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Feel like getting away from Kingston?   Hitting the open road, travelling for the summer or for a short vacation?   Just not quite sure where to go, how to get there, how to get around, where to stay, who to go with, how to stay safe…

Let QUIC give you some suggestions!

  • Drop by QUIC to connect with international students who are from the country/ies you want to visit.
  • Contact the QUIC Volunteer Coordinator to see if a World Link Volunteer might have the information you are looking for.
  • Drop by QUIC and pick up some Country Guides.

Online Travel Guides

QUIC has provided these useful travel guide links to get you started as you begin your search of your travel destination.  These links will also be helpful when you are traveling abroad and need some guidance.  Please note that while these are frequently-used links covering a wide span of countries, QUIC does not advocate for these websites, and therefore is not responsible for any misinformation connected to these links.

Arrival Guides – A website where they offer you over 400 free travel guides that are fully packed with restaurants, maps, cozy cafes, bars and clubs, and must-see sights.

City Discovery – A provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide. With over 5,000 travel activities in 300 destinations, this guide features traveler reviews and suggested itineraries.

Footprint – A travel guide that provides advice and tips for travelers who possess a spirit of adventure.  Their books are written by a small team of experts with an intimate knowledge of the regions they cover.

Frommers – A valuable website full of extensive travel information.  Like Lonely Planet, it provides travelers useful facts about each region.

Iknow UK – This web link and its regional sites are the definitive guide for people looking to plan, research and book accommodation and hospitality in the UK. They represent over 6,000 large and small accommodation and hospitality.

In Your Pocket (City Guides) – A European city guide publisher and online tourist information provider.  You can log onto the website and find information on restaurants, hotels and nightlife.

Let’s Go! – A budget travel guide site written entirely by students and updated every year. Researchers hit the road for off-the-beaten-path exploration—from New York to Naples, Bangkok to Buenos Aires, and Melbourne to Mexico City. Information they suggest ranges from accommodations to history and sights to local culture.

Lonely Planet – A comprehensive website that provides people useful travel information from continent to continent.  A useful book that many travelers use is now a great and accessible website for everyone.

Rough Guides – A leading publisher for travel and reference information.  They are well respected for their accurate, up-to-date content and informed contemporary writing.

Spotted by Locals – A series of blogs on cities in Europe for travelers who like to have a local experience. Their selection includes hidden gems where regular tourists wouldn’t be able to discover.

Trip Advisor – A free travel guide that assists customers in gathering travel information, posting opinions of travel-related issues and engaging in interactive travel forums.  A great website for booking hotel accommodations and flights.

World Travel Guides – This website provides travel content designed to inspire global travelers. It covers all aspects, from cities to airports, ports to resorts, attractions to events, and it also includes up-to-date travel news, features, mini guides and a popular ‘Holiday Ideas’ section.

Wikitravel – A free and up-to-date worldwide travel guide.  There are over tens of thousands of destination guides and articles written and edited by Wikitravellers from all around the world.  They provide fellow travelers information on what to do, where to stay and how to get to your destination.

Travel Abroad Research Links

Links here are provided to help you prepare for a healthy and safe journey, and to get some great travel tips for your upcoming trip.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

 

Passports & Visas

Canadian Passport Office – Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your intended return

Foreign Embassies/Consulates in Canada – Looking into whether you need a visa?  Always contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re travelling to here in Canada some time before you leave

Canadian Embassies/Consulates Abroad – List of Canadian government offices abroad for if you need to get a new passport or require governmental assistance

 

Country Research

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – For excellent up-to-date information on country travel reports, for travel preparation health and safety resources, and to sign up for the Registration for Canadian Travellers Abroad Service.  This site is a must for your OCASP form!

Country Insights – The Centre for Intercultural Learning has put together excellent country-specific cultural information.  Want to know how people dress in the country you’ll be visiting soon?  What people do and don’t talk about?  Make sure you visit this site and get the perspectives of both local peoples and Canadians travellers

BBC Country Profiles – Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions

Transitions Abroad.com – A Portal for paid and volunteer work abroad, study abroad, living abroad, and cultural travel overseas. Provides articles, resources, programs and web sites for those interested in cultural immersion travel abroad, responsible travel, ecotourism, travel on a budget and the ‘antidote to mass tourism’ approach. Searches also for senior, family, teen, and women travels and various accommodations abroad

Cost of Living  – A website that allows you to compare the cost of living from your current city of residence to the city you’re travelling to. The cost of living difference can help you estimate personal expenses and budget for your travel abroad. Cost of Living Comparison is a similar website that allows you to key in your current and future destinations to compare costs.

 

Travel Health

World Health Organization (WHO) – Advice on international health concerns

International Association for Medical Assistance for Travellers (IAMAT) – provides free, reliable travel health, disease risk & vaccination information and coordinates a network of doctors and clinics around the world

Kingston Public Health – Visit the “Travel Clinic” and “Immunization Clinic” for all your information on health-related travel matters and all your vaccinations

Queen’s AMS Health Insurance – Find out more about the AMS health insurance plan for out-of-country travel

 

Getting There and Around 

Travel Cuts – Specializing in arranging students and youth travel, well-known for giving reasonable travel deals and where you can obtain your ISIC card from

Tourism Offices Worldwide – Directory of tourism offices worldwide

Rail Pass Express – A source for international rail passes and information

Rail Europe – Travel by train in Europe

International Driver’s Permit – Get this before you leave if you think you’ll be driving abroad

MapQuest – directions and maps for getting around where you’ll be

Lonely Planet Guides – The on-line version of the classic “Backpacker’s Bible” of all travel guides

 

Accommodation

Hostelling International – With over 4,000 hostels worldwide, the HI Hostels offer quality standards, excellent services and on-line booking

HostelWorld – Find a hostel anywhere in the world

 

Communications Abroad

Directory of International Dialing Codes – Find out the international dialing codes for the country you’ll be visiting for calling from Canada, for calling from there home to Canada, and calling within that country

Take Great Travel Photos – Logistical tips on making sure you get great snapshots while abroad

 

Specific Travel Concerns

Mobility International – an American organization which specializes in educational travel for students with disabilities

Travel Information for People with Disabilities – a resource that will provide you with information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel

Resources for Women Travellers – Full of travel and safety tips for women travelling alone