Important Travel Tools
To ensure that you'll arrive prepared we've complied a list of valuable free travel tools from around the web. If you are travelling internationally, don't leave without proper planning. You'll find what you need to enhance your travel experience here. Check out this list of important travel resources and international travel tools that we've assembled for your use.
Current Airport Conditions Is Chicago experiencing departure delays? Is it foggy in San Francisco? Airport Closures? This is the place to check for current airport delays.
Airport Maps View terminal, concourse, baggage claim, transportation, and parking maps for most major airports.
Travel Checklist Some helpful items to consider when packing.
Currency Converter Find out how much your currency converts to in foreign currency.
Currency Cheat Sheet A Must! Print out currency conversion rates to carry with you.
Airline Seat Maps Ever wonder where your seat is located? Is it next to the lavatory or in an exit row?
Airport Codes Find the airport code for every major airport in the world.
Flight Tracker Track the flight status of any airborne flight in the U.S.
World Time Zones What time is it in Tokyo, LA, or New York? Click here to find out.
International Dialing Codes Find International Calling Codes for telephone calls.
Electricity Conversions Check the electricity standards in any country before you pack!
FareWatch - Average Airfares Have you ever wondered what the average airfare is between two cities? Use FareWatch to help you determine what a good fare is.
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Winter sun destinations: 10 top tripsSunday the 17th, 2017
Whether it’s yoga in Morocco, fine food in South Africa or getting off the beaten track in Brazil, here are 10 holidays to escape the winter bluesLying just off the coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the kind of place backpackers used to congratulate themselves on finding....
Kraków’s Lenin Steelworks: a rare view of a socialist realist gemSunday the 17th, 2017
The interior of the plant in Kraków’s utopian socialist new town is preserved in all its 1950s glory, a fascinating window on Soviet-era designEverything in the bomb shelter is as if the director of the Vladimir Lenin Steelworks had just left. Although not connected to the outside world, the...
Vegging out: why eating Okinawa-style is the healthy optionSunday the 17th, 2017
Okinawa in Japan is fabled for its residents’ longevity. A fact attributed to a diet of ‘major on vegetables, minor on meat’. Now the island’s restaurants are making it available to visitors, tooTravel is said to broaden the mind but could it also lengthen your life? Okinawa in southern...
Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 16th, 2017
Its street food scene is legendary and the capital George Town, one of the hottest destinations in Asia, now buzzes with nightlife – but the verdant island’s beaches and jungle are also worth exploringThis exotic tropical island off the north-west coast of Malaysia is one of the world...
Get off the motorway: the best cafes and restaurants near busy junctionsSaturday the 16th, 2017
Jolly up the Christmas schlep by avoiding overpriced motorway services and dropping in at smaller, friendlier places serving great local produce. Selected from new motoring guide The Extra MileThree Hares cafe/bistro/bakeryDistance from junction: 10 min For delicious, freshly baked goodies, this...
'You can't see the Empire State Building from the top': readers on overrated tourist sightsFriday the 15th, 2017
With a new zoo in China leaving visitors underwhelmed, we asked you about the tourist attractions you found a letdownAfter joining a queue that stretched around the block from the front door, we thought we might be waiting to get in for 20 minutes or so. As we got closer and closer to the front,...
Top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs on Mexico’s Pacific coastWednesday the 18th, 2015
Enjoy ocean views from rooftop bars or just step out and get the sand between your toes. From Mazatlán to Pochutla, here are 10 charming beachside escapesMexico’s Pacific coast, more than 1,000 miles of it, is renowned for its beaches, as well as the resorts which have attracted Hollywood...
Top 10 budget beach hotels, guesthouses and hostels on the Yucatán peninsula, MexicoMonday the 16th, 2015
Well-known and deservedly popular for its jungle, coast and ancient ruins, the Yucatán peninsula can be a pricey place to stay – unless you pick one of these brilliant budget hotels and hostelsOn the surface, this mid-size hotel in Cancún’s hotel zone is pretty unremarkable. The...
Top 10 budget beach B&Bs in the SeychellesMonday the 26th, 2015
The Seychelles islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue may be known for their luxury resorts but there is also a great selection of family-run, more affordable guesthouses just as close to the archipelago’s famous, world-class beachesFor a room with a five-star view, Colibri is hard to beat....
Top 10 budget beach guesthouses and B&Bs in South Africa's Western CapeMonday the 5th, 2015
From Cape Town and its peninsula to the Garden Route and the West Coast, the Western Cape is a dazzling part of South Africa, and its beachside accommodation doesn’t have to break the bankTop 10 budget beach stays in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Continue reading...
La Paz, Bolivia guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 9th, 2017
High in the Andes, Bolivia’s de facto capital is having a moment, thanks to local artists, chefs and cafe owners on a mission to breathe new life into the historic centreThere are few cities with such an extraordinary setting as lofty La Paz. At 3,640 metres above sea level, Bolivia’s de...
Frankfurt city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 2nd, 2017
Goldman Sachs’s CEO tweeted that he’ll be spending more time in the city after Brexit. He won’t be the only one. We asked a local journalist to show us aroundAs someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks...
Bologna city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 21st, 2017
The opening of a foodie theme park will further elevate Bologna’s reputation as Italy’s culinary capital but the city has plenty more to offer, including superb art, music and medieval architectureEurope’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals...
Bilbao city guide: what to see plus the best restaurants, bars and hotelsSaturday the 30th, 2017
In the 20 years since the Guggenheim opened, the Basque port city has not looked back – the museum acting as a magnet for great art and architecture as well as buzzing nightlife and restaurantsThis year sees Bilbao celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim museum, an institution that...
Denver city guide: what to see and do plus the best restaurants, bars and hotelsSaturday the 16th, 2017
The Mile High City gets a little closer with new direct UK flights giving visitors the chance to soak up a wild west boom town with a roaring food and nightlife scene‘Gold!” went the cry in the summer of 1858 after a party of prospectors rolled into what is now Denver’s Confluence Park and...
Holiday guide to Somme, France: what to see plus the best restaurants, bars and hotelsSunday the 10th, 2017
The area of northern France known for battlefields and memorials also has pretty landscapes, unspoilt beaches and some of the country’s best cuisine – all just a short hop from the UKThis bucolic region of northern France is forever associated with memorials of the first world war, but it has...
Portugal’s top 10 hidden beachesSaturday the 2nd, 2017
Catch some late summer sun on Portugal’s stunning coast. The author of the new Wild Guide to the country, picks 10 beaches for adventure and solitude Continue reading...
Kind of blue: Porto's azulejo facades – in picturesThursday the 14th, 2017
In our weekly look at travel through three Instagram shots, Sam Jemai gets fired up by Porto’s famous blue tiles Continue reading...
Designer trees and board-game butlers: Christmas in London's poshest hotelsFriday the 15th, 2017
At Claridge’s they will read your children stories as you sip champagne, while the lights on the Connaught’s tree spell out bespoke poems by Tracey EminIt’s a popular family ritual across the world – settling the children down and reading them ’Twas the Night Before Christmas as the...
The Tower House, Oxford: hotel reviewFriday the 15th, 2017
This altruistic B&B and restaurant funds social projects and oozes warmth and quirky charm, but the food and some of the decor need a rethinkStudents are generally regarded as selfish and self-obsessed – Channel 4’s Fresh Meat made flesh. But in Oxford, where the contrast between...
The Boot Inn, Repton, Derbyshire: hotel reviewFriday the 8th, 2017
Ale fans will love this cosy, stylish pub with its own brewery in the heart of a curious little village – and the food’s quite something, tooSouth Derbyshire may not have the Peak District, its literary associations and country houses, but in one area of history it thoroughly beats north...
Fashion's favourite designers unveil their topsy-turvy Christmas treesFriday the 1st, 2017
Karl Lagerfeld, Matty Bovan and Tracey Emin have all flexed their festive muscles this year as London’s top hotels reveal their seasonal decors – and an unorthodox aesthetic has emergedWhen Elsa Schiaparelli said that “in difficult times, fashion is always outrageous”, she probably...
Take the kids to … Lappa Valley Steam Railway, CornwallTuesday the 12th, 2017
With miniature steam engines, a special Santa train, a lake and maze, this charming small attraction near Newquay is a great day out for families with younger childrenBoard a narrow-gauge (15in) vintage steam train and weave through leafy woodland to the site of historic East Wheal Rose mine....
