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Ventrice Grant Cadette We recently returned from a wonderful 7-day vacation on the Allure of the Seas. We cannot say thank-you enough to our travel agent, Ernie. He was the best of the best. Since we were first time cruisers, he helped us tremendously and I would recommend him and his agency to my associates and relatives any day. He kept in constant contact either by phone or email. He watched for fare reductions and passed the reductions unto us. He was hands-on every step of the way. We are forever grateful! Thank you, Thank you Ernie.

Debbie Snyder I highly recommend this travel agent! Ernie takes such a personal interest helps you plan your perfect vacation! He is so pleasant to work with, offers great suggestions, searches for the best fares! We went on a Caribbean cruise had such a wonderful time! As novice cruisers, we really appreciated the input time that Ernie gave to us. In the end, we not only experienced an amazing trip, but we made a new friend!

Judith Minter Ernie is conscientious and LOVES to travel, especially to the beach wherever that may be. He knows the ropes and will give you the best service available in the travel world.

Lotus M. Flower On Sunday, July 20th, 17 of my family members and I set sail on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas for our 7 nights vacation to the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Our trip was delicately managed by the CEO of Isle Follow The Sun Travel Agency, Ernie. The Best Travel Agent on planet earth.

From the moment Ernie was given to task of planning and organizing our cruise to the day after we returned from the cruise, it was nothing less than perfection. It was truly unbelievable the level of attention, care and love that was given to our group. Ernie was never too busy to take the numerous calls from anyone of us nor too tired to spend countless hours on the phone with Royal Caribbean after his busy day at work just to ensure our vacation was flawless

Julie Hendrickson The Sun always shines when your travel plans are in the hands of this Agency.

Karen Kreations Great travel company. Ernie is such a pleasure to deal with, he will search and search for the best vacation for you. I can’t wait to start planning my spring Vegas trip with him. I highly recommend him.





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Indonesia Travel Guide

With over 13,000 islands, Indonesia has something unique to offer for all sorts of visitors. From the cool white sands and raucous volcanoes of Bali, to the vibrant capital city of Jakarta, to the untouched lands of Sumatra, you can always find something different here. Indonesia is home to a vast array of indigenous animals too (including the Komodo dragon). With extremely inexpensive local food and reasonably-priced accommodation, it’s no wonder Indonesia is a popular destination with so many travelers. It s one of my favorite countries in the world and I hope you use this guide to plan an excellent trip there (though one visit is certainly not enough!).

Destination Guides for Indonesia

Typical Costs

Accommodation Hostels usually cost around 135,000 IDR per night for a shared room and 335,000 IDR for a double private. Prices will be up to half the price outside of the major cities. Most hotels begin at 405,000 IDR per night for a double room.

Food Local food is extremely cheap, starting at 6,700 IDR for street food and 13,500 IDR for a full local meal. On average, you ll spend 26,800-40,500 IDR for a solid meal. Western food is more expensive but is still affordable at around 121,000 IDR for a meal and drink.

Transportation For traveling between islands, ferries cost around 6,500 IDR (and up) for a ticket from East Java to West Bali, and the rates go up from there for other routes. An eight-hour journey on a bus costs around 67,000 IDR. Overnight bus will start at around 128,000 IDR.

Activities: Attractions are not hugely expensive. You’ll pay around 87,500 IDR for entrance in to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and the same for Bunaken. Borobudur costs 270,000 IDR. The famous Mt. Batur hike is between 405,000-805,000 IDR.

Money Saving Tips

Eat on the street You can pick up tasty local fare for around 6,700 IDR cents! Street side snacks, soups, and noodles will keep your wallet fat! Markets are your best bet for finding seriously cheap food.

Bargain hard Nothing is ever at face value in Indonesia. Bargain with sellers as most of the time, the price they’ve quoted will not be the price you’ll pay if you bargain!

Top Things to See and Do in Indonesia

Relax in Bali Bali is probably the most famous of Indonesia’s islands and for good reason.  Although often crowded with travelers, there is no escaping the fact that this place is beautiful. Try some surfing at Bingin Beach or visit the Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple, which is a truly stunning building.  Bali is more expensive than the rest of Indonesia. Make sure you see some traditional Balinese dancing in Ubud. It was a highlight of my trip!

Dive in the Gili Islands For a true sense of an island paradise, head to the Gili Islands. You won’t find any cars on these islands; bike travel or horse and cart are the ways to see all that Gili has to offer. You’ll find excellent scuba and snorkel facilities, as well as nightlife on the party island of Gili Trawangan.

See Komodo Dragons The subject of more nature documentaries than pretty much any other lizard, the Komodo dragon is a force to be reckoned with. They are fierce creatures. Komodo National Park is a UNESCO site and is the only place to see the world’s largest lizard in the wild.

Jakarta Indonesia’s capital is a large, bustling city with a population of over 10 million. For a moment of calm, people-watch from one of the cafes overlooking Fatahillah Square in the Old Batavia, the Dutch quarter, where you can take in the historic architecture. In terms of nightlife and eateries, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Jakarta.

Watch the sunrise at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park One of the most popular tourist attractions on Java is Mount Bromo and its National Park. You’ll not want to miss out on getting a snap of the smouldering Bromo volcano as it lies surrounded by the almost lunar landscape of the Sea of Sand. If you re there in mid-August, you’ll be just in time to see Upacara Kasodo, the monthly ritual which the Tenggerese take part in. Get up early to catch one of the most memorable sunrises of your life.

Explore Hindi Prambanan This is the crowning glory of Hindu temples and was built in the 10 th century. At 150 feet, the main temple is taller than Borodudur and is architecturally impressive. Chances are you’ll spend more time taking pictures than you will admiring the site and its ancient statues, so don t forget to put down the camera sometimes.

Amaze yourself in Borobudur Borodudur is a huge Buddhist temple complex dating from the 9 th Century, making it older than Cambodia s Angkor Wat. Like Prambanan, Borobudur has also been afforded World Heritage status with UNESCO. I personally love this site. As you walk up to the top, you can see reliefs meant to highlight Buddhist teachings. It is said you can t move on to the top until you discovered the meaning of the relief.

Snorkel or dive in Bunaken The Bunaken National Marine park is where you’ll want to go if diving and snorkeling are your thing. These deep waters offer fantastic visibility and some of the world’s most biodiverse marine life. Keep an eye out for tuna, sharks, rays, turtles, and sea snakes.

Have a spa day When you are in a place like this, it only seems right to treat your body to some probably much needed, deep pampering treatments. Getting a massage is basically a given, but why not do it on a beach. Body wraps, facials, manicures, and pedicures are also a nice bonus.

Broaden your taste buds With such a mass amount of islands composing Indonesia, there is a huge number of different cuisines to try. Don’t get stuck eating the same thing over and over again. Javanese, Sundanese, Padang, and Balinese food are just a few different preparations to get excited about.

Visit Yogyakarta Known as Yogya for short, this city is considered to be the main tourist city of Java. There is an interesting blend of old customs with modern living here and a certain artistic and intellectual presence hangs in the air. There are a number of restaurants, clubs, shopping areas, historical sights, and museums to check out.

Shop in Denpasar This is the capital of Bali and essentially the central spot of development and financial growth on the island for the past two decades. It is heavily populated and there are a number of shops to see as well as an arts center and the Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali.

See the orangutans in Sumatra   A mysterious and very human creature, the orangutan finds its habitat on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A visit to see these creatures is a moving experience.

Explore village life in Kalibaru   Kalibaru is a small village on the southeastern side of Java. It s quiet, secluded, and a great place to tour a local cacao plantation or one of the many other types of plantations in the area on your way to or from Bali.

Find tranquility in the Bogor Botanical Gardens 40 miles outside of hectic Jakarta, lie the Bogor Botanical Gardens. With over 200 acres land and 15,000 species of plants and trees, the gardens are a lovely spot in which to lose yourself for a couple of hours.





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With a little planning, your phone will be the least of your travel concerns.

Passport? Check. Low airfare? Nailed it! You’re making headway on your vacation to-do list, but don’t forget to see if your phone’s ready for the international trip. Nothing dulls a vacation quicker than bill-shock.

Directions to that hole-in-the-wall restaurant your guidebook swears by. Translating signs along the way. Sending pictures to friends. All that data use adds up.

Before you leave…

1. Visit Verizon’s Trip Planner to determine whether your mobile device will work abroad and check the voice, text and data rates for your destination(s).

2. Use the Data Calculator to estimate your data needs.

Taking a long weekend?

Now, your wireless plan travels just like you do. When you take a trip abroad, you can add TravelPass℠. starting at just $2 a day per line and use your domestic voice, text and data plan while traveling to Mexico, Canada and beyond. You also only pay $10 a day per line in more than 65 other countries. You re only charged on the days you use your device abroad—it s an economical way to stay connected while you travel.

You’re only charged on the days you use your phone. So if you don’t send a text, use data, or make or receive calls while traveling internationally, then you won’t have to pay a dime extra.

It’s simple to use, too. Add TravelPass from My Verizon and you’ll get a text message explaining the fee when you arrive. The first time you use your phone (such as sending a text or answering a call), the fee begins. Use your phone as much as you want for the next 24 hours. You’ll only get another TravelPass charge if you use your device again after the first 24 hours.

Just remember that your minutes, texts and data will count toward your regular plan. That means if you go over your plan allowance, you will be charged overages based on your domestic plan. All 4G LTE World Devices from Verizon (such as smartphones, tablets, Verizon Jetpacks and USB modems) are eligible for TravelPass.

Taking a trip for up to 3 weeks?

If you don’t have a World Device and if you need a device for 21 days or less, consider the International Travel Program (must be on a qualified domestic plan). You’ll get service for a basic phone, smartphone or USB modem while in certain international destinations.

Before you leave the US, Verizon will send you a World Device and travel adapter to use on your trip. Just pay the one-time shipping cost. There are no daily rental fees or security deposits—just pay for the usage (talk, text and data depending on the device). The charges appear on your regular Verizon Wireless bill. Plus, you can keep your regular phone number and transfer contacts using Verizon Cloud or Backup Assistant℠ Plus.

Taking a month-long trip for fun or frequent trips for work?

Month-to-month plans help frequent international travelers get ongoing data coverage. You can choose the Mexico and Canada plan or a plan that offers service in more than 140 countries.

The bottom line

Two things work in your favor when you set up a data plan: you will be accessing much lower rates and getting notifications on your data usage.

To keep your data in check. turn off your email and push notifications, and use Wi-Fi when it’s available in airports, hotels and restaurants to browse the web or check your email.

For more information on International Travel Services, including a list of destinations, check out Verizon’s International Service Options. Safe travels!





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International Air Travel Luggage Restrictions

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Rising fuel costs have contributed to struggles within the airline industry, and new security threats have ramped up the protective measures imposed by airports around the world. The result has been an increasingly strict set of policies regarding airplane baggage. Every airline has different rules, and foreign customs agents also might have differing standards for international travelers. Now more than ever, passengers must plan in advance to meet certain luggage requirements.

Checked Luggage

Some airlines charge extra for every checked bag, while others allow one or two checked pieces of luggage for free. For international travel, most airlines allow a maximum length of 62 inches weight of 50 pounds per bag, according to the United States Tour Operators Association.





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Top 10 Things To Do in Bali

Bali may be overrun with tourists for many years, but it still if for many reasons. Not only does is there many must visit places in Bali, there are also many things to do in Bali. Travelers here would not .

Top 10 Things To Do in Indonesia

Unknown to many travelers, there are actually many things to do in Indonesia, and some of them are unique to only in Indonesia. Be it from swimming in the largest natural volcanic lake to shopping in one of the major .

Top 10 Must Visit Places in Indonesia

Indonesia being diverse and wide with 17,000 islands, you may be sure to find everything to your fancy but there are a few must visit places here that you should know about. Be it for leisure, shopping, culture, history, diving, .

