Despite the popularity of travel booking sites like Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Expedia, venture capital firms are still investing in companies selling consumers a better way to travel. In the past few years, investors have poured millions into travel and accommodation companies around the globe like Airbnb and Room 77, Wimdu (Berlin), Tuniu and 17u.cn (Beijing and Suzhou, China), Ostrovok (Moscow), HouseTrip (London), and most recently Hotel Urbano (Rio de Janeiro). “Mobile is changing the landscape a lot. More broadly consumers are wanting and expecting to be able to use their mobile phones as a remote control for their life… and travel is part of that,” said Ben Holmes at Index Ventures. Investments in this new dimension of travel startups have increased as companies like HotelTonight and GetYourGuide expand the options for on-demand traveling. Get the full story at TechCrunch