100+ USEFUL TRAVEL WEBSITES & APPS YOU WILL LOVE

DON'T GET LOST LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK - THEY ARE ALL HERE UNDER ONE PAGE

I know what It’s like, trawling through the internet to look for not just useful travel websites but the right type for backpackers. So much time can get wasted, searches after searches, and being a long term backpacker myself I know how a lot of the times we need sites at our fingertips. So that’s why I decided to put all the sites and apps we need on one page.

This useful travel websites page is for your convenience, to give you easy access to over 100 sites and apps that will come in handy during your backpacking trip

Useful travel websites and apps at your fingertips on 1 page

The useful travel websites on this page are all carefully sought out, they’re sites I’ve used, come across or been suggested by other experienced travelers.

Some of these useful travel websites and apps you may already know about, some might be game changers for you as they were for me, some you’ll wish you knew about earlier. Whatever useful travel website you need either for budget, solo or long term backpacking; it will more than likely be listed here. 

However if there are some you know about which you don’t find, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

Ok, let’s dive into it. In this post we are going to look at: 

  1. Useful travel websites, blogs, vlogs & info sites 
  2. Best websites for visa information 
  3. The top comparison sites and search engines for flights 
  4. A list of main budget airlines all over the world (organised by continent) 
  5. Major international Airlines
  6. Useful websites and apps for Accommodation & transport
  7. Websites for money/budgeting/exchange rates
  8. Useful websites for travel insurance companies 
  9. Websites for volunteer programs 
  10. Other useful travel websites 
  11. Online communities and forums 
  12. Useful travel Apps suggested by travelers from all over the world

Useful travel websites, blogs, vlogs & info sites

Wiki travel

Travel arm of Wikipedia. Facts figures and reviews of countries all around the world.

Nomadic Matt

One of, it not the most credible travel blogs/ websites on the net. A go-to site for most backpackers, myself included.

The broke backpacker

A great and very popular budget travel blog. Another go-to site for many budget backpackers planning a trip.

Adventurous Kate

One of the most recognised female solo travel blogs in the world offering help, advice, tips, guides. safety for female solo travelers and so much more.

Be my travel muse

A solo female traveler who has been traveling consecutively for five years. Packing tips, compelling reads and country guides

Solo traveler

Janice is an expert on not just female solo travel but all things solo travel. Her site is more than just a blog, It's turned into a huge solo traveler community

Karl Watson travel docs

One of the biggest vloggers out there. Watch his incredible adventures to leave you with wanderlust but also providing so many insights

Aaron Explores

Aaron shares his authentic travels, doesn't fluff up the videos and show it how it is. A favourite of mine

You Tube

Find amazing vloggers to suits your own tastes and interests from all over the world

Rough guides

Travel guide that covers over 120 destinations around the world.

Trip Advisor

Worlds largest travel site and one of the largest travel communities in the world.

Lonely planet

The biggest travel publishers of guides in the world. Offer comprehensive guides and reviews from all over the world.

Kilroy

Backpacker tour and adventure company - Organize trips through and with them.

Indie traveler

Budget travel tips and guides from a fellow budget traveler. A go-to site for me when researching trips.

Intrepid adventure

Specialize in adventure backpacking trips for 18-29 year old's who want to travel in like-minded groups. Will cater trips to your needs.

Travelindependent.info

Travel advise website for budget travelers, help with everything from what to pack to where to go and how. Helpful if you're not sure where to start.

Contiki

Offer packages and tours at cheap rates all over the word.

Get your Guide

Offers a wide range of tours, activities and guides from destinations all over the world

Useful travel websites for visa information

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Official visa requirements page from the UK government. Use this page to see what visas are needed for your destination.

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Enter your nationality and your destination and it will provide all the information you need. You can also apply for visas from here.

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Provides full information on visa requirements and embassy information for your targeted destination.

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Search and apply for the correct visa.

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Useful travel websites and search engines for flight research/bookings

Sky Scanner

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 A worldwide and popular flight compare site, offers single, return and multi-trip flights. .
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Kayak

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Another popular site amongst backpackers. Offer single, return, hotel, car rental, and packages.
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Momondo

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Compares airlines, offer single, return and multi-stop.
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Student universe 

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Flight search engine catered specifically for students. (UK students only)
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Cheap flights

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Finds cheap flights from across the world, offer flights, hotel, and car deals.
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Air wander

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 Launched Dec 2016, a new flight search engine that also will include free stopovers if you are looking to break up your flight
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E-bookers

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 Cheap online flights.
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Flight Center

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A little more expensive than the others but helpful to compare prices.
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local budget airlines

Useful travel websites/ apps for accommodation

Where do you start when you’re looking to book accommodation? Well the more you travel, you’ll have your favorite go-to booking websites. The useful travel websites for booking accommodation listed below are used by 99% of travelers all around the world.

