10 things that annoy me when booking holidays online

10 things that annoy me when booking holidays online

Today I read a great post on Travelrants called Ten things that annoy me about booking holidays online. Darren made a list of 10 things that annoy him while booking holidays online. It’s clearly the kind of feedback/information people that work for Online Travel Agencies or Hotel Portals would love to gather from their visitors. That’s why I have decided to add my 2 cent and make my own list of things that really annoy me while booking online. Hopefully other bloggers will continue the discussion and post their own list on their blog! That would be VERY interesting! Here goes my list: Being obligated to create a member account before I can get all the details of a (potential) booking. Searching

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Google Chatback: New functionality added to this blog

Google Chatback: New functionality added to this blog

I’ve always wanted this feature for “Blog on travel” since Google launched “Google Talk”! On our Chatback page our readers are now able to request a live chat with us. There is no need to install Google Talk as your chat client is your browser (firefox, opera, internet explorer, safari). If we are signed in to our Google talk account, the badge will show a green icon. Clicking on the badge will launch a real time chat window. It generally takes a few seconds for us to accept the chat then it goes like this: The conversations are private and only one-to-one, so other visitors won’t be able to read them. Do not hesitate to say hello if I’m available. – For

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Invitations to Netvibes Ginger!

Invitations to Netvibes Ginger!

I have been among the lucky ones who were invited to test Netvibes ‘ new version called Netvibes Ginger Beta (the RSS feed reader). I am an early adopter of Netvibes, and I think it’s the best RSS readers available; I have enjoyed a lot the new features Ginger Beta has added and apparently I am now able to share my excitement with Blog on travel’s readers before they release the new version officially: Indeed, as a reward to my loyalty toward Netvibes, today I received this email:   Thank you for making the Netvibes Ginger beta program such a success!We are about to open Ginger to every Netvibes user and want to let you know so you can be one of

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Introducing Domegos: A New Web 2.0 Vacation Rentals Directory

Introducing Domegos: A New Web 2.0 Vacation Rentals Directory

Wandering around the internet, I was searching for 2 different things at the same time: a hotel for a romantic weekend getaway (with our lovely dog!) and a new apartment to rent. I suddenly asked myself: “Why not renting a vacation home instead of booking the usual same type of hotels (those few hotels that still accept dogs) for our long romantic week end?” Actually I know quite a lot of people that work in the Real Estate industry (basically intermediaries between owners and renters), and I am often amazed to see that while everything goes 2.0, real estate is no exception. My online research for the right property made me discover Domegos, which is a vacation rentals directory that aims to

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The new Tripadvisor site is online: a retail look and feel!

The new Tripadvisor site is online: a retail look and feel!

You can have a sneak preview at the new Tripadvisor site by browsing this “beta” microsite that TA globally announced today in its newsletter. The user-generated reviews’ giant Tripavisor (part of the Expedia, Inc. family of travel companies), decided to “create a new and easier to use” site. Kristen Nicole from Mashable previously published an article saying that people have complained about the cluttered homepage of the (curent) site. Look at those “before-after” screenshots I took and make your own opinion: A typical WEB 2.0 launch for this new version: As it has been said by Tripadvisor: It is a beta site! “Beta” means [Tripadvisor] is still polishing a few things! This beta version was first launched on the co.uk site of

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New spanish travel aggregator Minube.com launched today!

New spanish travel aggregator Minube.com launched today!

Surprisingly the Spanish online travel market is not saturated by the emergence of aggregation and comparison engines; there is still space for newcomer(s) to enter this segment of the online travel industry. That’s what Minube.com (that literally means “My Cloud” in Spanish) did today by launching this new flight/hotel aggregator “Minube”. Minube.com referred itself as being a web 2.0 site. A simple, clean and original design with green, red and orange clouds! It uses features that made Web 2.0 sites so convenient such as the suggestion search box; as you type in a query it will display the available cities/countries/airports dynamically via some AJAX. Pretty useful when you don’t know how to spell those Spanish cities or when you don’t know the

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