Saturday, May 5, 2018

World's Most Complete Travel Information

One of the main reasons I started to blog was informing and helping others. I've been travelling for many years now and therefore had to face difficult situations and resolve minor and major problems. What really helps my travels going smoothly is my passion - yes: passion! - for planning and organizing.




While my first trips were still organized with the help of books, brochures, info material from tourist boards, and a generous share of luck, in the times of this new thing called internet that everybody is talking about, it became much easier - but also much less exciting.

Since I've decided that although it's not my mother tongue, my blog will be written in English - or whatever I make of it - the target group (as marketing people would call you guys - I, of course, call you my dear kind readers) is a bit multitudinous. That makes it very difficult to write proper information and give helpful recommendation when it comes to practical aspects of travelling: Do you need a visa to go to Chad? How can I know, I don't know which nationality you have. Do you need certain vaccination? Maybe - maybe not. Which adapter do you need? No idea, I don't know where you're coming from and going to. I might be able to answer all these questions for people coming from Germany, but not for the rest of world's population.

Well, while I cannot answer these questions personally, I still want to inform and help.
Therefore I've searched this new thing called internet - and I actually found sites where every question that might occur to anybody in any country on the planet will be answered.

No matter if it's legal stuff or health-related.
Whether it's about...the weather or money.
Wanna know about public holidays around the world or check the World Heritage Sites?
No problem, just click on the link and follow the instructions there*.

Dear kind target group, I hope you'll find as many useful info for your travels as possible. If something is missing, please let me know, I'll make an effort to find it for you. And if you happen to know a good link that might help others, please be so kind to send it to me - so that this post stays

World's Most Complete Travel Information.




⇛ Planning - getting informed and choosing a destination
⇛ Preparing getting documents ready
 Placing booking accommodations
⇛ Progressing getting in the air or on the road
⇛ Pausing info on airport facilities
⇛ Plunging adapt and adjust on arrival
⇛ Practicing change, convert, and communicate 
⇛ Panicking - getting assistance in case of emergency


Planning


The first step is still quite comfortable, you'll probably be sitting on your sofa, spinning a globe, dreaming a little bit and finally pick a destination.



In forums such as facebook, I often read the question "Is it safe to travel to....". Is it? I certainly do not want you to get panic-stricken, but here is an overview of  health and travel security



I hope the travel risk map did not make you decide on vacationing at your local central park.
However, here is a site that provides you with info on how interesting, inspiring and beautiful the destination of your choice is: 


What's missing on this really great site is the financial aspect. I assume that you don't own a diamond mine and that money is a factor that has to be considered, too.
There is a webpage giving you a rough estimate how much your trip will cost you.
Of course, everyone has different needs and preferences so your personal travel can be a bit cheaper or much more expensive - but to have an idea, it's really good (although planning a trip to Japan, I hated what I saw....):

Estimated Costs per Country


Although this list is quite complete, really exotic and unusual destination are not found - so, unfortunately, I cannot add '....around the world'.




By the way - this is how I generally plan and organize my travels:

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Preparing


So you made up your mind and decided on a destination? Great! Do you have your passport ready? Which papers do you need to go to your destination - only your passport (which has to be still valid for another six months and there have to be enough empty pages for all those pretty stamps that you might get) or other documents, too?

Here you get all the visa and embassy information by country:

 Visa and Embassy Information for all Countries on Planet Earth




Besides getting your documents in order, vaccination is not only a prudent precaution, but you have to have proof of certain shots (very often against yellow fever) to be able to enter the country.
Here is a complete list of which shots are advisable and which are mandatory:

  Vaccination Requirements and Recommendations for Travellers Worldwide






The weather can have a major impact on your stay in a country. Depending on what you are up to, you might want to check the perfect season for your trip:

  Our Planet's Climate


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Placing


For me, part of the fun of travelling is researching the best hotel option, inquiring and booking. Sometimes I think I could even do without actually going there - just the process of evaluating hotel websites is already satisfactory.

That, of course, is just a joke, I love everything about travelling, but actually, researching the best deals, too.

No matter what advertisement tries to tell and sell you, there is no such thing as the one website that has it all and compares all the prices. Actually, you have to do your own research, and I'm listing here a couple of sites that I mostly check.




Since there are so many websites, this list simply cannot be complete. Here again: If you know about a really good site that's missing on my list, let me - and all the others - now, please.

⇛  Agoda ⇛  Amoma  ⇛  Booking
⇛  Hotels  ⇛  Logitravel   ⇛  Trivago  
   


Before you book, you might want to check what other travellers have to say about the accommodation you are about to book? Although it's always a subjective comment, when 90 percent of former guests where happy, chances are that you will be happy, too.

