Travel

Travel Librarian:
Elissa Valente, valentee@colonielibrary.org

Transportation, Maps- How to Get There | Local Travel | Dining – Places to Eat | Local Travel | Specialty Travel | Odds and Ends – Weather, Reference, etc.

Arthur Frommers Encyclopedia Of Travelhttp://www.frommers.com
Info on top 200 tourist sites + daily news updates. Informative blogs by Mr. Frommer as well as by travelers themselves.

Cheap Ticketshttp://www.cheaptickets.com
Highly publicized, well-known discount travel booking site.

Fodor’s Travel Servicehttp://www.fodors.com/
Tools to plan plus travel tips.

Hotwire.comhttp://www.hotwire.com
Hotwire is similar in concept to its main competitor, Priceline.com, in that it asks you to fill in your requirements for airline tickets, hotel reservations or car rentals, and then to wait for a listing of the lowest priced offers. You will not know the name of the airline, hotel or car rental agency or the exact times of your flight until you accept and pay for the reservation. Hotwire, unlike Priceline, does not ask for your credit card number upfront, nor are you required to accept their best offer.

Kayakhttp://www.kayak.com
All in one search engine; look for prices and deals across all major hotel, airline and car-rental site and online travel agents.

Lonely Planet Onlinehttp://www.lonelyplanet.com
“This Australian publisher of travel guides aimed at adventuresome travelers provides on its user-friendly site miniversions of the print guides, complete with interactive maps. For each destination, you are told when to go, what to see, and how to get there and back. It even suggests what else to read

Expediahttp://expedia.com/
Free registration to use planning and reservation system, but lots to see without it too.

National Geographic Travelhttp://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel
Guides to destinations around the world with an emphasis on adventure.

Pricelinehttp://www.priceline.com
Original player in the online auction process includes all sorts of travel services. Hot deals abound, but beware the small print. By typing in your credit card number and personal specifications, you are signing a contract to buy the best deal offered. See Hotwire above.

Travelocityhttp://www.travelocity.com/
Soup-to-nuts resource.

TripAdvisorhttp://www.tripadvisor.com
One of the world’s largest travel sites, offering traveler reviews of hotels, attractions and restaurants from around the globe. The site operates in 30 countries, including in China.It also operates 19 other travel brands, including such sites like Cruise Critic, Family Vacation Critic, FlipKey, SeatGuru and VirtualTourist.

Virtual Touristhttp://www.vtourist.com
“Interactive site aimed at sharing travel knowledge. Includes chat, forums, travelogues, photos, and maps.

TRANSPORTATION, MAPS- HOW TO GET THERE

AirFareWatchDoghttp://www.airfarewatchdog.com
The airlines lower airfares every day without advertising them. This team of fare experts tells you about these “hidden” fare reductions and alert you to $0 “blooper” fares and other air fare bargains that you might otherwise miss. They claim to provide straight talk about finding low air fares on the Web.

Albany Gas Priceshttp://www.albanygasprices.com

Amtrakhttp://www.amtrak.com/
Plan and book your U.S. train travel here.

CapitalMoveshttp://capitalmoves.org/capital-region-travel
Resource for discovering travel options to and within the Capital Region including car pool information, bus routes and schedules, best biking and walking trails, car share programs, train stations and a transportation news blog.

Eurailhttp://www.eurail.com/
Travel Europe by rail by ordering your pass here.

FareComparehttp://www.farecompare.com
FareCompare.com is an airline ticket comparison shopping website.

FlightArrivals.comhttp://www.flightarrivals.com
A free service that offers comprehensive real time arrival/departure/delay information for commercial airline flights operating to/from/within the United States. A variety of search options allows you to find flight info even without knowing the flight number.

Gas Price Watchhttp://www.gaspricewatch.com
Search for the latest gas prices in all 50 states and other territories.

Google Mapshttp://maps.google.com
Still in the experimental stage, this site offers maps, driving directions, and a search feature for local businesses and service. Check out the new satellite image lookup.

Trailways Businghttp://www.trailways.com
Look up fares, schedules, and special promotions.

Mapquesthttp://www.mapquest.com
Provides maps from around the world, and driving directions within the United States. This is one of three mapping and driving routes web sites listed on this page. Try them all and find your personal favorite.

