This article showcases our top picks for the best Boston based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Boston Travel Companies
Lola.com is an easy-to-use travel management tool that helps companies book, report, and save on business travel. Life becomes simpler with employee friendly business travel policies, fun travel tracking tools, and transparent spend reporting for business travel managers.
For the business travelers, it enables easy flight and hotel booking, team destination sharing, loyalty points from the actual hotels and airlines, and 24/7 agent support. Its book on behalf feature lets executive assistants, easily book travel like a boss.
Founded on 2015, Lola.com works for both employers and employees. It is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts..
SPOT is a mobile and web platform that connects consumers who can easily rent out their parking spots to consumers who are looking to use those parking spots. It allows to quickly and easily find parking spots in a nearby city.
SPOT owners can simply input the parking spot they wish to rent out and subsequently create a secondary source of income from the parking spot they are not utilizing for every hour of the day. It was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts..
Tabelist is real-time online ticketing, reservations, and venue management software for hospitality, nightlife, and events. In a couple taps, users can browse the best events and venues, prepay and reserve bottle service, bar spends, guest list, and tickets.
On the venue side, they provide casino level intelligence to their partners through our beautifully designed and easy to use venue and guest management platform. Tablelist began in 2013 with a mission to make nightlife simple.
They work around the clock to help our venue partners grow and operate their businesses while enabling guests the ability to discover and book the best night possible. Facilitating the going-out experience from start to end is what helps them to create that seamless connection between venues, their customers, and an unforgettable night..
Wanderu is a developer of a travel meta-search engine used to book inter-city buses and trains.
At PlacePass, we believe that great trips are built on great experiences. You know the kind – the moment when you have the museum all to yourself.
When you meet the best local cheese maker. When you finally get tickets to that bucket-list monument.
When you bungee-jump off the bridge (don’t tell Mom). When you have that great guide who knows everything.
Though technology has made travel better, it’s still surprisingly hard to find great experiences. PlacePass is here to change that.
We’re using technology to make experiential travel more intuitive, fun, and accessible – so you can get back to focusing on, well, travel. With PlacePass, we’re making it easy for you to search, compare, and book great things to do worldwide.
We’re making sure you have all the information you need to make great travel decisions. Our mission is to enrich lives through great experiences.
Sleepbox is a compact modular hotel room, that can be installed everywhere, including airports, offices, and hospitals for an hourly or overnight stay. They created a turn-key solution that allows their partners to easily open a hotel anywhere people need it.
They make privacy and rest truly accessible for travelers.. .
CO Everywhere is a research and development lab and investment vehicle focused on building technology products and services that put people first. The company has released its first b2b application called Ground Signal.
Ground Signal is a location-based audience platform that gives brands the power to understand and reach real-world audiences and individual influencers, in any specific location in the world. It gives brands the ability to engage these audiences at scale to drive business growth with a new level of precision and attribution.
It was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.. .
iSubscribed is building a next-generation SaaS platform to address many of the pain points faced by consumers and SMBs today. iSubscribed is building a next-generation SaaS platform to address many of the pain points faced by consumers and SMBs today.
We will leverage enterprise-grade solutions coupled witha seamless user experience and unmatched customer support. Our team has done this oncebefore – founding, building and scaling a $1B+ revenue publicly traded SaaS business.
We have a passion for creating high quality, tech-focused, scalable SaaS products and are looking for great people to join our team who are interested in helping develop, market, and support customers.. .
For budget-minded drivers, GasBuddy is the travel and navigation app that is used by more North American drivers to save money on gas than any other. Unlike fuel retailer apps, as well as newer apps focused on fuel savings, GasBuddy covers 150,000+ gas stations in North America, giving drivers 27 ways to save on fuel.
That’s why GasBuddy has been downloaded nearly 90mm times – more than any other travel and navigation app focused on gas savings. GasBuddy’s publishing and software businesses enable the world’s leading fuel, convenience, QSR and CPG companies to shorten the distance between the North American fueling public and their brands.
For more information, visit www.gasbuddy.com.. .
