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Top 25 Travel startups Foreign and domestic travel is back on in 2021

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Foreign and domestic travel is back on in 2021, albeit restricted and with some countries still off-limit.

Nevertheless, travel companies for both home and away holidays are finding ways to adapt to the new market they find themselves operating in, and this is very true for the many travel startup companies that are still operating.

Here are 25 to watch for if you have any travel needs for the end of 2021 and beyond…


Citymapper

Citymapper is a transport app which helps users to navigate cities. Citymapper analyses sources to provide and develop routing and transport data about cities to help people all over the world travel with ease. Since its conception in 2011, Citymapper has quickly become one of the most popular mobile apps for city travel.

Citymapper

Founded:

2011 – London, UK

Azmat Yusuf

Total funding: $59.5m

Web: https://citymapper.com/


Culture Trip

Culture Trip is a global tech startup inspiring people to explore the world’s culture and creativity. Culture Trip’s framework is built on innovative technology and a global network of local content creators. The company tells stories showing the uniqueness of a location, its people, and its culture. As well as reading stories and travel guides, users can book trips at these hand-picked destinations.

Culture Trip

Founded:

2011 – London, UK

Kris Naudts

Total funding: £102m

Web: https://theculturetrip.com/


Duffel

Duffel is a travel-tech startup company that facilitates users in searching, booking, and managing flights from 18 airlines with ease. Duffel’s mission is to help businesses of all sizes to provide easy flight booking experiences for their clients. Duffel’s platform also allows users to access baggage and lounge ancillaries, and easily manage refunds and cancellations.

Duffel

Founded:

2017 – London, UK

Steve Domin, Tom Bates, Vincent Pastor

Total funding: $56.2m

Web: https://duffel.com/


Ferryhopper

Ferryhopper provides an innovative ferry booking platform to make travelling by ferry easy and fun.

Using Ferryhopper, travellers have direct and indirect connections to over 160 Greek, Italian and Turkish ports. Users can also plan their ferry trip effortlessly, book their tickets, and compare prices.

Ferryhopper

Founded:

2016 – Athens, Attiki, Greece

Aiden Short, Christos Spatharakis, Panagiotis Sarafis, Vasileios Lahanas

Total funding: $3.6m

Web: https://www.ferryhopper.com/


Holidu

Holidu aims to make searching for and booking vacation rentals easy. Holidu’s search engine uses proprietary image recognition technology to compare the prices of millions of rental properties. Holidu users can easily find the best deals in accommodation and save up to 55% on their bookings.

Holidu

 

Founded:

2014 – Munich, Bayern, Germany

Johannes Siebers, Michael Siebers, Rasmus Porsgaard

Total funding: $100.4m

Web: https://www.holidu.com/


HouseTrip

HouseTrip is an online marketplace that allows rental management companies and individuals to rent out their properties in a simpler way. HouseTrip has quickly become one of the most popular holiday rental sites in Europe with over 6,000,000 nights booked since going live in 2010. The company has offices in London, Lausanne, and Lisbon.

HouseTrip

Founded:

2009 – London, UK

Arnaud Bertrand, Junjun Chen-Bertrand

Total funding: $59.7m

Web: https://www.housetrip.com/


Houst

Houst is a short-let host management service that simplifies the process of property listing for hosts who want to let their properties for short stays. Houst handles everything from listing and marketing properties to hospitality, such as cleaning, laundry, and key handling.  Houst’s mission is to enable hassle-free hosting for everyone.

Houst

Founded:

2015 – London, UK

Daniel Scott, James Jenkins-Yates, Tom Jones

Total funding: $17.2m

Web: https://www.houst.com/


Klazz

Klazz’s mission is to revolutionise the language travel industry by matching international students to domestic teachers in the country of travel. Klazz predominantly markets English language courses to Spanish, French, Italian, and German speakers travelling in. All teachers are certified and vetted by Klazz to ensure the best language learning experience for travelling students.

Klazz

Founded:

2017 – Berlin, Germany

Oliver Flueckiger

Total funding: $800k

Web: https://www.klazz.com/


Love Home Swap

Love Home Swap is a home-swapping website that facilitates members to exchange and rent their homes with other members, for free. Members can choose from over 54,000 stylish homes in city and holiday destinations in more than 160 countries worldwide, with excellent levels of service from Love Home Swap.

