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Access Anything - Online travel resource for people with disabilities. Spreading awareness concerning the need for better accessibility by writing guidebooks and articles for people with disabilities, consulting with travelers and industry professionals on improvements in this industry. Also see Resources.
Adventure.travel - An initiative of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Traveler's guide to physical, cultural, sustainable and ecotourism based adventure tourism vacations, tours, and holidays. For imaginative travellers on an adventure quest. Features travel reviews of top adventure travel companies to connect you with the right adventure travel company.
American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 - Library of Congress American Memoray site provides 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Also included is the thirty-two-volume set of manuscript sources entitled Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, published between 1904 and 1907 after diligent compilation by the historian and secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Reuben Gold Thwaites.
Amore Travel Guides - Provides Italy travel tips, vacation advice, news, facts, history and destination review.
Art of Travel, The: European and World Backpacking on $25 a Day or Less - Here in 25 chapters, 100,000 words, and 120 illustrations is How to See the World. Written by an independent traveler (John Gregory) of 35 countries via eight economical tours, this complete online guide has tips, commentary, and humor for travelers of every kind.It contains no advertising or commercial contracts.
Atravco GLobal Travel Portal - One stop shopping on airfares, hotels, car rental, cruises, and tours around the world. Travel on more than 600 airlines, stay at 46,000 hotels, rent a car at 60 companies, cruise on 24 cruise lines, visit 28,000 bed and breakfast locations, tour Europe on rail, plan from more than 25,000 tour packages or vacation at 35,000 condo's and homes.
Away - Adventure travel and ecotourism. Brings together world travelers, experts, and tour operators in an online community created by travelers for travelers.
Barstar - Information showcasing local bars, live entertainment events, band directory, and up-to-the-minute bar and music news. Cities covered include: Chicago, Key West, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Detroit, San Jose, San Francisco, Boston, Raleigh-Durham.
Basetrip, The - Provides travel information for over 650 cities and 230 countries worldwide.
Bradt Travel Guides - Bradt has a reputation for being a pioneer in tackling 'unusual' destinations, for championing the causes of sustainable travel and for the high quality of its writing. Its books are as much travelogues as travel guides, infused as they are with the personal voice and accounts of each author. Bradt values in-depth knowledge, real insight, a personal touch and, perhaps above all else, a sense of the quirky, unique and the faintly ridiculous.
Budget Your Trip - Discover destinations around the world with real travel costs.
CDC Travelers' Health - Official U.S. government health recommendations for traveling. Provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Chamber of Commerce - Complete worldwide search engine for Chambers of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureaus on the Internet. Search options include: American Chambers of Commerce Abroad, Canadian Chambers of Commerce, City and State Chambers of Commerce, Congress, Economic Development Organizations, Foreign & Ethnic Chambers in the U.S., Foreign Chambers of Commerce, Foreign Embassies In The U.S., Foreign Tourist Information Bureaus, State Boards of Tourism, Travel Planning: Convention & Visitors Bureaus, U.S. Embassies.
Chase's Calendar of Events - The ultimate reference calendar. The Chase's Calendar lists more than 12,000 historical anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, and events that can be attended, such as fairs and festivals. It's a "must have" for broadcasters, journalists, advertising and PR agencies, event planners, librarians or anyone looking for something to celebrate each and every day.
Cheap Motels and a Hotplate - An economists travelogue and penetrating examination of work and inequality, race and class, alienation and environmental degradation in the small towns and big cities of the contemporary United States.
No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards - There’s no reason to ever pay a foreign-transaction fee on purchases made while traveling abroad or through internationally based merchants. Sure, most credit cards have such a fee, with the average being 1.97% of any purchase processed outside the U.S. But there are plenty of great no foreign transaction fee credit cards available to people of all credit levels these days.
