Online Resource Guide: General Resources and Health

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A growing list of useful websites we love


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

Climate and Time Zones Average worldwide climate data Time zone maps and interactive time charts

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

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

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

Traffic Reports Traffic reports and point-to-point driving directions

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

Travel Safety and Insurance The State Department's website has information on the security situation in every country Insurance policies that offer partial or full reimbursement of your trip of it's interrupted or cancelled Helps you select a plan from 14 companies, and it doesn't charge a fee Compare prices and policies; buy travel insurance Compare insurance plans; get quick quotes 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 news and information, including travel and lodging discounts worldwide

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

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

Practice Foreign Languages 50-minute class, $30 Phrase book with CD, $13 Rapid downloads, $30 10-session programs, $55 Basic subscription, $9 Basic subscription, $9 Five-session Ticket to...course, $175

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

Discount Passes for U.S. Cities Discount passes to selected landmarks in 9 U.S. cities, including New York City and Hollywood Choose from 44 European city discount passes; smaller cities such as Lausanne, Switzerland and Gijon, Spain included. 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


Travel Medicine Official site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; extensive health information, including travel vaccination recommendations 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 Information on specific drugs, tips, and basic medicine

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

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

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