Love Home Swap

Founded:

2011 – London, UK

Simon Walker

Total funding: $4.2m

Web: https://www.lovehomeswap.com/


LuckyTrip

LuckyTrip is a travel inspiration app helping users to find a trip with one tap. LuckyTrip has created a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to help travellers to find unique trips. Users enter their budget, tap the “Lucky” button, and are instantly shown a trip to hundreds of destinations in Europe that fit their budget.

LuckyTrip

Founded:

2015 – London, UK

Alex Burns, Tamer Q’taish, Tiff Burns

Total funding: £4.4m

Web: https://www.luckytrip.co.uk/


Luxtripper

Luxtripper is a luxury travel company that operates an online travel booking site that matches users with suitable holiday destinations. Not only does Luxtripper’s platform allows customers to book holidays, but it offers a bespoke holiday service that matches customers to luxury destinations. The team of travel experts then works to create multi-destination itineraries, tailored to the customer’s requirements.

Luxtripper

Founded:

2013 – London, UK

Nena Chaletzos

Total funding: £2.2m

Web: https://www.luxtripper.co.uk/


Mapify

Mapify is a social marketplace for travel experiences designed to connect travellers around the world through past and ongoing journeys. Using Mapify users can visualise, find and plan travel experiences. On Mapify’s website and app, users can upload pictures, make a map of their travels, create a bucket list, plan trips, and follow other users.

Mapify

Founded:

2017 – Berlin, Germany

David Pflugpeil, Magnus Langanke, Patrick Haede, Sebastian Hade, Sebastian Haede, Tobi Schnorpfeil

Total funding: $1.3m

Web: https://mapify.travel


Much Better Adventures

Much Better Adventures helps people organize their skiing, cycling, or road biking holiday directly with specialist independent operators. The platform’s infrastructure consists of a global network of specialist marketplaces and a SaaS reservation platform, which empowers local operators around the world with the online reservation and sales tools, while the marketplace makes it easy for users to book great holiday experiences.

Much Better Adventures

Founded:

2009 – London, UK

Alex Narracott, Guy Bowden, Sam Bruce

Total funding: $5.4m

Web: https://muchbetteradventures.com


Onefinestay

Onefinestay is a startup that provides travellers with a stay in the finest homes in the city and provides homeowners with an opportunity to earn another source of income from hosting travellers in their homes. Onefinestay helps homeowners with marketing and managing their homes, and helps travellers to find and book the right homes. Onefinestay emphasizes hospitality and providing support 24/7 to ensure the finest stay for clients.

onefinestay

Founded:

2009 – London, UK

Demetrios Zoppos, Evan Frank, Greg Marsh, Tim Davey

Total funding: $80.9m

Web: https://www.onefinestay.com


Questo

Questo has pioneered the leading platform for city exploration games, thanks to the expertise of local creators and businesses around the world who have helped to create unique location-specific games which new travellers and locals play to explore the city. Each game is totally unique and could be based on the city’s iconic history, books, films, or local legends. For example, you can explore London by hunting for Jack the Ripper. Questo is currently present in over 100 cities and expanding…

Questo

Founded:

2017 – Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

Alexandru Govoreanu

Total funding: $1.8m

Web: https://www.questoapp.com


Seatfrog

Seatfrog is a mobile app designed to provide effortless upgrades for airlines and passengers. Seatfrog operates as a customer-centric auction platform for upgrades on the day of departure, selling seats that were guaranteed to otherwise fly empty. The platform targets passengers within 48hrs of their flight, to help them upgrade. Seatfrog is designed for seamless customer interaction with in-app payments and boarding passes reissued directly to mobile in one simple transaction.

Founded:

2014 – London, UK

Ben Ient, Dirk Stewart, Iain Griffin

Total funding: £15.7m

Web: https://www.seatfrog.com


Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes is a members-only travel club that offers discounted rates on luxury hotels and holidays. At Secret Escapes, members sign up for free for access to the best deals on holidays and hotels. In return for signing up, members have access to exclusive rates for selected luxury hotels and holidays at up to a 60% discount on prices offered elsewhere.