  • Booking.comOne of the largest, most comprehensive and trusted booking portals in the world. They offer rooms from campsites, small family run B&B’s to 5-star resorts. Whatever type of accommodation you want, you’ll find here
  • Hostel worldA worldwide hostel booking portal – Offer a full range of hostels for every type of traveler. Includes reviews from fellow travelers. One of the most popular sites amongst budget travelers.
  • Hostelbookers.com –  A worldwide hostel booking portal – Offer a full range of hostels for every type of traveler. Includes reviews from fellow travelers. One of the most popular sites amongst budget travelers. (Part of the hostel world group)
  • Nomads An international chain of hostels around the world popular with backpacker
  • AirBnBA site to find private short-term lodgings in homes and apartments rented out by homeowners.
  • Couchsurfing Stay with locals rather than in hostels. A community of travelers and local hosts from around the world, exchange work for accommodation. The site has a community of over 14 million in over 200,000 cities around the world.
  • AllTheRooms.com A worldwide accommodation search engine and provider. They compare all the rooms from all the different accommodation sites to give you a comprehensive result.
  • HomestaysA program that lets you stay in other people’s houses while they are away from their property. Accommodation is free in exchange for general upkeep or house, looking after pets or some general maintenance on the property.
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Useful travel websites for transport

Something that you will definitely need while traveling is how to get from one place to another. Or you might want to book transport tickets in advance. Here are some useful travel websites that will help you plan your journey before or whilst you’re traveling.

  • Check my bus – A good site that lets you check and book local bus journeys all around the world.
  • Routes internationalCovers every mode of transport from all around the world.
  • Wikipedia – Free online encyclopedia, covering almost every subject.
  • The man in seat 61One of the most comprehensive train travel guide, search and booking portal on the internet. Includes local, trans-country and trans-regional train journeys from all around the world.
  • Rome to Rio – A global trip planner by any mode of transport in any country around the world.
  • Kilroy Offer bus passes for backpackers worldwide.
  • BlaBla Car Great rideshare taxi company
  • Omio – 

For the best underground/subway/metro maps, you need to look up for each individual country. Simply download their Apps onto your phone or device.

Useful travel websites for money/ budgeting/ exchange rates

Money is always at the forefront of your minds when backpacking especially if you’re on the tightest of budgets. You will always want to compare rates, check if you can budget a little better or want to check out cost comparisons. Here are a number of useful travel websites that will help you.

  • XE.ComMy go to exchange rate and currency converter, live currency rates, add multiple countries to compare. (great for multi-country trips)
  • Visa Card ATM locatorLocates all ATMs linked to Visa Card worldwide.
  • Master Card ATM locator – Locates all ATMs linked to Master Card worldwide.
  • Expatistan Compares general costs between any country or city you need (compare the cost of traveling, local transport, groceries, Drinks, cigarettes etc. Helpful with controlling your budget)
  • Numbeo – Compares costs between any country or city you need (compare the cost of traveling, local transport, groceries, Drinks, cigarettes etc. Helpful with controlling your budget)
  • Travelex budget calculatorHelps give you a rough idea of the budget you might need for your trip.
  • Western Union locatorFor those times you’re in a sticky situation and need to manually send or receive money. Worlds most recognized money transfer company with locations worldwide.
  • Moneytravelmax.com – Another great currency converting tool recommended by a fellow traveler and travel blogger Always carry on You just put in the amount you want exchanging and it shows you what the conversion is.

Useful travel websites for travel insurance

 A must for some, a nuisance for others and it can be a headache trying to find the right one for you. There are so many travel insurance companies out there it really is  like finding a needle in a haystack. However the useful travel websites listed below should help ease that burden.

True traveller

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Specialist backpacker travel insurance, can cater to your specific trip
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World nomads

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Flexible travel insurance, can be bought from home or while on your travels endorsed by Lonely Planet and National Geographic
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Virgin insurance

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Full range of travel insurance options depending on your trip
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Adventure insurance

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Taylor made adventure insurance covering over 400 activities, includes search and rescue insurance for those who like to wander off
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Confused.com

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Comparison websites for all travel insurance companies
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Useful travel websites for volunteering

If you are looking to volunteer whilst backpacking here are some useful travel websites to help you.

