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If you are travelling within the EU you are entitled to purchase fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts souvenirs – all at Tax Free equivalent prices.

If purchased for personal use, there are no limits to the amount you are allowed to purchase.

Personal use guidelines are as follows:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 3kg of tobacco.
  • 90L of still wine.
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs.
  • 110L of beer.

Countries within the European Union (EU) include:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

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“There is no other city like New Orleans. So much history. A beautiful city. The people know how to make visitors feel welcomed, said one T+L survey respondent, while another described its color, incredible food, and famous festivals. This year, NOLA took the top spot for bachelor or bachelorette parties, festivals, and dining and drinking.

Locals here have serious hometown pride.

“Norfolk is a great place to live and to visit,” said one proud Virginian. “The climate is mild and the art and culture scene is alive with momentum!”

Locals also loved the southern city’s ample water views, central location, and friendly vibe. “[It’s] an amazing, historic city with [a] vibrant downtown area,” another noted.

Every year in our annual America’s Favorite Places survey, we ask Travel + Leisure readers to dish about their hometowns — the place they grew up or have lived in and know better than anywhere else on Earth.

Unlike T+L’s World’s Best Awards, which encourages readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe, the America’s Favorite Places survey is a way for locals to share what their hometowns do best. Readers ranked their hometowns and cities across a range of categories, from the friendliness of the locals to the quality of the pizza.

But to find out which hometown was most loved overall, we took a composite score of all the individual categories, from the top city for things to see and to do, to the one with the most exciting places to eat and drink.

And this year, the small city of Norfolk, Virginia took the No.1 spot in a number of categories. When people who live, or have lived, in Norfolk were asked about their hometown, they raved about how welcoming this port city is to tourists — and what a great place it was to grab a burger, sip a pint of craft beer, and even admire creative street art.

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    EU Destinations

    If you are travelling within the EU you are entitled to purchase fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts souvenirs – all at Tax Free equivalent prices.

    If purchased for personal use, there are no limits to the amount you are allowed to purchase.

    Personal use guidelines are as follows:

    • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 3kg of tobacco.
    • 90L of still wine.
    • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs.
    • 110L of beer.

    Countries within the European Union (EU) include:

    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

    Destinations outside the EU (European Union)

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    If you are travelling outside EU duty free allowances (which include duty free spirits tobacco) vary by destination.

    Typical destinations outside the EU include:

    Canada, Canary Islands (including Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote), Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Gambia, Guernsey, Jersey, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.

    Find out more about your destination in Custom Allowances

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    US airport security: How Trump s latest travel and laptop ban has changed travelling to America

    Our travel correspondent explains what the new rules will mean for airline passengers heading for the US

    • Simon Calder
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    • Thursday 26 October 2017 06:24 BST

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    Passengers flying to America on a wide range of non-US airlines face additional checks in what Washington calls a “shared commitment to raising the bar on global aviation security”. The measures will include a personal interview for every traveller before they are allowed on the plane. This is what passengers need to know about what is changing.

    Why are the US authorities demanding changes?

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is convinced that various terrorist groups are targeting aircraft flying to America. The organisation says: “It is imperative to raise the baseline of global aviation security.”

    On a typical day, around one-third of a million passengers fly to America on 180 non-US airlines, from 280 airports around the world.

    The new measures flow from the Trump Administration’s sudden decision in March to impose a ban on laptops and other electronic devices bigger than a mobile phone on flights from 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports to the US. The UK immediately followed with a similar ban.

    By the summer, it became clear that Washington wanted to extend the electronics ban to all US-bound flights. The European Union was in the forefront of efforts to persuade the Americans that such a move could itself present a safety issue, with large numbers of potentially unstable lithium batteries being carried in the hold.

    The US agreed not to impose a ban if a range of additional checks are made at “Last Point of Departure Airports”.

    Some of the measures will not be immediately evident. They include enhanced surveillance of aircraft on the ground, and of the departure gate area; the US is known to be concerned about the possibility of an “insider threat” from an airport employee handing an explosive device to a passenger who has cleared security. Sniffer dogs are being deployed in greater numbers. In addition, the DHS recommends that “passengers flying to the United States prepare for a more extensive screening process”. Starting on Thursday 26 October, airlines are introducing new security measures, which could include steps such as “explosive trace detection” checks and will certainly involve a personal interview, of the kind that already takes place for travellers on US carriers.

    For passengers with hold baggage, this will take place before check-in; for travellers with hand-luggage only, it will happen at the departure gate. It is, of course, additional to the existing airport security screening that all passengers pass through.

    That depends on how interesting you are to the security staff conducting the interview. They will have access to data such as when you bought the ticket, and can examine your passport to identify previous patterns.

    A family flying to Florida on a holiday booked months earlier may be barely aware of any kind of interview having taken place. Security staff will be much more interested in single travellers who booked very late and whose passport shows evidence of travel to countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

    Will I need to fill in any more forms?

    At present a typical traveller to the US has to enrol online for Esta, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, and an alternative to an American visa. In addition they must provide Advance Passenger Information (API) and Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD), which will be requested by the airline.

    Some carriers are believed to be requiring passengers to complete a short paper questionnaire. But security staff will have access to the API and SFPD, and will be conducting the interview based on that.

    Does this amount to “profiling”?

    The concept of tighter security for certain individuals is highly controversial, because it is thought that young Muslim men will be singled out for more intrusive investigation. What is being introduced is “behavioural analysis”, where a passenger’s demeanour and travel background are of interest, rather than their gender, religion and race.

    Do I need to get to the airport earlier – and could my flight be delayed?

    Given the extra steps that will be involved, from check-in to boarding the aircraft, it is probably wise to allow a little extra time. Planes will not be allowed to depart until security staff are certain there is no threat, which could delay some flights. The European airport most affected is London Heathrow, which has far more US-bound departures than any other.

    Will it put people off travelling to the US?

    Some may be deterred, but extra security including some personal interviews have been a feature of travel to America since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988. Since then the number of travellers to the US has steadily increased.





    08/02/2018

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    The heart of North America beats through towering forests, undulating fields, high-plain deserts, pulsating metropolises and offbeat oases.

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    Iconic cities that need no introduction are just the icing on this culture-laden cake. Yes, you have the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington DC but the buzz of music, art and film finds its way down into everyday life, with citizens as often creating as much as consuming. A historical melting pot of cultures and identities, North America features some of the world’s most multicultural art. From Toronto’s film festival to Mexico City ‘s thriving music scene, North America is a veritable smorgasbord of enlightening experiences just waiting to be uncovered.

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    Traveling to countries like Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, our South America tours will introduce you to ancient civilizations, dazzling cities and time-honored crafts. See lush rain forests, fjords and towering waterfalls, or observe feathered macaws or penguin colonies. Many itineraries are designed as regional discoveries that visit the major cities in several countries, while others focus on one country in depth. Several of our trips utilize multiple modes of transportation, such as motorcoach travel or intra-tour flights. You also can hop from island to island in the Galapagos in a comfortable cruise ship or sail down the mighty Amazon River.

    A tour director accompanies the group, speaking about the native cultures, traditions, history and sights along the way. Learn about the ancient Incas in Peru, where Machu Picchu — the Lost City of the Incas — is a prime attraction on tours. In Argentina, you might meet a gaucho, a South American cowboy and symbol of the country s national pride. If you schedule your trip accordingly, you can check out the festivities at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    The mere words “North America” conjure up all sorts of images – no doubt different ones for different people. But the common themes behind any plan to travel America must be the “Big Cities” and the “Great Outdoors”. The mixture of glass & steel, back road Americana, remote National Parks and unspoilt wilderness areas makes this continent truly unique.

    But why visit just one area when you can travel around America and experience everything it has to offer. Our hand-picked itineraries offer a unique way to see the States and we firmly believe that our trips provide a more in-depth and fun experience than any fly-drive or coach tour ever could.

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    Small Groups are best! The majority of our trips have a maximum group size of 13 passengers plus an experienced tour leader. After many years of operating trips in North America we still firmly believe this to be the best way to travel. Our small vehicles allow us to blend into the scenery and get off the beaten track allowing us to travel as a local, not a tourist. We frequently leave the big coaches behind as we explore deeper into the National Parks and can easily make stops at small towns en route without having to wait for 55 people to “get ready”.

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    The prospect of sun, summer temperatures and sandy beaches over below freezing temperatures and snow-filled streets draw Americans to Central and South America in droves during North America’s dreary winter months. In the Southern Hemisphere, South America benefits from the exact reverse seasonal calendar as the north, and equatorial Central America also has its dry season during the North American winter. Just skip the the holiday season from Christmas through New Year’s and around Easter — crowded times when regional residents head out on vacation.

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    While Central America benefits from a tropical climate year-round, the dry season is the most pleasant time to visit the region. The main part of dry season runs from January to March, with the shoulder months December and April varying in weather quality from country to country. At the beginning of dry season, prepare for cool evening and morning weather. In Belize and Panama, the season begins later — in February — but Nicaragua and Honduras have a longer dry season, beginning in December. Outside the dry season, in addition to humidity, travelers face oppressive mosquitos, heavy rain, tropical storms and the possibility of hurricanes.

