Buying Travel Services on the Internet (CommerceNet)

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Travel already draws more people to the Internet than any other topic -- and online travel revenues will reach an astounding $12 billion by 2002, according to The Industry Standard, which tracks Net economy. It all adds up to a huge built-in audience for this time-saving guide. Like a well-connected travel agent, it takes netsurfing travelers straight to the best deals.

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The Internet keeps promising a plethora of travel services, but many eager Web surfers have more search-engine headaches than bookings. After hours spent trying to book those tickets to Tahiti, they throw their hands up in disgust, kick their computers, pick up the phone, and spend some more hours in airline-hold hell. This no longer need be the scenario.

Durant Imboden's guide, Buying Travel Services on the Internet, directs you to Web sites that let you shop for airline and cruise bargains, rent a car; apply for passports and visas; book a berth on a freighter; reserve a night at a five-star hotel or an eco-campground; wise up on health, safety, and weather; and pay a virtual visit to anywhere in the world from the comfort of your home. There are sites that specialize in last-minute deals and bargain flights; sites run by travel guides that provide much of their guidebook information for free; sites for maps; (worldwide and U.S.) and sites that lead you by the hand through the really tough questions: how much to pack, what kind of travel insurance to buy, and how much to tip in Guatemala or Prague. Durant Imboden, a travel writer and Microsoft employee, is both travel- and Internet-savvy. His book makes an ideal guide for the Internet maze. --Stephanie Gold

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Where do you want to go today? Fly direct to the best travel information on the Web! Did you know that travel is the most sought-for topic on the world wide web? With good reason. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to know, it's there somewhere on the Internet: the cheap fares, the hard-to-find information, the time-saving services. But how do you find what you need without wandering all across cyberspace? Start your trip here: Buying Travel Services on the Internet. Travel writer Durant Imboden and CommerceNet, the foremost nonprofit organization for e-commerce, have done the legwork for you. They sifted thousands of sites--they even researched the search engines--to collect only the best into one definitive, unibiased guidebook that puts your destination just a click away! Whether you're heading for Machu Pichu or Missoula, on the road for business or pleasure, this URL-packed, globe-trotting, web-navigating guidebook is your best ticket to the most useful, money-saving, and interesting travel-related sites on the Internet. Get right to the sites that help you: comparison shop for airline and cruise bargains; virtual-visit almost every spot on earth--from Algarve to Zimbabwe; check into lodging, from 5-star hotels to eco-campgrounds; rent a car, track a rail route, book a berth on a freighter; map door-to-door travel directions; apply for a passport and visas; plan family vacations, gay/lesbian travel, adventures, and other special-interest trips; prepare with health and safety into, and weather forecasts; calculate currency conversions.

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