As you probably know, the Internet is a highly valuable research tool. However, many travelers do not consider using the Internet to book their next vacation, and thus often miss out on timesaving not to mention truly great bargains.
In this article we’ll take a look at how the Internet can help you to plan and book the perfect vacation.
If you haven’t already figured out exactly where you want to go, you might want to visit Yahoo! Travel. This excellent resource provides information about popular destinations based on category, for example ‘Best Beaches’, ‘Top Romantic Getaways’ or ‘Top Singles Destinations’. Yahoo! Travel also features a list of the most popular vacation destinations along with things to do and see for each one.
If you are looking for a vacation tailored around your own personal interests, you should spend some time consulting the Yahoo! Travel Interest Guides. The top destinations are selected for each interest, so choosing a vacation that is perfectly suited to your interests should be a fast and simple task.
Once you have selected a destination then it’s time to start planning how to get there!
Locate and book the best value travel
Whether you decide to go by plane, train or automobile, finding cost effective travel is the first step to planning a great trip. Many Internet resources allow you to search multiple travel providers and directly compare services and prices.
Traveling by plane
Traveling by car is great for shorter distances; however traveling by plane will allow you to reach your destination much faster.
Nowadays, there is so much online competition for short, inland flights that
you can most often find some outstanding prices, especially if you book a
little in advance. In addition, most of the major airlines offer special
‘Internet Only’ deals and rates.
Traveling by train
Although often overlooked, traveling by train can be a highly cost effective and convenient method of travel. For a one of a kind travel experience, you may want to consider taking a scenic route on a luxury train. Many luxury train travel packages offer meals and accommodation on the way to your final destination.
Going on a cruise
Cruise trips can offer an exciting alternative to conventional vacations. After unpacking your belongings, you can relax while the ship takes you from destination to destination. There is typically a wide variety of nightlife; entertainment and activities to keep you busy and most major cruise ships offer a broad range of cuisine to appeal to most culinary preferences.
Cruises typically offer low amounts of hassle – simply book your ticket, board
the boat and get ready to relax.
Additionally, many cruises are all inclusive – the price of your ticket includes meals and activities.
Find the perfect accommodation
Locating the ideal vacation accommodation is perhaps the most important part of planning the perfect vacation. Multiple options will most likely be available depending on where you plan to visit.
If you were planning to visit within striking distance of a town or city and for a short period of time, then a hotel or condo would be the most appropriate choice.
Otherwise a rental home, villa or townhouse can offer a high level of comfort and convenience. The great advantage of this type of accommodation is the kitchen/laundry facilities that can help save money, especially if you are vacationing for a week or more.
If you want great value without having to make your own reservations and travel arrangements then a complete vacation package can offer great savings and convenience. A package typically includes flights, hotel rooms, rental cars and can also include meals and tickets for popular activities.
Although often overlooked, home exchanges can offer a great value for money vacation, with the added bonus of having someone looking after your home while you are away! Often cars are also exchanged as part of the process.