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    Welcome to Travel Guide of America!

    A U.S. travel guide with information and photos for travelers.

    Looking for a U.S. travel guide with lots of information and photos? Travel Guide of America is just that site. Inside is information on tourist spots and other interesting places. We have a photo section that shows images of appealing cities and towns in the U.S. A scenic drives feature describes some great places for road trips. And a landscape photo section shows the beauty of America.

    The city and town information pages include a description of the destination, fast facts, and several points of interest. For the photo feature sections, you will find interesting pictures of both main streets and landscapes that are intriguing to tourists and photographers alike. In the scenic drives section, there are descriptions of some of the most beautiful roads in the United States.

    Are you interested in finding a great place to ski, hike, swim, bike, sightsee, or shop, or are you simply looking to relax and get away from it all? Perhaps you are looking to do a road trip to see the great sites in this country? If you are looking to do some traveling on your next vacation, then come on into Travel Guide of America and see where your next destination in the United States might be!

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    Each day, U.S. airlines move nearly 50,000 tons of cargo, contributing to the global economy and making life easier by bringing everyday items directly to you, the consumer. Both passenger and cargo carriers provide a variety of reliable cargo services, delivering goods to their final destination more efficiently than any other means of transportation.

    Cargo is a priority for our members, as airlines continue to be the preferred method to move valuable and highly perishable products across the country and around the world. Cargo carried by airlines represents more than one-third the value of all transported goods. Some of these include live animals, human organs for transplant, urgent air mail, industrial parts needed for repairs and perishables like fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, flowers and much more.

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    23/11/2017

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    With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things to look out for if you are visiting America from Japan.

    1. There is a thing called “Dinner Plates.” And what goes on them is a mighty disappointment.

    In Japan, each person eating gets as many individual dishes as needed for the meal. Sometimes more than 10 dishes per person are used. In America, there is a method where a large bowl or dish is placed in the middle of the table, and you take as much as you like from there, and put it on a big dish said to be a “dinner plate.”

    In Japan, meals at home are for eating, because your stomach is vacant. At an American’s dinner, there is food, decorations on the table and tableware, and music to produce a fun atmosphere. It is a time for maintaining rich human relationships. Therefore, the meal is as long as 40 minutes. In addition, often the decorative tableware has been handed down mother to daughter, two generations, three generations. In addition, there are even more valuable dishes used for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    American food is flat to the taste, indifferent in the subtle difference of taste. There is no such thing there as a little “secret ingredient.” Sugar, salt, pepper, oils, and routine spices are used for family meals. There is no such thing as purely U.S. cuisine, except the hamburger, which isn’t made at home so much. There is almost nothing special to eat based on the different seasons of the year. Basically, they like sweet, high fat, high calories things.

    2. Beware Rough Areas Where the Clothes Demand Attention

    In Japan, hip hop clothes are considered stylish. But in the United States, it is wise to avoid them, as you might be mistaken for a member of a street gang.

    The entire United States does not have good security, unfortunately. However, the difference between a place with good regional security and a “rough area” is clear. People walk less, there is a lot of graffiti, windows and doors are strictly fitted with bars. And young people are dressed in hip hop clothes that say “I want you to pay attention to me!”

    3. But You’ll be Pleasantly Surprised by American Traffic Patterns.

    Manners with cars in America are really damn good. Japanese people should be embarrassed when they look at how good car manners are in America. You must wait whenever you cross an intersection for the traffic light. People don’t get pushy to go first. Except for some people, everyone keeps exactly to the speed limit. America is a car society, but their damn good manners are not limited to cars.

    4. Nobody is impressed by how much you can drink. In fact, shame on you.

    In the U.S. they do not have a sense of superiority if they are able to drink a large amount. Rather, if you drink a lot, there is a sense that you cannot manage yourself. There is something close to contempt toward someone who must drink a lot to be drunk. To drink alcohol habitually is to have alcoholism. Alcoholics are weak people mentally, to be one means you have spanned the label of social outcasts that can’t self-manage.

    Non-smokers are more important than smokers in the US. Smokers capture the concept that they are not able to control themselves, and are the owners of weak character.

    5. They Have Free Time All Week Long!

    In America, whether you are a student, working person, or housewife, you carefully make room for leisure time, weekdays and weekends. Most people are ensured free time, always. During the week they use it for walking, jogging, bicycling, tennis, racquetball, bowling, watching movies, reading, and volunteering. On the weekend, they enjoy even more freedom, and take liberal arts courses and have sporting leisures.

    In Japan we believe that there is no free time during the weekday. Only the weekend. We spend the weekend watching TV, hanging around home, working, studying, and shopping, or listening to music.

    6. Knowing how to use sarcasm is a must to communicate with an American.

    If you put your bent middle and index fingers of both hands in the air, you are making finger quotation marks. It means you do not believe what you are saying. You can also say, “or so called.”

    7. They tend to horse laugh, even the women. It’s how they show they’re honest.

    In Japan, when a woman laughs, she places her hand so it does not show her mouth. It is disgraceful to laugh by loudly opening the mouth. Adult males do not laugh much. There is the saying, “Man, do not laugh so much that you show your teeth.”

    In America, when men or women laugh, they do not turn away. They face front, open the mouth, and laugh in a loud voice. This is because in America if you muffle your laugh or turn away while laughing, you give the impression that you are talking about a secret or name-calling. It is nasty.

    8. You won’t be getting your groceries anytime soon, so checkout lines are a great place to make friends.

    Cashiers are slow. Abysmally slow compared to Japan. I get frustrated when I’m in a hurry. Americans wait leisurely even if you’re in the special checkout for buying just a little something. I thought Americans were going to be quite impatient, but in reality they are extremely laid back. I thought about what I should do with my time while waiting in the grocery matrix, and began to speak at length with other guests.

    9. Their vending machines are ridiculously limited and dishonest.

    Vending machines in the United States just give carbonated beverages. Coke particularly. If you try to buy the juice from a vending machine when you’re thirsty, it’s just all carbonate. I pressed the button and thought it would be a nice orange juice, but carbonate came out. I love carbonated, but there are times when it will make you sick indeed.

    In Japan, there is great fear of failure and mistakes in front of other people. It is better to do nothing and avoid being criticized than to taste the humiliation of failure. As a result, there are things we wanted to do, but did not, and often regret.

    In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn’t matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural. In addition, rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American’s have curiosity and say, “Let’s try anyway!”





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    What Ebola Teaches Us About Public Health In America

    Editor s note: This post is part of a series stemming from theThird Annual Health Law Year in P/Reviewevent held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The conference brought together leading experts to review major developments in health law over the previous year, and preview what is to come. A full agenda and links to video recordings of the panels are here .

    2014 saw an epidemic of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, and an epidemic of fear in the US. Neither epidemic covered public health in glory. For Science. Ebola was the “breakdown of the year;” the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health called it “the most important public health story” of the year; Politfact labeled it the political “lie of the year,” and Time magazine named “the Ebola fighters” its “Person of the Year.” All of these characterizations contain some truth.

    Response to the epidemic in Africa relied heavily on volunteer organizations, especially Christian charity groups like Samaritan’s Purse and SIM (Serving In Mission), and medical NGOs, most notably Doctors Without Borders (MSF). It was MSF that called out the World Health Organization (WHO) for its failure to recognize the epidemic, and then its inability to respond to it. Their International Health Regulations, it turned out, were much more like guidelines than any form of law, and the WHO had no capacity to effectively respond to a new epidemic.

    There is wide agreement among public health experts that the Ebola epidemic is a symptom of the wider problem of extreme poverty in Western Africa, and a symptom of porous infection control and weak patient safety practices in the US. In fact Americans showed almost no interest in the Ebola epidemic until September 30 when a visitor from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, followed in mid-October by two of the nurses who treated him. The Dallas incident produced both massive news coverage and sustained fear.

    The Danger of Framing Ebola as Terrorism

    We compounded people’s fears of Ebola by identifying it as a possible terrorist threat and deciding that it should be managed as such. In this context, the threats of Ebola and ISIS were often paired, Ebola was described by the President (to the United Nations and Americans) as a “national security threat,” and proposals were seriously discussed to control it by adopting passport and visa controls and no fly lists, and the military was sent to Liberia to meet the challenge.

    Even Paul Farmer, the leader of Partners in Health, adopted the terrorist metaphor, saying of Ebola in Western Africa: “This isn’t a natural disaster. This is the terrorism of poverty.” And the federal government’s most credible spokesperson, Anthony Facui of the National Institute of Health (NIH) said (in response to an admittedly bizarre question on whether terrorists will use Ebola as a bioweapon), “nature right now is the worst bioterrorist.” The President found it expedient to designate not a public health expert, but a lawyer, Ron Klain, to coordinate the US response to Ebola.

