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T R A V E L    T I P S
PLANES
Airline Info
A-Z Listing of Airlines
http://www.airlinecontact.info/index.html  
Canadian Air Transportation Agency http://www.cta-otc.gc.ca/index_e.html  
Airplane Seat Info. http://seatguru.com/  
Aviation Consumer Protection Division http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/  
Fare Report http://farereport.bootsnall.com  
Frequent Flyer Program Listing http://Frequentflier.com/  
Real-Time Arrival & Departure Info. http://www.flightarrivals.com/  
Ratings / Consumer Protection http://www.dot.gov/  
Airline and Airport links http://www.airlineandairportlinks.com/  
Visual Menu of Airline Food

http://airlinemeals.net/

 
TSA (Transportation Security Administration )airport safety and what's new.

http://www.tsa.gov/

 
Plane safe Transportation Security Administration - what you can take on the plane, security procedures, etc.

http://www2.faa.gov/

 
Live Airline TRACKER

http://flightaware.com/live/

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Airline Meal Descriptive terms http://www.happycow.net/travel/air_travel.html  
 
FREQUENT FLYER INFO
Programs, Ratings, Message Boards

http://www.webflyer.com/

 
Program information and Advice

http://www.frequentflyer.com/

 
Comments/Advice from Site Members

http://www.epinions.com/trvl?tab=1

 
News/Articles for the Frequent Traveler

http://www.insideflyer.com/

 
   

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AIRPORT CLUBS AND LOUNGES    
The Best Source for Global Air Travel

www.airguideonline.com

 
EWA Travel on airline club rooms

www.ewatravel.com

 
Guide to airport clubs and lounges

www.businesstravel.about.com

 
Where to get business done on the go (article)

www.usatoday.com

 
   

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FOOD    
Restaurant Menus & Message Board http://www.fodors.com/  
Worldwide Restaurant Guide http://www.zagat.com/  
For people with food allergies, vegetarians, milk allergies and wheat intolerance. http://www.selectwisely.com/  
For those who live to eat! http://www.chowhound.com/  
   

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TRAINS    
Ticketing & Services http://www.amtrak.com/  
European Rail Transportation http://www.eurail.com/  
   

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AUTOMOBILES    
Rate Comparison, Reservations http://www.bnm.com/  
   

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MAPS    
MapQuest http://www.mapquest.com  
Online World Atlas http://geography.about.com/  
Maps & Online Store http://www.maps.com/  
Maps, travel utilities and weather info. worldwide http://www.viamichelin.com/  
Maps, disaster info. and geographical data http://www.usgs.gov/  
Maps, GPS gadgets, satellite imagery and more http://www.delorme.com/  
   

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TRAVEL DIRECTORIES    
World Tourism Directory http://www.worldtourismdirectory.com/  
   

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TRAVEL GUIDES    
Expedia.com's Destination Index http://www.expedia.com/  
City-by-City Travel Guide http://www.lonelyplanet.com/  
Worldwide Travel Guide CIA Factbook  
Detailed country info. and maps http://www.roughguides.com/  
Worldwide guides and bulletin boards http://www.frommers.com/guidebooks/  
Guidebooks, booking help and deals http://www.citysecrets.com/  
Books on Europe for sale http://www.maptown.com/  
Maps and guides catalogue http://www.timeout.com/  
City guides to the world's top 34 cities http://www.eccentricamerica.com/  
Off-the-beaten-track things to do in the U.S. http://www.travelbooks.com/  
Staff travel book selections from a Los Angeles-based store http://www.distantlands.com/  
Traveler's bookstore and outfitters http://gorp.away.com/index.html  
Travel Destination Guides http://www.bootsnall.com/  
Gay and Lebian Travel Assn. www.iglta.org/

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DISABILITY TRAVEL    
Disability Travel http://www.cdc.gov/travel/spec_needs.html  
SATH - The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality http://www.sath.org/  
Wheel Chair Accessible Guide http://www.tripbuzz.com/wheelchair-accessible-travel-guide/

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PASSPORT & VISAS    
U.S. Deptartment of State http://www.state.gov/  
Info. on Living & Traveling Abroad http://passportsandvisas.com/  
Visa & Passport Processing http://www.americanpassport.com/  
All types of passports and visa fast! http://www.passportvisaexpress.com/  
Passport Expediting Service http://www.passportsandvisas.com  
   

