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Travel off the Eaten Path

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Mariana and Geraldine were fantastic hosts! We started off with a market tour…and purchased some fruit we had never had before. We walked past a magazine stand of food magazines and most of the photos on the covers were styled by Mariana and Geraldine – very cool to hear about their experience as food stylists and how important healthy, good food is to both of them. We then went back to their beautiful home, prepared a delicious salsa, home-made tortillas and made quesadillas and sopas with 3 different fillings; each very unique. Dinner was eaten outside in the back garden; we chatted about food, culture, and Mariana and Geraldine showed us their award-winning cookbook!

Whether it’s your first time eating or cooking Japanese food or you have some prior experience, we’d highly recommend taking a class with Satoru. He is very talented, thoughtful, and observant. Non-judgmental, positive and encouraging. The food was delicious; we had a great time. Oishi!

What fun to be able to go to the fish market with a local to buy our food, then to be in a home in Morocco to actually learn how to cook Moroccan food. Chamsi was a wonderful host and a great cook. She explained all the spices used well and gave us cultural information to help us understand the cooking we did. Overall a great day!

Rafa and his cousin, Melania, were wonderful to meet. I had a very good time walking with them to the nearby market, trying some local food and fruits while talking about Mexican cuisine. Back at the apartment, I had a great time learning to make some local dishes. Rafa did an excellent job walking through things as we were preparing them.

What a stellar experience! Ismael started off with an incredible tour of the local market that only someone truly connected with all the vendors could provide and then took us back to his home. Everything we made was delicious. Ismael spoke great English and shared his love of Mexican food and culture with us. This experience was easily one of the highlights of our time in Mexico City.

Fotini was an absolutely wonderful host and the food was excellent!

Midori was an amazing host – very inviting and incredibly helpful. She gave us lots of tips and secrets to Japanese cooking. She also gave us lots of advice about Kyoto helping us make the most of our time. We have taken away lots of treasured memories (as well as some great recipes)!

This was SUCH a fantastic experience! Dewa and his family welcomed me into their home and we cooked the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten in my life. I felt truly immersed in the culture and learned so much about it beyond what I learned about cooking. Dewa was fantastic and I highly recommend him!

The entire experience was amazing. David cooked one of the best meals that I have had in a long time. Just when I thought that the meal could not get any better, he would bring out another dish to prove me wrong. But what really made the experience exceptional was David and family. It really made the experience an authentic local one because of his family’s long history in Penang. They made me and my wife feel right at home.

Chef George was both knowledgeable and passionate not only about Greek cuisine, but Greek culture as well. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

April was wonderful. We slept through our alarm because of jetlag which made us 2 hours late to dinner, but we called and she had us over anyways. She was nice and the food was amazing!

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16/01/2018

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To those kindred souls that never stop exploring and wondering; to those who seize the day with both hands and look forward to unforgettable moments, come join us.

Life is too short for cookie-cutter vacations! We go past the usual with carefully planned events, using our inside knowledge to create amazing, unique adventures. Then we invite the most interesting and fun people to come along with us. You, too, can live the dream with us! Check out what we have coming up, clear your schedule and join our fun.

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February 14 – 21, 2018

The land that inspired Outlander!

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This was such a great tour. We saw and experienced so many historical places. Loved the castles and the gardens.

The Outlander connections were fun. Linda was as good as you said she would be.

You took the hard part of traveling out and gave us the magic ! Thank you so much.

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The Northern Frontier of the Roman Empire!

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Part of our group at the wall!

Prague – June 25-28, 2017

O ne of Europe’s Best Preserved Cities!

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16/01/2018

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16/01/2018

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Travel Nursing Jobs

Pick Your Location from Alaska to Florida and Work with a Recruiter Who Has Your Back 24/7

Experience personal, long-lasting relationships with our recruiters and onboarding teams that work together to ensure you travel to the location of your choice while meeting your personal and professional goals. Since every nurse’s goals are different, we never squeeze you into a pre-set salary package; we personalize every contract to meet you or your family’s needs which may include housing and relocation costs.

Whether you want to work year-round or you prefer contracts just part of the year, we’ll send you to the locations you choose.