Sheprd provides transportation for students in its fleet of safe, fully-insured, and licensed SUVs.
Achvr offers a mobile app that enables users to discover, track, and share their entertainment experiences and activities.
Bookity is the only group reservation software designed specifically for museums, historic sites, and other attractions. We created it to help you build friendly connections between your reservation desk and your visitors.
Stop managing and start collaborating. It’s time to book it with Bookity..
The Welcoming Committee
The Welcoming Committee is a movement of LGBTQ folks who believe in broadening the spectrum of gay life.
FlipKey is a community driven travel site that helps consumers find trusted vacation rental homes throughout the world, by providing real reviews of verified vacation rental properties. FlipKey organizes the reputation of vacation rental properties throughout the world, by verifying that homes are represented by legitimate managers/owners and then collecting detailed reviews from real guests.
FlipKey employs the industry’s only closed review system that limits reviews to confirmed past guests. FlipKey’s Reputation Management tools then allow for vacation rental managers to post public responses to both positive and negative reviews to facilitate a constructive dialog concerning the quality of individual properties and services provided.
Vacationers can use FlipKey.com to evaluate over 50,000 verified vacation rental properties and then book their accommodations directly online or call/email the manager for more information.. .
Booking Buddy is a website that makes your travel search simple. Simply insert your dates and locations and we’ll take care of the rest.
From flights to hotels to car rentals, we’ll provide you with the best options the Internet has to offer. Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, Booking Buddy is the only stop you need to make to plan your perfect trip..
ingollow (in/gō/lō), Travel Like A Local! ingollow is a local discovery travel app focused on helping travelers, locals and the local businesses connect in real time. ingollow’s mission is creating authentic social relationships between users (locals & travelers) and the businesses in a specific geographic area through The Social Platform and the Mobile-Enabled Commerce platform.
For users it’s all about design, being consumer focused and delivering content that matters to them. Users are rewarded in the ingollow app with points for sharing their insights on their local stomping grounds and sharing their travel experiences.
For users, ingollow is the perfect platform to travel like a local. For Businesses its all about empowering small businesses.
Businesses are connected to their targeted customers in the Mobile-Enabled Commerce platform allowing them to instantly acquire a customer. For businesses, ingollow is the perfect platform to reach new customers and to reward loyal ones..
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides commuter rail and inter-district bus services in the greater Boston area. It is the public operator of most bus, subway, commuter rail, and ferry routes.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was founded in 1964.. .
Viageur is an AI-powered travel planning service that figures out the question “What Do I Do When I Get There?” Using a simple questionnaire, Viageur takes favorite things to do and eat and puts together an optimized schedule for you to enjoy, connecting you directly with vendors. All the while, saving the traveler hours of research.
Viageur also serves as a direct connection for vendors to travelers. Vendors have the added benefit of finding pre-vetted customers who want their services.
Travelers can have peace of mind that Viageur is an ad-free space that keeps your information private and not sold to the highest bidder.. .
GuestBook is an integrated, hospitality-focused, software platform and product company focused on improving the experience of the short-term rental, vacation rental and travel industries. We help short-term rental hosts and property managers better manage their properties, while providing an increased level of hospitality services to their guests.
Guests are equally empowered with our products to personalize their trips and take full control of their stay, resulting in higher satisfaction, better reviews and increased likelihood of returning.. .
Luggage Forward was born out of the simple idea that we should all be able to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Our philosophy is simple: An enjoyable travel experience does not involve carrying or checking your luggage.
A great vacation does not begin at the baggage carousel, or worse yet, with lost or late arriving luggage or sports equipment. In 2004, two guys who had met in high school and spent their share of time schlepping bags through airports set out to fundamentally change the way people travel.
Luggage Forward has since grown to become the leading provider of door-to-door luggage and sports equipment delivery to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Offering a range of specialized options allowing clients the convenience of traveling without their bags, Luggage Forward has multiple services and price points to fit the requirements of almost any itinerary.
