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Travel Resources and Links
PREMIUM RESOURCES: These databases are brought to you by Mobile Public Library, Alabama Public Library Service and The Alabama Virtual Library.
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General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
General Travel & Fare Info
About Cruises - Find deals and cruises to just about anywhere
Airline Consolidator - look for great cheap airfares!
Air Travel Center - a travel research, planning, and purchasing facility
Flight Arrivals.com - Why sit and wait? Check flight arrival and departure info.
International Travel Tips
Kasbah - The travel search engine, the place to start!
The Lonely Planet Travel Guide
Lowest Fares Online
PlaneTickets.Com - while this site doesn't search for fares, it does link to all the top fare sites and has useful travel tips on security, current deals from major airlines, etc.
EarthWatch Institute - find expeditions for students, travelers and the adventurous
Ecotourism Explorer - from the Ecotourism Society, a site for finding and travel ideas and vendors as well as help for the eco-entrepreneur
Health and Disability Resources
Access-able Travel Source - Travel tips, accessibility, lodging, transportation, and equipment rental for the disabled
CDC Travel Info - Reference material for international travel including vaccinations and geographic risks, cruise ship inspections and disease outbreaks
Disabled Travelers .com - a terrific resource for traveling, from selecting cruises to traveling companions.
Dialysis Travel - good info for the dialysis patient who wants to travel for business or pleasure.
Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide - links and helpful tips for those traveling in wheelchairs
The Bed and Breakfast Channel - find B and B's all over the world.
Couch Surfing - A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.
Hostels.com - your best guide to hosteling
The Hotel Guide - find a hotel anywhere, literally!
Vacation Rentals By Owner
Maps and Route Planning
AutoPilot - this site maps your route with the kind of road you like and points of interest
MapQuest - A consumer travel guide
Rand McNally - maps, plan a trip, and construction warnings
The Great Outdoors - All about parks and camping
Alabama State Parks
Oh, Ranger Park Finder - take virtual visits to many national parks around the country
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Backpacker Magazine - great resources here for planning your next wilderness trek.
Go Camping America - A directory of parks form the National Assoc. of RV Parks and Campgrounds
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages
National Park Service
USDA Forest Service - Camping, hiking, etc.
Trailplace.com - an interactive website for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail with daily reports from the trail
Budget Travel Magazine - great place to find hotels, vacation packages, destinations
CitySearch - Where to go, what to do, how to get things done in the city of your choice
Frommer's - for in-depth examinations of destinations and travel tip and planning sheets.
Rick Steves - Europe through the back door!
RoadScholar - educational adventures created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Includes Family programs.
Roadside America - your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions
Travlang - translating dictionaries, hotels, currency exchange and more
Tripadvisor - read reviews from real people
US State Department - Passports, travel warnings an publications
Vacation Your Way - shop for great group vacation packages