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06-19-2006, 10:53 AM
Besides Tripso of course.....
Where does everyone go for online info regarding traveling--all modes. Here is my short list!
Airport Guides http://www.magyx.com/airports/
FAA Flight Status http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp
Passport Info http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
Currency Conversion http://www.xe.com/
Worldwide Weather http://www.weather.com/
Maps and Directions http://www.mapquest.com/
Airline Seat Maps http://www.seatguru.com/
Travel Warnings http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html
Consumer Complaints http://www.consumeraffairs.com/travel/travel.htm
06-19-2006, 11:51 AM
Airport Information: http://www.airnav.com (more for pilots, but it has additional links for the airport's home page).
Travel price comparison: http://www.kayak.com, http://farechase.yahoo.com, http://www.sidestep.com
06-19-2006, 11:59 AM
I prefer Google Maps over mapquest and for weather, I start with Accuweather followed by Intellicast. I also receive all travel warnings via email (travel.state.gov). Outside of that, I access the same sites as John & Stephen.
Originally posted by mtp51@Jun 19 2006, 11:59 AM
I prefer Google Maps over mapquest and for weather, I start with Accuweather followed by Intellicast.* I also receive all travel warnings via email (travel.state.gov).* Outside of that, I access the same sites as John & Stephen.
For maps I too prefer Google maps.
For destination weather, I use Accu Weather (http://home.accuweather.com/index.asp?partner=accuweather&host=www.acuweather.com). I also use the ForecastFox (which uses Accu Weather) extension of my Firefox browser which I set to show the weather of places I'm soon to visit.
For seating I too use SeatGuru, but I also take a look at SeatExpert (http://www.seatexpert.com) which sometimes has useful additional information not found on SeatGuru, especially with non-US based airlines. There's another good seating site called Seating Plans (http://www.uk-air.net/seatplan.htm) which takes you to the airlines own information on their seating. Finally, there's LoveMySeat (http://www.lovemyseat.com) which has good information for choosing your seating.
If I have a question about TSA prohibited items (http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1012.xml) this page is where to go.
For live flight tracking I use Flight Aware (http://flightaware.com/), now that Cheap Tickets seems to have dropped their tracker.
Finally, I get the Internet on my cell phone. I travel all over the world with my cell phone, which is GSM based. I have a program on my cell phone called WorldMate. Using WorldMate I can get up to the minute Currency Conversion, Weather Information for most major cities throughout the world, and Flight Status. I highly recommend this product.
06-19-2006, 05:51 PM
For recommendations on hotel rooms and attractions (especially in far flung locations) I rely heavily on tripadvisor.com. I almost never book a hotel before going there to see how various properties stack up. Yes, you do have to wade through some off-base reviews, but the sheer breadth of comments means you usually know what you are getting.
For car rental comparisons, I like the ease of travelocity's site, which also gives you a total price including taxes and fees.
There is another site I read every day. I think its called...tripso?
06-20-2006, 12:09 PM
For airline info, I go to that particular airline's website. For airport information, I use www.ifly.com, or the airport's website.
Arizona Road Warrior
06-20-2006, 04:34 PM
Unless I am traveling to a city that I have never been before and there are no direct flights from PHX to it on America West/US Airways, I will use Orbitz to see which airlines fly into the city and etc. then I will go directly to the airline's website.
In regards to hotels, I will go directly to the Marriott, Hilton or Intercontinental website. If I have never been to that city and/or hotel before, I will go to tripadvisor website and/or epinion website to look for reviews with tripadvisor being my primary website for hotel reviews. Sometimes, I will read the hotel reviews on the Orbitz website.
In regards to car rental, I go directly to the Hertz website. They may not be the cheapest but as an elite member with them, the free upgrades that I receive more than compensate the extra few dollars that I might spend as well as preferential treatment.
In regards to the weather, I go to the weather channel, www.weather.com.
If I donít have a GPS in my rental or I want to have a back up if the GPS goes down, I use Mapquest for directions.
In regards to maps, I use Mapquest and Google Earth. If you are traveling to a large metropolitan area, you can usually see the actual buildings and etc. on Google Earth.
For seating, I use SeatGuru.
If I have a question about TSA prohibited items, I will go to the TSA website.
If I want to check information on a particular airport, I usually go to their website to check out where the concourses located, how to travel between the concourses, baggage claim, rental car and etc.
Of course, I go to Tripso every day to read the daily newsletter and postings in the forums.
06-25-2006, 01:24 AM
My list included all of John's with a couple of additions....
I like www.randmcnally.com for driving directions in the U.S.
http://babelfish.altavista.com gives me some good translations
www.who.int/eng for international travel & health information at the WHO
www.raileurope.com/us for train tickets in Europe
06-25-2006, 08:32 AM
I love WHO. I think it is funny to read headlines like
WHO says bird flu is a threat
Director of WHO says that SARS is contained
Sounds like a deleted scene from How THe Grinch Stole Christmas!
06-25-2006, 08:35 AM
Or the time that the Director General of WHO was the initial speaker at a convention and the headline read:
WHO's on First
06-25-2006, 08:41 AM
Man I laugh so hard every time I hear that.
I'd forgotten about this one
There are some interesting reports about places that are a bit out of the way, though some are not in good taste.
I particularly liked the specifics about getting to Pulpit Rock - near Stavanger, Norway.
Globosapiens report for Pulpit Rock - Stavanger area of Norway (http://www.globosapiens.net/travel-information/Tau-697.html)