Transparent Pay Packages from Your Biggest Fans

Nurses are the lifeblood of Jackson Nurse Professionals, so we always work to provide clearly outlined travel and benefits packages that won’t leave you in the dark about where you’re going or what you’re getting. You’ll always get to pick where you want to go and you’ll always know what you’re getting from recruiters who advocate for you every step of the way. Here’s just a few of the benefits you can expect:

  • Clear, Competitive Salary Packages – Our traveling nurses enjoy earning a competitive rate of pay.
  • Private Housing – We understand the stress of moving, so we do our best to make the process easy and stress-free. All travelers have the option of clean, safe, and private housing tailored to their needs whether traveling alone, with their family, or even their pet.
  • Our Comprehensive Benefits package starts day one of your contract. Take a look: Benefit Options.
  • $500 Donation to your favorite charity with our “Giving Communities Life” campaign.
  • Easy Retirement Planning – With our matching 401k plan, it’s even easier to invest for your future.

Start researching the jobs you want today or apply online and have a recruiter do the searching for you. We’ll do everything but help you pack!

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I have been working at Jackson Nurse Professionals as a contractor for more than a year. Their recruiters really go the extra mile to help you get good assignments.





15/01/2018

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Accessible Trip Planning by Sage Traveling

Sage Traveling provides customized, hassle-free, accessible Europe holiday packages to numerous European destinations. Our experts have done extensive research on accessibility at European hotels, tourist attractions, and transportation.

You will experience a worry-free vacation that is tailored to your individual abilities, energy level, and interests. View more specifics for each individual city:

I am a wheelchair user and have just returned with my husband from a cruise which started in Istanbul and ended in Venice. The information you provided on both these cities was absolutely invaluable. Without it, the ‘official’ guidance in travel guides and in cruise information had led me to think I would be able to see very little in these cities. “No access/limited access/restricted access” seemed to be the main description of so many sites and places of interest.

In any event, thanks to your very helpful guidance, in Istanbul I visited the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Underground Cisterns without difficulty. In Venice, where even the local guidance information about water travel was rather negative and hesitant, once again I was able to benefit from your extensive guidance. We used the Vaporetti to tour the Grand Canal and then followed one of the routes around St Mark’s. Brilliant!

I just wanted to say thank you for the detailed and extremely helpful information which certainly made a positive difference to my visit to Istanbul and Venice. Margaret from UK

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09/01/2018

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5 things to know if you – re traveling to Europe

5 things to know if you’re traveling to Europe in 2017

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Don’t get on a plane without reading these timely tips.

Thanks to cheaper airfares and favorable exchange rates, Europe is more accessible than ever. Use these tips to get the most out of your next vacation.

A Cheaper Britain

After Britons voted last year to split from the European Union, the pound sterling plummeted. While it could take until 2019 to fully cut ties, travelers will find the U.K. more affordable than it has been in decades. Many hotel properties are offering discounts to lure guests.

Heightened Security

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for all of Europe, alerting citizens to the potential risk of terrorist attacks, that will expire on Sept. 1, 2017. Expect longer lines at airport security screenings and border-control checkpoints. Check travel.state.gov before your trip.

Fewer Tourists

Despite favorable exchange rates, terrorism has had an impact on the number of visitors to Belgium and Turkey. Though France saw a dip in visitors after attacks in Paris and Nice, it has bounced back and remains the most popular destination in the world.

Continental Drift

While tourism growth across much of Western Europe was at in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, several countries in the east enjoyed double-digit gains in visitors, including Bulgaria, Serbia, and Slovenia. Leading the way, however, was Slovakia, which saw a jump of 18 percent, thanks in part to Bratislava’s fairy-tale buildings, charming squares, and Baroque castle. The city’s revitalized Old Town is a buzzing hot spot, with younger travelers drawn to its cafés and old-school beer halls.

More Routes and Connections

There are 395 new ways to fly to Spain, which last year added the most new airline routes in Europe. Virgin Atlantic now has nonstop flights between Seattle and London, and Condor and British Airways recently began service between New Orleans and London — the former city’s first trans-Atlantic flight option in three decades.





