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How Online Travel Review Sites have Changed the Way People Plan Vacations


In the olden days, people planned their vacations by picking a country or city, buying a map, getting on a plane, and hoping for the best. These days however, vacationers can plan their trips right down to the cafe where they will be having their afternoon coffee on their third day in the city. Of course, they know exactly what to expect from all of the places, restaurants, and whatnots listed in their itineraries or at least they think they do.




Simply because they spent hours on end researching about the places to eat, shows to see, best hotels to stay in, and all the other activities that can be done in their choice of city. Now comes the question on how exactly were they able to learn so much without even speaking to anyone who as actually experienced the city. They read online travel reviews.


TripAdvisor, TravelPost, IgoUgo, and Many More


Nowadays, if you want to learn anything about a certain city, hotel, or restaurant, all you have to do is visit TripAdvisor.com. This site hosts reviews written by real people. So how do sites like TripAdvisor.com affect the way people plan vacations?


First, since people now have a point of reference when it comes to choosing hotels, restaurants, etc, they can eliminate places that have received numerous bad reviews. This saves them a lot of time and money from having to try an establishment that just wasn’t worth it. However, this eliminates the element of surprise when it comes to taking a vacation. If  you already know what to expect, where’s the fun in that, right?


Next, people can now plan their budget (and actually stick to it) more effectively. Lastly, vacationers can maximize their time by planning ahead and making a list of the places they want to visit. This is perhaps the biggest advantage of all because they will be able to make the most out of their vacation and they can devote their time to rest and relaxation.


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Travel Tips – Save Money on Flight Fares

Going on vacation is always an exciting adventure especially if you are going somewhere really far and exotic. If your plan is to fly to your holiday destination, your best option is to find the most affordable airline ticket deals.


Book Early

To save money on flight fares, the most recommended trick is to book your flights way ahead of time. There are many airlines that offer cheap flight tickets for those who will book their flights and pay as early. In most cases, booking at least three months is recommended. The downside of this practice is that your tickets will be non-transferrable and non-refundable. So, in case you will not be available to go on your flight schedule, you have no chance to refund any amount or you cannot have the ticket used by another person.

Search Online For Airline Discount Coupons

Another good option to save money on flight fares is to search the web thoroughly for discount coupons that are usually being offered by some airlines. There are instances that agencies also offer special discounts for their regular clients.

Look for Last-Minute Flight Deals

During your online search you can also try to look for last-minute deals being offered by traveling agencies and airlines. Sometimes, they offer cheaper flight rates for certain days and time. This is your best option if you are flexible about your holiday schedules. Try subscribing to airlines through their websites or Facebook pages, that way you either get instant notifications through Facebook Newsfeeds or via email.

Other tricks you can try include: using your credit card or frequent flyer points, booking for round-trip tickets, opting for multiple-stop flights and considering use of alternate airports.

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