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Trips Tips and Tricks…

September 1, 2006

Ok, now that I have to travel a lot across the region… I need to organize things a little bit better than in the past. Below I compiled some of the most useful travel and trips resources I collected here and there. Special thanks to Business 2.0 who wrote a nice article on this topic a few months back.

Book trips in advance

Check vaccination…are you still ok? Make sure you have a little yellow card from OMS / WHO with you + one small name card with your personal contact info, allergies and rhesus

Change enough cash before leaving and make sure you know how much will cost your trip to the hotel from the airport…before arriving at the airport. Simply ask the hotel. Also, make sure that you know how long it takes to go downtown or to your hotel… 🙂 Incheon Airport (Seoul) to downtown is almost 90 minutes for example.

Read GlobeSmart (sorry, only for Microsoft ; very cool internal site on cultural differences and practical info)
http://hrweb/diversity/MicrosoftGlobeSmartLogin.HTM

Review international SOS resources
http://www.internationalsos.com/members_home/CountryGuides/CountryGuide.cfm

Currency Converter
http://www.xe.com/ucc/

Flight Status
http://www.flightarrivals.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Flights.woa/1/wo/RrmJz1iLaoJJSPL89s/4.7

International Time
http://www.worldtimeserver.com

IntNews.cfm?Img=In&pg=International%20News IntNews.cfm?Img=In&pg=International%20News

Weather
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/

International Phone Directory
http://www.infobel.com/teldir

International Airports
http://www.hotelstravel.com/airports.html

Translations
http://world.altavista.com/

International Internet Cafes
http://www.netcafeguide.com/

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Travel Health
http://www.travmed.com

Visa ATM
http://www.visa.com/globalgateway/gg_selectcountry.html?retcountry=1

Amex
http://go.mappoint.net/expresscashandgns/(0jjdz1mfamcymtrk4wajzfi3)/index.aspx

Money Converter
http://www.xe.com/ucc/

Internet cafes directory in the world
http://www.world66.com/netcafeguide

Babelfish translations
http://world.altavista.com/

Airport Directory
http://www.quickaid.com/airports/

Flight Delay information US
http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

World holiday
http://www.holidayfestival.com/

World Fact Book
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/

World Maps
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/map_sites.html

World Travel documents
http://www.cibt.com/

CDC Travel Health warning
http://www.cibt.com/

Subway
http://www.subwaynavigator.com/subway_site/eng/accueil/fset_subway.htm

MSNBC Weather
http://www.subwaynavigator.com/subway_site/eng/accueil/fset_subway.htm

Boing Connexion 20% discount
http://www.subwaynavigator.com/subway_site/eng/accueil/fset_subway.htm

Embassy Directory
http://www.embassyworld.com/

Cell Hire cell rental
http://www.cellhire.com/microsoft/ 

China specific requirements
http://tradenet/News+Articles/08-01-2005+China+Travel+Alert.htm

Worldwide Emergency program
Links

China

If equipment and/or products are for temporary use in China and will be hand carried back from China, the traveler must declare these equipment and/or products to Customs. Traveler must inform his/her appropriate contact at MS China department of the visit and provide MS China import specialist, Si-rong Peng (sirongp@microsoft.com), (at least 1 day prior to departure for China) complete information on equipment/product description, unit value/price and quantity.

www.Members.shwa.ca/fewmiles > fast rewards programs

www.flightstats.com

www.flightarrival.com

www.Jiwire.com > Free Wifi hotspots

www.Antijetlqag.com > sefl explanatory ; advice on food diet

TravelCell > $30 per week

Zagat $25 > click to call service / annual subscription service

Hotels and resorts directs
http://www.worldexecutive.com/index.shtml

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