09/01/2018

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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids #cheap

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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

Train travel in Europe is almost always affordable, comfortable, and safe, making it the ideal way to get around Europe with kids. Given the choice, I ll opt to sit back and relax instead of attempting to navigate by car in a foreign country any day, and my kids would thank me for it. On trains, kids are not confined full time to seats like in cars or on planes and the scenery is much easier to see out the window. All this said, traveling by rail in Europe can be confusing. Here s what you need to know when planning to travel in Europe by rail with kids. Here are some ideas for finding a baby sitter while traveling

6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

1. You can travel by train in Europe with rail passes or specific destination tickets. Which to buy? It can depend. In rural areas and small towns, often non-reservable, or open destination tickets are the only option. If nothing else, plan for these accordingly. For some high speed trains, even families with applicable rail passes must purchase reservable tickets. Generally speak, however, if you re traveling from city to city or country to country, you re almost always better off with a rail pass. Note: France is an exception. Learn more about rail travel in France .

2. Plan your itinerary before purchasing tickets. This seems like a no-brainer, but with rail passes, it s possible to purchase Global or Select country passes, then decide where to go later. While spontaneity still has a place in travel with kids, you can t compare ticket pricing options effectively if you don t know where you re going. Start at country rail travel sites like TrenItalia for Italy, and add up the price of your tickets a la carte. Then head to Eurail and see if a Global, Select. or Country pass will save you money (and allow for some spontaneity). Or, you can let Rail Europe do the work for you: you put in your itinerary, and they decide which rail options suit you best. Rail Europe is generally trusted among travelers to provide competitive pricing, so this is a viable option. When mapping out your itinerary and selecting your rail pass, keep in mind that you ll need to pay even for countries you re only passing through, not stopping in.

3. Decide whether to travel first class or second class. Second class is fine (think airline coach), but first class is not much extra per ticket and includes various perks such as wifi or light meals, depending on the train. Often, only first class tickets are reservable, worth the extra price for the peace of mind alone. However: if you have teens, you may be forced to travel second class or pay extra for adult passes. Why? Youth ages 13-25 are eligible for discounted pass prices with Eurail (approximately 35% less than adult), but only on second class tickets. If your family will be traveling first class, teens will need adult tickets (or you could make them sit alone in second class, I suppose, which might be warranted… kidding, of course). The good news: children ages 4-12 are always 50% discounted, no matter the class, and children under age 4 are always free.

4. Decide on your number of travel days. When selecting which Eurail pass is right for you, you ll need to select between a number of travel days. Bear in mind: these days do not refer to the number of days you re on vacation, but the number of actual rail travel days. You can save considerably by traveling by rail only once every 3-4 days instead of every day, and your kids will feel more rested as well.

5. Bring snacks, toys, and games for train travel. A train day can be a day to rest and recoup after busy travel and sightseeing days. Let kids spread out with games and books, or use the electronic plug-ins you ll have at your disposal in first class. Bringing food on the train is always cheaper than purchasing on-board, and the luggage and carry-on allowances are much less strict than during air travel, making packing a meal easy.

6. Know the difference between sleep compartments. Overnight trains are a great way to save daylight for sightseeing, and are a great adventure for kids. However, it s helpful to know what to expect. In second class, you usually have the choice between sleeping compartments (small compartments of bunks that are gender specific) or couchettes, which are cabins with 4-6 beds that are non-gender specific (perfect for families). In first class, you ll almost always encounter single or double sleeping compartments, which means more room, but the necessity for families to split up for children to be accompanied by adults.

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07/01/2018

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Even if you live in a vibrant city and have an exciting job and active social life, nothing can replace the unique experiences traveling offers. Visiting a foreign country opens your eyes to how the rest of the world lives; many therefore return home with a new appreciation for their own country while gaining a broader worldview in the process. Remember, you only live once, so passing up a chance to travel is tantamount to passing up a life-altering experience.

1. Break out of your shell

Foremost on the reasons to travel is that you discover a lot about yourself. Now I’m not talking about taking a family trip to Disney World. When I speak of a special vacation, I envision someone backpacking across Europe or driving along the coast of Australia that is, a trip with cultural significance. Not many things in the world can inspire you like seeing the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids in Egypt.

That is why traveling is known to provide people with a whole new perspective, whether that means no longer sweating the small stuff or promising to get out there and meet new people upon returning home. Those who have left their comfort zone and headed for a foreign land have done the right thing; there is nothing like a trip to make you a new man who has no choice but to fend for himself. Whether alone, with a partner, or in a group, your development surely speeds up when you’re abroad.

