Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tips for Planning a Trip Online

Treat yourself.
MPL Reference Librarian Mary Pelton had a program earlier this week that offered tips for those who are planning a trip online.

In addition to compiling several helpful links, she also had a few suggestions.

For example, the more flexible you are on time and destination, the better your chances of finding a great deal.

Consequently, you should search for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates, within a selected month, or on upcoming weekends.

Also, fares from smaller airlines—Southwest, Allegiant, etc.—may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing.

Without further preamble, here is Mary's helpful compilation of links:




All-in-One Travel
·         Bing.com/travel
·         CheapTickets.com
·         Expedia.com
·         FareCompare.com
·         Hipmunk.com
·         Hotwire.com
·         Kayak.com
·         LastMinuteTravel.com


·         Priceline.com
·         Opodo.co.uk
·         Orbitz.com
·         SkyScanners.com
·         Travelocity.com
·         Travelzoo.com
·         TripAdvisor.com
·         Vayama.com

Transportation and Accommodations
Airlines
·        AirfareWatchdog.com
·        GetGoing.com
·        Google.com/flights/
·        RouteHappy.com
·        SeatGuru.com
·        Southwest.com
·        WhichBudget.com (Overseas flights)
·        Yapta.com
Buses & Cars
Accommodations
·        BedandBreakfast.com
·        Booking.com
·        DealBase.com
·        DudeRanch.org
·        HistoricHotels.org
·        HomeAway.com (for groups)
·        Hostelz.com
·        Hotels.com
·        lhw.com (luxury hotels)
·        Quikbook.com (boutique hotels)
·        TheInnKeeper.com (bed & breakfasts)
Rail
·        Amtrak.com
·        BritRail.com (Britain)
·        Eurail.com  (passes)
·        RailEurope.com  (tickets)
·        Seat61.com (train & ferry)

Cruises
·        Cruising.org  (cruise lines)




Travel Guides and Commentaries 
Travel Guides
·        Concierge.com
·        Fodors.com
·        Frommers.com
·        LonelyPlanet.com
·        TheTravelInsider.com
·        TripAdvisor.com
·        TripInfo.com
·        TripSpot.com
·        ViaMichelin.com
·        WorldTravelGuide.net
Special Interests
·        AARP.org
·        AmericanPresidents.org
·        Byways.org
·        FactoryToursUSA.com
·        Gorp.com  (outdoor/adventure travel)
·        MuseumStuff.com
·        MTSobek.com  (outdoor/adventure travel)
·        PreservationNation.org
·        RoadScholar.org
·        SpaFinder.com
Travel Personalities
·        BurtWolf.com
·        Elliott.org
·        PeterGreenberg.com
·        RichardBangs.com
·        RickSteves.com
·        RudyMaxa.com
Tourism Offices
·        DiscoverAmerica.com
·        Towd.com





Government Websites  
·         cdc.gov (Center for Disease Control)
·         cbp.gov (Customs & Border Protection)
·         ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission)
·         nps.gov (National Park Service)
·         tsa.gov (Travel Services Administration)
·         state.gov  (State Department)


Travel Tools
Theater and Show Tickets
Miscellaneous Tools
·        ElectricalOutlet.org
·        InsureMyTrip.com
·        Maps.Google.com
·        Mapquest.com
·        OneBag.com (packing tips)
·        Weather.com
·        xe.com (foreign currency)

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