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The Adventure Builder

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    • Introduction The Adventure Builder is an organized compilation of travel-related websites, for researching, booking, and carrying-out a trip, vacation or adventure of any kind. In general, the travel websites are those you’ve heard people talk about, you’ve read about in magazines or in books, you’ve seen in commercials, or may have even used yourself at one time or another. Some you’ll recognize; most will be new. No matter what kind of experience you have in mind this collection of sites will help you navigate the planning terrain. The Adventure Builder’s flow follows the logical order of planning a trip. With all of the resources you’ll need arranged for you, this guide enables you to break the large and seemingly difficult task of preparing a trip into smaller more manageable tasks. Now when the inspiration to travel strikes, you can use this tool to zero in on the websites needed to see its fulfillment. You can use the table of contents and its hyperlinks to move around the book quickly, and because each website in the body of the book is live-linked to the internet simply click on the site of choice to jump to it. I hope The Adventure Builder truly changes the way you go about researching, planning and pulling-off a trip, and inspires you to many meaningful and unforgettable experiences. These resources will always be here, recorded and organized for today or tomorrow, for you and yours. Enjoy it, have fun with it; may it be the compass in the planning of your adventures to come.
    • Table of Contents Deciding Where to Go Information and Inspiration Build your Own Itinerary Cruise Travel Deciding When to Go Airfare Weather What you need to Prepare and Bring Information about Destination Airport Flight Shipping Luggage Ahead Passport Visas Health Safety Insurance Family Money Travel Gear Technology Languages Pets Where to Stay When There Hotels Hostels Rental Properties Home Rental Experiences Home Swaps How to Get Around When There Rental Car Recreation Vehicle Driving Bus Train Subway What to Do When There General Searches Dining Active Relaxation and Wellness Beaches Theme Parks
    • 1) Deciding Where to Go a. Information and Inspiration i. www.gusto.com ii. www.tripadvisor.com iii. www.igougo.com iv. www.virtualtourist.com v. www.realtravel.com vi. www.tripmates.com vii. www.travelhub.com b. Build your Own Itinerary i. www.zicasso.com ii. www.nileguide.com iii. www.tripit.com iv. www.lastminute.com v. www.voyagetrek.com c. Cruise Travel i. Cruise Lines Association 1. www.cruising.org ii. www.cruisecritic.com iii. www.avidcruiser.com iv. www.whettravel.com v. Solo Cruises 1. www.singlescruise.com 2. www.solocruiser.com 3. www.cruisemates.com "Twenty years from now you will be more 2) Deciding When to Go disappointed by a. Airfare the things you i. Prices for Airfares (including hotels and rental cars) didn't do than 1. www.Travelbuddy.com by the ones you 2. www.Kayak.com did do. So 3. www.Mobissimo.com throw off the 4. www.Qixo.com bowlines, sail 5. www.Travelgrove.com away from the ii. Fare Changes and Trend Predictions – When to Buy safe harbor. 1. www.Farecast.com Catch the trade iii. Search Engines that Include Budget Airlines winds in your 1. www.AirfareWatchDog.com sails. Explore. 2. www.Whichbudget.com Dream. 3. Europe Discover." a. www.Wegolo.com -Mark Twain iv. Prices and Deals – Sent to you via E-mail
    • 1. www.Expedia.com 2. www.Travelocity.com 3. www.Smartertravel.com 4. www.Travelzoo.com 5. www.FareCompare.com "A journey v. Customized Flight Plans of a 1. www.Insidetrip.com thousand vi. Name-your-own-Price Biding miles must 1. Helpful Information begin with a. www.Biddingfortravel.com 2. Auction Sites a single a. www.Priceline.com step." b. www.Skyauction.com -Lao Tzu c. www.LuxuryLink.com vii. Multi-Destination Trips 1. www.Vayama.com 2. www.MontroseTravel.com 3. Multi-stop International Tickets a. www.Airtreks.com viii. Choosing the Seat for You 1. www.Seatguru.com ix. Best Flights Times and Airports 1. www.Avoiddelays.com 2. www.Delaycast.com x. Airline Credit After Price Reduction 1. www.Yapta.com xi. Frequent Flyer Miles 1. Promotion Tracking a. www.Webflyer.com 2. Frequent Flyer Forum a. www.Flyertalk.com b. Weather i. www.Weather.com ii. www.Worldweather.org iii. Includes Hurricane Coverage 1. www.Accuweather.com 3) What You Need to Prepare and Bring a. Information about Destination i. Central Intelligence Agency 1. World Fact Book a. www.cia.gov ii. Local Newspapers 1. www.World-Newspapers.com
