December, 2009 | The New York Times

This fall, I was lured to Panama. Friends who settled there a year ago had regularly regaled me, an avid traveler, with visions of a lively Latin city with nearby, unspoiled beaches bordered by jungle.

For half of my 10-day trip, I intended to traipse around Panama City. The rest would be a solo adventure — but to where? Greedily, I began surfing the Web, exploring my friends’ suggestions and amassing options.

It didn’t take long for disorganization to set in. There were so many possibilities and interesting tidbits in travel articles. How would I keep it together to make a wise destination decision — or take the information I’d found with me? I could cut and paste text into a Word document or save Web pages in a bookmarks folder. But the former seemed tedious, and the latter inadequate.

Then I remembered Gliider, a browser tool that saves and organizes travel research. I downloaded the free add-on for Firefox, which deposited a small arrow icon on my browser navigation bar that, when clicked, opened a sort of file box. There I created a “trip” to Panama City, and began selecting, dragging and dropping text and photos from the Web into handy folders with labels like flights, hotels, see and do.

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