Where to go for online holiday deals, travel advice and trip reviews
Time Out Dubai staff
www.kayak.com Don’t be fooled by the sporty name, this site simply compares hundreds of travel offers to find cheap flights, hotels, cars and special travelling deals. Developed in 2004 by the cofounders of Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz, it’s free to use and's also available to download as a free app on most mobile platforms.
www.momondo.com Initially launched as a flight search engine, this free website now includes city guides, car rentals and hotel price comparisons. Checking over 7,000 prices, the small and unbiased organisation behind the tool hopes that by referencing as many different types of company as possible, they can offer a complete view of the marketplace.
www.fco.gov.uk Standing for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this UK government-funded website is an invaluable source of information not just for Brits, but for all travellers. The site covers everything from local transport and safety concerns in a country, to global issues and what to do if you find yourself in a difficult situation.
www.whatsonwhen.com Featuring thousands of events from more than 150 countries, this site aims to be ‘the world’s leading events guide’. No mean feat, but with categories as diverse as Science & Knowledge, Music & Nightlife and Sports & Outdoors, they’re giving it a good shot. If you’re inclined towards more unusual and ecclectic events, there’s also a Weird & Wonderful section just for you.
www.seatguru.com If you want to know the real truth about seat width, leg space and comfort on particular airlines and their specific planes, this is the place for you. Using a simple traffic light system, poor seats are marked red on online plans, with the intention of achieving a collective ‘smile every time we sit in a “green” seat.’
www.seat61.com In the time of cheap airlines and weekend city breaks, this refreshing site offers alternative, land-based travel solutions. Explanations on how to travel affordably by train or ship are available when perhaps you thought that flying was the only choice. A site for lovers of the journey as well as the environmentally conscious.
www.responsibletravel.com With an eye on sustainable tourism, this site encourages you to reduce your carbon footprint, engage with the local inhabitants and appreciate individuals’ customs and environments. A destination for the more ethically attuned traveller, who's looking for that little bit extra.
www.timeoutdubai.com/travel Hundreds of Time Out travel reviews from across the world, plus the latest hotel deals in the UAE and beyond. It’s probably our favourite travel website (but then we would say that, wouldn’t we ... ?).