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Wednesday 24 September 2014

The 50 Best Travel Websites
Want a heads up on what the visa regulations are for visitors to India, how much duty free you can bring back from France, what the main sights are in Yemen or when the best time of year to go to Jamaica is? It's all available here, and quickly searchable by country or region. The site also lists contact details for embassies and tourist boards so, if you're sceptical of any answers, it's easy enough to double-check.
Apparently, this was inspired by a scene in Lost in Translation, in which a bemused Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray are introduced to Tokyo's nightlife by some young Japanese people they meet. The site is designed to help visitors hook up with locals wherever they are in the world. Currently free to use - though the site's directors suggest it would be polite to cover your insider's expenses - you can search by destination and interest.
In these credit-crunched times, home-swapping is becoming an unsurprisingly popular way to holiday. Cheap, comfortable and a direct route straight to the beating heart of whichever community you end up in, what's not to like? Spotting a gap in the market among house-swapping sites, which are normally tailored towards international exchanges, this new site puts like-minded people in touch to arrange temporary home swaps in the UK.

Bag the prime seat on your flight, find a local who’ll cook you dinner, save cash on car hire... Rhiannon Batten sees the world the smart way

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