Fly from the comfort of your own home with Inflight Video

Want to enjoy the vicarious thrill of watching someone else’s airline flights? Aviation photographer and videographer Noel Marsh-Giddings created Inflight Video in 2014 to provide high quality, full length flight videos of entire airline flights for viewers as if they were onboard themselves. These videos can last from 30 minutes to a mind-numbing nine hours. Who says flying is exciting?

http://www.inflightvideo.tv

StreetMusicMap charts the world’s street musicians

One of the charming things you can encounter while you travel are street musicians that really give you a feel for a place. I was just in Cuba where music is everywhere. Musicians are found on every street corner and music spills out of numerous bars and restaurants.

StreetMusicMap aims to collect short videos of street musicians from various parts of the world. Click on the map and explore the sounds of our global village.

http://www.streetmusicmap.com/

Make a where-to-go list with Random Country List Generator

Every New Year, travel publications offer their list of 10 places that you should visit in the coming year. Many are based around anniversaries or perceived popularity, but many seem to be selected randomly as long as they don’t match previous years’ selections.

Why not just randomly generate a list of country names instead? I’d bet that it would be just as interesting and probably just as believable as anything chosen by travel writers.

Here are 10 random countries I selected using Random List Generator:

  • Singapore
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Romania
  • Mali
  • Sri Lanka
  • Morocco
  • Ghana
  • Bhutan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Gambia

It might be a bit heavy on West African destinations, but I’d happily visit any of those places and several of them are already on my bucket list.

Give it a try and share your lists with us.

Random Lists Generator:
https://www.randomlists.com/random-country

Take a virtual road trip with Call of Road

Armchair travel has taken on a whole, new meaning in the age of first-person video. This website offers POV videos of all sorts of places taken from cars, planes, trains and many other modes of transportation. It’s the next best thing to being there.

http://callofroad.com/

Get basic country information with Basetrip.

Need basic information about a destination? Basetrip makes it easy. Simply enter the country you live in and the country you are travelling to and Basetrip gives you a selection of useful facts to orient you on what to expect if you go there.

https://www.thebasetrip.com/

Roadside America collects roadside attractions from North America’s highways and byways.

Whether it’s the world’s largest catfish or a replica of the Stanley Cup made out of bacon, Roadside America is a user-generated database of some of the weirdest roadside attractions to be found anywhere in America (and Canada). Check it out before your next road trip.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com

EatWith lets you eat in people’s homes in cities around the world.

EatWith is another example of the sharing economy that is targetting traditional businesses. In this case, it’s restaurants. Why eat at a fancy sit-down place when you are travelling when you can enjoy a home-cooked meal in someone’s house and learn about the city directly through them?

https://www.eatwith.com/

Host Unusual is your guide to Britain’s funkiest accommodations.

Great Britain is known for its eccentrics which is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is a land that boasts some odd-ball hotels.  Host Unusual lists the quirkiest ones, but also delves into properties that are special in other ways, such as those that are disability accessible or pet-friendly. If you’re on the lookout for a night’s stay that is different from the routine, then check them out.

http://hostunusual.co.uk/

Skip the hotel marketing hype and select one described with a haiku.

One of my favourite hotel booking sites dumps the usual marketing speak favoured by other websites and replaces descriptions instead with simple haikus of each property.

http://www.hotelhaiku.com

 

 

Room Blocker lets you book blocks of rooms for a group

If you’re organizing an out-of-town event or travelling with a team or group, then Room Blocker is the website where you can book a block of rooms for everyone. The site works with more than 100,000 hotels so chances are you’ll find one no matter where you are travelling.

https://www.roomblocker.com