2. Embrace new cultures

Not only does traveling provide a sense of adventure, but it also opens doors to cultures that do not revolve around MTV and McDonald’s (or at least try hard not to). Though Americana has spread its wings on an international level, even a week abroad can serve to prove that people do live without the symbols that North Americans encounter every day.

Better yet, you will become appreciative of other cultures; instead of instinctively criticizing that which is “different,” you will be motivated to accept new cuisine or alternative forms of entertainment. You never know; upon your return home, you might even forego the latest Vin Diesel blockbuster for a Bollywood flick.

3. Enjoy life like never before

Experiences can range from the legendary (watching the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain) to the relaxing (enjoying a hot spring while snow swirls around you in Iceland), but they share one common link: they are all memorable. In every corner of the world, there is excitement waiting for you it is simply a matter of sticking your head out and going for it.

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07/01/2018

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How Much We Spent Traveling in Europe for Two Months #william

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How Much We Spent Traveling in Europe for Two Months

When Andy and I set off on our Beyond Vacation kick-off trip. I decided to keep track of every penny we spent. There were two reasons for this. We ve never really tracked our travel spending, and I wanted to know how much it costs for us to travel for more than a week or two. And I wanted to be able to share with you how much it costs to travel to the places we visited in Europe. I will have posts later that break down our spending by location, but for now here s an overview of how much we spent traveling in Europe for two months.

A quick look at how much we spent

The following amounts are for two people. All numbers are listed first in euros, second in US dollars.

2,959.40€ / $3,924.47 accommodation

1,335.60€ / $1,771.31 trains

295.60€ / $391.81 other transportation

2,056.78€ / $2,726.21 food and alcohol

205.80€ / $272.80 activities

130.04€ / $172.40 miscellaneous

6,983.22€ / $9,259 total

As you can see, Western Europe is not cheap. We traveled through Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy, plus side trips to the tiny countries of San Marino and the Vatican. Andy and I are not bare-bones budget travelers, but we aren t luxury travelers either, so this should give you a decent middle of the road view on costs.

Accommodation spending 2,959.40€

We spent 52 nights away from our home. Most of this was in apartment rentals, but there were a few nights in hostels and hotels, plus one night spent on an overnight train. 2,959.40€ divided by 52 nights comes out to an average of 56.91€ per night.

We didn t pay for 15 nights of lodging. The night on the train was technically free accommodation since the ticket price is entirely included in the train category. We also got complimentary accommodations in the following places: 2 nights in Rotterdam for the post-conference press trip; 2 nights in a hostel in Nice and 3 nights in a hostel in Naples. both sponsored by Hostelworld; 7 nights in Bologna as part of BlogVille, sponsored by Emilia-Romagna Tourism. If we had paid for those ourselves, I estimate we would ve spent another 1,100€ for 14 nights.

So 2,959.40€ divided by the 37 nights we did pay for averages out to 79.98€ per night, roughly 40€ per person per night. I think this is pretty good considering how expensive hotels can be in Europe. Renting apartments as often as possible definitely helped keep our costs down, not only in this category but also in the food category.

Train spending 1,335.60€

This was a plane-free trip, so our major form of transportation was by train. The train system in Europe is generally really good, and I m starting to like train travel more and more.

We looked at getting InterRail passes (like Eurail passes, but InterRail is for European residents) but after some research decided it wasn t worth it in our situation. Since we had all of our dates set ahead of time, it was cheaper to book the train tickets ahead of time in most places. Passes would ve worked if we were booking at the last minute. There were a few trains we bought tickets for at the last minute (in the Netherlands and Belgium, and short distances in Italy) because the prices were almost the same and we wanted to leave ourselves some flexibility.

Other transportation spending 295.60€

This is almost entirely public transportation, such as buses, metros, and trams. We used public transportation a lot since we were mostly in big cities and the distances were too far to walk. Almost each city we were in offers some kind of day or multi-day pass for their transportation system, but not all of them were as economical. There is one ride in a taxi and a round trip boat ticket in here as well.

Rotterdam Tourism covered the cost of our local transportation for the 2 day press trip including this crazy tuk tuk and a water taxi. Emilia-Romagna Tourism covered the cost of the van that took our whole group on a weekend excursion, but we paid for our transportation for things like getting to Gelato University and to Modena for the vinegar tasting .

