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10 Travel Websites That Save You Time And Effort On Your Next Trip

10 Travel Websites That Save You Time And Effort On Your Next Trip

While the global economy continues to experience tentative growth, the international tourism industry is embarking on a downward curve. This is a trend that remains prominent throughout numerous countries with even popular destinations, such as the Maldives, experiencing a significant downturn in interest and profitability.

This does not tell the whole story, however. While traditional tourism may be in decline, alternative sectors within the industry are beginning to flourish. Take the emergence of dark tourism, which has seen infamous crime spots, notorious buildings and disaster sites converted into places of interest for international visitors.

With this in mind, it is clear that a healthy and diverse level of demand still exists within the global tourism industry. With the majority of trips now being booked online, it is important that consumers are able to locate multi-purpose travel websites that enable them to save time and effort when planning their trip. Consider the following options.

1. Tripeedo

Searching for cheap and suitable flights can be time consuming, especially when you are forced to visit multiple sites and navigate a number of alternative layouts. Tripeedo helps to negate these challenges by providing an easy-to-use price comparison service that is available through a simple search bar. By entering relevant search criteria, you can generate a host of matching flights from numerous international airlines.

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    2. Traveas

    On a similar note, Traveas is a mobile application that enables you to track the real-time status of flights. In addition to this, the app also features software that relays live information concerning any potential delays. This means that you can fully prepare for any changes to your travel itinerary. It is also relatively easy to operate. Users simply send their flight information by SMS and automatically subscribe to relevant and targeted updates.

    Traveas website

      3. Seat Guru

      Whenever you use a budget airline or decide to access a late booking, you run the risk of being stranded in separate and distant seats from your travel partner. This is hardly the ideal start to your holiday, especially if you are hoping to enjoy a romantic and intimate trip abroad. The Seat Guru website helps to negate this risk, as it provides you with real-time access to seat maps and flight information that enables you to secure the best possible package. It also uses graphics and imagery to highlight seating plans, so that you develop a visual understanding of exactly where you will sit with alternative airlines.

      Seat Guru

        4. Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush

        Don’t Forget your Toothbrush is an online resource that allows you to create a unique, individual holiday check-list. Enter your precise destination, and access a wealth of location-specific information that helps you pack the right clothes, footwear and accessories. Create the ultimate check-list, which is instantly accessible online and through your mobile device.

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          5. Drive Pricing

          Road trips are tremendous fun when travelling domestically or across a border, and it may even be your preferred method of travel. This can also be expensive, especially when you consider the rising costs of fuel and falling levels of disposable income. The Drive Pricing website helps you prepare for and, ultimately, reduce costs by allowing you to perform a simple calculation according to distance, vehicle type and the fuel performance of your car.

          Drive Pricing Website

            6. Sleeping in Airports

            When you think of the tourism industry, your mind is immediately drawn to hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other comfortable accommodations. However, many people travel on a limited budget and can’t afford such accommodations. This is especially true for young back-packers who are looking to experience some of the world’s most exotic and far-flung locations. For these individuals, the Sleeping in Airports website is an invaluable resource, as it offers travelers advice on how to save money by enjoying a peaceful night’s rest in any of the world’s airport terminals.

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              7. See Your Hotel

              One of the biggest concerns associated with international travel is accommodation and, more specifically, its quality and proximity to local amenities. See Your Hotel is an online resource dedicated to educating travelers on their potential accommodation. It uses a combination of user reviews and detailed imagery to help provide insight for what travelers can expect.

              See your Hotel

                8. World Taxi Meter

                In addition to the cost of flights and accommodation, you must also factor in the cost of travelling at your chosen destination. The World Taxi Meter website has been designed to help cut the cost of international travel. Essentially, it has the capacity to calculate the cost of taxi fares in cities throughout the world, which enables you to plan ahead and develop a financial budget that suits your itinerary.

                World Taxi Meter

                  9. Travel Guides Free

                  If you are travelling to the United States but remain unsure of your exact destination, pay a visit to the Travel Guides Free website. It is a comprehensive resource that boasts of freely accessible travel guides for all states and places of interest. Each guide is full of in-depth information and fascinating trivia. Although the site caters exclusively to U.S. destinations, it has the potential to expand.

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                    10. ATM Locator

                    How many of you recognize this scenario: You are staying in a strange place and having a wonderful time, until you suddenly realize you are out of cash. Alone and in unfamiliar surroundings, you are faced with the difficult challenge of finding an ATM or open bank that allows you to transfer funds. The ATM locator therefore serves as a vital online resource, as it uses GPRS technology and enables travelers to identify any ATM’s within their immediate locality.

                    ATM Locator

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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