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Culture Finder helps you search for arts events nationwide.

 Budget travel

Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine teaches you how to save money while traveling well.
Hostelling International helps you see the world on the cheap by staying in hostels.


Cruise Diva offers excellent advice and articles on every facet of cruising.
Cruise411 claims to have the world's largest cruise database. lets you compare two ships side-by-side.

Dining includes a search function for restaurant reviews and features restaurant news. allows the user to make reservations at top restaurants online.
Zagat has compiled opinions from regular diners and vacationers.

 Family travel

FamilyFun is a visually pleasing, informative family travel site owned by Disney.
Family Travel Forum features news, deals and tips for what to do with the family once you reach your destination.
Taking the Kids is a column by Eileen Ogintz of

 Home away from home helps you swap your home for a week or two with someone else's. lists more than 25,000 properties for rent, worldwide.

 Lodging provides information on over 27,000 B and Bs. lists nearly 2500 hotels and resorts in 24 countries across Asia. offers excellent pre-paid rates for hotels in Europe. offers bookings for an astounding 28,000 hotels, inns, etc.

 Luxury travel

Backroads runs upscale bicycle tours.
Luxury Link offers comprehensive database of luxury destinations and auctions on special packages.
Relais and Chateaux is the gateway to some of the world's most luxurious hotels. rents apartments, villas, farmhouses and castles throughout Europe.


Great Outdoor Recreation Pages (GORP) is the Web's most popular site for outdoor travel.
The National Park Service helps you plan a trip to one of America's treasures.

 Road trips

AAA provides an Internet version of their famous TripTiks.
Roadside America is a guide to 2,000 plus offbeat attractions along America's highways.
National Scenic Byways Program helps you find the most scenic route to your destination.
SpeedTrap Exchange lists the places where you are most likely to get caught if you speed.

 Senior travel

Elderhostel runs affordable, educational trips for seniors.
Grand Circle Travel offers affordable group tours for the over-50 crowd.
Saga Holidays also runs tours and its own cruise ship exclusively for seniors.
Seniors on the Go is a column by Ed Perkins of


Connecting…solo travel network has been building community among solo travelers for over a decade.
Travel Chums helps you find a travel companion, for free, via the Internet.
Travel Alone and Love It is a flight attendant's advice on how to make the most of your solo journey.


Spa Finder is a one-stop shop for information about spa services and booking a spa vacation.

 Specialty travel has a database of 5,000 unique trips; if you're not sure where to go, seek out this site for advice.
Shaw Guides has an amazingly comprehensive database of culinary, golf, tennis, photography and writing vacations.
Travel Agency Directory helps you search for travel agents who have specialized areas of expertise.

 Theme parks is your gateway to vacations at any of the Disney theme parks.
Six Flags has more than 39 theme parks throughout the world.
Theme Park Insider is a comprehensive, independent source of news and opinion on theme parks.


Fodor's provides much of their guidebook information online.
Frommer's features commentary and recommendations for the cost-conscious traveler.
Johnny Jet has thoughtfully organized every travel Web site imaginable.

 Train travel

Amtrak helps you plan for your American rail trip.
Eurostar provides schedule and fare information on the high-speed train linking London, Paris and Brussels.
Rail Europe tells you all you need to know to see the Continent by rail.
Subway Navigator gives the scoop on public transportation for 60 cities worldwide.

 Travel insurance helps you comparison shop for travel insurance policies.

 Travel with pets

Dog Friendly provides guides for dog owners traveling through the 50 states and Canada.
Pets Welcome lists over 25,000 hotels, campgrounds, beaches, etc. that are pet-friendly.

 Volunteer vacations

Earthwatch Institute helps volunteers work with scientists on conservation and cultural heritage projects.
International Volunteer Programs Association hosts an up-to-date search site and clearinghouse for international volunteer vacations.

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