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We compiled this list of our favorite online resources that you may find helpful during your travel preparations. Be sure to also read our list of Travel Tips 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, processing time estimates, and visa requirements for specific countries. Expedited 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.
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.
Note for U.S. passports: You can no longer get extra pages inserted in an existing passport – you must obtain a new passport choosing a 28-page or 52-page book.
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 also find a copy of the reference book, CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book), for professionals and anyone interested in staying healthy abroad. Sign-up on this website to get travelers’ health updates by email.
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.
Cheesemans’ Gear Store. Purchase top quality clothes and gear (some with our logo!) online.
Binoculars. Having the right pair of binoculars can really enhance your safari experience. Read our background information and recommendations on how to buy the right pair for you.
Electrical socket adapters and converters. Electricity by Country Wiki contains a concise table with socket images that you can use to pack the correct adapters. Also, read an easy-to-understand explanation of electricy around the world.
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. Search for the IATA airport and airline codes used 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.
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.
Know Before You Go. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border protection (CBP) has information about how to make your return to the U.S. easy and quick! (Hint: use the links on the page on the left under “Know Before You Go”).
Flight Status. Find the status of any flight by flight, airport, or route.