are the favorite travel planning websites as compiled by Millie Ball, former travel editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Johnnyjet: Scroll down to Johnny's Travel Portal links to just about everything. This is one of the most comprehensive travel spots online.
Tripadvisor: I always look here before I book a hotel. You have to read the comments by previous hotel guests with a bit of suspicion: Even fabulous hotels receive horrible reviews by some guests. And you can't always judge what's the best hotel in town from the rating system.
Vrbo: Vacation Rental by Owner. When I want to rent a house or condo, this is where I go to find places that, for the most part, are rented by the people who own them. I especially like that accommodations that allow pets are marked with paw prints on vrbo.com.
Flightstats: Want to check the status of a flight anywhere in the country? Or world? There also are links to airports across the country.
Luxurylink: The online auction site can be an addiction. So far, my husband and I have bought at least a dozen hotel packages, all in excellent, often world-class hotels, at rates that begin at half the retail price. We bought a deal recently: a week in Morocco in luxury guest houses in Marrakech and Fez, for about $1,300. Do not buy the "buy now" offers, only the auctions. Also, the site needs to be redesigned; it's difficult to navigate; and its online clock was two minutes earlier than the clocks on our cable box and computer, which means we missed one auction deadline recently.
Smartertravel: It's a great site for the latest sales and consumer news, in addition to advice from knowledgeable columnists. Sign up for notifications of weekend airfare sales.
Xe: Check the dollar against almost any currency in the world.
Cruisecritic, Cruisemates: Comments about ships, ports and deals as well as advice from other cruise fanatics. I booked a tour to a Mayan ruin -- independent of my ship -- after reading about it on Cruisecritic.com.
Webflyer: Keep up with the latest offers and deals -- and behind-the-scenes shenanigans -- of the frequent flier programs.
Refdesk, Thepaperboy: Not a travel site, Refdesk is a Web encyclopedia; among bonuses are translations of foreign words, and links to newspapers. Thepaperboy.com has links to 6,311 online newspapers around the world. Before I go somewhere, I always try to read the local paper online; it's the best way to get a sense of what's going on in a city or country.
Frommers: Arthur Frommer, who opened European travel to the masses with his seminal "Europe on $5 a Day" in 1957, continues to be my hero. The Web site sells books and travel, but Arthur, 78, still speaks frankly on his blog that's linked to the site.