While flight-finder sites like Orbitz and Expedia have been around for several years, Kayak takes what they do a step further. Searching over 140 airlines around the world, a user can instantly find and compare fares for flights. It's even easy to compare flights on different weekends in a particular month with only one click. Kayak users register for free and save flight searches so they can come back and check up on them later.

TripIt is a one-stop-site for organizing multiple itineraries. Users can organize all their travel plans, including transportation and lodging, and TripIt will automatically display info on weather, maps, and local restaurants to mesh with your plans. Though it's easy to print out a copy of your itinerary, you might want to save a leaf or two and access it via e-mail, mobile phone, RSS reader, or even sync it with your calendar. As if that weren't enough, TripIt will e-mail specified contacts for you so you don't have to bother trying to reach each one individually to alert them of your plans.

Have trouble making decisions? In five steps, UpTake will decide where you should go, how you should get there, where you should stay, and what activities you should partake in at your destination. A travel information search engine of over 400,000 U.S. hotels and attractions, UpTake enables users to analyze travel preferences based on over 20 million reviews and over 1,000 travel blogs. All you have to do is decide and book.

Dopplr touts itself as the service for "intelligent business travelers." This London/Helsinki-based service allows you to input your travel info, and then it sends it to your friends -- and voila! you'll find out if your friends will be in the same spot at the same time too. Dopplr is also available on mobile phones, and links with online calendars and social networking sites.

An award-winning travel database, IgoUgo covers over 5,500 destinations worldwide. But the real rewards come to those who contribute. Bloggers are compensated with "Go Points," which are redeemable -- for what is probably most valuable to any travel writer -- travel gift certificates and frequent-flyer miles. Readers should rest easy that everything on the site is legitimate, as a team of editors review all content to make sure it's authentic and worthwhile.

Admit it. You always forget something. Well, it's time to stop. Even if you're the free-spirited, loose adventurer, a little planning ahead never hurt anyone. That's why there is DontForgetYourToothbrush.com. Simply fill out all the bits and pieces you normally travel with, save the record, input your future travel plans, and before you leave, you'll get your personalized checklist e-mailed to you so you can double-check any last minute items.

Did you know that the Park Hyatt in Istanbul is opening with Gucci and Armani boutiques inside? Or that five-star camping exists in Australia? Well, you can learn all that and then some at Hotel Chatter. Ranging from the offbeat to top chic, no lodging establishment opening or innovation in the world will be left unnoted. Some of the hotels on this blog turn out to be worthy destinations in themselves. How else would you know that a Swedish hostel company is turning a jumbo jet into a new…well, 85-bed hostel.

TripAdvisor helps you to find cheap flights and hotels, but the best part of this service are the games. The trekker site offers a bunch of widgets for the youthful traveler (think 18-24), including local restaurant picks in your travel area, and a Google mash-up of featured hotels that TripAdvisor recommends, as well as a popular Facebook app that enables you to pinpoint all of the destinations in the world you've visited. The app will make all of your friends insanely jealous about your globetrotting experiences.

Travel guidebooks are always helpful, but they can really weigh you down, especially if you're visiting multiple destinations. Why not have the world in the palm of your hand? WCities is a mobile-enabled guide featuring articles and reviews on nightlife, attractions and more from over 1,900 cities in 70 countries. This global database can guide you almost anywhere. City-specific downloads are available for iPods, Blackberries, and other mobile devices. The best part: it's free.

Want know the easiest way to travel? Bring a personal assistant! You might think that's expensive, but it's not. It's free. Yapta helps you find and track airfares, and then if you book a ticket and the price drops later, Yapta will help you get travel credits from the airline. And if you don't want to deal with the hassle of calling the airline yourself, you can just pay the service $15 and they'll take care of it for you.

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While flight-finder sites like Orbitz and Expedia have been around for several years, Kayak takes what they do a step further. Searching over 140 airlines around the world, a user can instantly find and compare fares for flights. It's even easy to compare flights on different weekends in a particular month with only one click. Kayak users register for free and save flight searches so they can come back and check up on them later.

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