Sometimes communicating over the phone or online
is not enough. When you need to travel for "face-to-face"
business meetings or when you simply wish to book a pleasure trip,
online travel services can save you money and time.
Travel agents can still be extremely helpful when
planning complicated international trips but, in most cases, the
Internet offers all of the tools that you need to plan your own
trip at any time of the day or night! Today, millions of
travelers are using the Web to book flights, hotels, cruises, vacation
packages, rental cars and to great last-minute travel bargains.
Below are what we consider to be the top sites
for planning and saving on travel.
Excellent travel booking site for travelers who
want to know exact details about when and where they will
Expedia lets you compare hundreds of airlines, hotels, and
car rental companies and these are easily sorted by star ratings
and prices. Expedia is also able to use its size and popularity
to negotiate exclusive deals with leading hotels. These "Expedia
Special Rates" are highlighted with yellow banners.
Ideal for travelers who do not need to know all
details (like exact hotel name, airline name, flight times,
etc.) about their trip before booking.
Top hotels, airlines, rental car agencies and other travel
companies use Hotwire to reduce their unsold inventory at
specially negotiated prices. Because Hotwire doesnt
show certain details until after purchase, Hotwire is able
to offer exclusive pricing not available anywhere else. Hotwire
offers a key advantage over Priceline (another well-known
"discount" travel site): Hotwire shows prices while
Priceline requires you to bid.
IMPORTANT: Don't book your trip with
Hotwire if your travel plans are likely to change. After booking
with Hotwire you cannot change your reservation or
get a refund.
Cruise Direct works with the best providers in the
business and guarantees that you will always get the lowest
price for your cruise!* By utilizing the latest advances
in technology, such as live pricing and availability, Cruise
Direct makes it as easy as 1-2-3 to research, arrange and
book your cruise reservations online - without any hassles.
* Should you find a lower rate advertised on another
Web site within 48 hours of your booking, Cruise Direct will
match that price AND give you a free getaway certificate redeemable
for a 5 day, 4 night hotel stay in the locale of your choice:
Florida or the Western U.S.
If you're planning an adventure then World Nomads travel insurance
is the perfect companion to keep you traveling safely. World
Nomads travel insurance covers a range of adventure
activities such as skiing,
white water rafting and scuba diving. World Nomads also provides
members with a free travel
journal and SMS security
alerts to make sure you stay well informed on the road and
keep travelling safely.
You simply buy one travel insurance policy
and it doesn't matter where in the World you travel - you're
covered! You can buy, extend
and claim online from anywhere in the world, 24/7, even
if you've already left home!
World Nomads partners with some of the best
insurers in the world. They include Allianz Australia, Allianz
New Zealand, BCS Insurance Company (USA), Arch Capital Group
(UK) and International Health Insurance (part of the BUPA
group). Each insurer has been carefully selected by World
Nomads to provide the best possible cover and emergency assistance
to our international travelers. Read