Sherpa’s interactive map plots COVID travel restrictions around the world

Sherpa map

Canadian travel tech company sherpa˚ has developed a Travel Reopening Map that lets travellers search for destinations open to travel and the COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for both outgoing and return routes.

To power the map, sherpa˚ processes data from thousands of sources, including governments, airlines, airports, tourism boards, public forums and media outlets.

“International travel is an important part of our global economy and human experience; yet, planning travel in a global pandemic is a challenge,” said sherpa° CEO, Max Tremaine in a press release announcing the tool.

“Our team’s mission was to deliver a digital solution that closes the information gap with the real-time accuracy travellers need to make informed decisions and travel confidently.”

The map-based UI is customizable and can be integrated into partners’ websites and apps via embeddable widgets, API or white-label web apps in a number of languages.

American Airlines was the first partner to launch the map.


Guess the city with City Guesser

City Guesser screenshot

How good are you at guessing the identity of a city from a first-person video? City Guesser is a fun website that lets you test that skill. You have the choice of worldwide videos or clips from specific countries like Canada and the United States or more general geographic areas like Europe.

For added challenge, the site offers different levels of difficulty and lets you keep track of your streaks. There’s even a multiplayer version so you can challenge your skills against others.

Happy guessing!

Escape inspires you with lowest flight prices

There is no shortage of websites out there to shop for airfares. Escape’s sole purpose is to show you the cheapest flights available from any city over a specified date range.

Search results are displayed on a map and the bottom of the screen shows you the cheapest flight by continent.

I’ve encountered other sites that work similarly, but I like the site’s narrow focus, because who doesn’t like to pay the least possible when they fly? My only disappointment was I didn’t actually find any flights that were all that cheap on the dates I wanted to travel!

Tracking the world’s latest travel scams

For as long as there have been travellers, there have been travel scams. There are some classics that have been going on for years and continue to fool tourists, but as word spreads on certain ruses, they either fade away or evolve into new scams.

To help you keep track of the latest scams out there, this website, Scams Travel, maps various scams encountered by travellers. Been scammed? Add your own to the list? Are you a scammer? I suppose this list will help you add new ones to your repertoire, but we also hope you go to jail.

Tour like a bird with Touring Bird

There is no shortage of companies trying to streamline the process of booking local tours, but now the 500-pound gorilla known as Google is getting in on the action with their new Touring Bird service.

Touring Bird focuses on a dozen or so of the world’s most popular destinations like Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Las Vegas with curated lists of tours, experiences and itineraries to help travellers plan their visits.

While there’s seemingly a concerted effort to steer people toward paid tours and presumably skim a portion of the sales, free alternatives get their due so people can choose which way they want to go.

The website is very easy to use on either desktop or mobile and is definitely worth checking out if you are heading to any of the places they cover.