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New travel Web sites on hotels with views, public transit, selling travel books

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Caught in the Web

The Internet is an ever-expanding universe that not even a virtual traveler can keep up with. Here's a trio of sites CoGo recently learned of:

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-- Rooms With a Great View (http://roomswithgreatviews.com): This site is dedicated to those voyagers who never left their hotel rooms because they couldn't bear to part with that sublime panorama. The photos, organized by map or location, may encourage you to book a room at the featured hotel. With enviable views from such properties as Hotel Paramount Palace in India, Paradise Inle Resort in Myanmar and Hotel Gdansk in Poland, there's no reason to stare at a brick building or a dumpster ever again.

-- I Hate Taxis (http://www.ihatetaxis.com): Okay, we don't hate all cabs, just the ones that overcharge us or scare us so much that we consider jumping out mid-ride. The site gives travelers the tools to smartly navigate various modes of transportation from major tourist points, such as airports. For example, from Mexico City International Airport, we learn about train service, private bus companies and, yes, cabs. There is helpful travel info as well, such as currency rates and humidity levels (83 percent in Bangkok).

-- GuideGecko Travel Bookstore (http://www.guidegecko.com): No doubt you have a pile of guidebooks to destinations you never plan to revisit. Put them up for sale at the online store (sellers reap 85 percent of the sale price), then pick up some "new" (used) ones at discounted prices. (As you scan the more than 3,300 titles, make sure the edition is current.) Those packing light can opt for downloads. And if you can't find what you're looking for, write your own, then publish and sell it on -- you guessed it -- Gecko.

Reporting: Andrea Sachs. Help feed CoGo. Send travel news to: cogo@washpost.com. By mail: CoGo, Washington Post Travel Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071


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