Plan Your Trip Online
Traveling through cyberspace can be exciting, but it's no substitute for an adventure in the real world. That's where the Web can really help you research destinations, organize your itinerary and book reservations. Whether you want a weekend getaway or a month-long safari, look to the Internet to save you time (no more trekking to bookstores for guidebooks and maps) and money (discounts abound on airfares, hotels and ground transportation). Where do you start? Here's our step-by-step guide:1.Research Your Destination
Where would you like to go? One option is to use a search engine to find information about choice spots. If you choose this route, use a directory like Yahoo! Why? Because it lists websites in categories, so you can easily find listings for Mexican resorts, for example.
Another approach is to browse the websites of travel publications. Begin your journey at:
Another excellent resource is TripAdvisor, which features reader reviews of both popular and obscure destinations, accommodations and activities around the world.
For detailed data about international locales, you can't beat the CIA World Factbook. It's not just for spies!
For health advisories, try the World Health Organization (WHO).2.Design an Itinerary
Once you know where you want to go, it's time to get specific. What are the sights to see? Which events will be happening during your trip? Where are the best places to eat? Answers to these questions await you online.
Let's say you plan to spend a week in British Columbia and want to sample the local cuisine. Some of the websites listed above may have recommendations for Vancouver and Victoria restaurants. But many newspapers have dining sections, so go to the website of the local paper (try OnlineNewpapers.com to locate them), and search its archive.
As you plan your trip, hopping from link to link, you are bound to stumble on all kinds of gems. Bookmark the pages so you can easily return to them.