Helpful Travel Links
Sites of Special Interest
to Those Who Travel
in Foreign Countries.
thorough update of this page was in December 2015
in preparation for my final organized tour.
Information. The State Department also has tips for traveling abroad.
Customs and Border Protection. Information for international travelers
and returning to the U.S. after a trip.
This card allows passing through airport security without taking laptop and
liquids out, leave belts and jackets on, enter USA from foreign country without
standing in long line at Passport Control. Application is easy to complete,
but getting an appointment may take a while. I was able to arrange my interview
at JFK the day of departure for a tour. All you need when returning to the
USA is your passport and fingerprints. Cost is $100.
International Air Lines. SWISS uses Terminal 4 at JFK.
York and Newark. Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey. For information about the airports,
airlines, hotels, etc., click here.
Garden Inn Queens/JFK Airport. This small hotel is minutes from the terminals.
I take a taxi from the terminal (about $12 to $15), but use the hotel shuttle
on the return.
Tourist. Includes map and location of airlines at JFK.
System. The Metric system is used almost everywhere in the world except
The Universal Currency Converter. Check
the exchange rate for $US and ILS (Israel New Shekels). For Jordan the currency
is the JOD (Jordan Dinars). For the Ancient Crossroads and Steps of Paul and
John you should check Turkey New Lira (TRY), and the Euro (€)
for Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and the Greek islands.
$ite. This is my favorite site, because a Cheat Sheet can be
printed for travel.
Exchange Rates. Bank of Israel site.
Geographic Magazine. A 100 year index to article dealing with biblical
geography, archaeology, and Middle Eastern history. There have been numerous
articles on Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece. PDF.
Guru. Check the seating on any airline.
Expert. Another site for checking seating.
Weather (the third link
is an excellet one to check the cities we visit)
Digital Camera Reviews
Review. Digital Photography Review. Possibly the best site for information
on digital cameras. Check the sample photos for cameras that interest you.
Rockwell. Ken Rockwell provides wonderful help for users of digital cameras.
His manuals are much more informative and easier to read than those provided
with the cameras. You can read online all you wish. I have purchased (and
downloaded) his manual for my newest camera.
DigiCams. Another good site to help you evaluate digital camers.
Rental. Lens Rental is located near the Memphis cargo airport and this
allows them to provide fast service to all parts of the country. They carry
an inventory of more than 2500 lenses, as well as cameras and accessories,
for rent. I rented a $1500 wide angle lense for a trip a few years ago, and
have a friend who rented a telephoto lense. Satisfied.
Health -- CDC Travel Information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Guides. Information on several major cities. Includes Tel Aviv.
$ite. Cheat Sheet can be printed for travel.
Calculator. Calculate air and route distances from one place to another.
- Distances. How
far is it from one place to another?
Bible study material by Ferrell Jenkins.
Studies Info Page. Bible study tools provided by Ferrell Jenkins.
Jet Assist. A really good service to consider. Brings you home if you
need hospitalization. Price becomes extremely high after age 75 without regard
to your health.
Page. Transportation maps of world cities. Includes Istanbul
I have used the Net2Phone
Calling Card in the distant past. Click "Low-cost calling cards,"
then Net2Phone. Service to and from Israel is cheap. A call from the USA to
Israel is 5 cents a minute. From Israel to the USA is 19 cents a minute.
Service is NOT available from Egypt, Jordan or Turkey with this card.
Calls from the USA to Egypt are 19 cents a minute, to Jordan calls are 22
cents a minute; to Turkey, 18 cents a minute. The best plan is to have this
card for your family in the USA with a set time for them to call you at the
hotel in the foreign country.
- International Dial Code Directory.
- Using Your
Own Cell Phone. Some (most?) of the cell phone providers have International
Plans that can be added to your account. We use T-Mobile. For an additional
$20 a month
See below under Internet.
and Date. Build your own world clock for the places you visit.
- Travel Insurance.
Our tour operator makes travel insurance information available for those enrolled
on our tours. Details will be sent to each tour member. If you are traveling
on your own you might check AIG
Travel Guard for information. Check InsureMyTrip
also. I think I saw this ad on one of Peter Greenberg's programs.
- General Information.
Use of the Internet and cell (mobile) phones for Email and texts has become
almost indispensable for travelers and has replaced expensive phone calls.
Many hotels now have a computer available for checking Email.
- If you carry
a computer. More hotels are now offering wireless Internet (WiFi) service
for their customers. Some provide it free; others may make a charge. Skype
is a great service if you tote a laptop computer or a smart phone. This free
service allows users who are connected to the Internet to talk free of additional
charge. We used it for several years and have been generally pleased with
it. You must have high speed Internet. There is also a service called SkypeIn
which provides you with a personal number in your area code. This allows persons
to call you from their home phones. The cost for this service currently is
$18 for 3 months or $60 for a full year. Your friends talk over their land
line and you talk over the Internet, or they can leave a message on your Skype
Voicemail. Headsets and telephones that may be used with Skype Internet service
are available online, at Radio Shack, and at some Wal-Mart stores. Click on
for more information.
- You must have
access to a web-based Email account in order to take advantage of the Internet
cafes or computers in hotels. You can get a free account at Gmail
or Yahoo. My favorite
It is amazing what you can find at Amazon, including Tilly Hats. Check
out the Eagle Creek packing cubes.
Good clothing for travel.
Anything you could
possibly need on a tour (and more).
Endurables. Travel clothing, including the famous Tilley Hat. I am currently
wearing the LTM3 Airflow.
Great links to travel info, packing, etc.
Keeping in Touch. Communicating
to/from Outside the USA.
in Touch. Information for individuals traveling outside the United States.
(Especially prepared for our tour members.) Note: the cell phone with an
international plan has changed much of this info.
Photos of Israel, Egypt,
Jordan, Turkey and Greece
Travel Blog. Use the SEARCH to find posts about specific places in Israel,
Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Turkey, etc.
Click on The Sites and select the area in which you are interested.
There are several photos with info for each site listed. Every church should
have a set of this material available for teachers and classes.
Places Blog. Todd Bolen's informative blog about Bible places and current
Land Photos. David Padfield has photos made on several of our tours.
Blog. Carl Rasmussen has posted numerous articles about sites in Turkey.
Land Photo Archives. Now has more than about 4200 photos of about 425
sites by Professor Carl Rasmussen. This site keeps getting better.
Site by Rotem covers many sites all over Israel. Good info and photos.
- Check Biblical
Studies Info Page, under Scholarly, then Photos, for more links.
Links to Turkey and Greece
on the Internet
City ISTANBUL. Fabulous
web site. Look to right of page for Labels and click away. Try Bosphrus; Bridges,
Historical Points, Mosques, Museums, etc.
Greece. Maps, photos, brochures, and publications
may be downloaded.
Turkish culture and tourism. Brochures may be downloaded. (Currently under
Excellent Book on Biblical
Sites in Turkey
Links to Israel, Jordan,
and Egypt on the Internet
Biblical and Archaeological
Studies Info Page
by Ferrell Jenkins. Check the Bible Places page for various countries.
We have a long list of sites in Israel listed.
Travel Blog. This site contains over 1800 posts dealing with the Bible
lands and customs.
Tour Operators in Greece
More Airline Information
Travel Information About
the Alpine Region of Europe.
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you will find a list of National Geographic articles on Bible Lands including
Israel and Jordan.
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