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Dieng Plateau, Central Java

Dieng Plateau was initially not one of the places I thought to travel but stumble upon it by sheer chance and it became part of the must visit for me as I make my way from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, making pit stops along the way. You see I was hoping to get a good slice of Java itself, taking it slow, knowing the people and understanding the place.

Lucky for me or not, I was there during the rainy season of December in Indonesia, therefore I find myself in quite a number of rainfall especially in the evenings, but boy in Dieng Plateau, it is another league of its own. It rained practically the whole day from morning to sundown.

Top 10 Best Bali Beaches

Travelers come to Bali for its long stretches of white sand beach, crystal clear sea for swimming, strong waves for surfing and volcanic black sands for sunbathing.

There are many types of beach in Bali, from those with big rocks created by corals or lava to those covered wholly with white or black sand. So depending what you look to do at the beach, there are a number of beaches for you to choose from. Whether you are a swimmer or not and if you are with kids, you may well choose from these beautiful beaches below. Look out for the high tide when swimming.





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International Travel

All passengers (including U.S. citizens and children, regardless of age) must have a valid passport book in order to travel to and from the United States. Passports that are damaged, including passports with bite marks; torn, missing, or separated pages; water damage, holes and other damages rendering text illegible or photos distorted, are not valid and will not be accepted. Passport cards are not an approved form of identification and will not be accepted. Learn more about document requirements for international air travelers at travel.state.gov. cbp.gov or dhs.gov .

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to fly unaccompanied on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. If a minor is traveling with an adult over the age of 18, they must be listed on the same flight itinerary.

  • Children, regardless of age, must have a valid passport book in order to travel.
  • Depending on the Customer s circumstances and travel itinerary, additional travel document requirements may be imposed by the originating and/or destination country.
  • Many governments have initiated procedures at entry and exit points, which may include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child s travel from the non-traveling parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s).
  • In the case of a child traveling without both legal parents or guardians, Customers must follow the guidelines provided by the country of destination.

For more information on specific requirements by country, click the country below:

  • Visitors to Aruba may be asked to show onward/return tickets, proof of sufficient funds, and proof of lodging accommodations for their stay.
  • Additional documentation may be required for minors traveling to the Bahamas.
  • Recent laws have changed regarding minors traveling out of Mexico. Please familiarize yourself with these rulings .
  • Copies of both parents /legal guardians identifications are recommended.
  • The minor s original birth certificate or a certified copy of the birth certificate is recommended.
  • In the case of a minor traveling with a group, the group leader must hold a Letter of Invitation from the organization that the group will be visiting in Jamaica that states the duration of the stay (not applicable to Jamaican Nationals.)

All alien non-resident visitors to the U.S. must list their U.S. destination address when entering the country. Learn more about U.S. entry and exit requirements for non-U.S. citizens at the Dept of Homeland Security s website under Travel Security Procedures.

Documentation Requirements for International Travel

Use this search form to get details regarding the documentation requirements and health information pertaining to your specific travel situation.

More Resources

U.S. Department of State provides country-specific information for U.S. citizens traveling abroad and foreign citizens traveling to the U.S. Topics include documentation requirements, tips for safe and healthy travel, and embassy contact information.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security invites international travelers to view multilingual videos and download brochures detailing U.S. entry/exit requirements for non-U.S. citizens. Visit their site to learn about the US-VISIT Program, machine-readable passports, and biometric enhancements.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides country-specific information for international travelers on immunizations, disease risks, and tips for staying healthy. The World Health Organization offers guidance on travel-related health risks and precautions.





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International Air Travel Deals – Avoid the Heavy cost

Every day you are overloaded with new details about travel. Where to get the top prices, who has the best deals; packages quit right and sides ways. But when you are looking for international air travel bargains, how do you know for sure you are really getting the greatest price? – vacation discounts

Thankfully, the world wide web has truly made finding the best deals in airline travel, be it local as well as international, simple.

To start out, go to travel comparison websites. This makes it fast and simple to find out prices on all of the discount travel websites. They evaluate each website back to back to see which offers the best price.

However, keep in mind that such sites may not be your best option for international flights. Exactly what can you do?

First, you can look at a travel agent. Even if you are better off utilizing a booking website pertaining to U.S. plane tickets, for international prices a travel agent might be privy to information on offers you would not otherwise uncover, and will be able to help you in working within your budget. Search for a destination expert when looking for international airline travel deals. They will discuss with airlines upon restricted routes which help you find the best occasions for your flight.

Of course, you should still research before you buy before you take this option. Make sure you are going to a fully legitimate agent so as to avoid getting scammed with artificial tickets.

Another option would be to check airlines’ websites. The airline you are going with may, in fact, become cheaper than the lower price websites.

Still not necessarily finding just the right value? Well, if you are particularly adventurous, there is another choice. You could become a mail. Sounds scary, right? Actually, it is quite common. You see, a courier will fill the seat that a firm has purchased to be able to send goods or even important documents. These businesses will resell their tickets at massively discounted prices to guarantee speedy transportation of these things and to make sure they will get where correctly.

These are the lowest worldwide air travel deals, weighing about a 50% discount or higher. The drawback, even though, is that travel instances can be very unpredictable.

Ultimately, when it comes to flying–whether in the Oughout.S. or through the entire world–there are a few golden principles that will make the whole knowledge quicker, easier along with cheaper:

Start early on! The longer in advance you start searching for a flight, the greater. Alternatively, you can try pertaining to last minute tickets, which can also be quite affordable. However, for international flights, this might be a little iffy.

Consider substitute airports. Big area flights often any good deal more than their more rural others who live nearby.

Finally, remember that rates change from a day to day foundation. So the more flexible you are, the better. – vacation discounts





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Ireland Tours, Ireland Tour, Ireland Vacations, Ireland Vacation, Ireland Travel #cheap

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Ireland Tours

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Ireland lures travelers with its castles, cottages and quaint towns sprinkled across the countryside. Some Ireland tours focus only on the “Emerald Isle,” while others add time in England, Scotland or Wales.

Enjoy superb scenic vistas of the Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the water, and the Ring of Kerry, with its views of mountains and sea. See its capital of Dublin and attractions like Dublin Castle, the remarkable Georgian section and nearby Guinness Brewery.

Expertly crafted tours also give you a subtle taste of Irish life. Several itineraries visit Limerick, famous for its rhymes, the world-famous Waterford Crystal factory and Old Jameson Distillery in Waterford and the Blarney Stone in Cork.

Ireland tours are classified according to the quality and location of hotels and restaurants and the number of included meals and activities. The quality listed for each tour below follows the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe).

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For other places with the same name, see Ireland (disambiguation) .

Ulster directs to here. For other places with this name, see Ulster (disambiguation)

Ireland is an island in north-western Europe which has been divided politically since 1920. Most of the island is made up of Ireland (Irish: Éire. also known as Poblacht na hÉireann = the Republic of Ireland). The remainder is Northern Ireland. which is part of the United Kingdom.

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The island of Ireland historically consists of 32 counties, of which six, collectively known as Northern Ireland. have remained as part of the United Kingdom since the rest of Ireland gained self government in 1922. The name “Ireland” applies to the island as a whole, but in English is also the official name of the independent state (ie the 26 counties which are not part of the United Kingdom), since 1921.

Celtic tribes settled on the island in the 4th century BC. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian Boru defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the early 12th century and set in place Ireland’s uneasy position within England’s sphere of influence. The Act of Union of 1800 – in which Catholics, 90% of the Irish population, were excluded from Parliament – saw Ireland joining the United Kingdom. In the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century the subject of Irish home rule was a major debate within the British parliament. After several failed attempts, a Home Rule bill finally passed through parliament in 1914 though the start of the first world war saw its indefinite postponement due to heavily armed unionist opposition. A failed rebellion on Easter Monday in 1916, (after which 15 of the surrendered leaders were shot by firing squad and 1 hanged) showed a hint of things to come with years of war to follow, beginning with the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and continuing with the Irish Civil War (1922-1923).

Eventually a somewhat stable situation emerged with the self government of 26 of Ireland’s counties known as the Irish Free State; the remaining six, located in the north of the country comprising two-thirds of the ancient province of Ulster, remained part of the United Kingdom a status that has continued to the present day. In 1949 the Irish Free State became “Ireland” (a.k.a. the Republic of Ireland) and withdrew from the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Ireland’s history post-partition has been marked with violence, a period known as “The Troubles”, generally regarded as beginning in the late 1960s, which saw large scale confrontation between opposing paramilitary groups seeking to either keep Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom or bring it into Ireland [1] as well as with the security forces. The Troubles saw many ups and downs in intensity of fighting and on many occasions they even spread to terrorist attacks in Britain and continental Europe. Both the government of the UK and Ireland were opposed to all terrorist groups. A peace settlement known as the Good Friday Agreement was finally approved in 1998 and is currently being implemented. All signs point to this agreement holding steady.

Though a relatively poor country for much of the 20th century, Ireland joined the European Community in 1973 (at the same time as the United Kingdom). Between the mid 1990s and late 2000s, Ireland saw massive economic boom (called ‘The Celtic Tiger’), becoming one of the richest countries in Europe. However, the global banking crisis and subsequent recession have hit Ireland hard, and high levels of unemployment have returned.

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Historically, Ireland was divided into four ancient provinces, namely Connacht. Leinster. Munster and Ulster. however these have no administrative significance today. Internationally, the best known of these of course is Ulster, since it is used as an umbrella term to describe Northern Ireland. although three of its nine counties are within Ireland. Most unknown is the fourth county in Ireland which mainly consists of carpenters and gypsies, this is most commonly know as Black Ireland pronounced to natives as skullatu. Today, you will often still see the other province names come up in sports teams for example, but for the most part the regions of Ireland are described as follows:





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Experience the Celtic magic of Ireland, one of the most enchanting destinations.   From dreamlike countryside to warmhearted music, the Emerald Isle conjures up wonders!

Ireland should be on every traveler’s short list: There’s nothing like experiencing its charming atmosphere firsthand. Exploring its famously green landscapes, your eyes sweep from pastoral hills and coastal cliffs to standing stones of incredible antiquity. Ireland’s human history does indeed stretch back thousands of years, but even while you’re appreciating stunning landmarks such as Dublin Castle and Donegal Abbey, you’ll be drawn in by the country’s irresistible, alive-and-well culture and verve. After all, there’s amazing traditional music, dancing, and Gaelic games enlivening the natural splendor and medieval monuments! Handsome cities like Dublin, Cork, alway, Limerick, and Kilkenny offer the best of historical and modern Ireland, while scenic treasures such as the Giant’s Causeway and the Aran Islands embody the country’s natural majesty.

Culture

Ireland has made huge literary contributions to the English language! This is the land of William Butler Yeats, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. A truly fun way to learn about Irish writers is to go on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, which takes participants onto the campus of Trinity College as well as to pubs that were either frequented by some of the country’s best-loved writers or that served as the settings in novels such as Joyce’s Ulysses. Other interesting literary sites to include on your itinerary to Ireland include St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Yeats-related sites in County Sligo and the Dublin Writers Museum.

And despite the fact that all these writers wrote in English, this is not to suggest that the Irish, Gaelic culture isn’t alive and well in Ireland. It is true that the Irish language was prohibited for many centuries by the British Crown. Additionally, the native Irish speakers lost much of their population due to plague, famine and emigration. However, there are still areas of western Ireland where Gaelic (or Irish) is still the primarily-spoken language. Officially called Gaeltacht districts, schools there are still taught in Irish and many families still speak it in the home. If you want to visit a Gaelic-speaking area of Ireland on your vacation, consider researching the Gaeltacht districts in County Galway (including Connemara and the Aran Islands), County Donegal, County Mayo, or the western half of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

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Geography

The Republic of Ireland accounts for approximately 80% of the island of Ireland. Its only land neighbor, Northern Ireland, lies in the northeastern corner of the island. Northern Ireland is a separate country sometimes called “region” or “province” that forms part of the United Kingdom along with England, Scotland and Wales.

