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If you’re reading this and it’s the middle of the work week, you’re probably daydreaming about being in a different part of the world. Sure, you’re a devoted businesswoman, but it can’t hurt to plan your next big European vacation or a tech-free weekend getaway to the mountains.
Well, as long as you’re indulging your vacation fantasies, you might as well start thinking about where you plan to stay and what you plan to do while you’re away. Some of the things you’ll need to research are driving routes, airfares, accommodations and car rental companies. Luckily, there are websites to assist you with planning for just about every type of travel.
Whether you’re camping, flying, driving or hiking there’s a travel website just for you. Here’s a list of ENTITY’s favorite travel websites for the modern adventurer.
Forbes estimates this popular vacation rental website to be worth 20.1 billion U.S. dollars. The company, which was virtually unknown in 2008, now boasts a collection of 1.5 million listings in 34,000 cities and 190 plus countries around the world. The Uber of the hotel industry, Airbnb, now dominates the vacation rental world with a unique approach that matches homeowners and potential guests with just the touch of a button.
Hipcamp is similar to Airbnb in that it has taken a common interest and adapted it to the sharing economy. Much like Airbnb, Hipcamp pairs campers with landowners across all fifty states. The company’s mission is to connect landowners “with responsible, ecologically-minded campers” who want to get out in nature and explore a new area.
Hipcamp’s founder and CEO, Alyssa Ravasio, came up with the idea for the company when she struggled to find a campsite that would allow her to stay on the beach overnight so that she could watch the sunrise the next morning. According to its website, Hipcamp covers all national, state, regional and Army Corps parks in all fifty states.
If you have ever been outside of your hometown, chances are you’ve used TripAdvisor at least once or twice. TripAdvisor is the one-stop shop for the travel industry. The website can answer almost any question you might have about hotels, rental cars, vacation rentals, airfares and popular attractions. It also offers reviews on everything from hotels and restaurants to rental car companies and amusement parks. TripAdvisor offers discounts on airfares, hotel rooms and rental cars if you book through the website.
If you’re looking to plan a big European adventure, Rick Steves is your guy. Steves started his travel business, Rick Steves’ Europe, in his home state of Washington in 1976. Since then, this one-man operation has become the leading authority on all things Europe with a staff of 100 full-time employees, 50 guidebooks, a television show, a weekly radio show, guided European tours and much more. Be sure to visit Steves’ website for travel tips, tour information and hotel recommendations.