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.

Choose a book by the location it is set in

Books let us travel to places we’ve never been. Sometimes they inspire us to visit those places and sometimes they are set in places we’ve been and become more real as our familiarity with the setting helps bring the story to life. Reading a book about a place while travelling there is also a special experience. If you would like to read books set in specific locations, Destination Reads will help point you to some of them, although you may find their choices limited.

AirHelp helps you get compensation for delayed or cancelled flights

Has your flight been delayed or cancelled and you don’t know what compensation the airline owes you for your troubles? AirHelp is there to help.

The airline you’re flying might be cooperative and offer you compensation immediately, but most will try to string you along for as long as they can. With AirHelp, you can jumpstart the process by filling in a simple web form that asks you for information about yourself and your flight and file a claim for you.

The service isn’t free, however. AirHelp takes 25% of the compensation received for regular customers and 35% for Online Travel Agency customers. If your claim is complicated and legal action is required, they will add their legal fee and round the amount off at 50%.