And if you’re an avid gardener, Ireland is also home to some of Europe’s most beautiful gardens. Consider paying a visit to the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, the Powerscourt Gardens, or Ilnacullin on Garinish Island.

Largest cities: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford





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Israel Travel Guide

For a country that’s barely the size of New Jersey, Israel travel offers an experience of Biblical proportions — literally. As the prime destination for religious pilgrimages, the Holy Land offers, among many sacred splendors, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock — and that’s just inside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. Israel offers diverse experiences, both religious and secular, from the home of the Baha’i faith in Haifa to the glittering high rises and beaches in Tel Aviv. Explore our Israel travel guide to start building your own Holy Land itinerary.

Things Not to Miss in Israel

Among the many historic and cultural experiences to pack into your Israel travel plans, some of the most popular tourist activities include:

• Seeing the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City

• The Coenaculum of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion, which is also home to King David’s tomb

• Floating in the Dead Sea

• Strolling through Mea Shearim, Jerusalem’s Hassidic Jewish quarter

• Exploring Haifa for sea views and the Baha’i Gardens

• Admiring the 1930s Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv

When to Go to Israel

The combination of weather and holy days can help you determine the best times to visit Israel. The most popular time to travel to Israel is in the late spring and fall, when the weather is warm but not oppressively hot, and fairly dry. Summer brings plenty of tourists, despite the extreme heat (as in, over 100 degrees), especially in July and August. Israel’s winter consists mostly of rain, and can last from late October to February or March.

Jewish and Christian holidays heavily influence the high seasons (and hotel rates), especially in Jerusalem and Galilee: the peak times include Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot in September and October, Chanukah and Christmas in December, and Passover and Easter in March or April. A nice shoulder season, in terms of weather, rates and crowds, is May.

Be sure to keep in mind, when you make your Israel travel plans, that many businesses around Israel close on Saturday for the Jewish Sabbath.





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Is it Safe to Travel to Egypt?

By Anouk Zijlma. Africa Travel Expert

Anouk Zijlma is an experienced travel agent, travel editor, and international traveler. She’s lived in Malawi and Kenya, and has traveled extensively throughout the continent. Here are some photos of Anouk enjoying herself in Africa.

Question: Is it Safe to Travel to Egypt?

Health and safety information for visitors planning to travel to Egypt. Find out if there are current travel warnings for Egypt, basic safety tips and information, health tips, and information for women planning to travel alone to Egypt.

Answer: In January 2011, Egypt went through a political revolution that seriously affected tourism in the country. By the end of April 2011, the US Department of State had downgraded its travel warning to a travel alert and most of the tourist destinations within Egypt are again considered safe to visit.

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However, the one year anniversary of the revolution in January 2012, brought a lot of protesters back on the streets, disappointed with the lack of real progress. A tragedy at a soccer match early February (2012) in Port Said added some fuel to the flames, and once again the capital was unstable. By May 2012, more people died in central Cairo after clashing with the police. In November 2012 more clashes involving the government and anti-Muslim Brotherhood (the current President s party) escalated into violent scenes in Cairo and Alexandria .

In July 2013, the army stepped in and ousted President Mursi. and the US Department of State issued a travel warning warning all its citizens against traveling to Egypt.By late 2014 things certainly seem to have settled down and all US State Travel Warnings and Alerts have been lifted.

Please check your local government information, and the news, for the latest updates before you plan your trip. And note that the US Department of State does not like to issue any travel alert or warning for Egypt, even if the situation gets quite bad, so use your own good instincts as well.





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The 10 Cheapest Places to Travel

Yemen

Sana a, this Middle Eastern country s capital city, enjoys the lowest cost of living in the world, according to Xpatulator. Comprised mostly of desert scenery, Yemen enjoys a hot climate and is bordered by the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Eating out in restaurants, recreational activities and buying alcohol and tobacco are significantly cheaper than most other international destinations.

Portugal

One of Europe s cheaper destinations, Portugal is known for its Mediterranean climate, cheap food and the relaxed, unhurried manner of its locals. Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in the world for luxury accommodation; a five-star hotel room only costs around $150 per night. Lisbon is one of Europe s major airports, meaning it s straightforward to get to.

Texas, United States

While traveling to far-flung destinations may be an option if you re on a budget, you may prefer to stay closer to home and avoid long flights. Costs in Houston have recently been falling in comparison to other cities in the United States; the average cost of a meal in Houston is $32.50, which is more than $2.50 cheaper than the national average. Houston is also home to the biggest shopping mall in Texas, has thousands of acres of green space and the Houston CityPASS offers access to your choice of six Houston attractions for only $39, as of 2011.

Estonia

An emerging eastern European travel destination, travelers costs are much cheaper in Estonia than in some of the more established destinations in the region. Alcohol is very cheap too; a shot of Estonian vodka costs $1.75 and a bottle of local beer costs approximately $2.50. Capital city Tallinn is the 2011 European Capital of Culture and has numerous historical sites, museums and festivals for visitors to enjoy.

China

Shanghai is a particularly cheap destination in China. Home to the World Expo in 2010, the city had $45 billion of work done to it in preparation. Now that the demand for hotel rooms has fallen after the Expo, there are a number of cheap offers available. Shanghai also offers a high-speed train service for travelers to visit other parts of the country.





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We now use the internet for all sorts of boring grown-up things such as banking, looking for a new house and reserving library books. But the net also has its guilty pleasures and showbiz gossip websites rank among the finest. Here, we search for the best in travel websites

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Mr and Mrs Smith

The upmarket weekenders’ bible: hundreds of highly recommended (and anonymously reviewed) boutique hotels around the world.

Black Tomato

Award-winning website (and rightly so) of this young London-based agency. Insider tips, a superb ideas generator, great pictures and a “Panic Button” for when you need travel inspiration fast.

World Travel Guide

The travel agents’ information database – a massive source of information now available to the rest of us. From skiing to beaches, cities to what’s on, if you can’t find it here you’re probably not looking for the right thing.

Visa Express

Visa-service website with extremely comprehensive database of the visa requirements, costs and application procedures of almost every country in the world.

The Man in Seat 61

Routes, tickets, tips and advice – the only guide you need to travelling by train from the UK to Europe and the rest of the world.

Online pedestrian routefinder for London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh that shows you the best route to walk from A to B. Includes calorie counter, CO2 savings and points of interest on the way. Other cities coming soon.

Excellent all-round travel site. Use it to find good prices on flights and holidays but click on “Destinations” for some well-researched and up-to-date travel guides to where you are going.

Business Traveller

City guides, news and reviews for those who spend most of their working life in the air.

SeatGuru

Aircraft seating plans, showing you the prime seats, the possible annoyances and seats you should do your very best to avoid.

Airline Meals

A consumer guide to what you can expect aboard. There are news and features from the airline catering world, but the best part is a gallery of photos of on-board meals sent in by passengers and listed by airline.

World Hum

Travel writing with a twist. Click on the destination you have in mind and be prepared to be inspired.

Often devastatingly honest reviews of airlines, airports, seats and lounges from customers and crew.

Powerful airline price-comparison site. Scans hundreds of agents and airlines across the world for the best deal to your destination. Good graphical interface so you can see if there’s a cheaper fare the day before or after.

TravelZoo

Good source of special offers and last-minute deals. Sign up for the weekly newsletter of Top 20 bargains on the net.

MapDango

Excellent one-stop reference site bringing together travel information, weather, photographs, events and news for locations around the world.

Low Carbon Travel Adventures

Fun, new and full of information for travelling in an environmentally less-destructive way, from sailing on a cargo ship to cycling through Serbia.

Sustrans

The home of the UK’s leading green transport charity. Excellent for tips and features and a superb database of cycle routes throughout the UK.

Door to Door

Excellent, if dully designed, UK government guide to domestic and foreign travel for disabled people. Plenty of information on the practicalities for travel and links to good specialist services and operators.

Couchsurfing

Find-a-sofa, make-new-friends site for travellers who would like to meet the locals. Originally a way of bagging a couch for the night, has expanded into a social networking site where people are just as happy to meet up for a beer and tour of the city. Predominantly younger users but independently minded oldies are starting to sign up too.





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In Jerusalem, spend time in Old City of Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter, home of the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock. On a walking tour, you can see so many biblical sites, including the Rock of Agony, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, the Stations of the Cross and Jesus’ crucifixion site, where now the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is found. Two museums in Jerusalem are highly recommended: the Israel Museum with the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem.

A visit to the Dead Sea is the highlight of any Israel vacation. An inland lake, lying more than 1,000 feet below sea level, it has more minerals and salt than any other body of water in the world. Soak in the salty water, feel the unusual buoyancy and benefit from its rejuvenating properties. An interesting cultural opportunity on many Israel tours is a visit to a kibbutz, a collective community where people live, work and raise families communally.





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Israel Travel Guide

Israel has always been an alluring destination. From biblical times to present day, this slice of holy land in the Eastern Mediterranean has long attracted visitors. It has attracted turmoil, too, and Israel remains a politically sensitive country. Nevertheless, its appeal for visitors is enormous and the day-to-day issues facing residents have little effect on those coming to appreciate its astounding historic relics, impressive religious sites and exquisite natural beauty.

Home to the Mount of Olives, the Sea of Galilee and the ancient port of Jaffa, it s hard to go anywhere in Israel without stumbling upon a place of religious significance. None, though, compare to the holy city of Jerusalem. Sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians, this ancient metropolis is claimed by both Israel and Palestine and its status remains one of the core issues of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

Jerusalem’s stunning skline belies the ugly political landscape, with its beautiful bell towers, striking minarets and the golden dome of the Al Aqsa Mosque. Split into Arabic, Jewish and Christian quarters, this cultural melting pot translates into a sumptuous culinary scene, as well as a feast for the eyes.

Tel Aviv is a different story. Israel s commercial and political heart is a city of glistening skyscrapers, thronging streets and sandy beaches; of contemporary art galleries, excellent restaurants and hedonistic inhabitants. Quite a contrast, then, to neighbouring Jaffa, an historic port city of sprawling markets, cobbled docks and crumbling city walls. This juxtaposition of old and new is typical in Israel, where ancient cities like Nazareth and Akko exist alongside modern metropolises such as Haifa and Eilat.

Israel s landscapes are equally diverse. Mountains, deserts and fertile valleys can all be found in this slither of the Middle East. while the Dead Sea, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean coastlines offer everything from unique geological spectacles to seaside holiday resorts.

If you can read beyond the headlines and see past the politics, in Israel you will find a beautiful and beguiling nation quite unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 30 November 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. ‘We’ refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice .

This travel advice covers Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

You should keep up to date with local travel advice via local news outlets and international outlets like the Access Coordination Unit

Gaza

The FCO advise against all travel to Gaza (including the waters off Gaza).

You should not approach the perimeter fence surrounding the Gaza Strip.

The FCO is not able to support individuals applying for entry or exit permits for Gaza. If you decide to visit Gaza against FCO advice, you will need to contact the relevant Israeli authorities well in advance. If your entry to Gaza is via the Rafah crossing, you will need to contact the relevant Egyptian authorities in advance. The FCO is no longer able to provide administrative support for UK charities wishing to enter Gaza via the Rafah crossing.

The Rafah border with Egypt regularly closes with no warning and for long periods of time. At these times it may be impossible to enter or leave Gaza. The FCO can no longer offer routine consular assistance in Gaza. If you travel to Gaza you should review your security arrangements regularly and make sure you know what to do if you hear a warning siren.

The FCO recognise the need for major international organisations to carry out humanitarian and reconstruction work and to engage in independent reporting and verification of the situation on the ground in Gaza. Medical and other essential specialist staff should co-ordinate their entry to and exit from Gaza with those organisations.

