A SMART WAY TO TRAVEL
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Leaving your home country for an international vacation is thrilling, but it can also leave you feeling a bit uncertain. What will the weather be like? Where should you stay? How much money should you bring? These internet travel tools will help you find answers to these questions and many more.
1. Search Engines
Find the best deals on airline tickets, hotels and more on these user friendly search engines.
Kayak: You can easily refine your search criteria on this easy to use site.
InsideTrip: A search engine dedicated solely to airfare. What makes this site special are their TripQuality ratings which let you know things like how often luggage is lost, if you will have enough time to connect and the age of the aircraft.
2. Travel Review Sites
Many people are now looking to other travelers when planning their vacations. Benefit from the experiences (and mistakes) of others.
TripAdvisor: Undoubtedly the king of travel review sites.
TravBuddy: Travelers share experiences, opinions and photos. The site includes sections on hostels and things to do.
3. Social Networks
Meet and exchange information with other travelers. Remember, don’t ever post your travel itinerary on any website.
Dopplr: Share advice with other frequent travelers or post questions and let others answer them.
Matador Travel: Geared towards lovers of the great outdoors, you can read travel blogs and write your own.
Currency and distance converters are extremely useful when traveling to another country. You will want to know things like how many Mexican Pesos one U.S. Dollar will buy and how many miles 100 kilometers equals.
Oanda: This currency converter even lists Cuban Convertible pesos (tourist play money in Cuba) and includes a traveler’s cheat sheet.
EXRX Converter: This length or distance converter is very easy to use.
5. Weather Sites
The weather will affect your trip in one way or another so investigate ahead of time and find out if you should bring your umbrella, your sweater or your sunblock.
The Weather Channel: Current conditions, 10-day forecast, maps, weather apps and a lot more.
WUnderground: Fahrenheit or Celsius, satellite, webcams and weather blogs.
⇨ What is your favorite travel tool? Please share your “best kept secret” in the comments below!
About the Author
Kristin Busse is currently a travel writer but has worked in many different industries. She lives in Cancun, Mexico and plans to use her diverse experiences to write about the Yucatan Peninsula from her unique perspective.