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An island getaway, mountaintop retreat, or metropolitan odyssey: whatever you want from your next vacation you can get, using the Travel Web Guide as your planning and booking companion. This Guide provides top-notch destination information, expert reviews, and access to competitively priced vacation packages next to convenient tools for booking all phases of your trip. Need a hostel in Kuala Lumpur? A spot on a Serengeti safari? A plane ticket to Iceland? Become your own travel agent; let the findingDulcinea Travel Web Guide show you how.

Where To Go

If the city streets seem more crowded, the roar of traffic louder, and the walls of your office tighter, you're feeling the unmistakable itch of wanderlust. The remedy? Vacation time.

But with the world as your oyster, where will you go?

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Most destinations have official tourism bureaus whose Web sites offer comprehensive information.
  • Anyone interested in a specialty vacation will find great ideas and information on a number of specialized sites. Such sites cover topics as varied as adventure, family, all-inclusive, and golf travel.
  • Online community travel guides encourage the sharing of tips, recommendations, reviews, media, and more.
  • Tour groups operate independent Web pages with information on their tour packages, prices, and booking.
  • Browse the list to the right for more specific findingDulcinea Travel Web guides like adventure travel and business travel. 

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Booking a Vacation

When you think of online travel booking, the first thoughts that come to mind may be the Travelocity gnome or William Shatner pushing Priceline. What the Web's biggest booking agents offer (aside from entertaining advertising) are convenient, all-in-one resources for buying airfare, booking hotels, renting cars, and scoring deals on vacation packages.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Not all sites provide the same information. Airlines negotiate deals that permit specific booking agents to offer the lowest fares for specific flights. Hotels do the same thing for specific dates. Occasionally the airline or hotel offers its best price on its own site, so be sure to shop around.
  • Some agents advertise "huge savings" when you book a flight, hotel room, and rental car as a package. Before you get too excited, check the fine print to see what conditions apply. Generally you'll need a minimum number of travelers and nights, and specific destinations and dates. If you meet the criteria, be sure to compare the price of booking each separately.
  • If a Web site has a "discount" or "deals" section, take a quick look through it: you may find a cheap room or flight that matches your criteria.

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Where to Stay

Where you choose to spend your nights can be the most important part of your vacation. Whether you're looking for a room in the Ritz, a night on a ranch, or breakfast in bed, the Web has all the resources you need to make locating and booking quality accommodations a seamless process.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Community travel sites have unbiased hotel reviews for a level of insight that standard guides and hotel advertisements don't reach.
  • Niche accommodations like B&B's, hostels, and luxury hotels are poorly covered (if at all) by the big booking agents. Check out individualized search and booking resources instead.
  • No single Web site will always offer the best deal. To find the perfect room at the perfect price, have patience and shop around!
  • When checking out of a foreign hotel you may be asked if you'd like to pay in your native currency. Resist the urge, because the conversion rate at the hotel desk is generally much less favorable than at an ATM.

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Travel Requirements

So by now you're probably imagining yourself reclined in a chaise lounge, a drink in your hand, and the Mediterranean at your feet. Or maybe in Germany, cycling through a landscape of wildflower-dotted fields, evergreen forests, and mountain peaks. Then you snap groggily back to reality, and realize it's time to negotiate through the paperwork you need to get you there.

Luckily, the agencies responsible for issuing travel documents and enforcing immigration have Web pages with information to make travel safe and easy.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • On the Web you can research how to obtain the following:
    • a valid passport
    • an appropriate visa, if required
    • the necessary vaccinations
    • knowledge of local health issues
    • a list of banned substances for air or rail travel
    • knowledge of what substances can legally enter a country
    • an understanding of the political and social issues facing your destination
    • travel insurance
  • Most embassies and consulates maintain Web sites with useful information relating to the logistics of foreign travel.
  • If you have any questions or doubts prior to a trip overseas, contact your embassy abroad for additional information. This may be particularly important if your trip has special circumstances, like an extended stay or business.

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