Sick of the same old holidays?Then check out these websites for some easy inspiration
Summer is coming and boy are we ready for a holiday, but where? Check out what the experts say on our top 10 travel websites...
www.whatsonwhen.com: This exhaustive global events guide is still yet to be bettered. It covers just about all conceivable forms of entertainment, from music in all its forms to sports, shopping, family entertainment and obscure festivals in all corners of the globe. It's just as useful for telling you when to go somewhere, as when to avoid a place - accommodation is cheaper when there isn't a festival in town.
www.101holidays.co.uk: The UK’s Sunday Times’ travel writers, David Wickers and Mark Hodson's have pooled their experience to pick the best tour operators and holidays so you don't have to wade through websites and brochures. There's a good spread of destinations and holiday types that you can select from a block of images or you can use the dropdown.
www.worldreviewer.com: The contributors are both travellers and travel professionals from around the world. The homepage is a bit "busy", but skip to the Travel Guides section and you can search the extensive archive by destination or activity.
www.aito.co.uk: The Association of Independent Tour Operators website includes more than 150 operators and a database of holidays of all types, searchable by destination and/or interest. Also see www.aitoagents.com.
www.straightuptraveler.com: Despite the US spelling, this site has broad good international appeal. It'll save your inbox from RSS overload because it lists the latest travel features from esteemed travel publications such as ourselves, plus the likes of Gridskipper, Globorati and National Geographic. Great for inspiration and research.
www.stanfords.co.uk: Buy online from the UK’s best-known map and travel bookshop. Or be inspired and pick your favourites, and grab them from Borders or MaGrudy’s.
www.timeout.com: Yup, it’s our sister site, but it’s one of the world’s best places to find a potted guide to the country you want to visit.
www.visitbritain.co.uk: If you're looking for events, attractions or itineraries for holidays around Britain, this is the best place to start. There's a heap of video and audio content plus pictures, practical information, user reviews and links to regional tourism websites.
www.economist.co.uk: This part of the site is free - and jam-packed with audio and video business guides to cities around the world. It's great for brushing up on etiquette, banking some conversation starters and getting the basics on getting around. "The world next week" is also handy for up update on the news agenda - particualry good for getting you up-to-speed after a holiday.
www.goodbeachguide.co.uk: A Marine Conservation Society site with in-depth information on recommended beaches around the UK. Easy to use with interactive maps and plenty of advice on the best beach for you.
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Another great website for Bed and Breakfast goers is: www.ibbp.com.
(International bed breakfast pages)
www.seatguru.com also helps you in picking your seat on about any commercial flight, complete with maps and inside information on the most comfortable seats.