    Following the national security metaphor, the new “Ebola Czar” reported to the president’s homeland security adviser (Lisa Monaco) on Ebola in the US, and to the president’s national security adviser (Susan Rice) on Ebola in Africa. Among Klain’s most urgent challenges was to improve and accelerate coordination between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the states, and individual hospitals.

    Coordination also was a major challenge to NGOs, American and otherwise, working in Africa. Yet, with the appointment of an Ebola Czar, the CDC (like the WHO) was left to pursue a supporting role as technical adviser on homeland security. Tom Frieden, unhelpfully I think, later described the CDC mission in the Ebola epidemic in national security terms, “we will do everything in our power to protect Americans. That’s our top priority.”

    This post-9/11 reframing of federal and state public health agencies as part of disaster preparedness, with an emphasis on counter-terrorism and the new metaphors we have deployed to describe public health has deformed our public health agencies and made them less able to prevent and respond to new infectious diseases. This is a tragedy for everyone.

    That is not to say that using the military for public health purposes is never appropriate. Only that the CDC is not and should not be a military/terrorism preparedness agency the military has capabilities no other public or private entity has, and it is sometimes perfectly appropriate to use their assets for humanitarian purposes (e.g. the Tsunami, Haitian earthquake, Katrina).

    Given the gravity of the Ebola epidemic and the inability of civilian organizations to respond effectively, it was perfectly acceptable and even commendable for the President to send troops to Liberia to, as they did in Haiti, repair and build runways, roads, and hospitals. But it should be a last resort, both because military tactics are not generally citizen-friendly, and because our military (unlike our physicians and nurses) are not uniformly welcomed as helpers in all parts of the world.

    Taking a Public Health Approach

    The 2014 Ebola response, however, does give us an opportunity to change directions. Public health must be based on science, not fear, and it should strive to work with populations (both in the US and globally) in an open and voluntary manner which fosters public trust. Without public trust, effective public health is impossible. And public health officials must trust the public as well. Americans, for example, have no interest in spreading diseases to others, or in avoiding medical treatment when they are sick. They will cooperate with any reasonable directions they are given by credible physicians, even government physicians, as long as they tell them the truth. They will even as we have seen in Ebola stay home in “voluntary quarantine” for 21 days, at least if they can have access to food and other supplies.

    On the other hand, use of force, and even the threat of force, especially when seen as arbitrary, as it was in the case of quarantining nurse Kaci Hickox in a New Jersey hospital upon her return from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, will likely be counterproductive. Lawyers helped get her home to Maine and negotiated voluntary self-monitoring there. The U.S. Constitution really does require adoption of the least restrictive alternative, even in the face of a national epidemic (which we imagined we were faced with).

    In Geneva at WHO headquarters, there have been many meetings about what kind of research, including drug and vaccine research, can be done during the Ebola epidemic. The discussion has been mostly centered on identifying drugs and vaccines and developing a research design. Little discussion has been devoted to informed consent. This is unfortunate because even in the midst of an international pandemic, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights requires informed consent for medical research a requirement that no WHO group, no matter how distinguished and no matter how many times they meet in Geneva, can change on their own.

    A WHO “Ethics Working Group” decided in October, for example, that “there is an ethical imperative to carry our research on potential therapeutic agents against EVD [Ebola virus disease].” (It’s always nice to find that ethical guidance require you to keep doing what you want to do, but this is seldom the case.) In Ebola, there is an ethical obligation to treat people who have the disease, and to try to halt its spread. When currently available therapeutic agents, including IV fluids, are not being universally used, it is hard to argue that ethics requires you to find new ones, without first using currently available treatments.

    It is public health actions, including identifying and treating people with Ebola, and identifying and quarantining their contacts to determine if they have the disease, as well as public education and changing burial practices that will bring the epidemic under control. Of course finding an effective drug treatment or vaccine is highly desirable; but public health actions and medical treatment must always take precedence is an epidemic.

    Ebola is fundamentally a public health problem, not a national security/terrorism problem, or a legal one. The disease will be defeated not by law or by imagining Ebola as a terrorist or even a bioterrorism weapon, but by treating it as an infectious agent made more threatening by poverty and lack of effective infection control measures. Diseases of poverty kill millions every year globally, and in the US, hospital-acquired infections kill 75,000 to 100,000 Americans annually. Ebola gives us an opportunity to adopt public health and social justice strategies to confront the root causes of these deaths.


    11/10/2017

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    Costa Rica Travel Guide

    Why Go to Costa Rica

    To many, Costa Rica’s charm lies in its lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches and abundance of wildlife. With breathtaking landscapes and a myriad of creatures from toucans to monkeys to jaguars it’s easy to see why. Where else can you hike active volcanoes, zip line through cloud-covered rainforests and surf warm turquoise waters within the span of just a few days? In this compact but diverse tropical paradise, exhilarating outdoor activities are abundant. Nature-seekers will roam thick jungles while beachgoers will sprawl across the powdery sands. It’s hard not to admire all the splendors this “Rich Coast” has to offer.

    However, for others, this small Latin American country has a different appeal: it’s a relaxed way of life. Residents known as Ticos often recite the catchphrase “pura vida ” (or “pure life”). This guiding philosophy can be observed from Costa Rica’s central cosmopolitan capital of San Jos all the way to the sandy Atlantic and Pacific coasts. To truly immerse yourself in the good life, kick-back and admire the awe-inspiring scenery. Surround yourself with graceful butterflies at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. hike along the monumental Arenal Volcano. mingle with locals at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. or simply sit in a hammock under a palm tree along the Nicoya Peninsula. We have a strong feeling you’ll discover the pure life, too.

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    What You Need to Know

    • Pack an umbrella Even if you’re planning to visit during Costa Rica’s dry season, don’t count on continuous sunshine. Showers can occur year-round.
    • Bring small bills The U.S. dollar (USD) is widely accepted in Costa Rica. It’s to your advantage to bring American money, particularly small bills for purchasing souvenirs and tipping.
    • Look out for “Golden Beans” Costa Rica has perfected a cup of java. Coffee enthusiasts can get their fix and learn about the planting and growing process at a variety of plantations across the country.

    How to Save Money in Costa Rica

    • Don’t rent a car at the airport Most car rental companies at Costa Rica’s airports add a 12 percent charge to their rates. It’s best to reserve a car ahead of time from a company located in the heart of town rather than the airport.
    • For better rates, exchange at the airport The exchange rate is generally better in Costa Rica for American dollars (USD). While you’ll want to bring a few Costa Rican col ns (CRC) with you for small purchases upon arrival, exchange the bulk of your cash once you’re in the country.
    • Make sure the meter is running Taxi drivers have a reputation for charging extra by not switching the meter on. As soon as you step into a taxi, either check that the meter is running or negotiate a flat rate with the driver to avoid a scam.

    Culture Customs

    Costa Rican residents (los Costarricenses or “Ticos “) are known for their pleasant and easygoing nature. Always warm, welcoming and living life to the fullest, Ticos often greet each other with a hearty “Pura Vida! ” (meaning “pure life”). Don’t be alarmed by their benevolence and eagerness to please guests. To blend in, just reciprocate with kindness and embrace their positive philosophy.

    The official language here is Spanish; however, you’ll find English-speakers in popular tourist areas. But using some key phrases, such as “por favor ” (“please”) and “gracias ” (“thank you”), is a polite gesture that goes a long way.

    Dressing in casual clothing coincides with the laid-back Costa Rican lifestyle. You’ll want to pack loose fitting clothing and sturdy hiking shoes if you’re planning to explore the country’s rustic wildlife reserves, volcanoes and parks. You’ll also want to lather up with sunscreen and insect repellent, as mosquitoes and other critters swarm Costa Rica’s damp rainforests.

    Coffee beans are commonly associated with the “Gold Coast.” You’re also likely to spot coffee plantations in the Central Plains; many travelers enjoy taking tours here. However, high-end coffee beans are hard to come by since they are commonly exported rather than sold locally.

    Costa Rica’s official currency is the Costa Rica Col n (CRC). Since the CRC to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuates, be sure to check what the exchange rate is before you go. Major credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops.

    As far as dining goes, travelers should note that restaurants add gratuity onto the bill. However, tipping extra is not uncommon; if the service is stellar, leave an additional tip. For tour guides and drivers, plan to dole out about $10 USD per day.

    Costa Rica’s official religion is Catholicism. More than 90 percent of Costa Rica’s population identifies as Catholic; however, the Catholic Church’s presence is not readily visible to the unsuspecting traveler, except during patron saint celebrations when locals flock to the streets outside churches for dancing, music and scrumptious cuisine.

    In Costa Rica, you’ll face few safety concerns. However, in congested San Jos . you’ll want to keep an eye on your belongings and your rental car. Pickpocketing and car theft are common in heavily trafficked tourist areas.

