Useful Travel Links:
Europe has some of the best railway systems
and scenic routes in the world. This is a great site for finding train
schedules, Eurail passes and rail/drive and rail/fly packages.
can be boring places between flights, especially if you
have business to take care of or just want someplace nice to relax. PriorityPass offers access to airline lounges around the globe
for food, drinks, Internet access, and a pleasant refuge from airport
software. Saber Naeemi's handy little utility provides a
wealth of information which makes it perfect for stand-alone laptop use (I
use it on every computer I own.) Want to know a dialing code, ISO
currency code, even a country's Olympics code? Any code not
here is probably classified! With online access, it provides links to handy
net resources as well. And it's free!
Weather Forecasts. So you'll know whether to take your umbrella to London or
your swimsuit to Rio (not that you wouldn't anyway!).
Currency Exchange Rates.
Microsoft's Expedia has one of the most comprehensive currency converters available. (If
you don't see what you want, choose Expand Currency List.)
TravLang also has an excellent currency
converter, with some nice features. Another good one is the
and Date.com. Does anybody
really know what time it is? These guys do. Everywhere.
Foreign Languages for Travelers.
Learn useful words and phrases in more than 60 languages. To talk dirty, however,
you'll need to consult
Art & Science of Traveling Light..
Overpack...who, me? Doug
Dyment's well-organized site waxes eloquent on the fine art of traveling light. Who
says you can't live indefinitely out of a carry-on bag?
Air travelers regularly wade through an assortment non-intuitive airport codes like
LHR, YYR, GIG, CDG, etc. This searchable database
operated by the Melbourne Airport
Authority lets you identify an airport code code or look up the
codes for the airports in a particular city. Airlines are similarly coded; the
Designator Codes feature lets you find
these codes in a number of ways.
Whenever I visit a new city, I make it a point to ride the subway (metro,
underground, "tube," subterráneo, whatever...). This page is one
of the coolest I've seen, with info on subways around the world. If
you carry a Palm or Pocket PC, you might also find
to be a useful program.
Side of the Road Do They Drive On? Should you need to take
the wheel, this will help determine which side of the car you need to get
into to avoid looking foolish (it happens to the best of us!).
VISA ATM Locator.
Because of the increasing number of automated teller machines
worldwide, I no longer use travelers cheques (big difference in the exchange rates).
This page helps you find the closest ATM to wherever you are.
There's also the
ATM Locator for users of those cards.
Current U.S. State Department Travel
Advisories. See what Uncle Sam has to say about conditions in your
destination country, including danger zones and general information about
crime, road travel and the quality of medical care. Similar
information is available from the
Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Spots. As you no doubt know, there's a fair amount of unrest
and turmoil in the world these days. Air Security International
prepares daily reports each Monday through Friday to keep travelers
advised of global events ranging from guerilla attacks to protest marches
to union elections, along with tropical weather updates and significant
dates worldwide. Also, the
CIA World Factbook
is more chock full of facts than a high school geography text.
Health. Vital information from the US Center for Disease
Control & Prevention on needed vaccines, areas of concern, and how to keep
the food and water from spoiling your trip.
searchable listing of national and religious holidays
the world. It might keep you from scheduling that conference during
an important religious holiday in a certain place.
On the Road
Newsletter. News and resources for the
computer-carrying international traveler. Bless their hearts, they wrote about
way back in the 20th Century.
Search Engine. Locate Cybercafes around the world to improve your odds
of Internet access while traveling. Also worth a visit is the
Internet Cafe search engine at
Official Tourism Sites. Links to state and national official
tourism sites around the globe.
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