The company has pioneered a straightforward process of forwarding luggage by leveraging proprietary technology as well as trusted relationships with a comprehensive network of agents and shippers, resulting in unparalleled reliability. Luggage Forward’s industry-leading set of online tools allows clients to generate pricing, securely book online and track luggage real-time.
Powered by the proprietary Automated Routing Control™ system, the Luggage Forward website is able to instantly identify the most reliable, convenient and cost-effective method of shipment for each individual booking. Beginning in 2009, Luggage Forward embarked on a strategy of consolidation of the then-fragmented luggage shipping industry.
Ultimately, seven different brands have been acquired so far. The combined industry experience of these companies approaches 50 years.
MassMarketplace is a technology-driven e-commerce marketplace for local, domestic and international trade and services.
Smart Destinations is a provider of unlimited admission attraction passes in 15 major North American travel destinations from Oahu to New York City. Smart Destinations’ Go Cards and Explorer Passes offer pre-paid access to over 500 museums, attractions, and tours for a fixed price.
Smart Destinations’ Products are distributed through major travel services in 25 countries.. .
Since 1978 ACIS, the American Council for International Studies, has been a leader in quality educational travel for middle and high school students and their teachers. They believe in the power of travel to open students’ eyes and change their lives—and every detail of their educational tours is carefully crafted to help make it happen.
They are also committed to being partners in education with the teachers who take their trips, and work hard to help them select and customize trips that fulfill their curriculum objectives. While they offer a range of trip types to fit different budgets and goals, every trip features authentic meals, centrally-located hotels, and their signature Cultural Connections—experiential learning that brings students closer to the people, places and culture.
They are also known for the quality of their tour managers: smart, well-traveled individuals hired for their knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to bring history and culture to life.. .
SmarterTravel, a TripAdvisor Company, offers travelers a portfolio of travel sites to help them find the right trip at the right price. We are a team passionate professionals who push and drive and innovate like a start-up (3 of our products are less than 5 years old), but we also have a track record of success and we benefit from being a part of a large, public company.
At SmarterTravel, we have built an open & collaborative environment and we hire the people we want to work with (not just the ones with the right qualifications), but who also think different to us and challenge the status quo. We empower people, giving the support and autonomy needed to succeed.
We embrace data to make decisions and overcome obstacles. We choose speed over perfection, but not at the expense of quality.
We do what we do well, but we’re always looking to make it better. Let us know if you’d like to help..
Jack and Ferdi
Jack and Ferdi was created by 2 expat entrepreneurs with busy travel schedule. Both fascinated by travel they were experimenting the same frustration of missing out and were looking for a tool to capture the essence of a city when on a business trip.
Traditional search methods are riddled with the same issues: the content is often times sponsored, the ratings are frequently unfairly manipulated, and the recommendations are not tailored to who the user is and his/her constraints. With no time to scroll through endless results pages and filter by opening hour, the idea of an app that would offer unbiased, suited to the travelers’ profile, constraints and location, vetted by local and most importantly truly authentic and quintessential, emerged.
Jack and Ferdi provides business business travelers the opportunity to seize the full potential of their trips by offering geolocalized, AI-generated and curator-vetted suggestions in the form of 5 authentic things to see or do, 5 typical dishes to taste, 5 genuine souvenirs to bring back home as well as 5 local charities which they can support back home. In addition, Jack and Ferdi offers running itineraries, on the go work spaces and business dos and don’ts.
Jack and Ferdi : – Makes the combination of business and leisure possible – Gives you access to Authentic Experiences – Improves your Work-Life Balance – Educates you to local business manners – While enabling your trip to have a positive social impact. .
Grand Circle Corporation
Grand Circle Corporation is a travel agency specializing in small ship and river cruising trips.
Kings Bowl America, LLC
Kings Bowl America is a restaurant specializing in food, beer, cocktails, and music.
Heirloom provides luxury short-term accommodations for large groups of discerning travelers in premier destinations across the country. Our spaces are consistently high quality, thanks to our unique bespoke interior design process and hands-on work with architects and local builders.
We take ownership of the full value-chain, from asset renovation and design to marketing and customer acquisition, to experience management. Heirloom sits at the intersection of the traditional hotel and now-established home-sharing sectors, offering a unique product to a large, underserved market.
Our mission is to redefine the way groups travel in a socially conscious manner. With clients, we hold ourselves to the highest level of transparency and deliver on our promises; with our guests, we are relentless in the pursuit of creating a product of which we are proud..
Goby is a travel website that searches selected databases and other web sources for things to do while traveling.
FCM Travel Solutions
FCM Travel Solutions is one of the world’s leading global travel management providers spanning more than 90 countries worldwide. FCM services medium, large, and multinational companies and blends global presence with local, flexible and personal service.
It provides end-to-end corporate travel and expense management solutions that will lead to greater savings for your business.. .
TravelStarter is a next generation crowdfunding website for business and travel related projects. It enables project owners to gain more traction and receive more funding by offering attractive travel rewards.
It connects travelers from all over the globe, it support local and sustainable businesses and builds community.. .
Inhabit is a local opportunity marketplace supporting the relationship between people and place.
NativX gives you personality based suggestions on things to do in an area. NativX is a mobile app that creates automated insights on a user’s personality by leveraging IBM Watson and your social media accounts.
This allows NativX to give hyper personalized suggestions on restaurants, activities and lodging based on their personality, values, and needs. The system learns and adapts the more the user, and others use the app NativX allows you to finally find your awesome..
Blockskye provides inventory booking and transaction management solutions for the travel and entertainment industrie
Overseas Adventure Travel
Overseas Adventure Travel is a travel & tourism company that provides travel, adventure, and discovery services.
Design, Discover and Distribute travel guides. In minutes browse travel guides published by leading travel bloggers and regular people.
Create your own guide on anything you want based on where you live or have traveled to! It’s free, easy and fun – even earn income.. .
SmarterTravel deliver expert travel tips, inspiring destination stories, and timely travel news to feed your passion for seeing the world.
RealAdventures offers information on accommodations, unique vacations, relaxing getaways and travel options in 210+ countries. Travelers can browse over 300,000 pages of information full of detailed descriptions, images, maps, videos, postcards and more.
RealAdventures, founded in Feb 1998 by Vik Kachoria, has grown exponentially over the years to become the one of largest database of diverse travel and adventure listings online. The site has over 300,000 pages of content on destinations, accommodations, adventure travel, learning experiences, volunteer opportunities, etc that visitors use the site to plan unique vacations in over 210 countries and get the best deals available by booking directly with our advertisers.
The site also feature a “Community” section of our website where visitors can upload photographs and add reviews and feature articles. The website serves as a marketing tool and lead generator for small to medium sized accommodations, tour operators and vacation providers.
Visitors to the site send inquiries directly to the travel provider to get information, check rates and place a booking.. .
Vantage Deluxe World Travel
Vantage Deluxe World Travel discovers global wonders large and small when you set out on your next adventure.
Keolis Commuter Services
Keolis Commuter Services is a transportation company providing passenger transportation services.
Explorica is a travel & tourism company that provides educational travel and tours services.
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Harbor Hotel is a hospitality company that provides luxury hotel and dining services.
Virtual Bellhop launched in 1999 and is the premier provider of door to destination transportation of baggage, sports equipment, business materials or anything that a traveler might check onto their flight. With the growing complexity of dealing with checked items at the airport, The Virtual Bellhop Service is extremely timely, easy to use and provides for the elimination of checked baggage procedures.
By accessing the Virtual Bellhop service on the web, or calling travel agent, a customer service representative will walk you through the steps necessary to allow you to travel baggage free. Your luggage is picked up at your front door, (home or office), and your items delivered to your final destination whether a hotel, resort, condo, or private residence.
You do not have to package your items, weigh them or fill out any complicated freight documents. Everything is taken care of from your front door to your destination.
Universal Express, Inc., the parent company of Virtual Bellhop, filed for bankruptcy on September 28, 2007 . Colorado-based Sports Express purchased Virtual Bellhop and its sister company, Luggage Express, out of receivership.
