Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 21:29:06 -0400
Sender: The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS - 06 July 1999 - Travel Planning
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TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Travel Planning
Welcome to another ride on the Internet Tourbus! Today we'll visit
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PLAN A VACATION
Forget the backyard sandbox and kiddie pool. Why not pack up and hit
the wide open road? Here's a really great website that'll help you
select the perfect vacation spot:
Travel Info - http://www.TravelInformation.com/tour.html
Browse through descriptions of the most popular vacation destinations
in the USA and Canada, select up to 25 vacation guides, maps and
travel planning kits, and they'll be mailed to you FREE OF CHARGE! I
find this approach refreshing after struggling with online maps and
spending hours downloading and printing grainy pictures.
There are over 100 high-quality, full-color travel brochures for
places like Orlando, New Orleans, Arizona, New Hampshire and many
more. Pop in and order your free travel kits today.
You might think it strange that I'm recommending an offline service
for travel planning, but in my experience the good old-fashioned
color brochures you can feel and touch offer a higher quality of
information with less hassle. Once you've decided where to go, the
next site on today's tour will help you find a great rate on travel,
hotel and car rentals.
Preview Travel is a slick website, offering one-stop shopping for
airline tickets, vacation packages, car rentals and hotel
accommodations. If you're looking for a way to research business or
vacation trips and book travel plans online, you should definitely pop
in for a visit. Here are some of the key features of the Preview
Ever notice when you're with a travel agent, they type in all kinds of
cryptic codes on their computer, and then it spits out a report filled
with buzzwords and acronyms that can only be interpreted by the agent?
Well forget all that! Preview Travel lets you access the same computer
database used by travel agents, so you can book airline tickets on
hundreds of airlines, reserve hotel rooms worldwide, even
reserve rental cars from all the major agencies. And it's a point,
click, user-friendly environment you'd expect on the Web.
Here you'll find comprehensive travel guides for more than 80
destinations worldwide with content from the popular Fodor's Travel
Publications. You can find hotels and restaurants that meet your
criteria. For example, you can search for hotels in London which cost
under 70 pounds/night and have a spa, restrict your search to certain
neighborhoods, or go with Fodor's Top Picks for a given location.
The travel guides will also help you learn about sights and attractions
at each destination, tap in to general travel-planning information, and
create a custom "miniguide" for your trip.
BUSINESS TRAVEL CENTER
This area of the site offers useful information for business travelers.
Access frequent-traveler information for major airlines and hotels, and
travel smart by reading the business traveler tips. Find out whether or
not to tip a waiter in China, how to save money on a car rental, and
what women especially need to know about travelling. You can also save
money with business travel specials, and find the best web sites for
business travelers, including maps, weather, and news.
Perhaps the most useful part of the site is the Farefinder. This handy
tool gives you an up-to-date view of the lowest airfares between the top
cities worldwide. Farefinder automatically searches through airline
reservation systems daily to locate the best fares to and from the most
Travel Info - http://www.PreviewTravel.com
OTHER TRAVEL SITES
I'm sure many of you have used other websites to research and/or make
travel reservations. I think Preview Travel is one of the best, but you
can find LOTS more related sites by starting at
You'll find links for everything from Backpacking to Virtual Field
Trips. Enjoy your trip, whether it's real, virtual, or a little of
each. See you next time! --Bob Rankin
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