    Getting Around Costa Rica

    The best way to get around Costa Rica is by bus, which is reliable, navigable, inexpensive and frequently runs through San Jos . Driving on your own is not highly recommended as some roads are tricky (speckled with potholes and ambiguously marked intersections). A better alternative to renting your own set of wheels is hiring a car-and-driver service recommended from your hotel. so you can enjoy the country’s gorgeous scenery without having to tackle challenging roads with confusing signage. For a hassle-free means of getting to downtown San Jos from the Juan Santamar a International Airport (SJO), you’ll want to flag a taxi. If you’re planning to explore Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwest part of Costa Rica, you can easily hail a taxi from the Daniel Oduber Quir s International Airport (LIR).

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    Entry Exit Requirements

    U.S. citizens traveling to Costa Rica will need a passport that is valid for the length of their stay in Costa Rica. Many airlines also require travelers to have a round-trip ticket before boarding flights to Costa Rica to ward off fines imposed by Costa Rican Immigration. Travelers should expect to pay a $29 USD airport departure tax. Visitors can pay the fee upon arrival in Costa Rica or before departure at the Bancr dito counter in the airport. However, it is highly recommended to pay in advance as lines can get long at the airport. If you’re planning to stay longer than 90 days, you are required to apply for an extension to the Office of Temporary Permits. To learn more, visit the U.S. State Department website .

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    01/10/2017

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    21/09/2017

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    Cheapest Way to Travel Across America

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    When you’re ready to make the journey of more than 5,000 miles across the United States, you have more than one option to make the trek. Choices include flying, taking a train or bus, or driving your own car, but which one is the cheapest depends on how many people you travel with and how many stops you want to make. It also depends on where you want to start and end your trip. But for the sake of comparison, we’ll compare the costs of getting from New York City to Seattle, Washington.

    Flying: Quick and Cheap

    It might seem counterintuitive, but flying can be the cheapest option — especially if you’re only flying one way. As of November 2013, it can cost less than $200 to fly from New York or Newark, New Jersey, to Seattle. Flying is also the fastest way to get from point A to point B — but if your intent is to stop and see the sights along the way, this might not be the option for you. Also, flight costs can vary greatly depending on the time of year, baggage fees and where you’re starting from. If you’re not starting from an area near a major airport, expect to pay a lot more.

    Bus: Cheap but Long

    The second-cheapest option is to take the bus. Greyhound buses stop in nearly every major and midsize town in the United States — and many smaller ones too. As of November 2013, it costs you close to $300 to take a bus from New York City to Seattle. The ride takes nearly three days, meaning you have lots of time to see the scenery outside of your window. It also means you spend a lot of time in a cramped space, and you have to pack food to bring with you or buy meals whenever the bus stops. You can also arrange to stop off for a day or two in one of the cities where Greyhound stops and then take the next bus that comes — but that means you must book hotels or campgrounds, which costs you more money.

    Train: Long and Sometimes Expensive





    19/09/2017

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    06/09/2017

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    05/09/2017

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    Best Tours in Central and South America – National Geographic Traveler

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    Marathon mania has spilled over into mainstream adventure travel, spawning running-focused trips around the world, including this twist on the classic Inca Trail trek. Runners tackle the ancient Andes route in two days, from the Urubamba Valley, through the “Pass of the Dead Woman” at 13,780 feet, and into the cloud forest to the Intipunku “Gateway of the Sun” at 8,923 feet, where they’ll get their first eyeful of Machu Picchu in its full splendor. Trip veteran Joshua Price calls the experience “challenging, but incredible.” The big event is sandwiched between acclimatization runs, stints in the cities of Cusco and Lima, and a day spent touring the ruins. Andes Adventures: “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Running Adventure,” 9 days; $2,795; www .andesadventures.com

    Panama: King’s Road

    First forged by Indians and later cobblestoned by the Spanish in the 1500s to move Inca gold to galleons bound for Spain, El Camino Real connects the Pacific and Atlantic 50 miles across the Isthmus of Panama. Hike what remains of the rugged trail through Chagres National Park, home to jaguars, spider monkeys, and anteaters. Thanks to multiple river hikes, expect to be soggy for a good part of the day. Ancon Expeditions of Panama: “Camino Real Trek,” 8 days; $1,600; www.anconexpeditions.com

    Chile: Patagonian Sip and Bike

    Wine-tasting pairs with easygoing biking in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys. Then the action moves to the Lake District and northern Patagonia for white-knuckle white-water rafting on the Petrohué River, a hike around the base of the snowcapped Osorno Volcano, and a traditional lamb barbecue hosted by local gauchos. Santiago Adventures: “Bikes, Wine and Patagonia,” 8 days; $3,290; www.santiagoadventures.com

    Brazil: Trifecta Trek

    This unusual walking-focused itinerary spans three distinct parts of Brazil: the Royal Route, which connected the gold mines of the interior to the coast during Portuguese rule; colonial Salvador, coined “the capital of happiness,” thanks to its laid-back residents and lively carnival; and the otherworldly cliffs, monoliths, and caves of Chapada Diamantina National Park. Country Walkers: “Brazil: Royal Route, Salvador, and Chapada Diamantina,” 11 days; $6,498; www.countrywalkers.com

    Nicaragua: For the Birds

    For all the buzz touting it as the next Costa Rica, Nicaragua has yet to attract mainstream tourists in droves. But this itinerary shows off its potential as a nature nirvana, with visits to five wildlife reserves, including Selva Negra (a combination organic farm, eco-lodge, and bird-friendly coffee estate). Bonus: Birders have a shot at spotting and cataloging any new species to help create the country’s first bird book. International Expeditions: “Nicaragua: Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” 9 days; $3,398; www.ietravel.com

    Ecuador: Homestay in the Amazon

    The term “cultural immersion” pops up a lot on travel company websites, but here’s the real deal. Spend four days living with a Quichua family in the Amazon jungle, where you’ll learn how to identify medicinal plants; make chicha, a fermented drink from cassava; and participate in a shaman healing ceremony. G Adventures: “Ecuador Jungle Local Living,” 7 days; $499; www.gadventures.com

    Belize: Reefs to Ruins

    With 180 miles of coastline, the second longest barrier reef in the world, virgin rain forests, and Maya ruins crammed into a country roughly the size of New Jersey, Belize is an undersize country with oversize natural gifts. Here’s an itinerary that lets you experience it all. National Geographic Adventures: “Belize: Reefs, Rain Forests, and Ruins,” 10 days; $4,195; www.nationalgeographicadventures.com

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    Starting in Trinidad and skirting the eastern coastline of South America to Buenos Aires, this grand expedition on the 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer —a celebration of the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary—focuses on the region’s cultural heritage as well as flora and fauna. An army of experts (including Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis and conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy) is on board to answer your questions. National Geographic Expeditions: “Epic South America,” 38 days; $34,730; www .nationalgeographicexpeditions.com

    Contributing editor Margaret Loftus has reported and written “Tours of a Lifetime” for the past eight years.





    31/08/2017

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    28/08/2017

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    3 great choices Ally, Perkstreet and ING. I have accounts at all three and love them!

    2% back on PerkStreet requires a $5k monthly minimum. Otherwise, it is 1% cash back. I am confused why you would recommend keeping your existing account if there are monthly fees attached to it. That would defeat the purpose of the savings of PerkStreet card. It would be like using a rewards credit card but carrying a balance on it.

    The BOA fees are only for debit card use, so people who don t want to switch could keep their checking account but use the PerkStreet debit card to avoid the fees and earn rewards.

    USAA is open to everyone for banking not just military members. No hidden fees just free bank accounts with ATM fee reimbursement.

    Agree that Ally is a great online bank for savings and 2-month penalty 5 year CD.

    My friend Rodney is a veteran; he uses USAA for everything. There offerings to non-military is a newer thing so thank you for bringing this up I have heard they are a very solid online bank, though I cannot verify that from personal experience.

    Maybe it s time we open up accounts with credit unions

    Yeah, that s one of the suggestions.

    I m actually currently banking with a credit union and they charge me $5 a month just to have a checking account. I think I might consider doing away with it and going online.

    I say go for it if it saves you $5 every month.


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    South America – travel – Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador

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    South America

    OlГЎ, Hola. Carnival in Rio, Incas, Caribbean beaches, Tango. There is so much here, too much. More or less it is easy to country-hop and visa free – it is just a huge area! Start loving buses.

    Argentina. Paraguay Uruguay .

    Intro. From a traveller perspective, South America splits into roughly three regions. The more developed Southern countries of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile; with their European feel, political stability and relatively high standards (not to mention great wine and meat). This is where many start/finish a trip.

    Then you have the less developed Inca and Amazon countries – Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador/Colombia. Here you have the main concentration of travellers, drawn not only by the world famous sights, but also the significantly lower cost of travel (certainly in Bolivia). And a more authentic South American feeling with a great percentage of indigenous population (highest in Bolivia) and stereotypical scenery.

    And lastly you have Brazil, which although often combined as part of a larger trip (typically Rio and/or the Foz do Iguaçu ), needs to be treated separately due to its size and different vibe/language.

