It's a new year, and despite the recent upset in the travel industry, people are still looking to travel internationally. Knowing what to expect when you cross international lines will make you a more informed traveler. Those snags you could run into like credit card problems, things being stolen, even as dangerous as traveling in an unsafe part of the country you are in. These can all ruin a vacation or business trip. Here are some of the top best travel advice sites that will have your vacation or business travel go more smoothly.
1. New Passport Law--http://www.travel.state.gov/
Although this law has been in effect since April of last year, there are still many travelers who have either not traveled for a while, or are looking to begin traveling who don't know that to obtain a U.S. passport, you must have both parents full names on your birth certificate. If not, you will need to be prepared in giving secondary information found on this site. You can also find other valuable information so you are better prepared for traveling abroad.
2. Business Travel in London--http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/business-network/travel-advice-for-business/
If you are traveling to London for business during the 2012 Olympics, July 27-August 9th, and the Paralympic games, August 29-September 9th, this site will inform you how to get to and from work, what you can do when traveling to different parts of London for business, where parking and road restrictions are, etc.
If you are attending the games, this will be good advice on knowing how to get around on these days.
3. Safe Countries--http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/
As international travel goes, most countries are safe to travel in, but there are some such as rural areas of India that are bordering Pakistan and all travel in Manipur, and all of the Middle East and North Africa that are on high terror alert. At one point in our history, Russia was a country that was on high terror alert too. So, it is always good to check this site before traveling. They list the countries, if there are any alerts, and what parts, and why. If things go wrong while traveling abroad, there is a phone number for the British Consular that offers 24 hour help.
This site is from the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. This site also keep tabs on what countries are safe to travel to, including weather alerts for countries like Japan. While this is addressing Canadians, it really is for everyone.
The main difference is the Canadian site gives an * next to the countries to be aware of. However both site do offer valuable information.
4. Overseas Travel Tips: http://adrianac.hubpages.com/hub/Overseas-Travel-Tips-Learn-How-to-Prepare-for-Your-International-Trip-to-Avoid-Unpleasant-Surprises-
Adriana C. has put together a post covering advice from how to remember what to pack, credit card information, traveling visas (did you know after a certain age that you need a medical release?), and other traveling tips. People have input comments and their own advice.
5. Travel to Australia--http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
If you are traveling to Australia, they have really good up to date information called smart traveller. You can register your travel plans, get travel advice updates, even get travel insurance.
6. Travel Healthy--http://www.who.int/en/ (and) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
This site keeps tabs on countries that are having outbreaks such as yellow fever, malaria, etc. Haiti, right now, is having an unprecedented bout of Cholera. So, before traveling you should check out their outbreak tab. Currently, some countries are still dealing with the Avian Influenza.
The CDC--Center for Disease Control and Prevention--also keeps up to date information on outbreaks. It also has a tab for you to get advice on what to do if you fall ill or injure yourself in another country. As well as what vaccinations you will need. It also has a section for pregnant women, and the risks of traveling.
Here some of the best travel advice sites where you will find all the valuable information you need to travel internationally. Remember, an informed traveler makes for a better vacation or business travel.