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20 Questions - Florida Library Webinars
20 Questions
Travel Resources
Question One
• “This hotel is really reasonable -- should I
stay here?”
• www.tripadvisor.com
• “Get advice from real travelers — more than
15,000,000 travelers from 190 countries planned
trips here this week”
Question Two
• “I’m staying overnight in a really small town -- is there a
gem of a local restaurant here?”
• Urban Spoon--www.urbanspoon.com
• Yelp-www.yelp.com
• Google Local
• Healthy: www.healthydiningfinder.com/
• Foodie: http://www.seriouseats.com/
Question Three
• “My dad is in a wheel chair and uses an oxygen
tank. This doesn’t make travel easy, but he still
likes to go! Are there some resources to help
travelers with disabilities?”
• Access Travel Center
• http://accesstravelcenter.com/
• Gimp on the Go (edited by a person with a
• http://gimponthego.com/
Question Four
• “I really love Facebook and other social networking tools. They
are great, but they don’t have many travel specific utilities. Is
there a social networking site out there with a focus on travel?”
• TripIt—www.tripit.com
• Social apps for travel:
• Airport Chatter
• FourSquare
Question Five
• “I travel abroad a lot for business. I know travel warnings
go out from time to time, but I hardly have time to keep up
with them via the news. Where can I find a comprehensive
• U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings
• http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
Question Six
• “I’m traveling to Rwanda for the summer. What types of
vaccinations will I need?”
• Centers for Disease Control-Travelers’ Health
• http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
• http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx
Question Seven
• “I’m on my laptop a lot at the airport. When flights are late,
I’m wondering, is there a site where I can track them and
see what’s taking so long? The airlines never tell you
• FlightAware
• http://flightaware.com/live/
• FAA- Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System
Command Center
• http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp
Question Eight
• “I’m exhausted and my flight just got here. I desperately
need to get from the Atlanta airport to 1438 W. Peachtree
St. NW. I don’t want to rent a car. What do I do!?”
• Google Transit—Plan a trip using public transportation
• http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy
Question Nine
• “There are so many travel search sites out there. Which
ones are best?”
• Kayak
• http://www.kayak.com/
• Mobissimo
• http://www.mobissimo.com/search_airfare.php (sort of a
metasearch of travel sites)
Question 10
• “I’m trying to decide. The fare for my trip to
Albuquerque isn’t bad now, but is it going to
go up or down in the next week or so?”
• Farecast
• (Now owned by MS and integrated into Bing
• http://www.bing.com/travel
Question 11
• “Times are tough this year. I don’t know if our family can
afford the vacation to Los Angeles we had planned. Is there
any planning tool out there that will help me cut corners
and save so that maybe, just maybe, we could go?”
• Travel Muse
• http://www.travelmuse.com/yaycations/
Question 12
• “The family is so sick of the same humdrum
Holiday Inn. Is there a resource to help us
find more interesting places to stay on our
family travels to Idaho this year?”
• Unusual & Unique Hotels of the World
• http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/
Question 13
• “Sometimes, my wife and I are feeling
spontaneous and want to just pick up and
go! Is there a good resource for last minute
travel deals? This is getting expensive!”
• lastminute.com
Question 14
• “There’s so much to do online. I miss the
days with a good old fashioned travel agent.
Is there anything that combines technology
with personal service?”
• Zicasso
• http://www.zicasso.com/
Question 15
• “I have never traveled abroad. There’s so much I want to learn!
Where can I find the best guides to other countries so I can
explore more and decide where I want to go first?”
• Fodor’s
• http://www.fodors.com/
• Library of Congress-Country Studies
• http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/
• CIA World Fact Book
• https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Question 16
• “Now that I’m ready to travel abroad, where
can I learn a little about the language(s)?”
• TravLang
• http://www.travlang.com/languages/
• Google Translate
• translate.google.com (and app)
Question 17
• “ ‘Four women, one bathroom. You’d be <hostel>, too.’ Yes, it’s a
bit different, but I’m very interested in traveling on the cheap and
staying in hostels. Where can I get some guidance?”
Hostelling International
Hostelling International USA
Question 18
• “I’ve invested a lot of money in my travel
plans, but I have concerns—flu, conflict,
weather—what if my plans fall through?”
• http://www.insuremytrip.com/
Question 19
• “I need a passport! What do I do?”
• U.S. Department of State, Passport Home
• http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1
Question 20
• “I’m really into rugged activities-hiking, mountain
biking, etc. Is there a good travel resource out
there for me?”
• http://gorp.away.com/index.html
• “Focus on hiking, camping, and national park
• Questions? Comments?
• Homework.
Thank You for Attending!
Russell Palmer
[email protected]
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