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DC-9 DOT COM
Who hasn't flown on the venerable DC-9? And who hasn't enjoyed it? From the DC-9-10 and beyond, this site is some fun information and memories!


PAST WEB SITES OF THE WEEK

PRIVATE ISLANDS MAGAZINE
Fascinating guide to the most expensive rental islands in the world. It's okay to dream!

TRAFFICLAND
This is a really cool site that lets you see live traffic from various cameras in cities across the U.S.! Just go to the site and then click on "See Live Traffic" on the top right. Once on that page select your state and the city you wish to view. There a number of pre-sets but you can always click on other cameras (in blue) to give you additional views.

THE PLANE RULES
Check out the rules and policies for your favorite airline like checked baggage fees, etc.

FALL COLORS
Much of the U.S. is approaching prime color season as the leaves turn. Check out this U.S. Forest Service website for the color situation near you!

EUROSTAR
There are several trains in Europe that bill themselves as Eurostars but in this case, I'm referring to the high speed service that connects England with France and Belgium. It's fast and it's luxurious, especially when you pop for first class passage.

PLANE TALKING LIVE
Everything from aviation news to jobs to models. Check it out!

AIRLINES INFORM
This site offers information on the airlines of the world plus allows you to check for low fares.

BOEING 787-9 DREAMLINER FIRST FLIGHT  
Boeing took off with the first flight of it's stretched 787-9 jet this past week. Follow along and keep up to date with the next Dreamliner in the pipeline - the 787-10.

SAFE SOUND FAMILY
This is a site dedicated to trying to keep you and your family safe in the event of a terrorist attack. There is some excellent information in this site that we all should be familiar with. And thanks to Katie Cook for compiling this information for all of us!

TRAVEL AND TOUR WORLD
This is a great site that provides updates on every aspect of travel from the opening of new hotels to airline developments, etc. And you can arrange for updates to be sent to your email. Great site!

BEST BEACHES IN AMERICA BY DR. BEACH
Do you have a favorite beach in the U.S.? Check this expert's site out to see if he agrees with your pick!

FAMILY VACATION CRITIC
As the summer winds down many are taking last minute family vacations. If you're searching or ideas, this sight might prove helpful.

DOWN RIGHT NOW
You're traveling on the road and your smart phone is on the fritz. Or you can't Tweet or sign onto Facebook. So what's wrong? By checking this site you might get important information about the source of the problem and when it will be fixed.

AIRPORTS INTERNATIONAL
A nice site that focuses on developments at airports all over the world.

CYPRUS IN YOUR HEART
We have visited this fascinating island and it's wonderful. The weather is great, the people friendly and it's not very expensive.

TRIPLE CROWN TRAVEL
Dreaming of seeing a final game or two at the venerable old Fenway Park in Boston or visiting some other major league city? These folks might be just the ticket.

PLANE CRASH INFO
If you've ever wondered about airline safety, and most of us who fly internationally certainly do, this is a resourceful site to check out!

THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI
We've been here twice and it is truly paradise on earth. But don't just visit the main island of Tahiti. You've got to branch out to see and experience true paradise!

ASIANA AIRLINES
In view of the crash landing of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco, learn more about this Korean carrier.

AIRBUS A350
Like the Boeing 787, the A350 is very late in development but it will be interesting to see what kind of run it gives the new Boeing jet.

TAKING OFF - FOLLOWING A DELTA 777 LONG RANGE JET FOR 9 DAYS
Delta sent me a link on this. Its very interesting to follow one, specific Boeing 777 long range jet on its world travels.

RANTS OF A SASSY STEW
An interesting and humorous blog written by a flight attendant. Careful, though, x-rated language on this one!

HIPMUNK
A relatively new website that can hook you up with good deals on travel. It's very simple but seems to work well.

AIRWISE AIRPORT GUIDE
Helpful information on the airports of the world.

FLIGHT STATS ON-TIME PERFORMANCE STATS
Booked on a flight with a tight connection? Wondering how often your flight is on time? This is the place to check. I've found it to be very helpful.

TRAVEL CHANNEL/GATE GURU'S BEST AIRPORT BARS
Like to enjoy a pre-flight cocktail? Then you might find this site interesting. It sums up the best airport bars!

SANDALS EMERALD BAY RESORT TOUR
If you're looking for the most marvelous, luxurious all inclusive resorts you won't do better than Sandals. And this is our favorite Sandals property so far. Enjoy the video tour and book your trip!

BOEING 787 DREAMLINER UPDATES
It's looking more and more like Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will once again be flying soon.  Keep up to date with the latest news.

JAUNTED
An interesting travel site that bills itself as "The Pop Culture Travel Guide."

FLIGHT AWARE
A great site that lets you track commercial airline fights, shows you radar traffic at airports in the U.S. and around the world and more.

WHALE WATCHING TOURS
Spring is prime time for whale watching. This site has info on tours operating in several major U.S. areas and one Canadian area.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PACKAGE
Soon there will be only four teams left in the tournament and the finals take place in Atlanta. Benchwarmer Sports can hook you up!

VIRGIN GALACTIC
Richard Branson's venture that will allow for genuine space travel for civilians. Keep up with the latest developments.

VIRGINIA BEACH
Now's the time to get serious about your summer vacation. And if you've got a big family and are looking for a nice, relatively inexpensive place to visit I'd highly recommend Virginia Beach. Nice beaches, good restaurants and lodgings for just about any budget.

CASINO CITY
If you like games of chance, this is a great guide on where to find the closest casinos at home and around the world.

CATSTER - CATS TRAVELING IN CARS
Many folks are planning summer vacations by car and are wondering how to make the journey the most comfortable it can be with cats. This site has plenty of helpful tips.

AVALON RAIL
Design your own rail car! I know it's out of the realm for most of us but there's nothing wrong with dreaming!

WORLD FAMOUS TV CHEF FOOD CRUISES
If you're like me and you love Food Channel and other networks with cooking shows, check this website out. It lists a number of upcoming cruises where you can watch these celebrity chefs in action and in some cases, watch as they tape shows like Top Chef.

DERBY EXPERIENCES
Spring is rapidly approaching and in just a few months the Kentucky Derby will be run in Louisville. If you're a fan of the ponies now is the time to start making your plans.

BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
This is the official Boeing website for this new aircraft. In view of the numerous problems that have plagued this plane and the temporary grounding of the entire worldwide 787 fleet, it'll be interesting what Boeing has to say on this page as the investigations continue.

BEER-CATIONS!
Love beer? How about joining AARP for a beer-cation! Check it out!

VINTAGE FLIGHTS
Ever dreamed of flying in an old, historic, vintage plane? Ever dreamed of actually flying one? This could be just the ticket the next time you're in the Greater Atlanta area.

NATIONAL ANTHEMS INFO
Heading out on a foreign trip and wonder what the national anthems will sound like in the countries you plan to visit? This is your site! Actual music and the lyrics as well. Pretty cool!

THE DC-3 HANGAR
The Douglas DC-3 really transformed commercial aviation into something within the reach of most air travelers. This site is loaded with interesting information and pictures of the old but wonderful 'Gooney Birds."

MAHARAJAS' EXPRESS
A new ultra luxurious train that is India's equivalent of the Orient Express. Looks like a very cool journey.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT FACTS
A great source of information about flight attendants like how to become one, what it's like to perform that job, the best airlines, etc.

AIRCHIVE
This is a really cool blog site for those keen on commercial aviation and it's loaded with pictures. Check it out!

FAA FLIGHT SCHOOLS
How about giving flight lessons to somebody for Christmas? This site can hook you up throughout the U.S.

SKI GUIDE
With ski season just about to move into full swing, this site is a good guide to ski resorts throughout North America.

MILEZ.BIZ
This is a website that helps you manage and take advantage of your frequent flyer miles no matter what airline(s) you work with

NEWSPAPERS.COM
On the fly but want to catch up on news from back home? This is your site. It lists most newspapers in the world.

CULTURE DISCOVERY VACATIONS
Ever dreamed of traveling to Italy for a little culture and a lot of cooking lessons?  This site could get you on your way!

FLIGHT MEMORY
This is a fantastic site for aviation lovers who like to keep track of their flights. You can enter all your flight information including dates, flight numbers, flight times and even the tail numbers of the jets you've flown on. The site even makes a map of your flights with lines connecting cities, much like airline flight schedules!

MARIS FREIGHTER CRUISES
Did you know that ocean going freighters often accept passengers? Well they do and in fact friends of my family years ago took a couple of freighter cruises annually.  Check out this site to see if a freighter cruise might be a good option for you.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE
This is a great museum located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.  One of the highlights is the XB-70 Valkyrie, a super sonic bomber that never thrived after one of, I think, only three crashed.

AGAWA CANYON'S SNOW TRAIN
Let's face it folks. Winter is rapidly closing in and one of the great winter train trips takes place out of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario.  Now's the time to start planning your trip.

DISTANCE BETWEEN CITIES
Want to know how far it is between cities?  This site is the bomb.  Works great!  U.S. only, however.

WORLD AIRPORT CODES
Have you ever seen an airline city code and wondered where the place is?  You probably know where ORD, JFK, and perhaps LGH are located.  But what about BDY or FAT or BOB?  This site fills in the blanks nicely.

MY HOLLYWOOD VACATION
Star struck? Never been to LA and Hollywood? This might be just the place to start!

REGENCY YACHT CHARTERS
This site is all about luxury yacht charters and even though most of us cannot afford to travel this way, there's nothing wrong with dreaming and maybe socking some dough away so that it might be possible at some point in the future.

WE MET ON A PLANE
A site that helps folks connect with seatmates on planes and who knows where it will wind up!

FLIGHT RADAR 24
This is one of the most incredible aviation websites I've ever come across. Click on any airline and it takes you to a live map with planes that are up for that airline all over the world. Click on the flights to find out current, live, specific information on the flight. Poke around the rest of the site. There's a ton of interesting things on it.  Much thanks to my good friend Jack Dyer, a retired Delta executive for turning me onto the link. You're going to love this one!

NATIONAL SUNDOWNERS
This site is all about the old National Airlines and their former flight attendants. Lots of pictures and history and audio!

PLANE SPOTTING
If you love commercial aviation you'll appreciate this site. Tons and tons of great pictures!

RAILROAD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INC.
If you're a fan of railroads you might find this website most interesting!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS
We know friends who travel with these folks and they just rave about the experience although it's not for the budget conscious!

BONEYARD 2U
There are a lot of aircraft "boneyards" in the U.S. where planes are stored or broken up for spare parts. In some cases you can actually own some bits and pieces from these once proud planes.  If you're an airplane nut like me, check it out!

10 BEST CRUISES
Read what readers at cruise.com are saying about the 10 Best Cruises.

WORLD AIRPORT AWARDS
We all have our favorites. In our opinion Tampa International is the best in the entire world. Changi International in Singapore has more flash but is less convenient. See how your favorites rank.

WINGS BIRDING TOURS WORLDWIDE
Over the years we've really gotten into bird feeding.  We get all kinds of finches, cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers and on and on at our U.S. feeder.  It might be fun to take a bird watching vacation!

U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS
Check and see if the world's best precision flying team will be performing near you this summer.

WORLD CASINO DIRECTORY
A lot of folks like to gamble while traveling. This site takes a look at numerous opportunities from hotel casinos, stand alone casinos and even cruise ship casinos!

AIRPORT LOUNGE GUIDE
We've been in some of the best airport first class and business class lounges in the world.  From Singapore to Australia to Switzerland, we've seen some of the best.  Check out this guide for lounges that you can use for a day, year, etc.

SUBWAY MAPS
A simple and easy guide to the world's subway systems.  Quite helpful.

BRANIFF INTERNATIONAL PHOTOS
This is just a link to a very cool Flickr photo site that contains hundreds of pictures of the late, great Braniff International Airways.  If you loved the "Flying Colors" and Braniff's many innovations, this site should strike a nerve.  It did with me!
(BTW - As a radio news director in Dallas I was invited to fly from Dallas to Washington subsonically on a Braniff Concorde and then supersonically to London but couldn't break loose from work.  I wish I had that decision to do over again!  Yes Braniff worked out a deal with British Airways to "share" an SST and even had their logo on one side of a Concorde for a brief time.)

DELTA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF MAD DOGS!
This spring Delta Air Lines is celebrating 25 years of MD-88 jet service.  Or as many call them "Mad Dogs."

THE WORLD'S AIRLINES - PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
A U.K. site that does just what it says.

BORN RICH
Want to see who has the most private jets?  The biggest Yachts?  The most lavish homes?  This is your site!

AMERICAN BARNSTORMING
Wouldn't it be cool to take a spin in an old biplane? These folks can make it happen. Check the schedule and see if they'll be flying in your Midwestern U.S. neighborhood this summer.

WORLDWIDE FISHING
For folks who like to fish this is the time to start planning that trip of a lifetime. These folks can hook you up, pardon the expression!

LET'S GO FLYING!
Have you ever dreamed about flying your own plane?  Well this website is a good start.  These folks at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association can help get you off the ground in cities and towns all over the U.S.

BROACH SPORTS TOURS
It's almost playoff time for pro hockey and basketball in the U.S. The NASCAR season is roaring and soon the boys of summer will begin play in the major leagues.  It's a good time now to check out a sports vacation and these folks might be able to help!

