Travel Planning on the Internet: The Click and Easy Guide


Finally, a complete Internet passport to the world of travel.

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Finally, a complete Internet passport to the world of travel.

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Identifies web sites, search engines, directories, newsgroups, and mailing lists dealing with travel and activities, transportation, and accommodations. There is information targeted to specific communities, including African Americans, lesbians and gays, and religious groups, and much material on travel basics such as airlines, customs regulations, insurance, money, and passports. The authors have written some 50 books on travel and other subjects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Travel Planning on the Internet isn't another discourse on how to use the Internet, but a guide to specific recommended web sites and an overview of how the travel industry functions on the web sites as a whole. From understanding airport regulations and scheduling to locating informational web sites, this is filled with references to make web searches easier.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570231421
  • Publisher: Impact Publications VA
  • Publication date: 10/17/2000
  • Series: Click and Easy Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Savvy Internet Traveler 1
From Dependence to Independence 2
Your Best Travel Friend 2
It's All About Empowerment 2
Planning as the Process 3
The Way Things Were 4
Embrace the Chaos 4
A New Game For an Old Business 5
Meet Your Technology Butler 6
Stay Connected at 30,000 Feet 7
The Consumer as King 7
Put It in Perspective 8
A New World of Possibilities 12
What You Can Do Well on the Internet 14
Enrich Your Travel Experience 14
Chapter 2 Getting Started in the Right Direction 17
Basic Guidance 17
A Library and an Orchestra 18
Search Engines 20
Search Agents 22
Directories 23
Most Popular Search Engines 23
Travel Site Comparisons and Ratings 26
Saving Time and Effort 28
Chapter 3 Virtual Travel Communities 30
Information Communities 30
Usenet Newsgroups 31
Mailing Lists 34
Message Boards of Websites 36
Chapter 4 Gateway Travel Sites 39
Global Directories and Linkages 39
Community Directories 42
Trip Finders and Assessments 43
Bookings and Linkages 45
Gateway Commerce 46
Chapter 5 Travel Communities 47
African-Americans 47
Budget and Student Travelers 50
Business Travelers 53
Disabled and Special Needs 59
Gays and Lesbians 62
Family and Kids 64
Pet Lovers 66
Religious Groups 67
Seniors 69
Weekend and Last-Minute Trippers 72
Women 75
Chapter 6 Special Interest Travel and Activities 79
Adventure and Outdoor Travel 79
Ecotourism 83
Islands, Beaches, Surfing, and Diving 84
Sports 86
Golf 86
Mountaineering 87
Bicycling 87
Skiing 88
Honeymooning 88
Luxury Travel 89
Shopping 92
Spas 94
Theme Parks 95
Work, Study, Education, and Volunteer 96
Chapter 7 Travel Basics and Tools 101
Airline Basics and Issues 101
Airline Schedules and Airports 102
Air Safety 103
Passenger Rights and Complaints 105
Frequent Flyers 106
Complaints and Settlements 107
Customs Regulations 108
Culture 109
Currency Calculators 110
Distance Calculators 110
Electricity, Phones, and Computers 111
Embassies and Consulates 112
Events and Festivals 113
Health 115
Insurance 119
Internet Access for Road Warriors 122
Free Email Accounts for Travelers 123
Accessing Your Regular Email 124
Locating Cybercafes 124
Traveling With a Laptop/Notebook 125
Language and Free Translations 126
Maps and Route Planners 127
Maps 127
Route Planners 128
Luggage and Packing 130
Money Matters and ATMs 131
Passports (U.S.) 131
Restaurants, Dining, and Food 132
Safety 137
Shipping 137
Time Changes and Zones 138
Tipping Practices 139
Tourist Offices and Convention Bureaus 140
Travel Facts and Information 143
Travel Gear 144
Travel Tips, Advice, and Experts 146
Weather Please 148
Chapter 8 Travel Guidebooks and Bookstores 151
Choices, Choices, and More Choices 152
Online Content Providers 152
Guidebook Publishers on the Net 153
Online Bookstores 159
Chapter 9 Major Travel Media 163
International News 163
Online Travel Magazines 166
Newsletters 169
Newspapers 170
Radio 171
Television 172
Chapter 10 Air, Sea, and Land Transportation 175
Looking and Booking Online 175
Airlines and Their Incentives 178
Cruises, Freighters, and Other Adventures 181
Car Rentals 189
Subways and Trains 191
Buses and Special Passes 192
Chapter 11 Accommodations 195
Booking Online Versus Offline 195
Gateway and Database Sites 197
Hotel Brokers and Discounters 198
Hostels 200
Inns, B&Bs, and Homestays 201
Rentals and Exchanges 202
Major Hotel and Resort Chains 203
Chapter 12 Middlemen and Their Key Suppliers 207
New Relationships and Challenges 207
Travel Agents 208
Online Booking Sites and Resellers 211
Mega Booking Sites 213
Other Booking Sites 213
Last-Minute Deals 214
Auctions and Reverse Auctions 215
Consolidators and Around-the-World Deals 216
Air Couriers 216
Tour Operators 217
Chapter 13 Great Destinations 221
Welcome to Street-Level Travel 222
Site Content and Syndicators 222
Gateway Destination Sites 224
Community-Based Sites 225
U.S. Destinations 225
Global Regions and Countries 237
Index 253
The Authors 257
Travel Resources 259
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