Don t attempt to enter Gaza by sea, including via a flotilla. The Israeli Navy routinely patrol the area and have made clear that they will prevent any vessels attempting to breach the restrictions. You will be detained and deported, and your electronic equipment is likely to be confiscated. The FCO does not believe that humanitarian supplies should be delivered in this way. Anyone wishing to send humanitarian assistance or other goods to Gaza should do so through established channels.

In 2010 Israeli forces boarded a ship bound for Gaza. Nine foreign nationals were killed and many more injured.

Occupied Golan Heights

The FCO advise against all travel to the east of Route 98 along the Syrian border.

Rocket attacks and sporadic gunfire have occurred in northern Israel without warning since 2012. On 27 August 2014 the Israeli authorities closed parts of Route 98 (from Bar on intersection to Alonei Habashan) due to the increase in fighting on the Syrian side of the border, especially by the Quneitra border crossing, which has been seized by Syrian rebel groups. If you re travelling in the area, follow advice from local law enforcement.

West Bank

The situation in the West Bank is tense.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to: 10km either side of Route 60 between Gush Etzion and Al Fawwar (including all of Hebron).

The Israeli authorities sometimes restrict movement in and out of the West Bank, either on Jewish High Holidays or as a result of a security incident. This doesn t normally affect foreign nationals, but would affect dual Palestinian-British nationals. Road closures can occur with little notice. You should keep up to date with local travel updates.

Travel in and out of the West Bank is not possible without passing through at least one Israeli military checkpoint. You will need a passport and immigration slip to go through these checkpoints.

The cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah and Jericho see large numbers of tourists including on organised tours and there have been no recent reports of any serious incidents involving foreigners. However, you should take care when travelling anywhere in the West Bank. Demonstrations and violent incidents can occur without warning particularly in areas close to refugee camps across the West Bank and in the cities of Jenin, Nablus and Hebron. You should avoid all demonstrations or large gatherings, including student protests.

Israelis living in the illegal settlements in the West Bank occasionally organise demonstrations in the West Bank which sometimes turn violent. Take particular care if you are near any of these settlements, including those in the hills around Nablus and in the South Hebron hills. There is a closed military zone in the H2 area of Hebron (around Ash-Shuhada Street and the Ibrahimi Mosque/Tomb of the Patriarchs), where there is a risk of a hostile reaction from members of extremist groups.

There are also regular demonstrations against the route of the separation barrier in various locations including the villages of Bil in, Ni lin, Nabi Saleh, Jayyous, and Al Mas ara. These frequently turn violent. It is extremely dangerous to attend these demonstrations.

Due to restrictions on travel, the ability of the FCO to provide consular assistance in the West Bank may be limited.

Jerusalem

Be vigilant when travelling anywhere in Jerusalem. The situation in East Jerusalem can be tense.

There are frequent demonstrations in many of the areas of the city visited by tourists including in and around the Old City, especially after Friday prayers. Some of these protests have led to violent clashes. Stay alert at all times in the Old City and leave the area if there is evidence of tension or unrest (for example if the shops in the souks suddenly begin to close their shutters). Isolated street protests and demonstrations can also occur in East Jerusalem.

Crime

Most visits to Israel and the OPTs are trouble-free, but the theft of passports, credit cards, and valuables from public beaches is common. Keep your personal belongings in a safe place.

Crime is generally not a problem in Israel and the OPTs, but you should take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

Passport security

A Serious Organised Crime Agency investigation into the misuse of UK passports in the murder of Mahmud al-Mabhuh in Dubai in January 2010 found circumstantial evidence of Israeli involvement in the fraudulent use of British passports. This has raised the possibility that your passport details could be captured for improper uses while your passport is out of your control. The risk applies in particular to passports without biometric security features. Only hand your passport over to others (including Israeli officials) when absolutely necessary.

Road travel

Driving is erratic and there are frequent accidents. Radar speed traps operate on roads within Israel, and fines for speeding are high.

If you intend to drive in the West Bank, check that you are insured before setting out. It may be easier to arrange West Bank insurance at a hire company in East Jerusalem than from the major hire car companies in Israel.

It isn t safe to hitchhike in Israel.

If you re travelling to the desert, go with others, take a supply of water and a mobile phone, and let someone know your itinerary and expected time of return.





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Italy

Places

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Venice Romantic island city, powerful in medieval times; famous for St. Mark s Basilica, the Grand Canal, and singing gondoliers.

▲▲▲ Cinque Terre Five idyllic Riviera hamlets along a rugged coastline (and part of a national park), connected by scenic hiking trails and dotted with beaches.

▲▲▲ Florence The cradle of the Renaissance, with the world-class Uffizi Gallery, Brunelleschi s dome-topped Duomo, Michelangelo s David, and Italy s best gelato.

▲▲▲ Siena Florence s smaller and (some say) more appealing rival, with its grand Il Campo square and striking striped cathedral.

▲▲▲ Rome Italy s capital, the Eternal City, studded with Roman remnants (Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon), romantic floodlit-fountain squares, and the Vatican home to one of Italy s top museums and the Sistine Chapel.

▲▲ Milan Powerhouse city of commerce and fashion, with the prestigious La Scala opera house, Leonardo s The Last Supper, and three airports.

▲▲ Heart of Tuscany Picturesque, wine-soaked villages of Italy s heartland, including mellow Montepulciano, Renaissance Pienza, and Brunello-fueled Montalcino.

▲▲ Assisi St. Francis hometown, perched on a hillside, with a divinely Giotto-decorated basilica.

▲▲ Orvieto and Civita More hill-town adventures, featuring Orvieto s classic views and ornate cathedral plus the adorable pocket-sized village of Civita di Bagnoregio.

▲▲ Naples Gritty, in-love-with-life port city featuring vibrant street life and a top archaeological museum.

Near Venice Several interesting towns: Padua (with Giotto s gloriously frescoed Scrovegni Chapel), Verona (Roman amphitheater plus Romeo and Juliet sights), and Ravenna (top Byzantine mosaics).

The Dolomites Italy s rugged rooftop with a Germanic flair, featuring Bolzano (home of tzi the Iceman), Castelrotto (charming village), and Alpe di Siusi (alpine meadows laced with lifts and hiking trails).

The Lakes Two relaxing lakes, each with low-key resort towns and a mountainous backdrop: Lake Como, with quaint Varenna and upscale Bellagio; and Lake Maggiore, with straightforward Stresa, manicured islands, and elegant villas.

Pisa and Lucca Two classic towns: Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower and surrounding Field of Miracles, and Lucca, with a charming walled old center.

Volterra and San Gimignano Two hill towns in north Tuscany: vibrant, refreshing Volterra and multi-towered, touristy San Gimignano.

Pompeii and Nearby Famous ruins of the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, stopped in their tracks by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Sorrento and Capri The seaside resort port of Sorrento, and a short cruise away, the jet-set island getaway of Capri, with its Blue Grotto.

Amalfi Coast and Paestum String of seafront villages including hilly Positano and workaday Amalfi tied together by a scenic mountainous coastal road, plus nearby Paestum, with its well-preserved ancient Greek temples.

Riviera Towns near the Cinque Terre More Italian Riviera fun, including the beach towns of Levanto, Sestri Levante, the larger Santa Margherita Ligure, and trendier Portofino nearby, and to the south, resorty Portovenere and workaday La Spezia (transportation hub).





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Fascinating cultural traditions, magnificent natural beauty and cosmopolitan cities await you on a Japan tour. From its temples, shrines and gardens, to its soaring mountain peaks and from its rural landscapes to its traditional sumo tournaments and outdoor markets, Japan is enchanting.

Kyoto was Japan’s capital for 1,000 years, so visitors can learn so much about Japan’s history and culture here. Japan tours often include a visit to Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the official residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Imperial Palace, home to the Imperial family until 1868. Twelve hundred years of history come to life in the Museum of Kyoto, complete with architectural models, holograms and changing exhibitions of arts and crafts. To learn more about the Japanese traditional performing arts, such as flower arranging and puppet performances, visit Gion Corner in the heart of the famed geisha district. Ryoanji Temple, in northeast Kyoto near the Golden Pavilion, is Japan’s most famous Zen rock garden.

No matter where your Japan vacation takes you, you will have the opportunity to sample traditional Japanese cuisine, from simple bento-box lunches and savory noodles to sashimi and tempura.





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Latest update: Summary removal of information and advice for Manchester City fans travelling to Turin for the match against Juventus on 25 November

Over 2.5 million British nationals visit Italy every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Demonstrations may occur with little or no warning in cities, including Milan which is hosting the Milan Expo until October 2015. You should avoid any protests, political gatherings, or marches.

If you are visiting a ski resort you should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and  familiarise yourself with local skiing laws and regulations. See Winter Sports

If you’re planning to visit Rome for the Holy Year of Mercy (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016) see this information and advice issued by the British Embassy in Rome.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.





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U.S. Relations With Italy

More information about Italy is available on the Italy Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-ITALY RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Italy in 1861 following the unification of most of the peninsula into one state. In 1941, Italy — with the other World War II Axis powers Germany and Japan — declared war on the United States. U.S. relations with Italy were reestablished in 1944. Today, the United States and Italy enjoy warm and friendly relations.

Italy is a steadfast and active transatlantic partner, and the U.S. and Italy have sought to foster democratic ideals and international cooperation, especially in areas of strife and civil conflict. The U.S.-Italy partnership is one of our strongest, as Italy is a leader in peacekeeping and military operations around the world. Italy has also worked closely with the United States and others in combating drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism. Over the past year, Italy has been an early and active partner in the fights against ISIL and Ebola.

This year, Italy will host Milan Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, a world fair that will examine the challenges of feeding nine billion people by 2050. The U.S. participation in the Expo will be centered around a 40,000 square-foot USA Pavilion designed around the theme American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet. The Expo is an important opportunity to explore and discuss international issues such as sustainable development, climate change, transatlantic trade, biotechnology, and tourism as well as a dynamic platform for showcasing American innovation and our rich culinary traditions.

U.S. Assistance to Italy

The United States provides no development assistance to Italy.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States and Italy cooperate closely on major economic issues, including within the G-8. The United States is one of Italy s most important trade partners, with two-way trade in 2014 totaling $59 billion. As a member of the European Union (EU), Italy is bound by EU treaties and laws, including those directly governing or indirectly impacting business investments. Under both the EU treaty s Right of Establishment, and the Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty with the United States, Italy is generally obliged to provide national treatment to U.S. investors established in Italy or in another EU member state. The two countries have enacted an income tax agreement to prevent double taxation.

Italy s Membership in International Organizations

Italy and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, G-20, G-8, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Italy also is an observer to the Organization of American States.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Italy is John R. Phillips ; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department s Key Officers List .

Italy maintains an embassy in the United States at 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-612-4400).

More information about Italy is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:





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Our trips offer luxury, but this is not what sets them apart. They are remembered for their dedication to authenticity and intimacy – Sip wine in the orchards of Tuscany under the shade of an olive tree, while listening to the melodious chatter of the locals. Learn about the grand history and culture of Italy by following in the footsteps of legends such as Caesar, Michelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci. This is True Italy. a uniquely intimate opportunity to discover the unspoiled treasures of Italy.

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Jamaica Travel Tips

For such a tiny island, Jamaica has left an indelible mark. Each year millions of travelers from around the globe rank this island destination on the top of their bucket list, curious to uncover firsthand what makes the island nation so great. Whether you re in search of a relaxing beach retreat, celebrating your recent nuptials or seeking adventure, these Jamaica travel tips will help ensure you have an irie time.

Arrive in Style

Regardless of airport, airline or class flown, start your Jamaican vacation in style with VIP Attractions arrival meet-and-greet services. Club Mobay (or Club Kingston ) staff welcomes you at your gate, where you are then expedited through customs and immigration. Luggage assistance and lounge access is provided while awaiting your transportation. It s the perfect option for families with small children, seniors needing assistance, unaccompanied minors, wedding parties or anyone looking to save time, especially during travel s high season.