SAN FRANCISCO DOT COM
I had the good fortune of working at one of the greatest rock stations in history and in one of the greatest cities on earth. Those would be The Big 610 KFRC with the legendary, late Dr. Don Rose and in the City of San Francisco.  From Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown to Lombard Street to the famous cable cars, this is a great town.  And it's an easy drive to wine country.  If you ever have a chance to visit the City by the Bay, you really should do it!

ALL THINGS 787
This is one of the best blogs I've seen about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner including the latest delivery schedules.  Very well done!

BENCHWARMER SPORTS - NCAA FINAL FOUR PACKAGES
March Madness is here!  If you're a big fan of college basketball these folks offer tour packages to the final four games down in the Big Easy.

SINGLE HOME EXCHANGE INTERNATIONAL
The concept here is rather than vacation at hotels you stay in somebody else's home while you're away and others stay at your home while you're gone.  Sounds like an interesting concept.

FRESH POND TRAVEL
You'd never guess from the name but this website specializes in travel to dog shows all over the world.  Check it out!

HERMAN THE DUCK
Herman the Duck used to be one of the most recognizable logos in the United States.  Remember him?  He was the logo for North Central Airlines that eventually became a part of Northwest Airlines.  This site takes a look back at the life and times of North Central Airlines.

FLYING COMPANIONS
This outfit will accompany elderly people on trips or people who are disabled or may be afraid to travel alone.

SPORTS VACATIONS
If you've go the coin there's still time to book a trip to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. These folks also deal with many other sports trips and vacations.  Check 'em out.

SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
I've had the good fortune of visiting this incredible museum in Washington, D.C. several times and it never ceases to amaze. Even if you can't make it in person, I think you'll find their web site interesting.  Enjoy and try to visit the museum in person in the future!
Got time for a quick story?  The first time I visited this wonderful place was in 1983.  I was attending an RKO Radio convention in D.C. and a friend and I took an afternoon off to visit the museum.  When we got into the cab at the Madison Hotel, I asked the apparent Ethiopian driver to take us to the Smithsonian Institution.  He replied:  "Where would you like to go?"  In amazement, I again replied "the Smithsonian Institution."  Again, in broken English, he asked where we would like to go.  This time I raised my voice and said:  "THE SMITHSONIAN (bad word here) INSTITUTION."  His kind reply was:  "But sir, it's a large museum over many square blocks.  Where do you want to go there?"  Then I had the sense to say the Air and Space Museum!

PAN AM DOT ORG
This a nice site about Pan Am from its beginning to demise done by the daughter of a Pan Am family.  Lots of pictures and info.

SUNSHINE SKIES
A fantastic site for airline buffs featuring incredible pictures from Florida and Georgia airlines that have since vanished from the skies.

DELTA HERITAGE MUSEUM
The best way to enjoy this great facility is to see it in person at Delta World Headquarters in Atlanta.  But until you can get down there, check it out online first!  It's all about Delta Air Lines from the beginning to the present.

THE BOEING STORE
If you've ever wondered what kind of merchandise they offer at the Boeing Store at their giant assembly building in Everett, Washington, this is it.  Quite frankly, I was a little disappointed when we visited in Washington.  But check it out for yourself online.

A-Z WORLD AIRPORTS
A great guide to just about any airport in the world I can think of. Check it out!

AIRLINE TIMETABLE IMAGES
Folks - this one absolutely blows my mind!  It features actual airline timetables (flight schedules) for airlines dating back many, many years.  A tear came to my eye as I checked out the pages of an Eastern Airlines schedule from the 60s.  There it was - Eastern flight 142, DC-7B service from St. Petersburg to Indianapolis with an intermediate stop in Louisville!  Incredible!  What memories!  I was a little brat when we took that flight several times.  Check this site out!

WINE COUNTRY
How about spending the holidays in California's beautiful wine country?  Granted it gets a little chilly sometimes at this time of the year but it's drop dead beautiful and if you've never visited the region, you're in for a pleasant surprise even if you don't partake in vino.  This site has loads of information about the famous Napa and Sonoma valleys in Northern California.  Cheers!

INTERNATIONAL LIVING
I ran across this site by accident the other day.  It's interesting, though, and suggests very inexpensive places to live for those who might consider retiring somewhere outside the U.S.  Some opportunities do seem pretty affordable including health care.

BRANIFF INTERNATIONAL
Remember the airline with the "Flying Color" jets?  Remember when famed artist Alexander Calder painted a couple of their jets.  The legendary Braniff International called Dallas home and was a cutting edge leader until the end came.  Check out the info and pictures on this site.

I FLY BUSINESS DOT COM
I haven't been fully able to check this site out yet.  But from what I've seen, I like it.  It's designed to help people book low cost premium cabin flights.  But there's a lot of information on the site about airlines, airplanes, etc.

BEST PAPER AIRPLANES
Okay, this is a little lighthearted but fun! It's actually a great site to use with kids to get them interested in flying and taking trips.

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT COUNTRY SPECIFIC TRAVEL INFO
Before we venture to a brand new country we always check out our destination on this website. You'll gain valuable information about the country and possible dangers and annoyances.

HISTORIC ROUTE 66
A great section from The Truckers Report on this famous U.S. highway which now, sadly, is pretty much forgotten thanks to the Interstate Highway System.  Check it out.  They've got some great links.

SUN CLOCK FROM WORLD TIME ZONE
This is really cool.  It's a world time zone map complete with a graph of where it's dark and where it's light all over the world.  You can buy a similar map that lights up to hang on the wall but it's something like $3,000.  So I just enjoy this one!

BOEING 787 DELIVERY CEREMONY - FINALLY!
More than three years behind schedule, Boeing finally delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to ANA Airlines in the Seattle Area on September 26th 2011.  Watch the video of this milestone.

FITNESS INTEREST TRAVEL
This isn't my cup of tea!  When I go on vacation I want to relax but many love working out while traveling.  And this website specializes on going on vacation to get fit.

AIRLINE PILOT CENTRAL
A great site for airline pilots and those who are interested in the airline industry.  Check it out!

TRAVEL TRUTH
A good travel site dealing primarily with cruising but also with airlines, restaurants and more.

CORPORATE TRAVEL SAFETY
An excellent site with travel tips for just about any case scenario.  If you travel a lot, this could save your life!

WINTER PREDICTION 2011-2012
OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC
Each year these folks take a long range stab at day by day forecasts for the winter and they claim they are as accurate as any other organization.  To get the full forecast you'll have to buy their book.  But go here for an overview of what they think winter will have in store for your area in the U.S.

CELEBRITY AIRCRAFT
Have you ever wondered if your favorite movie star or sports player owns his/her own jet? Well this website answers those questions pretty well. It's not perfect but it is interesting to check out.

THE BOEING 737 TECHNICAL SITE
If you're a fan of the most popular jet ever built in terms of sales, then you'll want to check this U.K. based site out. Loads of information and pictures. Lots of technical stuff, too, as the site's name would indicate!

LOCAL EATS
This is a great site for foodies who enjoying eating out and exploring new restaurants in new cities around the U.S.  It's all about where the locals eat

FAMILY VACATIONS
Many kids are due back in school in the U.S. in just a matter of weeks.  So now is the time to finalize that late summer family vacation.  This site has some good ideas!

STONE OAK VACATION CLUB
This is a great site for people considering vacations in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee region.  This area has gone from a sleepy little vacation spot in the 50s to a mega popular, mega busy vacation destination.  Still, it's a fun area with lots to do if you haven't ever been there.  It still has that down home, southern spirit and this site lists motels, hotels, lodges, rental cabins, chalets, etc.

THE GHOSTS OF EASTERN FLIGHT 401
In 1972 while approaching Miami International Airport at night, Eastern Airlines flight 401, a jumbo jet Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, plunged into the Everglades.  When they initially put the landing gear down in preparation for landing they failed to get three green lights.  While circling to check it out the pilot either didn't have auto pilot engaged or he accidentally knocked it off.  The plane slowly kept getting lower and lower without the pilot noticing eventually plunging into the Everglades.  How could that happen?  It's pretty easy when you're over the glades with no lights as reference points.  After the crash it was reported several times that the flight deck crew--two of them anyway--appeared in ghost form.  One account I read said the cockpit voice recorder actually picked up the voice of one of the ghosts!  Check out this site for some interesting information.

PEGGY WILLIAMS' SHELL TRIPS
Shell collecting is pretty popular but having lived in Florida four times, it always helps to have somebody who knows where to go and when to go to find the best shells.  This website actually offers shell collecting vacations.  See what you think.

GO BARGING - EUROPEAN WATERWAYS
A guide to barge vacations in Europe.  We've seen families enjoying barge trips many times during our visits to Europe and I always thought it might be fun.  Maybe next trip.  Check it out!

FLYAOW LIST OF OLD AIRLINE WEBSITES
Longing for the late, great Braniff International Airlines?  The "Wings of Man" Eastern?  What about Pan Am, National, and I could go on and on?  Well now there's a branch of FLYAOW's website that hooks you up with former airline's historical websites.  I think you'll like it!

VACATIONS BY RAIL
Train travel in the U.S. is absolutely nothing like you'll find in Europe.  We've enjoyed riding the rails in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Holland, Germany, Austria, Canada, Japan and other countries around the world.  It is a most pleasant experience.  Check out this site for worldwide opportunities for vacations by rail!

GOLF ZOO
Personally, I'm not a golfer.  I used to be but my dad made me take the game so seriously that it ruined it for me.  Many of my friends are busy planning summer vacations centered around golf.  If that's you, you might want to check out this site with worldwide opportunities.

WORLD CRUISES
We did an around the world trip by air and it was phenomenal.  Now we're dreaming about an around the world cruise although we just don't have the time now.  But if you do, check this site out.  They've got some pretty incredible trips coming up!

STARLINE TOURS
I was thinking the other day that we have never featured a Hollywood tour site here.  I called a couple of friends out in L.A. for a recommendation and both said this one was a good one.  I can't personally vouch for these people but you might want to check 'em out next time you're out that way.

GALLERY OF WORLD BANK NOTES
This site is all about paper money.  It features pictures of the world's currency.  Just go to the country you're interested in and check it out.

SANDALS EMERALD BAY RESORT
GREAT EXUMA, BAHAMAS
We're doing a live radio broadcast from this fantastic resort and I thought you might want to check it out.  It really is a wonderful all inclusive place for couples.

AIRPLANE HOMES FROM AIRPORT JOURNALS
Have you ever thought of buying an old airplane like a Boeing 727-200 and turning it into a home?  Well a lot of people have done just that!  Check out their floor plans!

BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
It's the most important project ever for Boeing.  Yes, even bigger than the 747.  But how is it progressing?  It has been horribly delayed.  Keep track of the testing milestones at this official Boeing site.

AMERICA BY AIR - THE HEYDAY OF PROPELLER AIRLINERS
Okay I remember DC-6s, DC-7s, Connies and Convairs.  So I'm old but not that old!  Check out this site and see what it was like to fly back in the good old days.  I caught the very tail end of the piston era but it was a wonderful time to be a kid on a big, loud, four engine piston plane!

FRIENDS OF AVIATION
Aviation news, pictures, forums and more focusing on the private pilot and general aviation.

CONNIE SURVIVORS
One of the great regrets of my aviation life is that I never had an opportunity to fly on a Lockheed Constellation.  The triple-tail planes always amazed me as they came and went from the old Weir Cook Airport in my hometown of Indy.  Check out this site and get to know the old Connie---and---the few that still survive to this day.

GVI VOLUNTEER ABROAD
Have you ever thought about giving something back and traveling at the same time?  You might want to check this site out!

CNN
CNN is our website of the week this week because I think they have done an excellent job of reporting on the unfolding earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster.

TOURS THROUGH THE BOOK
With Easter rapidly approaching, Christians might want to visit the Holy Land at this time of the year.  This is a scriptures based tour company specializing in tours of Israel.

GMANWORLD
Guess what this site is all about?  No, it has nothing to do with the FBI!  It's a fun game site for kids!  If you're on the road with the kids in a hotel room, fire up this site and let them have fun.  Once inside the site toggle down for more games.  Enjoy!

AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER MUSEUM
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA
So many records were set at this base.  While I have never visited this museum in person, the web site is pretty cool.

CREDITCARDS.COM
Everything you need to know about credit cards.  Good credit, fair credit, bad credit?  It's all there.  Strategies and more.  You've got to have credit cards to travel!

PIZZA.NET
You're on the road and want to quickly find what pizza options are nearby -- this is your site!

CORPORATE TRAVEL SAFETY
Any traveler should be concerned about safety and this site is the best we've ever seen.  It covers just about anything you'd ever need to know about safe traveling.  Those who travel on business will especially find it rewarding.  Check it out!

BOEING 747SP
We've all seen Boeing 747s.  I've flown on 747-100s, 747-200s, 747-300s and 747-400s.  Soon the 747-8 will be flying.  But do you remember the 747SP?  That stood for "Special Performance" and it was an odd looking big duck.  I remember seeing Pan Am 747SPs in San Francisco and a TWA 747SP at Logan Airport in Boston.  It was much shorter than a standard 747 and with a longer range, at the time.  Check out this website for some interesting pictures and stats on this special plane.