Orbitzhttp://www.orbitz.com
Several major airlines own and operate this site, which professes to offer the “most low airfares on the Internet.” While this site may have the longest list of low-end fares, it does not promise the lowest fares. Also offers hotel and car rental deals.

Seat Guruhttp://www.seatguru.com
The “ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities, and airline information.” Includes detailed seat map graphics, seat specific comments, and locations of galleys, lavatories, Exit Rows, and closets.

TravelZoohttp://www.travelzoo.com
Is an online resource providing deals available directly from companies across all travel and entertainment categories and locations. The Travelzoo Top 20® is the list of the week’s best travel, entertainment and local deals, which subscribers may sign up to receive free via email.

LODGING – PLACES TO STAY

Bed And Breakfast Inns Onlinehttp://www.bbonline.com/
1200 inns described.

Discount Hotelshttp://www.discounthotels.co.uk
A British-based site offering help in finding cheap hotels around the world. Make sure you change the currency display to U.S. dollars when you enter your search parameters. Recommended by a library patron.

Internet Guide To Hostellinghttp://www.hostels.com/
Worldwide hostel guide.

Quikbookhttp://www.quikbook.com
Highly-rated discount site offers deals at “quality” hotels in 34 American cities. Lets you search for rooms by city and price range.

DINING – PLACES TO EAT

Epicurious Foodhttp://food.epicurious.com/
Click here for everything related to fine food including restaurant reviews.

Fodor’s Restaurant Indexhttp://fodors.com/reviews/drevselect.cfm?lid=Restaurants&lpos=top_nav
Expert reviews of restaurants in more than 70 cities worldwide. Search by name or other criteria.

LOCAL TRAVEL

511NYhttp://www.511ny.org
New York State’s official traffic and travel info source. Whether you drive or take public transit, refer to this web page or simply dial 511 on your phone. It offers real-time traffic and transit conditions and emergency alerts as well as work zones and construction reports, border-crossing conditions, weather conditions and forecasts , transit trip-planning (door to door) , intercity bus and rail services, carpools and vanpools, park-and-ride lot locations, airports and airport access services, ferries, tunnels and bridges, commercial vehicle information, bicycling and toll information.

City of Bostonhttp://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors
A useful site for visitors.

Canada’s Tourism Information Centerhttp://www.travelcanada.ca
Official site for Canada’s Tourism Commission.

I Love New Yorkhttp://www.iloveny.com
Official state tourism promotion site.

JIMAPCO Map Roomhttp://www.jimapco.com/maproom
A repository for online Capital Region maps including real estate, educational, demographic, health and medical maps.

New York Convention and Visitor’s Bureauhttp://www.nycvisit.com/
Start your trip to New York City here.

SPECIALTY TRAVEL

Internet web sites devoted to specialized travel needs abound. Here are a few that seem to fulfill their promise:

CruiseCritichttp://www.cruisecritic.com
Guide to cruises, cruise lines and ships, cruise deals and cruise reviews.

Road Scholarhttp://www.elderhostel.org/
Worldwide educational experiences for seniors.

Great Outdoor Recreation Pageshttp://www.gorp.com
“One of the best sites for everything outdoors..”

History Travelerhttp://www.historytraveler.com.
Plan vacations around historic spots. Type in a location and retrieve historic info and nearby lodging, sometimes including historic hotels in which you can spend the night.

ODDS AND ENDS- WEATHER, REFERENCE, ETC.

Passport Informationhttp://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
Department of State about how and where to apply for a passport, fees, how to report and replace a lost or stolen passport and other advice for U.S. citizens.

Travelers’ Healthhttp://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
Centers for Disease Control includes updated information about outbreaks around the world, diseases that can affect travelers, recommended vaccinations, special needs travelers and more.

US. Dept. Of State Travel Advisorieshttp://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
Recommends countries to avoid when traveling. Includes special regulations and disturbances and public announcements about terrorist threats.

Universal Currency Converterhttp://www.xe.net/currency
Automatic, up-to-date foreign money exchange rate conversion.

Weatherhttp://www.weather.com/
Local, national, and international weather forecasts.

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