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Here are 17 great websites for travelers that are invaluable for trip planning.
- The Man in Seat 61 Mark Smith is the man behind this website – a career railwayman who intimately knows the train business. He provides information about trains and ferries for journeys all over the world though Europe is definitely his focus. Train and ferry tickets can be bought from him online. If you’re planning a trip by train then make this your go to site.
- Worldwide Airlines The website lists and links all airlines worldwide.
- The Guide to Sleeping in Airports Over 6500 airport reviews provide the information you need to find the best and worst airports to sleep in.
- I Hate Taxis Find transportation options from major arrival locations including airports, cruise ship, ferry and train terminals.
- About Airport Parking You can find and reserve airport parking at every major airport in the United States.
- Trip Advisor Trip Advisor is a useful site for recommendations on hotels, restaurants and things to do though reports are not unbiased. I recommend using Trip Advisor as a first pass for finding out what, for example hotels or B&B’s are in a city. Then go to the specific websites for more details.
- Housecarers Find house sitters worldwide who can water your plants and look after your pets. I’ve used them three times with great success.
- Bedbugger Find out how to travel without being bitten by bedbugs. Learn what you can before you’re bitten by bedbugs. Bedbugs are a problem in all classes of hotels.
- Journeywoman Evelyn Hannon’s website is one of the best out there for female travelers. Look for hundreds of travel tips plus information on what to wear, what to pack, where to shop… That just scatches the surface of the categories she covers. Readers are encouraged to send in travel tips and the best are published.
- Traveldudes The traveldudes website is written by travelers for travelers. You’ll find travel and accommodation tips on countries all over the world. Much of the information on the website is not what you would find in guidebooks – much more like an insider’s take on a place. The website is easy to navigate too.
- One Bag Doug Dyment teaches you how to lighten your load when traveling. Look for tips on what to pack and how to pack it, what type of bag is best, tips for traveling with kids, security tips and a comprehensive list of resources.
Health and Embassy Contacts
- World Health Organization International travel and health information for most countries is provided. Also find out what vaccinations are recommended and what infectious diseases are currently a problem. Get information on travel risks and precautions.
- Embassy Worldwide All embassies and consulates for nations worldwide are listed on this site in an easy to navigate format.
Money, Weather, Time, Electric Guide
- Currency Converter The XE currency conversion website is easy to use, accurate and provides the exchange rates for 85 countries with live rates.
- BBC Weather provides world weather news. CNN International Weather forecasts provide 10 day forecasts for cities around the world.
- World Clock Find out what time it is anywhere in the world.
- World Electric Guide Voltage and plug type for all countries is listed.