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Best Travel Websites

Best Travel Websites

The Internet has revolutionized the travel industry. Whether you are a frequent traveler or a first timer, everything you need to plan your travel from beginning to end is at your fingertips, you just need to know where to look.

There are many general sites such as www.Expedia.com , www.Orbitz.com and www.Travelocity.com that sell themselves as one stop shopping for travelers. You will be short changing yourself is you confine yourself to them however. It’s a big world out there in cyber space and it is just waiting for you.

There are several very good websites to check the prices of flights around the world. www.Mobissimo.com and www.Kayak.com are just two that you can begin your search with. These will tell you who is offering the best deals for the time and place you want to travel. They are not the last word however because not every airline is listed on these sites the most obvious one missing is Southwest. Always check the airlines own websites for special deals they may be offering.

When you are considering a cruise there are many things you need to think about. Where to book your cruise doesn’t have to be one of them. www.Icruise.com has been in business for over ten years offering the latest deals and superb service. You can expect to get free gifts, room credits, discounted rates and the ability to make payments on your chosen cruise. It all will come off without a hitch allowing you to concentrate on the most important part of a cruise, relaxing . Always compare any deals you find on Icruise with what is being offered directly on the cruise lines own website. The best way to find a good deal is to check out all the options.

If you enjoy the challenge of an auction type atmosphere you can participate on the website www.Skyauction.com . The offerings there are constantly changing and run the gamut from flights and hotels to restaurants and tours. You need to check out this website often to catch the best deals. Once you do, you decide what you are willing to pay, be sure to include the handling fee in what you think something is worth and then you place a bid. You also tell them what your maximum bid will be. If you are over bid you will receive a notice. Don’t despair however, even if you are overbid this time persistence will guarantee that you can purchase what you want at the price you want. Items are usually offered more than once so patience is the key on this site.

If you are dreaming of taking a luxury vacation but your budget won’t allow for it, don’t despair, www.Luxurylink.com could be the answer to your prayers. This site offers high-end vacation options at sharply discounted prices. You are not going to find the Motel 6 listed here, this will be five star hotels and resorts, exclusive bed and breakfasts and pampering spa destinations. It won’t be cheap but it will be a great bargain.

www.Google.com is the travelers best friend. Google that will help you to find the best deals. Just put in the destination that you are looking for and any additional criteria that is important to you and search away. Be as specific as you can, the Internet is a vast wasteland filled with thousands of sites that you don’t want to see. Help the search engine find the ones that you do want.

If you are just beginning your search Googling things like London tourism will get you the official website for London along with hundred of other sites. Going to the official tourist office for any city or country is always a good idea. These sites are vast cyber warehouses of information on everything about traveling to their area. Another great way to search is by putting in for example Boston CVB. CVB stands for Convention and Visitors Bureau and they too have vast resources at their fingertips. You can request brochures and download whole booklets about almost any area in the world.

Once you have decided where you want to go and how you are going to get there it is time to decided just which type of accommodations you are interested in. Booking a room on the Internet is a little like going on a blind date. You are trusting the hotel, B&B or resort website to tell you what you can expect. It is very easy to misrepresent oneself on the Internet as everyone knows. You need to develop a healthy dose of skepticism. You want to have a little proof that what they are telling you is the truth.

All of the main travel sites have some sort of reporting mechanism in place so that you can read what people are saying about hotels at least. www.Tripadvisor.com is a good website to use to check out hotels, resorts and bed and breakfast. You have to also take everything that you read hear with a grain of salt, don’t assume that one glowing report is truthful. Cheating is rampant on this site so read a lot of reviews about any place you are thinking about staying. You want to know both the good and the bad.

Sites like www.Igougo.com and www.Globalsapiens.com give first hand accounts by real travels who have no vested interest in making a hotel bed and breakfast or resort sound intriguing. These sites offer real reviews by real people who have actually stayed there. They also use a journal type format which means you can glean a lot of information about what to do and see in the area at the same time.

When you are looking for a hotel or resort you should begin your search with the general websites listed above. You can get a very good idea of the going price at hotels in the area that you want to stay. Your next stop should be the individual hotel websites. They often offer special on their own sites that aren’t available anywhere else.

If you are the intrepid type who loves an adventure you can go to www.Priceline.com and www.Hotwire.com . These are blind sites, you can say what city you want a room in and even what area of the city but you won’t know until after you book it what hotel you are getting. Everyone may not be comfortable with this but you do get to tell them how many stars you would like your hotel to have. You can get a hint of the hotels they offer by pretending to book a vacation package with flight included. They will give you total prices that include identified hotels. Checking the stars and amenities of the hotels will limit your choices but not guarantee that the hotel you see in the vacation is the one you are purchasing. The element of surprise is part of the fun of these sites in addition to getting a hotel room for less than half rack rate.

The Internet is a vast font of information and it means that today’s traveler can leave home confident that they have the best and latest information that is available.

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