Virtual communities can be the best way to equip yourself for a much-needed holiday into the big wide world. In the world of user generated content it’s easy to get bogged down in useless information or find it difficult to get to the bits that you actually want to know about. But the sites below have managed their massive communities to great effect and are crammed full of useful information from millions of users. These five communities will help any traveller on their way:
Its massive membership of over 16 million means there’s plenty of new content and active forums full of useful tips from every corner of the globe. The only downside is that you’re required to register.
This community site is easy to use and gives visual user ratings on hotels, restaurants and general goings on. Perfect for a quick overview if you’re short of time.
This multi-talented site can help hook you up with people who are making the same journey and want the company or want to split expenses. But of course be wary/safe.
The user generated section of the Lonely Planet website allows travelers to get advice from locals or previous visitors. Well worth a look.
Frequent flyers will love this site. Users can share their travel plans with friends in the hope of finding times and locations where they might meet along the journey.