  • Workaways – Offer all sorts of volunteering work across the world from helping families renovate homes to working in local communities.
  • Wwoof Your opportunity to work and live on organic farms in exchange for board and food. Recognized the world over and has a network of national organizations.
  • GVI (Global Vision International) – Offer all types of different programs all over the world for different age groups.
  • Working abroadOffer worldwide volunteering programs from human rights, wildlife surveying, agriculture to teaching.
  • TEFL – Enroll in the teaching course and apply to volunteer teaching around the world.

Other useful travel websites

  • Skiddle A guide to international music festivals.
  • Global surfersA worldwide surf spots and guide.
  • Surf spots Atlas – An International ultimate guide to all things surfing: includes worldwide maps, gear, forums, schools, and guides.
  • World snowboard guide Ultimate guide to where and when to snowboard around the world.
  • Sports events – A comprehensive guide to major sporting events around the world.
  • Travel Blog A site full of travel blogs written by fellow travelers, covering destinations all around the world.
  • TripHappy A site that lets you plan out your route and trips, share it and let other travelers see where you’re heading.
  • Road TrippersA cool sight I just stumbled upon. A site that you can plan out your route and it shows you all the attractions, places to stay, eat, national parks along your preferred route.

Online communities to interact and connect

  • Travellers pointOnline community of fellow travelers, plan your trip, share blogs, pictures, and your adventures
  • Lonely planet’s Thorn tree forumTravel forums for travelers by travelers.
  • Bootnall – Travel guide and community for long-term travelers.
  • Reddit Has many sub-Reddit’s dedicated to travel, ask and answer any travel questions you have.
  • Couchsurfing – Not just an accommodation site, also a huge travel community to get to know fellow travelers and locals.
  • Facebook – Search for groups like – Authentic travelers, NOMADS, Me want to travel, travel, backpackers to get in touch with people traveling in the same areas as you.
  • Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, most all social media platforms you can connect and interact with other travelers and people in the same situation as you

Useful travel Apps

Here are some usefu apps that will help before and during your travels. 

Many of the websites listed throughout this page have Apps so they are not listed below. 

Google maps

Will help you navigate wherever you are in the world

City mapper

Comprehensive city maps with public transport routes and schedules

Maps.me

Comprehensive and detailed maps that can be used offline

Hopper

A flight comparison app that tracks when the prices drop & send alerts

Around me

 App that lets you know everything that's around you wherever you are

Google translate

 Very useful to help communicate in foreign countries

Uber

Can be a cheaper option than taxi's

Grab taxis

Cheapest and safest private Taxis around South East Asia

Four Square

Finds the best places to eat wherever you are

Duallingo

Fun basic language learning app

Yelp

Great app to find bars and restaurants with lots of reviews wherever you are

travelstoke

Online community app, find fellow travelers close to you and discover new places

REI national parks

Locates and tell you all the national parks and hiking trails around you

Packpoint

Great app if you're forgetful, automatically generates a packing list

Trail wallet

An app that helps you manage your daily spend

Road trippers

Helps you build your road trip, your route and helps you navigate it

Meetup

Designed to meetup and interact with locals while traveling who share the same interests

Happy cow

Helps vegetarians and vegans locate cafes, restaurants, markets, bakeries all over the world

Triposo

A heavy guide right in your phone. Give you al the attractions, monuments and places of interest close to you

Revout

Helps you handle your money, exchange money with no hidden fees

Wikiloc

A place to discover and share the best outdoor trails for hiking, cycling and many other activities

All trails

Lists over 100,000 trails and hikes all over the world

IOverlander

Lists al types of accommodations, campsites, places to stop and rest all over the world

XE currency

One of the best exchange rate apps out there with up to date rates

WiFi map

Maps the city you're in and helps you find free WiFi hubs

your useful travel websites & apps

And, there you have it, over 100 useful travel websites and apps that will come in handy for you before and during your travels. 

Feel free to bookmark and share this useful travel website page, and if there any sites you know of that are not listed above, drop me comment below and I’ll happily add it to the list to share with other backpackers.

One last thing that may come in handy

Although this isn’t a useful travel website as such you may be interested in; You, Yourself & the World – my debut book that covers and dives deep into the world of long-term solo travel

Become a savvy solo traveler before you even pack your bags!

You, Yourself & the World takes you in a journey deep into long term solo travel life. It provides you with deep insights, realistic tips, practical advice, and answers to 100+ questions, concerns and fears that could change your life.

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