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Tom’s Ultimate Travel Guide January 25, 2010

Posted by tmorty in Uncategorized.
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Okay, so I haven’t posted as often lately, but it was for a good reason. I’d been thinking of taking a trip lately and while I’ve been searching for deals so that I can travel on my budget, I thought, “Why not make all of the resources that I’ve put together over the years available to all of my friends. I wanted to have all of the resources and information I’d gathered in one place so I myself could come back to it, but also so that I could share the information so that you wouldn’t have to do as much searching as I’ve had to do.  I hope these resources help you plan your next trip as well.   So, here they are.

Flights

www.southwest.com/

www.jetblue.com/

www.continental.com/

www.usairways.com/

www.united.com/

www.nwa.com/ – Not the old school rap group, but Northwest Airlines.

www.skywest.com/

www.delta.com/

www.aa.com/

Search Engines

www.expedia.com/

www.orbitz.com/

www.priceline.com/

www.travelzoo.com/

www.travelocity.com/

www.hotwire.com

http://www.budgetflightfinder.com/

www.farecompare.com/ – This site has some great deals during certain times of the year. They also provide deals from SLC almost daily on Twitter. Check out their page here:

http://www.skyscanner.com/

http://www.seatguru.com/ Not only does this site help you find flights and hotels, but it also provides very detailed information about the seats on the plane.

www.applevacations.com/ – I booked a trip to Playa del Carmen/Cancun with Apple on the recommendation of a friend. I got a good price on the flight and the all-inclusive hotel.

http://tripeedo.com/

http://www.budgetflightfinder.com/

http://www.statravel.com/ – If you’re a student, this site has some deals for trips to Europe.

http://www.seatgeek.com – This site is cool. It allows you to search for trips by the concert or sporting event you want to attend.

http://www.kayak.com/

http://www.cheaptickets.com/

http://www.gate1travel.com/

http://www.sidestep.com/

www.cheapflights.com/

http://www.cheapoair.com/

Hotels/Rentals

www.hotels.com/

http://www.dohop.com/ – vacation rentals.

http://www.raveable.com/ – reviews.

http://www.vacationrentals.com/

http://www.wegoround.com/ – vacation rentals.

http://www.hotelpricefinder.com/

http://www.hotelclub.net/

http://www.hoteltip.com/v2/index.php

http://www.tvtrip.com/ – Hotel video guide.

http://www.concerthotels.com/

http://www.travelpost.com/ – hotel reviews.

http://www.trivago.co.uk/ – hotel reviews in Europe.

Hostels

http://www.hostelworld.com/ – I used this one on a trip to Italy. The place we stayed at was somewhere in between a hotel and a hostel and it was pretty good. Especially for $25 a night. Breakfast wasn’t that great, but hey, it cost $25 a night.

http://www.couchsurfing.org/index.html – Hospitality exchange. For the truly adventurous. 🙂 Maybe I’ll try this someday.

http://www.hihostels.com/

http://www.hiusa.org/

http://www.hospitalityclub.org/

http://hosteltrail.com/

Food

www.urbanspoon.com/ -If you have an i-phone, you need to download this app from iTunes.  You can still get good information on this site on your PC, but it’s not as fun. Check out the demo for the app here.

http://www.where.com/– Helps you find restaurants and other things.

http://www.zagat.com/-Restaurant reviews. Better to look at this one over the Internet. They have a phone app, but it is pricey. If you want a phone app, go with UrbanSpoon for the iPhone, it’s free.

http://www.restaurant.com/

http://www.citysearch.com/– Find restaurants and events nearby where you’re staying.

Planning

http://www.luggagelimits.com/ A site that’ll tell you how much luggage you can take with you before they’ll start charging you for it.

http://triplittle.com/ – All in one trip planner

http://citytours.googlelabs.com/ – This site is only in beta, but what a cool site to help you plan your trip.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ – I always go to this site before booking a trip. It usually has good reviews and good advice from a large community.

http://www.x-rates.com/ – Even though I would have named this site a different name for obvious reasons, it has information on the exchange rates for your money. http://www.google.com/transit – Help with the transit system from your friends at Google.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-sites-for-cheap-online-car-rentals/

http://www.spottedbylocals.com/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collection/travel – Firefox add-ons for travelers. Road Trips http://gasbuddy.com/http://gasprices.mapquest.com/

www.gaspricewatch.com/

http://www.fuelgaugereport.com/

http://www.waze.com/homepage/ – traffic info

http://www.nationofgo.com/ – An interactive website that gives you info on road trips as well as different trails.

http://trapster.com/ – A way to avoid running into your friendly local law enforcement and incurring extra “fees”.

http://riskyroads.org/ – Watch out for the dangerous roads while traveling.

http://gis5.com/pois_along_route/gm_pois_along_route.php – This is supposed to be a site to help you discover points of interest. However, all it showed me was where all of the fast food restaraunts were along the way. At least I now know where all of the In-N-Out burger joints are from SLC to California.

http://www.bikely.com/ – Bike trails

I hope this is helpful. Do you know of other good websites that you’ve used and have been helpful when planning your trips? Share them in the comments.

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