Wikitravel guideIf you trust the information you get on Wikipedia — or you just want some ideas about traveling — take a look at the travelers’ version of the popular Web site at

According to the Wikitravel site, it was created to provide a free, up-to-date and reliable worldwide travel guide, including news about the travel industry, a phrase book guide and local pronunciations for travelers, country-by-country information and details on featured destinations.

Links to instructions on how users can create, edit and illustrate any article on the site are included on the home page. You also have the opportunity to discuss topics with other travelers, contribute with blogs and use other links.

Paris with ParisiansThere is no need to be intimidated by Paris. Under a program organized by the city to promote the French capital as a friendlier place, locals will show you around the markets, cafes and restaurants and tell you about the neighborhoods.

Paris Greeter is made up of English-speaking volunteers who take two or three hours to give you a walking tour and show you around their favorite haunts. The service is free, although reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

Details at

Budget airlinesIf you’re unsure about departure sites and destinations for various discount airlines, check out

The site lists 116 airlines that fly to and from 871 airports in 124 countries. You may be familiar with some of the airlines, but you’re likely to discover others that might offer you a better deal.

Get the best seatAre you one of those people who wants to know exactly which seat you have been offered on a plane? You may want to check out before you say “yes” to the reservation.

The site lists major airlines and their airplanes. Choose the plane you are flying on and get a floor plan of the seating. The guide will tell you whether you have what it considers a good seat, one to be “aware of,” or a poor seat. There is also information on legroom, power outlet access and the location of lavatories and emergency exits.

Find a bicycle tourInterested in taking a cycling tour but don’t know where to look? Try

The site calls itself the world’s largest collection of bicycle tours with 1,000 tours and more than 4,500 departures.

As well as finding trips, you can join the site’s cycle-riding community and receive its newsletter, which gives information about special deals, contests, news and discounts from tour operators.

Send announcements of tours or other special travel deals to

Best BetsKreative Welt (“the fair for creative people”) fills the halls of Wiesbaden’s Rhein-Main Hallen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The hobby fair will feature 400 stands representing and selling materials for a variety of creative arts, including Teddy bears, patchwork, paper art, painting, scrapbooking, ceramics and do-it-yourself fashions. Also on the program are workshops and special exhibitions. Find more details at (in German).

Zurich’s annual wine fair, Expovina 2007, has an unusual twist: It is held on ships. Twelve vessels at Bürkliplatz Dock will feature wine demonstrations and tastings for more than 4,000 wines from international vineyards for both trade workers and the public. Specialty restaurants will be serving up a variety of dishes.Entry cost is 20 Swiss francs (about $17) per person. Find more details at

— Jayne Traendly

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