  Travel Advice and Rating Worldwide


Especially when you are travelling to Asia, booking ahead might cost you more than if you just walk in and negotiate a price for the room. In some Central and South American countries it's the same. Then, of course, you always run the risk that your favorite place might be booked out or that during high season can get really difficult to find something convenient at all. So you have to decide from case to case what's more important - saving a couple of bucks or saving some time.




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Progressing


Time to book your flight - or another mean of transportation.
And joining another sort of 'lottery': Where to find the cheapest flight.
Funny enough it seems to me that the more kerosene is wasted on your trip, the cheaper the ticket gets (which is ecologically scandalous!): When you fly criss-cross around the globe and have like five stopovers per routing, you pay less than for a direct flight that needs much less kerosene.




However, usually booking pages show you all this: The price, the number of stopovers, and the duration so that you can easily choose what's right for you.

⇛  Expedia  ⇛  farecompare   ⇛  Kayak   ⇛  momondo 
⇛  makemytrip   ⇛  onetravel   ⇛  Skyscanner



Like the hotel booking sites, the air travel sites seem limitless, so these are just a couple of them.

Important: Always check also the airline sites, they might have good offers, too; especially for domestic flights in Asia and Latin America. In Europe, there are many small airlines that offer flights for really good prices when you book well ahead. You can get to almost any destination within Europe for about 100 €uro round trip.

Every member airline of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has a code consisting of three letters:

 ⇛ IATA Member Airlines Worldwide


While the member code of the airlines might not be that important to you, their airport code can be really helpful when booking flights - especially domestic flights in countries you're not that familiar with. Sometimes cities are spelled differently so the three letter code of the airport you are looking for can be a better indicator.
This site is very simple: You just key in the city your looking for and it gives you the code; and vice versa.

 ⇛ Airports by IATA-Codes


Before arrival, it's advisable to check the airport website: They often tell you which services like e. g. ATM you find at the airport and they have great tips how to go downtown and much more.
You can search the airport you need on this site by typing the name or country or city or IATA-code (see above link) in the search field. From there you can click through to the actual airport website.

 ⇛ Access to all Airport Websites Worldwide 


You're not necessarily flying but first want to check different options? These sites show you all the possibilities how to get from A to B.

 ⇛ Travel Anyhow Anywhere


 ⇛ Travel Options Worldwide


Finally decided on going by bus? Here you have 

 ⇛ Almost 3 Million Bus Connections Worldwide,


I assume you'll find the right choice for your trip.

Rather want to take the train? There is this guy who actually put together train connections from all over the world - just check out his site:

 ⇛ The man in seat 61 - Trains (and more) Worldwide


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Pausing


You did book the cheap flight with a handful of layovers? Well, especially if you have to spend a couple of hours at the airports, you might want to check out what to do there and how to make the break a comfortable one 

 ⇛ Comfortable layovers at airports around the world


Once you're on it, check out my post about the new free (!) transfer lounge at CDG - which btw is the IATA code for Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

I guess you'll need internet access while waiting for your next flight - already because you want to write your friends how annoying it is that you are waiting.




So before you walk around trying to find someone who can help you with the password, check out this totally cool - but also a bit crazy - 

 ⇛ Map Of Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World


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Plunging


So you've  arrived, made it from the airport to your hotel and just crashed. The next morning...what time is it? What time is it back home? Is it still the same date?
Take a quick look at this map to set your phone and call your parents at a convenient time:

 ⇛ Time and Date Around the World





Ready to explore the city? Sure; but what should you wear? Do you need sunscreen or an umbrella? Check the

 ⇛ Weather Worldwide


What, the museum is closed? Why? 





You'll probably won't miss Christmas, but make yourself familiar with all the other 

 ⇛ Public Holidays Worldwide


Need to charge your phone? Thank god the times are over when you blew your gadgets because you didn't pay attention to the voltage (it happened to me coming back from the Caribbean where they operate on 110V while in Europe it's 220V - the radio did not forgive me). However, the variety of plugs and sockets is vast. 





Check here what you need to stay tuned:

 ⇛ Plugs and Voltage Worldwide


So you - and your gadgets - are all set? Then nothing should hold you back from exploring the greatest sights and sites - here's a list of what the Unesco thought it's worth visiting - and preserving:

 ⇛ World Heritage Sites Worldwide





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Practicing


With these charts, you can convert things I haven't even heard of before like e.g. Lumen seconds in Lumen hours.
Well, I'm positive you might spend your trip without worrying about Lumen seconds, but you might need to know how tall you are in Europe (as tall as in the States, yes, but you measure it differently) or which size of shirts and shoes you need.
Like I said: In these charts, you'll find even figures that you won't need.

