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11. Posted by mjlayton (Full Member 15 posts) 10y

I use it for everything. Plane tickets, accommodation, what to see and do, train tickets, other travellers reviews on accommodation and places.

Couldn't do it without it.

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Combination of Internet and Lonely Planet - don't really use much else. More Internet before setting off, more Lonely Planet once there.

13. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I'm a big Internet traveller, too. For this last trip, I booked everything online - plane tickets, accommodation, etc. - and got tons of advice and pointers, especially from people here on TP. When you only travel for 2 or 3 weeks, I think you can't really afford to just show up and search. Three days in a place is barely enough time as it is!

I don't plan my trip down to the detail on the Internet, though. Once there, I use my guidebook to inspire me. Or I just walk for hours!

14. Posted by voyageuse (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I use the internet mostly to get info. on the destination. See pictures, hear from other traveler's experience on forums, etc. But when it comes to booking, i only trust my travel agent.

15. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

Quoting Clanger

It makes me think of those travellers pre-internet.....they were a hell of a lot braver than us lot!

Yeah thats what i was thinking about. Not so much the booking side of things, but of finding other contacts, like hitching rides which i did through a website and never would have felt safe doing otherwise, and always being able to access information and bank accounts etc...

16. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 10y

Quoting mida

Quoting Clanger

It makes me think of those travellers pre-internet.....they were a hell of a lot braver than us lot!

Yeah thats what i was thinking about. Not so much the booking side of things, but of finding other contacts, like hitching rides which i did through a website and never would have felt safe doing otherwise, and always being able to access information and bank accounts etc...

To think even further than that, think about the travellers before there was any good guidebooks such as now. No lonely planet or the like to at least give you a few tips on where to stay and what to do.

Or go even further, and think of the travellers before there was many travellers. When foreign lands were just a few rumors or stories that had been passed down from person to person. You wouldn't know if it was true, or simply a myth. These people would go travelling and not know what to expect, and no way to be in contact with the people they had left behind.

It's certainly gotten easier, but we've lost so much of the adventure that used to exist in the process. I do sometime wish I could go back and truly experience travel the way it used to be.

17. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

Quoting moutallica

It's certainly gotten easier, but we've lost so much of the adventure that used to exist in the process. I do sometime wish I could go back and truly experience travel the way it used to be.

yeah me too. I find it impossible to resist using all these resources, but i promise myself that one day i'm going to do it without internet, planes, guide books, mobile phones....just to see the difference

18. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

Yes, me too, I am on the group.
My two last trips wouldn't have been possible without the internet. As you said, you book your flights, find info about accommodation, info about the country, ask things on forums, store the pictures, write about the trip in your blog,... Everything goes almost through the internet nowadays for people organising their own trips.

Sometimes I think to myself how it would my life be without having internet. I do not only book my holidays throught it, but also communicate, find information, read newspapers, talk on the phone, send pictures, hear radio,.... Tons of things...

Technology is great sometimes...

19. Posted by hoosierdeb (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I used the internet for my last three Europe trips. Everything went without a hitch. I used bookingbuddy.com (Orbitz and Priceline were the ones I went with), and RyanAir, EuroStar, Restaurants, Eurorail, German Rail, and All of my hotels...some directly with the hotel...others through a booking service. I even purchased my travel needs via the internet. I will continue to use the Internet for all future Journeys.

A bit of advice with air travel. I found that the more flexible I was, the better the rate. I travel to Europe on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thurdays only. My last ticket...this past April...was $365.00 R/T (all fees/taxes incl.) from Indianapolis to Detroit to London.

20. Posted by maybe (Full Member 7 posts) 10y

i just got back from crete and santorini and yes, almost everything was planned using the internet as well. i don't think we would have gotten such wicked deals for such lovely hotels (whether they were 5* or 2*) if we hadn't used the internet. and then there's also the plane tix, ferry tix, and car rental, buying my essential greek phrase book (i was being lazy).

we depended quite heavily on travellers' reviews from tripadvisor on the accomodation, and i got brilliant travel advice from people on the lonelyplanet thorn tree forum. and then there's this site where i'm going to blog and put up my photos later!

however, we did start off with a couple of guidebooks from the library. though i think scouring the internet has made us more well informed, more prepared so we could concentrate on enjoying the whole travel experience. and i must say it saved us from a couple of nasty experiences as well!