    South America on the whole lacks difficult border crossings and visa headaches (although Americas will occasionally run into hefty charges). Bus transport is easy to arrange and there is a very established trail of attractions (often known as the Gringo Trail ). This however causes many to bite off more than they can chew in terms of distances to be covered overland, not finding the time or the energy to discover out of the way gems and (although good value on a world level) spending too much [money] in the Southern developed countries and/or (especially) Brazil.

    The most backpackery countries are Bolivia and Peru with a clear trail of attractions, party hostels/towns/tours and lots of people to meet. Tour mentality and the type of other travellers (certainly at the budget end) you meet can jade some, certainly in the case of Bolivia where you ll find the best value for money on the continent.

    A number of South/Central American countries have currencies pegged/fixed to the US dollar where a better parallel (black market) exchange rate can exist. To benefit you need USD cash. Do your research before travel. This is currently the case in Venezuela and Argentina.

    What follows are only basic snap shot summaries. If you have decided these are some of the countries you want to visit and need more planning information, you are strongly recommended to complement what you find here with a planning guide. Trust us: it will make life much easier.

    It is worth looking, if you have not already, at the example layout to see the guidelines each section of information is based on – or for other travel advice and site home head for www.travelindependent.info

    If you are set on going and need a guidebook or reading material please see a list of recommended guides/books here (go on have a look!). If you want to read fiction, you are in luck as some of the world s best writers were from South America. All guides/books are described here in more detail.





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    South America

    Nestled between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the wilder of the Americas, and a continent of superlatives.

    The world’s biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands. Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha ), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil’s Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia Tierra del Fuego ), the world’s tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls. in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls. Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions.

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    Getting to South America has become much easier in recent years due to massive increases in flights to the continent by major global airlines. Although some particular places are still quite hard to reach (i.e. Paraguay. Suriname. northern Brazil ), the places that you most likely want to go, such as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. are more accessible than ever before.

    • From Africa. the only (reliable) options worth considering would be the South African Airways service linking Johannesburg with Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires or the Ethiopian Airlines service between Addis Ababa and São Paulo via Lomé. There are also connections of TAAG Angola Airlines from Luanda to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. And Royal Air Maroc flies from Casablanca to São Paulo three times a week. Do realize that demand between Africa and South America is very limited, so even the aforementioned services are infrequent and fares may be quite high.
    • From Asia. Be prepared for a very long journey, especially if your itinerary includes connecting flights to travel to/beyond the major Asian and South American hubs. There is a Korean Air route between Seoul -Incheon and Sao Paulo (via Los Angeles ). Do note that the stop in the United States will require all passengers, including those in transit, to pass through US customs. Air China has flights between Beijing and São Paulo. via Madrid. Emirates has non-stop flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. this latter continuing services to Buenos Aires. Turkish Airlines has daily flights from Istanbul to São Paulo, continuing services to Buenos Aires. In 2011, Singapore Airlines started flights from Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. In 2012 Qatar Airways started its daily non-stop service from Doha to São Paulo. continuing services to Buenos Aires. Ethiad Airways has a daily flight from Abu Dhabi to São Paulo .
    • From Australia, New Zealand. and the South Pacific. A somewhat surprising number of options exist. Both Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Airlines serve Auckland and Sydney from their respective hubs at Buenos Aires and Santiago. while Qantas introduced a non-stop service between Sydney and Santiago on March 2012. LAN also operates one of the world’s most obscure flights of all – a service linking Santiago -Easter Island -Tahiti. From Perth. Emirates and South African Airways provide affordable flights to South America with a stopover in their respective hubs, around 30 hours total flying time.
    • From Europe. The entire South American continent once lived under European colonial rule, and the resultant political, social, and economic ties between former colonies and colonizers remain quite strong even today. Portuguese flag carrier TAP Airlines is by far the leading foreign carrier to Brazil, serving a slew of destinations in North and East Brazil. including direct connections from Lisbon to Porto Alegre in South Brazil and to the Brazilian capital Brasilia which otherwise have few other international connections. Spanish flag carrier Iberia flies to most of the former Spanish colonies, although neither Bolivia nor Paraguay are served. KLM flies between Amsterdam and Suriname and Air France links Paris with French Guiana. Of course, such services are not exclusive – KLM also flies to Buenos Aires directly from Amsterdam. and to Lima as well, TAP to Caracas. Air France to Rio de Janeiro and Lima. etc. Other leading European airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, and Alitalia also serve key South American gateways from their respective hubs, while South American airlines also operate into several major European cities as well.
    • From North America. Until very recently, it was virtually inconceivable to reach South America from anywhere other than Miami. Today, however, rapidly developing hubs at Atlanta. Dallas /Fort Worth. Fort Lauderdale. Houston. Mexico City. New York. Newark. Orlando. Toronto. and Washington -Dulles offer viable alternatives. Indeed, airlines such as Air Canada, United and Delta Airlines have successfully begun to challenge the virtual monopoly once enjoyed by American Airlines to several key markets. American discount carriers such as Spirit Airlines and JetBlue (Azul in Brazil) have recently fought hard for and won several route authorities to serve the likes of Colombia. Brazil and Peru. bringing low fares to these markets for the first time. Recently, US Airways started a daily non-stop service from Charlotte to Rio de Janeiro. Given the US airlines’ cutbacks in service, frequency, and cities served over the years, consider high quality Latin American carriers such as Avianca (to Colombia with daily non-stop flights to Bogotá, Medellín. Cali and Cartagena), Copa Airlines (Panama’s national airline to hits hub in Panamá City), LAN Airlines (Chilean carrier serving Chile direct and via several other countries), or TAM (to Brazil, including some non-stop flights to other Brazilian cities besides São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. like Belo Horizonte. Brasilia and Manaus ).

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    Beware there are no roads connecting Panama with Colombia, hence it is not possible to drive from Central America. People overcome this problem shipping their cars from Colon for easier transportation (Atlantic side in Panama) to Cartagena or Barranquilla (Colombia), or from Panama City (Pacific side of the Panama canal) to Buenaventura (Colombia) or Guayaquil(Ecuador).

    The Pan-American Highway is a series of routes starting in Central America and running to the tip of South America (save for the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia). It’s an interesting option for those with a good vehicle, plenty of spare parts, and a desire to explore the western edge of the continent.

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    There are no rail connections between Panama and Colombia.

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    Some cruise liners cover the towns in the lower Caribbean (Cartagena, Santa Marta, Margarita Island). Royal Caribbean. Holland America. Princess Cruises – [1].

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    The Union of South American Nations gives visa-free access and a customs union between all countries in South America.

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    International flights are generally expensive within South America and from South America to other parts of the world. Within each country the national domestic flights can be more reasonable. Therefore, it may be more economical (cost wise) to fly to the border city of one country, cross the border by ground transportation and fly onwards from the other side of the border. For example, for one to go from Lima to Santiago, the traveller might fly from Lima to Tacna, take a bus or taxi to Arica, and fly onwards from Arica to Santiago.

    By train Edit

    There are no cross-country train services in South America, and with the exception of Argentina and Chile. domestic networks are quite limited, such as a railway in Bolivia, from Oruro to Villazón, passing through Uyuni, Tupiza and some other places, and a railway in Brazil, linking regional capitals Belo Horizonte and Vitória. There are a number of very scenic “tourist trains” though, including the 445km Quito -Guayaquil route in Ecuador.

    By bus Edit

    Buses are the main form of land transport for much of the continent. for longer distances you’re often better off flying but if you like you can use the bus but it may be a longer drive.

    Talk Edit

    Spanish is the official language in all countries except Brazil, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, and is widely spoken even in the countries that are not historically Spanish speaking. Portuguese is the official language in Brazil. which comprises about half the population and land area of the continent. There are also many indigenous peoples living in South America who speak their own languages, and if you are really going off the beaten track, you might have to learn them too. In Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, the official languages are English. Dutch and French respectively.





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    Between 1815 and 1915, some 30 million Europeans arrived in the United States. For many it was a long and arduous journey. In the early part of the century, just getting to a port of embarkation might mean days or weeks of travel on foot, by rivercraft, or in horse-drawn vehicles. Because regularly scheduled departures were rare in the age of sail, immigrants often had to wait in port for days or weeks before their ship departed.

    In Northern Europe, many immigrants departed from Dutch or German ports like Amsterdam and Bremen. Later, when immigration from Central and Eastern Europe was on the rise, immigrants often had to travel down the Danube River to Black Sea ports like Constanta and Varna. From there, they had to endure weeks or months at sea aboard sailing ships subject to the vagaries of wind and weather.

    The spread of the railroads across Europe in the mid-1800s greatly shortened travel time to embarkation ports, while the introduction of steamships cut passage time from weeks to days, in the case of the fastest ships. Ships also increased in size, some carrying more than 1,000 immigrants in steerage class.

    Except in places where immigration was restricted like the Russian Empire it was fairly easy to travel from an obscure European village to the United States by the late 19th century. A potential immigrant contracted with a shipping company agent, often a local cleric or teacher, who informed the head office at the departure port. The agent then received a departure date and ticket voucher, which he passed along to the immigrant, who boarded a train for the port city. If the port of embarkation was Bremen, immigrants could almost step directly from the train onto their ship the city had railroad track leading right onto the docks.

