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Cholera, typhus, yellow fever, dengue fever, diphtheria, dysentery. Those are a few of the diseases I could encounter on a four-month trip to less developed countries. more
Too Much Info
We visit a local store specializing in outdoor gear and receive a little too much information from the salesman -- namely his favorite activity on a recent trip to Thailand. more
Buying Guide: Backpacks
The world's shortest, simplest guide to shopping for this essential piece of equipment. We mention brands, recommend chain stores, and offer fit tips. And if you want to loads of detail, we'll send you to the right sites. more
CDC, CIA, and State Department.
Vietnamese cooks. Venezuelan kidnappers. Greek volleyball fans. These are all deadly threats you could face on your next trip, according to U.S. Government Web sites. more
Travel Insurance Primer
I always buy trip insurance before a big trip. Learn what a policy should include, tips for buying, where to shop, and what to do if you encounter problems. more
Pick Great Destinations
Finding great vacation spots is not as easy as it sounds. You've got a big world to chose from and limited time and money. Whether you're looking for extreme sports, breath-taking views, or wild festivals we can help find your way. more
- Currency calculator. more - Photos of currencies. more - U.S. travel clinics. more - Trip expense estimator. more - International Wi-Fi finder. more - Password-protect a USB drive. more - Dialing, currency database. more - Convert metric to U.S. more - Common overseas scams. more - Best Technology for travelers. more
Use these sites to develop a ballpark figure for your multi-stop international flight. Then contact your travel agent and negotiate with confidence. - airtreks - oneworld