travel planning software

May 12th, 2008, 09:30 PM
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travel planning software

Hi,
Can you recommend a good travel planning software that i can plan my trip to europe.
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May 13th, 2008, 05:43 AM
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Hi D,

What is it that you hope to do with this software?

I just use Word.

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May 13th, 2008, 06:42 AM
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Hello ira,
I am after software that has maps, is able to calculate distances to travel and how long it will take, costs etc
we want to go off the main roads
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May 14th, 2008, 03:16 AM
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Try viamichelin.com, which will give you directions, distances, and estimated fuel and toll costs.

But, I'm not sure there is any sort of self-contained software, that will compile everything (car expenses, hotels, meals, etc.) in one place.
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May 14th, 2008, 08:22 AM
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I really like Microsoft Autoroute. It's better/more detailed for some countries/areas than others.

Except for fuel, it doesn't calculate costs.

I like having the software on my PC so I can revise and save trips. Most tourist sights, many restaurants and hotels, are already on the maps, but you can annotate additional spots yourself.

I also have the US version, Microsoft Streets.

I cannot imagine planning a trip without these programs.
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May 14th, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Sounds basic but for when you're actually in a town I find Google maps to be really helpful for plotting things.

For instance, this is a map I made earlier today of the best places in Rome to get pizza:


http://tinyurl.com/57jnvj
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May 14th, 2008, 08:55 PM
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Microsoft Autoroute uses the same mapping and "points of interest", "restaurants", etc. as Google.

I have great fun highlighting places already included and adding those I find in tour guides and on web forums before leaving home.

We go to Paris often, so I add for every trip.

Just before leaving, I print "neighborhood" maps on one side of the page and the Paris bus routes map for the same area on the other.
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May 16th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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thankyou everyone for your advice
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