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Country Information
Geography

Health
Outdoor Recreation

Travel Guides
Travel Planning

Carpooling

Carpool World 
Free listings help you find your rideshare, enabling you to post where and when you need to go.

Ridester 
Information on all of the car-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and others.

Country Information

World Factbook   
C.I.A. site with comprehensive country information.

World Tourism Directory    
Directory of over 120,000 travel and tourism contacts, international, national, regional and local. 

Economy Travel

Couchsurfing
Stay with locals or open your house to visitors and make friends all over the world.  No cash or barter involved.

Flying Companions
Flying Companions gives seniors and persons with special needs the freedom to fly without fear.  You can fill out an application to become a companion.

Travel Buddies 
Find a travel companion with whom you can split expenses. 

Trip Together
Can find a travel companion, communicate with them beforehand, search by destination, see photos, etc.

Women on the Road
For women only, allows you to find a travel companion and avoid those single supplements.

Geography

Geographic Names Information System   
Search for places in the United States and its territories by feature, state or county name; feature type; population or elevation range. Results give detailed geographical data.

How Far Is It?    
Provides distance between almost any two cities worldwide.

Map Collections: 1544 - 1996       
Library of Congress Map Collection contains historical U.S. and world maps, environmental, transportation, city & town maps.  Excellent visual quality.

MapBlast!
Get directions, find an address, get traffic alerts, search yellow pages, find Canadian maps and world maps.

MapQuest        
Street maps of U.S and the world, can get directions, find an address, get traffic alerts.

University of Texas at Austin Map Collection       
World and local maps.

Health

CDC Traveler's Health 
Center for Disease Control’s guide to disease outbreaks worldwide as well as recommended vaccinations and health precautions for travelers.

Outdoor Recreation

Camping.com     
Anything and everything camping.

Go Camping America         
Find information on American campsites, searchable by city, state, park name or landmark.

U.S. National Park Service          
U.S. National Park Service site with links to other web services including national parks, historic monuments and state parks. 

Travel, Bartering Work for Room and Board

All Aboard Travel 
If you are the "group leader" who organizes friends, or family or a group to sail on the same cruise departure you can be rewarded with discounted pricing, special amenities and even a complimentary cruise fare.

All Cruise Jobs 
 
There are many types of jobs you’d never imagine are available on a cruise ship – IT, management, child care, retail, photography, and so much more.  Travel the world while working and living on board.

AuPair.com 
Improve your language skills, find international friends, become mature and independent and enhance your CV with international experience.

California State Parks
Barter room and sometimes board for work in the California State Parks.

Caretaker.org 
Find listings for opportunities to take care of homes, lighthouses, inns, pets, etc. at this site.  Most offer accommodation, salary, etc.  Lots of opportunities in Hawaii!

Compass Speakers 
This site looks for experts in different fields who might give a daily presentation on their topic on board cruise ships.  Also looks for members of the clergy.

Cool Works
Imagine if you were given a chance to embark on experiences that enhanced your life and the lives of others, changed the way you interact with the world around you, and connected you with the amazing places where you want to live.

Crew Seekers 
Find opportunities for crewing on yachts at all ranges of experience, and in all locations of the world.

Diverbo 
So you would like to volunteer abroad and get to know different people and cultures? How about teaching English in Spain? Our language immersion courses offer a unique opportunity to volunteer in Spain or Europe.

EF Tours 
Inspire your students through global travel on an expertly guided international tour. Choose from a wide range of culturally immersive experiences with the option to earn credit.  Includes educational tours, language immersion ones and others.  For parents and teachers.

ESL Cafe 
Teach English in Asia.

Float Plan
Looking to travel by sea?  Already have a boat and need sailors? Float Plan connects skippers with travelers to share journeys around the globe.

Grand Circle Cruise Line Group Leader 
Bring at least 8 friends or family with you on any Grand Circle Tour or at least 10 friends or family with you on any Grand Circle Cruise Line trip and you’ll travel FREE as the Group Leader. Or, you may choose to share the cash equivalent of your FREE trip amongst the members of your group—that way, everyone saves.