Current Travel Warnings - These travel warnings are issued when the U.S. State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country
Customs Information - Customs information and customs regulations for over 100 countries and territories. See what documents you need to provide, how much time customs procedures will take, quarantine regulations, duty rates, and tax.
Data Security for Travelers - If you’re going to be toting a smartphone, tablet, or laptop around the world, protecting your data matters. From Nomadic Matt.
Earth Awaits, The - Real budgets for cities you'll love. Calculates your cost of living around the world according to your lifestyle, family, and housing needs.
Eco Volunteer - Financial and working grants for wildlife projects in research, conservation and animal rescue.
Electric Europe: Adapters and Converters - American appliances run on 110 volts, while European appliances are 220 volts. Today's gadgets are "dual voltage," which means they work on both American and European current. If you see a range of voltages printed on the item or its plug (such as "110–220"), you're OK in Europe. Some older appliances have a voltage switch marked 110 (US) and 220 (Europe) — switch it to 220 as you pack.
ePodunk - Provides in-depth information about more than 20,000 communities around the country, from Manhattan to Los Angeles, Pottstown to Podunk.
Escape Artist - Living overseas, international real estate, overseas jobs.
Get a Passport Now - Alerts travelers to new laws requiring passports for many trips to and from the United States. It also provides hyperlinks that help citizens of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to apply for passports.
Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) - A comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development. Addressed to governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, it aims to help maximise the sector's benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe. Provided by the UN'sWorld Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Global Travel Insurance - A leader in providing quality travel insurance to citizens around the world of any nationality. Travel medical plans include 24 hour worldwide coverage for emergency medical expenses, repatriation, evacuation, optional hazardous sports cover, several different deductible and coverage levels and more.
GoAbroad - A comprehensive on-line source for study abroad, language schools, overseas internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, U.S. universities, eco-travel around the world, and more.
GoNOMAD - Provides independent and alternative travelers with information to plan trips. Hundreds of articles. Unique tours.
Google Earth - Want to know more about a specific location? Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
Hip Guide - HipGuide's listings are chosen to give you the scoop on of the moment; the "it" places to eat, drink, dance, sleep in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New york, Paris, and San Francisco.
Historic New England - Historic New England, presented by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions.
International Dial Code Directory - A complete listing of all the international Country Codes for dialing anyone all across the globe. Also provides all of the two-digit and three-digit ISO codes for each country.
International Movers - Find international moving companies that can help you plan your international move, from packing, to shipping, to relocating your entire family.
International Visitors Office (IVO) - A program operated by BISO. A resource on visa-related issues for The National Academies, Academy members, and the scientists and students traveling to the United States for professional activities.
Internet Access While Traveling Abroad - The internet can be accessed on many different types of devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and e-readers. There are several types of connections to the internet, including dial-up, hard-wired DSL, WiFi, and cellular signal. heir trip. Even for those who feel this way, the internet can still be a very useful tool to the traveler. It allows travelers to read about attractions they plan to visit, and to see maps of how to get there. VOIP services, including Skype, allow travelers to keep in touch with family and friends back at home often for free, when the same could come at a hefty cost over a traditional phone line. The internet can also come in handy for those who have incomplete travel plans and need to book or change a hotel mid-trip, or for those who arrive at a hotel unhappy and want to find a new place to stay. Also see:
Workfrom - Use Workfrom to find and share the best coffee shops with WiFi and power, cafes, bars, coworking and other work-friendly spaces -- wherever you roam.
iVisa - Replace the frustrating experiences with Government designed forms and long commutes to the Embassies. If you're traveling just check in seconds if you need a visa with iVisa's visa requirements tool. This up-to-date database will let you know if you need a visa and how to get it in minutes.
Little Black Book of... - With insider tips and full-color, easy-to-use, fold-out neighborhood and transportation maps, these street-smart little travel guides walk you through the best the world's top destinations have to offer. From Peter Pauper Press.
Longitude Books - Classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your travel adventures.
