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AOT 142 - International Travel Itinerary

This Research Guide is meant to assist students completing the International Travel Arrangements and Itinerary assignment in AOT 142.

4. Find Sources

4. Find Sources

Once you've thought about all your requirements and made a list of information to gather, use the sites below to gather information for your travel itinerary. If you have questions or get stuck, ask a librarian for help!

Finding Travel Information & Tips
Information Where to Look Tips
Flights

Check major airline provider websites, such as Delta, American Airlines, etc.

Also check travel websites such as Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz, etc.

It is recommended you arrive at the airport 3 hours before an international flight. What time would your supervisor have to be at the airport?

Make sure any layovers between flights are long enough to make the connection (at least 1 hour for domestic; at least 2 hours for international).

Arrival and departure times are listed in the local time zone of the arriving or departing city.

Hotels

Use Trip Advisor to find a good hotel in a good location.

Once decided, shop various websites for the best price; always check the hotel's website first, then check other travel websites like Booking.com, Expedia, Orbitz, etc..

In Trip Advisor, you can view a map of the city and choose hotels based on location. Filter by rating and consider traveler reviews to decide on quality.
Car Rental

Check major car rental company websites, such as Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, etc.

Also check travel websites such as Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz, etc.

Double-check your pick-up and drop-off location. Is it at the airport? If so, which one? Or is it at a downtown / city location.

Is the rental car office inside the main terminal of the airport (If so, which one), or do you take a shuttle bus to a remote office?

Cars usually have to be returned with a full tank of gas, so finding the closest gas station to the drop-off location is important.

Transportation Options

A good travel guide book for a country or city will list the best option(s) for getting to and from the airport, as well as around the city.

Airport websites will also often list options for getting to and from the airport.

The public transportation website will show you what's available, allow you to look up schedules, prices, tickets, etc. 

Research the best method of transportation for your supervisor. Is it rental car, taxi, airport shuttle bus/train, or public transportation (bus, train, etc.)? Consider price, time, and convenience.

Consider whether the airport is the only place the supervisor will need to go - can they walk other places? - or do they need to go other places.

Is the area around your hotel walkable? what's the weather like? Are there restaurant options close by?

What public transportation is available (see guide book or find official website)? How close is the nearest stop to your hotel? Is there a stop at the airport? Is there an express airport bus or train?

Restaurants

Use Trip Advisor to find a good restaurant in a good location.

Use links in Trip Advisor to check menu options, prices, etc. If not linked in Trip Advisor, try to find restaurant's official website.

In Trip Advisor, you can view a map of the city with your hotel marked. There is a filter that shows nearby restaurants. Also, can filter restaurants by rating and consider traveler reviews to decide on quality.
Things to Do

A good travel guide book for a country or city will list the main sightseeing attraction for the city, as well as some recommended companies that provide tours.

Trip Advisor also provides ratings and reviews of sightseeing options, tour operators, etc.

Consider what your supervisor might like, as well as the ratings and reviews on a site like Trip Advisor.

How far away is the attraction? Or for tours, where is the pick-up/meet-up points. Where does it end?

Some tours and attractions only operate on certain days of the week.

How much time is needed? How much activity/walking?


Recommended Websites for Travel Planning

The following websites are offer lots of different travel information. 

Travel Guide Books

SCC does not have travel guide books, but the Spartanburg County Public Library has a nice collection. Look for books by Lonely Planet, Rick Steves' (Europe only), Frommer's, Moon, Fodors, etc. The Cherokee County Public Library and Union County Public Library also have some travel books available.