Travelers have more options these days than ever before to explore the planet. With the help of innovative traveltech startups, world explorers can reserve cheap flights, book vacation rentals, research unique destinations, and more.
Here are the top 13 travel startups redefining the way people in travel in 2016, making journeys—and destinations—more enriching and rewarding for everyone.
Hopper has created an app that enables travelers to make better decisions about where to go, when to fly, and when to buy. The solution custom tailors flights/travel dates and destinations according to users’ budget and preferences.
Tripping.com is the world’s largest search engine for vacation and short-term rentals. Users simply enter search terms related to their preferred destination and the platform returns available properties from its partner network.
One of our Top 11 Travel Startups from Around the World in 2016, AirHelp allows users to be compensated in the event of a delayed or cancelled flight. The service takes care of all airline paperwork and legal communications on your behalf.
Room 777’s travel platform allows users to locate hotel rooms and compare prices across a myriad of online travel agencies. A unique feature is its best room guarantee: if you book a room in a 4/5 star hotel, or if the total cost of your stay is over $400, Room 77 will get you into the best possible room.
Eco Companion is comprised of a team of eco-travel experts working to provide environmentally-conscious travelers the best eco-friendly holidays, tours and lodging/accommodations from around the world.
Planning your trip but have yet to finalize travel dates? Option Away is the world’s first online travel agency that allows travelers to hold flights for days or even weeks.
RootsRated is a digital recreation guide that connects users with the best online resources for enjoying the great outdoors. The website is chock-full of information curated by specialty outdoor retailers and local experts.
It’s been said that travel is not about the journey but the destination. Vayable’s app enhances the cultural aspects of the journey with unique experiences—from design events, photography and street art to ethnic food tours, private dinners hosted by locals, backroads wine tastings, underground history tours/sightseeing and immersive cultural exchanges.
If you love long flight connections and layovers, then LoungeBuddy isn’t for you. However, if you’re like the rest of us, being stuck at the airport no longer has to be a miserable experience. The app provides airport lounge information based on amenities, reviews, location, and cost/access requirements.
Trippy is a travel question and answer website—users ask a travel-related question and destination experts provide professional answers and advice. To ensure maximum visibility for the best answers, the system floats the most-liked answers to the top.
Adioso is a travel search startup catering to spontaneous, adventurous travelers—its natural language search engine and intuitive interface enables users to submit flexible date/destination searches. It also interconnects low-cost carriers’ flights for finding the cheapest global route between any two locations.
Wanderu’s ground transportation-specific travel platform makes it easy to get around by bus and train. The website allows users to locate the best priced tickets and easily book them online.
Startuptravels combines the best of travel with the thrills of global entrepreneurship—its platform allows traveling tech startup enthusiasts to meet like-minded individuals in over 160 countries. The service also offers complimentary access to over 30 co-working spaces worldwide.
Innovative ventures like the previously mentioned 13 traveltech startups are making the art and science of travel a more unique, exhilarating experience than ever before. Give one of these platforms a spin the next time you feel the urge to roam about—you may never see your journeys in the same light again.