The following are web sites I use myself, and that I feel offer excellent information for people, particularly women, who want to travel.
Resources for Women Abroad
A terrific site by the International Center at the University of Michigan that should be read by any woman about to travel or work abroad. An OUTSTANDING resource. If you don't find what you are looking for on my web site, go to UM's IC site.
Sex While Traveling
Helpful information whether you are traveling with your sexual partner or not.
This web site has a LOT of great information about tent camping abroad, particularly in Europe.
The Lee Family Around the World
In 2001-02, a family of four went around the world. The Lee's web site chronicles how they prepared for the trip, and how they did it, and serves as an inspiration for entire families to do something as ambitious together.
Camping with Your Dogs
I first posted this page back in 1997, and it quickly became -- and remains -- the most popular page on my web site. This is USA-specific, but I think the tips are easily adapted to other countries (but YOU need to do your OWN research about camping with your dog/s in other countries -- please do NOT write me for advice regarding such!).
Camping and RVing with Dogs
Comprehensive guide by Jack and Julee Meltzer that covers just about everything you can imagine regarding taking your dogs on the road with you. The owners have two German Sheperds, and have lots of advice for those with dogs that are perceived as aggressive. In addition to excellent, practical information, this book also includes a directory of pet-friendly campgrounds in the USA.
Let's you book hostels online in advance that are a part of the Hosteling International network.
Publisher of the oh-so-famous travel guides, which I find to be the best anywhere. Its online forum, called "The Thorn Tree", is a great place to ask for advice. It also has a section on Responsible Travel.
OneWorld Alternative Travel Guide
to allow you to "explore the World not just as a tourist, but as a caring global citizen." Find out about exciting, unique travel opportunities: OneWorld U.S. has compiled a list of volunteer and travel opportunities offered by its nonprofit partners.
Rough Guides - Travel
Somewhat similar to Lonely Planet, published out of Great Britain.
First-hand accounts of travel across the globe.
Another site's information on safety for women traveling abroad
Pink Pangea, featuring very brief blog entries by women travelers.
There are more than 878 UNESCO World Heritage sites. These sites belong to all of us – to enjoy, experience and protect. They are mix of man-made and natural sites, all outstanding, each with universal value. There is an AWFUL book called 1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz that's actually "1000 Luxury Hotels to See Before You Die." Don't even bother with it -- the UNESCO sites are a much better goal for world travel. You may have a site quite near wherever you are now in the world. Also, get involved with Friends of World Heritage.
Yahoo Travel - accounts by & for travelers
News and travelogues regarding adventure travel, independent travel, business travel, traditional travel, and more. Great tips and inspiration.
Yahoo Travel - deals
Info on hotels, travel companies, airlines, car rentals, etc.
provides an agglomeration of real-time information on the status of just about every airline flight in the world.
This discount airline flies all over Europe. It's two hubs are in Germany. Great for travel within Europe.
Hapag Lloyd Express
Another super cheap airline that flies all over Europe. If you are traveling within Europe, this is a great airline.
By the U.S. State Department. Tips for USA citizens traveling or residing abroad. Includes information on getting a passport, and which countries require Americans to get a visa before you visit. Frequently updated.
transire benefaciendo: "to travel along while doing good."
advice for those wanting to make their travel more than sight-seeing and shopping.
Volunteering Abroad (especially for citizens of the USA)
Times have changed drastically in the last 30 years regarding Americans and other "westerners" volunteering in other countries. The emphasis in local relief and development efforts is to empower local people, and to hire local people, whenever possible, to address their own issues, build their own capacities, and give them employment. This strategy is much more beneficial to local communities than to bring in an outside volunteer. That said -- the days of international volunteers are NOT numbered: there will always be a need for international volunteers, either to fill gaps in knowledge and service in a local situation, or because a more neutral observer/contributor is required. This online resource provides tips on gaining the skills and experience that are critically needed to volunteer overseas.
The International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations (IFWTO)
a worldwide network of professional women in the travel and tourism industry.
womens travel talk
An online discussion group for women over 40 to share travel and outdoor recreation suggestions and ideas. It is also a place for women to connect with other women in their area for outdoor adventures.
Advice on things you should do before you leave on a trip, to ensure you can access information via any computer or your feature phone or smart phone that you might need while traveling
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