Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Planning on a vacation - from Vista?

Summer's here and the time is right - for finally telling the computer that you have "another" That good 'ol pc will have to take a backseat because you're going to do some traveling. Now comes the task of planning where to go and how to get there - (no... I don't mean by someone telling you to do that)

Need a few suggestions, or maybe just interested in learning about some new websites that can help you plan and organize your next trip. These aren't your typical travel booking sites and maps, these are web 2.0 style!

tripbaseTravel Your way - is a travel website that gives you unbiased recommendations about where to go on your next trip based on what you like. Tripbase will find you places based on your rank.

Tripcart - Trip Planner and Online Travel Guide
Whether you're taking a family vacation, traveling on business, or driving cross-country, TripCart gives you all the tools you need to plan a memorable experience, whatever your budget. No more endless Internet searches or wading through masses of articles and travel books. TripCart is designed by travelers for travelers. TripCart sort through the world of travel information to make it easy for you to plan the best possible trip.

grapheety - Tag your World - Explore the world or your own neighborhood with Grapheety. Share an experience for someone else to discover. A site for sharing stories via location. (google maps) The goal being to detail people's stories all over the globe, so a person exploring can see what's going on before they go there.

TripUp - Social Travel Network - is an interactive travel community that connects people from all over the world through a social network with a travel twist. Whether you are interested in meeting locals or fellow travelers during a trip or finding a 'trip buddy' so you don't have to travel alone, TripUp gets you connected before you depart. Plus, as a TripUp member you can create Trip Flicks, Trip Blogs and Trip Albums to share your travel videos, journals and photos.

OGGtours - Open Source Audio Tours and GPS Guides - is a complete resource for those looking for audio tours
and GPS audio points of interest. Many of these tours are open source making it possible for anybody to modify or remix content. Hundreds of tours to destinations around the world can be downloaded
from OGGtours with many more being created and added daily.

PairUp - Connecting Business Travelers - is about empowering the business traveler to reinvent his/her business trip by introducing the concept of connected travel, allowing businesspeople for the first time to easily share travel plans and instantly search for potential business connections at their next trip destination or industry event – across companies and across booking engines.

Hotels Combined - One Site to Search them All - is a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. Hotel Combined eliminate the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability.

tripmates - The Interactive Travel Community - Interested in meeting up with someone on a trip or sharing travel expenses? Looking for candid travel advice? Want to broadcast your trip? Join Tripmates, the interactive travel community, and never feel like a tourist again.

geobeats - See the Destination... Before you See It - A fun and reliable way to learn about your next international destination. GeoBeats is an interactive media company whose mission is to inform travelers about international destinations through the use of video.

EveryTrail - Share your Adventures Like Never Before - is an online platform that enables you to visualize your travel and outdoor activities and share these with likeminded people from all over the world. With EveryTrail you can easily upload GPS data you recorded while out on the trail and add your photos and notes, to create a visual record of your outdoor activity.

Gusto - Travel + Lifestyle - will give you all the tools you need to experience better travel through better information. You can read and write reviews and blogs, upload and store your photos and check out others photos, and use the Gusto! Grabber to bookmark Gusto content and other Web sites. And while you're traveling, you can use Gusto as a handy resource that you don't have to haul along with you.

Travelistic - A Travel Video Site - is a travel video site. Their tag line, "Watch Where You're Going," pretty much explains the concept. Travelistic want to be useful, as well as fun.

Kayak - Life's a Trip - is a new kind of website; a travel search engine site. We help people like you find travel products from travel suppliers all over the world. This means a better travel search experience, more complete search results and best of all, savings for you every day. If you use Kayak.com for your travel planning, you are going to save time and money.

TravelPost - Unbiased Hotel Reviews, Hotel Ratings, Resort Reviews - is the premier source for relevant hotel reviews, hotel ratings, travel blogs and advice from real travelers truly like you. TravelPost have over 269,448 hotel reviews & hotel photos from real travelers.