The summer travel season officially kicked off this past weekend in the United States, which means despite the world's economic troubles, people are heading for the beach or about to take those long desired vacations. According to my January poll of readers, an impressive 77% intend to travel internationally for fun this year. Whether you are ready to hit the road, or still looking for ideas, Travelgrove wants to provide objective travel information to make your life a little easier.
Travelgrove's purpose is to help consumers compare the costs of flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises and vacation packages from a single website. At the same time, it features the best deals on offer by a variety of travel companies.
The search process is as simple as it gets. When inputting the criteria for flights, be sure to check the available boxes at the bottom allowing you to compare results from sites such as Priceline and Kayak. For example, when I searched for cheap flights from New York City to Rio de Janeiro for a week's getaway from June 18-29, the lowest cost returned was $534 on American Airlines. Cheap indeed! Plus, I saved time and the potential concern that the price might be less if I had just checked one more site before I made a commitment to buy.
Of course the ability to save time and money is a big seller when it comes to researching your next trip, however Travelgrove is trying to go a step further by offering World Travel Guides to help you get a feel for your next potential destination. Full of detailed demographic information on all the countries you'd want to visit, they also feature more reader-friendly write-ups of cities to give you a feel for where you might be headed. Underneath the guides are relevant travel deals for the same location. Spending time on the Rio de Janeiro guide, eying those deals, proved tempting.
In addition to the search functions and travel guides, Travelgrove has also set up a new Travel Community to allow for the exchange of information and to help answer user questions.
Easy to navigate, and attractive in design, Travelgrove's aim to make the traveling public's lives a little simpler is a reason in itself to give them a try.
This review was written by Dave, and brought to you by Travelgrove. All opinions are my own.