    Between 1882 and 1917, the U.S. government introduced laws regulating immigration. In 1891, for example, Congress barred from admission those “suffering from a loathsome or a dangerous contagious disease” and those “convicted [of] a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude” like anarchists and polygamists. As a result, steamship lines became increasingly careful about whom they let on board. Immigrants had to have their papers checked and their health inspected before departure. Sometimes immigrants had to spend several days awaiting boarding, during which they were lodged and fed by the steamship company.

    Source: Destination America by Charles A. Wills

    Sources: Busch-AP, German guide-Minnesota Historical Society-CORBIS, Fumigation-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Russian pogrom-Bettmann-CORBIS, Ship-Bettman/CORBIS, Book & Series. Destination America

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    USA Travel Information l Discover America #travel #airline #tickets

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    4 Russian Travel Tips for Visiting America #travelling #australia

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    As an American, you can find volumes of travel books instructing you how to behave when you visit other countries—which seemingly innocent hand gestures are vulgar in Romania, for example, or how close you can stand to a Japanese businessman. But what about when foreigners visit our country?

    It’s not easy to find out what the non-English speaking world thinks of us, as it is another unique peculiarity of Americans that most only speak one language. But Google speaks many, even Russian. So with Google’s help, I set out to learn more about “американский этикет,” or, Russia’s take on American etiquette. (Note: We welcome any translation help from Russian-speaking Flossers.)

    1. On Giving Gifts to Americans

    Short Version: Don’t worry about gifts. It’s not a big deal to Americans and can even make them feel bad. If you do gift, go really Russian, they love that. Also did you know bribery was illegal in America? Be careful of that.

    “Gifts: Americans do not expect them. On the contrary, an unexpected gift while conducting business can put an American in an awkward position. Such things for Americans suggest reciprocity.”

    “If you do gift, it is desirable to bring something purely Russian when you visit the United States. But make it ‘purely Russian’ for modern America – not nesting dolls and samovar. Instead bring a good book about Moscow or Russian history, art and culture. Americans appreciate a good education and have great respect for cognitive literature.” (Деловой этикет по-американски )

    “Business gifts in the U.S. are not acceptable. Moreover, they often cause suspicion. Americans fear that they could be construed as a bribe, and in the United States that is strictly punishable by law.” (Национальные особенности этикета в США )

    I’d just like to say, I would love a samovar. And oh, one of those awesome fox fur earflap hats would probably really help grease the wheels of international commerce between our companies.

    2. On Talking to American Women

    The short version: American women are a little uptight. They might call the cops if you look at them too long. And don’t be gallant, that creeps them out.

    “US etiquette prohibits flirting with a woman who is not your girlfriend or wife. If you are not acquainted with a woman, whether she be in a restaurant, on the street, or on the subway, do not look at her legs, etc. Americans could easily call the police on you, even for just ogling her.” (Этикет США )

    “Welcome and introductions: men and women tend to shake hands. Mutual kissing and kissing ladies’ hands is not accepted. Also, women play a greater role in business. Often they insist to be treated exactly as an equal and not as a lady. In this regard, it is not acceptable to be excessively gallant, and you should avoid personal questions (do not find out whether she is married). (Национальные особенности этикета в США )

    It’s weird how one nation’s flirting is another nation’s motivation to use pepper spray.

    3. On Socializing With Americans

    Short Version: Americans are delicate buttercups by Russian standards, so be gentle. They get all touchy when you show up at their house uninvited and get their feelings hurt just because you hang up on them when you’re done talking. They also do this thing with their legs that is so annoying. Bring them a badminton racket, they go crazy for those. Oh! And when they say, “See you later,” they’re totally lying. And whatever you do, don’t mention the magnetic storm.

    “Showing up at a business associate’s home uninvited in the United States is not acceptable. You may be invited to a picnic –if you’ve known each other for several years and are social outside the office. As a rule, the invitation will be only on a weekend, and you don’t have to prepare for something extravagant. Everything is the same as ours, only with far less booze. Bring something sporty – ball, badminton, Americans are certainly fervent fans of these things.” (Деловой этикет по-американски )

    “Americans generally do not like long intros and prefer to go directly to the subject matter, especially if it’s a phone conversation. In Russia we talk about general topics before moving on to the reason for the call. Conversely, Americans are often surprised by the Russian habit of quickly breaking off a conversation and hanging up. Phone etiquette in America usually involves the gradual end of the conversation, confirmation agreements and standard closing remarks. By the way, ‘see you later’ should not be taken literally. That is a courtesy, and no more.

    “Russian conversational patterns often sound harsh to Americans. Statements such as, ‘You’re wrong,’ can be offensive. This can be interpreted as ‘You are telling lies!’ Therefore it is better to say, ‘I do not think I can agree with this.'” (Американский речевой этикет )

    “When Americans are talking, they might put their foot on a nearby chair, or even a table. They might cross their legs so that one foot rests on the opposite knee. In American culture, it is considered an acceptable norm, but often causes irritation in other countries.” (Национальные особенности этикета в США )

    “You should not discuss their health unless you are visiting a friend in the hospital. What seems caring can be regarded as an invasion of privacy, lack of tact. You have to have some justification to show interest in their health. Do not ask the effect of a magnetic storm (not many Americans know what that is) on their well-being.”

    4. On American Optimism

    Short Version: These people do not stop smiling. Also, they don’t want to hear your problems because it interrupts their smiling. “Surviving” makes you a hero over there. Here it just means you were unlucky, but not unlucky enough to have died.

    “Americans and Russians say different things when faced with the same situation. Seeing the man who had fallen in the street, an American asks, ‘Are you all right?’ Russians will inquire: ‘Are you ill?’ We see a victim of the incident; they see survivors. Survivors are perceived as heroes. Where we ‘aren’t sick,’ they ‘stay well.’  We discuss the problem. They discuss issues and items on the agenda.”   (Американский речевой этикет )

    “US etiquette requires that you smile in each and every situation. If you want to travel to America, be prepared to give a smile not only to friends and acquaintances, but also to all passers-by, in shops, to the staff at the hotel, police on the streets, etc.

    “US etiquette also forbids lamenting the troubles of life, or sharing your problems with others. Sharing in this country can only be positive emotions—sorrows and frustrations are impermissible. In the US you only complain to acquaintances in the most extreme cases. Serious problems are for close friends and relatives only.

    “However, it would be wrong to believe that the Americans with their smiles only create the illusion of well-being and that their smiles are stretched with false joy. This is not so. Americans: they are a nation that truly feels happy. These people get used to smiling from the cradle onwards, so they do not pretend to be cheerful. The desire for a successful happy life is inculcated from childhood.” (Этикет США )

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    Williams Shatner to travel across America on three-wheeled motorcycle #airline #travel

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    William Shatner to travel across America on custom motorcycle

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    William Shatner will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

    The Star Trek star announced plans Monday for the cross-country mission to promote his custom trike and raise awareness about the American Legion.

    I am taking another step into the unknown, the 84-year-old actor said in a statement.

    Shatner partnered with motorcycle builder American Wrench to create the Rivet motorcycle. The Aurora, Illinois -based company said the silver studded bike is inspired by the B-17 bomber.

    The eight-day journey will launch June 23 outside Chicago and make stops in St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City; Amarillo, Texas; Albuquerque; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Las Vegas before arriving in Los Angeles on June 30.

    Shatner will be joined on the 2,400-mile ride by members of the American Legion and American Wrench crew. The company is planning to sell limited quantities of Shatner’s trike.

    American Wrench describes the Rivet as a landjet that will feature a V8 engine and an exposed cockpit with seating only for a captain.





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    South America Tours & Vacation Packages–Argentina & Brazil Tours. #traveling #nurse

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    South America Tours – Escorted Travel

    Escorted tours of South America feature a professional English-speaking tour manager to handle all of your needs. Maximize comfort and value, while taking advantage of the camaraderie that comes with traveling as a group.

