The internet gives you access to local news
in the areas you
will be visiting
2. The internet gives you access to local
This can be really good if you are traveling to someplace and you
will be driving yourself. You can begin to get an idea about
It is also a good way to find out about performers in town and
other things to do.
When you’re away from home, you can still follow your favorite
radio shows online.
Here’s an app that helps with this.
Try a meet up website.
Going to someplace exotic, remote
or off the beaten path? Can’t find a lot of good
information about that area? Trip advisor.com and virtualtourist.com
are okay for finding out about normal stuff. But if you
want to really get specific information or you want to
find out about things not so commonly found on the internet,
then you might want to try my tried and successful method.
Go to some online meet up website and write a profile that
says exactly what you want. For instance you might say “I want
to meet someone who can tell me about some good local restaurants”.
Or whatever you are searching for. You might say “I’m
looking for someone who would like to go visit local restaurants
with me and my wife, where we can try local food in good restaurants
that only local people know about.”
You will be surprised at what you can learn about some place before
you even go there. And there is almost no village or town anywhere
that doesn’t have some internet café full of locals
looking for something interesting to do.
COUCHSURFING: This is an excellent place to meet people & even
find a place to crash for a night or more. If you travel to experience
the local culture and lifestyle then check this site.
CITY OF A THOUSAND WELCOMES : Here’s a great idea if going
to Dublin, meet someone and talk over tea or coffee. Arranged by
the website. A free service supported by civic sponsors.
• TRAVBUDDY: This website is designed just for travelers to meet
other people and other travelers.
are dozens of options for online meet ups, but these samples will
give you some good ideas for getting started
on a new kind
of travel experience. WARNING: Scams are rife on the internet.
There are dangers involved in this style of meeting people.
your own due diligence and don’t whine to me if you get mugged
or kidnapped by Al Qaeda terrorists. Do let me know if
you have a good time!
4. MEETING PLANNER:I don’t use this all the
time, but lately I have had many online meetings and phone conferences
with people scattered through various time zones. This app makes
it easy to choose times that are okay for all who are involved.
5. Here are some aids I use on almost every
trip I take. I’m not a huge frequent flier, but last year I was
on about 30 flights to & between the USA, Canada, Mexico, China,
the Philippines, and Thailand.
SEAT GURU: I love this website to find the best seat. It’s
not as good as having flown on a plane yourself and scoped out
exactly the best seat choices, but it is nearly as good. There
is a phone app for this website. http://www.seatguru.com/
AGODA:There is no better hotel website. It doesn’t
cover all of the world yet, but it will. I have never found cheaper
rooms on another website for the same hotel. Easy to use. Great
in Asia and some other parts of the world. Recently started in
Mexico and is absolutely #1 for hotel shopping in Baja California.
• GOOGLE EARTH OR MAP:I use this tool before every trip to a new
location. I like to study the map view. Then I like to go to
the street view and just look around at where I will going to for the
Kindle Ebook reader:I use the simple $49 version that has wifi
ads when turned on. Those ads don’t display while I’m
traveling. The Kindle and Amazon.com are the GREATEST things to
come out of the computer age for travelers like me. I could write
a dozen pages about how much I love this device. Kindle app available
for all computers, smart phones and tablets. Don’t leave
home without it.