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    • 1. Planning Travel on the Web A presentation by Joel May On the web in the “Presentations” section of www.ewingsnet.com
    • 2. Major Travel-Oriented Web Sites
      • Six sites offer "full-service" travel planning and destination reviews as well as hotel and transportation booking services.
        • Expedia ( www.expedia.com )
        • Kayak ( www.kayak.com )
        • Orbitz ( www.orbitz.com )
        • Sidestep ( www.sidestep.com )
        • Travelocity ( www.travelocity.com )
        • Yahoo Travel ( travel.yahoo.co m )
    • 3. Major Travel-Oriented Web Sites
      • You should routinely check them for information
      • In this presentation, however, we will additionally focus on the more specialized or "boutique" travel planning sites.
    • 4. The Five Most Important Travel Questions
      • Where to Go?
      • How to Get There?
      • What to Do There?
      • Where to Stay/Eat There?
      • What will it cost and what will the weather be like?
    • 5. The Five Most Important Travel Questions
      • Where to Go?
      • How to Get There?
      • What to Do There?
      • Where to Stay/Eat There?
      • What will it cost and what will the weather be like?
    • 6. Where to Go
      • Deciding where to go may be the most difficult of the four steps, after all you have an infinite number of possibilities. Start by asking yourself:
        • What activities do I like to do on vacation?
        • What physical limitations do I have that might limit where I can go or what I can do?
        • What sort of climate do I like?
        • How do I like to travel?
    • 7.
      • Get information from dedicated travel information sites
        • Discovery Travel ( travel.discovery.com )
          • click on Travel Ideas to start to get some idea of where to go
          • click on Destination Guides to choose a geographic location
          • Scroll down to Travel Forums to obtain personal opinions and tips about various destinations
      Where to Go
    • 8.
      • Other great travel information sites include:
        • Lonely Planet ( www.lonelyplanet.com )
        • Trip Advisor ( www.tripadvisor.com )
        • Concierge ( www.consierge.com )
        • Rick Steves ( ricksteves.com ) Note: Europe only
        • Rough Guides ( www.roughguides.com )
        • Moon Travel Planner ( www.moon.com )
        • And a brand new one, WikiTravel ( wikitravel.org )
      Where to Go
    • 9.
      • " Google ” the name of a location you think you’d enjoy and read about it
      • Try phrases like
        • New York sights
        • Seattle vacation review
        • Cancun guide
        • France travel
        • Vienna highlights
      Where to Go
    • 10.
      • Another good place to start is Wikipedia ( www.wikipedia.com ). Just type the name of your preferred destination into the search box on the left side of the screen.
      Where to Go
    • 11. The Five Most Important Travel Questions
      • Where to Go?
      • How to Get There?
      • What to Do There?
      • Where to Stay/Eat There?
      • What will it cost and what will the weather be like?
    • 12. How to Get There
      • Getting there by car
        • Rental Cars ( www.carrentals.com )
      • Getting there by RV
        • Rental RVs (http://www.cruiseamerica.com/
      • Use a mapping program
        • Google Maps ( maps.google.com )
        • MapQuest ( mapquest.com )
    • 13.
      • There are many web sites devoted to automobile travel, including
        • Free Trip ( www.freetrip.com )
        • Roadtrip America ( www.roadtripamerica.com )
        • Mile by Mile ( www.milebymile.com )
        • National Scenic Byways ( www.byways.org )
        • Roadside America ( www.roadsideamerica.com )
        • and, most important of all
        • - Speed Trap Exchange ( www.speedtrap.org )
      How to Get There
    • 14.
      • Getting there by train or bus
        • Amtrak ( www.amtrak.com ) and
        • Greyhound ( www.greyhound.com )
      • have their own web sites where you can reserve space and purchase tickets
      How to Get There
    • 15.
      • Getting there by plane
        • When flying, there are usually multiple airlines available to you.
        • Hence it is to your advantage not to book flights with individual airlines. Instead use one of the big six:
      How to Get There
    • 16. Major Travel-Oriented Web Sites
      • Expedia ( www.expedia.com )
      • Kayak ( www.kayak.com )
      • Orbitz ( www.orbitz.com )
      • Sidestep ( www.sidestep.com )
      • Travelocity ( www.travelocity.com )
      • Yahoo Travel ( travel.yahoo.co m )
    • 17. How to Get There
      • Or a new site that advises on speed, comfort and ease:
      • http:// www.insidetrip.com /
    • 18.
      • or, for discount tickets purchased at the last minute:
        • Priceline ( www.priceline.com )
        • Cheap Tickets ( www.cheaptickets.com )
        • Lowest Fare ( www.lowestfare.com )
        • 30 Places to Find Cheap Airline Tickets ( snipurl.com/1wtc6 )
      How to Get There
    • 19. How to Get There
      • Most of the web sites on which you can access schedules, reserve seats and purchase tickets work in a similar way:
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    • 25. How to Get There
      • Some sources of information on air travel:
        • Airport information including maps, parking and other facilities ( www.amadeus.net/home/airports/en/index.htm )
        • Aircraft seating charts ( www.seatguru.com )
        • Average waiting time in the security line ( waittime.tsa.dhs.gov/index.html )
        • Transport to and from the airport ( www.airportservice.com )
        • Long-term airport parking ( www.longtermparking.com )
    • 26. How to Get There
      • More sources of information on air travel
        • Prohibited and Permitted items ( tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm )
        • Tips to make air travel more comfortable ( www.remote.org/jochen/travel/tips/airtravel.html )
        • Air Travelers' Rights ( www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/travel/flyrights/flyrghts.htm )
    • 27. The Five Most Important Travel Questions
      • Where to Go?