    Air & Land: $2449* Land Only: $1649 3 Buenos Aires, 2 Mendoza, 2 Santiago Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16

      10 Day Classic Brazil & Argentina
      Air & Land: $3029* Land Only: $1899 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
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      Air & Land: $2899* Land Only: 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Mar ’16
      11 Day Classic Colombia
      Air & Land: $1919* Land Only: $1649 3 Bogota, 2 Manizales, 2 Medellin, 3 Cartagena Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      11 Day Classic Colombia (Miami Special)
      Air & Land: $1849* Land Only: 3 Bogota, 2 Manizales, 2 Medellin, 3 Cartagena Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      Essential Chile
      Air & Land: $4599* Land Only: 3 Puerto Varas, 3 Santiago, 1 Valparaiso, 3 San Pedro de Atacama Tour Type: Small Group Season: Nov ’15 – Dec ’16
      12 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Easter Island
      Air & Land: $4299* Land Only: $3499 3 Buenos Aires, 4 Santiago, 3 Easter Island Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      13 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile
      Air & Land: $3639* Land Only: $2749 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires, 3 Santiago Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      13 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile (Miami Special)
      Air & Land: $3549* Land Only: 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires, 3 Santiago Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Mar ’16
      13 Day Chile & Argentina with Patagonia’s Glaciers
      Air & Land: $4389* Land Only: $3599 2 Santiago, 1 Punta Arenas. 3 Puerto Natales, 3 El Calafate, 2 Buenos Aires Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      13 Day Chile & Argentina with Patagonia’s Glaciers (Miami Special)
      Air & Land: $4149* Land Only: 2 Santiago, 1 Punta Arenas. 3 Puerto Natales, 3 El Calafate, 2 Buenos Aires Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      14 Day South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise
      Air & Land: $6029* Land Only: $4949 3 Buenos Aires, 2 El Calafate, 2 Torres del Paine, 1 Puerto Natales, 4 Cruise Tour Type: Small Group Season: Sep ’15 – Mar ’16
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      Air & Land: $5399* Land Only: $4199 3 Buenos Aires, 2 El Calafate, 2 Torres del Paine, 1 Puerto Natales, 4 Cruise Tour Type: Small Group Season: Sep ’16 – Mar ’17

      14 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country
      Air & Land: $4049* Land Only: $3099 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires, 2 Mendoza, 2 Santiago Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      15 Day Kaleidoscope of South America
      Air & Land: $4149* Land Only: $3399 2 Santiago, 1 Puerto Varas, 2 Bariloche, 4 Buenos Aires, 2 Iguazu, 2 Rio de Janeiro Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      15 Day Kaleidoscope of South America (Miami Special)
      Air & Land: $3949* Land Only: 2 Santiago, 1 Puerto Varas, 2 Bariloche, 4 Buenos Aires, 2 Iguazu, 2 Rio de Janeiro Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      17 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Chile with Easter Island
      Air & Land: $5829* Land Only: $4899 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires, 4 Santiago, 3 Easter Island Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
      18 Day Classic Brazil, Argentina & Peru
      Air & Land: $5159* Land Only: $4399 3 Rio de Janeiro, 2 Iguazu, 3 Buenos Aires, 3 Lima, 3 Cuzco, 2 Puno Tour Type: Escorted Season: Jan – Dec ’16
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      Book By Jun 17, 2016 & Save!

      Air & Land: $10149* Land Only: $8999 2 Buenos Aires, 2 El Calafate, 2 Torres del Paine, 1 Puerto Natales, 13 Cruise, 2 Santiago Tour Type: Small Group Season: Nov ’16 – Feb ’17





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    Airline tickets – Travel to Brazil – Discount flight tickets to

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    Use this form to have a Travel Agent help you find a DISCOUNT AIRFARE to Brazil.  We have Private discount airfares from USA to Brazil on all major carriers like American Airlines, Delta Airlines, TAM Airlines, LAN Airlines, Azul Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas and Others.

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    When you are looking for a city in Brazil to vacation at, Rio should be at the top of your list. The city is known for many things including great music, picturesque scenery, great tourism, and friendly people. When you visit Rio de Janeiro, you will find that the surrounding neighborhoods are filled with historical landmarks and full of sounds of the night life. Rio keeps its reputation for being one of the most striking cities in the world. When you are planning your trip, consider purchasing a Brazil Airpass to save yourself money on flights and tickets.

    When you travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, there is so much to do that being bored is not going to hit you or anyone else that goes with you. There are many historical landmarks to visit to learn more about the history of Brazil and Rio. You will also be able to tour the town and witness the magic as well as the beautiful atmosphere that is full of the city’s amazing culture.

    The beaches are truly amazing and you should put visiting one on your to-do list. Many tourist who visit Brazil spend most of their time on the beach relaxing in the sand and water or hanging out at one of the many bars or restaurants that line the shores of the beach. If you are looking to visit some of the popular beaches, they include: Ipanema, Leblon, Leme, Sao Conrado, Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, Arpoador, and Flamengo.

    When you are taking a tour of the city, make sure you visit the following destinations: Maracana Stadium, the botanical garden Jardim Botanico, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Parque Lage Park, Theatro Municipal, Museu Historico Nacional, and more. If you are looking for nightlife, hit Lapa and its many bars with love music, and for awesome party, try visiting in 2016 for Carnival!

    Airline Tickets to Brazil for Carnival

    Carnival is the biggest party in the world and it all takes place in Rio de Janeiro. The party goes on for several nights with people lining the streets. There is music, colors, and culture surrounding everyone who attends. It is something tourists must try to attend at least once in their life. It can be expensive to attend Carnival and difficult if you don’t know what you are doing. Lucky for you, we are experts in travel to Brazil and can get your airline tickets to Brazil and more.

    If you get a package for 2016 Carnival, it will include hotel accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, and all hotel taxes and fees. Visit Brol.com today to plan your trip to Brazil!





    31/07/2017

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    Bank of America Preferred Rewards Program #preferred #rewards, #bank #of #america


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    You are eligible to enroll in the Preferred Rewards program if you have an active, eligible Bank of America personal checking account and maintain a 3-month average combined balance in your qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your qualifying Merrill Edge and Merrill Lynch investment accounts of at least $20,000 for the Gold tier, $50,000 for the Platinum tier, or $100,000 for the Platinum Honors tier. The combined balance is calculated based on your average daily balance for a three calendar month period. SafeBalance Banking accounts do not count toward the account or balance requirements, and do not receive the fee waivers and other benefits of the program. Certain benefits are also available without enrolling in Preferred Rewards if you satisfy balance and other requirements. For details on Employee qualification requirements, please visit the Employee Banking Investments website. The Preferred Rewards Gold tier does not include the $0 online equity and ETF trades via Merrill Edge . a benefit that is currently available at the Platinum and Platinum Honors tiers of Preferred Rewards.

    The Rewards Money Market Savings interest rate booster is only available to customers enrolled in the Preferred Rewards program. Your enrollment in Preferred Rewards will not automatically convert any existing money market savings account to a Rewards Money Market Savings account without your request. If your enrollment in the Preferred Rewards program is discontinued, the interest rate booster may be discontinued. The interest rate in the interest rate booster example is for illustrative purposes only. For current interest rate information, view our Rewards Money Market Savings rates .

    Certain credit cards are eligible to receive the Preferred Rewards bonus. View a complete list of ineligible cards. Enrolled clients with eligible cards will receive the Preferred Rewards bonus based on Preferred Rewards tier and type of card. For example, the BankAmericard Cash Rewards credit card awards the Preferred Rewards bonus when you redeem cash rewards into a Bank of America checking or savings account or an eligible Merrill Lynch Cash Management Account . That means a $100 cash rewards redemption becomes $125, $150 or $175, based on your tier when you redeem. All other eligible card types receive the Preferred Rewards bonus with each purchase. That means a purchase that earns 100 base points will actually earn 125, 150, or 175 points, based on your tier when the purchase posts to your account. The Preferred Rewards bonus will replace the 10% customer bonus you may receive with certain cards. Other terms and conditions apply. If you have an eligible card, please refer to your card’s Program Rules for details about how you will receive the Preferred Rewards bonus. Program Rules are accessible through the rewards redemption site via Online Banking or by calling the number on the back of your card.

    Preferred Rewards Platinum and Platinum Honors tier clients using a Bank of America debit or ATM card will not be charged the non-Bank of America ATM fee and will receive a refund of the ATM operator or network fee for withdrawals, balance inquiries and balance transfers (1 each per statement cycle for Platinum tier clients, unlimited for Platinum Honors tier clients) from non-Bank of America ATMs in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

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    Visit the Bank of America Preferred Rewards page on bankofamerica.com for a list of no-fee banking services.


