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Online Resource Guide: General Resources and Health

A growing list of useful websites we love

GENERAL RESOURCES

Travel Requirements and Warnings
Tsa.gov Official site of the Transportation Security Administration
Travel.state.gov Official travel site of the U.S. State Department

Climate and Time Zones
Worldclimate.com Average worldwide climate data
Worldtimezone.com Time zone maps and interactive time charts

Maps
Earth.google.com Detailed satellite photos of just about every place in the world (software download required)
Googlemapsmania.blogspot.com Resource for google mashup maps
Ipodsubwaymaps.com Downloadable subway maps
Maps.google.com Maps, satellite photos, and hybrid images

Bathroom Finder
Mizpee.com Enter your coordinates in a cell phone web browser, and mizpee.com will tell you where to find the nearest and cleanest toilet in a handful of U.S. cities.

New Guidebooks
Hg2.com The Hedonist's Guide focuses on everything chic, gourmet and upscale
Lecool.comLe cool guidebooks are loaded with photos and artwork
Psppassport.com Lonely Planet has introduced interactive guides that play exclusively on Sony PlayStations
Luxeguides.com Luxe guides are accordion-style and bookmark-sized, full of blunt advice
Phaidon.com Wallpaper* guides are small enough to fit in your back pocket, and full of hangout locations
Pulseguides.com Night + Day has themed itineraries
Timeout.com TimeOut Shortlist pocket-size city guides are packed with lists and descriptions of don't miss sites

Traffic Reports
Maps.yahoo.com Traffic reports and point-to-point driving directions

Protect Against/Report Fraud
Bbb.org Better Business Bureau tips on business reliability and fraud; info on filing complaints
Consumeraction.gov Official government site for consumer information; links to the Consumer Action Handbook
Squaretrade.com Online purchase protection and vendor verification
Ustoa.com Official site for the U.S. Tour Operators Association; travel quizzes, planning advice, news
ConsumerAffairs.com The official website of Consumer Affairs. View reviews, scam reports, and general consumer protection resources from thousands of companies.

Travel Safety and Insurance
Travel.state.gov/travel The State Department's website has information on the security situation in every country
Travelexinsurance.com Insurance policies that offer partial or full reimbursement of your trip of it's interrupted or cancelled
Travelinsurancecenter.com Helps you select a plan from 14 companies, and it doesn't charge a fee
Insuremytrip.com Compare prices and policies; buy travel insurance
Quotetravelinsurance.com Compare insurance plans; get quick quotes
Protectyourbubble.com Covers trip cancellation, interruption, and delays; offers emergency medical and dental assistance, roadside assistance, concierge services, and other perks; from $12 a trip.

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