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check holiday destinationsTraveling the world these days is an amazing experience. Not only is it simple to book flights and accommodation online, but you can check holiday destinationss in great detail before you even decide to book your tickets. It’s possible to see in advance what the ski slopes look like, where the best local nightclubs are, see the layout of local shopping centers and know exactly where the nearest usable ATM is.

To get all this information in advance is as easy as knowing where to look online. So, here’s a selection of great tools for you to try out. We’re sure your trip planning will be greatly improved from now on!

1. Preview Your Holiday Location

It’s easy to be a virtual tourist online as there are so many sites that will let you see photos or video of your favorite tourist destinations 8 Panorama Websites For A 360 Degree Virtual Tour Around The World 8 Panorama Websites For A 360 Degree Virtual Tour Around The World Read More . One of the quickest ways to check exactly what anywhere in the world looks like is to look at Panoramio. It has a huge number of geo-tagged photos How To Geotag Your Flickr Photos on Google Maps & Earth How To Geotag Your Flickr Photos on Google Maps & Earth Read More ready to be viewed for any location VR Google - The Panoramio Virtual Reality Tool That'll Blow Your Socks Off VR Google - The Panoramio Virtual Reality Tool That'll Blow Your Socks Off Read More .

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You may also want to check Google Maps and take a look in Street View to see what the area near your preferred hotel looks like. This is an easy way to check out local shops, facilities and more.

Google has also made it easy for you to check out the slopes by creating galleries of ski resorts for you to peruse. It’s just going that little bit further than Google Maps Street View.

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2. Find Restaurants & Clubs

Finding restaurants and clubs near to where you are staying is simple with the help of directories with reviews of venues worldwide. Yelp is a great start as it has one of the largest directories to date and it is easy to search for things you like.

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Other great tools to find restaurants and clubs are social network check-in tools like Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Read More , Facebook’s graph search Facebook Joins The Search Game, Introduces Graph Search [Updates] Facebook Joins The Search Game, Introduces Graph Search [Updates] Facebook has announced a new and improved search experience called Graph Search, which helps you navigate Facebook’s vast amount of information and find new people who share your interests, specific activities, specific photos, and more.... Read More , Localscope Localscope Is The Only Local Discovery Application You Will Ever Need [Giveaway] Localscope Is The Only Local Discovery Application You Will Ever Need [Giveaway] With Localscope -- a $1.99 iPhone app -- you can make the online world and real world become one. It allows you to use your iPhone to find all kinds of cool stuff that is... Read More and Google Maps. Simply enter the name of the town and see what comes up!

3. Work Out Where To Shop

Yelp, Foursquare, Localscope, and Facebook Graph Search are all equally useful when trying to find shopping locations near to your hotel at your holiday destination. But there’s another useful tool recently available in Google Maps, which is that floor plans of major shopping centers Google Maps Makes Shopping Easier With Indoor Floor Plans [Updates] Google Maps Makes Shopping Easier With Indoor Floor Plans [Updates] The holiday shopping season is literally upon us. For deal hunters, Black Friday is a day filled with no sleep, waiting in lines, and downright insanity. Well Google Maps is hoping to make your shopping... Read More are now available in many locations.

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4. Research Tourist Spots & Events

Although you may have already found out about great tourist locations and events when you did a spot of armchair traveling, it’s worth checking into these things a little further with some dedicated tourist tools.

Google Earth makes it possible to view over 100,000 tours in popular tourist areas Google Earth Adds 100,000 New Tours & 1 Million Photos To Its Tour Guide [Updates] Google Earth Adds 100,000 New Tours & 1 Million Photos To Its Tour Guide [Updates] Google Earth has had a major update, adding 100,000 tours and 1 million photos to its tour guide. For the normal user, it’s just so many more places he or she can virtually sightsee, yet... Read More , so check if there is a tour nearby to your chosen destination. No doubt it will be worth visiting in person.

It’s also worth checking out the many travel guide websites The 10 Best Free International Travel Guide Websites The 10 Best Free International Travel Guide Websites Read More , virtual tourism sites How To Use VirtualTourist For Planning Your Next Trip How To Use VirtualTourist For Planning Your Next Trip Read More , sites with video of tours 10 Websites For Virtual Sightseeing With Travel Videos 10 Websites For Virtual Sightseeing With Travel Videos Read More , and tools such as Google Maps mashups 9 Awesome & Useful Google Maps Mashups 9 Awesome & Useful Google Maps Mashups Read More . There is a huge amount of information available to you.

One travel site that has been loved by many travelers worldwide is Lonely Planet. Don’t forget to research your destination on their site!

check out holiday destinations

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5. Know Where To Get Money

While it’s possible to exchange money at local Bureau de Changes worldwide, it’s also convenient to know where you might be able to quickly withdraw more cash in local currency when you need it. For that, check out Visa’s ATM Locator so that you’ll always know where the nearest Visa-friendly ATM is to your hotel.

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6. Book A Great Place To Stay

So, now that you know all about your chosen holiday destination, you’re probably ready to book. There are many great hotel search engines 10 Best Hotel Search Engines To Get The Best Deals When You Travel 10 Best Hotel Search Engines To Get The Best Deals When You Travel Are you a last minute hotel booker or one who plans out trips months in advance? If you are a business traveller, chances are that you are the former. If you aren't, then you are... Read More , such as Google Hotel Finder, which will make it very easy to get the perfect hotel exactly where you want it. If your mind is on your budget, there are plenty of sites to help you book a backpacking trip anywhere 10 Sites For Budget Travel & Backpacking Trips Across The World 10 Sites For Budget Travel & Backpacking Trips Across The World Backpackers are an adventurous breed. They are also awfully budget conscious too. It comes with the territory I guess, because the taste of adventure cannot be experienced from the luxurious couches and air-conditioned coaches. If... Read More in the world – or you could always check out CouchSurfing 3 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Travel Network CouchSurfing 3 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Travel Network CouchSurfing CouchSurfing is an online network that connects travelers and locals. Originally based on the idea that travelers need a place to sleep and many people have a spare couch, CouchSurfing has long grown beyond just... Read More .

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7. Keep Your Holiday Plans Organised

Planning your vacation is also easily managed with online tools such as TripIt and TravelMuse Research, Plan, & Organize All Your Travel Information With TravelMuse Research, Plan, & Organize All Your Travel Information With TravelMuse We have featured a legion of travel related websites that make every jaunt just a little easier. We now take a look at TravelMuse – another travel site which can help you thread all the... Read More . Use these tools to keep all of your ideas and plans organized in a coherent manner so that you can act on them when the time comes. You wouldn’t want to forget about something great!

What are your favorite travel tools to check holiday destinations? Which sites do you go to to find out about an area before you arrive?

  1. Sylvia Jordan
    March 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

    After reading Travel Republic review, I decided to take a holiday to Thailand this summer. This will be my first trip overseas, and I'm quite excited and nervous at the same time. These tips will surely help me create my itinerary and gather my wits. Good luck on my first travel experience.

  2. Ran Kinory
    February 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

    How do i save or retrieve this article in the sunner?

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Soon the site will allow you to save articles for reading later, but for now it's probably best to use a bookmarking or read-it-later service like Delicious or Pocket.

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