European Travel Planning:
ABOVE: A windmill in the
European Travel Commission
The ETC serves up basic facts on its 31 member
Anita Dunham-Potter, an online travel expert since 1994, writes about consumer
issues, travel deals, cruising, destinations, and other topics.
Visit official city and town Web sites in 45 European countries. The site's
motto is "Discover the world--6 clicks to anywhere."
RateItAll: Western Europe Cities
Which cities are four-star destinations, and which are also-rans? See what
other travelers think, then cast your own votes. RateItAll also has ratings
Western Europe Attractions.
Clothing and footwear
Men's Travel Clothing
Do quick-dry or wrinkle-resistant fabrics, hidden security pockets, and other
special features make travel clothing a good investment? To find out, I
field-tested garments from Tilley, Norm Thompson, and L.L. Bean.
Put a spring in your step--literally--with these shock-absorbing shoes,
which prevent sore feet during all-day sightseeing.
U.S. Customs: Know Before You Go
Before you spend a thousand dollars on "duty-free" purchases or fill your
backpack with stolen antiquities, read this page. Also see
Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States.
This award-winning "clearinghouse for practical ecotourism around the globe"
Eco Travels in Europe
directory and an
Exploring Ecotourism Resource Guide.
Holidays of the World
Search the database of holidays by continent, country, religion, month, and
year from now through 2010.
Family Travel/Theme Parks
These links and articles are from Teresa Plowright's
Travel With Kids. Also see
Teresa's report on:
Centre Parcs Holiday Village
More than a dozen of these self-contained vacation centers are scattered
throughout Northern Europe; think of them as an inexpensive version of Club
Med for families with children.
and Theme Parks
This 14-page collection of links to parks and zoos is from Robert H. Brown's
Theme Park City.
If you've ever wanted to buy flowers while traveling, this lightweight
folding travel vase is for you.
Food and Drink
Caseus Prize -
A competition for the "best cheese trolley in Italy" may sound quirky, but
it's taken very seriously by the Italian restaurateurs, food critics, and Slow
Food advocates who come to arrange, admire, and taste more than 400 of Italy's
European Beer Guide
Ron Pattison's comprehensive site is packed with information about beers,
breweries, and pubs across the continent.
FreeToDo Travel Guide: Europe
Click on a country, then select a region to learn what you can see for free.
Europe on Your
Group travel can be tempting for first-time
visitors, but you'll see more of Europe when you travel alone or as a pair.
Interview: Group Travel
The TV travel guru, guidebook author, and tour organizer tells how to get the
most out of escorted travel (tip: avoid firms where guides get kickbacks).
Calculate point-to-point journeys on subways, trams, and buses in 200+ cities
around the world, using the Web or your mobile phone.
Measurements (English/Metric Conversions)
Metric Conversion Tables
Enter a number, select the desired measurement units, and click
"calculate" for the result.
Convert English to Metric or vice versa with an e-form, or view predefined
tables of lengths, temperatures, speeds, and weights. From ConvertIt.com.
Chocolate Musems of
When you've had your fill of cathedrals and art
galleries, find food for the soul (and possibly the stomach) in a chocolate
museum or theme park.
British Media Online
Read British newspapers and magazines on the Web with the help of this
remarkably useful site. Also see the News
and Newspapers in Britain page.
See the Passports/Visas page of this Europe
The Ultimate Camera Bag for Travelers
It's made in England, it's a photographer's delight, and it converts into a
travel tote with a snap and a tug.
Crime in Europe
You're unlikely to get shot or mugged, but it's wise to take precautions
against pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and petty thieves. (This article
includes links to U.S. and British government advice on safe travel abroad.)
Killer Bags and Backpacks
Your camera bag, computer tote, or rucksack
could put you in grave danger if you heed a common tip for travelers.
Click a question in this FAQ from CorporateTravelSafety.com for advice on everything from preventing home
burglary while traveling to avoiding taxi scams. Not all of the advice is
safety-related, and some of the tips are geared to high rollers from big
companies, but the site
is worth a look.
Contribute your time and talents to disaster
relief, community building, health care, etc. in 20 countries, including
Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the UK.
Sex and Drugs
Sex in Europe
To judge from what readers are ogling at Europe for Visitors, most
Europe-bound travelers are interested in only one thing.
Holland: Tempting the Tourist
With Hookers and Hookahs
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and soft drugs are tolerated. But
don't let that keep your children or church group from visiting Holland.
World Sex Guide
This site claims to be "a research project about prostitution
worldwide," but its content is more anecdotal than scientific. Scroll
down to "prostitution by country" for information on sexual commerce
in 35 European nations.
If you're a visitor from overseas, you may be entitled to refunds of
value-added tax on many European purchases. Here's what you need to know about
VAT refunds before you shop--and what
you need to do before you come home.
An illustrated review of Through The Windows of Paris: Fifty Unique Shops,
by Michael Webb.
The Riches of Paris
A review of Meribeth Clemente's The Riches of Paris: A Shopping and Touring
Guide, with excerpts and links to other resources on Paris and shopping in
The Wine Mummy
Vino Amici's bubble-lined, reusable plastic pouch makes it easier (and
safer) to carry a bottle of wine or liquor in your checked luggage.
Smoking in Europe
The stereotype of ubiquitous Gitanes and Gauloises is fading, thanks to
smoking bans in an increasing number of Western European countries.
The Time Zone Converter
In addition to a "What time is it in..." window, this site has a
time-zone reference card, lists of time zones for specific countries, and
links to other time-related pages.
Check the current time in 1,000 places around the world, view a map of world
time zones, etc. From ConvertIt.com.