About UsIndependentTraveler.com is an interactive traveler's exchange and comprehensive online travel guide for a community of travelers who enjoy the fun of planning their own trips and the adventure of independent travel. You can access our wealth of travel resources and great bargains here at IndependentTraveler.com.
One of the world's first travel Web sites, IndependentTraveler.com debuted on America Online in 1990 and quickly established its credentials as an authoritative Internet resource for objective travel information. Over the past 22 years, IndependentTraveler.com has developed a loyal following and a devoted online community as it has expanded to include travel deals, practical advice, destination resources and an expansive online travel community.
IndependentTraveler.com is published by The Independent Traveler, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor LLC. The Independent Traveler also publishes Cruise Critic and Family Vacation Critic.
Here at IndependentTraveler.com, we're often asked if we accept trips or hospitality from travel companies, and the short answer is "yes." We don't let anything get in the way of reliable, unbiased reporting, so it doesn't make a difference who pays for the trip -- we're going to tell it like it is and provide a review that reflects our experience, whether it was good, bad or a bit of both.
Wherever possible we pay our own way, but, like many media outlets, we don't have the resources to do so all the time. Any companies that pay our way understand that they do so "at their own risk"; we will not provide positive reviews that are not warranted, even if our travel was sponsored. The same goes for companies that advertise on our site or send us travel products for review. We do not promise any editorial coverage, particularly positive reviews, in exchange for advertising or freebies.
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From the latest exchange rates to TSA airport security guidelines to packing strategies, our Travel Tips will show you how to plan an enjoyable and worry-free getaway.
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Connect with fellow independent travelers! Our travel message boards are the heart of the IndependentTraveler.com community. Get answers to travel questions, share your own travel knowledge and make life-long friends.
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Traveler's Ed tracks the news you need -- whether it's a war of words (and press releases) between airlines and the government, or a look at the little things that can make or break a journey. Find the latest travel news, views and trends here as we cut through the rhetoric and hype for the people who count.
Get inspired to see new and exotic places, and discover valuable destination-specific travel tips and planning resources. Whether you're traveling to Boston or Buenos Aires, you'll find the travel deals and trip guides in our Destination Communities indispensable.