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:
Before you leave, print the relevant pages of your online research and put them in a folder.
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.