‘People don’t take trips — trips take people.’ says John Steinbeck in his book Travels with Charley. The journey you embark on molds you, sculpting you into a newer version of yourself. Oblivious to this fact, many of us set on our travel journeys for reasons galore – a yearly vacation, a trip to grandma’s home, a romantic getaway, adventurous trip, et al. And no trip is stress free, unless off course you’ve planned it well!
Thanks to the Internet, you can now go on an e-tour around the world and get first hand reviews of all these places. What better way to plan your vacation! Look no further, all you need to do is bookmark these sites that will assist you in planning that perfect vacation.
With 29 states and 7 union territories, you are sure to be confused as to where to holiday this time around. But Voila! Incredibleindia.org is the place to go if you want the complete list of places to visit in India. Narrow down your search based on your interests – medical tourism, wildlife, heritage sites, cool retreats; regions – north, south, west, and east. After you choose your destination, incredibleindia.org quite incredibly gives you the A-Z of traveling and living there – getting there, where to stay, things to do around. The websites – cuisines, fairs and festivals is sure to make you discover IncredibleIndia.
Founded in February 2000, TripAdvisor is one of the biggest online community of travelers. You can call it the one stop single destination for most travelers to plan their vacation.
With Travel Forums to interact and discuss details, you get the much needed information from other fellow travelers and direct access to genuine reviews on hotels. In the blink of an eye it trawls other travel and hotel websites for their competitive prices and presents the complete list of options to choose from saving you the headache of searching individual websites. Also, get to know the best restaurants around the world and what to eat, to tickle your taste buds. You can also download the TripAdvisor Apps for your mobile and tablet, like SeatGuru, GateGuru, theFork etc. And if you are a staunch supporter of Go Green and love to spend your vacations in an environment friendly place, TripAdvisor offers its users the Green Leaders Programme. It identifies hotels and B&Bs as GreenLeaders if they prove to be loyal to protecting the environment and take care of it through green practices like recycling, water efficiency, etc.
Travel by air without any hiccups by booking your tickets on makemytrip. It presents to you a complete list of all kinds of flight options. If you are flexible with your dates, look up the weekly fares/monthly fares option to make the best deal. It also helps you earn more while you travel with its payback point option that you can redeem for their payback rewards, or shop at other payback / online partners. Also, in addition to the usual filters, it has its own optional proprietary algorithm – Smart Search – which simplifies the flight selection process by eliminating flight options that are neither cost-effective nor convenient. Helping you make your trip – Memories unlimited!
Be Smart. Book Smart is what hotels.com goes by. Get the complete description of the Hotel – location, facilities, rooms, features, and overview of the hotel; the best prices with special deals to make your trip a smart one indeed. This website also boasts of – Best Price Guarantee Scheme, where after you’ve booked with Hotels.com, you come across a lower publicly available rate online for the same dates, hotel and room category, Hotels.com will match the price and refund the difference to you. The Welcome Rewards night program makes you eligible for a free night stay (average rate of the 10 nights you’ve collected) if you’ve collected 10 Welcome Rewards night.
Wikitravel website provides you with varied Travel Topics like World Cup 2014 with in-depth information on visas, tickets, accommodation, etc. It has an interesting concept of Phrasebooks, where you can learn the most common phrases in various languages, to help you get by in a new place. It also provides its users with the latest travel alerts, need to know information. You can soothe your senses with their picture of the day concept where they further provide you with complete information on travel, stay, navigation once you get there, shopping, currency used, kind of budget you have to maintain, eatery joints and one of the most important of all, knowing the culture of the new place. If you’re confused where to travel, then you may look up their top destinations of the month and year posting or also the current and upcoming events around the world list.
It’s now time to stir up the wanderlust in you! And don’t forget to make your contributions to these sites. Be a good fellow traveler and let your experiences live on.