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Travelling is the best hobby one should have in their life and also it will surely rejuvenate you from this hypertension world. Now travel has become easier with the advent of the Internet. Information about places complete with photos and user reviews can now be viewed in a single place which is very helpful to plan your vacation smartly.

Here, I have compiled some smart tools from the web that are sure to make your next trip very easy and smooth.

  1. kayak.co.in – A perfect site that will help you find cheap airfare, accommodation in any destinations of your choice among others. The explore feature on this site is very popular. It gives you flight details together with rates from selected destinations around the world.
  2. travel.yahoo.com – Powered by one of the leading search engine, Yahoo. This site helps you find the best hotels, cheap flights, car fare, cheap accommodation and much more, in a single click. They also have a blog where they share information and ideas about tours and beautiful places in this world to travel.
  3.  tripadvisor.com – Popular site on the web to check various reviews of hotels, flights and restaurants. If you planned for any destination, I suggest you read this blog before planning for the tour. Users can also write reviews about any destinations or places they visited.
  4.  virtualtourist.com – A-Z online guide you need for travel and other related things. Besides giving details and reviews about hotels and flights they also have a forum where users can ask and answer questions. For example you can ask “I am visiting delray, I think the nights are very cool. What are the things I need to pack for this tour?” and you will be answered within a day from over 1,000,000 virtual tourist members. Visited a place and would like to share photos and reviews with other virtual tourists? They allow you a members area where you can create unlimited pages, upload images, videos and engage with other members in the community.
  5. oanda.com/currency/converter/ – Planning for a trip overseas? Do you know their currency conversion rate for your money? This currency converter site will help you in finding live exchange rates between two different currencies.
  6. maps.google.com and bing.com/maps/ – Although you may have a perfectly planned blue print for your travel, sometimes you need maps to find your way around more easily. These two services by the search giants will help find routes to places, hotels and so on, that makes your journey quicker, easier and safer.
  7.  foursquare.com – Perfect application to find local destinations like hotels and places of interest. With user ratings and comments there is no need to roam around a place asking about a certain nice restaurant to eat or the best hotels to stay. You can also collect rewards and best discounts on all shops and hotels if you are a frequent visitor to that shop. To me, foursquare is the best guide for you in travel so own any smart phones and try foursquare in your next trip.
  8. groupon.com/learn – Fastest growing million dollar company on the Internet. Sign up to this site by selecting the city you are staying in currently. You will start to receive discounts coupon codes from local businesses from that particular city. Just present the discount voucher to the shop owner (business) and collect your discount when you purchase from that shop.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and don’t forget to share this article with your social network friends. If you know any other tools that will be helpful for travellers please let us know in comments.

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