Hi! Today we’ll talk about a couple of websites that can help you when you’re planning your trip and while you’re away.
The first one is Worldmate.com. This amazing, free site helps you create itineraries with air, hotel, transportation and meetings simply and easily. Once you sign up on the website, you can build trips by entering the information or (and this is very cool) you can forward your email confirmations to a special address and Worldmate will automatically add it to your account!
Worldmate is affiliated with hotels.com so you can make reservations right through the program, if you want. There’s an integrated mapping function to help you plan your trip and you can email your itineraries to people with whom you want to share your travel plans. You can print your stuff too, of course.
If you have a smartphone, you can download an app that will automatically sync your itineraries with the web so you’ll have all the details on the web and on the phone. When I travel, I don’t carry printed details of my trip…it’s all there on my blackberry! There’s also an Outlook plugin so you can integrate your itineraries with your email/calendar program.
For those of you who are business travelers (or frequent fliers), there is a gold version of Worldmate that gives you real-time flight delays so, if you need, you can respond quickly when you learn of cancellations and delays. The gold version is $99 a year. I know people who love it but, personally, all my work stuff is close to home so I don’t have it.
I use Worldmate whenever I travel. When I went to Europe last year to visit Becca when she was studying abroad, we went to Florence and Paris and Worldmate helped me understand distances and timing as I planned our sightseeing activities from the US.
Give it a try… click here to go to Worldmate.
The second cool website is part of TripAdvisor (a cool site too!) and it’s SeatGuru.com. When you fly, you can select your seats on line or on the phone but you are selecting blindly unless you are familiar with the aircraft. On Seatguru, you can look up the scheduled plane for your trip and see comments and suggestions about the seats on that plane. It shows you the best seats on the plane and the ones to avoid (and why), allowing you to know what you’re getting when you select where you sit.
I just used Seatguru yesterday and I liked it so much I wanted to tell you about it. Check it out here.