Word of mouth is still the best method to get the inside scoop on a destination, and social platforms such as Tripalista connect you with thousands of other travellers, sharing experiences, photos and itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip. Since all the content is posted by ordinary travellers, virtually every type of experience is listed. Users create interactive Google maps, including routes and itineraries detailing their transport, stories, reviews and photos. Contribute your own information to the site and it also becomes a fantastic memoir of your epic adventures.
If you want to travel to indulge a passion or activity, like scuba diving, WAYN is a good social travel site with posts from users in almost 200 countries. You can search for a destination if you like but the focus here is definitely on interests rather than addresses. If you’re seeking cultural experiences, take a look at Findery to read tales from travellers that focus on interesting facts, hidden histories and other local stories.
However, if you need a little pre-holiday inspiration, Destigogo combines your budget and how much time you want to be away, then returns a list of deals to destinations that best fit the bill.
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Kate Russell is a technology reporter for @BBCClick and author of Working the Cloud
Published in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)