Luggage Shipping Services - On this page you'll find information about luggage shipping services and sortable charts that can be used to compare rates and delivery times for different services. A luggage shipping service is an alternative to checking bags when traveling by air. Your bags will be picked up from your house and shipped to your destination, usually via FedEx, UPS, or DHL.
Luxury Trips - Luxury tailor-made and package holidays in Caribbean, Dubai and around the world.
LuxuryLink - The Luxury Link database contains thousands of products of interest to the sophisticated traveler - tours, cruises, specialty travel, hotels, resorts, inns, lodges, yacht charters, villas, spas, and more.
National Patient Travel Center (NPTC) - The NPTC provides the National Patient Travel Helpline, a telephone service which facilitates patient access to charitable medical air transportation resources in the United States. The NPTC also offers information about discounted airline ticket programs for patients and patient escorts, operates Special-Lift and Child-Lift programs, and brings ambulatory outpatients to the United States from many overseas locations.
PhoCusWright - An independent strategy and research company that helps its clients understand the online travel marketplace.
Pique Travel - Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Specializes in custom trips, cruises and tours.
PlanetRider - From lodging to restaurants, from sports to nightlife, from culture to cruises, PlanetRider researchers and editors have cut through nearly a quarter of a million Web sites, throwing out the junk, while keeping only the best, most informative and useful sites.
Practical Nomad, The - This is the website of author, journalist, blogger, consumer advocate, and travel expert Edward Hasbrouck.
PriceofTravel - A database of travel costs in every major destination around the world.The site now features over 200 cities, with information for each listing accommodation, transportation, attraction, food, and drink prices.
Public Transporation Google Maps - Google's public transit data - buses, trains, trams and subways - spans six continents, 64 countries and more than 15,000 towns and cities worldwide.
Rec.Travel Library - Personal travelogues, trip reports, and worldwide tourist information.
Road Scholar - Inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Its learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.
Rough Guides - World travel guide and reference book publisher.
Rush My Passport - Expedite your passport application. Not affiliated with the U.S. Government. It charges an additional fee to expedite your passport in 1-12 days. If you are not in a rush, you can obtain a passport directly from the U.S. Department of State in 4-7 weeks.
Sabre - A worldwide leader in providing information technology solutions for the travel and transportation industry.
Sacred Sites - Explore sacred sites, ancient wonders, and religious places around the world. The Sacred Destinations Travel Guide is an ecumenical guide to more than 1,100 sacred sites, holy places, religious buildings, religious artifacts, and pilgrimage destinations in 55 countries around the world. Also see Photo Galleries and Maps indexes.
Sally's Place - Award-winning culinary and travel site that spans the international scene.
Schengen Visa Information - A Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the EFTA.
Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) - SATH works for the creation of a barrier-free environment (architectural and attitudinal) throughout all segments of the travel and tourism industry, in the United States and abroad. Information for travelers with disabilities.
SoHo House & Co - Founded in London in 1995 as a private members' club for people in the creative industries, Soho House & Co has since opened clubs across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, workspaces, spas and bedrooms. Membership is selective. Wannabes have to be nominated by an existing member.
Spain Expat - Information site specifically for expats moving to Spain or already living there.
Stanfords - The UK's leading specialist retailer of maps and travel books.
Sustainable Tourism Gateway - Set up in order to develop awareness and educate on issues related to sustainable tourism; to assist in policy and programme development; and to facilitate monitoring and evaluation.
Tauck - Tours, small ship cruises, river cruises and family travel adventures.
Temporary Travel Office - Produces a variety of services relating to tourism and technology aimed at exploring the non-rational connections existing between public and private spaces. Produces guided, and self-guided tours as well as research documents and proposals for rethinking monuments and parks.
Tourism Concern - An independent, non-industry based, UK charity/NGO fighting exploitation in tourism. Tourism Concern has played a crucial role in promoting forms of tourism that provide meaningful benefits to people in destination communities. Equally important has been its role exposing and campaigning against tourism's worst human rights abuses. Also see: Resources and Tourism in Focus magazine.
