We compiled this list of our favorite online resources that you may find helpful during your travel preparations. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Be sure to read our Travel Tips and suggestions too.
Passports and Visas. Visit this official U.S. Department of State website where you will find a variety of official information including forms and instructions about how to renew or get a U.S. passport, how to add extra pages to an existing passport, processing time estimates, and visa requirements for specific countries. Expeditated service is available.
Sometimes it is not possible to get your visa in person or mail directly from the issuing agency so you will have to use a service. Recommended by some of our travelers, CBIT will get the necessary visa for you for a fee.
Note concerning U.S. Passports: If you already have a U.S. passport, check your renewal date. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of your travel. Also, some countries require that you have two to four empty pages in your passport for stamps. Passport requests can take a couple of months and processing times vary, so take care of issues early.
Country Specific Information is available from this U.S. Department of State website. These pages include such information as location of the US embassy or consulate, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, and security information.
CDC Travelers' Health section of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has lots of information about travel notices, vaccinations, insect protection, safe eating and drinking, and health information about specific destinations. You can sign-up on this website to get email updates.
Medline Plus Traveler's Health is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. This web site contains lots of information about travel and health from peer reviewed journals and prominent organizaions.
The Weather Channel will let you search for the current weather of cities all over the world.
Weatherbase gives you average temperatures and precipitation for each month for cites all over the world so you can plan what to pack.
Geology.com has a very nice map collection for different countries around the world, both political maps and satellite images.
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Time converter. Convert time between two cities from around the world.
Currency converter. Convert currencies between over 164 countries using the OANDA daily rate.
Airline and airport codes. Descipher the airport and airline codes you find on your airline tickets.
International Phone Codes. Look up the country codes and instructions you need to use to phone between two countries.
Translate. Convert words, sentences, and even websites between two languages.
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Plug and Socket adapters. World Standards has nice images of the different electric plug and socket types and also a world map and listing that shows which is used where (hint: use the top menu to navigate). Also, read a short explanation of electricy around the world.
Binocular recommendations from optics expert, Jim Danzenbaker. Good binoculars will really enhance your experience, especially if you will be looking at birds.
Satellite Phone recommendations for staying in touch worldwide. We use an Iridium Extreme from BlueCosmo (an affordable and super-helpful online satellite phone store) to call and access data from anywhere in the world.
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Travel Insurance. There are many types of travel insurance, including emergency medical insurance and trip cancellation insurance. Be sure to compare benefits and exclusions carefully so you will purchase the policy that you desire and need. Read our recommendations and requirements.
Travel Tips and suggestions from our long experience and our travelmates.
US Airport Security. Read the latest regulations from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
Restricted Items. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Travel website lists the rules for bringing items back into the U.S. including prohibited and restricted itmes including cultural objects, wildlife parts, food, plants, medication, and embargoed goods.
Flight Status. Find the status of any flight by flight, airport, or route.
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Updated in July 2014