If you are planning a photo trip, there are numerous online resources you can use to make sure you improve your chances of success.
Right off the bat I want to tell you about Google Maps. Just go to http://maps.google.com/ and you can learn all the fine details.
But here’s the big picture. If you want driving directions and you’ve used Mapquest, you probably got where you wanted to go, but not as fast. And Google’s maps let you get closer using dynamic real time technology that lets you click and drag rather than wait for new downloads. Heck you can even get a satellite image of your destination.
I planned a recent trip and was able to see into each nook and cranny of each location with amazing detail. In addition to getting directions, you can map to a specific point and you can find destinations like hotels, free wi-fi, pizza joints or any other business such as a camera store.
Using online maps is fun, free and fast and a better way to plan your photo trip than an old static fold up map.
There are other online resources you might want to consider.
PlanetEye helps travelers organize their trips by letting them clip interesting photographs, attractions, hotels and restaurants.
TripAdvisor is the place I usually trust the most when it comes to hotel reviews. They rank hotels in most destinations in order of user preference and Ive found the reviews to be mostly accurate and helpful.
Photo Traveler at www.phototravel.com and www.phototraveler.com or phone 323-660-8600 or 800- 417-4680 are very specific guides for traveling photographers, focusing more on the shooting than the hotel/transit issues.
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