Stopovers are an underappreciated way to discover new places.
Most of the time, we think of them as inconvenient stops on the way to the place we really want to visit, but if you’re strategic about your stopovers, you can use them to explore cities you’ve never been to before.
With multi-day stopovers, you can create a mini-holiday on the way to your destination and even a second one on the way back. In some cases, adding stopovers can actually end up saving you money on your airfare because people usually pay a premium for direct, non-stop flights.
Airwander is a website that can help you find flights with stopovers. Just plug in your point of origin and destination and it serves up stopover suggestions for you to consider. It’s as simple as that.
Planes, trains and cruise ships get all the love, but inter-city bus travel is the reality for a lot of travellers, especially those on a budget. Until recently, it was a stressful experience to book bus tickets in a foreign country, but Busbud makes it a breeze.
The Montreal-based company’s bus-booking platform is both a website and an app that provides travellers instant access to an extensive global network of city-to-city buses. Busbud has partnered with heavyweights such as Greyhound, BoltBus, FlixBus, ALSA, BlaBlaBus, National Express, Megabus, and others to connect thousands of destinations around the world.
Available in a variety of languages and currencies, Busbud lets travellers purchase tickets in advance from large and small-scale bus companies around the world.
In the Instagram era, the idea of a travel photography blog almost sounds old-fashioned, but Stuck in Customs is a site that not only aims to inspire, but also to help visitors improve their own photos.
Renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff shares one image each day from his never-rending supply of exotic travel photos and includes not only technical information about the image, but the stories behind it.
A pioneer in HDR photography, Ratcliff offers photography tutorials on his site and within his blog posts, will pull back the curtain on the enhancement techniques he uses for individual photos he’s featuring that day.
Virtual travel is having a moment thanks to the ongoing pandemic. GlobeBop is an example of the sort of website that lets you travel the world from the comfort of your desktop.
Simply click on the globe icon and a random image from Google Street View appears. Some are awe-inspiring, some are mundane, but all are guaranteed to transport you somewhere you’ve likely never been before.
If you want to know what you’re looking at, click on the map pin and a map view of the location appears on the screen with its geographical coordinates.
GlobeBop likely won’t be a website that you come back to again and again for travel inspiration, but it will provide a brief diversion until we can all travel freely again.
International travel is not a certain thing for Canadian families this summer so it’s looking like road trips will remain a safe option.
If you have young kids and dread the idea of being cooped up in a car with them for hours on end, Mom’s Minivan is a website that’s here to help.
The site boasts more than 101 ideas for fun things for kids to do in the car including free printable car games and activities to keep them busy that doesn’t involve them being sedated by screens.
(After you go there, check out my story on 10 road-trip games that I’ve used with my kids over the years.)