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Plan Your Vacation

Friday, June 23rd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

My family and I are a little behind on planning our summer vacation. Can you give me some tips on how to look up information quickly and easily on the Internet? We need destinations, flights, hotels, etc.

That is a great question, because I’m sure you’re not the only one who is doing that same exact thing right about now. It’s summertime and it’s the best time to take vacations, so let’s go over some Web sites you can use to plan your trip! Doing it this way just may give you the best deals, less headache and you and your family might just have more fun than you’ve ever had before.

Let’s start with destinations. There are obviously tons of places you can go on vacation. You can stay in your local area, you can drive across the state, go cross country or even fly out of your country. Wherever you want to go, one of the best Web sites to look at for ideas and help is This site offers up free travel guides and it even gives you several destination options. If you didn’t have any place in mind before you started your planning, you might get some good ideas here.

If you find a place you want to learn more about, you can click on the thumbnail picture. You can also have free brochures sent to your home so you can learn even more about certain places. The brochures include vacation areas, attractions, lodging and phone numbers you can call with any questions you may have. This site is especially nice because it just lets you browse through different destinations and it doesn’t overwhelm you with airline and hotel prices.

Once you’ve figured out the place you would like to visit, there are several Web sites you can visit to book flights, hotels, etc. Keep in mind that there are so many of these sites available today, so if I don’t mention a certain one, I am sorry. Let’s see, there’s,,,,,, etc. My family and I used Travelocity this year, so I’m going to use that as an example. (Most of the other sites I mentioned are very similar).

If you go to their Web site, you will instantly see where you can put in your vacation dates to search for the best flight prices and times. You can also search for flights and hotels together to maybe save yourself a little money in the long run. This site also has some destination ideas for you, with the main choices being Mountain Deals, Chicago Deals, Las Vegas Deals and Caribbean Deals. So, if any of those sound like the vacation you want to take, check them out! You can also use the links at the top of the page for different vacation packages, rental cars and activities.

Now, if you are planning a more scenic route and want to drive to your destination, you can find maps on different sites as well. Google Maps is a good one or even try MapQuest. You can plan out your routes and print out directions before you even leave your house. These Web sites will also give you a total distance estimation and an approximate travel time. (This is good for those times when your kids keep asking, “Are we there yet”? You can say, “No, we still have two hours and seven minutes left”). :-)

Also, one more thing. If you are a member of a travel agency, you can always look on their Web sites to find additional information about vacation spots, flights, maps, prices, etc. Those are always very helpful.

Well, I hope you can plan the vacation of your dreams with the tips I have given you. All of the sites I mentioned make planning a vacation easy and fun!

~ Erin

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