    31/07/2017

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    Cruise America: Vacation Ideas for Your RV Rental Vacation #airline #cheap

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    29/07/2017

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  • Best Tours in Central and South America – National Geographic Traveler

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    From Traveler Magazine’s 2013 Tours of a Lifetime

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    By Margaret Loftus

    Marathon mania has spilled over into mainstream adventure travel, spawning running-focused trips around the world, including this twist on the classic Inca Trail trek. Runners tackle the ancient Andes route in two days, from the Urubamba Valley, through the “Pass of the Dead Woman” at 13,780 feet, and into the cloud forest to the Intipunku “Gateway of the Sun” at 8,923 feet, where they’ll get their first eyeful of Machu Picchu in its full splendor. Trip veteran Joshua Price calls the experience “challenging, but incredible.” The big event is sandwiched between acclimatization runs, stints in the cities of Cusco and Lima, and a day spent touring the ruins. Andes Adventures: “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Running Adventure,” 9 days; $2,795; www .andesadventures.com

    Panama: King’s Road

    First forged by Indians and later cobblestoned by the Spanish in the 1500s to move Inca gold to galleons bound for Spain, El Camino Real connects the Pacific and Atlantic 50 miles across the Isthmus of Panama. Hike what remains of the rugged trail through Chagres National Park, home to jaguars, spider monkeys, and anteaters. Thanks to multiple river hikes, expect to be soggy for a good part of the day. Ancon Expeditions of Panama: “Camino Real Trek,” 8 days; $1,600; www.anconexpeditions.com

    Chile: Patagonian Sip and Bike

    Wine-tasting pairs with easygoing biking in the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys. Then the action moves to the Lake District and northern Patagonia for white-knuckle white-water rafting on the Petrohué River, a hike around the base of the snowcapped Osorno Volcano, and a traditional lamb barbecue hosted by local gauchos. Santiago Adventures: “Bikes, Wine and Patagonia,” 8 days; $3,290; www.santiagoadventures.com

    Brazil: Trifecta Trek

    This unusual walking-focused itinerary spans three distinct parts of Brazil: the Royal Route, which connected the gold mines of the interior to the coast during Portuguese rule; colonial Salvador, coined “the capital of happiness,” thanks to its laid-back residents and lively carnival; and the otherworldly cliffs, monoliths, and caves of Chapada Diamantina National Park. Country Walkers: “Brazil: Royal Route, Salvador, and Chapada Diamantina,” 11 days; $6,498; www.countrywalkers.com

    Nicaragua: For the Birds

    For all the buzz touting it as the next Costa Rica, Nicaragua has yet to attract mainstream tourists in droves. But this itinerary shows off its potential as a nature nirvana, with visits to five wildlife reserves, including Selva Negra (a combination organic farm, eco-lodge, and bird-friendly coffee estate). Bonus: Birders have a shot at spotting and cataloging any new species to help create the country’s first bird book. International Expeditions: “Nicaragua: Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” 9 days; $3,398; www.ietravel.com

    Ecuador: Homestay in the Amazon

    The term “cultural immersion” pops up a lot on travel company websites, but here’s the real deal. Spend four days living with a Quichua family in the Amazon jungle, where you’ll learn how to identify medicinal plants; make chicha, a fermented drink from cassava; and participate in a shaman healing ceremony. G Adventures: “Ecuador Jungle Local Living,” 7 days; $499; www.gadventures.com

    Belize: Reefs to Ruins

    With 180 miles of coastline, the second longest barrier reef in the world, virgin rain forests, and Maya ruins crammed into a country roughly the size of New Jersey, Belize is an undersize country with oversize natural gifts. Here’s an itinerary that lets you experience it all. National Geographic Adventures: “Belize: Reefs, Rain Forests, and Ruins,” 10 days; $4,195; www.nationalgeographicadventures.com

    Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina: South American Odyssey

    Starting in Trinidad and skirting the eastern coastline of South America to Buenos Aires, this grand expedition on the 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer —a celebration of the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary—focuses on the region’s cultural heritage as well as flora and fauna. An army of experts (including Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis and conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy) is on board to answer your questions. National Geographic Expeditions: “Epic South America,” 38 days; $34,730; www .nationalgeographicexpeditions.com

    Contributing editor Margaret Loftus has reported and written “Tours of a Lifetime” for the past eight years.





    26/07/2017

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    South America Tours – South America Tour Deals – Avoya Travel

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    An escorted tour through South America allows travelers to experience its core while being absorbed by vibrant cities, natural wonders, archaeological sites, and distinct flavors. Escorted tour itineraries through South America take passengers through small villages, lush rainforests, snow-capped mountains, and lively cultures of Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Guatemala, Peru, and more.

    Travelers on a South America tour can dance the tango at a milonga (tango club), learn local farming techniques at an estancia (ranch), or try a barbecue-style meal at a parilla (grill restaurant). While driving along local roads and flying through towering mountain ranges, passengers can see red and white flamingos, animated soccer games, and numerous national parks with exotic wildlife and landscapes.

    With a variety of itineraries to choose from, tour guests can enjoy the hot springs of Peru and its notable archaeological site at Machu Picchu, the canyons and caves of Brazil and its melting pot of residents, and the fauna and flora of Chili and its gigantic glaciers and fjords. Adventurous travelers can sandboard down Argentina’s sand dunes, taste authentic brandy from Peru, or trek through the national parks of Chili to view expansive lakes and thundering waterfalls.

    The Amazon River captivates travelers with its thriving rainforests and abundant wildlife including toucans, monkeys, pink river dolphins, and more. The Igaussu Falls also mesmerize passengers on tours with astonishing cascading waterfalls, particularly the Devil’s Throat, a point where 14 separate falls come together creating jaw-dropping views.

    Abundant with delectable food, lively nightlife, magnificent shopping, and inspiring landscapes, South America provides boundless opportunities for adventurous exploration and everlasting experiences.

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    21/07/2017

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    South America – travel – Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador

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    South America

    OlГЎ, Hola. Carnival in Rio, Incas, Caribbean beaches, Tango. There is so much here, too much. More or less it is easy to country-hop and visa free – it is just a huge area! Start loving buses.

    Argentina. Paraguay Uruguay .

    Intro. From a traveller perspective, South America splits into roughly three regions. The more developed Southern countries of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile; with their European feel, political stability and relatively high standards (not to mention great wine and meat). This is where many start/finish a trip.

    Then you have the less developed Inca and Amazon countries – Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador/Colombia. Here you have the main concentration of travellers, drawn not only by the world famous sights, but also the significantly lower cost of travel (certainly in Bolivia). And a more authentic South American feeling with a great percentage of indigenous population (highest in Bolivia) and stereotypical scenery.

    And lastly you have Brazil, which although often combined as part of a larger trip (typically Rio and/or the Foz do Iguaçu ), needs to be treated separately due to its size and different vibe/language.

    South America on the whole lacks difficult border crossings and visa headaches (although Americas will occasionally run into hefty charges). Bus transport is easy to arrange and there is a very established trail of attractions (often known as the Gringo Trail ). This however causes many to bite off more than they can chew in terms of distances to be covered overland, not finding the time or the energy to discover out of the way gems and (although good value on a world level) spending too much [money] in the Southern developed countries and/or (especially) Brazil.

    The most backpackery countries are Bolivia and Peru with a clear trail of attractions, party hostels/towns/tours and lots of people to meet. Tour mentality and the type of other travellers (certainly at the budget end) you meet can jade some, certainly in the case of Bolivia where you ll find the best value for money on the continent.

    A number of South/Central American countries have currencies pegged/fixed to the US dollar where a better parallel (black market) exchange rate can exist. To benefit you need USD cash. Do your research before travel. This is currently the case in Venezuela and Argentina.

    What follows are only basic snap shot summaries. If you have decided these are some of the countries you want to visit and need more planning information, you are strongly recommended to complement what you find here with a planning guide. Trust us: it will make life much easier.

    It is worth looking, if you have not already, at the example layout to see the guidelines each section of information is based on – or for other travel advice and site home head for www.travelindependent.info

    If you are set on going and need a guidebook or reading material please see a list of recommended guides/books here (go on have a look!). If you want to read fiction, you are in luck as some of the world s best writers were from South America. All guides/books are described here in more detail.





    21/07/2017

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    The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

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    The Best Times to Travel to South America and Central America

    Skip summer in Rio — December through February — when temperatures soar over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (Photo: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images )

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    The prospect of sun, summer temperatures and sandy beaches over below freezing temperatures and snow-filled streets draw Americans to Central and South America in droves during North America’s dreary winter months. In the Southern Hemisphere, South America benefits from the exact reverse seasonal calendar as the north, and equatorial Central America also has its dry season during the North American winter. Just skip the the holiday season from Christmas through New Year’s and around Easter — crowded times when regional residents head out on vacation.

    Central America

    While Central America benefits from a tropical climate year-round, the dry season is the most pleasant time to visit the region. The main part of dry season runs from January to March, with the shoulder months December and April varying in weather quality from country to country. At the beginning of dry season, prepare for cool evening and morning weather. In Belize and Panama, the season begins later — in February — but Nicaragua and Honduras have a longer dry season, beginning in December. Outside the dry season, in addition to humidity, travelers face oppressive mosquitos, heavy rain, tropical storms and the possibility of hurricanes.

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    14/07/2017

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    Downtown Franklin TN – America’s Favorite Main Street! #america, #tn, #historic,


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    Since its founding in 1984, the Downtown Franklin Association has spearheaded the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core. We’ve done it by following the four-point program of the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.

    Working in partnership with property owners, preservationists, city and county government, local businesses and merchants in our historic retail district, the Downtown Franklin Association has helped create one of the nation’s Main Street success stories. We’ve earned national recognition as an authentic, eclectic place that offers something for everyone in an atmosphere that reminds locals and visitors alike of a simpler time in our history – a place where community matters.

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    Join us in #DowntownFranklin for tonight’s May Franklin Art Scene! Students from Renaissance High School will showcase their artwork and perform live [Read More. ]

    There are big things happening everyday–right here in downtown Franklin! Julie Walton Garland of Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry, [Read More. ]


    13/07/2017

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