Some of the links are obvious but these are websites and programs that I turn to a lot to meet my international needs. So I thought I’d put them all in one place and share them. If you have any similar websites, programs or travel tools, please share too!
- http://translate.google.com/, translate anything without having a cap on the number of words to copy and paste. Plus no ads either. I prefer this site over the popular Babble Fish site.
- http://www.skype.com/, free international calls from computer to computer. Cheap calls from computer to phones plus instant messaging and video calls. A great way to stay in touch with friends from all over the world or to use while traveling outside of your country to call home.
- http://www.xe.com/ucc/, currency converter, sometimes it’ll put you in a good mood, other times it won’t.
- http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/, no need to calculate what time it is Cairo, this does all the work for you. You can also set up a personal world clock and track the times of specific cities. It’s great if you have friends all over the world and want to know if they are awake – or at least within a timeframe that most people are awake during the day.
- http://brighterplanet.com/, know your carbon footprint at home or on the road.
- http://earth.google.com/ and http://maps.google.com/, these are a given but the frequency that I use them warrant a place on this list. You can check out the landscape, pics and ariels of almost anywhere in the world. Google Earth has to be downloaded but it’s worth it.
- http://marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm, check out the latest news from around the world in visual blocks. This site takes the Google news aggregator and turns headlines into graphic blocks to more easily organize and process news. It’s really cool so check it out.