Nettravelby Michael Shapiro
The Internet has thrown open travel resource channels that were previously accessible only to professional travel agents. Airlines, hotels, and tour companies are all moving onto the Web as a more direct way to connect with their customers. Author/Journalist Michael Shapiro explains how travelers using the Internet can save money by cutting out the travel services… See more details below
The Internet has thrown open travel resource channels that were previously accessible only to professional travel agents. Airlines, hotels, and tour companies are all moving onto the Web as a more direct way to connect with their customers. Author/Journalist Michael Shapiro explains how travelers using the Internet can save money by cutting out the travel services middlemen. The Net allows business and vacation travelers to get personally involved in their own travel. It gives them the freedom to learn more, choose wisely, and save money by searching for the best deals.NetTravel features:
- First-hand accounts of how people discover hard-to-find information, get good deals, discover exotic destinations and find information their travel agents might never have provided. (For example, one man tells how his motorcycle trip through Europe was planned and arranged using Internet newsgroups. Another traveler tells how he and his wife were able to prepare an entire itinerary for a two-week train trip through Italy using rail schedules on the Net.
- The book emphasizes how empowering and exciting it is to have direct access to the information and plan one's own trip. Travelers are no longer at the mercy of travel agents they can now put their trip planning into their own hands.
- NetTravel highlights some of the best travel Web sites on the Net and how to make most effective use of these sites.
- Most importantly, Shapiro tells how researching and planning your trip on the Net enriches the entire experience. Advance research about the destination teaches you things you never knew about the places you will visit, history of the area, art and cultural information and more. Knowing ahead of time about modes of transportation, schedules, cost etc. takes the pressure off and allows travelers to fully enjoy their travels.
- And the Net often leads to personal connections with other who have similar interests, for example the American cyclist who, through Net newsgroups, met a British rider that he later connected with for bike trips through England.
Meet the Author
Michael Shapiro is Professor of Slavic Languages at Brown University and has taught at the University of California and Princeton University. He is the author or editor of more than ten books including, "The Sense of Grammar and The Sense of Change."
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