2002 Travel Sourcebook

Our annual directory of travel resources, including updated security information, tips on finding air fare discounts, tourism contacts and much more.

  • What's Allowed or Not on Board

    Items permitted in aircraft cabins: Pets (depends on airline; check for policy) Walking canes and umbrellas, after they are inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed Nail clippers with nail files Nail files Tweezers Safety razors Syringes, with medication and professionally printed...

  • State Government Tourist Offices

    States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. If requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Alabama: Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, Montgomery, AL 36104; (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-4169, fax (334) 242-4554, http://www.state.al.us....

  • Foreign Government Tourist Offices

    Here is a list of selected government tourist offices. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-1234; dial 0 and ask for the number of the country's U.N. delegation. FOR THE RECORD The Taiwan Visitors Assn. was incorrectly listed in 'Foreign Government Tourist...

  • How to Get a Passport

    If you have to eat two frogs, the old saying goes, eat the bigger one first. For those planning a trip abroad, getting a passport or visa is like that frog entree: It may be distasteful, but once it's done, you can move on to more interesting trip-related tasks. The State Department is trying to...

  • Where to Complain and Get Results

    What can a traveler do when a long-anticipated vacation turns into a holiday headache? Unfortunately, when things go wrong and consumers seek an explanation or apology from a hotel, airline or other travel service, they often get neither on their first approach. But in many cases there's an agency...

  • Read Fine Print on Insurance Policies

    As if the world of travel insurance weren't confusing enough already, the events of Sept. 11 have made it more so. It's more important than ever to read a policy's fine print. Some things have not changed, however. If you're in good health and taking a modestly priced trip within the U.S., you...

  • A Directory of Cruise Lines and Ships

    Here is a listing of cruise lines and their vessels. One caveat: Many cruise companies prefer to sell through travel agents. It's best to book through an agent who specializes in cruises. Listings marked with a single asterisk designate open or restaurant-style seating; double asterisks mean both...

  • Cruise Dining Options

    The dining scene aboard cruises has been changing in recent years, driven partly by passengers who want to eat when they want rather than follow the shipboard tradition of assigned seating, with diners sitting at the same table with the same waiters and dinner companions at the same time each night....

  • Reading Up, Gearing Up for the Trip

    Here are Los Angeles-area stores that specialize in travel literature, guides, maps and accessories: California Map & Travel Center 3312 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 396-6277, http://www.mapper.com. Distant LandsA Traveler's Bookstore and Outfitter 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (800) 310-3220...

  • Grouped to Go: Is a Tour for You?

    There's but one correct answer to the question of whether you should take a group tour, travel experts say: It depends. With help from the pros, here are some of the questions you need to answer--definitively--before you decide to go with a group. Do you want to leave the planning to someone else?...

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