Travel


Being a frequent traveller, (and often travelling to new places, and places that are served by multiple airports) I was looking for a site that would help me figure out the closest airport to the city I was travelling to.  I found a really great site in travelmath.com.

If you travel for business OR pleasure, this is a site that you should DEFINITELY add to your travel favorites both for long-term planning, and short term reference.

From their website description:

“This site provides an online travel calculator to help you find answers quickly.  If you’re planning a trip, you can measure things like travel distance and travel time. To keep your travel budget under control, use the travel cost tools.

You can also browse information on flights including the distance and flight time.  Or use the section on driving to compare the distance by car, or the length of your road trip.

Finally, use the map below or the links on the lower right to lookup an airport, hotel, city, state, country, or zip code. You can use the bookmark button at the top to save any page, or try searching for your exact destination.”

I just got done with a ridiculous road trip.  I met with 6 customers and prospects yesterday, and drove (in less than 48 hours) from Detroit to Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington.  Business travel always takes it out of me.  What electronic / web based tools do you use to help you travel more efficiently?

Here are two I’m using as a key part of my business travel strategy.  I’m in to time savers.  I’m road tired, so I cheated and took their descriptions.  Bottom line?  I can’t live without them:

TripIthttp://www.tripit.com

With today’s myriad of travel sites, even the most experienced traveler has their hands full managing all the details of a typical trip. Booking airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and restaurants leaves you with lots of separate pieces of paper. Throw in maps, directions, things to do, and weather and the chaos multiplies.

TripIt turns chaos into order by making it easy for anyone to:

  • Organize trip details into one master online itinerary — even if arrangements are booked at multiple travel sites
  • Automatically include maps, directions and weather in their master itinerary
  • Have the option to book restaurants, theatre tickets, activities and more right from within the online itinerary
  • Safely access travel plans online, share them, check-in for flights, or print an itinerary

RideChargehttps://www.ridecharge.com

RideCharge completes the online travel booking puzzle, by giving travelers the ability to book taxis and sedans online.

RideCharge allows corporate travel managers to control ground travel costs with electronic booking, payment, and expense management for taxi, sedan, limo and shuttle services throughout the US.

RideCharge gets rid of paper receipts, eliminates the need to carry cash for taxis, and allows travelers to find reliable service in unfamiliar cities, all with a mobile phone.

Check out these sites… well worth it.  What travel tools are “can’t live without” for you???

http://www.betterbidding.com/

I was just introduced to this site this morning (thanks Jeff), and if you’re a budget traveler as I am, this is a great destination.  It will help you identify which hotels are which as you use Hotwire (my favorite) and Priceline.

(Priceline and Hotwire Hotel Bidding, Help, and Advice)

http://blogs.business2.com/business2blog/2007/04/startup_watch_y.html?section=magazines_business2

http://www.fodors.com/wire/archives/002432.cfm

Behemoth— looks comfortable.