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Celebrate the 500th year of the discovery of Florida through travel!
Plan a diving trip to visit the 1733 Spanish Galleon Trail, or visit the shipwrecks virtually through the links provided in the interactive map.
Enjoy this collection of images that show how the fountain of youth has been used to attract visitors to the state of Florida. The author, Rick Kilby, visits the Orlando Public Library for Second Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in the Albertson Room.
Find historic and archaeological sites and museums to visit around the state.
Explore this interactive map and learn about Florida history, county by county, and city by city.
Discover the parts of Florida you didn't know exist!
This is the online edition of the Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail publication; it's bilingual and provides history as well as driving tours and trails suggestions.
Traveling out of the country? This is a great source for political, economical, and geographical information.
Check here for short, visual presentations of country profiles. This collection is continually growing. (Click on the camera icon to the right of each offering.)
Find all the news and headlines about the place you plan to visit through a keyword or subject search in this resource.
Browse through these recommended websites gathered by Library staff. The Travel & Geography category includes sections on Florida travel, travel guides, travel for couples, kids, seniors ( and pets!), and unusual locales.
The New York Times has a regular feature called "Travel Desk." Use this phrase alone to browse for destinations or include other terms that you are interested in.
Get a wealth of information for traveling to the real Florida in the Getting in Touch with Florida Nature Virtual Gallery and don't miss the Learn a Language Virtual Gallery through which you can access all the many ways the Library can help you learn a new language for your trip!
Read concise and factual articles about the places you plan to visit. Just enter a city or country in the search box.
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Before you go on the road, print out some coloring sheets to take with you! Get creative with Squirt, Juicy, and more coloring pages than you can imagine.
Download a story to your portable device and listen to our storytellers while you are out and about!
Whether you are on the road or on vacation, your library is always open! Load up on these Young Adult fiction e-books, audiobooks, and videos for your iPod, iPad, and e-reader!
Teens, take a technology adventure with the Library. Make sure to download your road trip music. To download, your library card account must be in good standing and free of fines and fees.
Get ready to sing-a-long! Make a long car trip fun for the whole family with kids CDs! The Library offers a variety of music for the family.
Kids, don't go anywhere without a great book. Enjoy these vacation stories with your family.
Have wonderful language-learning courses at your fingertips, wherever you go! Hear the pronunciations and learn the vocabulary and grammar through this engaging and easy app for Android smartphones, iPhone, and iPod touch! Create a free Mango Languages account and then download the app.
Create your online travel diary and share your photos with others. Join the online discussions as well as find accommodations, travel help from experienced travelers, and much more.
This is another large online community of world travelers that has a wealth of information and opinion. Ask a question or post your own reviews. The best parts of the site are the user generated travel guides and the searchable forum.
Like Wikipedia but only for travel, it won a Webby Award in 2007. Look at the Central Florida section to see if they get it right. You can also edit or add your own entries.
Make a long drive or flight more enjoyable with an audiobook. Find audiobooks in the catalog through an advanced search. Type in a title, author, or subject, and then select CD Book, Playaway, or Downloadable Audio Book for your material type. You can also find books on MP3 by doing a simple keyword search for “ mp3 CDB.”
Use these books to get to know Florida. Discover places off the beaten path or enjoy the top tourist destinations.
Travel virtually by watching these DVDs that showcase the world's most popular attractions.
The Library carries many guidebooks from popular travel guide publishers such as:
"Contract of Carriage"
Use this as a search term in a search engine along with the name of your airline. You should find documents that tell you what your airline will or will not do for you if problems arise with your flight.
"RSS" (Really Simple Syndication)
If you use air travel often, you might want to subscribe to your favorite air travel websites' RSS feeds. With an RSS feed, the website sends the information directly to you so you don’t have to constantly check that website. Many air travel websites have RSS feeds and you can get alerts about cheap airfare and other flight information. Read more about how you can subscribe to an RSS feed.
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Find more travel terms and the Travel Industry Dictionary at alphaDictionary.com.
CountryScope can be used to guide students through a project using CountryWatch Youth to learn more about a particular country or culture. Suggested questions and scenarios are given for students to explore with their chosen country. In the left hand menu under "Activities" select "CountryScope for Teachers" to begin building the student activities. (If you are asked to "Log in" use the "Login via IP Address".)
Looking for some lesson plans related to travel? Check out this Web page for ideas on cultures, current events, geography, and more!
Find lesson plans, activities, maps, and other resources at The National Geographic Education website.
Help your students read, write, and think about their travels with resources from this collaborative website from the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and the Verizon Foundation.
BootsnAll's free membership offers articles, blogs, forums, last minute deals, pictures, and so much more, all centered on the independent traveler.
See this website for ideas and tips for all traveling, especially for the independent and budget travelers.
Be prepared! Find out about required identification, prohibited items, or any changes in policy since your last flight. Use the 3-1-1 guidelines for carrying liquids on a plane.
Visit this website managed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, (U.S. Department of State) for travel warnings, alerts, passport information, info about visas – all of the must have information for international travel.
From the Florida Commission on Tourism, this website is the official source for travel planning for Florida. There are many photos and articles to help you research your trip. It includes a special Web page just for Floridians with a featured event and deal section.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide celebration to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513. This website is maintained by the Florida Department of State.