Travel Resources

Maps & Map Servers

  1. Google Maps
  2. Google Local
  3. Google Earth

MegaSites—Major Travel Resources

Technology on the Go—Take It Along!


Emergencies on the Go

You are traveling, and can't find a wireless access point: does your laptop have Bluetooth capability? Does your phone have access to the web and to Bluetooth? Then you can connect to the internet using your cell phone as a modem. Here's how—and you can even use your Blackberry Pearl as a Bluetooth modem with a Mac!


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WiFi Hot Spots

Use the interactive world map to zoom in on locations, or type in a known city or ZIP / Code to find a mix of pay and free access points. Use the advanced search feature to filter for free sites only. iPhone and wireless iPod Touch users can download an app that will sense other paid wireless access points, or just those that offer free access.

The Wi-Fi-FreeSpotâ„¢ Directory is a listing of locations that offer Free Wi-Fi. USA State-by-State listings come first, or you can browse a directory of Companies (like Panera Bread and Barnes & Noble) having multiple locations with Free Wi-Fi. You can use each company's web site's location search feature to find a location near you or where you'll be travelling. There is also a listing of Airports with Free Wi-Fi, Hotel,Motel, Inn and Resort National and Regional Chains with Free Wi-Fi, RV Parks and Campgrounds with Free Wi-Fi, and Vacation Rental Properties with Free Wi-Fi for Renters. Europe and other regions of the World are listed at the bottom of the page.

Cell Phones on the Go

Chances are your American cell phone will not work in Europe or Asia, and even if it does, using it there is like calling there from here, which can get really expensive! Here are some links to avoid that:

Smarter Travel's Wiki advises that if you want to talk for a long time, bypass the cell phone altogether, and instead use GoogleTalk, Skype or other services they discuss on an internet-connected computer.


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Photos-on-the-Fly

Phones and Computers are wireless. Isn't it time for cameras to be wireless as well? Here's a solution:

This site offers an SD (secure digital) card for your camera that doubles as a wireless broadcaster of your photos to online sites such as Flickr or Facebook. See also our listing of free online image editors and photo storage sites.


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Travel Search Engines

1-888-Inn-Seek (InnSeekers.com)

A searchable directory listing well over 12,000 B&B's and Country Inns from the around the world.

Accomodation Search Engine

Search for hotels, motels, lodgings, accommodation, bed & breakfast or hotel reservations in over 150,000 locations.

All¢heapfares

Flights, hotels, cars, vacations, destinations, cruises, and more are searchable on this site.

allcheckin.com

This UK-oriented search engine offers a wide range of airlines are represented, as well as consolidators such as Opodo and ebookers. Hotel and car searching is also offered. Sponsored listings on the site come via Yahoo.

Kayak.com

Searches a broad array of online travel agencies and travel provider sites. Includes major hotel chains, airlines and even some low-fare airlines.