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Here are seven tips for planning your trip using a combination of traditional and web-based resources. Learning a few phrases of the language of the countries you visit will enhance your travel experience. Our Natural Phonetics will have you saying a few phases effortlessly.

See the "Conde Nast Traveler- Travel Tips for a comprehensive travel planning information.

See the USAToday article on "How To Be a Better Online Travel Shopper".

   

Click on the Amazon.com logo to go to their Travel Book Section and then search for "Internet Web Travel Planning". Here are some good general travel reference books with practical advice.

Make Your Travel Dollars Worth A Fortune

Traveler's Tool Kit

The Traveler's Handbook

Lonely Planet - The Travel Book

Amazon Travel Books

Direct To Books on Australia

Our Cities and Places sections have direct links to videos and books for that specific city or place.


Online Travel and Languages
 

1.  Web Travel Planning Guides. By all means, buy a good Web Travel Planning Guide.
 
2.  Travel Guides. Although there are plenty of online travel guides, and almost all the online travel agencies have a section on their sites that cover destinations and other travel information, you still can't beat a paperback travel guide. Whether you buy a travel guide online or at your local bookstore, you do need a real book to fully understand your options. Check out our Travel Guides section for some of the more popular travel guides both on and off the web. Some of the paperback travel guides are now offering updates via their web site.
3.  Travel Agencies. There are thousands of online travel agencies. Even some of your local travel agents may have web sites. Our Travel Agencies section lists the most popular ones.  But there are still a lot of benefits from using a local travel agent. Especially when you run into problems. But more and more people are using an Internet travel agent to get a feel for the lowest airfares, cruise prices and vacation package deals. Then, when you talk to a local agent, you are more knowledgeable about deals and the lowest fares possible. (The online fare quotes are also nice because they tell you all the restrictions.)
4.  Search Strategies. A good online Travel Planning Guide will explain the best way to go about using portals and search engines to find specific information on a travel destination or travel topic.
 
5.  Specialty Travel. Also known as Adventure travel and by other names. If you have some special interests, besides buying a travel guide devoted to this subject or sending away for adventure company brochures, there is a wealth of information on the web. Try our Adventure Travel page listed on the Travel Topics Index for some online sites with extensive lists of adventure travel companies.
 
6.  Travel Tips. The web is a good source of travel tips, both general tips from travel experts, as well as, first-hand, recent accounts of people who have been to the place you plan to visit or on that cruise you want to take.  Almost all travel agencies and travel guides have a section devoted to travel tips and feedback from people who have recently visited a place. Our Travel Tips page will also lead you to some good travel tips web sites.
 
7.  Languages. Any travel guide will tell you the major languages spoken in a country. Some even include some basic phrases.  You can almost always find someone who speaks English especially when you are at tourist sites in the country or are at places that cater to tourists. 
 
But you can enhance your experience by being able to say a few things in the local language. We suggest you buy a phrasebook that covers the language or all the languages of a region of the world you are visiting. It is best to buy the book at a local bookstore so you can look at the book first. Make sure you like the way they show the phonetic pronunciation. A combined phrasebook and dictionary is nice. Otherwise go ahead and buy a separate dictionary for the language.  Most dictionaries are bi-directional.

 
If you want to quickly see what languages are spoken in a city or country, just go to our World Links section. If you want to try some online language lessons, go to our Languages section.  If you want to take along 50 words and phrases on a pocket-sized PhraseCards that you can download and print on your printer, consider buying one of our Pocket Modules
 
See our Language Primer for more information on learning a language and choosing a language product .
 
 
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