This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.
Again, the Web provides an embarrassment of riches. If you are planning a trip or about to embark on one, you will find that the Web will enhance your enjoyment and make your trip truly memorable. It will give you a preview of what to expect or whet your appetite, if you are just thinking about taking a vacation. You can also travel vicariously to any place in the world from the comfort of your computer chair - take a virtual vacation! The Web will give you access to all sorts of practical information: maps of countries, cities, and subway systems; travel guides with detailed descriptions; opening times for museums, parks, buildings, and points of interest; train, bus, and airline schedules; current weather and typical weather conditions, and much more. You can make hotel, bed and breakfast, airline, festival, theater and concert reservations online. Information about passports, visas, travel advisories, vaccination requirements and health concerns, etc. are provided by US. State Department Web sites. I have listed just a few of these many useful and rewarding travel related sites. Don't overlook search engines. You will also find search engines (www.winchestermass.org/wstar/search.html) very useful in finding more travel sites or answers to specific travel questions. For example, merely typing "Seattle" in the Google (www.google.com) search box will turn up Seattle's official Web site as the first search result. Type in "Munich" and the first search result is the Munich Tourist Office Web site.
Worldwide airline links.
Logan International Airport. Departures, arrivals, tracker, ground traffic, weather, parking, and more.
U.S. Department of State Passport Services and Information
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets
"Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have "Travel Warnings" as well as "Consular Information Sheets". "Consular Information Sheets" are available for every country of the world. They include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties."
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
Links to United States Embassies and Consulates Worldwide
U.S. CDC's Traveler's Health
Health information on specific destinations; what to know before you go; information on outbreaks of concern to international travelers; what to do before taking children to other countries; CDC's vaccination recommendations for travelers of all ages; health information on specific cruise ships - includes inspection scores ("green sheets") by CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP).
Travel Health Online
Extensive medical information.
International Society of Travel Medicine
Travel clinics, lists of doctors.
Currency Converter for 164 Countries
Multi-lingual currency converter with up to date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and filtered for validity.
Online travel guide for Europe. "This site gives you easy and convenient access to thousands of internet sites that will enable you to explore your destination, find an accommodation, book a trip or holiday and lead you to all kinds of service-organizations that can be useful to the traveler".
The Subway Page
Links to world subway systems and other transportation information resources.
Local Area Attractions
The site presents links to Web sites which provide information on major attractions (museums, tours, lectures, professional sports events, woodlands, parks, places of interest, etc.) that would be considered for a day trip from Winchester.
New England Offices of Tourism
Official tourism sites of Connecticut , Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Boston.com Travel Page
Boston, New England, United States, and the World
The National Park Service
Bed & breakfast browser, New England in a nutshell, and more.
Winchester Web Site's Travel Page
Additional travel links.
Weather forecasts and traffic conditions for the nation. Clicking on a specific state takes you to the state's highway site. This site is operated bu AccuWeather, the private company that provides meteorological information online. Construction reports, traffic cameras and maps, etc..
Get the latest weather and road construction information from state and provincial departments (Canada) of transportation. The U.S. links take you to the National Traffic and Road Closure Information sites maintained by the Federal Highway Administration.
The next column will feature culinary sites. Previous columns with live links can be found at www.winchestermass.org/wstar.
When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (www.winchestermass.org), Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.