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Tech traveller: Travel planning sites

Today's technology gives us infinite new ways to plan an amazing trip. We sift through the internet to find the best places and platforms to help you get out there

By Kate Russell
Published 31 May 2018, 09:00 BST, Updated 14 Jul 2021, 14:26 BST
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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.

Get the gadget: DataTraveler Bolt Duo

Many of us rely on our smartphones for photos and videos, but memory can be an issue. iPhone/iPad users can take the stress out of storage with Bolt Duo. Just download the app, plug the mini memory stick in to the Lightning port and you can start copying images and videos over straight away. Leave the drive plugged in and you can capture stuff directly to it. When you're done, pull the Bolt out and plug the other end into your computer's USB port to transfer the files over. There are other devices that do this, some a little cheaper, but the easy to use app and rugged metallic design makes this a good all-round pick. It also comes with a handy rubber keyring case, so you don't lose it on the beach.

Available from Amazon

32GB for £44.85

64GB for £68.56

128GB for £109.99

Kate Russell is a technology reporter for @BBCClick and author of Working the Cloud

Follow @katerussell

Published in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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