Founded in San Francisco just a year ago by Brit and Oxford graduate Ruzwana Bashir, with backing from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Peek
is expanding fast. The website and accompanying app are a visually appealing one-stop-shop for activities and experiences: walking tours, surf lessons, cooking classes, tickets to major attractions and more. They’ve also persuaded “tastemakers” in each city to write a feature on their perfect day; foodies can follow Mark Hix around London
, while in LA
you can discover how Diane Von Furstenberg or Piers Morgan would spend a day out.
Hipmunk has been making waves for the last four years, although you’d expect nothing less from a start-up run by one of the founders of Reddit. This new breed of search aggregator allows users to simultaneously trawl through Expedia, Booking.com, Airbnb and more. It’s set apart from the competition by its unrivalled user experience: new tabs open within the page rather than your browser, you can compare multiple flights and hotels side-by-side, results can be refined with intuitive filters and handy price graphs show you the best air fares in the next ninety days. If you register, your results are saved cross-platform, so you can pick up a search on your phone later on.