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    1. 1. Be Your Own Travel Agent Using the Internet to Plan Your Next Trip Skokie Public Library May 26, 2011 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>The New York Times Travel Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Wall Street Journal Travel Page </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. 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><ul><ul><li>Frugal Traveler </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. Costa Rica Travel Guide from the NYT
    7. 8. Choose a Featured Interest Guide from the NYT
    8. 9. NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking
    9. 10. NYT Travel Featured Interest Guide Biking (Continued)
    10. 11. New York Times Travel Blogs <ul><li>In Transit – Guide to Intelligent Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Frugal Traveler – Budget Travel </li></ul>
    11. 12. NYT In Transit Blog
    12. 13. NYT Frugal Traveler Blog
    13. 14. 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>
    14. 16. WSJ Middle Seat Terminal Blog
    15. 17. Where do I want to go? <ul><li>Travel Guides useful for choosing destinations and planning itineraries. </li></ul>
    16. 18. 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 being sold by Expedia. </li></ul>
    17. 19. Trip Advisor Links and Partners
    18. 21. Trip Advisor Seattle Guide
    19. 22. Trip Advisor Seattle Guide Continued
    20. 23. Trip Advisor Seattle Hotels
    21. 25. Trip Advisor Hotel Traveler Reviews
    22. 26. Trip Advisor Seattle Restaurants Near Hotel
    23. 27. Trip Advisor Travel Forum
    24. 28. <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>
    25. 35. <ul><li>An online version of the familiar print guides. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily printed guides and itineraries. </li></ul>
    26. 36. Frommer’s Website
    27. 37. Frommer’s Destination Guides
    28. 38. Frommer’s Seattle Guide
    29. 39. Frommer’s Seattle Itinerary
    30. 41. Frommer’s Forums
    31. 42. 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>
    32. 46. Lonely Planet <ul><li>If you like to go a little bit off the beaten track. </li></ul><ul><li>ThornTreeTravel Forum. </li></ul>
    33. 50. 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>
    34. 51. Moon Guides Home Page
    35. 53. Moon Seattle Guide
    36. 56. 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><ul><li>American Airlines recently removed itself from Orbitz searches. </li></ul>
    37. 57. The Big 3 Metasearching Sites <ul><li> </li></ul>
    38. 62. Expedia Home Page
    39. 63. Expedia Hotel Search Results
    40. 64. Expedia Car Search Results
    41. 66. Travelocity Home Page
    42. 67. Travelocity Hotel Search
    43. 68. Travelocity Car Search Results
    44. 69. Travelocity Rail Search
    45. 71. Orbitz Home Page
    46. 72. Orbitz Hotel Search Results
    47. 73. Orbitz Car Search Results
    48. 74. Searching for Flights <ul><li>Sites for comparing airfares and other costs, like hotels. Will be directed to another site for booking. </li></ul>
    49. 87. 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>
    50. 88.
    51. 89. FlightStats
    52. 90. FlightStats
    53. 91.
    54. 92.
    55. 93. Additional Booking Sites & Tools <ul><li>Priceline & 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.“bidding tips to make an informed bid that has the greatest chance of being accepted.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use hotel booking site, includes reviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Room 77 – Personalized hotel room recommendations. </li></ul>
    56. 96. I’m Hungry, Where Can We Eat? <ul><li>Restaurant Review and Reservation Sites </li></ul>
    57. 97. Yelp: Skokie Restaurants
    58. 98. Urban Spoon Restaurant Reviews
    59. 107. Have I got a deal for you! Local deals at your destination <ul><li>Must sign up at these sites to participate. </li></ul><ul><li> - Daily deals in many cities. Searches other daily deal sites for discounts. </li></ul><ul><li>Dealery - Aggregates deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe, Tippr, KGB Deals & other sites in many locations . </li></ul><ul><li>TravelZoo - Travel entertainment & local deals in many cities. Recommends deals they can confirm. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dealmap - Local deals, coupons and discounts, on a map. </li></ul>
    60. 108. Dealmap: Events in Chicago
    61. 109. 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>
    62. 110. Cruise Critic
    63. 111. Cruise Critic – Disney Magic Traveler Reviews
    64. 112. Cruise Critic: Disney Magic Traveler Review Detail
    65. 113. National Park Service
    66. 114. NPS Acadia National Park
    67. 115. Google Maps
    68. 116. Google Maps-Transit Option
    69. 117. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 1
    70. 118. Trip It Sample Itinerary Part 2
    71. 119. Be a Tourist in Chicago!
    72. 122. 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><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>
    73. 123. U.S. Dept. of State Travel Information
    74. 124. U.S. Department of State Students Abroad
    75. 125. TSA: Transportation Security Administration
    76. 126. CDC’s Travelers Health
    77. 127. Happy Travels!