The best Christmas days out 2017Saturday the 9th, 2017
Our pick of great days out this December ranges from skating on London’s rooftops to Santa steam train rides, fairy-lit gardens and carols by candlelight Continue reading...
Wildest dreams: a family camping trip in OmanFriday the 8th, 2017
Wild camping in the Omani deserts with a seven-year-old sounds daunting but, with a tour guide in tow, it’s the best and most affordable way to enjoy the country’s staggering scenery Camped out in the wilds of Oman’s Al Jabal Al Akhdar mountain range, we were full of self-congratulation on...
Creche course: a family skiing holiday in FranceSaturday the 2nd, 2017
With round-the-clock childcare on hand in the quiet, family-friendly village of Ardent, mum and dad get to snowboard some of the best slopes in the French Alps while the kids are entertained back at baseIt is the sort of perfect day skiers dream of. Several inches of fresh snow have fallen in the...
Take the kids to … The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio, Leavesden, HertsTuesday the 28th, 2017
This tour of the behind-the-scenes magic that went into transferring JK Rowling’s stories from page to screen will delight fans of the boy wizard, especially at Christmas, but watch out for expensive extrasA self-guided tour of the studio where the eight Harry Potter films were made. A vast...
Happy valley: a family gathering in the Yorkshire dalesSunday the 26th, 2017
With families spread far and wide, it’s good to get the gang together. Ruaridh Nicoll sticks a pin in the map, and ends up eating, drinking and walking around MalhamBill Bryson once said of Malhamdale: “I won’t know for sure if it is the finest place there is until I have died and seen...
10 of the best places to visit in Malaysia: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 14th, 2017
Lunch with monks and a poignant war memorial park share equal billing with Penang’s street food and sundowner views over Kuala LumpurThe Mossy Forest of the Cameron Highlands offers the chance to get among gnarled, moss-covered trees, exotic plants, orchids and extraordinary wildlife. Near a...
Share your best travel discovery of 2017 for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 13th, 2017
Have you found somewhere really fabulous on your travels in 2017? Whatever and wherever it is, we want to hear about it for our end-of-year round up – and you could win a £200 voucher from uk.hotels.comIt could be family-run place to stay, an unheralded museum that lit up your trip or a...
Share your favourite UK winter walks for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucherTuesday the 12th, 2017
For many, this time of year is the best for a walk, with cold, sharp days offering clear views and superb colours. And it’s all the better if the stroll ends in a warm pub• Submit an entry to more readers’ travel tipsWe want to hear about your favourite winter walks in the UK, whether they...
Travelling in the Andes: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 7th, 2017
From subtropical Colombia to Tierra del Fuego in the shadow of Antarctica, our tipsters have explored, eaten, slept and imbibed among these astonishing peaksThe Quilotoa Loop is a network of hiking paths connecting a series of indigenous Kichwa villages in the Ecuadorian Andes. Although...
Great Scott: walking Scotland’s Rob Roy WaySunday the 3rd, 2017
Sir Walter Scott’s account of the lawless life of Rob Roy was published 200 years ago. And today, hikers can follow in his cattle-rustling footsteps on a footpath across central ScotlandHero, thief, extortioner, loyal Jacobite, traitor or Scotland’s very own Robin Hood. Any of these epithets...
Grace Kelly's Irish library: a collection of classic reads … in MonacoWednesday the 13th, 2017
The film star’s roots prompted her to collect Irish literature, including rare editions of Joyce, Beckett and Shaw. The 9,000 volumes are now housed in a lovely, and free, library in the principalityI don’t go to Monaco for the sports cars or casinos but to enjoy a delicate, pea-green first...
10 of the best holiday gift voucher ideasMonday the 11th, 2017
Socks… or a spa break? Novelty book, or Barcelona for the weekend? From learning holidays to glamping and pampering, these travel vouchers are a real gift Continue reading...
Ethiopia's living churches – in picturesThursday the 14th, 2017
As one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, Ethiopia has a legacy of churches and monasteries, built on hilltops or hewn out of cliff faces, as well as vibrant traditions of worship. These are celebrated in a lavish book, Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom Continue...
10 of the best winter sun destinations for 2018Saturday the 25th, 2017
Shake off the winter blues with the promise of sun, sea and palm-fringed sands. Writers based in hotspots around the world recommend their favourite beaches for kicking back and relaxing Continue reading...
