Summer is a time to explore – new places, new cultures, and new ideas. In the spirit of summer, we’ll take a look at five of the most interesting travel sites on the web. Some were chosen because of their content, others because of their design, but all are a must for this season’s summer traveler. How does your website design compare?

Not Your Standard Bed & Breakfast

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For the traveler who’s grown tired of the ho-hum, this site has the answer—accommodations from medieval castles to rooms designed by contemporary artists, in cities around the world. The site shows off some of the most interesting places to rest your head while highlighting special travel offers to exotic destinations. And the site itself is beautifully designed with high-quality images and just enough flash to let your mind escape from the ordinary. So if you’ve longed to vacation in a lighthouse, or just want to see how a well-designed travel site functions, look no further.

Resorts that Go Bump in the Night…

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If you’re a traveler who doesn’t want to spend your entire vacation in bed, this guide to the most haunted destinations will keep you up nights. Smartly presented and designed for ease of use, the site highlights some of the most beautiful, and most ghostly, destinations available. From vintage hotels with a sordid past, to haunted B&Bs, you can explore the spectral aspects of your vacation desires. There’s even a tab for Ghost Hunters! One of the best and most professionally designed ghost hotel sites on the web.

Challenge Yourself for a Cause…

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Ever dream of an extreme vacation where you push your body to the limit—while helping a charitable cause in the process? This exciting site turns the conventional concept of vacation upside down with daring climbs , kayaks, and more. And the best part is that travelers raise money for charity in the process. Travelers choose a challenge, say climbing to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, then raise the funds, choose the cause, and do the challenge. There’s even a pre-trip training program available. The site itself is beautifully designed, both to highlight the destinations and clearly explain the process.

Become a Happy “Glamper”

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For the vacationer with a few greenbacks to spare, “Glamping” may be the way to go. Picture all the beauty of the outdoors, then take away the mess and the sweat and substitute a featherbed and a personal chef. The new thing for today’s affluent outdoorsperson, “Glamping” glams up the traditional camping experience for city folk who want to relax under the stars. The site is beautiful and shows off the vacation options that today’s “Glamper” can choose. You mat arrive home broke, but it will be an experience like no other.

A Gourmet Traveler’s Dream…

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No list of travel websites would be complete if we excluded the gourmet traveler. World Food Travel displays an array o travel options for the culinary-minded vacationer, in interesting and exotic locations from Europe to Asia. The site not only features destinations, but valuable information such as books, conferences, and ways to connect with other culinary travelers. There’s a lot of information here, but the site is attractive, well organized, and easily navigable.

Make the most of your summer — get out and explore!