Before you travel, research like crazy

Just in time for planning your summer travel plans, some tips and tricks from Matt Gross, the NY Times Frugal Traveler:

With Google Maps, I can familiarize myself with a city’s layout and neighborhoods, and I can search for user-created maps of worthy landmarks. I also set up daily Google News alerts to get a regular feed of articles about various destinations sent directly to my e-mail inbox. With Google Blog Search, I hunt for food blogs everywhere from Istanbul to Seoul.

He also researches airfare with heretofore unheard of websites like’s QPX system and only buys flights and hotel stays from their own websites (e.g. rather than third-party sites.

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