Our 10 Absolute Favorite Travel Sites
Almost as thrilling as exploring a new city or other far-off locale is planning the trip there and getting excited about a destination to visit. I'm constantly on the lookout for places to add to my bucket list, and there are a few publications that supply me again and again with more wanderlust inspiration. Whether you're trying to pinpoint your summer vacation or you're dreaming up a big trip years away, these 10 websites are guaranteed to inspire you. Read on below.
Style.com calls it "the jet set's online destination." We like to think of it as being a fly on the wall in the world's coolest hotels. With a focus on hotel reviews, A Hotel Life gives us the scoop on the coolest offerings at the hottest design hotels on the map, sending its crew of cool contributors to photograph the interiors and analyze the amenities.
Afar magazine is "the experiential travel guide," rooted in a desire to inspire immersive cultural experiences, connect people around the world, and help us understand new perspectives. It's not the place where you learn about the newest opening in the Starwood chain, but rather where to get off the grid, what's the next under-the-radar foodie destination, or the secret history of ceviche.
A global news site with a travel focus, BBC Travel brings light to little-known people and places through a reporter's lens. Expect to read about the secret life of a sumo wrestler, the unlikely place Marilyn Monroe used to stay, or the emptiest surf spot in Ghana.
Condé Nast Traveler covers breaking stylish and aspirational accommodations as well as the intersections of travel with food, design, tech, pop culture, fashion, art, and more, such as the opening of Wes Anderson's new Milanese cafe. And moreover, it feeds our need for listicles like the 13 best bakeries in America or the most scenic flights across South America.
Fathom is all about travel guides, itineraries, tips, and inspiration. It's a great place to read first-person accounts of small-town exploration and find the best local, hotels, restaurants, shops, and experiences.
Gwyneth Paltrow's newsletter and lifestyle site, Goop, is killing it with its city guides. If you're visiting a major cosmopolitan city like Chicago or Hong Kong, you know you can rely on Goop for top-notch foodie and shopping recs. We also love the themed guides like surf-centric getaways and family vacation spots.
If you love animals, nature, and beyond-zoo-borders experiences, National Geographic should be your go-to place to learn about the world's mysterious creatures and discover new destinations to get real. Better yet, the magazine's photography is unfailingly epic.
A gorgeous content site run by a travel photographer and storyteller, Nomadic Habit is full of eye candy and personal essays on places as far-ranging as Australia, Estonia, and Nicaragua.
Travel + Leisure magazine's dynamic website layout makes learning about travel and the world almost like a game. We love its helpful shopping guides like travel-friendly walking shoes, lifestyle-oriented lists like 40 reasons to travel now, and epic eye candy like the most gorgeous door knockers in Cartagena.
Learn about some of the best trips around the world, from a weekend in Boston to a week in Peru, on the Travel Mindset. The site's categories—family travel, culinary destinations, camping, beach destinations, road trips, and more—make it easy to find exactly what you're looking for.
Where do you find travel inspiration? Tell us below.