Be Your Own Travel Agent


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Ride the information superhighway to your travel destination! Learn how to use the Internet to book transportation and lodging, find special Internet deals, and explore your destinations before leaving home.

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    1. 1. Be Your Own Travel Agent Using the Internet to Plan Your Next Trip Skokie Public Library June 17, 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. 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>
    7. 10. Costa Rica Travel Guide from the NYT
    8. 11. Choose a Featured Interest Guide from the NYT
    9. 12. New York Times Travel Blogs <ul><li>In Transit – Guide to Intelligent Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Globetrotter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City Guides and Posts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Frugal Traveler </li></ul><ul><ul><li>– Budget Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogroll </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of Blogs from other sources </li></ul></ul>
    10. 13. 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>
    11. 15. Where do I want to go? <ul><li>Travel Guides useful for choosing destinations and planning itineraries. </li></ul>
    12. 16. 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>
    13. 17. <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>
    14. 23. <ul><li>An online version of the familiar print guides. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily printed guides and itineraries. </li></ul>
    15. 24. 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>
    16. 28. Lonely Planet <ul><li>If you like to go a little bit off the beaten track. </li></ul><ul><li>ThornTreeTravel Forum. </li></ul>
    17. 32. 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>
    18. 38. 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>
    19. 41. 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>
    20. 42. The Big 3 Metasearching Sites <ul><li> </li></ul>
    21. 49. Newer Entries 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><ul><li>Retrieves prices in real time directly from other sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Claims it searches over 157 sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Not a booking site. </li></ul>
    22. 50. Searching for Flights <ul><li>Sites for comparing airfares and other costs. Will be directed to another site for booking. </li></ul>
    23. 51. 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>
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    25. 53. FlightStats
    26. 54. FlightStats
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    29. 57. 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>
    30. 58. I’m Hungry, Where Can We Eat? <ul><li>Restaurant Review and Reservation Sites </li></ul>
    31. 67. 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>
    32. 68. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 1
    33. 69. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 2
    34. 70. Be a Tourist in Chicago!
    35. 72. 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>
    36. 73. Happy Travels!