BEACH HOUSE VACATION RENTALS
I don't know where you are but where I am right now, it's very cold and we've got a half foot of snow on the ground.  Wouldn't it be just great to migrate to a nice, warm, beach for a week or two?  Why not stay right on the beach or near it at a beach rental?  This site has a good list to get you started.

WORLDOMETERS
I don't know how accurate this site is but it is extremely interesting to watch what is purported to be real time stats on births, deaths, disease, carbon output---you name it around the world.  Check it out and watch the numbers grow before your very eyes!

TRAVEL COUPONS
Just what it says.  Coupons and special deals on air, hotel amusement parks and other travel related fields.

HONDAJET
As a young kid growing up in Indianapolis I remember seeing my first Honda product - an S-90 motorcycle or motorbike.  Then came cars, generators, and boat engines.  Now comes the HondaJet.  It made its first flight a few days ago.  Will Honda move in on the aviation world like they did with automobiles?  That remains to be seen.  Check out the specs on this new jet, which Honda hopes to start selling in 2012.

VIKING RIVER CRUISES
They bill themselves as the world leader when it comes to river cruises.  Worldwide opportunities. Looks like a fun way to travel.

JET LAG - CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT, PREVENTION, DIET
You're either going to not believe me or hate me for saying this but I've never experienced jet lag.  Fatigue, oh yeah.  But not jet lag. And I've been on trips that take 25 actual air hours to complete (Detroit to Sydney VIA Atlanta & Seoul, for one).  Maybe it's because I am always horribly tired from my real job which has me flying out of bed each morning at 2:30. This is part of the MedicineNet site.  Check it out and see what you think.

VISITING PHX
PHX is the airline city code designation for Phoenix.  And some guys have put together an excellent web site with great pictures.  If you enjoy commercial aviation, I think you'll enjoy it.  I sure did!

AIRLINE PILOT CENTRAL
If you like commercial aviation, this is a great site.  Poke around and you'll find some really interesting information on airlines and pilots.

VISIT ARUBA
To go along with our Aruban restaurant this week, this tourism site is our website of the week. A good guide to hotels, restaurants and entertainment on our favorite island in the Caribbean.  We've been there 8 times and we're not done yet.  Bon bini!

AIR TRAFFIC ATLANTA
Listen to ATC and check out radar screens from the world's busiest airport.  The site has changed a little bit since I first viewed it years ago but it's still very interesting

 TRAIN CHARTERING
This another one of those "you probably can't do it but you can always fantasize" type sites.  Here, they specialize in chartering private rail cars.  They are tacked onto the rear of a regular train. You can go bare bones and take sandwiches with you or have the whole trip catered.

SPECTRUM AIR
A new option for coast to coast air travel on a private biz jet.  It isn't cheap but compared to private jet ownership or even fractional ownership, it might be worth considering.

WWCCR - CLASSIC CAR VACATIONS
This site is for people with classic cars who like to strut their stuff all over the world.  Also, road rallies are listed on the site.

HOTEL VIEW
This site allows you to actually see a small video of a hotel before you book your trip.  Limited hotels in the U.S. and around the world but interesting none the less.

INTERNET.COM TRAVEL DIRECTORY - INFLIGHT MAGAZINES
This is probably the best site we've seen for direct links to inflight travel magazines offered by the various airlines.  Due to the economic crunch I know a lot of people who have been grounded, for the time being, yet they still want to keep up with their airline's magazine.  This is a great place to do it.

RESTAURANT ROW
When you're on the move in the U.S. and need to find a good restaurant, this is an excellent resource.  Reviews are included along with menus in most cases.  Search by cuisine or check all restaurants.  If somebody has recommended a particular restaurant, you can search for it by name, too.

PODUNK
I discovered this site quite by accident as I was looking for something else.  But there's loads of information here on various cities and counties around the U.S.  Select your state and county and see what it comes up with!

THE ROAMING JEW
An ultra Kosher travel site from an expert who insists on adhering to the laws of Kashrut.  It just so happens that this link was posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - Yom Kippur.

SAFERCAR.COM
Has your car been recalled?  Are you sure?  You can be with this site, an official U.S. Government site.  You'll find loads of information about child seat safety, tire safety and how to file safety complaints.  Check it out before you take you next major road journey.

SPAGHETTI MODELS
A guy by the name of Mike provides this site.  With hurricane season at its peak, this site gives us loads of information about active tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes.  The "Spaghetti" in the site's name refers to the anticipated paths storms will take. The site not only tracks the "official" National Hurricane Center projected paths of storms but other forecasting agencies from around the world.

SKYTRAX
We've featured this great site before and it's time that you check it out again.  Just about anything you'd ever want to know about your favorite airline, or most dreaded airline, can be found here.  They site rates worldwide carriers on quality, seating, you name it.  I could and often do spend hours on this site.  If you're an airline nut, you must check it out.

MATTERHORN TRAVEL
This is an agency that specializes in tours of World War II sites in Europe.  In fact now would be an excellent time to start pre-planning a trip to Normandy as the D-Day anniversary approaches next June.  It's incredible how brave our troops were jumping off into the water not knowing if they would even make it to the beach alive.  Could you do it?  God Bless all who fought to help keep the world safe.

LOCK ON AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a fabulous site for incredible commercial airliner pictures.  And you know how some airlines put special schemes on planes?  You can go to the airline you'd like to see and check out all their special liveries.  You don't want to miss this one if you love planes!

U.S. HIGHWAYS
A nostalgic look at the highways of the past in America. The site is a little hard to navigate but is packed with information about such famous highways as U.S. 1.  Take a look at what it was like before we got our interstate highway system.

AIRCRAFT COMPARE
Have you ever wondered about how much the airlines have to pay to buy a brand new Boeing 747-400 or other jet?  This site gives you a pretty good answer.  And it covers business jets, too.  Take a look!

ABEHAUS - SUPERMARKET FINDER
You're on an extended stay business trip or vacation and you have cooking facilities.  Where is the nearest grocery store?  Abeshaus has compiled an internet list of just about every major U.S. supermarket store chain with a web site.  Just click on the store of your choice and find out if there's one near you.  Whether you're interested in a Safeway or a Kroger, you'll find it here.

PLANES TRAINS AUTOMOBILES
A new British site that focuses mainly on cars but also covers developments in the plane and train world.  If you love cars, this one's for you!

TERRA WIND - A MOTOR HOME & BOAT!
How about a luxurious 42 foot motor home RV that can also set sail on fresh water lakes?  As a friend of mine said:  "Now if they can only make it fly!"

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES
The little blood suckers are out there!  This site gives you helpful information on how to combat them.  By the way, did you know that only the females bite?  It's true.  The males are herbivores.  And one more thing.  Only the females "sing."

RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Learn how to drive a NASCAR racing machine from the king and his staff.  Find out when they'll be coming to a track near you.

CRUISE REVIEWS
Thinkin' about going on a cruise?  This is an extremely helpful site with comments from others who have "been there, done that."

DOUGLAS DC-5 - "THE FORGOTTEN DOUGLAS"
Yes, Matilda, there was actually a DC-5 propliner.  Prior to that there was a DC-1, DC-2 and even DC-2 1/2, DC-3 and DC-4..  More about those later.  Read all about those later.  Find out more about the DC-5 here.

GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL INFORMATION
If you're considering a visit to Florida beaches, there is information available on the spread of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon well.
State of Florida Information -- Updates from BP Global -- NOAA's Projected Path Of Oil

ISLAND DREAMS TRAVEL
This is for SCUBA divers!  They offer diving adventures in the Caribbean and spots in the Pacific.

SKEETOBITE WEATHER
The Atlantic hurricane season is just days away now.  If you live in the hurricane belt then you probably already know about this site.  It tracks tropical storms and hurricanes and lists several forecast models including the track prediction issued by the National Hurricane Center.  Even if you don't live in a hurricane prone area, it's fun to keep an eye on this site and see where various forecasters think the storms are going to go.

FULLERS BEST ANTIQUING USA
Now that the weather is nice it's time to get out there and search for a rare treasure!

U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS
The Air Force precision flying team is just about to move into high gear for the summer tour.  Find out when they may be thundering into your neighborhood!

AMERICAN AIRLINES C.R. SMITH MUSEUM
A fantastic look at the history of American Airlines.  Of course it's best to visit in person but the web site is a real gem!  And leave your speakers on, too.  Great sounds of the time!

AIR AND SPACE
An interesting site with lots of content from a guy who really loves aviation.  Poke around and you'll find something rewarding!

CRIMEDAR
A very interesting concept here.  It's kind of like a neighborhood crime watch online.  And it not only charts your neighborhood but just about any neighborhood.  And, I like this. You can even apply it to travel.  Check it out!

AIRLINE REPORTER
Lots of interesting aviation tidbits on this site including some very interesting shots of various airline liveries.

HOTEL VIEW
This site features videos of some of the top hotels in the world.  As the site proclaims:  "Go there BEFORE you get there!"

AIRLINE TIMETABLE IMAGES
Folks - this one absolutely blows my mind!  It features actual airline timetables (flight schedules) for airlines dating back many, many years.  A tear came to my eye as I checked out the pages of an Eastern Airlines schedule from the 60s.  There it was - Eastern flight 142, DC-7B service from St. Petersburg to Indianapolis with an intermediate stop in Louisville!  Incredible!  What memories!  I was a little brat when we took that flight several times.  Check this site out!

VACATIONS BY RAIL IN CANADA
One of the most fun rail outings we ever enjoyed came on VIA Rail Canada.  We left Windsor, Ontario just across the river from Detroit and headed for Toronto where we spent a few days.  Then back on the train to Montreal for a couple of days.  Next came the incredibly beautiful and European looking Quebec City.  Our last stop before returning to Windsor was Ottawa.  This trip came during the winter and the snow was amazing.  This is the official VIA Rail site in Canada.  Check it out and see if a vacation by rail in Canada might be fun for you, too.

NEWSEUM
A very interesting site that allows you to mouse over a city on a map, virtually any major city in the world, and instantly see the front page of a local newspaper.  You can catch up on what's going on in the world in a flash!  Neat site.  Toggle all the way down for the map.  Countries can be selected at the top.

WORLD'S BEST BARS
We are not "bar people" but many of our friends absolutely love to sample local bars as they travel the world.  If that's you then I think you'll get a kick out of this site.  Cheers!

AIRLINE SPOON COLLECTION
Being an airline nut I can appreciate what a gentleman in France has done.  He collects airline spoons and tons of them.  If you've traveled as much as we have on the great airlines of the world, you know you really do run across some interesting spoons.  Give this site a look-see!

PALACE ON WHEELS
Climb aboard a train for the luxury ride of your life -- in India!  We'll see you on board once we hit the lottery!

LEARN TO FLY DAY
Spread your wings for free!  Check out how you can get a free flight and.....learn to fly!

LIMOLINER
An interesting new concept on travel between Boston and New York.  Air travel is probably the worst option.  By the time you get your bags and catch a cab to your destination, you might as well choose the train.  But this is the latest.  Luxury bus service between the two major cities complete with roomy seats, catering and internet service.

TOP TEN FLOATING RESTAURANTS
Continuing with our Restaurant Of The Week theme of floating restaurants, take a look at what one magazine considers the top ten in the world.  And the funny part?  They didn't even mention Jumbo in Hong Kong.  Go figure!

CLASSIC TRAIN JOURNEYS
Traveling by train is great and especially in Europe where service is frequent and widespread.  This site kicks it up a notch with classic and ultra luxury train travel around the world.  When we hit the lotto, we'll see you aboard one of these!

BEER VACATIONS - BEER TRIPS
Bottoms up everybody!  Check out beer vacations to beer heaven in Germany and Belgium!  Two of our very favorite spots for sensational brews are Munich and Brussels.  They offer trips to both.

2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
The winter games are almost here in this beautiful city.  This is the official site to get your juices flowing.

JOB VENT - I LOVE MY JOB / I HATE MY JOB
Okay, I don't know what this site has to do with travel either!  But I came across it the other day found it interesting.  Maybe you could use it as small talk to get business meetings going.  There are some interesting comments and pretty brutally honest, too!

FEAR OF FLYING - SOAR
Flying is a wonderful way to travel. Okay it sucks now compared to the "good old days" when the industry believed in comfort and service. Imagine that concept?  And they even served food and it tasted good.  Really.  Seriously.  No kidding!  But flying is still a great way to go.  If you're afraid to fly, overcome that fear!  These folks really know what they're doing.

BOEING - THE 787 DREAMLINER
After a two year delay, Boeing finally got their Dreamliner into the sky for a test flight on Tuesday, December 15th 2009.  Everything seemed to go well as it nearly always does these days on test flights.  Read more about the Dreamliner, Boeing's most successful launch ever.

PLANE SPOTTERS
Some great pictures of jetliners along with production information for most major commercial jetliners.  Comprehensive fleet lists, too.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE
This is an incredible place to visit!  We've been here three times and each time really enjoyed seeing all the planes and exhibits.  If you like airplanes and you find yourself in the Dayton, Ohio area, you must stop by and see this museum!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS
Want to plan something really special for 2010?  If you can come up with the finances, these people offer incredible trips, some via private jet charter.  While we have never had an opportunity to take one of these trips, some friends have and they absolutely rave about their learning experiences.  But start saving now because many of these trips aren't cheap!

