Plan Your Trip Online

Bitten by the wanderlust bug? Planning a dream holiday? So, Feeling adventurous? Want a beach vacation ? A Ski trip, perhaps ? Or maybe go green with ecotourism? Whatever, it all needs careful planning! Head straight to the treasure trove of information - the internet! You have the online world of tourism at your finger tips and at the click of the mouse, you get a wealth of info about destinations, travel fares and accommodations.You can carefully plan your getaway, customizing your search to suit your individual needs with the help of your Internet Travel Guru !

Now, first things first . Where would you like to go? Not sure ? Your online travel guide is there at your service! Don’t get caught and lured into destinations that you know very little about. Do prior research of destinations to get a perspective on various aspects of the destinations. You will be able to save money by finding good travel deals and holiday packages online.

Here are some of the best online options which many travel veterans have found useful .Expedia.com ,Travelocity.com ,Orbitz.com, Fodors.com, Lonelyplanet.com, Concierge.com,Etravel.org, CheapTickets.com. These comprehensive web sites include information on international cities, towns ,visas, wellness, security and apt clothing.

Another excellent resource is TripAdvisor.com, which features reader reviews and recommendations for obscure destinations, eateries and accommodations.For travel tips and advice, visit Wanderlust.co.uk and Igougo.com , two very popular online travel journals. For reservations and bookings, many of these websites do it all, from planes tickets, vacation packages, cruises, accommodations to car rentals. All you have to do is to register with the site before you will be allowed to make reservations. Most major airlines and hotel chains have their own websites. You can check for availability and prices to book tickets.

 

After cherry picking your destination,decide on the mode of transport!For a good choice of liner cruises with a list of worldwide itineraries visit the following sites: Ecruise.com ,Cruise Direct.com ,Cruise2.com .For Eurail passes and deals check out Eurotrip.com and TheBackpacker.Net. They offer recommendations to countries in the European Union. For the last minute trip planners too there are the best last minute deals sites like selloffvacations.com , lastminutetravel.com. For good hostel accommodations try hostelbooker.com, hostels.com, hostelworld.com, and hostelz.com.  

While travelling in an unfamiliar territory you need maps, whether it is a street map, country map or even driving instructions ,it is a good idea to print some maps and carry them. You will find it online for free in Maps.com and Google Maps(maps.google.com). Furthermore, you will find wine maps, railway maps , hiking and nautical in omnimap.com . Finally, you should be aware of the local currency and how much your money is worth in the local currency? To convert currency and determine exchange rates, visit oanda.com , a multilingual currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals. Learn some local lingo as well or atleast learn a few phrases to get yourself understood. For helpful phrases, visit travelang.com a site for Foreign Languages for Travelers covering 80 languages. Or you may enrol for a free online language course at Parlo.com.

 

Nothing can be worse than falling sick while on vacation .Hence, check out istm.org/ and tripprep.com , an International Society of Online Travel Medicine, for a comprehensive listings of vaccines and travel clinics worldwide.

An important tip for planning a trip : Register with your favourite airline websites and travel e-newsletters to be kept informed  about bargain fares by email alerts . Several airlines and hotels offer discounted fares for Internet booking only! It's worth searching for these special deals. With all these great options available online, you will be able to plan your itinerary diligently and ensure an organised stress free relaxed holiday. Enjoy your dream holiday or make your holiday a dream! Whatever, have fun! Bon Voyage!

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Laila- Thanks for those great tips. Sixtyorso also has good tips on travel. So you must have traveled to a lot places. I love traveling and did quite a bit in India.


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India Author

Thanks CW for stopping by..Well,I have travelled mostly in Tamil Nadu & Kerala.Been to USA once,two of my sisters are there !Planning an Europe trip in Feb 2009 and hoping to ring in the New Year in Singapore!!Hope my plans work!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Thanks for an exhaustive list - Laila - I'm going to bookmark this - New Year in S'pore should be fun!


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India Author

Thanks Shalini...yes,my first trip to Singapore!Heard that New Year celebrations are awesome over there!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Laila- What places in US did you visit? Wishing you a great time in Singapore. I have been their once and it is great. Also good luck on Europe trip (I heard it is little bit more expensive though). Sixtyorso has good travel tips and Europe travel hubs like http://hubpages.com/travel/Traveling-tips--tricks-...


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India Author

CW, thanks for the tips!I'd been to New Jersey and Chicago where my 2 sisters are living and ofcourse some closeby places of these two cities .Thats it! Halted 4 days at London while returning to India!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

New Jersey is almost like India(NY is again slightly different and if you had chance to go to Niagara thats great) and chicago has nice places/buildings like sears tower, navy pier etc. So you are quite a globe trotter. I guess you can write more travel hubs and tips which are so useful for others aspiring to go to these places.


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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

Thanks for the numerous resources! I love Orbitz, especially right now, because if you are a registered user, you can get $20 off a reservation after you make one... I've been taking advantage of that one for sure!


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India Author

Thanks,glassvisage for stopping by and also posting a tip! Thanks!

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