After a series of management changes, Luggage Forward acquired the assets of Sports Express in July 2009. The result of this acquisition was a vast increase in capabilities and improved pricing for clients..
An end to Restaurant and Bar waiting times. Explore promotions, app integrations, and waiting times.
Boston Airport Express
Boston Airport Express Offer high-quality Boston Airport Taxi and Car Service To Logan , Boston Airport Shuttle, Boston Logan Airport Mini Van Service, Logan Airport Taxi Service. Apart from Boston car service, we also provide comfortable Minivans with child seats (infant, toddler, booster car seats) at a nominal charge.
Our comprehensive fleet of cars, minivans, and some SUVs safely and promptly bring you to your destination. Avail our Car services for popular weekend holiday destinations around Boston, We also provide Long Distance Car Services by connecting eastern Massachusetts with northern, western and southern areas.
We also offer services to New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut etc.. .
TripRobin lets you travel within your budget by balancing your available options to cater to your individual needs. We provide savings in time and money to professionals and students, and simplify what used to be complex travel arrangements.
Their goal is to build a budget focused travel booking search engine. This would allow visitors to maximize and customize the value of their trip based on unique travel needs within a set budget..
Hostel Point, Co.
Book hostels based on mutual interests and activities, and communicate with fellow hostel mates before and during your stay.
Telestial Inc. provides convenient, cost-effective telecommunications services to business and recreational travelers.
With the click of a mouse, you visit Telestial’s web site and obtain pre-paid wireless products for use in over 190 countries around the world. Telestial has partnered with local carriers from Ireland to New Zealand and South Africa to provide North Americans with the lowest domestic rates available and, in many cases, highly economical international long distance rates.
Telephone and pre-paid services from Telestial are compatible with GSM (Global Services for Mobile), the most widely implemented wireless standard outside of North America. Incorporated in the United States of America, Telestial is the brainchild of Ken Grunski, a former telecommunications consultant and committed globetrotter.
In fact, the company was born out of a need Ken experienced while on a 10-month sojourn in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. There he found his calling choices were of poor quality and, often, outside his budget.
Although cell phones are ubiquitous from India to Indonesia, a one-minute international call could cost more than a night’s lodging. This frustration led Ken to create Telestial and offer fellow travelers the same telephone access and price, as the locals, at international destinations around the world..
The Luggage Club
The Luggage Club offers a complete range of specialized logistic services to make your travels stress-free. Our goal is to give business and leisure travelers an alternative to the cumbersome method of transporting luggage or goods through the airlines.
The Luggage Club commits to making travel easier and more enjoyable for individuals, families and business travelers world-wide. The Luggage Club’s proprietary, real-time quoting and order entry system is completely automated and provides you with instant quotes, bookings, tracking and the use of other helpful tools….anywhere, anytime.
The Luggage Club’s Logistics Automated Control System (LACS) is linked directly to our logistics providers to ensure that your luggage delivery comes off without a hitch and that your travel experience is hassle free. In 2011, The Luggage Club became part of Luggage Forward.
As part of this transition, TLC clients now have access to even more services at even lower rates through Luggage Forward’s larger, more established global operations.. .
GroTrip is a destination management company that allows its users to have crowdsourced travel creations.
Travel One Inc is an independently owned and operated Travel Management Company, managing business, group & meeting travel.
Fuzzy Compass is a B2B2C platform empowering travel bloggers and influencers to monetize their audience. Influencers capitalize on their trusted destination knowledge by providing 1-1 custom trip planning services for a fee (itineraries, personalized advice and more).
Fuzzy Compass makes it quick and easy for them to market their services to their audience, manage requests, display ideas beautifully and collect payment. We take a 20% cut of each transaction and own all content..
The Liberty Hotel
The Liberty Hotel is a hospitality company providing modern amenities and luxury suites.
Tripzon is a packaging and booking platform that helps its users plan and book complex tours. The platform offers multiple destinations, component filtering, trip design services, and a single transaction checkout.
