Web hols help is in the bag, writes VICKY LISSAMAN
WHETHER it's a cancelled flight, sprained ankle or a dodgy hotel, travel traumas mean you have to think on your feet.
To give you a hand, here are the most useful websites for travel troubles.
They can be accessed using Opera Mini, a free, fast and compact app for getting the internet on your phone.
The app shrinks down the web pages before they reach your phone, making surfing faster and cheaper. See opera.com/travel for more details.
1. Oh no, they cancelled my flight!
Before you join the queue at the airport to rebook, give yourself the upper hand.
Flightstats.com provides up-todate flight details, airport delay maps, weather conditions and airline contact details. Things might be easier at the ticket counter if you can suggest an alternative flight, and it gives you a better chance of getting the itinerary most convenient to you.
2. Where's my luggage? It's late at night, you're the last person at the luggage conveyor belt and it stops. You're without your suitcase. Trace your missing bag on the airline's tracking site, or via mylostbag.com
3. Nowhere to stay? Tripadvisor.com suggests hotels and nearby activities and restaurants. Book lodging through Tripadvisor.com or visit booking.com which helps to find hotels with good deals. Deal Of The Day can save money if you need a room quick.
Afraid of being ripped off in a strange city, or taking the "scenic" route? Taxifarefinder.com uses taxi rates from more than 200 international locations. It provides fare estimates and route suggestions.
5. Has anybody seen my passport? If you lose your passport, have visa problems or need assistance abroad, contact the embassy. Bookmark embassyworld.com which offers a list of details for all diplomatic offices. Its search engine will help you find the nearest office.
6. Ouch! If you need access to first aid go to bbc.co.uk/health. If you're feeling seriously ill, don't waste time on the internet - see a doctor.
7. I'm lost!
Finding your way in a strange place can be frustrating.
bing.com/maps gives directions and a map of your location on your mobile. Also, check the advice of 1srg.org.
8. No comprendo! Loading a language translator on your mobile browser can save plenty of time. translate.google.com supports 58 languages. It detects the input language before translating the text to the language of your choice.
9. When there's a storm brewing Keep up to date with weather websites for highly targeted forecasts including local temperature, wind speed, humidity and water temperature. Use accuweather.com and gismeteo.com to plan the best days for outdoor sightseeing or hitting the beach.
10. Is this a bargain? Click on finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter for the latest exchange rates for all major world currencies.