    • b. Airport i. Getting a Parking Space 1. www.aboutairportparking.com "For my 2. www.airportparkingreservations.com part, I 3. www.avistarparking.com travel not ii. Packages on Parking and Airport Hotel to go 1. www.parksleepfly.com iii. Security anywhere, 1. Check Wait Times but to go. I a. Transportation Security Administration travel for i. www.tsa.gov travel's 2. Personal Fast-Moving Security Lines sake. The a. Companies great affair i. www.flyclear.com ii. www.rtgocard.com is t o c. Flight move." i. Delays and Airport Congestion -Robert 1. Association of Air Traffic Controllers Louis a. www.natca.org Stevenson 2. Avoiding Delays a. www.Avoiddelays.com ii. Status, Duration, Routes and More 1. Official Airline Guides a. www.oag.com iii. Checking Flight Status 1. www.flightstats.com 2. Orbitz TLC Traveler Update a. www.orbitz.com iv. Passenger Rights 1. Federal Aviation Administration a. www.faa.gov/passengers d. Shipping Luggage Ahead i. Air-Freight Service 1. www.LuggageConcierge.com 2. www.VirtualBellhop.com 3. www.LuggageFree.com e. Passport i. Applying 1. U.S. State Department a. www.travel.state.gov/passport ii. Fast Processing (2 weeks) 1. National Passport Information Center a. Call: (877-487-2778) 2. Private Expediters (24 hours) a. www.passportexpress.com b. www.abriggs.com
    • 3. More information a. National Association of Passport and Visa Services i. www.napvs.org iii. Online Storage of Passport 1. www.Passportsupport.com f. Visas i. Applying 1. U.S. State Department a. www.travel.state.gov/visa 2. Private Expediters (24 hours) a. Passport expediters (above) also handle visas g. Health i. Investigate Health Issues 1. Center for Disease Control a. www.cdc.gov/travel 2. World Health Organization a. www.who.int/topics ii. Food and Travel Translation Cards 1. www.selectwisely.com iii. Travel Medicine 1. The Society of Travel Medicine a. www.istm.org iv. Medical-Evacuation Assistance 1. SOS Assistance Emergency a. www.intsos.com 2. AirMed International a. www.airmed.com 3. MedjetAssist a. www.medjetassist.com v. Diet 1. Food Allergies a. www.foodallergy.org 2. Vegetarian a. www.vegdining.com "Travel vi. Staying Fit and 1. The American Council on Fitness change a. www.acefitness.org of place 2. Healthy Travel Network impart a. www.healthytravelnetwork.com 3. Airport Gyms new vigor a. www.airportgyms.com to the 4. Travel Workout Kits mind." a. www.jfit.com -Seneca 5. Weight Loss a. www.weightwatchers.com
    • h. Safety i. U.S. State Department 1. www.travel.state.gov ii. U.S. Embassies 1. www.usembassy.gov iii. www.ComeBackAlive.com i. Insurance i. Compare Policies "Adventure is 1. www.insuremytrip.com worthwhile." 2. www.squaremouth.com -Aristotle 3. www.totaltravelinsurance.com 4. U.S. Travel Insurance a. www.ustia.org ii. Providers 1. Access America a. www.accessamerica.com 2. HTH Worldwide a. www.hthworldwide.com 3. AIG Travel Guard a. www.travelguard.com j. Family i. Information 1. www.family.go.com/travel 2. www.familytravelforum.com ii. Flying with Children 1. www.flyingwithkids.com iii. Babies 1. www.babiestravellite.com 2. www.babyant.com iv. Grandparent or Grandchild 1. www.grandtrvl.com k. Money i. Getting Foreign Currency Before Departure 1. International Currency Express (60 Foreign Countries) a. www.foreignmoney.com ii. Exchange Rates 1. www.xe.com 2. www.oanda.com l. Travel Gear i. TSA Regulations 1. www.tsa.gov ii. Travel Kits 1. www.solutions.com
    • 2. www.minimus.biz 3. www.drugstore.com iii. Bags 1. www.luggage.com 2. www.protravelgear.com 3. www.hartmann.com 4. www.baileyworks.com iv. Outdoor Apparel 1. www.rei.com 2. www.ems.com 3. www.thenorthface.com 4. www.landsend.com 5. www.patagonia.com 6. www.orvis.com 7. www.coldwatercreek.com 8. www.tilley.com v. Camping 1. www.campmor.com vi. For Vehicle 1. Rooftop Boxes a. www.yakima.com m. Technology i. Information “People say 1. www.kropla.com ii. Cell Phones that what we 1. Using your Own Internationally are seeking is a. SIM card for the Country a meaning for i. www.intouchsmartcards.com life. I don’t ii. www.brightroam.com think this is iii. www.worldsim.com what we’re 2. Renting a. www.allcellrentals.com re a ll y b. www.cellularabroad.com seeking. I c. www.travelcell.com think what d. www.internationalcellular.com we’re seeking iii. Travel Electronics is a n 1. www.panasonic.com experience of 2. www.pioneerelectronics.com iv. Connectivity and Technology Services Information being alive.” 1. www.geektools.com -Joseph 2. Wi-Fi Campbell a. www.wififreeSpot.com b. www.wi-fihotspotlist.com c. www.jiwire.com v. Equipment Rental 1. www.inmotionpictures.com
