The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace
ISBN 10: 1566912504 / 1-56691-250-4
ISBN 13: 9781566912501
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Publication Date: 2001
The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace helps you plan and book your trip on the Internet, providing the guidance you need to successfully navigate the Web's virtual library of information. In this first and only guide by a travel industry insider, author Edward Hasbrouck teaches you how to find the best travel deals online, letting you know how to spot false advertisements and scams. He also advises you on using the Internet while traveling, giving you tips on consumer protection, privacy, security, and safety. This unique and timely guide gives you all of the dos and don'ts of Internet travel planning.
In an introductory note to the reader, Edward Hasbrouck answers the first question on everyone's mind when faced with a book like this--how useful is a book on Internet travel? The underlying assumption is that, much like the personal computer upon which one does one's travel research, the book is outdated and in some ways obsolete the day it's purchased. The real kicker here is that the author acknowledges this--in fact he beats the skeptics to the punch both by clearly defining his motivation for writing the book as well as conceding its shortcomings in chapters called "What This Book Is," and "What This Book Isn't." Hasbrouck defines his book as "part consumer adviser, part research assistant, part road map, and part technical manual"; it is not merely a list of Web sites--"Most of what I could say about any specific website or interface would be out of date by the time this book got to bookstores."
The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace is an invaluable tool for both the novice and the experienced in the world of travel e-commerce. More valuable than the comprehensive map he has drawn for how to get started is the healthy dose of skepticism and critical advice that Hasbrouck offers the new-millennium traveler--a refreshing change to the starry-eyed "You can do everything on the Internet!" approach. Honest, reliable, and incredibly resourceful, this guide is worth your time. --Daphne Durham
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