Best New Mashups: Travel Mashups, From Hotels to Guide Books

In the northern hemisphere, we're coming into summer--prime traveling season. So, let's look at some of the best new mashups that help you travel the way you want to. For many, one of the things we always do on a trip is try to find cheap hotels near a specific place, be it a friend's house or an event venue. Or, maybe you're looking for something city-specific. And, for those stuck in an office, you can always live vicariously through your friends and their travel photos.

  • Bedmap: BedMap is an interactive hotel map with detailed pricing comparisons and help options. Search more than 90,000 available hotels and book a room instantly. APIs: Google Maps. More at our Bedmap profile.
  • Bedmap

    Now, once you've found a place to sleep, you're going to need to get there. Sure, you could just use Google Maps, but that doesn't necessarily give you the best, most efficient route. For that, you might want to look at RouteXL.

  • RouteXL: Route planning mashup for multiple destinations. Finds the fastest route for all locations and sorts waypoints in optimal order. APIs: Google Maps. More at our RouteXL profile.
  • RouteXL

    Now, depending on where you're going and what you're doing, you might be looking for awesome places to eat, or just cool stuff to do, if you have extra time. If you're going to Toronto, you're in luck, and should check out Toronto Trending.

  • Toronto Trending: A Google Maps, Foursquare and Twitter search API mashup that allows lovers of Toronto to tweet their favorite location or thing to do in Toronto. The application captures real time tweets or tweets that include references to a database of "Toronto-centric" locales. Real-time foursquare checkins are used to map where hotspots are at any given time. APIs: Foursquare, Google Maps, Twitter. More at our Toronto Trending profile.
  • Toronto Trending

    Now, while you're there, you meet some cool person who speaks French, and you want to impress them a little with your technological prowess. If they're into Twitter, you might show them Twitter Multilingual Voice Search.

  • Twitter Multilingual Voice Search: Twitter voice search in multiple languages. Features include Search-by-Voice, 51 Speech-to-Text Languages, Search-as-you-Type and Update Notifications. APIs: Summize Twitter Search, Twitter. More at our Twitter Multilingual Voice Search profile.
  • Twitter Multilingual Voice Search

    Now let's talk somewhere more exotic. Say, Bangkok. A cool city, but sometimes, the traffic can be horrendous. If you want to know what the latest is, you might want to check out Bangkok Traffic.

  • Bangkok Traffic: Using an Integration of the Google Maps API and TRAFFY developed by NECTEC, this app shows realtime traffic information in Bangkok. APIs: Google Maps. More at our Bangkok Traffic profile.
  • Bangkok Traffic

    Now after you're done with your globetrotting trip with a few of your good friends, you probably want to look at all the cool pictures you each took of everything. For an easier way to do that, at least if they're posted on Facebook, check out FriendLens

  • FriendLens: A better Facebook photo viewer. No clicks, no albums, no distractions - just your entire network's photo history in one perfect Feed. APIs: Facebook. More at our FriendLens profile.
  • FriendLens

    .Have a nice trip!

    Be sure to read the next Mashups article: Best New Mashups: Twitter Photo Mashups