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TRAVEL AGENTS    
American Society of Travel Agents http://www.astanet.com/  
   

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TRAVEL INSURANCE    
The Travel Insurance center http://www.worldtravelcenter.com/  
   

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TRAVEL WARNINGS    
Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/by-type#For-Travelers  
Warnings on Outbreaks & Diseases - Center for disease control http://www.cdc.gov/travel/  
Country-by-Country Warnings, State Department Warnings http://travel.state.gov/  
Hepatitis Information Center http://www.malarone.com/?a=254  
Australian Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade http://www.dfat.gov.au/  
UK government department responsible for foreign affairs http://www.fco.gov.uk/  
World Travel Watch http://www.worldtravelwatch.com  
   

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WiFi ZONES    
EZGoal Hotspots (locations offering wireless access) http://www.ezgoal.com/  
Electric Plug Types in Domestic and Commercial Use  http://www.export911.com/  
   

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COUNTRY PHONE CODES    
Directory of area codes across the US http://areacode.org/  
International Dialing Country Codes http://www.countrycodes.com/  
Telephone Area Codes http://www.lincmad.com/locator.html  
The Official US Time http://www.time.gov/  
   

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TRAFFIC REPORTS    
TRAVEL TALK RADIO 
immediately posts all announcements  from CALTRANS and Nevada Department of Transportation 
regarding traffic on I-15 between Las Vegas and Southern CA.
Las Vegas Traffic on TravelTalkRADIO  
   

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TIPPING RECOMMENDATIONS    
For those who worry about tipping. The original tiping page  
   

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BOATS    
Itineraries and Reviews http://www.cruiseserver.net/  
Official Cruise Industry Site http://www.cruising.org/  
Cruise review database http://cruiseopinion.com/  
   

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HOTELS    
Worldwide Directory & Rates http://www.all-hotels.com/  
Great deals on hotels all over the U.S. http://www.quikbook.com/  
Info. on 27,000 bed & breakfasts worldwide http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/  
   

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TIME & WEATHER    
The Weather Channel Online http://www.weather.com/activities/travel/  
Airport Weather Conditions http://www.worldtimeserver.com/  
Current weather Worldwide http://weather.yahoo.com/  
Time Zone clock http://www.time.gov/  
Current local times around the world http://www.timeanddate.com/  
   

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HEALTH AND SAFETY    
U.S. Department of State Legal Information http://travel.state.gov/  
Worldwide Legal Info. for Travelers http://www.cdc.gov/  
Health Info. for Travelers http://www.who.int/topics/en/  
   

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LANGUAGE    
Travelers Language Guide & Translating Dictionaries http://www.travlang.com/  
Course info., travel / study programs http://www.berlitz.com/

 

Online translation utility http://www.freetranslation.com/  
Translation tools http://world.altavista.com/  
Arabic conversation guide
Learn basic Arabic with the Egyptian Tourist Office
http://www.lexicon.egypt.travel/?project=7&country=us&lang=en
Learn Hebrew online with Israel's Hebrew teachers - trial lessons www.hebrewonline.com  
English to Polish travel phrase resource. http://dobranoc.com/  

ChinaOneCall 24/7 telephone link to professional English & Mandarin Chinese speaking translators

http://www.chinaonecall.com  
   


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EXCHANGE RATES    
Exchange Rates http://www.x-rates.com/  
Exchange Rates & Comparisons http://www.xe.net/ucc/  
World Exchange Rates Rubicon International  
   

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STUDY, TEACH & VOLUNTEER ABROAD
Study Abroad Programs in Europe, Argentina, Australia and the UK by Global Student Experience http://www.gseabroad.com/  
Study abroad Directories
What studying abroad is really about!
http://www.iiepassport.org/  
Global Volunteer Network http://www.volunteer.org.nz/  
Teaching Abroad http://www.teaching-abroad.co.uk/  
Volunteer & Work Experience Placements http://www.teachabroad.com/search.cfm  
Directory for Teaching Positions Worldwide http://studyabroad.nrcsa.com/index.jsp  
Learning Abroad for Students & Professionals http://www.naropa.edu/studyabroad/  
Study Abroad Programs http://www.studyabroadlinks.com/  
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities http://www.volunteerinternational.org/  
Overseas jobs, study abroad programs, volunteer projects and international internships http://www.traveltree.co.uk/  
   

