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A new search engine to help you plan better trips

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Posted: 11/4/2022 | November 4, 2022

I love planning trips: sketching routes, researching sights and activities, reading travel books. While I always change my plans on the fly, travel research inspires me about where I’m going and helps me know what my options are once I land, even if I change plans 10 times over the course of a day.

Some of the information I find is on blogs, others on social media or in travel guides. I have to constantly switch platforms to look things up and compare notes and suggestions. It’s not convenient.

Luckily, there’s a new tool that can help travelers find the best things to see and do on their trips (and at home, too). It brings all your research together in one place.

It’s called the best list.

What is Best List?

Bestlist is a search engine solely focused on helping you discover the best of everything. Restaurants, beaches, activities, tours, historical sites – you name it.

They crawl the web and collect millions of data points, ratings and comments and process it all with their proprietary machine learning models. They measure popularity, sentiment and more, providing users with the best options for each search query.

Whether you’re planning a trip and looking for inspiration and suggestions, or just looking for a place to eat in your hometown, Bestlist can help.

A screenshot of the Bestlist.com home page

Once you perform a search on Bestlist, you’ll see that each result includes a short description and a link to an external website. You can then search your list and save your favorite results in a collection. You can have collections for everything: websites, attractions, restaurants, activities, etc.

So far I have four collections (all travel-related, of course):

The more you use the site, the more things you can add to your collections. Collections are easy to create, rearrange, and expand. (More on that below.)

A screenshot of Nomadic Matt's travel collections on Bestlist.com

Three features that distinguish Bestlist

Here’s a quick look at three other features of Bestlist that I think help the platform stand out from the rest:

1. Voting: If you are satisfied with a search result, you can upvote or downvote the listing to express your opinion. The more upvotes something gets, the higher it appears in search results (and the more downvotes it gets, the lower it appears). When you vote, you’ll be prompted to state why you voted, giving other users better insight into the listing. This means that not only can you help shape the results, but you can also see why other people voted the way they did. This makes the results much more transparent than just a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

2. Submissions: If you find that something is missing from a particular search result, you can submit it as a suggestion via a button below. Just add the new listing’s name and URL, and it’ll be reviewed and published when it makes the cut. So if something cool is missing from your hometown or you discover an awesome site worth sharing, you have the opportunity to add it to improve the platform for everyone else.

3. Data protection: Your personal data will not be passed on to advertisers or other third parties. That’s a big deal because, as we all know, search engine data is full of personal information about you. I like this function very much.

How to create a collection

Here’s a quick overview of how to get started building your own collections on Bestlist:

Step 1: Once you have created an account, simply visit the homepage and search for what you are looking for. In this example, we’ll assume you’re traveling to New York and want to search for restaurants. So, search for “best restaurants in New York City” and choose the “list” option.

A screenshot of Nomadic Matt searching for information on Bestlist.com

Step 2: Now that you have a list of suggestions, scroll down to browse them. When you see an interesting place, click the Collect option to save it to a collection. If you haven’t yet created a NYC Restaurants collection, you can do so now.

A screenshot of the results of a search on the Bestlist.com website

You can also see related searches on the right side. So, if you also want to search for NYC museums or accommodation, you have the opportunity to do that as well (and build collections for those results as well).

Step 3: Once you’ve reviewed the results and saved everything to your collection, you’re done! All of the restaurants you select will be listed in your Collection, where you can view them at any time (and also add more, rearrange, or delete more if you wish). If you want to share this collection with your traveling friends (or the general audience on Bestlist), you can make it public. Otherwise, if it’s just for you, you can keep it private.

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Bestlist is a new and easy way to search and store information – one that’s especially useful for travelers who want to create itineraries while planning their trip. Not only can you browse the site for great suggestions, but as you explore the world, add your own, contribute to the community, and make sure other travelers benefit from your experiences. So go to Bestlist and start searching!

Book your trip: logistical tips and tricks

Book your flight
Find a cheap flight with Skyscanner. It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the world so you always know that no stone is left unturned.

Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they always show the cheapest prices for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s total protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value for money are:

Are you ready to book your trip?
Check out my resources page for the best companies to use while traveling. I list all the ones I use when I travel. They are best in class and you can’t go wrong using them on your journey.