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Chapter 23-b

Weights, Measures, and Conversions
With
Other Useful Travel Information

Weights and  Measures  Conversions  Health and Safety  IAMAT  Medical Kits  Insurance  Health Organizations  U.S. Passport Agencies  Hostel Organizations  Student and Budget Specialists  Courier Agents  Travel Gear  Maps and Books  Clubs


1. Weights and Measures

1a. Conversions

Coming Soon

 

2. Health and Safety Information

A. Centers For Disease Control
Atlanta, Georgia
cdc.gov/travel/travel.html
voice tel. 404-332-4559
fax tel. 404-332-4565

Current information on disease and health risks in every country. Information is also accessible by listening to recordings, or by fax-back Call the number and the tapes guide you step by step.

B. State Department Overseas Citizens' Emergency Center
Washington, D.C.
voice tel. 202-647-5225
modem tel. 202-647-9225
fax tel. 202-647-3000

Current safety and political advisories for every country. Accessible by voice recordings or computer modem.

C. International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)

IAMAT lists English-speaking doctors worldwide that have agreed to treat IAMAT members for a relatively low fee. Membership and list is free. Other services available for a donation.

IAMAT (U.S.)
417 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
tel. 716-754-4883
IAMAT (New Zealand)
P.O. Box 5049
Christchurch 5

IAMAT (Canada)
40 Regal Road
Guelph, Ontario N1K 1B5
tel. 519-836-0102

IAMAT (Switzerland)
57 Voirets
1212 Grand-Lancy-Geneva

D. First Aid and Medical Kit Suppliers

Both have informative, free catalogs of first aid kits, water filters, high altitude and oxygen gear, books, etc.

Chinook Medical Gear, Inc.
PO Box 1736
Edwards, CO 81632 
tel. 800-766-1365 or 970-926-9277
fax 970-926-9660
chinookmed.com
Atwater Carey, Ltd.
218 Gold Run Road
Boulder, CO 80302
tel. 800-359-1646 or 303-444-9326

E. Travel Insurance Companies

Travel Guard Internationale
1145 Clark Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
tel. 800-826-1300 or 715-345-0505
fax 800-782-5151 or 715-345-0525
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
205 East 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
212-661-1450
Travelers Aid International
918 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
tel. 202-659-9468
fax 202-659-2910
TravMed
P.O. Box 10623
Baltimore, MD 21385
800-732-5309
Travel Assistance International
1133 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
tel. 800-821-2828 or 202-821-2828
fax 202-331-1609
Carefree Travel Insurance
The Berkeley Group
120 Mineola Blvd.
P.O. Box 310
Mineola, NY 11501
800-645-2424
Global Travel Insurance
220 Broadway
Lynnfield, MA 01940
tel. 800-821-2488
fax 617-592-7720
Carefree Travel Insurance
The Berkeley Group
120 Mineola Blvd.
P.O. Box 310
Mineola, NY 11501
800-645-2424
WorldCare Travel Assistance
1995 West Commercial Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33307
tel. 800-521-4822
Access America
P.O. Box 90310
Richmond, VA 23230
800-284-8300
The Traveler Insurance Companies
TravelPak
One Tower Square
Hartford, CT 06183
tel. 800-243-3174 or 203-277-0111
Carefree Travel Insurance
The Berkeley Group
120 Mineola Blvd.
P.O. Box 310
Mineola, NY 11501
800-645-2424

F. Other Health Organizations

Immunization Alert
P.O. Box 406
Storrs, CT 06268
tel. 203-487-0422
International SOS Assistance
Box 11568
Philadelphia, PA 19116
tel. 800-523-8930, 215-244-1500
Air-Evac International
8665 Gibbs Drive, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92123
tel. 800-854-2569
World Health Organization
2 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
tel. 212-963-6001



3. United States Federal Passport Agencies

Note that a post office in your area is designated to handle passport applications. Use the following agencies for rush service and general information, although designated post offices also offer rush services.

Boston Passport Agency
Thomas P. O'Neill Fed. Bldg., Rm. 247
10 Causeway Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02222
tel. 617-565-6990
recorded information: 617-565-6698
New York Passport Agency
Room 270, Rockefeller Center
630 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10111-0031
tel. 212-541-7710
recorded information: 212-399-5290
Chicago Passport Agency
Klucynski Federal Building, Suite 380
230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1564
tel. 312-353-7155 or 312-353-7163
recorded information: 312-353-5426
Philadelphia Passport Agency
U.S. Customs Building
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
recorded information: 215-597-7480
Honolulu Passport Agency
New Federal Building, Room C-106
300 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
tel. 808-541-1918
recorded information: 808-541-1919
San Francisco Passport Agency
Tishman Speyer Building, Suite 200
525 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2773
tel. 415-744-4010
recorded information: 415-744-4444
Houston Passport Agency
Mickey Leland Federal Building, Suite 1100
1919 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77002
tel. 713-653-3153
recorded information: 713-653-3159
Seattle Passport Agency
Federal Office Building, Room 992
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174-1091
tel. 206-553-7945
recorded information: 206-553-7941
Los Angeles Passport Agency
11000 Wilshire Blvd, Room 13100
Los Angeles, CA 90024-3615
tel. 213-575-7075
recorded information: 213-575-7070
Stamford Passport Agency
One Landmark Square
Broad and Atlantic Streets
Stamford, CT 06901-2767
tel. 203-325-3538 or 203-325-3538
recorded information: 203-325-4401
Miami Passport Agency
Federal Office Building, 3rd Floor
51 Southwest First Avenue
Miami, FL 33130-1680
tel. 305-536-4681
recorded information: 305-536-4681
Washington Passport Agency
1111 19th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20524
recorded information: 202-647-0518
New Orleans Passport Agency
Postal Service Building
701 Loyola Avenue, Room T-12005
New Orleans, LA 70113-1931
tel. 504-589-6161
Recorded information: 504-589-6728



4. Hostel Organizations

American Youth Hostels (AYH)
733 15th St. NW
Suite 840
Washington, D.C. 20005
tel. 202-783-6161 fax 202-783-6171
Hostelling International Canada (HI-C)
1600 James Naismith Drive #608
Gloucester, Ontario K1B 5N4
tel. 613-748-5638



5. Student and Budget Travel Specialists

STA (Student Travel Australia)
17 E. 45 St.
New York, NY 10017
tel. 800-777-0112 and 212-986-9470
Air Hitch
2790 Broadway, Suite 100
New York, NY 10025
tel. 212-864-2000 or 800-326-2009
STA
7202 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
tel. 213-934-8722
Also has U.S. offices in San Diego, San Francisco, and Boston.
Travel CUTS (Canadian Universities Travel Service--Main office)
187 College St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5T1P7
tel. 416-979-2406
Twenty other offices in Canada, and one in London.
Council Travel (Main office)
205 E. 42 St.
New York, NY 10017
tel. 212-661-1414 or 212-661-0311
Several dozen other offices throughout U.S.

The following agencies offer discounted one-way, round-trip, around-the-world, and circle-Pacific tickets.

Cheap Tickets
1247 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
tel. 212-570-1179
The national telephone number for Cheap Tickets is 800-377-1000, fax 800-454-2555.
Global Access Travel Group
595 Market Street, Suite 2810
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel. 415-896-5333 fax: 415-227-4641.
Has sister offices in London, Athens, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Auckland.
Cheap Tickets
6151 W. Century Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90045
tel. 310-645-5054
Pan Express Travel
25 W. 39 St., Suite 705
New York, NY 10018
tel. 212-229-5889 fax: 212-730-1486
Cut Throat Travel Outlet
731 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
tel. 800-642-TRIP and 415-989-TRIP
Tip Top Travel
27 W. 20 St., Suite 503
New York, NY 10011
tel. 800-228-5889 or 212-229-5889
fax: 212-967-9757
TRAVAC
989 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
tel. 800-TRAV-800 or 212-563-3303



6. Courier Booking Agents

International Air Couriers Association
191 University Blvd., Suite 300B
Denver, CO 80206
tel. 303-278-8810
(Information clearing house for $58 fee.)
Courier Travel Service
530 Central Avenue
Cedarhurst, NY 11516
tel. 516-763-6898



7. Travel Gear Catalog Companies

Campmor
Box 998
Paramus, NJ 07653
tel. 800-526-4784
Produces six 140-page catalogs per year. Offers a large selection of camping, backpacking, and travel gear.
REI
Sumner, WA 98352
tel. 800-426-4840
Has a color catalog with a large selection of backpacking gear. REI has about fifty retail stores.
L.L. Bean
Freeport, Maine 04033
tel. 800-221-4221
The "Spring Sporting" catalog offers its best selection of packs, sleeping bags, and general travel gear.
Cabela's
812 13th Ave.
Sidney, Nebraska 69160
tel. 800-237-4444
Mostly hunting and fishing gear, but has a large selection of walking shoes and boots, down jackets, and other apparel.
Magellan's
P.O. Box 5485
Santa Barbara, CA 93150
tel. 800-962-4943
General travel gear.
Long Road Travel Supplies
111 Avenida Drive
Berkeley, CA 94708
tel. 800-359-6040
Specializes in mosquito netting, including the "Skeeter Defeater" ($40).
Design Salt
P.O. Box 1220
Redway, CA 95560
tel. 800-254-7258
Sells cotton and silk travel sheets and sleeping bag liners.
Them guys in Idyho



8. Map and Book Sellers

Maplink
25 East Mason Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
tel. 800-627-7768
805-965-4402
Catalogs thousands of maps.
Adventurous Traveler Bookstore
P.O. Box 577
Hinesburg, VT 05461
tel. 800-282-3963
802-482-3330



9. South American Explorer's Club

126 Indian Creek Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
tel. 607-277-0488
$30 annual membership nets use of information and trip planning services, use of clubhouses in Quito and Lima for swilling tea and gear storage, and a subscription to the quarterly South American Explorer. For free they send a catalog of books and maps.


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