    • vi. For Vehicle 1. Global Positioning System a. www.garmin.com b. www.magellangps.com c. www.tomtom.com d. www.navigon.com 2. Audiobooks a. Renting "One's i. www.simplyaudiobooks.com b. Purchasing destination i. www.audible.com is never a 3. Radio place, but a. Satellite a new way i. XM (over 170 channels) of seeing 1. www.xmradio.com things." b. Stations (around the world) i. www.radio-locator.com -Henry n. Languages Miller i. www.ilingo.com o. Pets i. Policies 1. Air Transportation Association a. www.airlines.org ii. Services 1. Boarding Kennels Association a. www.abka.com iii. Travel information 1. Veterinary Medical Association a. www.avma.org 2. Animal Hospital Association a. www.healthypet.com 3. www.petfriendlytravel.com 4. www.petsonthego.com 5. www.tripswithpets.com 6. www.go2pets.com iv. Pet Loss Assistance 1. Help 4 Pets a. www.help4pets.com 2. National Dog Registry a. www.nationaldogregistry.com v. Sitters 1. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters a. www.petsitters.org
    • 4) Where to Stay When There a. Hotels i. Reviews 1. www.tripadvisor.com 2. www.i-escape.com 3. www.travelpost.com ii. Search by Theme 1. www.uptake.com 2. Hotel comparisons a. www.tvtrip.com iii. Choosing a Room 1. www.tripkick.com iv. Booking 1. Wholesalers a. www.hotels.com b. www.hotelclub.net 2. Discounters a. www.hotwire.com 3. Coupons a. www.roomsaver.com v. Wi-Fi Availability 1. www.geektools.com 2. www.jiwire.com b. Hostels i. Hostelling International 1. www.hihostels.com ii. U.S. 1. www.hiusa.org "Life is c. Rental Properties either a i. Houses, Apartments & Condos daring 1. www.homeaway.com adventure 2. www.forgetaway.com or ii. Villas International nothing." 1. www.villasintl.com -Helen d. Home Rental Experiences Keller i. www.slowtrav.com e. Home Swaps i. www.homeexchange.com
    • 5) How to Get Around When There a. Rental Car i. www.expedia.com ii. www.orbitz.com iii. www.avis.com iv. www.priceline.com b. Recreation Vehicle (RV) i. Information 1. www.gorving.com 2. www.goodsamclub.com ii. Rental Association 1. www.rvra.org iii. Cruise Across America 1. www.cruiseamerica.com iv. El Monte (North America) 1. www.elmonterv.com “It is in the c. Driving compelling i. International Driving Permit zest of high 1. American Automobile Association (AAA) adventure a. International Travel Link and of i. www.aaa.com victory, and ii. Maps 1. AAA TripTiks in creative a. www.aaa.com actions, that 2. Online Resources man finds a. Google Maps his supreme i. www.google.com joys.” b. Mapquest -Antoine de i. www.mapquest.com iii. Traffic and Direct Routes (100 cities) Saint- 1. www.traffic.com iv. Rules, Laws, Sign Meanings, and Local Tendencies 1. Association For Safe International Road Travel a. www.asirt.org v. Gas 1. Prices a. Gas Buddy i. www.gasbuddy.com b. Gas Price Watch i. www.gaspricewatch.com 2. Information a. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency i. www.fueleconomy.gov vi. U.S. Camping 1. www.roadnotes.com vii. AAA Fuel Cost Calculator
    • a. www.fuelcostcalculator.com viii. Help! a. www.aaa.com d. Bus i. Aggregator 1. www.gotobus.com ii. United States 1. Greyhound a. www.greyhound.com 2. Northeast a. Peter Pan Bus Lines i. www.peterpanbus.com b. Trailways i. www.trailways.com c. Eastern Travel i. www.easternshuttle.com e. Train i. United States 1. Amtrak a. www.amtrak.com 2. TrainWeb a. www.trainweb.com ii. Canadian Rail 1. www.viarail.ca iii. European Rail 1. www.eurail.com f. Subway i. Navigation (Around the World) "Travel is 1. www.subwaynavigation.com ii. U.S. Transit Maps more than 1. www.hopstop.com the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes 6) What to do When There on, deep a. General Searches and i. www.viator.com permanent, ii. www.whatsonwhen.com in the ideas iii. www.ticketmaster.com of living." b. Dining -Miriam i. Restaurants 1. www.urbanspoon.com Beard 2. www.dinercity.com 3. www.chowhound.com 4. www.roadfood.com
    • 5. Reserve Ahead a. www.opentable.com b. www.dinnerbroker.com 6. Tipping a. www.tipping.org c. Active i. Information 1. www.athleticmindedtraveler.com 2. www.maxlifestyle.net ii. Finding Fitness Centers 1. www.healthclubs.com iii. Swimming Sites 1. www.swimmersguide.com iv. Running Races & Routes 1. www.runtheplanet.com d. Relaxation and Wellness i. Yoga Locations (85 countries) 1. www.yogafinder.com ii. Spas 1. www.spafinder.com 2. International Spa Association a. www.experienceispa.com “The purpose e. Beaches of life is to i. www.threebestbeaches.com live it, to ii. The Blue Flag taste it, to 1. www.blueflag.org experience to f. Theme Parks the utmost, to i. Ratings and Reviews 1. www.themeparkinsider.com reach out ii. Busch Gardens eagerly and 1. www.buschgardens.com without fear iii. Six Flags for newer and 1. www.sixflags.com richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt