No Money to Travel, No Problem

For those of us that base our novels on real cities and locations, yet don't have the money to travel there's a couple of invaluable websites for us to use.

I thought I'd share a couple I came across.

Google Earth - This allows you to pretty much be where ever you want in the world. - This site gives you stats such as population, the economic state, denominations, age median, etc.

Of course if you can contact a local citizen, all the power to you as you may get insights into the region you might not gleam from the net.  If you are on a network such as Twitter, Facebook, Crimespace or AbsoluteWrite, you have the ability to reach out to people from all over.  Who knows one or more or them may be from the place(s) in your novel.

What about you?  What sites have you found to be of tremendous help?

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