Disabilities and Medical Conditions - To ensure your security, all travelers are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint. However, you or your traveling companion may consult the TSA officer about the best way to relieve any concerns during the screening process.
Security Screening - TSA officers may use risk-based security measures to identify, mitigate and resolve potential threats at the airport security checkpoint. These officers may ask you questions about your travel to include identity, travel itinerary and property. TSA may use a variety of screening processes, including random screening, regardless of whether an alarm is triggered. In addition, TSA uses unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.
TSA Pre✓ - An expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from airports within the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening either as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group.
Travel Centre - Personalised passport, visa and health travel documentation advice from the International Air Transport Association. You can count on the IATA Travel Centre as your trusted, centralised source for the latest international travel requirements. Many travellers are not aware of international travel restrictions and requirements. Things like visitor’s visas, foreign entry and vaccination requirements are just some of the details to verify for successful travel preparation.
Travel Documents - An identity document issued by a government or international treaty organization to facilitate the movement of individuals or small groups of persons across international boundaries. Also see:
Travel Guide for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Caregivers - By planning ahead and making some simple tweaks to your vacation plans, taking trips with someone with Alzheimer's can be a smooth, enjoyable experience for both the patient and caregiver. This guide is designed to help you plan your journey in order to make traveling as seamless as possible.
Medigap & Travel - Your Medigap policy may offer additional coverage for health care services or supplies that you get outside the U.S. Standard Medigap Plans C, D, F, G, M, and N provide foreign travel emergency health care coverage when you travel outside the U.S. If you have Medigap Plan C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, M or N, your plan:
Covers foreign travel emergency care if it begins during the first 60 days of your trip, and if Medicare doesn't otherwise cover the care.
Pays 80% of the billed charges for certain medically necessary emergency care outside the U.S. after you meet a $250 deductible for the year.
Foreign travel emergency coverage with Medigap policies has a lifetime limit of $50,000.
Traveling Together? Apps to Help Split (and Pay) the Bills - NYT article from Stephanie Rosenbloom discusses apps that assist in splitting the costs of dinners, museum admissions, rental homes and cars, and the like. Using them is not as simple as downloading an app. There are a number of factors to consider, including that, in many cases, you are sharing your bank account information with a third party. Most of the tools are available only to users in the United States with American bank accounts, though many of them differ in terms of functionality, security and privacy, and how long it takes to receive your money.
TravelOnly - Canadian travel agents, experts in both group and individual packages. TravelOnly uses its buying power to negotiate with wholesalers and travel partners to ensure its clients receive the lowest rates on every vacation package, cruise ship and airline.
TravelMole - Information for travel agents, consolidators, tour operators, tourist officers, trade suppliers, hoteliers, travel journalists, travel PR agents and other travel professionals, including travel industry News.
TravelNotes - Travel directory providing destination information on countries and cities with reviewed web sites, regular travel articles, and online ticketing for car hire, hotel reservations and discounted flights.
Travelocity - Airline tickets, hotel accomodations, car reservations online.
TravelPage - Travel information about destinations, hotels, resorts, cruises, airlines, online reservations, late breaking news and weather and links to over 1000 travel sites with practical and objective travel information.
Travelport - Provides the travel industry with reliable, accurate access to inventory, schedule, and pricing information. One of the world's leading providers of electronic global distribution services - connecting approximately 44,000 travel agency locations to 470 airlines, 24 car rental companies, 56,000 hotel properties, 430 tour operators and all major cruise lines throughout the world.
TravelPost - Travel news and vacation ideas from around the web.
TravelVisaBookings - Provide you with all the documents for your visa application. Additionally, see:
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (U.S. Department of State) - The WHTI-compliant documents described here are acceptable for entry or re-entry into the United States. You may be required to present additional or different travel documents when entering foreign countries, including countries in the Western Hemisphere. Before you travel, make sure you know the entry requirements of the country you plan to visit. See Country Specific Information for more information on the country you are traveling to.
