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Use community websites for travel tips and ideas

As the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace grows—a record 70 percent of all Internet users in the U.S. logged on to a community-based site in August of this year—travelers are benefiting from their virtual friends’ experiences. By adding applications such as Rummble to your Facebook profile, for example, you can share and receive tips on hotels around the world. The website Socialight provides maps that are annotated with food, drink, and entertainment recommendations from friends in your network. You can also join “channels,” such as “Free WiFi” (members note where you can find it worldwide) or “Farmers’ Markets” (locate the closest ones, wherever you happen to be).

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