It provides a smart itinerary system for flights, hotels, activities, cars, transfers, and other travel components. Tripzon was launched in 2008 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts..
Ship Luggage was launched in 2008 with the goal of making the air travel process easier by shipping luggage door-to-door.
Bike Tour Buzz
Bike Tour Buzz is an independently run resource with bike tour reviews and information. Bike Tour Buzz helps users learn about about how to book a bike tour, select your destination, and what the right company is for a specific price range, cycling ability and vacation style.
Bike tour Buzz also has user reviews of the leading bike tour companies.. .
Boston Airport Shuttle
BostonAirportShuttle.com brings to you express and non-stop airport shuttle Boston with private minivans & SUVs. Get Logan airport taxi and professional car service to Logan airport, from various places in Massachusetts to Logan international airport.
We offer affordable low-cost services with comfortable minivans/SUVs and child seats for all age groups. Unlike other regular shuttle services, you do not have to wait for your co-passengers.
You can carry more luggage and you are driven straight to the airport or from the airport to your destination. No waiting time or stopovers for any booking.
Our express and non-stop. You also get child seats, extra luggage facility, more spacious and private transportation..
CP Travel is a marketing and advertising company offering brand strategy, travel, and tourism marketing.
Ride on time transportation
Ride on Time Transportation $39 for Chauffeured Drive to Logan Airport ($138 value) Ensuring customers are on time and budget Transportation details confirmed constantly Experience professionals working 24/7 Highest level of luxury service & satisfaction Suburban SUVs also available Groups of 4-7 in Lincoln Town Car to Logan This voucher can be used up until Jan 15, 2014 Limit 3 vouchers per customer. Each voucher must be used by a separate individual.
Additional fee of $3.50/mile fee applies more than 15 miles outside 02108. All fees and tolls not included.
Infant and toddler car seats not included. Pickup from airport not included.
Appointments are required and subject to availability. Merchant cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 24 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture.
Voucher available for use immediately after purchase. The amount paid for the voucher does not expire.
The remaining promotional value of the voucher above what you paid for it is valid through the voucher expiration date, and will expire immediately after such date. THE OFFER Ready for a luxury ride before your trip? Ride on Time Transportation is ready to deliver you in style to Logan airport in one of our spacious, luxurious Lincoln Town cars.
Villy is a travel agency that provides personalized neighborhood and hotel recommendations to travelers. It helps travelers get rid of the hassle they go through to find hotels when they visit new places.
Villy was launched on February 1, 2014, and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.. .
Boston Limo Service
113 High St Boston, MA 02110 24 hours cash, money order, all credit cards, checks Boston Limo serves Boston and provides limousine services to New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Philadelphia. We are not your average Limo Service in Boston, but rather a partner for your unique transportation needs.
Weddings, Proms, Corporate Travel, Airport Ride, Casino Trips, Sporting Events, Birthdays, Anniversaries and transportation for other special events are exceptionally delivered to your satisfaction. For your comfort our vehicles are the latest models.
Our fleet includes Hummers, Limo Bus, Stretch Limos, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz, SUVs, town cars and vans. We are professional.
Our service is personal. Your satisfaction is our priority.
Consider the ease and convenience of traveling in a chauffeured limousine or executive sedan to the airport, wedding, prom, business meeting, anniversary party or sporting event. Boston Limo transportation service caters to business travelers, executives and individuals seeking private transportation in Boston.
We also specialize in the following services. Airport transportation service provided by Boston Limo will get you to terminals in Boston, Rhode Island and other new England states in our sedans, stretch limos, SUVs, town cars, or limo bus for those needing airport private or group travel service.
Tripedition is a fast-growing online travel agency and tour organizer, and is a subsidiary of E Tours LLC, which is registered in Massachusetts. Tripedition partners with over 20 local travel service providers in North America that operate motor coach tours, bus charters, city sightseeing tours, and much more.
Tripedition has offered savvy, value-minded travelers the most affordable escorted tours and vacation packages to North America’s most captivating places – New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas and many national park, with both competitive pricing and a rate of high customer satisfaction.. .
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