Use these great resources to meet your planning needs.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world. Aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travelers, it publishes hundreds of titles in numerous languages, as well as provides TV programs, a magazine, mobile phone applications and websites. Lonely Planet is renowned for its first-hand approach, editorial independence, up-to-date maps and commitment to providing the best information for travelers.
Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the "Yellow Book" --a trusted reference for health care providers and travelers worldwide. It is available in hard copy, electronic, and mobile app formats. The Traveler's Health website, also sponsored by the CDC, provides the official U.S. government health recommendations for traveling and the content is conveniently searchable by destination.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. In print since the 70's and online since the 90's, it has been the definitive public domain resource for research on countries of the world for years. Find out more about the countries you travel to.
World Nomads provides global travel insurance and travel safety services. Theirs is the only travel insurance you can actually buy after you have already left home and are already away traveling. Other services include: travel blogs to stay in touch with family and friends, a series of iPod phrase books to teach basic travel phrases, and a travel safety hub with free travel advice.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 900 million international journeys are undertaken every year, exposing many people to a range of health risks that can be minimized by precautions taken before, during and after travel. The WHO publishes their annual report, International Travel and Health to provide information on travel health risks. Their website provides pertinent information on diseases, vaccines, general precautions, mode of travel considerations, and other travel health risks.
Wikivoyage is a free web-based travel guide for both travel destinations and travel topics written by volunteer authors. Using a wiki model, it is built through collaboration of Wikivoyagers from around the globe. Articles can cover different levels of geographic specificity, from continents to districts of a city. The project also includes articles on travel-related topics, phrasebooks for travelers, and suggested itineraries. Wikivoyage content is broadly categorized as: destinations, itineraries, phrasebooks, and travel topics.
Robert Young Pelton is an author, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Pelton's journalistic work usually consists of conflict reporting and interviews with military and political figures in warzones. His career is notable because of the number of conflict zones he has reported from and the breadth of important figures he has interviewed. His reputation is built on his ability to enter forbidden, deadly and violent places and come back alive to share the story. His bestseller, World's Most Dangerous Places (now 5th edition), provides practical and survival information for people who work and travel in high risk zones, as does his website comebackalive.com.
The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) is committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel. In cooperation with health care providers, academic centers, the travel industry and the media, ISTM advocates and facilitates education, service, and research activities in the field of travel medicine. On their website, ISTM provides the Global Travel Clinic Directory which lists reputable places for travel health care and consultation. This handy resource is searchable by country, city, or clinic name.
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