Now that Anthony Bourdain is leaving the Travel Channel, someone has to fill his shoes, right? I want to see the entire world. I want to see how other cultures live day-to-day, to experience the best foods in different countries, and meet interesting people. Seeing the world will give me a better appreciation for what I have and a better sense of what I want in life.
However, running a food tour company means that you generally need to be here in LA. Still, I have the travel bug and often find myself day dreaming of taking off around the world. Despite that I don’t have a definitive plan for my wanderlust, I do know what services I plan to use when I travel.
I hope this short list will be of use to you who might be planning a summer trip, but if you plan to stay in town this summer, try being a tourist in your own city. This summer, Six Taste is running a Staycation campaign. Instead of spending thousands on a trip overseas, explore LA’s great ethnic neighborhoods with Six Taste. Book your tour today!
With places to stay in over 192 countries, you can find a room in most cities around the world. AirBnB gives homeowners an option to rent their house for a short period of time to guests that might be traveling. Their rates are often anywhere from 25-50% off hotel rates. Some people rent out their couches, or their third bedroom. Some rent out their entire house at affordable rates. AirBnB is revolutionizing the ability for travelers to find an affordable place to stay, virtually anywhere.
With 1 million users, Gogobot has seen tremendous growth over the past two years. Labeled as a social travel discovery and advice site, Gogobot gives travelers all the tools they need, from hotels, vacation rentals, thing to do, and restaurants. Think of it as your one stop shop to plan your next traveling trip. With a heavy emphasis on community engagement, interacting with your Facebook friends, unlocking badges, and recording your trips, I think Gogobot is on its way to becoming the comprehensive guide to travel online.
Virtual Tourist, while it has access to hotels, travel guides, and more, its particular use comes from the community information in a forum setting. Particularly fascinating is its deep information about various scams in different. When you travel to a new place, it’s easy to be a target. Prepare yourself by searching virtual tourist forums on scams in your country. A detailed overview of the most common scams will ease your mind as you travel abroad.
Yelp continues to be a trusted site for restaurant recommendations in places you’ve never been. While I travel, I often put together a list of places I want to eat using Yelp as a guide. I’ve found some great local joints and hole-in-the-walls using Yelp’s reviews. It’s geo-location serves as a particularly great function when I’m out and about, and just looking for the closest great place to eat. Yelp’s iPhone app is my most used application on my phone.