Sure, they clog your mailbox. But e-mail newsletters also feed your wanderlust — and help you ferret out deals that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Most travel e-mail newsletters are delivered weekly, though a few go out monthly. To sign up for them, just go to the company's Website listed below; the e-mail signup feature is usually obvious. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Here are a few faves that are worth the clutter:
- SmarterTravel, www.smartertravel.com: If you subscribe to only one, make it SmarterTravel. This weekly missive pulls together specials from airlines and other travel providers in a single place. What makes this most valuable is they provide links for deals from any city you specify, so you don't have to slog through all the offerings to find relevant deals.
- Last-minute deals: A number of sites specializing in last-minute offers will send you their weekly deals. Among them are TripMania, www.tripmania.com; Travel Zoo, www.travelzoo.com; eLeisureLink, www.eleisurelink.com (for cruises), and LastMinuteTravel, www.lastminutetravel.com. Our faves comes from Site59, www.site59.com, and Hotwire, www.hotwire.com, which send deals only from your home city.
- WheretoGoNext, www.wheretogonext.com: Delivered every business day, this letter draws together press releases from the travel industry. Though oriented to the trade, if you're a travel junkie, you'll be interested in hot deals, new hotels and other newsy tidbits.
- GoNomad, www.gonomad.com: Delivered montly, this letter delivers editorial articles about adventure travel. The site itself includes both articles and booking links, but the emphasis is on information.
- Farealert, www.farealert.net, will zip you a note when there's an outrageously good fare available, such as $51 from Los Angeles to Fiji.