Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Traveling somewhere else: Part 1

We're tired of winter already - its sooooooo cold and blah and dreary; wouldn't it be nice to go someplace else? If you are thinking of going on a trip or just dreaming about being somewhere else, here are a few websites that have a unique travel niche. Beware, however, most travel sites are packed with advertisements.

Eurotrip offers an online travel planner for European travel destinations. Users with an account can plan their trip and search rail and air travel between cities. Lodging and activities are recommended as well. Podcasts, itineraries, travel tips, and discussion forums are available. Recommended for those who plan to backpack.

Go Green Travel Green
The Go Green Travel Green blog offers an assortment of articles and posts on ways to be green while traveling, such as tips for greening your hotel stay. There is also a section on green travel gear.

Luxury Link serves the folks who want the finer things in life. Vacation packages, hotels, and cruises are available for auction or purchase and include only properties that meet strict criteria for quality, service, and price. Auctions are arranged geographically and by interest - beach, family, golf, ski, and so forth.

MomsMinivan offers "101" ideas to keep kids and toddlers entertained on those long car rides. The site is arranged by age group and offers printable and downloadable games, road-trip tips, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Traveler's Health
The CDC provides alerts, news, and general information about domestic and international travel. The site offers sections on recommended vaccinations; traveling with children, pets, or individuals with special needs; diseases related to travel; illness and injury abroad; finding health clinics; a podcast series on keys to safe travel; and more.

New York Times Travel
The New York Times Travel section offers informative articles, professional photographs, videos, and destination guide for cities all around the world. Searches retrieve current and past articles from the newspaper. Destinations can also be browsed by categories like food and wine, canoeing, etc.

Thanks to the article "Know Before you Go", Reference on the Web by Sue Polanka from the April 1, 2010 Booklist magazine.

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