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    1. 1. Be Your Own Travel Agent Using the Internet to Plan Your Next Trip Skokie Public Library September 22, 2010 Terry Ratoff
    2. 2. How Web Resources Can Help You Plan Your Next Trip <ul><li>Choosing a Destination </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Your Itinerary </li></ul><ul><li>Comparing Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing Transportation Options </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting Accommodations </li></ul><ul><li>I’m Hungry – Where should we eat? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Choosing a Destination <ul><li>Travel Guides and Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Information comparable to printed guides </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Advice from other travelers </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Online communities to ask questions and discuss your plans </li></ul>
    4. 4. Travel Blogs and Websites <ul><ul><li>Many travel blogs & guides online, useful for: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>choosing destinations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>creating itineraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel blogs present one person’s or groups point of view about travel. A few favorites: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Greenberg’s Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The New York Times Travel Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Wall Street Journal Travel Page </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Peter Greenberg <ul><li>Peter is the Travel Editor for CBS News, and appears on The Early Show and across many CBS broadcast platforms. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers tips and the latest travel news. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Peter Greenberg’s Blog
    7. 7. Peter Greenberg’s Blog-Costa Rica Search
    8. 8. New York Times Travel <ul><li>Has searchable destination guides that include maps, reviews and reader comments for activities, restaurants and accommodations. </li></ul><ul><li>Has links to The New York Times Travel Blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Transit A Guide to Intelligent Travel </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Costa Rica Travel Guide from the NYT
    10. 11. Choose a Featured Interest Guide from the NYT
    11. 12. NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking
    12. 13. New York Times Travel Blogs <ul><li>In Transit – Guide to Intelligent Travel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Globespotters - City guides and posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frugal Traveler - Budget Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogroll - List of blogs from other sources </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. NYT In Transit Blog
    14. 15. NYT Globespotters Blog
    15. 16. NYT Frugal Traveler Blog
    16. 17. NYT Blogroll and Guides
    17. 18. Wall Street Journal Travel <ul><li>Compilation of recent articles about travel that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Includes a link to “ The Middle Seat Terminal ” – one of my favorite blogs- written by the travel editor of the Wall Street Journal. </li></ul>
    18. 20. WSJ Middle Seat Terminal Blog
    19. 21. Where do I want to go? <ul><li>Travel Guides useful for choosing destinations and planning itineraries. </li></ul>
    20. 22. Trip Advisor <ul><li>A travel site where you can gather information about destinations and accommodations and see other travelers’ reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Links to other sites to where you can make reservations. </li></ul><ul><li>Trip Advisor is owned by Expedia. Has links to other useful sites. </li></ul>
    21. 23. Trip Advisor
    22. 24. Trip Advisor Seattle Guide
    23. 25. Trip Advisor Seattle Hotels
    24. 26. Trip Advisor Hotel Traveler Reviews #7 Hyatt
    25. 27. Trip Advisor Seattle Restaurants Near Hotel
    26. 28. Trip Advisor Travel Forum
    27. 29. <ul><li>An online version of the familiar print guide. </li></ul><ul><li>Like Trip Advisor, has a “forum” section for user comments, questions and answers, planning ideas and a Blog. </li></ul>
    28. 32. Fodor’s Seattle Travel Guide
    29. 34. <ul><li>An online version of the familiar print guides. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily printed guides and itineraries. </li></ul>
    30. 35. Frommer’s Website
    31. 36. Frommer’s Destination Guides
    32. 37. Frommer’s Seattle Guide
    33. 38. Frommer’s Seattle Itinerary
    34. 39. Frommer’s Itinerary Planner
    35. 40. Frommer’s Itinerary Planner Neighborhood Guide
    36. 41. Frommer’s Itinerary Planner Neighborhood Guide- Downtown
    37. 42. Frommer’s Itinerary Planner Restaurants
    38. 43. Frommer’s Forums
    39. 44. Rick Steves <ul><li>Good for European travel itineraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Travel tips, questions and message boards. </li></ul><ul><li>A little heavy on selling books, backpacks, and other products. </li></ul>
    40. 48. Lonely Planet <ul><li>If you like to go a little bit off the beaten track. </li></ul><ul><li>ThornTreeTravel Forum. </li></ul>