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HOSTELS    
Elder Hostel http://www.elderhostel.org/  
Japanese Youth Hostel http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/key-yh/  
   

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EMERGENCY SERVICES ABROAD
U.S. Dept. of State
Emergency Info.
http://travel.state.gov/  
Ready.Gov http://www.ready.gov/  
Emergency Services to U.S. Citizens Abroad http://www.hospital-technology.com/  
Hospitals and Healthcare Providers Worldwide http://www.healthy.net/clinic/firstaid  
   

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BULLETIN BOARDS    
The Thorn Tree Travel Forum - Lonely Planet http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/  
Rough Guides Community page http://travel.roughguides.com/  
Frommer's Community page http://www.frommers.com/  
Gorp adventure travel community http://gorp.away.com/index.html  
ETN's Comments, Complaints, Compliments http://www.etn.nl/  
Zeal chat, forum, message boards http://zeal.looksmart.com/index.html  
BootsnAll Travel Community http://boards.bootsnall.com  
Complaints.com http://www.complaints.com/  
   

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR FAMILY    
All you need to know to travel with minors is on the family travel forum website Family Travel Forum  
Things you can do to help traveling with your baby safer and more pleasant. http://essortment.com  
HOLIDAY Travel Tips http://www.traveltalkradio.com/kids/#1003  
Play it safe on vacation! Protect yourself with safety awareness. http://familytravelguides.com/  
Great tips to keep your children safe. http://www.sickkids.ca/safekidscanada/  
Learn about travel that is enriching and provides learning experiences for the whole family. http://havechildrenwilltravel.com/  
Learn to travel internationally with your kids. http://travelwithyourkids.com/  
Learn all about buying a car seat and car seat road rules http://fodors.com/  
Travel safety tips http://corporatetravelsafety.com/  
Back to school safety http://safekids.org/  
   

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR WOMEN    
Safety Travel Tips for Women http://www.traveltalkradio.com/kids/#1001  
Women Travel Tips http://womentraveltips.com/  
   

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR KIDS    
Travel with your kids in third world countries. http://parents.berkeley.edu/  
Transportation and travel safety http://safecanada.ca/kids_e.asp  
Resource of work and family balance information http://www.bluesuitmom.com
/travel/family/
 
Guidelines to child safety http://klaaskids.org/  
Links to family travel and parenting websites http://flyingwithkids.com/  
Travel Tips for Children http://www.traveltalkradio.com/kids/#1002  
Parking Lot Safety Tips http://www.traveltalkradio.com/kids/#1004  
   

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR SENIORS    
REG BUTLER - Travel Specialist with 18 years on the road -Travel Editor http://laterlife.com/  
   

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TRAVEL ALERTS    
Country-by-country warnings http://travel.state.gov/  
Australian Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade http://www.dfat.gov.au/  
UK government department responsible for foreign affairs. British Foreign & Commonwealth Office http://www.fco.gov.uk/  
The white House http://www.whitehouse.gov/  
Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/  
   

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BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL ATTACKS    
World Health Organization's international travel and health http://www.who.int/en/  
Responding to biological attacks http://www.cfr.org/issue/135/  
Chemical and biological attacks detection & response info http://www.ki4u.com/  
Centers for Disease Control's Public Health Emergency and Response info http://www.bt.cdc.gov/  
   

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ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FOREIGN NEWSPAPERS
Thousands of world newspapers http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/  
Newspaper U.S. and worldwide http://www.refdesk.com/  
Foreign newspapers www.newhopepa.com   
   

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EMBASSIES & CONSULATES    
U.S. Embassy Online Directory http://usembassy.state.gov/  
The Electronic Embassy - Foreign Embassies and Consulates in the U.S. http://www.embassy.org/  
   

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WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
Consumer and industry news http://www.eturbonews.com/  
Yahoo! Airline/aviation news biz.yahoo.com/news/airlines.html  
Airwise (airline, airport and aviation industry news) http://news.airwise.com/  
Association of Flight Attendants news page http://www.afanet.org/  
Comprehensive news service http://www.newsreel.com/  
Articles: War Raises Air Fares, Hits Jobs, Flights (registration required) http://www.nytimes.com/  
Travel Writer's Resource http://writtenroad.com/  
Travel News Daily http://travelnewsdaily.com/  
   

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SAFETY TRAVEL TIPS FOR WOMEN
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CLOTHES:

  • It can be difficult to know what is considered offensive or suggestive in segregated societies, such as in Orthodox Muslim areas.

