Resources

It's a big world out there and it can be hard to find out where to get answers to your questions about traveling abroad - especially while you're traveling. As we researched and talked to world citizens we compiled a list of resources that we found helpful. You won't find everything here, but it's a great start.

Click a section below to see resources in that area.

Before You Go

Center for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/travel
1-888-232-3228
U.S. government's advice on vaccinations, immunizations, and general health conditions abroad

Travel Vaccination Locations
http://www.tmvc.com
Traveler’s medical and vaccination centers

Travel Insurance
http://www.globaltravelinsurance.com

United States Customs Service
http://www.customs.gov
Customs regulations for the U.S. and international governments

Study Abroad

US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: Tips for Students Abroad
http://travel.state.gov/
Travel warnings, obtaining passports and visas, background notes on countries, foreign entry requirements, medical insurance, US Embassy or consulate locations, crisis abroad information, general safety precautions, travel benefits for students, and links to other sources of information for students

International Education Resource
http://www.goabroad.com
Programs abroad and travel resources: travel warnings, travel guides, Embassies, currency converter, travel insurance, hostels/accommodations, international ID cards

Best Study Abroad Resources
http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/study/resources/index.shtml
Links to key publications, web sites, and articles on study abroad

AIFS Study Abroad Programs
http://www.aifsabroad.com
Information on International and summer study abroad programs

Traveling Abroad

Embassies
http://www.embassiesabroad.com
A quick guide to embassies around the world

Association for International Practical Training
http://www.aipt.org
Global training and cultural exchange programs for professionals or students

Frommers
http://www.frommers.com
Expert advice on individual travel destinations around the world

Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com
Another excellent source for advice on travel

Meet Your Neighbors

Culturegrams
http://www.culturegrams.com
Reference tool to give an insider’s perspective on individual countries’ culture: history, religion, customs, views, traditions, peoples, and languages

Language Help
http://www.single-serving.com
Provides both audio and printable phrase guides to a host of languages

CIA World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
Summary of every country’s statistics: geographical boundaries, international disputes, climate, geography, economic indicators, demographics, government, communications, and defense

The Virtual Tourist
http://www.wings.buffalo.edu/world
Click on the atlas to zoom into the region of your choice.

Money Matters

Foreign Currency Exchange Rates
http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/update

Universal Currency Converter
http://www.xe.net/ucc/
The online converter allows you to check current conversion rates by selecting the two currencies you’re interested in and the amount. Rates are updated every minute.

Western Union
http://www.westernunion.com
Money transfers, quick collect, send money online, bill payments, send cash worldwide

Tipping Abroad
http://www.tramex.com/tips/tipping.htm

Chart by Country
http://www.frommers.com
Search "tipping guides" by country

Metric Conversions of Measurement
http://www.onlineconversion.com
length/distance, temperature, speed, volume, weight/mass, date/time, and more

Transportation & Accommodations

Train Information
http://www.raileurope.com
1-888-382-7245

Schedules and fares in Europe
http://www.railserve.com
Schedules and fares worldwide

Eurail Passes and Information
http://www.euraildirect.com
1-800-4-EURAIL

International Road Signs and Signals
http://www.asirt.org/roadwatch.htm

Hostel Listings Worldwide
http://www.hostels.com
Thousands of mostly private hostel listings in North America and international

http://www.accommodationsabroad.com
Lists accommodations in order of name, type and price

Info & News

Live Radio Net
http://www.live-radio.net/info.shtml
Links to thousands of online radio stations worldwide

World Language Real-Time Chat and Forums
http://www.languagetrade.com

World Newspapers and Online Magazines
http://www.newsdirectory.com
http://www.worldpress.org/gateway.htm
http://world-newspapers.com
http://www.allyoucanread.com
http://www.thepaperboy.com.au/welcome.html

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