility is APF will help you to save on parking fees, which you can turn into extra spending money for your vacation.

4. TripExpert

When you want to get the best reviews from guidebooks, magazines, and other popular resources, you will find them here. This is a small site now, but it is starting to grow, and it could end up becoming more popular than TripAdvisor.

5. Skift

Get the latest travel news on the web here. Learn what travel companies are doing, the future of the travel industry, and a whole lot more.

6. AirHelp

You have rights, but airlines don’t want you to know about them. Instead, they would rather boggle you with forms and red tape until you give up. AirHelp will work for you to ensure that you get any legal compensation due to you from an airline. You pay a small percentage, and you get results.

7. Holiday Pirates

This UK-based site can find loads of great travel deals. They search fares and routes for pricing mistakes that will save you money. The best deals are for travel outside of the UK, but there are also many great UK travel deals to be found. There are German and American versions of the site.

8. The Flight Deal

Find all kinds of hidden deals, mistakenly-priced fares, cheap flights, last-minute flights and rates, and more. This is one of the best US travel websites for anyone who wants to get the lowest travel prices.

9. Busbud

If you want to travel by bus, this is a great site for information on bus travel all over the world. Currently, there are routes listed for 10,463 cities in 89 countries. You can look at routes, get prices, and even book tickets.

10. Fly Shortcut

Have you heard of “hidden city ticketing”? If you are flying from LA to NYC, and the flight costs $300, you can save money by booking a flight from LA to Boston, with a stop in NYC. It is cheaper, and as long as you are only traveling one-way and have only carry-on luggage, it’s easy to do. The only problem is that airlines will catch on to this, and they can cancel your frequent flier accounts. If you still want to do it, you can learn about the shortcuts on this website. TC mark