Planning your next family vacation? Hit the road before you even leave the house with Travel Planning Online For Dummies, 2nd Edition, the fun and easy way to ensure a great trip and get the best prices.
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, alone or with the family, this book explains in clear language how the Internet can be your virtual travel guide with information that enables you to...
• Find online city guides and travel brochures
• Buy plane tickets, book hotel rooms, and rent cars from your home computer
• Use advanced search tools for effortless travel: check weather forecasts, find interactive maps, consult ATM locators, and research major attractions
• Consult newsgroups, chat rooms, and mailing lists to find first-person reports of the places you plan to visit
• Locate loads of predeparture advice and services on everything from passports and visas to travel advisories and health resources that can help guarantee a successful trip
Included in the second edition of this popular book is a collection of great travel Web sites, reviewed and organized by topic. The bonus CD-ROM includes this directory in an interactive format as well as an evaluation version of Personal Passport and a trial version of Electronic Travel Desk, which help you find special vacation deals, book flights, and check schedules.
About the Author
Noah Vadnai has written extensively about travel and is currently the creative director at a transportation-industry Web portal. Julian Smith is the author of guidebooks to El Salvador and Ecuador.
Table of Contents
PART I: Starting to Plan Your Vacation Online.
Chapter 1: Why You Should Use the Internet to Plan Your Trip.
Chapter 2: Scouting Out Locations Online.
Chapter 3: Vacations for Everyone on the Internet.
Chapter 4: Great Adventures Begin on Your Desktop.
PART II: Turning Your Computer into a Travel Agent.
Chapter 5: Booking Your Flight Online.
Chapter 6: Finding a Place to Sleep.
Chapter 7: Hitting the Roads and Rails.
Chapter 8: From Laptop to Tabletop: Finding Restaurants.
The Travel Planning Online For Dummies Internet Directory, 2nd Edition.
PART III: Using Advanced Techniques to Make Your Travel Plans Better.
Chapter 9: Using the Internet to Find Travel Bargains.
Chapter 10: Checking the Weather and Finding Your Way.
Chapter 11: Reading Is Fundamental, Even Online.
Chapter 12: Chatting with Your Fellow Travelers.
PART IV: Plugging In to Plan and Prepare Yourself.
Chapter 13: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.
Chapter 14: Staying Connected Worldwide.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Better Web Surfing.
Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Getting Cheaper Airfares.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: A Guide to America Online's Travel Resources.
Appendix B: About the CD.
IDG Books Worldwide End-User License Agreement.
Book Registration Information.