    41. 52. Moonguides <ul><li>More off the beaten track advice. </li></ul><ul><li>Trip ideas and itineraries by activities like surfing or backpacking. </li></ul><ul><li>Printable maps </li></ul>
    42. 53. Moon Guides Home Page
    43. 55. Moon Seattle Guide
    44. 58. IgoUgo <ul><li>Very similar to Trip Advisor. </li></ul><ul><li>Destination Guides are attractive. </li></ul><ul><li>Owned by Travelocity. </li></ul>
    45. 59. IGOUGO
    46. 60. IGOUGO New York Travel Guide
    47. 61. IGOUGO New York Guide Things to Do
    48. 62. IGOUGO New York Guide Things to Do-Nightlife
    49. 63. IGOUGO New York Guide Things to Do-Nightlife
    50. 64. IGOUGO New York Guide - Restaurants
    51. 65. IGOUGO New York Guide - Restaurants
    52. 66. How much will this trip cost? <ul><li>Metasearching - Websites that allow you to compare airfares, accommodation and rental cars options from multiple sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I stay and how will I get there? </li></ul><ul><li>Southwest Airlines is not included in these searches. </li></ul>
    53. 67. The Big 3 Metasearching Sites <ul><li> </li></ul>
    54. 72. Expedia Home Page
    55. 73. Expedia Hotel Search Results
    56. 74. Expedia Car Search Results
    57. 76. Travelocity Home Page
    58. 77. Travelocity Hotel Search
    59. 78. Travelocity Car Search Results
    60. 79. Travelocity Rail Search Results
    61. 81. Orbitz Home Page
    62. 82. Orbitz Hotel Search Results
    63. 83. Orbitz Car Search Results
    64. 84. Newer Entry in the Travel Metasearching Business <ul><li>An international, youthful slant. </li></ul><ul><li>Colorful graphics and city guides with reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Not a booking site. </li></ul>
    65. 85. Momondo City Guide
    66. 86. Momondo City Guide Rome
    67. 87. Searching for Flights <ul><li>Sites for comparing airfares and other costs. Will be directed to another site for booking. </li></ul>
    68. 88. More Tools for Flying <ul><li> - Find the best airplane seats. Has airplane seating charts. </li></ul><ul><li>FlightStats - Track flight arrival, departure, and airport delay information. Can track flight progress on a map. </li></ul><ul><li> - Similar information to FlightStats. </li></ul>
    69. 89.
    70. 90. FlightStats
    71. 91. FlightStats
    72. 92.
    73. 93.
    74. 94. Additional Booking Sites <ul><li>Priceline </li></ul><ul><li>Hotwire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name your own price. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bid on unknown hotels in rating categories and locations you specify. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can save money if you can live with a little uncertainty. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn about bidding strategies for Priceline and Hotwire. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ bidding tips to make an informed bid that has the greatest chance of being accepted.” </li></ul></ul>
    75. 95. I’m Hungry, Where Can We Eat? <ul><li>Restaurant Review and Reservation Sites </li></ul>
    76. 104. Special Interests <ul><li>Cruise Critic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews from cruisers who have sailed on the ship you are considering. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The National Park Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to the National Parks to plan a visit. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For planning walking routes, bicycling routes and public transportation options. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TripIt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for managing travel plans and creating itineraries. </li></ul></ul>
    77. 105. Cruise Critic
    78. 106. Cruise Critic – Disney Magic Traveler Reviews
    79. 107. National Park Service
    80. 108. NPS Acadia National Park
    81. 109. Google Maps
    82. 110. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 1
    83. 111. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 2
    84. 112. Be a Tourist in Chicago!
    85. 114. Government Sites <ul><li>Department of State </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get passport and Visa Information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel warnings and advice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful links to : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students Abroad website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The TSA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CDC’s Traveler’s Health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>TSA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what you can bring on a plane or if you are on a travel watch list. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traveler’s Health </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find health information for your destination. </li></ul></ul>
    86. 115. U.S. Dept. of State Travel Information
    87. 116. TSA: Transportation Security Administration
    88. 117. CDC’s Travelers Health
    89. 118. U.S. Department of State Students Abroad
    90. 119. Happy Travels!