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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SightSeeing: Travel Websites

Considering a vacation? Maybe a get-away to the ocean or a cabin for a weekend?  Well, the best deals can often be found online... if you know where to look.

You can keep tabs on air travel prices via a site like Airfarewatchdog.com or FareCompare.com so you'll know a deal when you see one.


I prefer to read the reviews of destination hotels at http://www.tripadvisor.com/ where you can check pricing at hotels.com, Priceline.com, Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com and the hotel chain website if applicable.


For last minute deals check the hotwire.com, and priceline.com.  For some other options to save a few dollars try these new sites:
  1. Hotelsweep.com - Support small businesses. Hotel Sweep scours smaller, independent properties not listed on major online travel agencies. 
  2. Backbid.com  Let hotels know you are looking to book and other hotels can counteroffer, typically saving you over 20% (or getting you upgrades).
  3. Tingo.com checks rates for your reservation after you book. If prices drop for any night of your stay, you get a refund.
 You can get some great deals on cruises these days. They cover food, entertainment and housing at bargain rates. Search SmarterTravel.com and Travelzoo.com for deals.

Ever consider full time travel with your earthly posessions in your travel bag?  Nora Dunn shows that it can be done inexpensively in this interesting article.

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