CELEBRITY JET CHARTERS
Okay, most of us can't live like rock stars.  But there's nothing stopping us from fantasizing!

AIRLINE CALLS
Thanks to Airodyssey.net for putting this page together.  It lists airline codes, what the airlines use as their call sign on the radio.  For instance, Delta is Delta.  But British Airways goes by "Speedbird" on the radio.  The late Pan Am used to use "Clipper."  U.S. Airways goes by the call sign "Cactus."  Check it out and see what your favorite airline uses over the VHF and shortwave band.

GREAT BBQ RESTAURANTS
An interesting site featuring what they consider to be some of the best barbecue joints in the U.S.  You won't find big chains here like Famous Dave's or Sonny's but you will find some tasty options.  If you like BBQ, give it a shot!

FRANKENMUTH, MICHIGAN
They call this Michigan's Little Bavaria and for good reason.  It's a nice drive, especially when the leaves are at their fall best, from Detroit and many other Michigan and Midwest cities.  I know people who come from Chicago and even Indianapolis.  The big draw are two all-you-can-eat fried chicken restaurants, the Bavarian Inn (which also includes a motel with great indoor pools for the kids) and Zehnder's.  They're both owned by the same family but the food does vary slightly. They also have great little sausage, cheese and fudge shops that are top notch.  If you live within driving distance, this might be a nice weekend distraction just as it has been for our families for many years.

ABESHAUS SUPERMARKET LOCATOR
On the road and need to pick up some steaks for your client's function?  This site lists most major grocery store chains in the U.S.
(P.S. - I'll have mine very rare with a cool, red center!)

SAVE OUR SEVEN
This group, God Bless 'em, is working to restore a venerable DC-7B piston airliner, one of the best of it's time.  Check out their site and if it moves you, write them out a little check!

ATM LOCATORS
Worldwide service is offered to help you find the machine nearest you. Make your choice below:
MASTERCARD   VISA

HALLOWEEN TRAVEL
Some spooktacular ideas from the folks at Mahalo!

ROAD TRIPS
Sports vacations galore on this site.  Everything from NFL football to the Monaco Grand Prix!

AGAWA CANYON'S SNOW TRAIN
Admit it.  It's time to start thinking about winter.  And this is a fun trip in Southern Ontario.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JET AMERICA?
During the past summer there was a great deal of anticipation about a new, low cost airline that was being launched called Jet America.  We included it as a web site of the week.  But what happened to it?  We'll let Conde Nast Magazine explain!

CARD PLAYER CRUISES
Like to take cruises?  Like to play poker?  Well here ya go!

ESCAPE ARTIST
Ever wonder what it would be like to move to a foreign country?  This site walks you through the steps.  Check it out!

ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO
We have truly been blessed with travel to some of the most incredible places on earth.  And we've been equally blessed by having lived in some of the most desirable places in the U.S.  One of our most interesting stops came in San Francisco where there's so much to see and do.  Fisherman's Wharf is always fun.  So is Chinatown, Japantown, the Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, Mt. Tamalpais, and climbing high above the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin County side for great views of the city.  And just over an hour's drive away, wine country!  Check out this official city site and "be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" when you visit, as the old 60s song directed!

SKEETOBITE WEATHER
If you live in the hurricane belt then you probably already know about this site.  It tracks tropical storms and hurricanes and lists several forecast models including the track prediction issued by the National Hurricane Center.  Even if you don't live in a hurricane prone area, it's fun to keep an eye on this site and see where various forecasters think the storms are going to go.

VIRGIN GALACTIC
Sir Richard Branson and crew are getting closer and closer to making brief space travel available to the general but rich public.  Sir Richard has his own Airline and soon, he'll have his own Spaceline!  Keep up to date here and if you go flying into space with him, would you let us know how the experience was?!

AIRLINE TV
An interesting site featuring all kinds of aviation videos including civilian and military, old and new.  Check it

JUMBO HOSTEL
Sleep aboard an old Boeing 747 jet which has been converted into a hostel at the airport in Stockholm!  Personally, we usually don't stay at anything less than a four star hotel with 24 hour room service.  But we might just bend the rules a little bit here and share a bathroom to stay in this proud, old bird.

WALT DISNEY WORLD
This might be a very good time to take your family to the world famous "Mouse House" in the Orlando Area.  Due to the recession, poke around their site and you might just find some great deals.  And even if you can't afford to stay on property, there's something for everyone's budget in nearby Kissimmee.

HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL
We tend to focus on fixed wing aircraft operations on this site but thought you might find this site on choppers of interest.  Check it out!

BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
Boeing's betting the farm on this one, just as they did with the 747 way back when.  Keep up to date on the Dreamliner's much delayed progress at this Boeing web site.  And if you ever have a chance to take the Boeing tour in Everett, you must do it.  It's absolutely amazing!

AVIATION SAFETY NETWORK
Keep up to date on aviation mishaps around the world.  Many other interesting links on the site, too.

BED JUMPING IMAGES
I got wind of this very funny site while watching the Graham Norton Show on BBC America.  A very funny show although not for children!  This is a hotel site with pictures people have sent in of "mid flight" jumping on hotel beds as they travel.  I think you'll get a chuckle out of it!

PET AIRWAYS
No, we're not making this up!  There is actually a company that caters specifically to bowser and kitty!  They use various company aircraft to speed your beloved pets to their final destination.  No humans, either, just critters.  Limited destinations so far but I think you'll agree, it's an interesting concept!

JET AMERICA
How about a $9 ticket on a flight from, say, Lansing, Michigan to Melbourne, Florida?  It's possible next month on a new no-frills, low cost carrier called Jet America flying Boeing 737-800s to a limited number of cities.  Will it become the next JetBlue or will it wind up like Skybus and be doomed to failure?  Interestingly, the guy behind Jet America is the same man who gave us Skybus.

DAYTONA 500 EXPERIENCE
As they get set to run the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, this is the place to visit for NASCAR fans.  See last year's Daytona 500 winning car complete with beer stains and stuck ticker tape!  Test your skills doing pit work.  And get a ride out onto the track.  You'll be amazed at how narrow the track really is and just high the banking is.  If you're traveling through the area, stop by!

EQUITOURS
Horseback riding vacations all over the world. If you're into horses, this might be a great site to explore!

GOODYEAR BLIMP
I've had the joy of taking three spins in Goodyear blimps and it's always a great time.  Check out their site for some great pictures, accounts by other blimp travelers, and history of their airship operations.

VIRGIN GALACTIC
The official site of Sir Richard Branson's plan to put common, everyday people into space briefly using a land based plan that will launch a rocket.  If you've got the desire and geld, go ahead and sign up to be one of the first passengers!

FIND A GRAVE DOT COM
You might find this site interesting.  Say, you're on a road trip and near a cemetery and wonder whether any famous names are buried there, this site could prove interesting and especially interesting in California where numerous celebrities are buried.  It's not gruesome at all.  Just fun!  (On a personal note:  At the place where I'll be planted one of these days, I'll have the notorious John Dillinger as a neighbor at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indy.)

HOSTELS DOT COM
This one's for those traveling on a shoestring budget. Worldwide locations are listed for cheap lodging

PIKE PLACE FISH MARKET
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Home of the famous "flying fish" as fish mongers heave salmon to customers!  This is a fantastic place to explore and, of course, score some absolutely fresh seafood.  If they have geoduck (pronounced: "gooey-duck") clams while you're there, try one.  They are gi-normous!

AIRLINE COMPLAINTS
Want to hear what others are saying negatively about the world's airlines?  This is a good place to start.  But if you post, make sure it is a complaint!  This is not a site where people say nice things about carriers!

PLANE SPOTTING HOTELS
For me, anyway, one great treat while traveling is scoring a hotel room with a great runway or airport view.  For my fellow aviation brothers out there, check out this site for great U.S. and worldwide locations!

BARBECUE FESTIVALS
Do you like to travel and eat?  Do you love barbecue?  Well the beautiful spring and summer weather is close at hand.  Why not take a few regional trips and taste some of the best "cue" in America!

ORIENT-EXPRESS
I can't tell you how many times we've watched these world famous trains pull in and out of European train stations during our many visits.  I always dreamed of what it would be like to travel in such luxury.  Maybe some day!  Check out their site and maybe you'll beat us to the experience!

SPA FINDER
Ever consider taking a spa vacation?  Not our cup of tea but if it might be fun for you, check it out!

PLANE CRASH INFO DOT COM
While it's a fact that commercial aviation is extremely safe, accidents do happen.  And this is an excellent site to use for research.

DAILY AIRLINE FILINGS
For the hardcore aviation buff who insists on keeping up with various airline moves and transactions with each passing day.

SEAT EXPERT
There are a number of sites out there that yield information on airline seats and this is a pretty good one.  Get information like seat pitch and width and suggested good and bad seats.

DIGIHITCH
A great resource for hitchhikers backpackers!  Personally if it doesn't have at least four stars and 24 hour room service, it's not for me.
But I know people who say this is the only way to go.  Check it out!

HISTORICAL FLIGHT FOUNDATION
These folks have lovingly restored an Eastern Airlines DC-7B, one I personally flew on in the late 50s as a very young kid.  It's beautiful and you may get a chance to fly on it, too, as it goes on tour.  Take a look at one of the last super piston airliners before the prop-jet and jet age dawned!

AIRLINERS INTERNATIONAL 2009
Official site of this great aviation magazine's 2009 convention coming up this summer in Orlando.  If you're an aviation nut, you should make plans to attend this one!

DELTAFLIGHT.COM
Read how a pair of brothers in the Greater Cincinnati area built a very realistic cockpit of a Delta Boeing 757 jet in their basement!  There are links on the site to others around the world who are aviation nuts and who have built similar simulators.  Be sure to click on the picture links the brothers have listed on their site.

WIDEBODY AIRCRAFT PARADE
If you're an airplane nut and enjoy great pictures, check out this Dutch site.  Some very nice shots!

CITY MAYORS:  THE WORLD'S LARGEST CITIES
There's much more to this site than just information on the world's largest cities!  But we found this section of it especially interesting.  While you're there, check out the rest of the site for some very interesting information.

BANYAN TREE HOTELS & RESORTS - LUXURY VACATION SPOTS
This may well be a first for us -- naming a hotel chain as Web Site of the Week.  But one look at the incredible pictures on the front page of their web sets the stage.  While we haven't yet stayed at one of their properties, they're now on our list.

BRANIFF PAGES
A look into the past of one of the most innovative airlines ever, Braniff International.  From planes painted by a world famous artist (way before other airlines tried it) to uniquely colored jets, this was a one of a kind and great airline.  May it rest in peace and live on in web sites like this one!

AIRSHIP VENTURES
An airship (partially rigid unlike a conventional blimp) is taking passengers for spins in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you're ever out that way and have the money to do it, I think you'd get a kick out of it.  I've been up in the Goodyear Blimp three times and it's always a neat trip.

AIRPLANE AIRPLANE AIRPLANE
A Japanese site featuring mainly pictures of airplanes.  For airplane enthusiasts, it's worth a look!

GOURMET ON TOUR
This site bills itself as "Culinary Adventures" and it looks pretty good.  Worldwide opportunities for serious foodies.

CHARTER WORLD
Luxury yacht charters worldwide.  Okay this site is not for most of us.  But there's no law against dreaming.  And if we're really careful and lucky, maybe we'll be able to charter something from these folks at some point in the future!

MINIMUS
This is a site offering mini-sized products for sale as in "3 ouncers" for air travel.  Soon, bigger sizes will be allowed in your airline carry-on but for now you might want to check this place out.  A friend swears by the convenience of the products offered here.  He says it makes business travel a lot less painful

WORLD TAXIMETER
This site is an international taxi fare calculator.  At first it may seem to be a little hard to negotiate but once you get the hang of it, it's great.  Try it out if for nothing more than just fun!

LAX WEBCAM
This is one of our all time favorite web sites and it's back because they added a second live webcam not long ago.  This one is labeled "Across The Pacific" and shows a large area of the tarmac and planes exiting the runway to the left.  These cams don't always work perfectly but they are usually pretty reliable. Check out the new webcam and I think you'll get a kick out of it.  And while you're on the site, click on "Our LAX Video - Home Theme & Welcome Video!"

WHTI
WESTERN HEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE

A U.S. Government site offering some American travelers a chance to come and go from the U.S. without a full fledged Passport.  Those who stand to benefit most from this program are Americans who live along the border with Canada and Mexico and make frequent trips to those countries. Expedited services are also offered for some travelers. 

THE CRANKY FLIER
An aviation blog site with plenty of interesting information.  I'm not exactly sure why the host calls himself cranky but it's a neat site.

AIRLINE MENUS
Thanks to Northwestern University in Illinois, actual menus are shown from various domestic and worldwide airlines from a gentlemen who traveled extensively between the 1960s through the 1990s.  Was the food that much better back then?  From personal experience my vote is yes!  But check out the menus for yourself.  The site is just a bit hard to navigate but once you get the swing of it, we think you'll enjoy it.  They sure used a lot of lobster back then!

FAMILY REUNION
How about choosing a unique travel destination for a big, long overdue family reunion?  Interesting, don't you think?  This site has plenty of information for just such a trip.