Founded:

2010 – London, UK

Alex Saint, Tom Valentine, Troy Collins

Total funding: $249.2m

Web: https://www.secretescapes.com


SilverRail

SilverRail wants to change the way people move by offering the best-in-class technology solutions to help railways and travel distributors easily connect with each other.  SilverRail specialises in the fields of passenger rail ticketing, travel distribution technology, and global rail access to make travel by train more efficient, spanning the full customer experience.

Founded:

2009 – London, UK

Aaron Gowell, Will Phillipson

Total funding: $69m

Web: https://silverrailtech.com


Stasher

Stasher is the world’s first luggage storage network that operates by connecting short-term visitors with a network of local hotels and shops that have space to securely store luggage. Stasher works as an online platform, allowing users to book storage in advance or on the day. Stasher works in partnership with an international network of hotels and retailers to provide travellers with affordable and convenient storage for their luggage.

Stasher

Founded:

2015 – London, UK

Anthony Collias, Jacob Wedderburn-Day, Matthew Majewski

Total funding: $5.4m

Web: https://stasher.com


The Plum Guide

The Plum Guide is a marketplace of the world’s best holiday homes. The Plum Guide offers holiday homes based on its rigorous, systematic analysis of testing every single home on the planet and accepting only the top 1%. The Plum Guide tests for the top 1% by using the self-pioneered Plum Test; a hospitality exam that uses a mix of algorithms and physical visits by hospitality experts. Since 2016 the Plum Guide has vetted over 80,000 homes.

The Plum Guide

Founded:

2015 – London, UK

Alex Lee, Arif Meharali, Doron Meyassed, Imran Arshed, Will Smith

Total funding: $29.1m

Web: https://www.plumguide.com


Travala.com

Travala.com, the world’s leading cryptocurrency-friendly hotel booking service with the best prices on over 2 million properties across 230 countries. Since 2017, Travala has become the world’s leading blockchain-based travel booking platform trusted by thousands. Travala stands out on the hotel booking market, as travellers can pay using different cryptocurrencies in addition to credit and debit cards and earn valuable rewards with their bookings.

Travala

Founded:

2017 – Eccleston, Lancashire, UK

Juan Otero, Matthew Luczynski, Steven Hipwell

Total funding: £2m

Web: https://www.travala.com


tripAbrood

tripAbrood is an AI-driven travel platform designed for families to discover and book holidays. TripAbrood’s family travel assistant, Skye, guides users through the discovery and booking phases efficiently by sourcing relevant information to make booking a holiday simple.

TripAbrood

Founded:

2018 – London, UK

Alexa-Maria Rathbone Barker, Ketan Anand

Total funding: £645k

Web: https://tripabrood.com


TripAdmit

TripAdmit is a startup providing a new ticketing solution. TripAdmit helps customers to access the best guided tours, skip the ticket lines, book day trips and show a selection of the best locations. TripAdmit is also designed for tour and activity operators to sell online via their own website and to distribute their activities amongst their partners. TripAdmit also allows distribution partners to earn ancillary revenue from tours and activities.

TripAdmit

Founded:

2018 – Dublin, Ireland

John Maguire, Andrew Kelly

Total funding: €500k

Web: https://tripadmit.com


Victor

Victor is a UK-based private jet charter marketplace. Victor aims to bring transparency to the air transportation industry by connecting fliers directly to aircraft operators. Victor’s platform provides a flight management team to support customers’ end-to-end travel requirements.  Victor integrates smart technology, transparency, and customer service to ensure that members are always connected.

Victor

Founded:

2010 – London, UK

Clive Jackson

Total funding: $62.5m

Web: https://www.flyvictor.com


Zeelo

Zeelo is a safe bus-sharing company that is developing smart transportation services for commuting and travelling to school. Zeelo uses data and technology to design convenient bus routes in areas of high private car usage to offer people the option to swap their car for a Zeelo bus. Zeelo works in partnership with local bus and coach operators to provide the best service for drivers and commuters. Commuters can book transportation services via the mobile app.

Zeelo

Founded:

2016 – London, UK

Barney Williams, Sam Ryan

Total funding: $5.5m

Web: https://www.zeelo.co


Will you be using any of these companies for travel in the next 12 months?

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