Travel Information

RECREATION

 

 

Bookstore Tourism: This guidebook  encourages booklovers around the country to organize day-trips and literary outings to cities and towns with interesting, fun and unique bookstores that people in their own communities may not be able to visit regularly. Sort of a Healthy Highways of the mind. www.bookstoretourism.com

NEW Find over 750 places for a dip in the U.S. and Canada (BC only). Swimming holes, hot springs, rivers, creeks, springs, beaches, and  waterfalls. Lots of excellent natural travel resources too. www.swimmingholes.org

 Find farmers’ markets in the U.S. www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets

Green Apple Guide. Great NYC resource. Save more than $2,000 on healthy living options in NYC. www.thegreenapple.org/

Festival Fun: Online information about festivals and events throughout the U.S. www.fulltiming-america.com

More Festival Fun: Worldwide listing of festivals dedicated to art, crafts, music, culture, sports, and more. www.festivals.com

Quirky America: Museums, festivals and destinations on the fringes of mainstream tourism.

Discover the World: Worldwide events listed by topic, location and time. www.whatsonwhen.com

Green Map System: A global eco-cultural site pointing out the natural sites and culturally significant places in urban areas. www.greenmap.org

Swimmer’s Guide: International directory of full-size, year-round swimming pools open to the public. www.swimmersguide.com

Yoga Finder: Find a yoga class, retreat center or event. www.yogafinder.com

Baseball enthusiasts: while on the road or for planning a trip around the sport, see www.ballparksofbaseball.com/

 

Horseback Riders find stables and riding opportunities world wide at www.horse-riding.net/

 

Skiing is far from an environmentally-friendly pursuit, but it is possible to ski greener with the help of www.SaveOurSnow.com

 

Entertain the Family en Route: with some old-fashioned traveling games to keep everyone busy. www.travelwithkids.about.com/cs/printgames/a/gamesprint.htm 

 

Conversation Cafes: An ideal way to plug into the local scene. www.Conversationcafe.org Hotline for Washington State only 206-781-5700.

Recreation Ideas from the U.S. Governent All kinds of information for travelers, from recreational activities to weather maps. www.recreation.gov/

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: National network of public recreational trails from former rail lines. www.railtrails.org 202-331-9696

The National Park Service: www.nps.gov 202-208-6843

Alaska 907-644-3510    Northeast 215-597-7013    Midwest 402-221-3471    Southeast 404-562-3100    Capital Area 202-619-7222    Pacific West 510-817-1300    Intermountain 303-969-2500

State and Local Governments On The Net: All state, county and local town websites. www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm

New York City Goes Green: A “green” map of the city and other Information on farmer’s markets, environmental activities, resources and other cool stuff. www.greenapplemap.org

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ACCOMMODATIONS

NEW Environmental Hotels: Find hotels with an environmental viewpoint. greenhotels.com (713-789-8889) and environmentallyfriendlyhotels.com/

Wheechair Accessable Hotels: www.whenwetravel.com

Athletic Minded Traveler: This book recommends the best hotels, health clubs, lap pools, and running routes in 78 of the nation’s most popular travel destinations. www.socalpress.com/

Vegetarian Vacations: Find vegetarian lodgings at www.vegetarian-vacations.com/usbandb.html

 Sleep In Airports: For travellers who are on a budget, why not consider sleeping in an airport?  Many airports, according to this site, are actually better than local lodging.  www.sleepinginairports.net/airports.htm

Reserve America: Online camping reservations for federal, state and private campgrounds. www.reserveamerica.com

RV Travel: Information about RV campgrounds and more. www.allcampgrounds.com

Hostelling International-USA: Find hostels, educational programs and other travel advice. www.hiayh.org/localcouncils/councils1.htm 301-495-1240

National Recreation Reservations Service: Accommodations for federal campgrounds only. 877-444-6777

Chemically Sensitive Travel Accommodation Guide.   Safer Travel Directory www.safertraveldirectory.com

For a comprehensive list of vegetarian travel sites, including tours, accommodations and travel agents, see www.vegetarian-vacations.com

 

Green Earth Travel specializes in arranging vegetarian vacations of all kinds and the website has valuable links to vegetarian-friendly lodgings, spas, travel discounts, resources, and more. www.vegtravel.com/

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DISABILITY RESOURCES

Disability Travel and Recreation Resources: www.makoa.org/travel.htm

Find public restrooms using a free travel guide written by travel expert Arthur Frommer. Order at www.wheretostopwheretogo.com