Food and alcohol spending 2,056.78€

We did our fair share of eating (and drinking) out, but we purposely rented apartments so we could eat breakfast in and make our own meals occasionally. We almost never bought breakfast out, we went grocery shopping when we stayed in apartments, and didn t eat at fancy restaurants. We certainly could ve eaten in even more often, but we also wanted to make sure we were trying the local food.

We had a few lunches covered at the travel blogging conference, all meals on the post-conference trip were covered, and a few meals were covered during BlogVille. Overall we paid for almost everything we ate or drank, and I m estimating about 3 days worth of meals we didn t have to pay for.

2,056.78€ divided by 50 days averages out to 41.14€ per day, so just over 20€ per person per day. Not bad considering how often we ate out, drank out, and indulged in gelato. (Check out Andy s post about the best sandwich ever .)

Activities spending 205.80€

This number includes visits to Vianden Castle and Castle Gravensteen. the Anne Frank Museum. the tulip farm. the Cantillon brewery. Mini Europe. renting beach umbrellas, and a few other things like that. It is a bit low though because we had quite a few activities covered by the tourism boards we were working with. The things we did in Bologna while we were participating in BlogVille were covered, like our San Marino guide, my pasta cooking class and Gelato University. We also had complimentary tours of Pompeii. the Vatican. the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and a food tour from Walks of Italy. These are all activities we would have paid for on our own if we weren t able to get them sponsored, and I estimate the cost to be around 700€.

Miscellaneous spending 130.04€

The majority of this category won t apply to most people, but there will always be some other expenses along the way when you travel, especially if you buy souvenirs. I only had one pair of jeans with me, and they were an older pair, so just a week into the trip they had holes in them and had to be replaced for 39.90€ in Amsterdam. I also bought some earrings the same day.

Because we were traveling for 2 months, I had to buy contact solution about halfway through the trip. We put our luggage in a locker at the train station in Paris during our train layover so we could find dinner. I bought some postcards, as well as 3 souvenir thimbles for my mom. We also had to spend a whopping 20 cents each to use a bathroom, which I only bothered to include here because I thought it was funny.

We each used our cell phones a little bit while we were traveling, and the extra charges we incurred for using our phones outside of Germany came out to a total of 16.04€. We also had to pay to do laundry 3 times when we didn t have free access to a washer, and that cost came to 20.60€ total.

So that s how much we spent traveling in Europe for two months! Everyone s travel budgets will be different, but this will give you a good starting point for a long trip in Europe. If you prefer more luxurious hotels or budget hostel dorms, you ll need to make adjustments when planning out your budget and saving for your own trip. In the coming weeks I will break these down by city and country so you can get a better idea of what it would cost to spend a week or two in some of these areas for vacation.

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19/12/2017

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What IS travel nursing, anyway?

One way to think of it is like good old fashioned temp work. Yes, the Kelley Girl has come to nursing. Healthcare hiring managers sometimes have no alternative. It may be because they are in small out of the way locales or due to an opening they simply canпїЅt, but must, fill. Occasionally there is a work stoppage and outside nurses must be brought in to keep the hospital open. But mostly, I would guess, it is a simple case of supply and demand.

Travel nurses are contracted for short term assignments through agencies that specialize in travel nursing. The agency normally supplies the travel nurse with housing and travel expense, help with licensing, benefits and payroll services. The hospital fills the position temporarily and the nurse gets paid above market wages to work and live in a new locale. Everybody wins.

How long are the travel nursing assignments?

This can vary with the agency and the healthcare employer. A typical assignment might last as little as 8 weeks or as long as 26 weeks. The assignment can be renewed sometimes and stretch out longer but this would only happen if both parties agreed. You can count on 8-13 weeks as a guideline for a normal contract.

If I like my travel nursing job can I extend?

It depends on the assignment. Often the agency has made arrangements that will allow the position to convert to a permanent position if the facility and travel nurse mutually desire. Some of the positions are temporary and will remain that way. I would say that most of the time if the travel nurse wants to remain in the area as a permanent nurse the agency and the employer will figure out a way to make it happen.

I am an LVN. Can I travel?

