Reviews of the Best Travel Websites

By: Pauline Wallin, Phd.
Planning a vacation? You probably already know about Travelocity.com,Orbitz.com and Expedia.com. At these websites you can book flights,hotels, cars and vacation packages.

But have you heard about Sidestep.com, Kayak.com and Mobissimo.com?These travel search engines include airlines and hotels that you won'tfind on Travelocity and Expedia. And they don't charge booking fees.

Of course, there's more to travel planning than just finding the bestdeal on transportation and lodging. You may want to learn more aboutthe quality of accommodations and attractions, or about other people'sexperiences.

And you may need specialized advice. Booking a cruise isvery different from planning a self-directed bike tour in Kenya.

The number of travel-related websites and blogs has exploded in thepast couple of years. To find the best ones, read reviews and ratingsby travel experts. Here are a few review articles:

Forbes: "13 best travel websites" (March 30, 2006)

An article and slide show that reviews lesser-known travel sitesConsumer Reports WebWatch: "Do Travel Search Engines Deliver?An Examination of the Leading Sites" (December 21, 2005)

A comprehensive 27-page downloadConsumer Search: "Travel sites reviews" (November 2005)

Has a comparison chart of features and fees.

And here's a recent news article by travel writer, Bill McGee, in USAToday, "How to be a better online travel shopper"

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