Travel Websites and Guides for Exploring the World Like a Pro

Travel Resources

Following is a list of helpful travel websites, resources and guides to help you plan for your next trip.

Airline Meals – A site that provides descriptions, reviews and photos of thousands of airline meals from hundreds of different airlines. View menus, food available in lounges, airline kits, and much more.

Amtrak – The official website of Amtrak that includes information on train and bus tickets, station info, route details and more.

Around The World in 80 Clicks – Includes pictures and stories from people who have visited places around the world.

Boots n’ All – A one-stop independent travel website. Resources for travelers including planning, guides, reviews, advice, tips, booking links and much more.

Castles Directory – A website reference for castles, palaces and monasteries including: castle tours, medieval architecture, hotels, plans, weddings, castles for sale, souvenirs, books, directory, site of the week, and history of castles. A great site for planning interesting visits to remote historic locations.

Centers for Disease Control – The CDC’s traveler information website. A good place to check before you go on a trip. Learn about health information for over 200 destinations, information about vaccinations, and how to stay safe while you explore the world.

CNN – CNN’s website has a wide variety of resources for those who want to see the world. – A traveler’s guide from Conde Nast, publisher of Traveler Magazine. – EarthCam providers webcam content, technology, and software. Commencing in 1996, EarthCam began developing the proprietary software, network infrastructure and technical expertise which now allows it to deliver millions of live images from thousands of cameras each day.

Embassy World – Serving the diplomatic community and the online community since 1996, EmbassyWorld is designed to provide a comprehensive list of contact resources for all of the world’s diplomatic offices. Our goal is to provide an easy-to-navigate directory that is clearly laid out and fully cross-indexed. Our database is searchable via a bi-lateral search engine to search both host location and hosted embassy from dual query boxes. It is our intention to make finding an embassy easy.

FlyerTalk – FlyerTalk is an interactive community that provides up-to-date information on travel-related loyalty reward programs. It’s the hub that brings everyone together — from leisure explorers to mileage junkies — to converse about programs, get the latest program buzz or discuss how to maximize points or miles.

Fodor’s – Resources that you’ll want to read as well as reference, our guide books and website offer current and discerning shopping, dining, hotel, and culture recommendations, as well as compelling features and articles that convey the essence of each destination.

Frommer’s – Frommer’s provides helpful articles written by experts and discussion forums.

Greyhound – The official website of Greyhound bus company. Use it to plan bus trips and investigate bus routes.

Human Rights Watch – Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. – makes it faster and easier to find the flight you want.  Most flight search sites haven’t changed in years. They have an intimidating search page and endless pages of flight results. – Hotels, vacation rentals, packages

Hotwire – Hotwire is a leading discount travel site that offers ridiculously low prices.

InfoHub – Helpful guide organized by specialties.

InsideFlyer – Articles and resources for frequent travelers and frequent flyers. – Kayak is a vacation search engine. Which means we search hundreds of travel sites from all over the world, provide the information to you in an easy-to-use display and send you directly to the source to make your purchase. – Offers last minute packages up to 14 days before departure and up to 17 days before holiday weekends.

Lonely Planet – Online home of the well known Lonely Planet books. – Offers last minute deals and discounts to Disney resorts and theme parks.

National Geographic – The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

National Park Service – The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a Director nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Responsible for caring for the U.S. National parks.  A helpful resource if you’re planning a trip to a national park.

Outside Magazine – Outside magazine, an active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear, art, and politics of the world outside.

Orbitz – Airline tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations, information on destinations.

Priceline – Lets you name your own price for hotels, flights, rental cars.

Rough Guides – Rough Guides is a leading publisher of travel and reference information, respected for their accurate, up-to-date content and informed contemporary writing.

The Currency Converter – allows people to create and print a currency converter table for their next trip

The World Clock – Times and dates for every city in the world.

Time Out – An online guide to what’s happening in the most exciting cities in the world.

Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory – An online reference guide to official tourist information sources: government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar organizations that provide free, accurate, and unbiased information to the public. – Resources for people who are traveling the world.

