Travel Links

These links are provided to help in planning your next adventure abroad. Please let us know if you've found a site that is particularly useful that is NOT listed below or if you find a site listed below that is no longer posted.

Advisories:

Check these sites to learn about the latest travel warnings.

U.S. Department of State travel advisories (202/647-5225, http://travel.state.gov) provides updated information on danger areas as well as visa, passport and health info. Trip-planning publications also are available.

British government travel advisories
www.fco.gov.uk

Canadian government travel advisories
http://www.voyage.gc.ca

U.S. Customs Service alerts (provides guidelines for what travelers can/can't bring in/out of the U.S.)

http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/know-before-you-go/prohibited-and-restricted-items

Traveler's Health:

Check for required/suggested immunizations and health warnings

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

High-altitude acclimatization and illness info
http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html

Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport Services and Information (online forms & info for passport applications/renewal)
http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Foreign travel entry requirements
http://travel.state.gov/visa/americans/americans_1252.html

Embassies and Tourism Offices

Tourism offices worldwide (including tourist office websites)
http://www.towd.com or www.worldtourismdirectory.com

U.S. embassies around the world

http://www.usembassy.gov

Worldwide Conversions:

Electricity, money, metric measurements and time

World electricity guide + International dialing codes

http://countrycode.org

Currency conversion
http://www.xe.net/currency

Create a currency conversion "cheat sheet" to take along on your next trip
http://www.oanda.com/converter/travel

Metric conversion calculator
http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm

World Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock

Current time anywhere in the world
http://www.worldtimeserver.com

ATM locations abroad

Find ATM locations for cards using Visa and Plus systems
http://www.visa.com/atms

ATM locations for cards using MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus systems
http://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp

Miscellaneous

Guide to airline seats and in-flight amenities
www.seatguru.com

Info on airport facilities, terminals and parking around the world
www.worldairportguide.com

Maps of locations worldwide (including driving directions for European destinations)
www.MapQuest.com

Weather forecasts around the world
www.wunderground.com

UNESCO World Heritage Sites list
http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&l=en

Internet café locations worldwide
www.cybercafes.com

Listing of festivals around the world
www.festivals.com

Information hotlines

Tour-operator/travel-agent problems — Contact the American Society of Travel Agents (703/739-2782, www.asta.org) or the US Tour Operators Association (212/599-6599, www.ustoa.com). Also, contact the BBB in the city in which the company is located.

Air-travel complaints (domestic and foreign) — Contact the US Department of Transportation (http://airconsumer.dot.gov/index.htm) or the FAA (consumer hotline, 866/835-5322, www.faa.gov).

Health — The Centers for Disease Control provide an International Traveler’s Hotline offering recorded messages or faxes on current health risks, suggested immunizations and food/water precautions; call 800/232-4636 or visit www.cdc.gov/travel.

IAMAT — Travelers can become members of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, or IAMAT (1623 Military Rd., Ste. 279, Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1745; 716/754-4883, www.iamat.org), and receive a list of English-speaking doctors worldwide plus info on malaria, immunizations and climate overseas.

Weather, Road Conditions — For info on weather and road conditions in cities in the US and worldwide, contact The Weather Channel Interactive, Inc. (900/932-8437 [calls cost 95¢ per minute], www.weather.com).