Offices Worldwide Directory
links to the official tourism websites of every country in the world, as
well as that country's overseas tourism offices and official regional websites.
Afghanistan, not surprisingly, is absent and the USA, which doesn't have
an official national tourism website, has separate listings by state.
Given its stated mission, TOWD is extremely well done.
can look up the current time anywhere in the world from this website.
It's a very simple website, but useful if you want to make a phone call
to somewhere far away.
Around the World
festivals in countries all around the world, as well as tourist information
about each country such as a map of the country and a list of tourism links.
The map which shows New
Zealand within the Pacific is hideously distorted and the single
page summary of New Zealand absurdly lists Invercargill as one of the
four main cities, however the list of New Zealand tourism links is excellent,
and I assume the same applies for other countries. Last visited
in July of 2007.
International Ecotourism Society
highly regarded website contains extensive eco-travel information compiled
by the International Ecotourism Society, which has been in operation since
is the guidebook I've used ever since starting to travel. It's
full of practical information, and has a useful online chat area called
Thorn Tree where you can ask questions and get answers from fellow
travellers, or just read what other people are saying about destinations
which interest you.
that is the same CIA I'm talking about! The Central Intelligence
Agency of the US government provides basic statistical facts about every
country around the world, as well as other territories (check out Navassa
Island: population none and no economic activity, but hey there is "scattered
Cyber Cafe Search Engine
website lets you find any of over 7000 internet cafes in over 150 countries
around the world by entering the name of the country or city where the
cafe is located.
site is heavy in advertising, but it also contains lots of information
on locations of internet cafes around the world, claiming to list over
State Department Travel Warnings
State Department of the American government issues travel warnings about
various countries, often for political disturbances. Last visited
in January of 2005.
is the official website of the Egyptian museum, rather than pretenders
like www.EgyptianMuseum.com. I was concerned that this website
might be as poorly organized and labelled as the museum, but actually it's
not bad. The masterpieces
section of the website shows many of the most interesting and significant
artifacts held at the museum, and the pharoanic
eras section will clue you in on who did what and when.
Griffith Institute, based in England, claims to have the "largest specialized
Egyptological archive" in the world. Unfortunately their website
is not being actively updated, the last changes being in 2005.
The coverage of Egyptian archaeology is deep rather than broad, with very
few subjects covered, but those subjects are covered very thoroughly.
The most interesting section for most people is the records of Howard
Carter's excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings,
complete with photographs
taken at the time of the excavation and, best of all, descriptions
and photographs of Howard
Carter's on-site notebooks and the articles found. Since
this website is an archive of source materials, there's no description
of the articles, beyond what Carter himself provided. Last
visited in July of 2007.
Elizabeth Carney's website
Carney's website has good sections on Akhenaten
and his Family and The
Tomb of Tutankhamun. There are lots of photos, unfortunately
each section contains a huge amount of material but occupies only a single
page, which means frustration for anyone with a dial-up internet connection.
There's some annotation, but not enough to satisfy most Egyptophiles.
Bayuk's slightly odd (I never did find out the significance of the "Guardian"
name) and rather messy website is his personal testament to an obsession
with Egypt which strikes quite a few people. The website has
been around since 1995 (yes, there was an internet in 1995) and is very
incomplete, but the
pages which have been created have good photos and the text is full
of great facts, thankfully not of the weird New Age space alien type.
Museum Institute of Texas
very large web page has photographs and text describing articles from the
20 year long world tour of items from the Egyptian museum, including items
from Tutankhamun's tomb as well as other significant finds such as the
Narmer palette and images of other pharoahs such as Akhenaton.
official Fijian government website has a lot of useful information, including
links to other tourist oriented websites. Last visited in January
official website of the Fijian government has a page of links to government
departments, including the Fiji Visitors Bureau.
island in the Mamanuca group north of Nadi is the "party island" of Fiji,
packed with hundreds of younger travellers whose idea of foreign travel
revolves around partying with other sexy young things at night and indulging
in sun-bathing and watersports during the daytime. Last visited
in April of 2008.
resort website proudly proclaims that "You can and will stroll around the
island in 10 minutes", which makes this island in the Mamanuca group a
good place for the tourist who wants to relax and isn't too interested
in adventure. Last visited in April of 2008.
Treasure Island has more
watersports than Beachcomber but in a more adult atmosphere, with canned
culture in the form of a kava ceremony and "Polynesian" hula dancing and
fire dancing - a slightly odd idea, in what is after all really a Melanesian
country. The website has sections in Japanese, German, Italian
and even Russian. Last visited in April of 2008.
National Travel Organization
official Japanese tourism website.
A witty blog of life in Japan written by an American guy who has lived there since 2000. It has interesting articles
each covering a different topic or place,
and often accompanied by good photographs. Last visited in June of 2010.
War Heroes have their Shrine
Sherman wrote this article for the Canadian "Globe and Mail" newspaper.
It recounts a visit she made to the Yasukuni-jinja shrine and its attached
museum, both of which are devoted to all the Japanese who died
in foreign wars since 1867. This is an extraordinarily controversial
place, inside and outside Japan, and the article gives good, basic coverage
of the issues involved.
and pages of funny uses
of the English language in Japan and elsewhere, grouped by category.
official timetable for the Shinkansen, known in the West as the "bullet
official website of Todai-ji temple in Nara is all in Japanese, but you
can still enjoy the photographs of the temple treasures.
Zealand's largest circulation newspaper, based in Auckland.
Includes a weather
section. Last visited in December of 2008.
is the official website for the city of Rotorua, a very good place to learn
about local attractions.
award winning website gives information about one of the geothermal tourist
attractions in Rotorua which I was foolish enough not to visit. Maybe
Polynesian Spa in downtown Rotorua has 35 individual hot pools to soak
away the sore muscles of a day's hard touristing.
for an aerial gondola company based in Rotorua, which also has attractions
such as a steel
Christchurch Art Gallery has a good website discussing some of the art
works in their collection, as well as public
art scattered around the city, such as fountains and statues.
Red Boat Milford Sound Cruises
Boat Cruises operates boat trips on Milford
Sound, in New Zealand's fiordland region. The website
has a Milford Sound map and information about the sights you'll see there,
as well as schedules and prices for the cruises.