To find “tricks and tips” for the computer-equipped traveler, visit www.roadnews.com. The site provides “all the information a road warrior (or occasional traveler) needs to know if traveling with a laptop/notebook computer.” It provides advice on what kind of hardware to bring, info on telephone and power adapters you need abroad, and how to find a local Internet service provider.
Rosenbluth International offers www.Biztravel.com, specifically for business travelers. The “Travelers Toolkit” provides alerts on flight status, gate assignments, and delays; a currency converter; information on destination cities; maps; a Flight Tracker feature; and useful links to discounts on “cool things to use before, during, and after your trip.”
Businesswomen will find www.journeywoman.com useful. This online resource features sections such as “Gal-Friendly Cities,” “Go-Alone Travel Tips,” an “International Travel Tip Bazaar,” a “Ms. Biz” section, and “10 Top Business Travel Tips.” (Tip #8 for pregnant travelers: “Have adequate health insurance coverage even if you plan to be out of the country for a few hours. Many companies don’t automatically cover pregnancy-related conditions or nursery care for premature infants.”)
If you need an online one-stop travel agency, try these Web sites:
www.bestfare.com provides hundreds of deals daily on domestic and international airfare, frequent flier miles, business travel, lodging, car rentals, and more.
www.expedia.com and www.travelocity.com both offer discount air fares, fare finders, maps, vacation packages, world weather (including 10-day forecasts), special travel deals, and unique features such as “airplane seat maps” (Travelocity) and an “airport survival guide” (Expedia).
www.fitforbusiness.com was developed by and for road warriors to “maintain health and productivity when you live out of a suitcase and work out of a briefcase.” The site spotlights hotels with the best health clubs, gyms, pools, and business centers.
www.eventsworldwide.com provides information on locations, dates, and tickets for arts, sports, entertainment, and special events around the world.
www.culturefinder.com offers 100,000 listings for theater, Broadway, opera, dance, and other events in 1,000 U.S. cities and towns.
Finally, check out www.businesstravel.about.com, a cornucopia of travel advice and links.