HOUSEBOATING
Have you ever even thought about renting a houseboat for a family vacation.  We hadn't either but it might be interesting.  At least check it out!

RATE IT ALL
From restaurants to hotels and airlines to beer and sodas, this site invites viewers to rate 'em all.  It's pretty interesting.  Hope you like it!

KROOZE-CAMS
If you know somebody on a cruise and you'd like to see what the weather's like where they are from their shipboard camera, this is a great site.  It doesn't include every, single cruise line in the country but it does cover many along with port cams, too.

FUEL ECONOMY
Okay I admit we're a little late on this now that gas prices are coming down but they're still high enough!  This U.S. Government site has some helpful information on how to save on gasoline.  Yes, the government can, on occasion, be helpful!

BUSINESS TRAVELER
Keep up to date on the latest on aviation, hotel news and much more.

EVERGREEN SUPERTANKER
Evergreen International has provided the "mother of all tankers" in the aviation fight against wildfires.  They've taken a Boeing 747-200 and equipped it to drop fire retardant in copious quantities.  They've posted some neat pictures on the site, too.

AIRLINE EXTENDERS
Do you have a little trouble getting buckled up in your airline seat?  Is it impossible to get that thing buckled?  Well you have two options.  You can ask the flight attendant for a seat belt extender each time and get chuckles from your fellow passengers.  Or you can visit this web site and purchase your own seat belt extender!

TAXIWAY ALPHA
A Scottish aviation site that we found interesting.  We hope you'll enjoy it, too!

CELEBRITY AIRCRAFT
Check out star athletes, celebrities and other rich people and find out what kind of private jets these lucky folks are enjoying.
This site doesn't list all the VIP jets but covers a lot of ground.  Enjoy and...don't be too jealous!

CRUISEMATES
Planning a cruise?  We're off to an Alaskan cruise soon and found this site very helpful.  Give it a shot for plenty of cruise info including message boards.

DIGIHITCH
High gas prices got you down?  How about hitchhiking or backpacking?  This site offers some great ideas!

THE NINETY-NINES
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN PILOTS
Great site for women pilots with many interesting links!

ADMO-TOURS
This is a great site for people who enjoy going on motorcycle tours.  Worldwide opportunities.

VACATION RENTALS
As you plan your summer vacation you might want to consider renting a beachfront home or villa.  This is an excellent site with information, rental rates, pictures and more on homes/apartments/villas/condos in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and other areas.

NASA SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION
After a picture perfect take-off on Saturday, May 31st, 2008, follow along with the mission on the official NASA site.

NTSB ACCIDENT SYNOPSES
National Transportation Safety Board site that lists aviation incidents and accidents including the N-Numbers of planes involved, airlines, aircraft type, etc.  And it goes back many years.  Select a year and then month.  It's interesting just picking a month at random and checking out all the things that have happened.  You might want to bookmark this one although the U.S. Government changes web site URLs about as often as I change underwear!

STADIUM TRAVEL GUIDE
Great site for information in all MLB, NBA, and NFL stadiums in the U.S.  But guys, what about the NHL?  Come on!

BEERCATIONS
Like beer?  Like vacations?  Head immediately to this site while the brew's still ice cold!

ROADSIDE AMERICA
Interesting ideas for weekend and vacation travel within the U.S.

WAVEHUNTERS
Surf's up dude!  This site is all about surf travel and surf vacations.  Checking out the worldwide opportunities on this site, I wished I knew how to surf!

COUNTRY MUSIC VACATIONS
Hey, I heard that laugh!  I worked in country radio for nearly 15 years and these are good folks. Great country vacation ideas here.

THE WORLDWIDE GOURMET
Look this site over carefully and you'll find some very interesting information about local food, wine, cheese, etc.  We especially liked clicking on "Products" on top of the page and checking out the various food items. Click on "Recipes," too.  Heck, check out the entire site!

LUXURY LINK
Bid on some great worldwide luxury vacations.  Some interesting prospects here, especially if you're lucky with your bid!

THE S. PELLEGRINO WORLD'S BEST 50 RESTAURANTS
The new list for 2008 comes out next month (April) but you'll find their top picks for past years on the site.  Mind you, these are not "our" type of restaurants.  We like more down home and traditional restaurants that have stood the test of time.  But if you have really ultra fine dining tastes and like to try the newest and fanciest eateries, you'll enjoy this site.

STORM CHASING ADVENTURE TOURS
You know the brave guys (or fools) who chase after the worst severe thunderstorms and tornadoes?  Well they offer the public a chance to do likewise. If you've ever wanted to see a severe thunderstorm or tornado up close and personal, this might be an interesting vacation for you!

SLEEPING IN AIRPORTS
Hey don't laugh!  This is a really cool site that evaluates airports for people on tight budgets!

BANK NOTES
Years ago, we started collecting paper money on our international trips.  Thank goodness we did it before the Euro came into the picture!  This site is all about the world's paper money.  Ever wished you had kept a paper note from a country you visited?  Well you can buy just about any notes on this site

AIR NOW
This is a U.S. government site that offers air quality conditions for hundreds of U.S. cities.  So if you're concerned about an upcoming trip, go here.

ACCESS-ABLE TRAVEL SOURCE
A complete travel guide for those who have physical disabilities.

AIRLINE HUB
An interesting site put together for airline employees.  A bit difficult to navigate until you get the hang of it but nonetheless some interesting information to explore.

AIR FORCE ONE SIMULATOR PROJECT
A recent GOP Presidential debate took place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library out in Simi Valley, California.  It was the backdrop of this debate that got my attention.  SAM 27000!  For those who don't know what SAM 27000 is, it's the military version of the Boeing 707 that President Reagan and other Presidents used as Air Force One before the newer Presidential 747s joined the fleet.  This site is a great resource for that legendary Air Force One and other Boeing 707related topics.

A LITTLE VC10 TENDERNESS
You're no doubt familiar with the DC-10 but have you ever heard of the VC10?  It was an extremely popular four engine, long haul passenger jet built in Britain.  The engines were mounted on the rear similar to the DC-9's configuration.  Check out this site for some interesting information and background on this popular jet.  It's one of the few past jet airliners that I wish I could have taken a trip on.

GOT MERCURY?
As world travelers, we have found a lot of fish on the menu on most trips--which we love!  But, are you getting too much mercury when you dive into that fresh ahi in Hawaii?  What about that tilefish in the Mediterranean?  Mahi mahi in Tahiti?  Or shark in Australia? Find out by punching in your weight, amount of fish you plan to eat, and the type of fish.  You'll have your answer!

ABERCROMBIE & KENT
If you've got the bucks then this site will be an excellent resource for absolute luxury travel.  For the rest of us, we can at least click and dream a little!

SEAT EXPERT
Another web site that helps airline passengers get the latest on seating configurations on commercial jets.

DAY JET
A new concept of using tiny business jets that carry only three passengers.  This is an "on demand" membership service based in Florida.  Certainly an interesting concept but will it be successful?  Check it out.  And for more on Day Jet, check out the special news feature done on it by News Talk Radio WOKV in Jacksonville, Florida here. (We're not sure how long this link will be up.)

ART HISTORY ALIVE
Enjoy art vacations around the world. Not exactly our cup of tea but it might be perfect for you!

RIPOFF REPORT
Think you've been ripped-off on travel or other services?  This sight might prove helpful.

CROSS COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL - EQUESTRIAN VACATIONS
Like horsey riding?  This the perfect site for you!

COUNTRY CODES
Ever wonder the country where a web site originates from?  What if it ends in a "CN?"  Where does "RO" come from.  This site answers those questions.  Hope you find it handy.  We sure do at WTG!

HAWAII VOLCANO VACATIONS
We've been to the national park on the Big Island and there's something special about just being there.  Imagine staying on the "sacred lands."  If you're really into volcanoes or plain and simply beautiful scenery, check this site out.  (And thanks to Jack Harcourt for e-mailing us and turning us onto the site!)

EXCELLENT ROMANTIC VACATIONS
Just what it says!  From domestic B&Bs to top international destinations and a whole lot more.  Go for it!

AREA CODE FINDER
Ever get a call and wonder:  "Where's that area code from?"  Here's your decoder.  We use it all the time here at WTG.

HEALTH CLUB DIRECTORY
On the road and looking for a health club near you?  Here's your guide!

SINGAPORE AIRLINES A380 AIRBUS
We've had the good fortune to fly aboard Singapore Airlines, by far the world's best, and they introduced this giant jet into regular service recently.  Take the virtual tour on this web site and check out the amazing features Singapore has incorporated into the world's largest passenger jet!

GHOST TRAVELER
And just in time for Halloween!

WEIRD MEAT!
We ran across an interesting blog done by a fellow traveler on -- weird meat.  As global travelers we certainly have experienced some interesting food, to say the least.  But nothing as incredible as this gentleman has sampled.  Hold your nose, keep one of those airline sickness bags handy, and take a look!

SMILIN' JACK'S AVIATION DIRECTORY
An interesting web site from a retired Boeing 767 pilot.  A good resource for airlines and airports and he has listed some very interesting aviation links.

WORLD AIRPORT CODES
Just what it says and then some!  Lots of information about the world's airports, too.

DOG FRIENDLY
A great site if you plan to be traveling with your dog!  It lists dog friendly cities, hotels, restaurants, you name it!  Interestingly, it is not at all unusual to see dogs dining in restaurants and even fine establishments in Europe.  We dined at a very expensive fish restaurant in Brussels and a woman and her husband brought their schnauzer and had him nibble at  scraps off their plate!  We've seen many dogs at Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus.  Ditto for cafes in Paris.

DINER CITY
A real blast from the past.  This site lists old style diners that still exist around the U.S.

  CRUSIN ALTITUDE
If you're an airplane nut you'll appreciate this site.  You can log your trips, share info with other like minded people, and more.

1001 VACATION IDEAS
Suggestions for just about everyone in the family.

  PLANESPOTTERS
  Planespotters are people like me who love to watch aircraft come and go.  You don't hear that term much in the U.S. but it's common in Europe.  Anyway, this is a site for those of us who like to watch airplanes and especially commercial aircraft.  Check it out.  They've got some great pictures on the site! 

  CIGAR FRIENDLY
While it's true that a lot of cigar selling goes on at this site, the reason we've posted it is because it lists restaurants and establishments around the U.S. and in some international cities that are cigar friendly.  See if there's one in your area if you smoke ropes!

  BBQ FESTIVALS
As summer winds down in the U.S. the barbecuing moves into high gear at a number of regional festivals.  Check it out.  There may be some hot competition in your neck of the woods.  If you've never been to one of these, you're missing lots of fun not to mention great tasting 'cue!

  FREIGHTER CRUISES
A different way to cruise!  Hop aboard a big freighter and join a handful of fellow passengers.  While we've never taken a cruise on a freighter I had friends as a kid who always crossed the Atlantic on freighters and they raved about the unique experience.

HOW TO CALL ABROAD
Placing an overseas call can be challenging, especially for those who are not experienced.  This site helps people in North America place international calls abroad.

  TRAVEL LEARN
Did you ever consider going on an "educational" vacation?  If so, this might be a good place to start.  Worldwide opportunities.  Check it out!

  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
The next time you plan a family vacation center to the Mouse House in Orlando, consider taking a dog leg over to the Space Coast and a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.  There's a lot to see and do for all ages.

VIRGIN GALACTIC
This is one of the coolest web sites ever.  Of course anything that Sir Richard Branson gets involved with has to be good.
Find out how you can take a trip into space if you can scratch up $200,000.  Check out the videos.  They're "out of this world!"

  THE ECONOMY TRAVELER
This is all about making the best of traveling in the rear of the plane.  Check out the airlines offering the least amount of pain and suffering! Various other discussions as well.  If you must fly coach---and most of us must---you may find this site quite helpful.

  VACATIONS BY RAIL
U.S., Canadian and world travel suggestions on taking the train.

  GLOBAL VOLUNTEERS
Combine world travel with helping people!  An interesting and growing concept.  Check it out!

  WORLD AERO DATA
Okay, if you're not really into airports or aviation this site won't be for you.  But if you require information about airports (runway lengths, navaids, etc.), this is a great resource.

RESTAURANT ROW
If you're looking for a restaurant in the U.S., this is a great place to start.  Most listings come complete with menu pages to help you decide.

LUXURY WORLD CRUISES
Just what it says.  They work with several of the world's elite cruise lines to get you good deals.

  VACATION RENTALS BY OWNER
Ever considered renting a home for your next vacation?  While we've thought about we have yet to do it.  This web site lists possibilities throughout the United States and over much of the world.

  AMERICAN COACH
Travel like a country star in your luxury bus!  Okay so most of us can't afford this lifestyle but there's no law against dreaming.  Check it out!

  THE WORLD'S BEST BARS
Just what it says.  This site is sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey.  If you're bar kind of people, you might this site helpful.

  BRANIFF
This site is all about the colorful history of Braniff International Airways and includes some great snapshots of their colorful jets.  While living and working in Dallas in the 70s I got to fly on several brilliantly colored 727s including the famous "Calder Jet" pictured on their web site.  In fact, I got to watch the artist (Alexander Calder) paint part of the jet in the Braniff hangar at Love Field!

  TRAIN CHARTERING
Okay, we admit it. This is beyond the means of most people viewing this site.  But take a moment to imagine what it would be like to charter the Orient Express or other famous train!  Hey -- there's no law against dreaming!

