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Surfing Safari

Posted on 23 September 2008

Everything is on the Web; and everything on the Web, we’re led to believe, is of better quality, more impressive and cheaper. I don’t really care about the first two things – but I do like things cheap. So do you. And if I have to fly fifth class in someone’s luggage on a cargo plane to get to Bali for $400, you better believe I’m going to do it.

This is where computers come in. They’re smarter than us. They’re faster than us. And they break less then us.

Travelocity is in. If you know where you want to go, then this Web site is one of your best bets. This site lives up to its name – information access is quick and easy – and it offers a variety of services. Travelocity is famous for having some of the lowest fares on the Web.

Although the site is a little cluttered, no other site offers its thoroughness; Travelocity also rents cars, books hotels and cruises, searches through different company’s tour packages. It also has accommodation and transportation information on almost every country in the world from Reunion to Azerbaijan.

Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of your student and youth status to get the lowest fares possible. Try Student Universe for air tickets to Europe and Asia – they negotiate with the airlines on your behalf to secure discounts for travelers under 26. STA Travel also has a website with deals for students.

Expedia.com’s tips for avoiding travel scams:

Use a credit card to buy rather than a debit card, for the consumer protection it offers.

Make sure the site is secure. Look for the yellow padlock symbol on the botton right of your browser.

Deals that are too good to be true probably are. Are other sites telling you the flight is full? Is the price less than 50 percent of what others are charging?

Beware of a site that looks shoddy. See if the site has the seal of approval from the Better Business Bureau.

An exuberantly useful site is travelsites.com. It has one of the largest collections of travel-related links on the Net, all well organized. Sample categories include “Where to Go,” “How to Get There” and “Where to Stay.” It easily offers hours of Web surfing, and has pretty good links.

Try studyabroad.com for information on exchange programs in more than 100 countries, from Uruguay to Yemen. They allow you to search for programs via different categories (i.e., by language, by subject and by country.) There is also the full text of the study abroad handbook that includes sections on subjects like culture shock and “obtaining necessary documents.”

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