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  • Be Your Own Travel Agent Using the Internet to Plan Your Next Trip Skokie Public Library May 26, 2011 Terry Ratoff
  • 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?
  • Choosing a Destination
    • Travel Guides and Blogs
    • Information comparable to printed guides
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    • Advice from other travelers
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    • Online communities to ask questions and discuss your plans
  • 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
  • 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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  • Costa Rica Travel Guide from the NYT
  • Choose a Featured Interest Guide from the NYT
  • NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking
  • NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking (Continued)
  • New York Times Travel Blogs
    • In Transit – Guide to Intelligent Travel
    • Frugal Traveler – Budget Travel
  • NYT In Transit Blog
  • NYT Frugal Traveler Blog
  • 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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  • WSJ Middle Seat Terminal Blog
  • Where do I want to go?
    • Travel Guides useful for choosing destinations and planning itineraries.
  • 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.
  • Trip Advisor Links and Partners
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  • Trip Advisor Seattle Guide
  • Trip Advisor Seattle Guide Continued
  • Trip Advisor Seattle Hotels
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  • Trip Advisor Hotel Traveler Reviews
  • Trip Advisor Seattle Restaurants Near Hotel
  • Trip Advisor Travel Forum
  • 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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  • Frommers.com
    • An online version of the familiar print guides.
    • Easily printed guides and itineraries.
  • Frommer’s Website
  • Frommer’s Destination Guides
  • Frommer’s Seattle Guide
  • Frommer’s Seattle Itinerary
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  • Frommer’s Forums
  • 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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  • Lonely Planet
    • If you like to go a little bit off the beaten track.
    • ThornTreeTravel Forum.
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  • Moonguides
    • More off the beaten track advice.
    • Trip ideas and itineraries by activities like surfing or backpacking.
    • Printable maps
  • Moon Guides Home Page
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  • Moon Seattle Guide
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  • 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.
  • The Big 3 Metasearching Sites
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  • Expedia Home Page
  • Expedia Hotel Search Results
  • Expedia Car Search Results
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  • Travelocity Home Page
  • Travelocity Hotel Search
  • Travelocity Car Search Results
  • Travelocity Rail Search
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  • Orbitz Home Page
  • Orbitz Hotel Search Results
  • Orbitz Car Search Results
  • Searching for Flights
    • Sites for comparing airfares and other costs, like hotels. Will be directed to another site for booking.
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  • 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.
  • SeatGuru.com
  • FlightStats
  • FlightStats
  • FlightArrivals.com
  • FlightArrivals.com
  • 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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  • I’m Hungry, Where Can We Eat?
    • Restaurant Review and Reservation Sites
  • Yelp: Skokie Restaurants
  • Urban Spoon Restaurant Reviews
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  • 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.
  • Dealmap: Events in Chicago
  • 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.
  • Cruise Critic
  • Cruise Critic – Disney Magic Traveler Reviews
  • Cruise Critic: Disney Magic Traveler Review Detail
  • National Park Service
  • NPS Acadia National Park
  • Google Maps
  • Google Maps-Transit Option
  • Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 1
  • Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 2
  • Be a Tourist in Chicago!
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  • 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.
  • U.S. Dept. of State Travel Information
  • U.S. Department of State Students Abroad
  • TSA: Transportation Security Administration
  • CDC’s Travelers Health
  • Happy Travels!