Inspirational websites for the perfect holidays

A bit late but still in time for holidays. Especially if you are waiting for the end of the touristic season and waiting for the right time to leave quietly. But how to organize the perfect holidays? We all know that the golden times of the tour operators and touristic agencies is done. Everyone, also the generation X, looks for an accommodation online BUT we, generation YZ, are looking for something new. This novelty is for an online travel agent, something that helps us to focus on one of the dozens of travel opportunities around the world. For us, already bored of the monsters HipMunk, Airbnb, Homeaway, there is a bunch of startups which, thanks to the awesome design and always growing content, make us travel from the moment in which we open the websites. My personal selection among a dozen of awesome startups, is:

Peek:

Between a tour guide and a travel agency, Peek proposes great activities and high-quality tours to discover the cities like a local. The main problem to visit a city are the touristic tours. Once you get at the destination and you see the classic museum and the “insolit activities” proposed in the travel guides, you painfully discover that everyone is assaulting every corner of your destination. That’s exactly at this point that Peek saves you. It shows the user a wide range of activities, from food tours to insolit cultural activities that allow you to live the city like a real local. The good responsive design and the beautiful interface helps you and make you choose exactly what you are looking for.

Living in Paris I checked the Parisian activities and that’s just great.

Peek

Triptease:

I consider reviews the greatest invention of the Internet Age (or, from another point of view, its natural consequence) . And I love storytelling. And great design. Triptease mixes these three components creating a perfect inspirational website to explore the world and its beauties. It allows the users to easily write magnificent reviews with a nice font and design and the others to profit of their stories, get inspired and leave their own reviews when they come back from their vacations. Of course the photos are the central component of the reviews (as they are in the everyday life) but that’s not all. The possibility to quick comment, like, share and create collections make Triptease one of my favourite Travel websites.

Triptease

Zaptravel:

As I said before, physical travel agencies are dead. Technology helped us in replacing them with a smart website which asks us where we want to go and gives us the possibility to specify the details modifying the sentence ” Show me hiking  deals to anywhere for any duration traveling next three months. My budget is unlimited and I’d like to sleep in 3-4 star hotels“.  Thanks to this semantic search engine, it browses among several providers looking for the best prices. The concept works since when we look for an holiday, we spend the most of the times comparing prices. Zaptravel helps us in doing so with a really good usability and epurated design.

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Gallivant. The future of Travel Websites

Old-school travel websites. Adieu. It’s time to rest in peace and to leave the scene to new, design and labelled online travel guides.

Gallivant is exactly what the future of travel websites should be. Intuitive, an epurated design without useless animations, drawings or kitchy logos. Designed by the creators of Uncrate and Devour (actually the aim is exactly to arrive where Uncrate cannot) and powered by Cadillac, if features awesome photography and detailed reviews.
This website is a work in progress. At the moment, It feature just a bunch of cities around the world (the majority is, doubtless, North American).

It is concentrated within 5 axes: accomodations, food, drink, shops and events and all the reviewed places are exclusively off-the-beaten-track, trendy but not relegated to upscale customers. It targets almost esclusively middle-high level male customers giving them all what they need to have a superb trip but all the addresses can also be taken in consideration by a female target. Apart from the design and the topics, what I found practical and, at the same time, innovative is the to-do-list Agenda. It is at its embrional stage, since I would have preferred a bit more complete agenda whith the possibility  to categorize my saved addresses and organize them in a timeline. But still, the possibility to save my addresses directly on the website is time saving and effective.

Travel guides websites are springing up everywhere but good websites are still missing. Hopefully Gullivant and similar websites will lead the way to new, functional and beautiful concepts.