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Plenty of online resources available to help plan your next getaway

| Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 9:04 p.m.
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Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at richterp@einetwork.net

Fall is right around the corner, which means cooler temperatures and children heading back to school. That might be the perfect time to plan your next getaway.

There are many resources available on the Internet to help you plan your next trip. These are just three of the many resources out there to help you in planning your next trip.

TripAdvisor: It contains reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more. It is a great jumping-off point when planning where you want to go, stay, eat and do.

When reading through these reviews, think about if some of the issues people raise are relevant to your trip. For example, someone might have a bad experience if they had bad weather on their trip, which could negatively impact their review on a place.

• Airbnb: This online community lets people rent or sell lodging.

Users can post spaces available for rent on Airbnb, and users can rent through homeowners or apartment lease holders, as opposed to a hotel.

This is an excellent resource if you have a large number of people looking for a home to rent, as opposed to be segmented across hotel rooms — or if you want more of a homey feel on your next trip. As with anything, nothing is 100 percent safe; however, Airbnb has a number of checks in place, such as all payments are handled through Airbnb itself.

One recommendation would be to contact the person you are renting from beforehand. This allows you to ask additional questions or raise concerns before you book. Before you book, double check the cancellation policy and fees.

TripIt: This smartphone app enables you to plan and organize the details of your trip. This includes everything from car rentals to lodging to restaurants.

Through TripIt, you are able to construct your own itineraries by hand or forward the email confirmation of your flight, rental car and more, and an itinerary can be constructed for you right on your smartphone.

Pam Calfo is the Technology and Marketing Librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL; on Facebook, Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library; and you can email Calfo at calfop@einetwork.net.

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