People are overburdened with work these days and have little or no time to take a break and relax. Before you begin to crack the travel guides, pick a destination or plan a travel itinerary, visit some of these off the beaten path travel sites.Whatever level of expertise you tout, whether it is international travel, student travel, discount travel or just plain old USA travel, these sites are guaranteed to expand your horizons.

Other tactics in this assault on OTAs include offering more frequent-flier miles or points if booked directly with the airline, promo codes which can only be redeemed on the airlines’ websites, and ticket discounts (for example, British Airways offers lower fares to AARP members, but only if booked at ).

We’ve published reviews about online travel sites since 2006. By booking your stay on the hotel’s own website, you’re the hotel’s customer, and they’re more eager to …