10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in EuropeSaturday the 18th, 2017
Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat, drink and drop after you shop Continue reading...
Sri Lanka's perfect, crispy-edged snack – AppamSunday the 19th, 2017
These cup-shaped pancakes are an obsession in Sri Lanka and the no-menu street cafes of Colombo do it bestAppam, or “hoppers” in English, are cup-shaped rice-flour pancakes. They are eaten most commonly for breakfast and dinner, which, in Sri Lanka, are the smaller meals of the day – so...
10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaksSaturday the 19th, 2016
The historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops of these towns banish any notions of a backwater. And they sparkle in the Christmas season – perfect for a weekend break or day tripYou’d expect the home of the Bakewell pudding to know a thing or two about keeping...
Mountain: a movie that reaches new peaks of cinematographyWednesday the 13th, 2017
Prepare to be taken to dizzying heights as a new documentary explores the physical beauty of the world’s highest places in ‘an exhilarating game of vertical pinball’The world’s high places are having a moment. Not only is there a minor publishing boom in books about our fascination with...
Winter town and city breaks: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 16th, 2017
A party vibe, sunshine, snow, shopping … our tipsters look beyond the major capitals to recommend idyllic seasonal breaks from Madeira to Romania. And yes, of course there’ll be glühwein• Write a readers’ travel tip for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucherEven in the pelting snow,...
Winter sun getaways: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 23rd, 2017
Superb beaches and cuisine, and no sign of UK gloom … Our tipsters offer bright, warm spots from the Algarve to Thailand and the Caribbean. Hammocks optional• Write a readers’ travel tip for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucherIf you dream of sandy beaches and 30C sun this winter but...
Dunking sweet and salty osmania biscuits in Hyderabad, IndiaSunday the 10th, 2017
Fresh from the ovens, osmania butter cookies are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of Irani chai. At Nimrah bakery, thousands of both are consumed every dayIn front of the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, India, is an ordinary-looking bakery selling cakes, bread and biscuits.It’s easy to miss: all...
Eastern Europe on a budget: bargains from Poland to MontenegroSunday the 2nd, 2017
With its quieter beaches, pristine castle-dotted countryside and idyllic islands, eastern Europe is becoming popular for more than just city breaksWhile Kraków remains Poland’s top destination, with Wrocław increasingly drawing attention as a hip alternative, the country’s vast countryside...
10 of the best museums in BerlinWednesday the 17th, 2011
Berlin resident and travel writer Rory MacLean chooses some of the city's most impressive museums, whether you want to taste life in the former DDR or admire works by world famous artists• As featured in our Berlin city guideOf all Berlin's artists, no one captured the pain suffered in and...
Why dumplings are rarely off the menu in Trentino-Alto Adige, north ItalySunday the 26th, 2017
The South Tyrolean people of the Dolomites love canederli – bread dumplings, delicious when filled with tangy cheese and smoky speckFiercely independent and proud of their Rhaetic origins, the Ladin people of the Trentino-Alto Adige region in the Dolomites still maintain a strong South Tyrolean...
JLL Real Views - Can Saudi Arabia Build a Popular Tourist Destination? - By Neasa MacErleanThursday the 31st, 2017
Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst. Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a...
Last Americans Rush to North Korea Ahead of Travel Ban - CNNMonday the 28th, 2017
A looming US travel ban has prompted some daring American globetrotters to fast-track their vacations to North Korea.
Pain in Spain: Are Tourists Still Welcome? - BBCThursday the 17th, 2017
As anti-tourism protests hit Barcelona, can visitors happily coexist with local residents?
Vancouver Island Boasts One of the Most Expensive Luxury Hotels in the WorldMonday the 24th, 2017
A resort in Vancouver Island ranks among the most expensive hotels in the world, according to a survey conducted by Luxury-Hotels.com.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils 10 Pool Overwater VillasTuesday the 11th, 2017
The Pool Premium Overwater Villas offer horizon infinity views and the Pool Overwater Villas feature scenic sights of the lagoon and beach. Modern and luxurious, the one-bedroom villas feature sleek, contemporary décor with Polynesian touches, each encompassing 1,345 square-feet including...