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TRANSPORTATION

Air Travel

 Website devoted to the the ins and outs of bidding on Priceline.com. www.BiddingforTravel.com

Vegetarian and vegan entrées. Ratings of ten top airlines from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine  http://www.pcrm.org/news/health031117_report.html

Everything pertaining to airline meals.www.airlinemeals.net

Federal Aviation Administration airline safety, alerts and advisories. www.faa.gov/

Find the best seats on the plane for your trip. www.seatguru.com/

Auto Transport

NEW Carbon offset program for drivers. drivinggreen.com

All about hybrid cars. hybridcars.com/about.html

ACEEE’s Green Book Online. Ratings for auto efficiency. http://www.greenercars.com/indexplus.html

An excellent book on building cars for the future. Forward Drive : The Race to Build “Clean” Cars for the Future

Find the best gas prices en route. In the U.S. and Canada http:/gasbuddy.com/ U.S. only http://gaspricewatch.com/

Rail Travel

Railroad travel Information. The Association of Rail Travel in the US (RUTUS). www.ustraintravel.com 847-433-0731

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 PET FRIENDLY

Traveling with Pets: Dog-friendly lodgings, restaurants, beaches, attractions, and more. www.dogfriendly.com 877-475-2275

More Traveling Pets: Lodging, travel tips, emergency vets, people’s forum, and more. www.petswelcome.com 845-297-5150

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ROAD & TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Weather: Current weather or 5-day forecast for anywhere in the U.S. http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet

Road Closures: Information on road closures due to construction, weather, road conditions, traffic, etc. From the Federal Highway Administration. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/

 Road & Weather Conditions: Comprehensive information throughout the U.S. www.1800drivers.com/rwa/rwdirect.htm

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STAYING CONNECTED

National Public Radio: Find public radio stations for your trip. www.NPR.org

Modem-friendly RV Parks:http://www.rversonline.org/RVMF.html

WiFi at RV parks:http://www.rvtravel.com/wifi.html

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FOOD LINKS FOR TRAVELERS

I am a vegetarian: Useful phrases in dozens of languages. http://www.ivu.org/phrases/index.html

Raw Food Enthusiasts: Find local raw food potlucks. State-by-state listings. www.rawfoodinfo.com

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PLANNING

Worldwide directory of tourism offices.  www.towd.com

Passport and visa info and applications. www.passportsandvisas.com/

U.S. Department of State. Information on living and traveling abroad. www.state.gov/travel/

American Passport Service. Expedited passport and visa service. http://www.americanpassport.com

U.S. Department of State. International travel warnings. http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html

U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. http://usembassy.state.gov/

All kinds of health info for travelers. www.cdc.gov/

Monetary exchange rates and currency converter. www.x-rates.com/

World time clock, dateline and more. www.timeanddate.com/

Ecotours: A human edited, non-biased directory of Ecotours and Operators providing travelers with a list of organisations in order to help plan their next ecotourism experience. http://www.ecotourdirectory.com

Sustainable Travel International provides factual information and tangible programs so you can do more than think about traveling responsibly. http://www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/

Blue Ventures, based in London, coordinates expeditions of scientists and  volunteers to carry out research, environmental awareness and conservation programs at threatened marine habitats around the world. www.blueventures.org 44-20-8341-9819

 

Earthwatch matches volunteers with research projects worldwide geared to preserving the environment. www.earthwatch.org 800-776-0188

 

The Nature Conservancy organizes trips that enable travelers to connect with the natural world, learn about local conservation efforts and enjoy some of the world’s still relatively undeveloped landscapes. www.nature.org 703-841-5300

 

Seacology works to protect the endangered biodiversity of islands throughout the world and runs trips to the island communities they work with. www.seacology.org 510-559-3505

 

The Sierra Club runs environmentally-oriented outings in the U.S. and abroad for adventurers, activists, families, seniors and more. www.sierraclub.org/outings 415-977-5522

 

Skiing is far from an environmentally-friendly pursuit, but it is possible to ski greener with the help of www.SaveOurSnow.com

 

The International Ecotourism Society’s Web site is another good resource for eco-friendly travel advice. www.ecotourism.org

 

 

For Ecological, Humanitarian or Educational Travel opportunities at www.meaningfultravel.com

 

TRAVEL TIPS

NEW Tools of The Trade: Tips from a well traveled man. http://shankman.com/the-tools-of-my-travel-trade
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