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Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 01, 2007

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Friday, April 21, 2006

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One question that often arises is "how are you getting organized for travelling?"

Here are a few starting points, for those who might want to dream on, and who knows, to set sails too for independant travel

Preparing for a trip is a mix of imagination and realism. Reading books and travel blogs, seeing movies or documentaries, all of this has to be backed up by an idea on some general questions like :
- Where do I want to go, to do what, and for how long?
- What means of transportation are available to me ?
- What food and accomodation can I find ?

To this end, a few general sites with lots of links are really helpful :

The CIA fact book provides a factual overview of all countries
For French travellers, the association Aventure du Bout du Monde
For visa preparation, have a look at Project Visa
Any question you can't find in the books or on the internet might find many answers in travellers forums, like the thorntree

Apart from the alliances, airlines, and other travel agencies, it can be practical to know sites with lots of links, like
Also check out the collection of routes offered by the airlines (with maps)
And when you are thinking of a mileage fare, you need a mileage calculator
For train travel: The man in seat sixty-one

Just in case : Hostelling International,,

Weather forecast for skiing, and the French weather agency
Skydiving: a list of dropzones, and my usual dropzone in Southwest of France

One very important aspect is the insurance that will cover you during your trip. Your credit card covers you for 3 months only!
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shylohjacobs on

Thank you for sharing this information! I have been packing for my New York skydiving trip and I can't believe how many things I missed! Thank you again, I am going to finish packing right away!

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