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Where to Stay

One of the first destinations to introduce all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica boasts an abundance of these big-box accommodations along the North Coast s hot spots. If you prefer a more private, secluded or unique lodging experience, consider one of Jamaica s villa communities or boutique hotels.

Hermosa Cove : These Caribbean-style boutique villas were built on a 12-acre property once visited by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Just 5 minutes from the Ocho Rios city center, villa proprietors Clayton and Deb Korver have created a secluded retreat that seamlessly integrates the local community into the villa experience. Trident Hotel: The newest addition to the Geejam Collection, the 13-villa Trident Hotel channels Port Antonio s 1960 s jet-setting prime. Just minutes from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, this boutique hotel is home to Mike’s Supper Club. a plush cabaret lounge overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Tryall Club : Once a sugar plantation, this now Green Globe-certified country club and private villa resort community is the perfect getaway for tennis and golf aficionados and the discerning leisure traveler.

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Eat Local

There s more to Jamaican food than jerk chicken. In fact, Jamaica s flavorful cuisine boasts a mixture of influences from Spain, Britain, India, China, Africa and its indigenous peoples. So put down the hamburgers, say no to pizza and fries, and give one of these local hot spots a try:

Jamaica Epicurean Escape : This annual 2-day food festival celebrates excellence in Jamaican food with a side of live music and cultural exhibits and performances. Top chefs, restaurateurs and bartenders from across the island (and abroad) offer tastings and cooking demonstrations of Jamaican favorites and unique culinary creations.

Jamaica Culinary Tours : In collaboration with Falmouth Heritage Walks, Jamaica Culinary Tours offers a walking food tour amid the backdrop of the city s Georgian architecture. Less than 3 hours in duration, it s a perfect shore excursion for cruisers arriving at this port.

689 by Brian Lumley : If your travels lead you to Kingston, make reservations at this gourmet Caribbean and fusion restaurant inspired by the 2013 Jamaica and Caribbean Chef of the Year, Brian Lumley.

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Meet the People

One of Jamaica s most prized possessions is its warm and welcoming people. To better facilitate cultural exchange between tourists and Jamaicans, the Jamaica Tourist Board created the Meet the People Program. In operation since 1968, this initiative matches individuals and families visiting the island with local ambassadors based on your interests, hobbies or profession. Your experience can range from a home-cooked dinner at your ambassador s home to hiking in the Blue Mountains; it s totally up to you.

The Meet the People Program is truly a unique Jamaican experience that offers direct insight into the culture of the people. Signup is available online prior to your departure or upon arrival via your hotel s concierge.

Saying Goodbye

The hardest part of any trip to Jamaica is leaving. Thankfully VIP Attractions has made goodbyes a little easier with their VIP departure services. Similar to arrival, you re offered fast track through immigration and security and lounge access that includes complimentary Wi-Fi, food and beverages, and even a sound-proof playroom for kids. Need to relax and unwind? Shower facilities and spa services are also available minutes before takeoff.





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Japan on a Budget, Tips for Cheap Travel! Japan Travel Mate

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Japan on a Budget, Tips for Cheap Travel!

Here s a non-exhaustive collection of ideas for travelling Japan without spending a lot of money. These ideas for cheap travel are somewhat random, and unordered, but take a look and you ll be sure to pick up a tip or two to save money on your Japan holiday.

Things To Do In Japan

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Travel in off-peak times

Now this doesn t mean you will be missing the good weather. Peak times in Japan are during the major national holidays and the school holidays.

The best time is April. This is spring in Japan and students are at school, the cherry blossoms are blooming and the weather is great. September and October are good times also, it is autumn in Japan and everyone is back to school and work.

Around the end of April and beginning of May is Golden Week in Japan. 4 national holidays over a week, prices for accommodation go up and shinkansens are booked solid best to avoid this time!

Mid-July and all of August are summer holidays in Japan. which means peak domestic travel and hence, high prices on just about everything. It is easily the busiest time of year and also the hottest.

Japan Rail Pass

When people tell me they re going to visit Japan, the first thing I ask them is have you bought your Japan Rail Pass yet?

The JR Pass is available to anyone on a tourist (Temporary Visitor) visa and gives you unlimited travel on all Japan Rail buses, trains and shinkansen (bullet trains) the only exception is you can t travel on the fastest express services.

The Japan Rail Pass just flash this pass at the ticket gates and stroll on through

At first glance, the pass may seem expensive. Last time I travelled to Japan on a tourist visa I paid about $600 AUD for a 3 week JR Pass. Consider this example: a return trip on the shinkansen (bullet train) from Nagoya to Okayama is normally about 24,000 yen (about $300 AUD). Osaka to Tokyo is much further and more expensive. I did about 6 of these trips during a 3 week stay, so I saved about $1000 AUD and saw a lot of the country.

7, 14 or 21 day passes are available and conditions are you must be travelling on a tourist visa and you have to purchase the JR Pass before you enter Japan. Check costs and buy a JR Pass online .

Cheap shinkansen travel

If you can t get a JR Pass, but you don t want to take the bus, there are cheaper options for the shinkansen. You can buy an unreserved seat, which means a seat is not guaranteed. People tend to sit in the carriage vestibules and there is nothing wrong with that. Being a super fast train, you re not in for a long journey! But if you travel in off-peak times, and during the day (i.e. not the morning or evening when shinkansen is used for work travel) then you ll get a cheaper ticket AND a seat.

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From sublime vistas of snowcapped volcanoes to some of the globe’s most utterly modern cities, this island country offers a whole universe of exploration!

Japan’s a fascinating destination, defined by a venerable culture that’s elegantly sophisticated and yet also genuinely warmhearted and fun-loving. Explore ancient landmarks and some of the most technologized entertainment hubs you’ve ever seen in Japan’s great cities, which include Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. Take in Tokyo’s colossal cityscape from the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and enjoy a clear-day view of Mount Fuji, one of the most recognizable (and revered) summits on Earth. Among Kyoto’s incomparable heritage sites, explore Japan’s immensely rich spiritual traditions at landmarks such as the Saiho-ji Zen temple and the Shinto shrine of Kamigamo. Relish the country’s cherished blooms of cherry blossoms, celebrated in art and culture for centuries. Meanwhile, start a lifelong investigation of Japanese cuisine—among the world’s most refined—in Osaka’s spirited Dotonbori district, a great place for ramen, sushi, udon, and other delectable specialties.

Culture

Japan has a strong arts tradition. During the years known as the Edo period, the Japanese developed a style of wood block printing known as ukiyo-e. Prints by the artist Hiroshige have become iconic of this style and continue to be popular in museum exhibits today. The roots of origami date back centuries. Origami is a fascinating art whereby paper is folded into animals, flowers and other objects.

The Japanese love of nature can be seen in the arts of bonsai and ikebana. Bonsai practitioners take young trees, typically pine, and through careful pruning and fertilizing create miniature trees. Developed in the 16th century, ikebana is the practice of arranging flowers in an artistically pleasing and harmonious way.

A Japanese form of theatre, known as Kabuki, developed in the Edo period. Visitors to Japan who are able to attend a performance will enjoy the traditional rotating stage as well as the footbridge, or hanamichi, which extends into the audience making attendees feel like part of the action. In a Kabuki play, all the actors are men, some of whom play the female roles, and the plays are typically about historical events or love relationships. Another event that visitors to the country will find interesting is the Japanese tea ceremony, which is a highly ritualized practice of preparing and drinking tea.

When foreigners think of Japanese sports, sumo wrestling is one of the traditional sports that instantly spring to mind. This national sport originated in ancient times as a performance for the Shinto gods. In this unique style of wrestling two competitors fight within a 15 foot circle. The match is lost when one competitor goes outside the ring, or if any part of his body, other than the soles of the feet, touches the ground. Both sumo bouts and training are highly ritualized and fighters wear the mawashi, a type of belt made of silk. The other type of sport that people think of when they think about Japan is the martial arts which include karate, judo, kendo and more. Most of these are focused on technique over power and disciplined training is a hallmark of them.

Baseball is likely the most popular sport in Japan today; it was introduced to Japan by the United States around the 1870’s. There are two professional leagues in Japan, and many players have had success outside the country playing for American baseball clubs.

Food and Drink

Early in its history Japan developed rice agriculture and rice remains a central part of Japanese cuisine today. Popular dishes with rice include domburi and curry rice (kare raisu). Rice not only plays a role in many Japanese entrees, but it serves as an ingredient in rice crackers, rice cakes and even rice wine.

While rice is an integral part of the food culture in Japan, noodle dishes are very common too, the most common being udon, soba or ramen. Udon noodles are made from wheat flour and are boiled in a broth with ingredients added as toppings. In contrast, soba noodles are made from buckwheat, and are thinner and darker and typically served cold. Usually, soba is eaten with sliced green onions and a dipping sauce and often other toppings. Finally, ramen are thin egg noodles served hot in a flavored broth.

Tofu, derived from soybeans, is a popular protein. Often fried, it is also regularly added to soups, such as Miso, a typical Japanese broth soup, which might be served at any of the three mealtimes. Japanese food is overall a very healthy diet which doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on meat, though dishes like grilled chicken, yakitori, and deep fried pork cutlets, tonkatsu, developed in the late 19th century.





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From glitzy modern hotels to the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions –

No matter how long you intend to stay in Dubai there is a plethora unique tours, amazing attractions, superb restaurants and eateries, and mega shopping malls all waiting to be discovered!





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Audley Travel Careers Vacancies

Welcome to our careers website

It’s always really useful to get a feel for a company before you hit send to submit a job application. What can you expect from the role you re applying for, what s the company’s culture and how about employee benefits and personal development?

That s exactly why we made this website, to give you a better understanding of what you can expect from us should you be successful in joining Audley.

Where you can work for us

We ve UK offices in Witney. Oxfordshire, and Shepherd’s Bush, London. and a US office in Boston. We re looking for people to join our team at all our offices.

Awards we’ve won

We’re proud holders of a number of recent awards, including Best Tour Operator in the latest Telegraph Travel Awards, as voted by their readers.

We came joint top in the June 2014 Which? Holiday Companies survey and have also won awards in the Wanderlust Readers Travel Awards, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Cond Nast Traveller and the Guardian and Observer in recent years.

Find out what we’ve been up to on our blog





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Laos

Travellers come to Laos to experience the rolling mountains, remote villages, tribal crafts and the magic of the Mekong. They leave with so much more: irreplaceable memories of smiling locals, saffron-robed monks receiving alms and markets awash with fresh produce. For those searching for authentic Asia, Laos doesn’t disappoint.

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Eating and drinking

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways of experiencing a country is by eating! Whether you re sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Things to try in Laos

This spicy meat salad is considered the national dish of Lao. The delicious combination of minced beef, chicken or pork seasoned with chilli, lime and mint, served with vegetables and sticky rice is a firm favourite with locals and travellers.

2. Khao Poon

This popular soup of meat, rice noodles, lime leaves, chilli, garlic and fish sauce has a few variations. The version made with coconut milk makes the dish similar to a laksa, while the version without coconut milk is a lighter option.

The markets of Laos have a cornucopia of delicious fruits on offer, either fresh or whipped up in a juice. Pineapple, orange, watermelon, guava and banana are plentiful but why not try more exotic fruits like lychee, longan, rambutan or jackfruit?

4. Beerlao

The answer to Laos’ heat and humidity is a bottle of locally brewed Beerlao, best served cold at the end of a long day of exploring.





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Las Vegas Travel Tips

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Keep in Mind.

  • Prepare for desert weather Vegas can get extremely hot during the day, but nighttime breezes (and casinos’ air conditioning) can be pretty chilly. Be sure to bring a jacket.
  • The house always wins No matter how well your winning streak is going, it’s bound to come to an end at some point. Remain both optimistic and realistic.
  • Bring the kids Before you scoff at the thought of a family trip to Vegas, bear in mind that many of the casinos have kid-friendly attractions (like aquariums ).

Sin City, America’s Playground, the Entertainment Capital of the World. all worthy names for this Nevada hotspot. Think of Vegas as a theme park rather than a city it can awe as much as it can overwhelm, and that’s part of the appeal. This is a city where inhibitions are not welcome: Every night, Las Vegas draws pleasuremongers to the brightly lit Strip like moths to a flame. While you may not want to go as far as to re-enact “The Hangover,” you certainly don’t want to leave without experiencing a bit of “Viva Las Vegas.” Just remember: What happens here, stays here.

But gone are the days when Sin City appealed only to bachelors and brutes. Today, Las Vegas as a destination is just as malleable as it is ostentatious in that you can mold it into any type of vacation you like. You can opt for the traditional high-roller getaway complete with all-nighters at the blackjack table or PURE Nightclub. Or you can take a different approach to Sin City and indulge in its luxury spas, high-end shopping and gourmet restaurants. Las Vegas also makes a great jumping-off point for outdoor activities, such as hiking in Red Rock Canyon or visiting the Hoover Dam. And though you may not believe it, this city even has attractions for kids: Underage travelers will get a kick out of a Cirque du Soleil performance, the Bellagio Fountain show and the Neon Museum .

How To Save Money in Las Vegas

  • Do your research There’s no shortage of online deals on flights and hotel rooms, so be diligent about making travel plans and save the spontaneity for after you’ve checked in.
  • Ditch the car Traffic on the Strip can be mind-boggling; you’ll be better off relying on public transportation and your own two feet. Note: If you’re cabbing into the city from the airport, make sure to tell your driver to take Swenson Street it’s cheaper than using the airport tunnel.
  • Cut yourself off Winning feels amazing, but there comes a point when the tables start to turn. Decide how much you’re willing to spend at the casinos before you arrive in Vegas, and make sure to stop yourself before Lady Luck robs you blind.

Las Vegas Culture Customs

People tend to visit Las Vegas to release their inhibitions, win (or, most likely, lose) their money and sample the carefree life. It’s a place for escapists, promising to keep your vacation secrets (remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas). Be prepared for nonstop entertainment and pure, American-style debauchery.

But that doesn’t mean you can go buck-wild and get away with it. Hotels. casinos, restaurants and clubs will expect you to behave appropriately, and those who don’t follow the rules won’t be let off easy. If you’re smart and exercise common sense, your stay in Las Vegas should remain safe and enjoyable. As far as safety is concerned, you should take some extra precautions when on the Strip or in a casino. Cash and alcohol run wild, often placing travelers in compromising situations. Don’t overindulge in alcohol, and keep your winnings to yourself to avoid attracting unwanted attention. When on the Strip, never walk alone in the evenings, be mindful of the busy road and follow all street signals and applicable laws.

You should also note that many establishments (including high-end restaurants and nightclubs) enforce dress codes that may require you to wear semi-formal attire. Be sure to check before you plan your outfit for the evening.

Believe it or not, there is more to this town than bustling casino floors and questionable decision-making: Las Vegas caters to a wide variety of travel types with its host of fine dining establishments, world-renowned entertainment and even family-friendly activities. While you’re here, take some time away from the casino floor to get to know the other sides of America’s Playground learn about its history at the Neon Museum. enjoy its surroundings at Red Rock Canyon or try a different type of play at the casinos’ aquariums, zoos and amusement parks.

Las Vegas Dining

One thing’s for sure: There’s no shortage of choices in Las Vegas when it comes to finding something to eat. You’ll find everything from high-end French fare to budget-friendly burgers jockeying for your taste buds’ approval. The celebrity chef craze hit Las Vegas by storm, with some of the world’s most famous chefs including Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse establishing kitchens in Sin City. As a result, the city boasts some of the best dining in the United States; according to the tourism board. Las Vegas is “the biggest thing to happen to food since salt.” What’s more, Las Vegas boasts more master sommeliers than Los Angeles and New York City combined, ensuring that whatever meal you choose will be paired with the perfect libation.

Many of the big-name restaurants along the Strip come attached to high price tags, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well here. Sin City caters to foodies of all budgets with restaurants offering menu items at a variety of prices. This city is also king of the all-you-can-eat buffet, with food lines featuring everything from pizza and Chinese to crab legs and gluten-free cuisine. Try the Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan for a culinary tour of Asia, or head to the buffet at the Bellagio for evening caviar service. Whatever you’re craving, you’re sure to find it at one of the buffets along the Strip, so come hungry.





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Las Vegas Travel Guide

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Forget, for a moment, about all the money you could win (or lose) at the casinos in Las Vegas, or the serious coin that can be dropped in the high-end shops, celebrity-chef eateries, and penthouse suites along the Strip. The primary industry of Las Vegas is sensory overload. When you travel to Las Vegas, the lights, the sounds, and the exotic parade of people, all coming to soak up the vibes of legendary Sin City, are a feast all their own. But this desert city, which blossomed with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, also has plenty of history (here, Elvis impersonators also count as history) as well as bargains, especially if you wander off the Strip and into the Fremont Street Experience in the old downtown.

Things Not To Miss in Las Vegas

• Taking in a show, such as the ongoing selection of Cirque de Soleil productions

• Visiting the Bellagio Fountains

• Walking the Strip

• Trying one of the buffets, which range from cheap eats to high-end feasts

• Checking out the Fremont Street Experience

When To Go to Las Vegas

Some would say that the best time to visit Las Vegas is whenever you have the most money to lose. Short of that, weather is not usually an issue for Las Vegas travel – after all, many people spend most of their time inside windowless casinos.

Winter is a great time to visit Las Vegas for mild weather (though the nights get chilly) and the fewest crowds. Summer gets hot, with highs of over 100 degrees during the day, but it’s a dry heat. Plus, if you want to take part in the hotels’ pool scenes, you’ll want to come during summer, as some of the big pools at least partially close from late fall until spring.

DON’T MISS

A free look at the city’s secret masterpiece: walk into the Tower Suite VIP check-in room at the Wynn Las Vegas to see one of only four Rembrandt self-portraits in a private collection in the world. Self Portrait with Shaded Eyes was painted in 1634, when the artist was 28.

Getting a treatment at Qua, the new spa at Caesars Palace. Its 50,000 square feet of Roman baths—including a caldarium, tepidarium, and frigidarium—are designed for those who take their luxuriating seriously. Be sure to visit the Arctic Ice Room: push a button and it snows.

Sure, the Bellagio fountains have been hyped to death. But experiencing the dancing displays of water, choreographed to “Luck Be a Lady” and “Hey, Big Spender,” are actually worth a few jostling elbows.





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With its neon flashin’ and one-armed bandits crashin’, this bright light city is bound to set your soul on fire. Gambling. Glitter. Sexy entertainment. Gourmet restaurants. Swanky shops. Nightclubs galore. It’s all here in a 24/7 desert bacchanalia that on occasion makes Dionysus and his pals come off like amateurs. And when the tumblin’ dice reward you with stacks of chips that are oh so nice, you’ll sing Viva Las Vegas!

Vegas is constantly reinventing itself, discarding the old and donning the new. The King swivel-hipped his way out of the building long ago, of course. Liberace is gone. So are Siegfried Roy. And the storied casinos of Sin City’s ’60s and ’70s heyday have been dropping like flies lately. The latest casualty is the Riviera hotel, a favorite haunt of the Rat Pack and a filming location for movies ranging from the original “Ocean’s 11” to Martin Scorsese’s “Casino.” After a 60-year run the hotel closed its doors for good in 2015 to make way for a future expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Prior to “The Riv” biting the dust a different approach was taken with the legendary Sahara hotel, shuttered in 2011. Instead of a date with dynamite, the old girl’s bones were dolled-up and reanimated as the glitzy SLS Las Vegas resort. Unlike the 1990s when old casinos were being demolished left and right, remodeling and repurposing make financial sense in today’s tough economy.

Witness the gentrification of downtown’s Fremont East District. Less than 10 years ago the sketchy corner of Fremont and 6th streets was no man’s land, frequented only by the most dedicated of budget gamblers playing at the vintage El Cortez casino. Nowadays the intersection is crammed with old buildings-turned-nightspots. Steps away, hipster-geared shops and eateries inhabit the metal, cargo-shipping bins of the Downtown Container Park. UNLV college students and adventurous tourists have largely replaced the shady-looking street urchins who once plagued the area.

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Though increasingly hard to find, the gloriously gaudy legacy of Vegas’ golden years lives on. Stroll down the famed Strip and behold the finely aged Vegas cheese that is Caesars Palace. Hungry for more? Sit down to an old-school Italian dinner at a restaurant like Piero’s or Battista’s Hole in The Wall. On the flip side, the Cosmopolitan hotel, which opened in 2010 and eschews the vintage, tacky-fabulous aesthetic in favor of contemporary swank, is the place to see packs of celebutante wannabes strutting through the casino in bejeweled Manolo Blahniks.

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What else is new? For starters, there’s the High Roller observation wheel. The world’s tallest Ferris wheel, it soars 550 feet into the Vegas sky and anchors the rear of the Strip’s LINQ shopping/entertainment promenade. Next door, the ghastly old Imperial Palace property has been gussied up and turned into The LINQ resort. The Westgate Las Vegas resort (for decades known as the Hilton), in the midst of a top-to-bottom makeover, opened an impressive new Elvis Presley museum in 2015.

On the not-so-distant horizon? Continuing to take shape between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the Park is an outdoor shopping/dining/entertainment plaza that’s slated to open in April 2016. Its centerpiece will be a new 20,000-seat indoor concert and sports venue.

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It’s fantastically over the top, this town. Imagine seeing the Statue of Liberty, a lava-spewing volcano, a sphinx, drive-through wedding chapels, Canadian acrobats, gaggles of wild-eyed gamblers and mountains of all-you-can-eat shrimp on one street. That’s Vegas, baby. But don’t stop at the Strip. Make a date with Lady Luck and meet her downtown on Fremont Street for a taste of the original 24-Hour Town.

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As for the finer things in life, there’s no shortage of AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the video poker machine, there are outstanding museums, thrill rides and natural wonders to experience as well. Pace yourself. And remember that whatever happens here, stays here.

In Depth

Buy the ticket. Take the ride. These words of wisdom are courtesy of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who came to Las Vegas in search of the American Dream. Welcome to a place where sensory stimulation trumps a meaningful travel experience and a royal flush beats all. Like the four dudes in the raunchy comedy The Hangover, you’re here to have fun, plain and simple. And don’t try to analyze it because there simply is no rational explanation for a faux pyramid visible from outer space.

Over-the-top eye candy is Vegas’ stock in trade. The world-famous Strip, a mere 4-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, is a glittery make-believe mini universe replete with a replica Brooklyn Bridge, dancing Italian fountains, a lava-spewing volcano and an Arthurian castle.

Colorful enough by day, the Strip becomes a phantasmagoria of blazing neon and LED signage once the sun goes down. A constant cross-section of humanity shuffles up and down the sidewalks, wandering (and often stumbling) in and out of casinos where dice tumble and wheels ‘n reels spin to a soundtrack of joyous victory shouts, gone-bust groans and a background cacophony of slot machine beeps, blips and pings.

Although children and non-gamblers will find plenty of fun, it is the over-21 visitor preferably with money to burn at the blackjack table Vegas seeks to attract. The City Without Clocks tends to throw the body’s natural rhythms for a loop; you may find yourself doubling down at 4 a.m. crashing hard at noon and eating pancakes for dinner. That’s OK. Vegas doesn’t judge. For a few days it allows you to escape the boss and the bills and be whomever you want to be.

Was it always this way? Hardly. The Strip was born with the opening of the El Rancho Vegas hotel in 1941. Things really took off when Benjamin Bugsy Siegel’s Pink Flamingo Hotel Casino opened its doors 5 years later. Strip resorts in contrast to downtown casinos like Binion’s Horseshoe and the Four Queens were more like stylish Hollywood clubs than rough-and-tumble gambling halls. Tourists arrived in droves to pull the slots and see the Chairman of the Board at the Sands.

