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TRAVEL IN GENERAL

 Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online
The father of budget travel now has an online magazine. The magazine includes editorial articles, travel resource links, and message boards for readers to share their advice and opinions.

 Concierge.com
The site is affiliated with Conde Nast Travel magazine

 Consumer Reports Travel Letter
Although Consumer Reports is a paid subscription site, you can view sample articles of the Travel Letter here for free.

 National Geographic Traveler Magazine
This travel magazine focuses on nature and culture. Brief online articles are accompanied by pertinent links, a special family travel section, and a travel planner.

 TimeOut.com
Time Out is an online version of the travel magazines and city guidebooks.  Over thirty cities worldwide are featured, with sightseeing, shopping, eating and accommodation guides for each, and entertainment listings updated monthly

 Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
The TOWD lists “only official government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar agencies”.

 Travel & Leisure 
Articles on destinations, advice, and a daily chat appear. The site is aimed at a more affluent audience.

 Travel Holiday Online
Travel Holiday gives you a monthly event calendar for different U.S. regions and foreign destinations, shopping advice, traveler’s index including per diem cost, weather, must-see and must-do for a variety of locations at a glance.  The site is oriented more toward the bargain end of the travel spectrum.

 Travel City
Travel City features sites covering lodging, tours, guides, tips, and more.

 Yahoo : Business and Economy : Shopping and Services : Travel and Transportation : Online Booking
Index of companies handling air, cruise, hotel, car and vacation package reservations online.

NEW JERSEY

 Are We There Yet? New Jersey Index
Links to dozens of New Jersey recreational sites, including zoos, museums, gardens and nature centers. Gives general info such as hours of operation, admission fees, handicapped access, and suggestions for other nearby attractions. A good source for day trip ideas.

 New Jersey & You : Perfect Together
The Division of Travel and Tourism of the State of New Jersey maintains this site.

 New Jersey Diners.com
Look here for a guide to some of the great landmark eateries of the Garden State.

 Weird N.J.
Here is “your travel guide to New Jersey’s local legends and best kept secrets.”  You can find strange and scary places, bizarre sights and freaky folklore, all within the borders of the Garden State.

UNITED STATES

 GORP
The Great Outdoor Recreation Page is a travel resource for the outdoor enthusiast. You can find hiking, biking, camping and fishing links and advice. There are also state-by-state and worldwide destination guides.

 NewYorkCity.com
The “Attractions” link under the “Visit NYC” menu gives a list of places to visit and each includes phone numbers, public transportation information and entry prices. “NYC Life” has schedules for performing arts and museums.

 ParkNet
ParkNet is the official site of the National Park Service. Click on “Visit Your Parks” for the site index page. You can even reserve campsites online.

 Philadelphia.com
Music and arts schedules, hotel and restaurant guides, and links to museum home pages appear.

 Roadside America
Make family car trips a little more interesting by visiting one of the hundreds of offbeat attractions listed here.

 Smithsonian Institution
Here is the their official site.

 Washington D.C. Homepage
There are links to museum home pages, arts events listings, the White House, National Zoo and the many monuments of our nation’s capitol.

WORLD

 U.S. State Department Travel Warnings
Consular information sheets give basic information about each country, and include relevant links.  Separate Public Announcements and Travel Warnings are provided to alert American travelers to any significant risks or dangers of travel in a particular country or area.

 Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
The travel book author and host of the PBS program has a very organized site, with many independent budget travel tips and links.

 Paris Pages
The site is an English language guide to the City of Light.  Museum and monument information and hotel or restaurant finders are included. They are organized by city section (arrondissement) and closest subway (Metro) station. The hotel entries have comments section from tourists to help you choose. The Paris calendar shows what events are happening on a day-by-day basis.

TELEVISION CHANNEL BASED

 Travel Channel
The cable channel’s web page includes destination guides, tools & tips, moderated forums, and the channel’s programming schedule.

BOOK SERIES BASED

 Fielding Worldwide
Cruises and adventure travel are the focus.  The Linkfinder section has an unusual range of links.

 Fodor's
Create your own mini-guide to the destination you choose.

 Insider’s Guides
These destination guides are written by local residents. They contain information about dozens of American cities and regions.  As with the print guides, they contain advertising.

 Let's Go Travel Guides
The budget travel guides celebrate 40 years in the business.  Check out the yellowjacket monthly online magazine.

 Lonely Planet
Here is a down-to-earth guide for the adventurous traveler, with online upgrades for their print guidebooks. Visit The Scoop for world travel news and The Thorn Tree for reader contributions.

 Moon Publications
Excerpts from their print guides, plus the complete interactive text of Road Trip USA, appear.

