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More travel planning tools now available online

Published on Jan 19, 2013 1:05 PM

There are now more tools available online to make everything from trip planning to getting around a new city easier for travellers.

Local website Qiito ( helps you plan your itinerary to Asian destinations based on recommendations from people who have already been there. The Qiito team provides general write-ups of attractions while users are encouraged to share photos, addresses, reviews and tips. Users can share their itineraries with travel companions through e-mail or Facebook.

For those who do not want the hassle of renting a car the traditional way, why not car-share instead via websites such as or

In Paris, Autolib is an electric car-sharing service, where you can rent a car by the day or week. Tourists can pay 10 euros per day plus 7 euros per half hour. With Zipcar in North America, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria, users reserve a car online or via their mobile phone. They are issued a Zipcard, which unlocks the car they have reserved. Rates differ in cities but in Los Angeles, for example, users pay a US$60 annual fee, and hourly rates start from US$8 while daily rates are from US$72 a day.

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