Part two in a series of features on maximising the use of RSS for travel sites. You may be interested in reading part one on: setting up a feed reader for using RSS feeds and part three on: 10 Essential Tips for Streamlining RSS Feeds.
I used to spend a lot of time trying to keep on top of anything travel related and it’s a mountain of a task at its easiest. The advent of RSS feed readers has cut down this time significantly. Below are 50 travel sites that I read regularly and use their RSS feeds to keep on top of. There’s everything from travel blogs to gadget reviews, but ultimately (and hopefully) they’ll be something of use to you, even if it’s just one or two sites you hadn’t seen before.
If you’re anything like me, you’re not about to manually add 50 feeds to your reader from some blog you’ve never heard of, so I’ve made them available as an OPML file. All you need to do is download this and upload it via whichever feed reader you use to automatically add them all. Or, if you’re even lazier than that, I’ve made all the feeds available on my public Netvibes Universe, which you could just bookmark and view whenever.
This list isn’t meant to be a definitive resource, please feel free to make suggestions of glaring omissions or simply feeds you use which I (and others) may not have come across before.
Newspaper Travel Sections
The Times – Travel news and features for the UK and worldwide.
The Guardian – Latest news & reviews on UK and world holidays.
New York Times – Expert travel advice for destinations around the world.
The Telegraph – Travel news and holiday advice.
The Independent – Latest travel news from the Independent online travel team.
General Travel Websites
Vagabondish – Offbeat backpacking and travel news.
Brave New Traveler – Travel magazine dedicated to exploring travel in the 21st century.
Eye for Travel – Travel distribution news, events and analysis.
National Geographic Adventure – The best in adventure travel and eco-tourism.
Lonely Planet – Travel guides and guidebooks.
Gridskipper – A worldwide travel blog.
Gadling – Travel news and links.
Travel Weekly Blog – Travel industry analysis.
Travel Rants – Travel consumer issues and advice to travel safely.
Alex Bainbridge – Travel e-commerce focussing on tour operators & travel companies.
Upgrade: Travel Better – The mechanics of travel, seen from a consumer’s point of view.
Blog on Travel – Hospitality, Travel and Tourism online.
Travel Blog – Open sign-up, multi-authored travel blog network.
Travel Technology – Latest travel industry technology and business trends.
Travel Remark! – Remarks on the travel e-commerce and technology industry.
Travel Gear and Gadgets
Geeky Traveller – Reviews, news and deals on travel gear.
Travel Gear Blog – Latest travel equipment reviewed.
Travel Gear Review – Gadgets, tools and tips for geeks who love to travel.
The Coolhunter Gadgets – Cutting edge and niche gadgets for travellers.
Travelizmo – Gadget and gear reviews.
Travel Industry News
Travel Trade Gazette – The latest news, views, pictures and jobs from the travel industry.
Travel Weekly News – Breaking news on both travel industry and services in the UK.
Travelmole – Community for travel and tourism.
Travolution – Commentary and analysis on the online travel industry.
T4 Blog – The mechanics of travel, seen from a consumer’s point of view.
Travel Social Networks
Socruise – Cruise community network.
Driftr – Travel community with personal trip reviews.
Here or There – Trip reviews and advice.
Wiki Travel – Open, user-driven Wiki on all things travel.
I Go U Go – Recommended holidays from fellow travellers.
Thorn Tree – Lonely Planet’s user forum.
Destination 360 – Worldwide travel discussion.
Aardvark Travel – Large userbase of travellers.
Boots ‘n All – Knowledgeable travel community offering reviews and advice.
Travelpodium – Large forum discussing all areas of travel.
Indie Travel Podcast – Travel ideas and advice for independent travellers.
Lonely Planet Podcast – Travel stories and adventures.
Amateur Traveler Podcast – A travel podcast for people who love to travel.
Tips for Travellers – Travel blog and podcast based on first-hand travel experiences.
Geography for Travelers – News, geography, and social science insights on travel world.
Specialist and Advice
Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Regular travel advice and alerts.
Metcheck Weather – Custom feed of the weather in an area of your choice.
Cruise Critic – Latest cruise news.
ABTN – Business travel news and advice.
The Coolhunter – Destination recommendations that are too cool for school.
In part three, I look at 10 Essential Tips for Streamlining RSS Feeds.