Of course the swinging ’60s Rat Pack era is long gone as are the days when the Mafia pulled strings. It was developer extraordinaire Steve Wynn who paved the way for the corporations that control the city to this day. In 1989 The Mirage set a new standard for lavishness and swept away the ’80s doldrums while ushering in an age of contemporary megaresorts. Along with sleek towers, cartoonish architecture began springing up along the Strip. Exit Liberace. Enter Cirque du Soleil.

In 2015, another vestige of Vegas’ past bit the dust when the circa 1955 Riviera Hotel closed to make way for a major expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. City boosters hope it will help reenergize the struggling North Strip area, which recently saw the opening of the swank SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara hotel), the City of Rock outdoor concert venue and the groundbreaking on Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas, a $4-billion hotel/casino slated to open in 2018.

In 2016 a new South Strip entertainment/dining promenade between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts will be completed its centerpiece a 20,000-seat indoor arena for concerts, sports and other events. Only time will tell if these projects become long-term success stories.





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Weather in Las Vegas

Pulsing out of the sands like a neon-lit mirage, Las Vegas is the world s capital of gambling, with 24-hour excess and glitzy entertainment also reigning. Nowhere throws a party quite like Vegas, which has long been known as a centre of decadence that gives plenty of bang for your buck. But in recent years, it has been developing more of a luxury feel, with world-class restaurants and more elegant hotels cropping up.

As a fantasy-island escape from the real world , the self-styled city (out on its own near Nevada s southern tip) is almost beyond comparison. The electric frenzy of The Strip flows through the centre of an adult playground of epic proportions. Since gambling was introduced here in the 1930s, Las Vegas has gone through several phases to reach today s realm of sprawling hotel-casino complexes crowding the skyline.

Classier options have emerged in the city of late, with a slew of Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants opening in place of the former all-you-can-eat buffets. There are also several glamorous international hotel chains competing to attract wealthier jetsetters, making some of the older dens of iniquity look a little tacky and out-dated. The largest, most famous hotel-casinos are worlds unto themselves with gambling, accommodation, shopping, dining, circuses, and theme parks all rolled into one.

When cut loose in one of these self-contained emporiums, visiting rookies can lose all sense of time and space. It might be midnight or midday the party doesn t stop. Complimentary drinks are offered to gamblers, and the roulette wheel spins from dusk til dawn. There s invariably a group of stragglers or early risers propping up the bar, while cabaret performances and clubs run late into the night.

However, there s more to the city than hedonistic nightclubs and blackjack tables. Venture away from The Strip, and Vegas hosts top-notch art galleries, heritage museums and jaw-dropping nature. But the truth is that you ll always be drawn back to the city s modern-day pleasure palaces. After all, this is Sin City.





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PARKING

Driving to EDC? Reduce your time and hassle with premier parking. Conveniently located near Gate S, you’ll not only get in and out of the parking lot more easily, you’ll get into EDC faster!

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DROP-OFFS

All guest drop-offs and pickups must occur at the designated Guest Drop-Off and Pickup Lots. For your convenience, three lots will be provided. They will remain open for the entire event.

The easiest will be on the Las Vegas Strip, at the EDC Shuttle point in the MGM Village Lot (Reno Avenue at Las Vegas Blvd.). Patrons who are dropped off here will be able to take an official EDC Shuttle to the Speedway (and return via shuttle to this lot).

At the Speedway, there will be two lots. The main one will be on the south side, conveniently located on Las Vegas Blvd. at Gate 4. Use only Las Vegas Blvd. to approach the Speedway and access this lot. A smaller lot will be on the north side of the Speedway for those coming via I-15. At Exit 54, stay in the right lane onto Speedway Blvd. and then immediately turn right onto Hollywood Boulevard and follow the signs.

For everyone’s safety, passenger drop-offs/pickups will NOT be allowed on-street near the Speedway or anywhere along Las Vegas Blvd. between the Speedway and Downtown Las Vegas, and pedestrians will not be allowed to walk on Las Vegas Blvd. to the Speedway. This will be enforced by Las Vegas Metro PD and the Nevada Highway Patrol.





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American Traveler

American Traveler is a Florida-based staffing agency that offers travel nursing positions all over the country. A travel nursing job is typically a 13-week position at a selected hospital. The company guarantees free private housing, free health, dental and life insurance, reimbursed state licensure and travel allowances.

American Traveler Staffing Professionals

1615 S. Federal Highway, Suite 300

Boca Raton, Florida 33432

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Jackson Nurse Professionals

Jackson Nurse Professionals, formerly Travel Nurse Solutions, is an Alabama-based staffing agency. It is part of the Jackson Healthcare family, named one of the Fastest Growing Staffing Companies in the country by Staffing Industry Analysts in 2009. The company has assignments in every state. It offers free private housing, free airfare, rental car options and living stipends.

Medical Staffing Network

Medical Staffing Network has 30-plus years of experience and offers a nationwide network of more than 60 offices and two travel offices, offering a national footprint with local accountability.

American Mobile Healthcare

American Mobile Healthcare is a San Diego-based staffing agency that offers travel nursing jobs in all 50 states. They also offer referral, completion and loyalty bonus programs and free continuing education courses.

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The Go Travel Sites – About Us #canada #travel

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Online travel and tourism

information since 1997.

The Go Travel Sites consist of large, dynamic travel portals covering all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

We started in 1997 with Go-Utah.com and added the entire U.S. a short time later. Our sites provide travel information about where to go and what to do, cutting through the noise of unfiltered comments. Our users are actively planning their travel, so each click on our highly targeted system is a potential customer.

Advertising Options on The Go Travel Sites.

Through our Go Travel Sites network, we extensively promote travel and tourism via marketing partnerships. and design and develop award winning dynamic websites for Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), resorts, and travel destinations.

We book once-in-a-lifetime houseboat vacations and adventure trips, as well as condo and guest home lodging in a few select locations worldwide. We’ve been doing this for 15 years out of Salt Lake City, surrounded by world-famous attractions and activities. There’s no better place to speak from about the variety of travel and tourism.

We are incredibly proud of the outstanding team we have assembled in our Salt Lake City headquarters. Key team members are identified below.





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List of Online Travel Agencies

If you are looking to book your travel online and want to compare multiple options at the same time so that you get the best price you need an online travel agency. Sometimes online travel agencies offer deals and prices that are lower than you get from booking direct. Here is a list of online travel agencies for you to start your search for airfare, hotels, flights and more. Just keep in mind that they do not use the all the same airlines, hotels, car rental companies, etc.

Expedia the largest online travel agency

Travelocity

Orbitz.com

CheapTickets.com

Hotwire.com

Priceline.com no one deals like we do!

www.lastminute.com

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Lonely Planet Sri Lanka (Travel Guide) #srs #travels #online #booking

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Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow in the footsteps of Buddha and modern-day pilgrims to the summit of Adam’s Peak, wander the crumbling ruins and lost cities of the cultural triangle in the heart of the island or explore undiscovered beaches on the recently reopened east coast; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sri Lanka and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Sri Lanka Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – tea, cuisine, wildlife, history
  • More than 50 maps
  • Covers Colombo, Galle, South, West and East coasts, the hill country, Jaffna, the ancient cities and more

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.





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London Travel Guide Resources – Trip Planning Info by Rick Steves

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London

London is the L.A. D.C. and N.Y.C. of Britain a living, breathing, thriving organism. a coral reef of humanity. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I m-in-London walk through the West End. Ogle the crown jewels at the Tower of London, hear the chimes of Big Ben, and see the Houses of Parliament in action. Cruise the Thames River, and take a spin on the London Eye. Hobnob with the tombstones in Westminster Abbey, visit with Leonardo, Botticelli, and Rembrandt in the National Gallery, and explore Harry Potter s stomping grounds at the film studio in Leavesden. Enjoy Shakespeare in a replica of the Globe Theatre and marvel at a glitzy, fun musical at a modern-day theater. Whisper across the dome of St. Paul s Cathedral, then rummage through our civilization s attic at the British Museum.

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Westminster Abbey Britain s finest church and the site of royal coronations and burials since 1066.

▲▲▲ Churchill War Rooms Underground WWII headquarters of Churchill s war effort.

▲▲▲ National Gallery Remarkable collection of European paintings (1250 1900), including Leonardo, Botticelli, Vel zquez, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, and the Impressionists.

▲▲▲ British Museum The world s greatest collection of artifacts of Western civilization, including the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon s Elgin Marbles.

▲▲▲ British Library Fascinating collection of the most important literary treasures of the Western world.

▲▲▲ St. Paul s Cathedral The main cathedral of the Anglican Church, designed by Christopher Wren, with a climbable dome and daily evensong services.

▲▲▲ Tower of London Historic castle, palace, and prison housing the crown jewels and a witty band of Beefeaters.

▲▲▲ Victoria and Albert Museum The best collection of decorative arts anywhere.

▲▲ Houses of Parliament London s Neo-Gothic landmark, famous for Big Ben and occupied by the Houses of Lords and Commons.

▲▲ Trafalgar Square The heart of London, where Westminster, The City, and the West End meet.

▲▲ National Portrait Gallery A Who s Who of British history, featuring portraits of this nation s most important historical figures.

▲▲ Covent Garden Vibrant people-watching zone with shops, caf s, street musicians, and an iron-and-glass arcade that once hosted a produce market.

▲▲ Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Hour-long spectacle at Britain s royal residence.

▲▲ London Eye Enormous observation wheel, dominating and offering commanding views over London s skyline.

▲▲ Imperial War Museum Exhibits examining the military history of the bloody 20th century.

▲▲ Tate Modern Works by Monet, Matisse, Dal , Picasso, and Warhol displayed in a converted powerhouse.

▲▲ Shakespeare s Globe Timbered, thatched-roofed reconstruction of the Bard s original wooden O.

▲▲ Tate Britain Collection of British painting from the 16th century through modern times, including works by William Blake, the Pre-Raphaelites, and J. M. W. Turner.

▲▲ Kensington Palace Recently restored former home of British monarchs, with appealing exhibits on Queen Victoria, as well as William and Mary.

▲▲ Natural History Museum A Darwinian s delight, packed with stuffed creatures, engaging exhibits, and enthralled kids.

▲▲ Greenwich Seafaring borough just east of the city center, with Cutty Sark tea clipper, Royal Observatory, other maritime sights, and a pleasant market.

Courtauld Gallery Fine collection of paintings filling one wing of the Somerset House, a grand 18th-century palace.





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Destinations

Exotic Estates International

Offering an exquisite collection of luxury vacation rentals in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, and America’s favorite ski areas.

Villa Sabai Jai – Koh Tao, Thailand

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Mead Brown Costa Rica

A boutique vacation rental firm offering extraordinary private villas and homes plus premium condominiums for those who expect excellent value, personal service and supremely comfortable accommodations.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.

Maikhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa – Phuket, Thailand

Qantas Vacations: New South Wales Essential Luxury

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

The 77-room Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti opened in December 2012 and is particularly well-suited for first-time safari travelers, extended families and groups.

7 Secrets Resort & Wellness Retreat – Lombok, Indonesia

Opening December 15, 2015. There’s a sense of exclusivity about 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat that starts the moment you check in.

PlaneSense, Inc.

A fractional aircraft ownership program based in Portsmouth, NH, in operation since 1995. It is the only program that combines affordable, practical ownership with world-class service.

Natai Beach Resort & Spa, Phang-Nga – Phuket, Thailand





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Luxury travel in Iceland #diwakar #travels

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The World s First Bottled Water Certified as Carbon Neutral for Product and Operation

Carbon Neutral

Icelandic Glacial™ has worked with The CarbonNeutral® Company, a leading carbon emissions consultant, since 2007. Since that time, Icelandic Glacial has been certified Carbon Neutral for both its product and operations an unprecedented move in the beverage industry.