  SUN CLOCK FROM WORLD TIME ZONE
This is a neat site that instantly displays where the world is illuminated by the sun or in darkness.  It also displays the current time around the world.

GOURMET ON TOUR - CULINARY ADVENTURES
World travel and fine dining - to me it doesn't get any better than that!  This site offers the promise of some of the best dining in the world.

  THE VOMITORIUM
Okay this does sound a little weird, on the surface anyway.  This site is all about people who collect airline air sickness bags.  There are a lot of serious collectors out there and you may find the site somewhat interesting.  Check it out!

  HISTORY AMERICA TOURS
Love history?  Like to travel?  Bingo!  This site's for you.

 AIRLINE LOGOS
Airline buffs will appreciate this site.  Not only does it feature current airline logos but ones that date back many years.

 WORLD'S TALLEST HOTELS
Thanks to Emporis, in Germany, for compiling a list of the world's 100 tallest hotels.

 CRUISE REVIEWS
An excellent site for cruisers.  All the major lines are covered with observations and reviews from people who have recently taken trips on various ships.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS
Imagine traveling around the world in your own private jet, staying in the finest hotels and enjoying sensational food?  Or how about a private safari to Africa?  These people can make it happen if you've got the means to afford it.  But if nothing else, you can still poke around their web site and just dream!

 CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Long title but a great organization!  Just about everything you need to know about taking a cruise can be found on this site.

 HAWAII FOOD TOURS
If you're a "foodie" and have plans to visit Honolulu, this looks like a fun thing to do

 CRUISE MATES
A comprehensive site for cruisers.  Advice, reviews, message boards -- it's all there.

 CONVAIR JET
Old time aviation fans will enjoy this site and youngins interested in aviation history will, too.  It's all about the super fact Convair 880s and 990s.  These early passenger jets still hold some impressive speed records to this day.

 MCDONALD'S FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Did you know that you could get beer and wine at many McDonald's restaurants in Europe?
How about a crab cake sandwich at the Mickey D's in Maryland?  It's true and on this web site called "Tikifish" are some interesting McDonald's menu items found around the world!

 RAND MCNALLY TRAVEL
What could be more synonymous with travel than Rand McNally?  On this site you'll find maps, retail items and a new (new to us anyway) navigation guide similar to MapQuest.

 RAILCAM
For some reason we are fascinated by this site!  It quite simply is a live TV cam that focuses on a very busy railway crossing in the Netherlands not far from the border with Germany.  Listen for the bells and watch the gates go down as train after train passes by.  Above and beyond the trains we think it's interesting just watching the cars, trucks, bicyclists and pedestrians pass through the area.  The TV pictures are live and of excellent quality.  Once on the site click on Railcam1 and be sure to set your internet speed for best results.

ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLE
Here at the WTG we have, unfortunately, ignored motorcycle travel -- until now!
Check out this site for some neat motorcycle trips, information & opinions.  We have also added an entirely new section for the motorcycle enthusiast here.

 EARTHCAM
An interesting site featuring web cams from around the world.

 CRUISE SHIP JOBS
Ever dreamed about working on an ocean going cruise ship?  Well maybe you can!
Check this site out!

         LIVE ATC FEED MAP
On this site you'll find a map of the U.S. and portions of Canada.  Various airports are shown and many allow you to monitor live ATC traffic.  Also you can click on zoom and you'll see a satellite shot of the airport.  Note:  You'll find that the live ATC traffic is not available at many airports but this is a common problem whenever you seek out live ATC radio.

          WI-FI FREE SPOT
A list of places where you'll find free Wi-Fi service.

         CRUISE CRITIC
An informative site for first time and seasoned cruisers covering most of the bases.

         PETS ON THE GO
If you're traveling with a cat, dog, bird--whatever--this site will help you with
your travel plans.

        FAA ACCIDENT SYNOPSES
A month to month review of aviation accidents and mishaps ranging from Cessna 172s landing in a cornfield to a Boeing 747 going down in Guam.  This NTSB data base goes back to 1972.

       LIVE ATC DOT NET
Another great site for the aviation enthusiast.  Here you will find many opportunities to listen to live Air Traffic Control frequencies.  And there's a lot more on the site!

      FLIGHT LEVEL 350
In aviation lingo flight level three five zero refers to an altitude of 35,000 feet. Aviation buffs will love the many videos on this site.  Just toggle down and make your selection under "Search for Aircraft Videos."  If you're an airline nut you could spend considerable time on this one!

    HOTEL FUN 4 KIDS
This site is packed with helpful information for families traveling with children.
Not only does it cover lodging but many other aspects of travel including
trains, planes, and even ski resorts!

      LOVE MY SEAT
This is a site that helps you pinpoint the best seats on commercial jets.

     ALL AREA CODES ON-LINE
Need to find out a phone dialing area code in the U.S.?  Has somebody called you from an unfamiliar area code and want to know where the call originated?  This site is for you!

     AIR SHOW NETWORK
We should have posted this earlier in the summer.  Sorry!  This site is your complete source for major air shows around the U.S. complete with ticket information.

     ASTEROID AND COMET IMPACT HAZARDS
This is the perfect site for the paranoid and I suppose for hypochondriacs, too.
This is actually a U.S. government site that keeps an eye out for asteroids and comets!
Quick, duck!

     FUN PLACES TO FLY
Admittedly this site isn't for everybody.  But if you own a plane or are prone to renting a light plane, this site has some fun information.  Above and beyond plane owners, there is a lot of fun information for the rest of us, too, such as festivals and local events.

    AVIATION NOW
News and information from Aviation Week Magazine.  If it "flies", this is a good source!

    AVOID DELAYS DOT COM
This site, put together by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, lists the worst airports for delays along with heaviest traffic times.  You can also punch in your flight number to see how your flight averages when it comes to delays.

   NAPA VALLEY DOT COM
There's nothing more pleasant than touring the famous Napa Valley wine country in Northern California. This site provides helpful information on planning your trip. We took the tours often while living in the San Francisco Bay Area although our kids, little squirts at the time, were bored out of their minds! 

RESTAURANTS OWNED BY STARS
Just what it says!  If you'd like to increase your chances of bumping into a star while traveling---especially in Los Angeles---check this site out.  There is additional information about stars on the site as well.

 LANDINGS
If you're into aviation you'll appreciate this site.  It's loaded with information on practically everything that flies.  You'll find airline news, aircraft sales developments and even the latest on the space program.  Check it out daily!

MILE HIGH ATLANTA
Yup - it's exactly what you're thinking!  However the site is extremely well done and the flights are portrayed in a dignified & romantic light.  Kids punching it up will be "none the wiser!"

FLYANA
This site deals with flying and staying healthy covering everything from recycled cabin air to pesticides and much more.

FLYING WITH DISABILITY
This site is all about travel for those who are disabled.  Max Jennings has done a great job with this site.  Even if you're not disabled, you should check this site out.

UNIVERSAL CURRENCY CONVERTER
Whether you're heading to Australia, India or Bulgaria, this site will help you figure out the monetary exchange rate between your money and their money.  We always use this site before heading to a new country.

HOW TO TRAVEL AMERICA
A web site and a book designed to help foreign visitors negotiate travel to and within the United States.  An interesting prospective!

FLYING WITH KIDS
A site that will help improve your next airline trip with the kids in tow!

THE WORLD'S BEST SKYLINES
See if your city has made the list!  Of the top ten cities listed, we've personally visited 8 of them and agree with nearly every selection other than Seoul.  We weren't that impressed with Seoul's skyline.  An interesting site with equally interesting links.

MY TRAIN INFO
Interested in trains?  This "down home" site probably has you covered.  From mainstream carriers to model railroads, you'll find it here.

FLIGHTAWARE
This is a flight tracking site but much more.  You can track airline flights but aviation buffs will be interested in checking out local airport radar showing flights in your area.  Just type your airport code into the box at the bottom left on the page.  Great site!

AIRLINE ROUTE MAPS
Remember how the airlines used to pass out elaborate route maps?  Thanks to cost cutting that practice is long gone.  But on this site, many airlines of the world are represented with virtual route maps.  If you're an aviation buff you'll love this site!

HOTEL CHATTER - BEST HOTELS FOR WIFI SERVICE
If you need WiFi while on the road, check out this site's list of your best hotel bets.

AIRTRODUCTIONS
Air-Troductions as in introductions.  Get it?  Think of it as a dating service for travelers.  Check out this membership site.  It might be fun!

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PROTECTION
This official U.S. Government site keeps you up to date on avian flu and conditions in countries all over the world.  It will also advise you whether you should get vaccinations before heading out on your trips.

THE AIRLINE BLOG
Keep up to date with daily reports about your favorite or least favorite airline.  Seems pretty accurate!

GOURMET ON TOUR
Culinary travel with worldwide food vacation opportunities.

CONVERSIONS
Traveling in a foreign country can be confusing when you have to convert temperature from centigrade to Fahrenheit, liters per gallon and so forth.  This site, thanks to the folks at Science Made Simple, covers all the bases.

AIRFLEETS
Just what it says.  If you're interested in finding out about a particular aircraft or the fleet of your favorite airline, this is a good resource.

ZERO GRAVITY EXPERIENCE
Experience weightlessness in a special experience aboard a Boeing 727 named "G Force One."  Astronauts who have undergone similar training often referred to their aircraft as the "Vomit Comet" because some people become sick.

CRUISE SHIP SANITATION RATING
Planning a cruise? The Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. has the latest rating on your ship!  Find out if your ship is squeaky clean or a bit on the unsavory side.
Note:  The CDC seems to change this URL often.  Please forgive us if--at some point in the future--this site does not come up.  And give it time.  It's a "slow loader."

HILO HATTIE
Blow away the mid winter blues.  Check in with Hilo Hattie in Hawaii.  We don't usually select retailers for the Web Site of the Week but this place is so wonderful we figured it might be fun.  Why not log on and order some inexpensive Hawaiian shirts and throw a luau? And if you're ever visiting the islands, be sure to drop by one of their stores.  They're all things Hawaii! 
PS-Only one small complaint, Ms. Hattie.  What's up with the music on the site?   GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH just doesn't put me in a tropical mood.  Slap some Hawaiian music up there!!!

TRUCKER WEATHER
A resourceful site for U.S. weather obviously catering to long haul truckers.  But family motorists can take advantage of information on road construction, bad weather and more.

AIRPORT-DATA
Okay this may be over the heads of some but if you're a true aviation buff, you'll find it quite interesting.  Loads of information on runway configurations, nearby hotels, pictures and more.

 MAP MACHINE
Ever try to find a map online?  Finding the right one can be maddening.  The folks at National Geographic have come up with a great site here.  It covers the United States and the World and is easy to navigate.

CARIBBEAN EDGE MAGAZINE
One of the best resources we've seen for this part of the world.  Hotels, restaurants, country information, etc.  

EPICURIOUS
Recipes, restaurant recommendations and much, much more!

ROAD TRIP USA
An interesting trip around the United States via car along with a look into landmarks, restaurants, architecture, and more.

AVSTOP MAGAZINE
A nice site for aviation buffs covering everything from airline history to the first African American airline pilots and much more!

HOT AIR BALLOONING HOLIDAYS
If you seek adventure on your vacation this might be a perfect trip to consider.  This section is part of the Adventure Activities site and can help you get started.

AIR TIMES
An interesting site for those interested in airline history.  This site covers the world's airlines showing their evolution largely through past schedules, which bring back a lot of memories.

AIRLINES REVIEWED
This site not only offers user reviews of airlines but airports, as well. Some of the reviews seem a bit old but some are fairly recent.  Either way, you should find some of these reviews helpful as you plan your selection of airlines for upcoming trips.

SQUARE MEAL
This is one of the best sites we've seen on dining out in London.  So if you're planning a trip to London, do some homework before taking off.  Or, punch this up on your laptop when you get there!

BOEING 777-200LR WORLDLINER - WORLD RECORD FLIGHT
During the week of November 7, 2005 this jet set a new distance record traveling more than 13,000 statute miles flying non-stop from Hong Kong to London's Heathrow Airport.  The most direct route would have taken this flight over a distance of about 6,000 miles.  But to prove the jet's capability to fly extremely long distances, they took the "scenic" route flying from Hong Kong over the Pacific to the west coast of the U.S.  The flight continued to the east coast, emerged out over the Atlantic and finally arrived in London.  Follow along on this special Boeing web site.

BRANSON AT A GLANCE
Branson, Missouri is within driving distance of millions of Americans and provides excellent family entertainment.  A number of current, past, and fading stars have theatres here and provide nearly daily shows for fans.

PLANE SPOTTING
With increased security these days, people who like to watch commercial planes have been pretty much locked out from many airports.  This site has excellent worldwide information on the best spots to view planes as they come and go from airports.

AIRLINE TIMETABLE IMAGES
On the surface this may not sound like a very exciting site but give it a shot.  There are some great pictures on the site along with, of course, timetables that will really take you back in time if you're an airline buff.

AVIATION CONSUMER PROTECTION
This is a U.S. government site that can help you with commercial aviation problems. The site covers cancelled flights, airlines that stop flying, consumer complaints, safety information and more.

FLIGHT HUMOR
Some interesting stories about flying.  Poke around and you'll get a good laugh!