Although there are some positions open for LVNs far and away the most and the best spots are for RNs.

If you are an LVN and want to study for your RN online you might want to look into a program that allows you to get the RN designation while studying completely online. Click here for more information

Can a friend and I get assigned together as travel nurses?

Sure! Obviously the needs of the hospital and the skill set of you and your friend dictate whether this will work, but what better way to experience the excitement of a new city or region then with a friend. We have seen lots of cases where husband and wife teams take assignments together and get the opportunity to travel to new and interesting places they may have never dreamed of living and working.

Let’s talk housing and relocation

This is all included in your contract with the travel nursing agency. Normally you are provided with furnished housing. Sometimes you are given a housing allowance and assisted with finding local housing of your choice. Think about it. It is in the interest of the agency to make this whole experience as positive for you as they can. The travel nurse is a treasured asset of the agency and they would like you to keep accepting assignments over and over. They will make sure you are taken care of. That?s how agencies make their money and nurses wanting assignments are their number one priority.

As for travel expense, it will be handled by the agency. Some will fly you to the assignment, some will give you a mileage reimbursement. All of these things will be spelled out very specifically, in advance, in your contract with the agency.

As a travel nurse can I bring my pet?

This is usually not a good idea. Rentals are not too keen on Fido or Blackie sharing your home. Occasionally it is allowed but more often then not you will be required to pay some sort of security deposit to make sure your little buddy doesn?t destroy furniture or do other damage. Be sure to ask in advance!

How much do you make as a travel nurse?

This varies widely with geography but you can expect the pay rate for these assignments to be above normal. All of the usual things come into play. (Area of expertise, experience, and shift). The bottom line is this. With benefits such as housing paid for and a pay scale above the norm you should have a lot of extra income in your pocket to take advantage of your travel adventure.

Do travel nurse get comparable benefits?

Virtually all travel agencies will provide health, dental and workers compensation. Some even have 401 Ks and other types of retirement plans. There is a large garden variety of benefit plans available and it would be wise to look this over carefully and compare. You may also want to check with your personal financial advisor on what sort of individual retirement plans are available to you. Your extra compensation might provide you with a way to enhance your tax favored retirement savings.

Who actually pays travel nurses?

The agency you contract with will pay you. Ask in advance for the details on pay periods and how you will receive your check. Consider direct deposit if it is available.

Do travel nurses get bonuses?

This all depends on the agency you select. Some will pay referral bonuses if you send them a candidate that actually signs up with them and completes an assignment. There are also completion bonuses paid sometimes for the successfully completion of your contract. As with everything else in travel nursing, the time to nail this down is when you are choosing an agency and when you are signing your contract.

Do I need a license in every state I work in?

The short answer is yes. Any agency will be happy to help you with this process. As a licensed nurse in your existing state the process is not too complicated. Check with your agency representative to find out what to do in the state you are interested in.

How will travel nursing look on my resume?

Experience always enhances a resume. Working as a travel nurse automatically exhibits your ability to be flexible and adapt to new and changing environments. The longer you work in this arena and the more assignments you show on your resume will only serve to make you look more attractive to future employers.

What experience should I have to be a travel nurse?

As with any job, this is a wide open question. Generally speaking employers and agencies like to see one year of on-the-job experience. However some agencies have new grad travel openings. The best thing to do is to check with the individual agencies.

How do I find a travel nursing agency and what should I ask them?

Travel nursing is a very competitive business and agencies do everything they can to make themselves known. If you have a friend or co-worker who has worked a travel assignment ask them for a recommendation. All of the nursing publications are awash with ads. And of course, there is the Internet. Our travel nursing website, www.travelnursingusa.com. is dedicated to the subject. Clicking on an agency’s banner will usually take you directly to their website where you can obtain answers to a lot of your questions and find contact information to further discuss the opportunity.

Ask them about some of the topics we’ve already covered. Print this article and highlight the items you want to ask before you call. You may also want to ask things like:

How long has the travel nursing agency been in business?

Are my hours guaranteed?

Is my pay rate guaranteed?

How long has the travel nursing agency worked with the facility?

How can I contact TravelnursingUSA?