      • How to Get There?
      • What to Do There?
      • Where to Stay/Eat There?
      • What will it cost and what will the weather be like?
    • 28. What to do There (specific locations)
      • Use the “big six” to seek out information
        • Expedia ( www.expedia.com )
        • Kayak ( www.kayak.com )
        • Orbitz ( www.orbitz.com )
        • Sidestep ( www.sidestep.com )
        • Travelocity ( www.travelocity.com )
        • Yahoo Travel ( travel.yahoo.co m )
    • 29.
      • Use a dedicated information site like Fodors ( www.fodors.com )
        • Click on the Destinations tab
        • or click on the map
        • or type the name of your destination in the search box
      What to do There (specific locations)
    • 30.
      • Use Google (e.g.)
        • seattle walking tours
        • new york sightseeing
        • prague theater
        • tijuana nightlife
      What to do There (specific locations)
    • 31.
      • Ocean Cruises: Cruise Web ( www.cruiseweb.com )
      • Freighter Cruises: The Travelers’ Notebook
      • ( http:// thetravelersnotebook.com )
      • Theme Cruises: Locate Theme Cruises ( http:// www.vacationstogo.com/theme_cruises.cfm )
      • Yacht Cruises: SeaDream Yacht Club ( www.seadreamyachtclub.com )
      • River Cruises: Affordable Tours ( rivers.affordabletours.com )
      • see also: Cruise Critic ( cruisecritic.com )
      What to do There (Cruises)
    • 32.
      • Affordable Tours ( www.affordabletours.com )
      • Tour Vacations to Go ( www.tourvacationstogo.com )
      • and my two personal favorites
      • Tauck Journies ( www.tauck.com / )
      • Vantage Travel ( www.vantagetravel.com )
      What to do There (Escorted Tours)
    • 33.
      • Adventure Vacations: Gorp Travel Away ( gorptravel.away.com )
      • Educational Vacations: Shaw Guides ( www.shawguides.com )
      • Senior Vacation Packages
        • ElderHostel ( www.elderhostel.org )
        • Senior Summer School ( www.seniorsummerschool.com )
        • AARP Travel ( www.aarp.org/travel/destinations )
        • Elder Treks ( eldertreks.com )
      What to do There (Vacation Packages)
    • 34. The Five Most Important Travel Questions
      • Where to Go?
      • How to Get There?
      • What to Do There?
      • Where to Stay/Eat There?
      • What will it cost and what will the weather be like?
    • 35. Where to Stay/Eat There (Hotels)
      • Use the “big six” to seek out information
        • Expedia ( www.expedia.com )
        • Kayak ( www.kayak.com )
        • Orbitz ( www.orbitz.com )
        • Sidestep ( www.sidestep.com )
        • Travelocity ( www.travelocity.com )
        • Yahoo Travel ( travel.yahoo.co m
    • 36. Where to Stay/Eat There (Hotels)
      • Or get discounted prices at
          • Priceline ( www.priceline.com )
          • A1 Discount Hotels ( www.a1-discount-hotels.com )
          • Hotels.com ( www.hotels.com )
      • Use theWeb site of the hotel chain you prefer or look up chain hotels around the world in All Hotel Chains ( all-hotel- chains.com )
      • Find pet-friendly hotels ( www.petswelcome.com )
    • 37.
      • B&Bs BedandBreakfast.com ( www.bedandbreakfast.com )
      • Rentals and Time-Shares
        • Vacation Homes ( www.vacationhomes.com )
        • Vacation Timeshare and Rentals ( www.vacationtimesharerentals.com )
      • RV Parks and Campgrounds: Go Camping America ( www.gocampingamerica.com/ParkSearch.aspx )
      • or try Googling "lodging" + the destination you've chosen
      Where to Stay/Eat There (Other Lodging)
    • 38.
      • Use a big six site
      • Use a restaurant directory web site:
        • Fodors ( www.fodors.com/reviews/drevselect.cfm )
        • Zagat ( www.zagat.com ) Note: click the Restaurants tab
        • Chef Moz ( www.chefmoz.org )
        • or Google " type of food you want restaurant near city, state or zip code "; e.g. italian restaurant near pennington nj or indian restaurant near 08648
      Where to Stay/Eat There (Restaurants)
    • 39. The Five Most Important Travel Questions
      • Where to Go?
      • How to Get There?
      • What to Do There?
      • Where to Stay/Eat There?
      • What will it cost and what will the weather be like?
    • 40. What Will it Cost and What Will the Weather be Like?
    • 41. Additional Travel Information
      • Passport, Visa and safety information from the State Department ( travel.state.gov )
      • Health information
        • Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( www.cdc.gov/travel )
        • International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers ( www.iamat.org )
      • Information for Disabled Travelers ( access- able.com )
    • 42. Additional Travel Information
      • Currency conversion ( www.xe.com/ucc )
      • ATM locations:
        • Visa ( snipurl.com/visa_atm )
        • Mastercard ( snipurl.com/mastercard_atm )
      • Travel insurance information ( www.insuremytrip.com )
    • 43. Additional Travel Information
      • WiFi locations ( www.jiwire.com/search-hotspot-locations.htm )
      • Cyber Cafe locations ( cybercaptive.com )
      • Clean Bathrooms ( www.thebathroomdiaries.com )
      • Expected weather ( www.wunderground.com/tripplanner/index.asp )
      • Travel Gear ( snipurl.com/Travel_Gear )
    • 44. Planning Travel on the Web
      • Enjoy the Planning
      • Enjoy the Trip
      Available on the Web: www.ewingsnet.com (click on the Presentations tab) [email_address] The End

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