WEBFLYER
The site is billed as "the frequent flyer authority" and is packed with helpful information.  Randy Peterson, a travel expert, is prominently featured on the site.

ABERCROMBIE & KENT
If you're in the market for luxury travel this is a good place to plan a vacation.

FREE TRAVEL TIPS
Just what it says.  Plenty of helpful information!

ROADSIDE AMERICA
An online guide to offbeat tourist destinations.  You'll find some pretty amusing material on this site!

A-Z WORLD AIRPORTS
A great resource when it comes to tracking down information on airports all over the world. You'll also find three letter airport designator codes here.

CRUISE OPINION
This site features reviews from people who have had experiences on the various cruise lines.  Specific ships and dates are mentioned and complete information on the vessels is listed.  Some of the reviews are several years old, however.  Still, you may find this site helpful in making future cruise plans.

CHANGI AIRPORT - SINGAPORE
Check out their web site to see how one of the best airports in the world is preparing to handle the new super jumbo A380 Airbus aircraft.

SUNRISE SUNSET
This site helps you figure out when the sun will rise and set at your travel destination.
You can also check on lunar cycles.  For instance, you're taking the love of your life on a honeymoon to Tahiti and you want to be sure there's a romantic full moon overhead!

VIRTUAL TOURIST
A web site that is somewhat similar to Trip Advisor.  Lots of information on specific places from people who have "been there and done that."  Plenty of information on hotels, resorts, restaurants, etc.

THE TRAVEL INSIDER
An interesting site done by a native Kiwi (New Zealander) now living in the U.S.  The site contains information on airline reviews, aircraft and good and bad experiences with airline management and crews.

TRAVEL HOP
This is a web site specializing on Caribbean islands.  The thing we like about it is that most major resorts (and some smaller properties) have 360 degree panorama shots.  So it helps you get a better idea if the property before you book your trip.

AIRGUIDE ON LINE
This is a great site for all aviation related topics.  The site covers just about everything.  We especially found the frequent flyer program updates to be very timely and helpful.

FILING AN AIRLINE COMPLAINT
Have you ever gotten so ticked off with an airline that you wanted to haul off and file a complaint?  The folks at AirSafe.com have put together an excellent page guiding you through every step of the process.

VOCATION VACATIONS
Considering a career change?  How about spending a vacation trying the job out first to see if it's a good fit!  It isn't cheap but it might be a valuable experience that could save you a lot of grief.  Then again it could confirm your suspicions that switching to a new job would be the perfect choice.

GOODYEAR AIRSHIP OPERATIONS
You've seen these big guys flying over major sporting events.  Check out the site for some interesting pictures and information.  We've had the good fortune of flying on the blimps three times and if you ever have a chance to do it, don't pass it up.  My favorite trip came in Detroit.  Goodyear had offered us a standard twenty minute ride in the Airship Enterprise.  However they screwed up and forgot about us and our slot was given to some other group. This, however, turned out to be a very good thing.  Goodyear called back, apologized, and offered us a three hour ride.  The captain took us wherever we wanted to go and we had a great time.

THE ARCHIVE
A wonderful site for airline buffs.  You'll find pictures, airline histories and much more.

FREE TRAVEL TIPS
A helpful guide including checklists you can use prior to your trips and a whole lot more.

ANDREW CRAM'S FREQUENT FLYER RESOURCES
A site jam packed with all kinds of helpful hints about making the most out of your frequent flyer program.

GREAT RAIL JOURNEYS
A site from the United Kingdom featuring great train trips in Britain and around the world.

CRUISE REPORT DOT COM
Get the latest ratings on the cruise you're about to take.  Check out the hottest itineraries around the world.

AVIATION EXPLORER
A fantastic site dedicated to aviation.  They've got some great videos, pictures and the site is packed with interesting airline information.  This is a must visit site for aviation enthusiasts!

ARUBA AVIATION
Aruba is the best island in the Caribbean, in our humble opinion, and a local gentleman named Hyro Oduber has put together a great web site dealing with -- Aruba aviation.  But it's not just about aviation.  You'll find many helpful links about the wonderful island of Aruba. Check out the links to the left on the site.  It's amazing how the airport has transformed over the years.  When we first started visiting you walked out on the hot tarmac to board your plane.  Now they have jetways although I kind of miss the casual stroll to the plane in the wind and sun!

 INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY
Just what it says!  A very helpful resource for travelers and anybody!

FLYING IN EUROPE
This is a comprehensive web site designed primarily for the aviation community.  However check out the clicks to the left and you'll find some interesting pages including the best European airport web cam collection we've seen.

COME BACK ALIVE
Robert Young Pelton's site lists some of the most dangerous places in the world. It also covers dangerous occupations and much more.  There are some interesting stats on the site although it appears to be a bit dated.

VIA MICHELIN
This is more or less like a European version of Map Quest.  This famous name in travel will give you driving directions for European cities and allows you to type in an exact address.  The site also offers restaurant, hotel and tourist information for Europe.

DELTA AIR LINES AIR TRANSPORT HERITAGE MUSEUM
An interesting site highlighting a "work in progress."  Some great vintage photos, collectibles, and news about how this non-profit organization is collecting old Delta aircraft.

AIRLINERS.NET
An incredible sight for aviation buffs seeking pictures of world airliners.  Type in an airline and aircraft type and watch what comes up!  It's fun for real aviation nuts to make note of the tail numbers of the planes they've flown on and then check out their pictures on this site.

TIME AND DATE
An interesting site with great calendars and interesting information about, yes, time and date.

CARSURVEY.ORG/AIR
This site features passenger reviews on the world's airlines in coach, business and first class.  Find out ahead of time what you might expect on your next long haul!

AIRGUIDE ONLINE
This is a fabulous site for all aspects of commercial aviation.  If you love aviation, you'll spend plenty of time exploring all the nooks and crannies on this site.  Enjoy!

HOTEL VIEW
This site is billed as the world's largest travel and tourism library video distribution network.  These folks provide videos of many hotels around the world so you can get a first hand look at a property where you are considering a stay.  As the site says:  "Go there before you get there!"

HOLIDAYS UNCOVERED
This is kind of like a European version of Trip Advisor dealing with hotels only.  People who have visited various hotels in much of Europe offer reviews of their own experiences.  The heavy focus is on Spain and the Canary Islands but other regions are featured, too.  We used this site to help plan a trip to Gran Canaria and Tenerife in the Canary Islands and found it to be most helpful.

FREQUENT FLIER DOT COM
Loads of helpful information for the frequent flier and how to make the best of your miles.

PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
While the world helps Tsunami victims recover from their tragic losses travel is beginning to pick up in the region.  In fact, tourist visits are vital to many local economies.  This site gives you the real picture of what areas are welcoming tourists.

WWI TV
Watch worldwide live TV via your computer on the internet.  Not all the listed TV stations actually work but if you poke around, you're liable to find some pretty interesting international TV news and shows.

ROUTES INTERNATIONAL FERRY SERVICE LISTINGS
This is an excellent source of information for ferry services worldwide.

EARTH VIEW - DAY OR NIGHT DISPLAY
An instant picture of the world displaying where it's daylight and dark. If you know your world geography you'll easily be able to tell which countries are enjoying light or darkness.

TERRAFLY
This is the place to go to see your house, neighborhood, etc., from space.  Just type in an address complete with U.S. city and state and get an incredible view.  The site allows you to "fly" through the area featuring a zooming device.  If you linger too long while flying, however, the site cuts you off.  You can gain nearly unlimited access by paying a fee.

we8there.com
This is a restaurant review site where anybody is welcome to submit a legitimate review.  As the site says:  "Real People. Real Insights."  U.S. and limited international eateries are featured.

FLAGS OF THE WORLD
Take a visual look at current and past flags from all over the world on this interesting site.

AVIATION CONSUMER PROTECTION
Have you ever wondered how to file a complaint with the U.S. government over lousy treatment by the airlines?  This is the place.  Whether they've shredded your luggage or issued a ticket to the wrong destination, this is the place to vent and make it count.

TRADER VIC'S
A great world traveler and innovator.  He's the man who gave the world the famous Mai Tai cocktail.  Read about how he turned a little bar in Oakland into a worldwide restaurant empire.  Victor Jules Bergeron was quite a guy!

CAR SURVEY DOT ORG - AIRLINE REVIEWS
This site features recent and past reviews of various airlines posted by actual travelers.  There's a "main" page and a secondary page featuring reviews of smaller, more obscure airlines.  This is a great site to review before making reservations on airlines you are not familiar with.  And it's interesting checking up on "your own" airline to see what experiences other travelers have encountered.

1000 TIPS 4 TRIPS
An excellent web site with helpful tips on nearly all aspects of domestic and foreign travel.  If you're driving, flying, or going on a cruise ship, you'll find valuable information here.

ROAD TRIP
This site hooks people up with car rides all over the world.  It also allows viewers to offer rides to others. Just follow the fields and enter your information and -- keep your fingers crossed!

UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE CENTER
When people lose baggage and other items on planes and the items are not claimed, they wind up here!  You may have seen this place featured on national TV because of the unusual nature of it.  It's a fun site to check out and there are some pretty good deals to be had from time to time.

ORIENTAL EXPRESS
Hey, maybe we can't afford it but there's no law against dreaming about it!  Check this site out to see how the well to do travel in luxurious old fashioned style around the world.

RON WISE'S GEOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF WORLD PAPER MONEY
Long title - great site!  Ron has put together a site with actual pictures of the world's paper money.  He features current and past notes.  This is a neat site to review prior to traveling to a new country to get an idea of what their money looks like.

FREQUENT FLYER MILES
This site, created by a man named Gary Steiger, is all about your frequent flyer program.  He suggests ways to earn additional miles that most of us wouldn't even think of.

 GO NATIVE BREAD AND BREAKFAST INNS
This is a handy guide to B&Bs throughout the United States. Even thought it says it's a 2003 guide, this is still an excellent resource for those seeking a B&B escape.

 MILES 4 SALE DOT COM
Need to pick up some miles to score a free ticket through your frequent flyer plan?  You can buy those miles on this site.

FLAT SEATS
A spin-off of the fantastic Skytrax web site, this site takes a look at the luxurious business beds in first and business class.  See how your favorite airline compares with the other big dogs on the block!

 AIRBUS INDUSTRIES
Check on the progress of their new A-380, the world's largest jetliner.  Well done site and commercial airline enthusiasts will enjoy what it has to offer.

 ALL RECIPES
Have you ever enjoyed a restaurant dish that you'd like to be able to duplicate at home?  This site can lead you to just about every recipe you'd ever want to find!

AIRLINE PILOT PAY DOT COM
Did you ever wonder what today's high-tech jet jockeys make while transporting you through the sky? This site takes a look at U.S. salaries.  We're not exactly sure where they get their figures but it is interesting.

 LIGHTNING PROBABILITY INDICATOR
This NOAA government site in the U.S. gives updated information on just where the bolts are likely to break out.  Click on your part of the country for the very latest.

NORTHEAST & UPPER MIDWEST
NORTH CENTRAL
SOUTH & SOUTHEAST
SOUTHWEST
WESTERN
PACIFIC NORTHWEST

 SMOKE FREE WORLD
This site provides information about smoke-free dining, entertainment and travel.

RV PARK DOT COM
As summer gradually runs out of gas there's still time to plan one more camping trip in your RV.  And even if you don't have the means to own one, rentals are a good bet for many.  This site lists RV parks in the U.S. and throughout the world.

COMBAT PILOT
Have you ever wanted to fly your own fighter plane?  This place offers you actual simulated combat in the air!  They have a fixed base of operations in California but also offer the program at airports scattered all over the United States.

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE FINDER
If you've ever been curious about latitude and longitude, this is your site!  It's also helpful in locating areas around the globe with similar climates.

AIR ODYSSEY
This is a fun and informative site for the aviation enthusiast.  We particularly enjoyed taking the aviation quizzes!  But there is also plenty of helpful information on the site.

AIR SAFE
This site is jam packed with with information relating to all aspects of airline safety.  From individual airline safety records, to the most recent crashes, to security at the airport before you take off -- this site has it all and then some!

RAIL EUROPE
Whether you're looking for a one way train ticket from Amsterdam to Frankfurt or a multi-nation Eurorail Pass, this site can get you all fixed up.  They also handle Eurostar and of course BritRail services.  There are many very good sites dealing with European rail travel but it has been our experience that this one is the best in terms of easy navigation, frequent updates, etc.  And remember, if you are planning a trip to Europe that will involve extensive rail travel, consider a multi-day pass and order it before leaving your home country and chances are you'll save a considerable amount of money.

TRAVEL PETS
Heading out on a family vacation with rover in tow?  Finding a hotel that accepts pets can be a challenge. This site helps you locate "pet friendly" hotels in the U.S., Canada and at many international destinations.  You'll also find some helpful links, travel tips and some pretty cute pictures.

EXECUTIVE PLANET
Business and social etiquette for 42 countries around the world.
Know before you go!

TINY TRAVELERS
As you prepare to set out on summer vacation by land, sea or air, this site has valuable hints on how to make the trip successful with little Johnny and Sally in tow!

SUBWAY NAVIGATOR
An extremely helpful site with maps of most major subways in the world.  It tends to be a slow download but if you need info on subways, we no of no better place.

