Real Travel is an application for finding deals on hotels as well as for reading reviews from travelers. Recommendations are based on Facebook “likes”, locations, real-time pricing and availability, and analysis of reviews by travelers.
Real Travel was founded by Ken Leeder in 2005. Leeder, a world traveler, found that relevant, personal travel information could be difficult to find online, so he developed Real Travel.
RealTravel.com was shut down in 2012.
Real Travel uses a formula that takes several factors into account, including social media and user feedback to formulate recommendations.
Users may search by destination or hotel name or use any of the browsing options. When a search result by hotel is chosen, users are given the choice of 5 travel sites to check for rates once dates are entered. If all 5 sites remain checked, 5 windows open in rapid succession with information. It is a bit startling at first, and overwhelming.
Browsing by state offers the top rated hotels in the state and a list of cities to choose from. The city links offer further top hotel choices, or users may search by city and the application will identify a location near it. Another set of links offers hotels by city. Results may be filtered by star rating, nearby airports, attractions, price range and hotel type.
The vacation ideas section offers suggestions based on various categories: architecture, natural wonders, food & wine, art & museum, wildlife viewing, big city, beach, historic, park, adventure, island, hiking, shopping, nightlife, sailing, festival, and scuba diving. The things to do section allows users to find activities by location via either search or browse.
Overall, the site is easy to navigate and use.
There is no registration necessary for using the site. Registration is apparently only necessary for hotel owners.
There is no fee for using Real Travel.
Travelers seeking information about hotels and destinations, including rate comparisons, will benefit from using Real Travel while making their plans.