Online Resource Guide: General Resources and Health

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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.

Military News/Military Travel Privileges
Military.com Military news and information, including travel and lodging discounts worldwide

Census, Marriage and Death Records
Cyndislist.com Extensive listings of genealogical data, links to birth, marriage, and death certificate applications

Translators on Call
Chinahelpline.com Shanghai-based telephone translation service for English speakers in China
Lingotranslators.com The Voyager 4 speaks 14 different languages, uses The New Oxford American Dictionary, and has a built-in voice recorder

Practice Foreign Languages
Fluencynow.com 50-minute class, $30
Mhprofessional.com Phrase book with CD, $13
Earwormslearning.com Rapid downloads, $30
Livinglanguage.com 10-session programs, $55
Chinesepod.com Basic subscription, $9
Spanishsense.com Basic subscription, $9
Berlitz.us Five-session Ticket to...course, $175

Hosts for Pets/Pet-Friendly Places
Petsareinn.com Find someone to take care of your pet while you're away (only available in some states)
Petfriendly.com Pet-friendly hotel listings in the U.S., travel tips, e-store

Discount Passes for U.S. Cities
Citypass.com Discount passes to selected landmarks in 9 U.S. cities, including New York City and Hollywood
EuropeanCityCards.com Choose from 44 European city discount passes; smaller cities such as Lausanne, Switzerland and Gijon, Spain included.
Gocardusa.com Discount passes that include as many as 40 attractions in each destination, including Hawaii and a country pass for sights across the U.S.

Solo Travel: Sites with tips to avoid single supplement
Singlestravelintl.com
Sololady.com
Cstn.org
Backroads.com
Mayflowertours.com
Singlescruiseresource.com
Countrywalkers.com
Globusjourneys.com
Clubmed.us

HEALTH

Travel Medicine
Cdc.gov Official site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; extensive health information, including travel vaccination recommendations
Lstm.org Comprehensive site that includes: preventive and curative medicine within specialties such as tropical medicine, infectious diseases, high altitude physiology, travel related obstetrics, psychiatry, occupational health, military and migration medicine, and environmental health
Safemedication.com Information on specific drugs, tips, and basic medicine

Health Clubs
Healthclubs.com Find a health club near you; read up on exercise benefits

Spas
Spafinder.com Search spas world-wide; browse the best deals and spa cuisine recipes
Xpresspa.com XpresSpa offers massages, manicures, facials and more at their airport locations

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