    Take your cues from the local women. Watch them. If they don't make eye-to-eye contact with men, follow their example. Blend in. Dress appropriately.
  • Clothing that is fashionable and appropriate in the USA may project a provocative image in another culture. Leave the revealing clothing at home.

BODY LANGUAGE:

  • Keep your head up, swing your arms and act confident. Adopt a no nonsense attitude.

    Walk with purpose and you'll be less of a target for hustlers who prey on disoriented or timid tourists.
  • If you feel someone if following you, turn around and stare at them. If you let them know that you see them and that you know you are being followed, they are less likely to attack you for fear of identification.
  • Try to sit or stand next to other women or family groups in restaurants, on trains or buses, and in other public places. It is unlikely that you will be approached or harassed if you're in the company of other people.

    Travel essentials. You might want to pack the following:

  1. DUCT TAPE
    • Take a foot-long piece of duct tape and wrap it around a pencil. It fixes so many things. If a strap on a sandal snaps, or your luggage handle breaks, it's duct tape to the rescue.
  2. MOLESKIN
    • Band-aids often slip off toes and heels, so pack thin moleskin instead. Buy the soft self-adhesive
      sheets at a grocery or drugstore, and cut them into small squares. That way, if you shoe starts
      to rub, you can cover the area right away before it turns into a nasty blister.
  3. COPY OF PASSPORT
    • Always have a photocopy of your passport if you are traveling internationally, and most importantly, pack it separately from your passport. If your passport is stolen or you lose your passport, you will be
      issued a passport in half the time if you supply a copy.
  4. PEPPER SPRAY
    • This is a good idea for men and women. Pepper spray gives you time to run or call for help.
      Although you are using pepper spray as a weapon, it will only cause temporary pain and
      discomfort to your attacker.


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SAFETY TRAVEL TIPS FOR CHILDREN
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When traveling with your children always have on hand an index card, write each child's name, your name and
hotel address and phone number, as well as the phone number of a close friend or relative back home.
Always have a recent, clear photo of your child with you.
If you do get separated, the authorities will want an up-to-date picture.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS
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Thanksgiving tips

With flights this week expected to be packed to capacity and security checkpoints understaffed, the TSA
is urging travelers to do their homework and come to the airport prepared to keep delays to a minimum.

Davis at the TSA said there are many things individual travelers can do to avoid secondary screening and
keep passenger traffic moving, including storing all jewelry, coins, pagers, phones, lighters, keys, and other
objects containing metal in carry-on baggage before reaching the checkpoint.

Laptop computers should be labeled with your name and removed from carrying cases before going through
the X-ray machine. All coats and jackets need to go through the X-ray machine as well. Shoes are not
required to go through the X-ray machine, but it's probably better to play it safe and run them through if you have any doubts about whether they will set off the alarm.

Gifts should be left unwrapped in case they need to be inspected. Undeveloped film should be packed in
carry-on bags because the equipment used to screen checked bags can damage the film.

These tips are available at www.tsa.gov. Those who want a more exhaustive database of travel tips can
spend $3.95 to purchase the ''Terrorism Travel Planner," a compendium of information designed for
handheld computer devices by homeland security strategist W. David Stephenson of Medfield.

One of Stephenson's more interesting tips: Carefully clean golf shoes, since the nitrate residues from golf
course fertilizers can trigger bomb detectors.


 

PARKING LOT SAFETY TIPS
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1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks
for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are
that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE
MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! 

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit
(doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, taking control of the situation. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

5. Getting your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.

B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers
attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C.)  Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.  If a male
is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work,
and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.  IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better to be paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone
and the perfect crime spot).

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will
only hit you (a running target) 4 in100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: One story told is a friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night
one night, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police
told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.”The lady then said that it sounded like the
baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get
run over.  The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it
to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have
not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night. Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby.----This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted one Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.

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