San Francisco Passport Agency - 95 Hawthorne Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3901. Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., local time, M-F, excluding Federal holidays.The San Francisco Passport Agency only serves customers who are traveling, or submitting their passports for foreign visas, within 14 days. To apply at the Agency, you must schedule an appointment by calling the toll-free automated appointment number at 1-877-487-2778, 24 hours/day. If you are not traveling, or needing to submit your passport for foreign visas within 14 days, you must apply at a Passport Application Acceptance Facility.
U.S. Visas - The Office of Visa Services in the Consular Affairs Bureau. A U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad will be your resource for questions about U.S. visas, including the application process, the status of visa processing, and for inquiries relating to visa denial. Visa Services Public Inquiries can usually explain what aspects of immigration law and regulation are applicable in certain cases, and can also check the current status of a particular case, if processing has been delayed. Also see Wikipedia for an overview of Visa Policy of the United States.
Americans Traveling Abroad - This section provides information and a link to background and requirements for Americans traveling abroad. Click on a link to access an alphabetical listing of countries to view specific entry requirements.
Ultimate Travel Library - National Geographic asked dozens of travelers (writers, photographers, explorers, editors, and others) to name the books that had most enriched their sense of place and best informed their peregrinations. To their picks, National Geographic added its own to offer here its own ultimate library of travel books- not guidebooks, but novels and narrative nonfiction and classic photography books. It's designed to take you on a globe-spanning literary ramble, a journey that celebrates the world around us and to suggest where your next journey might begin.
USA by Rail - Reveals in entertaining fashion the unique pleasures of North American train travel with Amtrak and VIA Rail. John Pitt has travelled more than 75,000 miles by train in the USA and Canada and his book, published by Bradt Travel Guides, features comprehensive route guides as well as all the practical information you need to make reservations, buy tickets and find your way around strange train stations. There are maps to accompany each route guide, making it easy to plan your itinerary and get the most from an Amtrak or VIA Rail pass. Details of Amtrak high-speed Acela trains are included, as well as sound advice about local transport, sightseeing and accommodation in places en route, making USA by Rail the perfect travel companion
ViaMichelin - World maps, city maps, driving route calculation, traffic information and address guides.
ViaMichelin - World maps, city maps, driving route calculation, traffic information and address guides.
Virtual Tourist - Extensive traveler information and traveler tools. Members from over 219 countries and territories share insights and experiences to help each other travel smarter.
Visa HQ - VisaHQ has developed a unique system that enables travelers to apply online for visas to virtually any country that has a Consulate in the United States, simply by filling out one universal, 100% paperless electronic form. It also offers the full range of passport services for the US citizens, and apostille and authentication services on AuthenticationHQ. Parallel visa services are provided in Canadian branches in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver: VisaHQ.ca; in the U.K. from our London-based office: VisaHQ.co.uk, and in Germany, Frankfurt am Main: VisaHQ.de. Also VisaHQ offers travel visa services in India: VisaHQ.in, Indonesia: VisaHQ.id, UAE: VisaHQ.ae.
Wikitravel Guide - A project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide.
Wikivoyage - The free, worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit.
World Climate - Information on what the weather is normally like for tens of thousands of places worldwide. Contains over 85,000 records of world climate data (historical weather averages) from a wide range of sources.
World Travel Awards - Rewarding leaders in the tourism, airline, hotel and hospitality sectors around the world. See Winners pages.
World Travel Guide - Comprehensive and objective guide to the travellers' world maintained by Columbus Publishing. The country information is based on the best selling World Travel Guide, long recognised by travel professionals worldwide as the ultimate destination guide.
World Travel Net - Travel guide, travel news and resources, travel conversion tools.
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