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The time we take finding the best travel sites is the time you save! Most of the following sites are also listed on our article pages because the perfectly complement our travel articles. The best are also listed in this 'QualityHub' as a directory of quality-assessed travel sites: to make your e-travel a more enjoyable experience!

The Continent Pages

The following world map shows the approximate continental - and corresponding page - divisions used by the QualityHub. These divisions are more practical than 100% geographically accurate - merely a way of breaking the world into six sub-regions - or 'Continent Pages' - plus wider-ranging sites listed on the separate
Cross-Continent page.

Sites that cover more than one country within a single continent are listed at the beginning of the appropriate Continent page, so click the continent name for these: they're a great place to start if you've never been to that continent before.

Just click for the appropriate continent to see the relevant country list:

What is the Quality Hub?

Synergism, synergy: combined effect that exceeds the sum of individual effects. Synergistic: working together.

As the above dictionary definition indicates, 'synergy' is about making more from less. And the Synergise QualityHub is about making more from the best. We put our name to it right from the start!

Our Travel.QualityHub aims to combine the features of associated travel sites such that the total result exceeds their individual contributions to the net: by working together in harmony. In essence that is also the original aim of the internet as well. The QualityHub is our way of embodying this by bringing together some of the very best destination information on the web in such a way you can be assured of only reaching quality sites that deserve the accolade of world class! Many of the sites on the QualityHub pages are ones that complement our travel articles and they are also mentioned on the relevant pages. Other world-class sites are added whenever they come to our notice. Remember, we are striving to bring together quality not quantity - but the end result should eventually become a definitive index of truly superb travel resources that will give both a physical picture and a true feel for great locations to visit across the world. Imagine the joy of exploring travel sites that are all guaranteed to be of high quality. Now do it: just follow the Index links above! Keep coming back to this page, for we hope to add new sites most weeks. Please be patient if the list grows slowly, for a human-being has to firstly assess all these sites for quality before they can be included - and most sites are rejected!

Synergise Travel Awards have been around since 1998 and are recognized within the travel industry as an independent validation of a web site's quality. We aim to extend these and offer you the very best in a concise and efficient way from our Travel.QualityHub. In terms of Synergise INSITE Travel Awards these will be limited to a selection of suitable sites from those that achieved Silver, Gold or Platinum status. But they must also be sites that contribute towards the overall synergy of the QualityHub.

Why a Hub?

Search engines can provide you with a list of hundreds of travel sites, but that does not mean to say they are good ones. With search engines, you get quantity rather than quality - and you waste considerable time and effort finding this out!

Our hub will only list sites that we have personally assessed for quality. Our assessment is completely independent, and an award cannot be bought. It is a 'hub' because you reach all associated sites from the centre rather than via a miscellaneous ring - eventually via this and associated pages - and our fully-partnered sites refer back to this quality-assured group via this single hub.


Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths...
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The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
A simple fable, based on simple truths and places in a highly unique situation. An Andalusian shepherd boy one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. Then he's off, leaving Spain, literally following his dream.
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Hour Game
David Baldacci
As a series of brutal murders darkens the Wrightsburg, Virginia countryside, the killer taunts police by leaving watches on the victims set to the hour corresponding with their position on his hit list. He also strives to replicate notorious murders of the past, but improving on them...
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Pompeii: A Novel
Robert Harris
Roman engineer Attilius rushes to repair an aqueduct in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, which, in A.D. 79, is getting ready to blow its top. Attilius meets Corelia, the defiant daughter of a vile real estate speculator, and later fights his way back to Pompeii in an attempt to rescue her. The volcanology is well researched and the plot keeps this impressive novel moving along toward its exciting finale.
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