TIME TICKER
This is a worldwide time site but anything but a standard no frills site.  Check out the special effects on this baby and you'll be hooked.  Fantastic job!  The site even offers audio time.

INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES
These folks can set you up with some incredible experiences.  Everything from flying fighter jets around the world to space training to covert operations!

GAS BUDDY
During a time of record breaking gas prices in the United States, this site helps you to find the lowest price in your area.  It also covers Canada.  As of press time (5/15/04) it was one of the most popular sites on the internet as we head into the prime summer driving season.

INTERNATIONAL HOME EXCHANGE NETWORK
Instead of staying at a hotel or resort on vacations, some people prefer to exchange  homes with others.  This site has information on how the program works along with worldwide listings.

FREE TRIP
A really neat site for people planning driving trips in the U.S.  The site maps out your itinerary along with mileage, routes, the whole nine yards.

FAST FOOD NUTRITION FACT FINDER
This is a handy quick reference guide to the fat, calorie, sodium, and carbohydrate content in fast food.  This can be very helpful when you're on the go.  For instance, you're on a low carb diet but you know you're only going to have a shot at a quick burger at the airport between connecting flights.  Check this site out before you leave and jot down the best choices at the fast food places you're likely to encounter.

ROADFOOD DOT COM
Click on "Message Boards" at the bottom right site of the site and off you go!  Foodies will go nuts checking out the various regions of the U.S.  All kinds of restaurant recommendations along with recipes and other information.  Great help for the U.S. traveler.   Enjoy!

MILLIONAIRE'S CONCIERGE
Perhaps the ultimate source for  the travel needs of the rich and famous.  Whether it's a business jet you require or perhaps a cigarette boat or a Ferrari for the day, these people  can hook you up!  Even if you don't have ten million in the bank it's fun to poke around this fascinating site!

L1011 HOMESTEAD
A wonderful site put together by a Delta Air Lines couple mainly about the Lockheed L1011 TriStar.  We personally crossed the North Atlantic 24 times on these venerable jumbos along with 6 hops across part of the Pacific to Hawaii and they were great aircraft  This site features great pictures including shots of the last TriStar revenue flight.  And you'll also find information on Delta's retired 727s and on a Delta aircraft way out of the past - their 747s.

ATW ONLINE
This is the cyber home for Airline Transport World magazine and it's a "must see" daily for anybody tracking the commercial aviation industry.  And you can sign up online to get daily ATW news delivered to your e-mail.  It's free, no strings attached and a great service.  Above and beyond the great web site, airline industry folks and those interested in commercial aviation should really sign up for a magazine subscription!

BTS - BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
This site is packed with information about on time flights, etc.  You can even punch in your flight number and find out statistically how often that flight runs late.  Lots of other helpful travel information on the site, too.

ZIP FIND CENTRAL
Just type in two zip codes in the field on the right and you'll get the distances between them.  It's a quick way to find out how far away your friends and associates are.

CDC TRAVELER'S HEALTH
An official U.S. government site that keeps up with potential health problems all over the world.  Click the box under "Regions" to check in the part of the world where you will be heading.

TSA
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
These are the folks responsible for keeping terrorists off our commercial airplanes.  Keep up to date with the latest developments on this site including the latest changes in screening procedures.

WORLDWIDE INTERNET TV
Get caught up with live and recorded t-v news before heading to your destination.  Or check back for hometown news while you're on your trip. Note that the site isn't perfect.  Some links don't work or take you to a "regular" t-v or radio web site.  But if you poke around, you can watch some interesting live t-v from far away places.

YAHOO AIRLINE NEWS
Check this site daily to see what "your" airline is up to.  From super fare sales to new routes, you can get the jump on other travelers by keeping tabs on this site.

THE GLOBAL LOUNGE PROJECT
This site has information on just about every airline airport lounge in the world.  Navigate using the box on the upper left that is labeled "Views."

CASINO CITY
This site contains information on just about every casino in the world including world famous casino/hotel mega complexes.  They list more than 3,900 gambling establishments.

U.S. PASSPORT INFORMATION
This Official U.S. State Department web site has all the information you need to get that first Passport or renew an old one.  Also, what to do if your Passport is lost or stolen.

WORLD WIDE PHONE GUIDE
Traveling with a modem?  This site will help you get the job done! Very in-depth.  And there are even more links at the bottom of the page.

DISTANCE - HOW FAR IS IT?
A site compliments of Bali, Indonesia that let's you find out how far it is between two cities. 

CRUISE LINES CONSUMER COMPLAINTS
This site provides web sites and e-mail addresses where you can vent over a bad experience on the high seas.

W TRAVEL GUIDES
An excellent resource for all aspects of your trip to cities all over the world.  We first started using the site for restaurant listings and have found it quite helpful in many ways.

BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
Not your ordinary garden variety of guide books.  These guys deal with some pretty interesting destinations like Iraq, North Korea and the city of Kabul.  Journalists have reportedly found these guides helpful in covering developments for the media.

AIRNAV-DOT-COM 
A great resource for aviation information.  Click on "airports" on the top left.  Just type in the name of the airport you're interested in.  A bit advanced and perhaps mainly helpful for pilots and aviation buffs, but the site also has airport hotel information at the bottom once you've selected the airport you'd like to check on.

AIRPORT HOTELS WORLDWIDE
As experienced world travelers, finding suitable lodging near airports can be a bit of a task.  This site is extremely helpful and even shows pictures of most hotels.  But there is one very odd thing about it.  It offers a lot more options than are just listed on the home page.  For instance, we used a search engine to look for airport hotels in the Cincinnati area and got another branch of the site that is not listed on the home page.  So we'll list that link here because it not only lists Cincinnati airport hotels but a list of U.S. airport hotels on the links to the left.  This site could be much better if it was just better organized.  A search engine would be nice, too.  But still, it's a great help!

LIVE RADIO ON THE INTERNET
Tune in your hometown stations while you're on the road.  Or, before you leave on a trip, find a station at your destination to get the feel of the place.  This site features radio stations in all formats from locations all over the world.  Sometimes it's a little slow to load because it's so busy and they sometimes have menacing ads that tick away for a few seconds on the opening page but your patience will be rewarded!

CHOWHOUND-DOT-COM
This site is the perfect place to go to get the "skinny" on food and restaurants in the U.S. and around the world.  It's an interactive board that focuses on food.  Select the part of the U.S. or world you're interested in and check the reviews.  Or, post your own question about restaurants in a city that you will be traveling to and see what suggestions other diners might offer.

CONCORDE
The final Atlantic crossing for the sleek SST came on Friday, October 24, 2003 as a British Airways Concorde traveled from JFK Airport in New York to London Heathrow amid much fanfare.  This site is billed as the definitive Concorde site on the internet.  You'll find plenty of facts and figures, quips and quotes here.

BOEING
This is the home base of the giant American airplane maker now with headquarters in Chicago but with it's heart and soul in the Seattle, Washington area.  Learn about past, present and future Boeing airplanes.  View videos on various models.  They even have an on-line gift store.  And -- if you're ever in the Seattle area on a weekday, be sure to make a reservation to take the tour of the Boeing 767, 747 and 777 final assembly plant at Everett.

FREQUENT FLIER DOT COM
This site has just about everything you've ever wanted to know about frequent flyer programs offered by the airlines including which credit cards yield the best results, which hotels participate and much much more.

50 STATES DOT COM
If you're looking for information on the various states in the U.S., this is the place to check out.  The site lists how each state got it's name, info on major cities, universities, economy, maps, politics, lotteries, license plates, famous people who hail from each state and even the official birds and other critters of each state.  Check this one out carefully and enjoy!

SKYTRAX - THE WORLD AIRLINE SITE
An absolutely outstanding site for anybody who wants to know anything about airline and airport quality. Here you'll find everything from seat pitch to the type and quality of meals served on jets to airline ratings

TRUCKER NEWS DOT COM
An informative site offering information on road closures and problems in all fifty states.  And believe it or not, this is an official U.S. Government sponsored site.  Each click takes you to an individual state's Department of Transportation.

CNN TRAVEL
A good site to access on the laptop computer while you're on the road. Many helpful areas to check out.

TRIP ADVISOR
Check out personal accounts of hotels and places at various locations around the world plus much, much more.  This site is very helpful in planning business and leisure trips.

WEB CAM CENTRAL
Choose from a wide variety of international locations.  Check out tourist hot spots before you begin your trip.  Not all the cameras work every time they are accessed but this site does offer some pretty interesting opportunities.

AIRLINE MEALS DOT NET
An interesting look at some of the meals being served up by the world's airlines.  Here you'll find passenger reviews and some menus.  Plus, you'll get a glimpse of what the crews are stuck with--food wise--up on the flight deck.

CURRENT AIRPORT TRAFFIC
Thanks to the folks at RLM Software you can see inbound air traffic at many of the nation's major airports in the U.S.  The opening page gives you the national outlook.  Click on an individual airport and see traffic flowing into that particular airport.

FAA COMMAND TRAFFIC CENTER
This U.S. government site focuses on the biggest airports in the U.S. and indicates any problems with delays.  Each city has a color coded dot.  If it's not green, put your mouse over it and see what the problem is and what kind of delays to expect.  This gives travelers a quick idea of how things will be flowing during the day.

SEAT GURU DOT COM
Get airline seat information for American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and U.S. Airways jets.  You'll find information on seat pitch and width and a color coded seating chart for each aircraft highlighting what are considered to be the best seats to occupy.

ROUTES INTERNATIONAL
BUS, TRAM, & TROLLEY SITES WORLDWIDE

If you're looking for helpful information on this mode of transportation, this one, single site will fill in most of the blanks.

WEB FLYER
A very helpful site hosted by frequent flyer guru Randy Peterson. Here you'll find info on special airline mileage promotions, guidelines of the various frequent flyer programs and much, much more.  This guy really knows his stuff!  Be sure and check this site before you book your next trip so you're not missing out on a great promotion!

ABEHAUS - SUPERMARKET FINDER
You're on an extended stay business trip or vacation and you have cooking facilities.  Where is the nearest grocery store?  Abeshaus has compiled an internet list of just about every major U.S. supermarket store chain with a web site.  Just click on the store of your choice and find out if there's one near you.  Whether you're interested in a Safeway or a Kroger, you'll find it here.

WHERE TO STAY DOT COM
If you're considering a vacation to Hawaii or the Caribbean, this is a very helpful site.  Just punch up the island you're interested in (under hotels and resorts at the top) and check out the hotel descriptions and room rates.  The site also allows people to rate their hotel experiences so you can get a better idea of what to expect upon your arrival.

TOILETS OF THE WORLD
Let's face it, if you're going to travel the world you're going to run into some pretty interesting "facilities".  We've encountered very crude "johns" in China, for instance.  This site gives you an interesting look at toilets dating from Biblical times to the present and it covers many countries from the far corners of the world.  It might make a good homework lesson before you head to your next exotic destination!

AIRLINE HISTORY
If you're an aviation buff, you'll spend quite a bit of time on this site.  The clicks on the left lead to airline and aircraft histories plus more.  The "of paper" click is of particular interest.  Here you will find pictures and sketches of planes that were in the pipeline but never made it into the sky commercially such as an early concept of the Boeing 747-300 featuring 3 instead of 4 engines!  The site is heavy on European aircraft which is kind of refreshing for those of us who live in the U.S.A.  I was sad, however, to see that in the "aircraft by decade" section, not a single Douglas prop plane was included in the 1950-1959 section.  No DC-3s or DC-7Bs!  Still, it's a most enjoyable site!

EVENTS WORLDWIDE
Check out various festivals and events around the world and see if they coincide with your trip.  This site can even help you avoid events.  Sometimes the crowds are just overwhelming!

U.S. BUREAU OF CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION
Here you will find complete information about just how much duty free merchandise you can bring back into the U.S. following a foreign trip.  Also - this site has lots of information on immigration issues, security and even a click to border crossing wait times for vehicular traffic.

HEALTHY FLYING
Former flight attendant Diana Fairechild is behind this most informative web site.  Check out the clicks on the lower left of the site.  You'll find everything from ways to deal with ear pain to how to avoid deep vein thrombosis.  Plus lots of other information.  In fact, you may want to buy some of her great books after checking the site out!

Flight Arrivals Dot Com
If you're not already familiar with this site, it's a great way to keep up with how your flight is doing.  You can check flight arrivals and departures by airport or by airline.  Delays and airport status checks are also offered.  Savvy travelers who know that their flight originates in one city with an intermediate stop before arriving in your town can check the status of the first leg of the trip to see if your segment is likely to be running behind.

The Great Circle Mapper
If you've ever wondered which path your long haul flight might take this site figures it out for you.  Punch in two airline city codes like ATL-TYO (Atlanta to Tokyo), for instance, and check out your projected flight path.

The World Atlas of Maps, Flags, and Geography Facts and Figures
Very interesting site outlining information on most nations of the world.  Each nation selected has a "ticking" clock showing the exact date and time.

 Los Angeles International Airport - Airport Monitor
You can actually "see" planes approaching and leaving Los Angeles International Airport.  You can also see planes that are passing over LAX at high altitude and you can set the range of your scan.  Plus, click on a plane to find out it's altitude and aircraft type.

 

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