us your suggestion for a Better Mousetrap! Name your favorite Website and
we may feature it in an upcoming issue.
close-up look at U.S. Cities
GlobeXplorer's main thrust is its immense archive of "earth imagery,"
the Explore link on this site will open up a bird's-eye view of a number
of U.S. cities and their most prominent landmarks. A zoom capability on
lets you get close and personal before you go.
how your money comes, money goes
hopping can lead to some confusing currency shopping. For help, check out
for real-time currency conversions that you can count on. From this site,
you can print out up-to-the-minute dinar-to-dollar-to-drachma conversions
faster than you can say Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance. And the corresponding
tables fit conveniently in your wallet for those hectic drive-by calculations.
you say, "Room with a view?"
worked overtime on your Portuguese, but you're just not sure you are communicating
precisely with the keepers of that remote inn in northern Portugal. So
you sign on to www.world.altavista.com,
compose a fax to the innkeepers describing exactly the type of accommodations
you are seeking, and hit the translate button. Presto, Alta Vista
turns your English into a Portuguese missive. Cut, paste, and fax, and
your message rings with clarity. When you get a response, reverse the process.
The site translates English into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and
Spanish and back again. It also works Russian to English.
new out there?
Ward began posting new Web sites in 1994, when the choices were much
more finite. He's still at it. At www.urlwire.com,
click on "This Week's Launches" and see what this Web pioneer finds new
and interesting in cyberspace. Be forewarned that sites now pay for the
privilege to be listed, but Ward's discretion on what's legitimate seems
above the mercenary fray.
at the back door?
you are planning a European trip, spend a few minutes with Rick Steve's
Europe Through the Back Door, from the host of the Public Broadcast
System show of the same name. At www.ricksteves.com,
the world traveler offers loads of tips on avoiding crowds and accessing
lesser-traveled European byways.
good folks at Zagat have spent years compiling the lowdown on restaurants
in the largest cities of North America. The organization has made the transition
to online service, with more than 40 North American regions and select
international destinations (London, Paris, Tokyo) listed at www.zagat.com.
Your search options include cuisine, popularity, and neighborhood.
ease of the United Web
Airline E-Fares® give you immediate access to some of the lowest
available ticket prices for travel on the airline. E-Fares are for roundtrip
United Economy® travel, and are often subject to more limitations and
restrictions than regular fares. Visit united.com
often to find out which specials are available each week.
you have a favorite travel-, business- or lifestyle-related Web site you
would like to share with your fellow members, send its address to:
Wings Plus Customer Service
Box 29929, Dallas, Texas 75229
e-mail to: email@example.com.