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There are a large number of auditors who conduct audits of field operations, branch offices, or remote sites.  The Internet is a valuable place to tap into resources for the auditor on the go. I have compiled a list of sites that AuditNet® users can refer to when making business or pleasure travel plans. If you have favorite sites that should be added to the following travel-related Internet resources please send them to info@auditnet.org

Maps and Directions

Here are several sites that may help you find directions to where you want to go. Mapquest also provides you with other information such as restaurants etc. This is one site that no auditor on the road should be without.  Remember to verify the directions provided as they sometimes may take you the long way! Google Maps

MapQuest  MapBlast DeLorme's CyberRouter

Weather

As my daughter used to say: "Daddy, what's the degrees today?" Auditors on the road need to know what the weather will be like on site or when returning home. The following sites will provide you with all your weather needs.   Too bad they can't be 100% right!

CNN Weather

USA Today Weather

National Weather Service

Weather Channel

Intellicast

Hotels and Lodging

If you lived here, you would be home now! Auditors on the road need a good place to stay.  Checking the hotels Web site before arriving gives you not only the location of the hotel but also the amenities including fitness center, whether they have a hair dryer, or ironing board and iron. Good things to know that help when you are packing your bags for the overnight trip.

Check out the comprehensive Airport Hotel Guide for information on airports, hotels, attractions and other useful information for over 70 airport cities.

Airlines

Getting there is half the fun! Here are links to the major domestic and regional airlines. Check out their Web sites for information on frequent flier and rewards programs.

Domestic - National

Domestic - Regional

American Eagle Atlantic Southeast Comair Eastwind
Midway Midwest Express ProAir
Reno Air SkyWest United Express


International

Restaurants

Despite information to the contrary auditors need to eat too! Go to the city where the audit site is located and check out their links to restaurants or check the following sites for reviews, recommendations etc.  AuditNet® is not responsible for bad meals or bad service, but if your experience was positive we take full responsibility :-)

Zagat Dining Surveys National Restaurant Guide City Search

Car Rentals

Remember: they can't all be number 1! If you are going to be at a location for an extended period of time you will need a set of wheels.  Check out the following sites for the best deals.   Always ask for group affiliated discounts such as the IIA, AICPA, ISACA, AARP etc.

Rental Car Reviews from ConsumerAffairs.com

City Specific Information

Atlanta Austin Boston Cleveland
Chicago Dallas/Ft. Worth Denver Detroit
Houston Las Vegas Los Angeles Miami
Minn/St Paul New York City Orlando Philadelphia
Phoenix Pittsburgh Salt Lake City San Diego
San Francisco Seattle St. Louis Washington DC
London, England

Newspapers

All the news that's fit to print! Auditors on the road may like to keep in touch with news back home or at the audit site.  The following links to newspapers on the Net is an easy way to stay informed.

American Journalism Review Links to Newspapers

CNN

USA Today  

NY Times

Washington Post

Foreign Travel Information

Check out the following sites for helpful information on foreign travel.

American Express Helpful information from AMX
Berlitz Language instruction and much more
Centers for Disease Control CDC Home Travel Information
E.D.I.T Official List of World's Bank Holidays
The Embassy Page Embassies, Consulates & Other Links
Exchange Rates Foreign currencies and currency Exchange Rates
Foreign Languages for Travelers  Language translation services
International Currency Exch Foreign Currency Exchange
U.S. State Dept Travel Warnings  Check here before traveling abroad

Other Useful Sites for the Traveling Auditor

1stNewYorkHotels.com New York hotel directory

Addresses.com is the world's largest email address directory. Addresses.com's email address
directory is larger than all US phonebooks combined. The directory includes
international email addresses as well as American.

Airport Hotel Shop Compare airport hotel prices at 24 UK airports including Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

Amtrak For those auditors that don't want to fly leave the driving to them. Check out the National railroad for opportunities to reach that remote audit location.

Anywho.com Great site for checking out phone numbers, addresses and maps for individuals and businesses.  The reverse lookup is handy too for audit purposes.

AT&T "800" Toll-Free Directory Great for looking up toll free numbers.

E-Savers Looking for last minute travel bargains?  Subscribe to the U.S. Airways E-Saver weekly newsletter delivered directly to your email inbox.

Excite Travel    Also, Fare Alert E-Mails and save itinerary for future completion of transactions

Federal Express Need to send or receive a package while on the road?

Fodor's Information on travel destinations.

International Airport Guide - Guide to services at over 100 international airports.

Kinko's Company offers copying and other business services

Last Minute.com is a UK site with bargains on air travel, hotels, restaurants and entertainment. This site was recommended by an AuditNet user.

Metro Traffic Control Information on potential travel problems in major U.S. cities.

NetSAAver - American Airlines offers an email newsletter with bargain airfares and travel offers. Look for information about this service on their home page.

New York hotels by Discount Hotels Locator - discount hotels with just a few clicks of your mouse.

New York Hotels Search for accommodation in New York, from luxury hotels to budget accommodations. Discounts for New York, lodging and hotel rooms available for business or leisure travelers.

 Seat Guru - source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline information.

State Department Travel Publications Travel advisorisies, tips and more from the U.S. Department of State.

Super Shuttle Not always the quickest way to get to the audit site but definitely the most cost effective.

Travel Hotels-USA - link to hotels in the U.S. and around the world.

Travelocity - reserve flights, rental cars, hotels, etc.

United States Postal Service The right place to look for zip codes and other postal related information.

World Stay Hotels - Booking hotels across the world couldn't be easier with Instant Confirmed Online Bookings, city guides, nearest major airports and an up to date weather forecast for all major cities. All available in English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian!