Useful travel preparation sites

Being the wanderlust that I am, I’ve been reading several travel planners. Below are some useful travel preparation sites that I’ve gathered.

Round the world guide:
Perpetual travel

Practice your foreign language:
Livemocha.com
eduFire

Plan your itinerary:
Yahoo’s Trip Planner

If you want to know how long it takes to walk, take the metro, or drive from point A to B, go to HopStop.com

Train schedules for anywhere in Europe: http://bahn.hafas.de/bin/query.exe/en

Europe’s most extensive bus network: http://www.eurolines.com/

Links to each country’s own national rail website: http://railfaneurope.net/

Instructions on how to dial any phone number in Europe: http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/

Online currency conversion tool: http://www.oanda.com/

Latest rules and regulations for flights: http://www.tsa.gov/

Tips on traveling light: http://www.travelite.org

Customized list of suggested items to pack based on trip length, expected climate, planned activities, and other factors: Universal Packing List

Arrival information for most of Europe’s airports, including how to get into the city center: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/

Dates and details on festivals and cultural events: http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.htmhttp://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/europe/fest_menu.htm

Tour France’s most beautiful buildings on the Patrimony Day, usually the 3rd Sunday in September: http://www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr/

Travel insurance: http://www.insuremytrip.com/

ATM locators: Visa and MasterCard

Personal tour guide: Global Greeter Network

Wifi: WiFinder

Free wifi: Wififreespot.com

If you need to use a computer: Cybercafes.com

Look up airports, landmarks, or businesses when you don’t have an exact address: MapQuest

Ultra-detailed Thomas Guides: Rand McNally

European maps, including approximate driving times, how much you can expect to pay on gas and tolls along your route: ViaMichelin

If you just want to find out where a town is located in a country and what’s there to see: Mappy

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