Travelzoo – Collects special travel offers from many sites – Free search site designed to help travelers like you find the cheapest flights, cheapest hotels, cheapest car rentals, and cheapest vacation packages across all of your favorite travel websites with one easy click.

Travel+Leisure – from the American Express magazine

Travelers’ Health –  from the Centers from Disease Control gives health information for your destination

Travelocity – Airline tickets, car rentals, hotel reservations.

TripAdvisor – TripAdvisor is one of the top websites designed around traveler feedback. Read traveler reviews of places to visit, specific hotels, restaurants, participate in discussions with others, view trip photos and more.

U.S. State Department – The United States State Department issues travel warnings when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. The State Department recommends that Americans avoid or consider the risk of visiting that country. The State Department also issues travel warnings when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate.

U.S. State Department – Check the U.S. State Department website for country background papers, passport and visa information, warnings and trip advice before you go on a trip.

ViaMichelin – Trip guides, hotel and restaurant ratings, directions from Michelin

Washington Post – The vacation and destination section of the Washington post.

World Climate – Find the weather for tens of thousands of places worldwide.

Cruise Line Telephone Numbers for Cruising Inquiries

Sometimes an investigation involves events that occurred during a cruise. Knowing the primary phone number and website of the major cruise lines is an important first step.

In other situations, private detectives may be called upon to investigate the cruise line itself. Detectives may go undercover to gather information about cruise line staff, identify theft or fraud rings, or to obtain proof of illegal behavior.

Following are telephone numbers for major cruise lines. Please note that contact information changes from time to time due to operational changes, mergers and bankruptcies:

  • American Cruise Lines -800-814-6880
  • American Hawaii Cruises – 800-765-7000
  • Cape Canaveral Cruise Lines +1-321-783-4052
  • Captain Cook Cruises – 612-9206-1122
  • Carnival Cruise Line- 800-327-9501
  • Celebrity Cruises, Inc – 800-437-3111
  • Clipper Cruise Line – 800-325-0010
  • Commodore Cruise Line – 800-237-5361
  • Coral Princess Cruise Lines +61-7-4721-1673
  • Costa Cruise Lines – 800-462-6782
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  • Cruise West – 800-888-9378
  • Cunard Cruises – 800-528-6273
  • Diamond Cruise – 800-333-3333
  • Disney Cruises – 800-951-3532
  • Dolphin Cruise Line – 800-222-1003
  • Epirotiki Cruise Line – 800-221-2470
  • Golden Sun Cruises +3-01-429-0650
  • Holland American Line – 800-426-0327
  • Louis Cruise Lines – 00357-5-327343
  • Majesty Cruise Line – 800-532-7788
  • Massachusetts Bay Lines – +1-617-542-8000
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – 800-327-7030
  • Orient Lines – 800-333-7300
  • Premier Cruise Lines – 800-327-7113
  • Princess Cruises – 800-421-0522
  • Radisson Seven Seas – 800-285-1835
  • Regal Cruises – 800-270-7245
  • Regency Cruises – 800-734-3629
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  • Renaissance Cruises – 877-549-1124
  • Royal Caribbean – 800-327-6700
  • Seabourn Cruise Line – 800-929-9595
  • Seawind Cruise Line – 800-258-8006
  • Seven Seas Cruise Line – 800-828-7107
  • Scotia Prince – 800-341-7540
  • Siam Cruise Co – +66-2-255-8950-7
  • Spirit Cruises – +1-757-627-2900
  • St. Lawrence Cruise Lines – 1-800-267-7868
  • Star Clippers – +377-97-97-84-00
  • Star Cruises – +61-2-9212-6288
  • Sun line Cruises – 800-872-6400
  • The Big Red Boat – 800-515-7890
  • Vagabond Cruises – +61-2-9660-0388
  • Voyager Cruise Line – 800-451-5952
  • Windstar Cruises – 800-258-7245
    World Explorer Cruises – 800-854-3835

Other Cruise Resources Cruise Vacations – Travelocity pioneered the online travel space and continues to be the most popular travel service on the Web, giving consumers access to reservations and information for more than 6,500 cruises and vacation packages. With 36 million members, Travelocity is the sixth largest travel agency in the United States.



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