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    • 1. Be Your Own Travel Agent Using the Internet to Plan Your Next Trip Skokie Public Library May 26, 2011 Terry Ratoff
    • 2. How Web Resources Can Help You Plan Your Next Trip
      • Choosing a Destination
      • Planning Your Itinerary
      • Comparing Costs
      • Reviewing Transportation Options
      • Selecting Accommodations
      • I’m Hungry – Where should we eat?
    • 3. Choosing a Destination
      • Travel Guides and Blogs
      • Information comparable to printed guides
      • and
      • Advice from other travelers
      • and
      • Online communities to ask questions and discuss your plans
    • 4. Travel Blogs and Websites
        • Many travel blogs & guides online, useful for:
        • choosing destinations
        • creating itineraries
        • making plans
        • Travel blogs present one person’s or groups point of view about travel. A few favorites:
        • The New York Times Travel Page
        • The Wall Street Journal Travel Page
    • 5. New York Times Travel
      • Has searchable destination guides that include maps, reviews and reader comments for activities, restaurants and accommodations.
      • Has links to The New York Times Travel Blogs:
        • In Transit A Guide to Intelligent Travel
        • Frugal Traveler
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    • 7. Costa Rica Travel Guide from the NYT
    • 8. Choose a Featured Interest Guide from the NYT
    • 9. NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking
    • 10. NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking (Continued)
    • 11. New York Times Travel Blogs
      • In Transit – Guide to Intelligent Travel
      • Frugal Traveler – Budget Travel
    • 12. NYT In Transit Blog
    • 13. NYT Frugal Traveler Blog
    • 14. Wall Street Journal Travel
      • Compilation of recent articles about travel that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal
      • Includes a link to “ The Middle Seat Terminal ” – one of my favorite blogs- written by the travel editor of the Wall Street Journal.
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    • 16. WSJ Middle Seat Terminal Blog
    • 17. Where do I want to go?
      • Travel Guides useful for choosing destinations and planning itineraries.
    • 18. Trip Advisor
      • A travel site where you can gather information about destinations and accommodations and see other travelers’ reviews.
      • Links to other sites to where you can make reservations.
      • Trip Advisor is being sold by Expedia.
    • 19. Trip Advisor Links and Partners
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    • 21. Trip Advisor Seattle Guide
    • 22. Trip Advisor Seattle Guide Continued
    • 23. Trip Advisor Seattle Hotels
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    • 25. Trip Advisor Hotel Traveler Reviews
    • 26. Trip Advisor Seattle Restaurants Near Hotel
    • 27. Trip Advisor Travel Forum
    • 28. Fodors.com
      • An online version of the familiar print guide.
      • Like Trip Advisor, has a “forum” section for user comments, questions and answers, planning ideas and a Blog.
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    • 35. Frommers.com
      • An online version of the familiar print guides.
      • Easily printed guides and itineraries.
    • 36. Frommer’s Website
    • 37. Frommer’s Destination Guides
    • 38. Frommer’s Seattle Guide
    • 39. Frommer’s Seattle Itinerary
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    • 41. Frommer’s Forums
    • 42. Rick Steves
      • Good for European travel itineraries.
      • Travel tips, questions and message boards.
      • A little heavy on selling books, backpacks, and other products.
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    • 46. Lonely Planet
      • If you like to go a little bit off the beaten track.
      • ThornTreeTravel Forum.
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    • 50. Moonguides
      • More off the beaten track advice.
      • Trip ideas and itineraries by activities like surfing or backpacking.
      • Printable maps
    • 51. Moon Guides Home Page
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    • 53. Moon Seattle Guide
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    • 56. How much will this trip cost?
      • Metasearching - Websites that allow you to compare airfares, accommodation and rental cars options from multiple sites.
      • Where can I stay and how will I get there?
      • Southwest Airlines is not included in these searches.
      • American Airlines recently removed itself from Orbitz searches.
    • 57. The Big 3 Metasearching Sites
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    • 62. Expedia Home Page
    • 63. Expedia Hotel Search Results
    • 64. Expedia Car Search Results
    • 65.  
    • 66. Travelocity Home Page
    • 67. Travelocity Hotel Search
    • 68. Travelocity Car Search Results
    • 69. Travelocity Rail Search
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    • 71. Orbitz Home Page
    • 72. Orbitz Hotel Search Results
    • 73. Orbitz Car Search Results
    • 74. Searching for Flights
      • Sites for comparing airfares and other costs, like hotels. Will be directed to another site for booking.
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    • 87. More Tools for Flying
      • SeatGuru.com - Find the best airplane seats. Has airplane seating charts.
      • FlightStats - Track flight arrival, departure, and airport delay information. Can track flight progress on a map.
      • FlightArrivals.com - Similar information to FlightStats.
    • 88. SeatGuru.com
    • 89. FlightStats
    • 90. FlightStats
    • 91. FlightArrivals.com
    • 92. FlightArrivals.com
    • 93. Additional Booking Sites & Tools
      • Priceline & Hotwire
        • Name your own price.
        • Bid on unknown hotels in rating categories and locations you specify.
        • Can save money if you can live with a little uncertainty.
      • Bidontravel.com
        • Learn about bidding strategies for Priceline and Hotwire.“bidding tips to make an informed bid that has the greatest chance of being accepted.”
      • Hotels.com
        • Easy to use hotel booking site, includes reviews.
      • Room 77 – Personalized hotel room recommendations.
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    • 96. I’m Hungry, Where Can We Eat?
      • Restaurant Review and Reservation Sites
    • 97. Yelp: Skokie Restaurants
    • 98. Urban Spoon Restaurant Reviews
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    • 107. Have I got a deal for you! Local deals at your destination
      • Must sign up at these sites to participate.
      • Yipit.com - Daily deals in many cities. Searches other daily deal sites for discounts.
      • Dealery - Aggregates deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe, Tippr, KGB Deals & other sites in many locations .
      • TravelZoo - Travel entertainment & local deals in many cities. Recommends deals they can confirm.
      • The Dealmap - Local deals, coupons and discounts, on a map.
    • 108. Dealmap: Events in Chicago
    • 109. Special Interests
      • Cruise Critic
        • Reviews from cruisers who have sailed on the ship you are considering.
      • The National Park Service
        • Links to the National Parks to plan a visit.
      • Google Maps
        • For planning walking routes, bicycling routes and public transportation options.
      • TripIt
        • for managing travel plans and creating itineraries.
    • 110. Cruise Critic
    • 111. Cruise Critic – Disney Magic Traveler Reviews
    • 112. Cruise Critic: Disney Magic Traveler Review Detail
    • 113. National Park Service
    • 114. NPS Acadia National Park
    • 115. Google Maps
    • 116. Google Maps-Transit Option
    • 117. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 1
    • 118. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 2
    • 119. Be a Tourist in Chicago!
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    • 122. Government Sites
      • Department of State
        • Get passport and Visa Information.
        • Travel warnings and advice.
        • Useful links to :
          • Students Abroad website
          • The TSA
      • TSA
        • Find out what you can bring on a plane or if you are on a travel watch list.
      • Traveler’s Health
        • Find health information for your destination.
    • 123. U.S. Dept. of State Travel Information
    • 124. U.S. Department of State Students Abroad
    • 125. TSA: Transportation Security Administration
    • 126. CDC’s Travelers Health
    • 127. Happy Travels!