HelpX
HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farm stays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, back packers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

House Sitters America 
Find a house or pet-sitter or become one in this U.S.-specific site.

KOA Work Kamping
Put your love of camping to good use as a part of the KOA Work Kamper program. KOA owners always need seasonal help. If you are willing to roll up your sleeves you can make a short-term commitment and earn pay while you stay.

Overseas Teaching Jobs
Teaching jobs, including English language, posted daily.

Peace Corps 
Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level to create change that lasts long after their service. As a Volunteer, you can make an investment in our world—one handshake, one project, one friendship at a time—that leads to new possibilities in service and when you return home.

ProShip 
A site for singers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, entertainers, and technicians to find jobs on cruise ships.

7 Knots
Want to crew on a boat in return for room and board while traveling the world?  Look no further.

Study Free in Europe  
An article describing 8 countries in Europe that offer free university education to Americans.

TEFL 
Find a job teaching English anywhere in the world.

Trusted House Sitters  
Keeping pets happy at home, sitters stay for free & owners travel without worry.

Volunteer.gov
Barter free RV hook ups or cabin/dormitory space for serving as a docent or visitor center guide or trail maintainer, or some other task.  Check out the opportunities in any National Park!

Volunteers Base 
Volunteers Base is a moneyless help exchange network.  Hosts in need of help list their projects & volunteers interested in joining can get in touch. Projects can be almost anything: farming, building, hostels, language teaching, house sitting, community work, arts and crafts, housekeeping, etc.

Work for RV'ers and Campers
Lists all kinds of jobs available for those with their own campers.  Can travel the States and park for free while performing fun jobs.

Workaway
Promoting Volunteering, Family Exchanges, Homestays, Farm stays, Working Holidays, Travel Buddies, Language Learning and Cultural Exchange -Connect, help & stay with 30,000+ hosts from 186 countries.

Wwoof USA
Visitors, or ‘WWOOFers’, spend about half of each day helping out on a farm, learn about organic agriculture, and receive free room and board during their visit.

Travel Guides

Fodor’s Travel     
Advice on hotels, restaurants, photography, language, and much more.

Frommers Online          
Book publisher has strong online presence.

Let’s Go Travel       
Budget-friendly travel tips.

Lonely Planet Guides        
Basic destination information from their printed guidebooks, covering about adventure travel, art and culture, backpacking, and beaches, coasts and islands.

Rick Steves' Europe
Complete library of all of Steves’ travel video episodes, along with valuable travel tips.

Rough Guides                    
Includes full text descriptions from the Rough Guides books.

Travel Planning

Amtrak       
Official site.

California 
The official California visitors guide.

Expedia.com      
A one-stop travel site searching over a million flights, hotels, and transportation sites.

Foreign Entry Requirements                       
State Department site gives visa requirements for U.S. travelers visiting other countries.

Greyhound Lines   
Official bus line site.

Hostelling International           
Useful information for the international budget traveler.

Hostelz.com         
The site includes free complete listings for almost 50,000 hostels worldwide.

Nomadic Matt  
If you’re planning on visiting a number of countries, Nomadic Matt will tell you how to use around-the-world flights to their maximum capacity.  Can be a real cost-saver.

Orbitz     
A one-stop travel site.

Passport Services and Information
U.S. passport information including application rules and forms.

Road Scholar
At not-for-profit Road Scholar, our mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Used to be known as Elderhostel.

Round the World Backpacking Travel Advice 
Independent information based on travel experience, presented in country summaries.

Secret Flying 
Amazing airfares all around the world.

Travelocity.com         
A one-stop travel site.

Travlang       
Language and travel related services.

Trip Advisor    
Unbiased reviews on cities, hotels, and attractions in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the South Pacific.

U.S. Department of State
International travel information including how to adopt children from other countries, getting passports and visas, protecting children from abduction from the U.S.

United States Customs & Border Protection 
Information for travelers leaving from or returning to the United States.

US Visa   
World wide travel visa guide. Information about U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each.