 Rough Guides Ltd.
These are written by travelers for travelers, with information on hundreds of specific locations in the index.

NEWSPAPER BASED

 New York Times
A free registration for online use is required.  All columns from the newspaper section are archived by column name (Frugal Traveler, Practical Traveler and Business Travel) and region discussed. Articles from the newspaper accompanied by photos, with travel forums to accompany each article. 

 USA Today Travel
Travel news and links to services are featured.

AIR

These sites are listed for the purpose of allowing the consumer to get price quotes in order to comparison shop. Airline, car rental, hotel, cruise and tour package quotes,  reservations, information and booking are available from these sites. Consumers may want to consult a certified travel professional for help in purchasing airline tickets and other travel products.

 Expedia.com Home Page
 
American Express Travel  
 
Cheaptickets.com
Retail seller of non-published discount airfares, as well as cruises, hotel and rental car reservations. Also has a "Specials" section for featured deals from specific departure cities.

To access major airlines and airports, these sites are useful:

 Yahoo Travel: Airlines  
Link directly to airlines’ web pages to check schedules and prices.

FAMILY TRAVEL

 Family Travel Forum
There are airline and car travel tips, destination guides, scenic routes, links and travel deals for families with children of all ages. Product reviews also appear.

TEEN/STUDENT TRAVEL

 Council on International Educational Exchange
Student travel, foreign study and international work opportunities are featured.

 International Student Travel Confederation
The Confederation is a worldwide association of nonprofit student travel organizations. They can provide transportation, travel documents, insurance, work exchanges, and other services.

 Teen Travel
Teen Travel is part of The Student Center Network, a web community for college students, high school students and teens.  Travel diaries, reader submitted reports, forums and links are also included.

SENIOR TRAVEL

 Yahoo:Recreation:Travel:Seniors 
The site indexes links to sites focusing on seniors, including tour operators, cruises, airline senior saver programs and other discount programs.

 Elderhostel: Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization for adult adventurers age 55 and older. It provides educational programs which include accommodations, all meals, registration fees, classes and field trips. Participants are responsible for travel to and from the programs.

DISABLED TRAVEL

 Access-Able Travel Source
The FAQs include: advice for sight- and hearing-impaired people; traveling with service animals; finding disabled-friendly transportation and lodging; relay and TTY phone list for airlines, car rental and hotels; and a reader bulletin board.

 Yahoo: Disabilities: Travel
The site indexes links to other sites focusing on needs of the disabled traveler.

TRAVEL WITH PETS

To find books in Ocean County Library about this subject, type "Pets and travel" as a Subject search.

 Traveldog.com
Site has US and Canadian accommodation database with links to hotels’ reservation sites, vacation destination information with dog friendly attractions and activities, campgrounds and parks that welcome dogs, and a FAQ of pet etiquette and tips. An international database is forthcoming.

 Travel Pets
Has large directory of pet-friendly hotels in North America and many International destinations, and includes animal import policies for each country

 InterPet Explorer
US hotel listings, a forthcoming car rental feature, travel tip and first aid for pets. This site has a database of pet sitters with e-mail addresses.

 The Dog Park
Find a dog park anywhere in the US. There is an icon key to describe special amenities for dogs and their owners for each dog park.

THEME PARKS

 Google directory Recreation>Theme Parks>Individual Parks 
Links to many individual theme park sites.

 Astroland
The "Home of the World Famous Cyclone" roller coaster in Coney Island NY.

 Busch Gardens 
Williamsburg VA theme park with European themed sections and several top-rated roller coasters.

 Dorney Park 
Official site for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown PA.

 Hershey Park 
Hershey PA theme park, "The Sweetest Place on Earth".

 Playland Park
Rye NY amusement park, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

 Sesame Place
Site for the family amusement park. Includes details on all attractions, special programs, and an online ticket feature.

 Six Flags Theme Parks 
Connect to the more than 25 Six Flags-owned parks across the U.S.

AT OUR LIBRARY….BOOKS, VIDEOS, MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS

Search our catalog for our extensive collection of travel books, videos, and magazines. When you search, try using a subject keyword search using the place name and description and travel. For example: England-Description and travel. Travel books and videos can be found on the nonfiction shelves under the Dewey Decimal numbers 910 through 919. To find books on a specific country, city or area, type “[location name] description and travel guidebooks” in the Subject search.

Travel magazines held by Ocean County Library can be found by typing “Travel periodicals” as a subject search. Our catalog will tell you which magazines are available at your favorite branch. You may also perform a magazine search in the library's Ebscohost database of periodical articles.

Many newspapers have travel sections. Contact your favorite branch to find out which newspapers are available there.

 

 

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Researched and Compiled by J. Ingraham

 
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