For Seniors: How to Use the Travel App on Your Windows Laptop

The Travel app on your Windows laptop uses the Bing Travel database to offer you information about travel destinations including current weather, maps, currency exchange, photos, restaurants and hotels, nearby attractions, and travel-booking services for flights and hotels.

The Travel app is preinstalled with Windows 8.1, and you access it from a tile on the Start screen. That tile sometimes shows text and sometimes a picture of a destination, but you can recognize it by the little suitcase icon when no picture is showing, or by the word Travel in the lower left corner of the tile.

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Find a flight

  1. Click the Travel tile on the Start screen.

  2. Right-click the screen to display the tools.

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  3. Click the Flights button. In the screen that appears, enter information about departing and destination airports; if a suggested match appears below this field, click on it.

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  4. Continue by entering departure and return dates using the pop-up calendars that appear when you click in those fields; enter class such as Economy or First Class from the choices that appear when you click the Cabin field; and enter the number of people flying in the Passengers field.

  5. Click the Search Flights button. In the list that appears, click a flight to see more details.

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  6. When you find the flight you want, click the Book button. In the window that appears, you can click the flight to go to a partner’s website (such as American Airlines) to complete the transaction.

For help in planning your trip, click Best of web in the tools. This displays brief descriptions and links to everything from Matador Network travel hub to GORP, which matches you with the right national park. There are even links to tutorials on packing efficiently and the U.S. Department of State travel information site.

Explore destinations

  1. Click the Travel tile on the Start screen and right-click to display the toolbar.

  2. Click the Destinations button to display top travel destinations and click on one.

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  3. Use the horizontal scroll bar that appears when you move your mouse near the bottom of the screen to view a description, map, currency exchange, weather, Bing offers of the day, and information about attractions, hotels, restaurants, how to plan a trip, and nearby destinations. You can also use the Find Flights and Find Hotels tiles to buy tickets and book reservations.

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Check out the Panorama pictures, which you can view by scrolling to the right on the Travel home screen. Click one of these and the image appears. Click on the screen and drag to the left, right, up, or down to get a 360-degree view of your surroundings. Right-click to display tools that allow you to search for nearby hotels or flights to the destination.

Find a hotel

  1. Click the Travel tile on the Start screen, right-click, and then click the Hotels button.

  2. In the screen that appears, enter a city, and then choose a check-in and check-out date using the pop-up calendars that appear when you click in each of those fields.

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  3. Enter the number of Rooms and Guests in those fields, and then click Search Hotels. In the results that appear, click the hotel that interests you to view more information.

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  4. Scroll to the right to view information, photos, reviews, and more. Click the Book From button in the top right corner to get a list of travel services such as Kayak and Expedia through which you can book the room.

  5. Click the offer you prefer, and you are taken to that service’s site where you can book your room.

When you view a destination, you can click the Add to Favorites button. When you return to the Travel Home page, you’ll see them listed under Favorites.

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