Spring is coming! I know several people who are planning on taking trips come spring, and I am trying to figure out a way to jump into their suitcase and go along!
If you are planning a trip, here are a few links to help make your next trip a bit more convenient:
~Plan ahead with Google My Maps.
Do this before you leave for your trip. You can plan the course of places you want to visit and create maps, then save them to pull up later. No more fumbling with a paper file full of maps.
~Find restaurants and reviews wherever you are going at Urbanspoon.
~Want reviews from people like you? Check out Yelp. Community based reviews of all kinds of places.
~Need to check on a flight? Text 4INFO (44636). Great for checking status or delays, if you know the flight number and airline, you will get back detailed information about that particular flight.
~Did you know there is a Google search text? Just text GOOGLE (466453). Use it just like you would a google search to get results from the web. You can use it to get a taxi cab phone number, you can use it to get directions/map from one place to another by texting both addresses with “to” in between them. You can check the weather, translate words into different languages, etc. Click here for more examples.
~Dopplr is marketed toward the business traveler, but would work well for those traveling with kids, as well. You can publish your travel itineraries for friends and family to see, and share tips and advice.
~TravelMuse-I wish I knew about this one last summer. We took an extended family trip to Colorado, this would have been fun to use. As you search the Web for travel information, you drag information into your TravelMuse file (we carried around a big fat folder of printouts instead, and ended up losing it when we got there!) You can invite people to check out your itinerary and when all your information is ready, print out a nifty guide with all your information.
~IgoUgo is a site where returning travelers can write reviews, share advice and tips and upload photos.
~Last but by no means least, is Trip Advisor. Here is a site where you can read reviews from 15 million travelers, and they have a presence in 190 countries. It is major information overload, but fun to explore.
Hope these tips help you on your next trip. Happy Traveling!