Icelandic Glacial has made a commitment to assess our CO2 emissions and reduce them wherever possible on an ongoing basis. Only after this process has been carried out, and a net-zero carbon footprint achieved, can a company carry the CarbonNeutral® Company stamp of approval. Our efforts have been rewarded with international recognition, most notably winning the 2007 Bottled Water World Design Awards for Best Sustainability Initiative, presented at the Global Bottled Water Congress.

Green Energy Sources

The water collected by Icelandic Glacial flows directly into our state-of-the-art bottling plant located right at the source, in Hlidarendi, Iceland at the edge of the Ölfus Spring.  We take great pride in running a completely sustainable operation, fueled entirely by geothermal and hydroelectric power.

Under the direction of The CarbonNeutral® Company, Icelandic Glacial purchases through investment in bonafide renewable energy products throughout the world.  These renewable energy projects balance out any remaining net carbon emissions.

Certifiably Sustainable Spring

The Ölfus Spring is naturally replenished from mountains in the north of Iceland. Using less than .1% of the overflow to the sea of the Ölfus Spring in its bottling operation, Icleandic Glacial is a careful steward of this precious resource. As a result, Zenith International, Europe’s leading food and drinks consultancy, has declared the Ölfus Spring certifiably sustainable.

Recycled Materials

All Icelandic Glacial bottles utilize recycled rPET plastic while the outer box cases are made from 50% recycle paper products.





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Men s Travel Compression Support Socks. #best #price #car #rental

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Compression Socks

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$33.53 Jobst for Men 15-20 mmHg Knee High Ribbed Compression Socks





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Madagascar Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #responsible #travel

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Madagascar

Photos from Madagascar

Village girl

Verreaux’s sifaka lemur

Leaf bugs

Mango sellers

Going fishing in a pir.

Typical village

Family

Village children

Komba

Lemur Park

Male Lemur

The Elephant Eared Cha.

Parson Chameleon

Stump Taled Brookesea

Parson Chameleon

Madagascar

Tsiribina (7)

Miandrivazo (15)

Anjozorobe covered in.

Malagasy Flower

Another sunset

Anjozorobe’s River Sunset

Anjozorobe’s river by Day

Mural in Fianar

The sunning ritual by.

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Zebu market in Ambalavao

Antsirabe

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Machu Picchu Travel Guide #cheap #flights #and #car #rental

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Machu Picchu Travel Guide

There is some irony that South America’s top destination — this sprawling, ancient Incan settlement — was hidden for centuries, tucked so well out of sight that the Spanish explorers were never able to find it (and that’s a good thing, since they likely would have destroyed it). But in 1911, American explorer Hiram Bingham changed all that when he discovered the ancient ruins up in the clouds of Peru. Today, millions of travelers visit Machu Picchu, Peru’s “lost” city, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you’re traveling for archaeological exploration or for the bucket-list hike, you’ll be rewarded with the beauty and magnificence of both the ruins and the natural scenery.

Things Not to Miss in Machu Picchu

Use this Machu Picchu travel guide to make the most of your trip to these mysterious and spectacular ruins, and be sure include these activities on your Machu Picchu itinerary:

• Hike the neighboring mountain, Huayna Picchu

• Enjoy the scenery on a train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu

When to Visit Machu Picchu

The prime time for Machu Picchu travel is during the dry season, from May to October. The rainy season lasts from November to March, but travel to Machu Picchu during that time frame has its benefits, namely significantly fewer tourists and a much more personal look around the ruins.





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Mexico travel advice. #hotel #and #flight #deals

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Summary

Latest update: Summary – removal of advice about Hurricane Sandra

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See our tropical cyclones page for information and advice about what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.

Protests have affected Mexico City and other parts of the country. You should avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities if you’re in an area where a protest is taking place. Illegal roadblocks have been reported more frequently, particularly in the state of Guerrero. If you’re driving in Guerrero, travel during daylight hours and use toll roads, although you may still encounter disruptions. If possible, travel by air if you’re visiting a major tourist destination in Guerrero.

424,860 British nationals visited Mexico in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free.

The security situation can pose a risk for foreigners. Be alert to the existence of street crime as well as more serious violent crime like robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking. In certain parts of Mexico you should take particular care to avoid being caught up in drug related violence between criminal groups. See Crime and Violence

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.





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Mexico Travel Planning – Tips – Mexico Travel Insurance from Travel

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Mexico

Mexico Travel Planning Travel Tips

Embassy Contact Information: Americans Americans living in or visiting Mexico are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy and obtain updated information on travel and security within Mexico.

U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Paseo de la Reforma 305

Col. Cuauhtemoc

06500 Mexico, D.F.

From U.S. (011-52-477) 788-7070.

From Mexico: (01-477) 788-7070.

Mexico Climate: Land to the north experiences cooler temperatures during the winter months varying from hot and humid during the summer, cooler in the winter (68 to 75.2 °F). South of the twenty-fourth parallel, Mexico temperatures are fairly constant year round (between 75.2 and 82.4 °F) and vary solely as a function of elevation.

Mexico has pronounced wet and dry seasons. Most of the country experiences a rainy season from June to mid-October and significantly less rain during the remainder of the year. February and July generally are the driest and wettest months, respectively.

Calling Internationally: To call Mexico from the United States, dial the international prefix, 011; then Mexico’s country code, 52; and then the city code, then dial the actual phone number.

Electricity: The electricity in Mexico is 127 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to Mexico with a device that does not accept this, you will need a voltage converter. Plugs have Flat blade plug, so if your device does not have this, an adapter plug is needed.

Travel Insurance for Mexico Trips: You should consider the benefits of travel insurance as part of your Mexico travel planning. Most travelers look for travel tips that discuss the importance of travel insurance and travel insurance through Travel Guard can provide important coverage for your trip.

Whether you’re taking a family vacation or business trip, Travel Guard has a plan for your trip to Mexico. These plans may include valuable medical expense coverage, trip interruption, medical emergency assistance and treatment services and more. And with Travel Guard’s 24-hour assistance line, your coverage can act as a travel guide should your plans change.*

For more than 20 years, Travel Guard’s plans have covered millions of travelers throughout the world. We’re America’s leading provider of travel insurance plans and assistance programs and we’re here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Coverage provided through Travel Guard is easy to buy and with our 24-hour emergency travel services it’s even easier to use.

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Mongolia Travel Blogs, Photos and Forum #britax #travel #system

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Mongolia

The Mongols gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAN they conquered a huge Eurasian empire. After his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states, but these broke apart in the 14th century. The Mongols eventually retired to their original steppe homelands and later came under Chinese rule. Mongolia won its independence in 1921 with Soviet backing. A Communist regime was installed in 1924. During the early 1990s, the ex-Communist Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) gradually yielded its monopoly on power to the Democratic Union Coalition (DUC), which defeated the MPRP in a national election in 1996. Since then, parliamentary elections returned the MPRP overwhelmingly to power in 2000 and produced a coalition government in 2004. To be updated

Photos from Mongolia

Ger camp

Removalists – nomad-style

Milking the family yak

The golden eagle

Near Khosghol lake

The 1st family who hos.

Drinking vodka and airag

Horse race

The girl who decided t.

The little neighbor pe.

Making cheese

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Trans Mongolian Railway

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Mongolian grasslands

Never Too Old To Goof.

Eagle!

Staying in a Ger

Camel riding

Fabulous Terelj Park

view from the Monastery

Ger camp in a beautifu.

The Gandan Khiid Temple

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Morocco travel #mongolia #travel

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Morocco

Morocco is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north. It is just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Gibraltar.

Understand Edit

Ethnically speaking, Morocco is composed mainly of Arabs and Berbers or a mixture of the two. Sizeable numbers of Berbers live mainly in the country’s mountainous regions, long areas of refuge where they have preserved their language and culture. Some segments of the population are descendants of refugees from Spain and Portugal who fled from the Reconquista, the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, that spanned until the 15th century.

Morocco’s long struggle for independence from France ended in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier was turned over to the new country that same year. Morocco annexed much of the Western Sahara. a former territory of Spain, in 1975.

Gradual political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature in 1997, although the King still possesses the actual political power. The press is mostly state controlled, even though there are free newspapers, and clampdowns have occurred following criticism of the authorities or articles concerning the Western Sahara situation.

The foreign policy of independent Morocco has often differed from that of its Arab neighbors. Throughout the Cold War, Morocco generally sided with the Western European powers and the United States rather than with the Eastern bloc, whereas other Arab states usually chose neutral or pro-Soviet positions.

The major resources of the Moroccan economy are agriculture, phosphates, tourism and textiles.

Critical development challenges include lingering widespread corruption and improving the education system.

Electricity and voltage Edit

The voltage in Morocco is generally 220 V. and outlets will fit the ‘two-pin plug known as the Europlug. It’s probably the most commonly used international plug, found throughout continental Europe and parts of the Middle East, as well as much of Africa, South America, Central Asia and the former Soviet republics. Europlugs are included in most international plug adapter kits.

Watch out for American and Canadian appliances, which are made to be used with 110V. That means that even with an adapter, plugging them into a 220V socket may damage them. If your appliance is “dual-voltage”, it should be fine (it’s designed for both 110 and 220V). If not, you’ll need a power converter as well as an adapter.





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Morocco Travel: Your Moroccan Guide for Things to Do, Hotels, Dining,

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With almost 94 percent of its energy requirements being imported, Morocco has for some years now been implementing various renewable energy programs such as solar power, wind energy and hydroelectricity. The country has been i. read more

If you’re seeking a unique and intriguing holiday destination that’s free of all subtlety and possesses an atmosphere unlike any other, the beautifully ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech could the perfect choice for you. T. read more

Travelers who enjoy off-the-beaten-track destinations will find the Ameln Valley in Morocco an absolute pleasure to explore. Located north of Tafraoute in the Tiznit Province of the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, the Ameln Valley h. read more

In support of Morocco’s ongoing efforts to develop its renewable energy resources and reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, the World Bank has approved the US$519 million phase two and phase three expansion of the Ouarzazate. read more

Located in Guelmim-Es Semara region of southern Morocco, Guelmim is both the region’s largest city and its capital. Alternatively spelled Guelmine, Goulimine, Guelmime and Glaimim, the city considers itself to be the ‘Gateway. read more

Housed in the Dar M’Nebhi Palace in the historic center of the city, the Museum of Marrakech offers visitors a window into the history and culture of Morocco. Built in the late 1800s by Mehdi Menebhi, the palace is a superb ex. read more

Traditionally known as ‘Oued Al Jawahir’ (River of Jewels), the Fez River runs through the heart of the city’s ancient Medina – a large medieval pedestrian urban area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural. read more





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Morocco Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #centre

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In Morocco, Exploring Remnants of Jewish History

In looking for traces of the Jews who lived in the walled quarters of Morocco, a sense of urgency prevails about future of the country’s Jewish legacy.

Morocco, From Coast to Desert

A seven-day journey turns up a kaleidoscope of centuries-old souks, dusty colonial-era outposts, livestock markets and luxury restaurants.

Four Stops Across Morocco

Planning a seven-day journey across Morocco, from Atlantic shores to Saharan dunes, can be an odyssey. Here’s how to do it.

A Stroll by the Casbah in Northern Morocco

Chefchaouen may be known for its location amid hashish farms, but its relaxed charms go far beyond that.

36 Hours in Casablanca

Morocco’s cosmopolitan port beckons with its convivial cafes, colorful markets, waterfront nightclubs and a palm-filled park for a quiet stroll.

Hotel Review: Riad Star in Marrakesh, Morocco

This three-story B & B, situated in the heart of the old city, was once Josephine Baker’s home.

Inside the Walls of Fez

Relying on instinct, hospitality and a bit of technology, the author discovers the rewards of exploring the Moroccan city’s medina without a guide.

8 Hotels to Look Out for in 2011

By ELAINE GLUSAC

From Miami to Jaipur, new hotels hope to be noticed for distinctive touches.





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