Sunday, June 17, 2007

Web 2.0 travel sites - don't yawn

Don't look away just yet. Consumer travel blog Travel Rants has produced a list - yep, another one - of "Web 2.0" travel sites.

Some interesting sites, if a little confusing (Bezurk, for example, is not included in the same category as Kayak). We have included Sidestep to go alongside Kayak; WAYN is now in the social network category.

[List below]

It is good to see consumer bloggers are picking out some of the innovative sites which apparently adhere to the principles of Web 2.0.

However, here is a sobering thought from Antony Mayfield, in a post The Downside of Web 2.0 is the Name.

"Web 2.0 will one day seem as dated as a micro-scooter and Foosball," Mayfield writes.

Maybe it's just us, but Web 2.0 suddenly seems a bit uncool. Perhaps we need O'Reilly to come up with something else.

Anyway, we digress. Here are the list of sites...

Audio /Podcast Tours


Oggtours

Holiday / Flight Search


Kayak
Momondo

Hotels / Hotel Reviews


Bezurk
Hotels Combined
Paguna
Travelpost
TV Trip
Sidestep
Trivop

Miscellaneous

Native Text
Netweather
Plazes

Tripper Map
zLango

Travel Inspiration / Experiences


Everyscape
Everytrail
Grapheety
Gusto
My Trip book
Trayle
Tripbase
Tripcart
Tripology

Travel Social Networks


Pairup
TripUp
Trip Mates
WAYN

Travel videos


Geobeats
Travelistic
Venividiwiki

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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14 comments:

Darren Cronian said...

A bloggers error on Bezurk ;) Now fixed. I'm going to add more sites on the list tomorrow.

I know all you travel professionals think it's snore time, but most consumers probably don't know about any of these sites, and well I thought they were helpful [most of them]

One I did like was http://www.tvtrip.com/ hotel video reviews before you book.

Travolution Blogger said...

Darren: I was saying "don't yawn". :-)

I would argue most consumers do not care/know about web 2.0 anyway.

it's all about user experience. if they can get a decent holiday or advice they will be happy.

Sylvie said...

may I suggest that you add VeniVidiWiki.eu in your category "Travel Videos" ?
thanks, Sylvie

Travolution Blogger said...

Sylvie: you may indeed suggest VeniVidiWiki.eu - a great site.

Sylvie said...

thank you, but just a "i" missing in the link : VeniVidiWiki.eu

it means "I went(travel), I saw(video), ...I share(wiki)" ... a pun based on the famous sentence of the roman emperor Jules Cesar long time ago : veni vidi vici (I came, I saw, I won)

Travolution Blogger said...

Sylvie: our apologies. our roman history is poor, alas, and we left our "Top 100 Caesar Quotations" at home today. :-)

J.E. Buhler said...

Interesting list, but like most web 2.0 lists already outdated at time of publishing as they seem to grow like mushrooms.....!

As for the 2.0 terminology, go here
http://tinyurl.com/24fn9l
for another take on it.

Travolution Blogger said...

Joe: Thanks. I agree with you about the out-of-date aspect of Web 2.0 sites.

I will post something tomorrow with our current favourite Web 2.0 (gggrrrr) site - for a few days at least.

Anonymous said...

May I suggest one more in the flight category. www.dohop.com is searches more than 660 airlines, including low cost ones. Search results can include up to 3 legs per route.

Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous: What is particularly Web 2.0 about Dohop.com?

I was speaking with a fellow blogger about this last night: lists about Web 2.0 sites can be tricky simply because the boundaries are so fluid.

Guillaume said...

You could also add Trivop.com for hotel videos with a mashup with Google Maps and TripAdvisor...

Travolution Blogger said...

Guillaume: yes, a good suggestion.

Readers: Guillaume is one of Trivop's backers. :-)

Daniel said...

Hi. Nice list!
I'd also like to suggest the following sites for the "blogs" category:
trogger.de - German travel community; and trogger.info - the English version of the trogger portal.

Travolution Blogger said...

Daniel: thanks for your comments.

Question for all: does a website that aggregates blogs mean it is a Web 2.0 site?

[not sure myself]