travelocityI have to make a hotel reservation in a hurry. I usually plan things out weeks ahead but this trip requires a night out that I didn’t plan. To top it off my destination is for a town that I have stayed in before but not for many years. I have no idea what is available there so where do I start?

Generally if I know where I am going and I have been there recently I start with the web page of my favorite hotel chain. When I have some questions though, I start with Yahoo! in the travel area. Just enter the name of the city at the prompts and there you are. Typically you will find listings for each hotel in that town/area and you will be able to view costs and reviews on the same pages. I must admit I hardly ever make reservations through the avenues provided there as I want to make sure I am getting the very best price. So, after my initial searchings I go to the web site of my chosen hotel and ask for all of my discounts like AAA or AARP and do a final search on that site.

I know what you are saying—what about Hotels.com or Travelocity? Well, I would love to but I travel with a 7’ by 14’ cargo trailer and those sites never give parking info. I can’t pull up at a hotel in the dark and no place to park my rig. So I don’t use them and I even call the hotel I choose from my favorite websites if I have never stayed there before just to check on the parking lot!! Hysterical, huh? No, hysteria is driving into a parking lot and not being able to park or get out!! I do not like surprises!!

So you may ask what does this have to do with Starter Tech? Well, it is pretty simple—it is all about taking the frustration out of using the web. In this case the web is my dear friend as I really hate calling a hotel reservation service and having them ask me ad infinitum if they can make a plane reservation or order me a car. All I want is place to lay my weary head and park my rig—simple, simple, simple. The web allows me to do just that—KISS—keep it simple stupid. I love it!! Try it, embrace it—you will love it too!

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