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Getting the best deal means asking the right question. If you’re dealing directly with an airline’s toll free number ask: “Is that the lowest fare available for that flight?” The Transportation Department, clarifying an existing rule, recently noted that airlines must alert callers to lower Internet fares when the question is posed, not just fares available through their reservation agents. For similar tips, go to travel secrets, and visit Seat Guru for information on airplane seats featuring the best seat, legroom and recline information. B.T.W. the SideStep browser plug in, may be the best tool to help you save the most time and money (the only problem is so far the plug in only works with Explorer running Windoze).

Find out about current flights between major cities within the United States using a flight tracker (this is real time flight data so it only shows flights that are flying, have recently flown, or are about to take off). You can cross check a flight with the FAA clickable status map of major U.S. airports. TSA is providing historical security checkpoint wait times information to assist travelers in planning for their next flight.

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Browse travel guides by Lonely Planet your guide to the good, the bad and the unfamiliar places on the planet.

The Rec.Travel Library is a good place to find personal travelogues, trip reports, and worldwide tourist information.

Global Exchange is a non-profit research and education center that can arrange people to people tours around the world.

Most tourists are content partying their way around the world. If you are looking for a more substantial experience try volunteering abroad. Volunteering not only gives you the opportunity to give back, it gives you something to do, somewhere to go, and somewhere to stay.

Worldwide Adventures offers physical travel for independently-minded travelers who want untrammeled trails, cycling the backroads and sailing to islands unmarked on the map. High maintenance individuals with a desire to have a quasi adventure and more bucks than they know what to do with, may want to check out the travel consultants at

TDS provides visa services for U.S. citizens for most countries for which an entry visa is required, and can also assist with visa requirements for U.S. permanent residents for many countries.

PassengerRights has done all the necessary research for every type of complaint travelers may have so that your complaint (or kudos) will be forwarded to the appropriate parties within seconds.

The Universal Currency Converter allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate conversion on the Internet. Type the amount of source currency in the input box. You may include commas and a decimal point. Select the source and destination currencies using the scrolling selection boxes.



Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets.

Consular Information Sheets are available for every country of the world. They include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled “Areas of Instability.”

 US State Department (Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets)

iJET Travel Intelligence, the first “intelligence agency” specifically for the global travel industry. The site offers 24/7 worldwide delivery of real-time travel alerts.

FCO’s Consular Division (the British counterpart to the American State Department) produces a range of material intended to advise and inform British citizens travelling abroad.

 Foreign & Commonwealth Office - Travel Advice

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Mission of the CDC is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

 CDC Health Recommendations for International Travel

The CIA World Factbook is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US Government officials, and the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements.

 CIA World Factbook - Country Profiles

The Library of Congress Country Studies has in-depth analyses of the political, economic, social and national security systems.

 Library of Congress Country Studies

Local Times Around the World attempts to list all of the world’s countries, and many of its islands, with a pointer to the local time in the region. Times quoted as UTC offsets do not consider Daylight Savings Time. Except for the Pacific and Caribbean Islands, islands are often included with either the sovereign country listing, or with the nearest continent.

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