Travel Tips from the Web

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Need a little help planning your next globe-trotting adventure? We’ve compiled these resources from around the web to help you with everything from finding inspiration for your next trip, to planning the logistics of flight, hotel and restaurant bookings. Is your favorite site missing? Share your online travel resources with the First Republic Community below.

INSPIRATION: Looking for ideas of where to take your next vacation? Below are some sites that will feed your wanderlust and guide you towards your next getaway.

  • cntraveler.com: The online home of the renowned Conde Nast Traveler magazine, this website features recommended destinations, expert and unbiased travel tips, along with their annual Gold List picks for the best hotels worldwide.
  • concierge.com: This site offers in depth destination guides each with hotel and restaurant listings, things to see and do along with shopping resources.  The site also provides resources such as a ‘Destination Finder”, helping aspiring travelers choose there next adventure based on vacation type, season and region desired.
  • aarp.org/travel: AARP is a resource for travel ideas, as well as discounts on car, air fare, hotels, and cruises.
  • eldertreks.com: The first adventure travel company designed exclusively for people 50 and over.
  • roadscholar.org: Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975, is the creator of Road Scholar educational adventures.
  • tripadvisor.com: A vibrant community of over 50 million reviews of lodging and restaurants, including photos and travel advice.
  • cruisemates.com: A complete cruise guide with cruise line and cruise reviews, cruise news and regular feature articles by cruise experts.

BOOKING FLIGHTS AND HOTELS:

  • priceline.com: A one-stop shop to easily search through multiple airline, hotel, rental car and vacation package websites, finding deep discounts and exclusive travel deals you won't find anywhere else.
  • kayak.com: When searching for flights, this site offers the ability to more easily customize your departure times based on price, and also allows users to find and book hotels, vacations and rental cars.
  • hipmunk.com: This site is designed to help people who are overwhelmed with the presentation of other flight search sites, offering a view in the form of a timeline.  Hotel results are also presented in a map that may be viewed by landmarks.

RESTAURANTS:

  • Zagat online: Trusted source of restaurants, nightlife and hotels.  The site covers destinations worldwide, offering sortable lists based on cuisine, decor, rating and price.
  • Opentable.com: Easy to use resource for finding a restaurant reservation, offering seamless online booking along with links to online menus.  The site now operates throughout the US as well as many places internationally.
  • Urbanspoon: Provides constantly updated user-reviews of restaurants, offering curated lists by genre and neighborhood in the US, UK and Australia.  The mobile app also has a handy and fun roulette feature that helps you pick a restaurant when you’re up for an adventure and are unsure what you want.
  • Yelp.com: Written by locals, for the locals, this site offers extensive reviews of local businesses worldwide.  This site may also be used to find local treasures such as shops, book stores and activities.

The views of the authors of these articles do not necessarily represent the views of First Republic Bank.