Trip Preparation

Birding Travel Tips from 

Pete and Roz Thayer at Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina

Penguin warning sign - South Africa

There are some wonderful travel sites on the web that can help you with passport information, health issues, maps, climate and more. Try these before embarking on your next domestic or international birding trip:

U.S. Passport and Visas   answers to common U.S. passport and visa questions
Travel Advisory Warnings from the USA   click on Travel Warnings
Travel Advisor Warnings from the U.K.  

Center for Disease Control   travel warnings and tips. Or call 877-FYI-TRIP
World Health Organization info on diseases, vaccinations and health requirements plus country info.
Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad   independent health and travel advice
West Nile Virus   information
Lyme Disease
Learn all about lyme disease
International Society of Travel Medicine  Extensive listings of travel-medicine clinics
International Ass'n for Medical Assistance to Travelers lists English speaking physicians around the world


Weather  for the U.S. and the world
Sunrise - Sunset For Anywhere, Anytime  Yes, Tevya, it's True!
World Time Clock  see the time anywhere in the world

Things to See:
National Park Service   educational information, maps and fees
Birds by State or Province  find local birding spots
Lonely Planet   more tips for traveling on a budget
Bird Tour Companies  at

Get driving directions and maps at
Get Maps at
WAY COOL: Download an interactive view of the Earth at 

Packing List:
Get the Birding Trip To-Do List and Packing Checklist

 For advanced listers, we strongly recommend:
Birder's Diary - North America

For world birders, this is absolutely required:
Birder's Diary - World


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