Make a few Internet stops before leaving the country on vacation:
Learn More About Your Destination This includes a Traveler’s Checklist – regarding insurance, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program for security and travel updates, required documents, and good general information. It also includes links to U.S. Passport application, good information about your destination, and assistance with a multitude of different emergencies.
Also take a look at Your Health Abroad for resources in an emergency, Air Ambulance, Medicare (which may not cover you abroad), prescription medications, vaccinations, and much more! From the U.S.A. Department of State.
Check out the websites to learn more about their Free Apps below:
GoogleTranslate.com is a website that translates words into various languages. The App also uses your smartphone’s camera to instantly translate signs, menus, and other text in 29 languages. Among numerous other options are translating even more languages (103!) by typing, and using conversation mode for instant speech translation. Google Translate is available for iOS and Android.
Musement.com Now you can search, book, and pay for fun things to do in more than 350 cities worldwide. Find tickets to attractions, museums, sporting events and concerts here. You can also make restaurant reservations, and review recommendations from locals regarding what to do and where to go! Musement is available for iOS and Android.
xe.com This app helps you calculate exchange rates on the go. You can follow real time currencies rates world-wide and calculate conversions. xe currency is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Firefox.
Skyscanner.com can search millions of flights on hundreds of airlines in a matter of seconds, and then transfer you to the airline or travel agent to make your purchase. It includes a handy calendar to help you find the cheapest times to fly, and you can sign up for price alerts on your favorite itineraries. Skyscanner is available for iOS and Android.
BringFido.com is the website that provides information pertaining to traveling with your pet in regard to pet-friendly lodging, air travel, attractions, restaurants, services (pet sitters, boarding,) events, photos and more. BringFido is available for iOS.