Planning on having a vacation with your family? Expedia does offer some of the most important filters for hotels — price, star rating, customer rating, and a few amenities — but that’s about it. If you want to truly hone in on the perfect hotel with non-smoking rooms and various neighborhood filters (so your Paris trip will land you closer to the Louvre than the Moulin Rouge), you’ll want to try or Kayak.
You’d better believe the companies behind these sites are aware of their reputation, and they’re doing everything in their power to change it. Mark Okerstrom, president and CEO of Expedia Group, recently told Forbes that their services will expand to include many of the concierge services traditionally available only from brick-and-mortar travel agencies.
Best Feature: Its Hacker Fares claim to piece together separate one-way tickets, potentially saving you money compared to similar itineraries, and its wide range of filters, sorting options, and predictive technologies put a lot of tools at travelers’ disposal.
Couchsurfing connects a community of travelers with a community of local hosts at any given destination, which means not only will you have a place to crash when you travel, but you’ll meet interesting locals who may be able to offer additional guidance and suggestions for your trip.
In the USA, for instance, the American Automobile Association (AAA) website offers visitors a comprehensive travel service for road trips across the country; it recently became the first online travel planner to list local gas stations in America – and it is additions like these that prove how important information on travel sites can be to prospective holidaymakers.