21st century travel

Back in the 80’s, when you want to travel, you go to your travel agent to book a flight or avail of a tour package. When you want to learn more about places you want to go to, you go to the library or the embassy, or talk to people you know who’s already been there.

Nowadays, you just have to go online. You book your flight through the carrier’s website, pay via credit card and print out your ticket. If you want to research, you Google your destination and instantly read about stories and advice from people around the world. Instead of being limited by a tour package, you get enough information to get off the beaten track.

So where to go for information? If you find Google overwhelming, here are some links to site I’ve found useful for my research.

Airlines

  • Jetstar Asia – A low-budget airline servicing Asia. Jetstar Asia is based in Singapore and is partially owned by Quantas Airlines
  • Tiger Airways – Another no-frills airline based in Singapore.
  • Philippine Airlines – The Philippines’ flag carrier. PAL is by no means a budget airline, but they have some pretty good deals in their website.
  • Cebu Pacific – They have recently switched from a full-service carrier to a low-budget airline. For their 10th anniversary, they offered Php 10 fares to any of their domestic destinations. After its success, they launched another promo offering Php 1 fares.
  • Attitude Travel – A listing of budget airlines in Asia. They also have a list for European countries.
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Accomodation

  • Hostel Asia and Hostelworld – If you don’t mind roughing it and sharing a bathroom with the other guests, hostels and guesthouses are the cheaper alternatives to hotels. HostelAsia and Hostelworld lets your search for cheap accomodation in your destination. Each profile has a description, pictures, map and direction to the hostel, and reviews by travelers who have stayed there. You can also book your room through their site, with only a 10% deposit and a US$2 service fee.
  • Trip Advisor – If you’re undecided on which hotel to stay in, head on to Trip Advisor and read about what their guests have to say about them.

Destination Guide

  • Tourism Authority of Thailand – The official website of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. This is a great site to get an overview of Thailand and all its provinces
  • Visit Singapore – Official tourism site of Singapore. This is where I found this PDF guide for the best hawker stalls in Singapore.
  • Travel Fish – A great travel resource site for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  • Virtual Tourist – Want to know what you can do in your destination? What to bring, where to eat? Head on to Virtual Tourist to see your destination through the eyes of your fellow travellers.
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Forums

  • Boots n All – More than just a forum, Boots n All offers their members access to their huge archive of travel stories and a free travel blog.
  • Pinoy Exchange – PEX can be overwhelming for a first timer. However, their Travel & Leisure forum is a gold mine of information.
  • Girl Talk Forums – If PEX is too much for you, head on to GT. Males are welcomed too. I think.
Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 2 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    Hello again Nina:) thanks for the reply on my messages. I just have another question and I want to get your opinion, when booking online some hotel/hostel rooms are still available on one website and on the other it is not and it is also different on the official website what can you say about this? Thank you and happy weekend.

  2. nina says:

    Hi Brian,

    I think they allot rooms for each hostel/hotel booking sites, that’s why there are rooms available for one and none in another. Best thing is to book online, then make sure to print your confirmation to present at the reception. Better yet, if you can book directly with the hostel/hotel, book directly with them. Of course, the best practice is to have a small list of alternative places that you can check out, in case your reservation falls through.

    Hope this helps šŸ™‚

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