 ⇛ Weights, Measures and More


So now you know which size you need and you have found these darling shoes and they cost 199 €uro. Hm, how much is that in your national currency?




Here you can check all the currencies - and  even download their app

 ⇛ Currencies


Before you leave the store with your brand new shoes in the size you need, say goodbye to the lovely salesperson - in her language, of course.
Everybody is making fun of the google translator, and it certainly is not advisable to translate longer, more complex texts with it. But to check some words, it's working just fine.

 ⇛ Languages


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Panicking


Although everything was going smoothly and you had a great time, a little mishap got in your way and you need assistance?




Here is a list of

 ⇛ Embassies and Consulates around the World,


that will be happy to help you e. g. with your lost passport.

But you still need money, right? Your mom will pace to the next Western Union bureau and wire you whatever you need - and here is where you can pick up the cash:

 ⇛ Money Transfer Worldwide



If you prefer to get only the links without the descriptive text, there is a more plain version on the sidebar.



I assume that you might want to pin this very useful post, but please make sure to use this picture:






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*Important disclaimer: I did lots of research for this post and put only links here that look trustworthy. However, these links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. I bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. 

24 comments:

  1. Thank you for contributing to the travel community. Your content is very useful and I am sure you have helped many people get a lot out of their travels. We will continue to follow your adventures and use your advice. So keep it up!

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

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    1. Thank you, Anthony, as always it's a pleasure reading your kind comment. Happy travels to you and your travel companions ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

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  2. This a well written and comprehensive article. I have been traveling internationally for 18 years and there is information and links in here that I did not know about. I will be able to use a lot of this information for our next trip. I especially like the Risk Map and the Comfortable layovers around the World links.

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    1. Thank you Amanda, I'm so glad! Yes, I tried to put together links that each and every traveler will need at some point. Happy travels!

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  3. Thank you for putting this list together. There is a lot of research that needs to go into travel, and it's nice to have some go-to sites to look at. Maybe this can be broken into a post for each of the topics you listed with some general guidelines?

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  4. Great story, a perfect list for the first time traveler or a good reminder for us seasoned trekkers. Looking forward to reading more.

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  5. Wow! This is a very comprehensive list of must-know information before traveling. While I am not a huge traveler myself, I do know a lot of travelers, both new and seasoned, that could benefit from the information here. Thanks!

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  6. Such a comprehensive travel information post - thank you so much for all of the information! I'm bookmarking this!

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  7. I have only just started my 'travel journey' so I love the sound of a comprehensive list of travel info for every country on earth because that is definitely a long array of countries that many of us might not have heard of. I would quite like to visit a lesser known country.

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  8. So true Renata, there has always been some information missing when we travel, I many times miss out that vaccination part. These tips will be of great help for a wholesome plan.

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  9. This a really useful and complete guide! Anyone that does not have a lot of practice in planning a trip has everything they need to know right here!

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  10. What an informative article! You've really outdone yourself. I learned several new things about planning my travels that I cannot wait to try out. While I use Skyscanner and Kayak,you listed quite a few that I was unfamiliar with. Also, thanks for including the list of World Heritage Sites, my favorite attractions. ;)

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  11. I love this! I travel a lot with my family, so your complete and insightful information will really help me in my future travels. It's also interesting to learn more about the world around me. Great post. I bookmarked this post for future reference.

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  12. This is such a useful and in-depth guide! I have done a little traveling on my own (just within my own country) and it is a little scary but also so rewarding to find your confidence in travels!

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  13. So much travel info, hopefully this summer we will heading off to more destinations.

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  14. I love to travel when I can and have the money. I'm used to going on Cruises with my Mom. I think while your young you have to travel as much as you can and not worry about the cost of it because you only live once.

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  15. What a detailed guide. I love the information here. Hoping to go away to a few places this summer.

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  16. I think this is all great advice when it comes to travel. Even if you cannot get all of the particulars all the time, general information about vaccines, or luggage or visas or whatever you might need when you travel can be useful wherever you are at. And of course we love following you to those amazing places out there in the world and vicariously living through your experiences.

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  17. This post is full of a TON of great information... I'm definitely going to bookmark to reference when I'm planning my next trip!

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  18. Yes I know the struggles of having English as your second or ever third language! I must add you are doing a wonderful job. I love reading your informative posts! There is a ton of information here that I as an avid traveller haven't even heard of. Gonna dive straight in!

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    1. Thank you - this does encourage me a lot ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  19. This is such a helpful resource for travellers to have! I know where I will be coming next time I am planning a trip and have a question that needs answering.

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  20. Wow that is a truckload of information . Never seen a comprehensive list like this :) Book marking it!

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  21. This is a great list and lots of info, really helpful for those new to travelling and even those with lots of experience too!

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