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Traveling the World for 9 Months on Under $10, 000 #travel

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Traveling the World for 9 Months on Under $10,000

Written by Wilson Cusack

Last January I was in my senior year of high school and, after finishing my college applications, decided to begin exploring alternative options for the next year. I had a desire to see and understand the world’s problems for myself, and a deeper religious obligation to be a part of the solutions. That, set alongside the realization that the people and organizations I wanted to work with were only an email away, was enough to get me searching.

After looking at different options, I was accepted to a fellowship that would facilitate an entire gap-year for me. I was excited about it, but it seemed to be sort of a backwards fellowship, one in which I had to pay them: to the tune of around $20,000.

After several conversations I came to the realization that I could put together my own “gap-year”, work with people and organizations whom I personally chose, and do it all for much cheaper than $20,000. It’s that effort that I’m now trying to chronicle, to encourage and counsel the other people thinking about taking on the great unknown of opportunity.

To keep it as true to what as you might expect on your own trip, I’ve included almost all of the total costs of the trip: all the groceries, restaurants, random charges I can’t remember, metro cards, leisure travel; almost everything. I figure if you do your own gap year, you’ll end up pursuing as many random adventures as I did and so I want to keep the figures as realistic as possible. The only things I’ve not included are things that were particular to me, such as costs of camera equipment I needed to pick-up for work along the way and gifts for friends back home.

I began the trip in Guatemala, working in the communities around the garbage dump in Guatemala City with Potter’s House. an indigenous partner of a US based organization, endPoverty.

I was connected to endPoverty through a friend who recommended and introduced me to them. At first they were very hesitant, to say the least. They’d never taken anyone straight out of high school, and I’d be the first volunteer they’d ever sent to their partner in Guatemala. But after several interviews, both over the phone and in person, they agreed to take me on.

Before moving to Guatemala City, though, I wanted to brush up on my Spanish, as I’d only taken it for two years in high school and had forgotten most of it (thinking, “When am I ever going to use this?” Oops). So I first spent two weeks in Antigua, Guatemala studying Spanish six hours a day, five days a week at a language school there.

Once in Guatemala City with Potter’s House, I spent one day a week working with the micro-finance team, three days a week working with the international marketing team, and one day teaching English to sixth graders.

August – November, Guatemala





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Traveling Science

Perfect for schools, scout gatherings, corporate fun days, and mall or community events.

Reduced summer rates for camps, libraries, swim clubs, and recreation center programs.

Have The Franklin Institute come visit you!

We bring our signature brand of science to you with hands on science activities for kids, bringing you engaging activities designed specifically with elementary and middle school kids in mind. These Traveling Science assemblies provide fun science experiments for kids, complete with interactive learning that creates infectious enthusiasm that spills over into the classroom!

Many exciting topics are covered in the Franklin Institute’s traveling science programs. Explore how vibrations produce waves in air, and how those waves are related to our sense of hearing in our brand new show, Sound, Music, and Math. Our Astronomy show—which was developed with support from NASA—teaches you all about the behavior of light and how we learn about objects that are too far away to visit. Choose from 15 show topics—from astronomy and molecules to wild weather and chemistry. Each show is tailored to your grade level and generates infectious enthusiasm that spills over into the classroom!

The Franklin Institute also provides traveling science shows for kids age 3 to 5. These special preschool shows provide fun science education activities about lights and colors, water, motion, and gravity.

Traveling Science events, presented by Sunoco, Inc. , are ideal for schools, scout events, parties, community events, and any other occasion that calls for some interactive and fun science for kids. The Traveling Science shows also serve as a perfect supplement for in-class science education.

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Little girls love make believe and tea parties. We know exactly what they want and give them an experience of a life time. Entertaining since 2007.

We are a mobile party company that comes to your location to set up and host dress up tea parties, or just dress up themed parties. Such as: Princess tea party, Fairy tea party, Diva girl party, Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter tea party and Spa parties; however, we can be accommodating to your special themed requests.

Well bring all the supplies for dress up, hair, make up, craft and games. We will also decorate your table and chairs with all our magical supplies to have a spectacular tea party. We are a Southern California based company. Well travel to Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, Inland Empire and San Diego County.

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26/11/2017

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Traveling to Spain – Spain – Embassy of the United States

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Traveling to Spain

A safe trip abroad

The Department of State has prepared some useful tips for enjoying a safe trip abroad. This includes Country Specific Information on virtually every country in the world, Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings .

Entry for tourism / business

American citizens can enter Spain or Andorra visa-free for periods of up to three months. Spanish government regulations may require a return or on-going ticket or proof of funds. Should an American citizen wish to remain longer than ninety days, you will be required to obtain an extension of stay from Spanish immigration authorities. This extension, of no more than ninety days, must be requested at a police station at least three weeks before the initial entry period expires. It is only granted under exceptional circumstances. By law, foreigners who have overstayed their permitted time will not be allowed to leave Spain without first obtaining an exit permit from the Directorate of Security of the State in Madrid or from the local police in another city. A fine, commensurate with the time overstayed, may be charged.

Check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Europe. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires that your passport be valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure. If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. You could also be denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area. For this reason, we recommend that your passport have at least six months validity remaining whenever you travel abroad. For more information, please see the State Department s Schengen FAQ page.

Should you be considering a stay in Spain longer than three months you should inquire with the Spanish embassy or consulate near your place of residence outside of Spain prior to entry. You may also write directly to the Spanish National Police at Calle Moratin, 43, 28014 Madrid; or check the Spanish Ministry of Interior s website.

Residency and work permits

American citizens wanting to study, reside, or work in Spain must obtain the appropriate visa from the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in their state/country of last residence. After the visa has been issued, foreigners have three months to apply for the corresponding permit with the Spanish authorities in Spain. Obtaining a residence or work permit is a complicated process; since regulations change continually, we suggest that you check the Ministry of Interior s website. or call the Ministry of Interior, within Spain, toll-free at 060. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also manages a website.

Driving in Spain

U.S. citizens visiting Spain who want to drive in Spain must obtain an international driving permit prior to their arrival in Spain. An international driving permit (IDP) translates your state-issued driver s license into 10 languages so you can show it to officials in foreign countries to help them interpret your driver s license. The IDP is not valid by itself and must be carried with your driver s license. Click the following link for more information on driving overseas.

U.S. citizens who are residents of Spain must obtain a valid Spanish driver s license. At this time, there is no agreement between the United States and Spain for the validation of a U.S. driver s license; therefore, holders of a U.S. license must attend a Spanish driving school and take the Spanish exam. You can find more information on the Spanish Traffic Authority website .





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George Harrison Fund for UNICEF’s ‘Month of Giving’

Today we are proud to honor the legacy of George Harrison and the very first major music concert for a cause “The Concert for Bangladesh”. Join us in supporting the great work of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and their work with the children affected by the famine in Africa.

RARE, LIMITED EDITION PORTFOLIO NOW AVAILABLE

Be one of only 250 lucky fans worldwide to own the beautiful Traveling Wilburys Portfolio.

Curated by acclaimed art director David Costa, this collection includes photographs by Alberto Tolot during the making of the “Handle With Care” video, Neal Preston’s iconic photos for the first album, Caroline Greystock’s capture of early rehearsals, as well as Polaroids by the Wilburys themselves.

This beautiful portfolio is limited to an edition of 250 numbered lithographs, and is printed on 100# Strathmore Pastelle. The portfolio measures 12 3/4″ x 18 5/8″ x 5/8″, and includes seven prints suitable for framing. Get Yours Now!

The Traveling Wilburys is a fine-bound 144 page book published in a numbered, limited edition of 3,000 copies, each hand-signed by Jeff Lynne and presented in a cloth-bound slipcase. Each book is accompanied with a uniquely numbered lithograph of the lyrics to “Handle With Care” handwritten by George Harrison and available exclusively with the book.





26/11/2017

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Traveling From The U. S: Delta Air Lines #hot #deals #travel

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Traveling From The U.S.

Having the correct documentation in place before your trip is essential to travel outside the United States. Below are the Passport Visa requirements that will help make your trip run smoothly.

Passport

A passport is required for ALL international travel. If you’re traveling anywhere overseas, even to Canada, the Caribbean or Mexico, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter any country. In general, your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you enter a foreign country.

Visit the U. S. State Department’s website opens in a new window if you need a new passport or your passport is about to expire. There, you can find information on obtaining first time passports, passport renewals, second passport issuance and extra blank pages for an existing passport. You can also visit the U. S. Postal Service opens in a new window to find the closest Post Office that can also provide new and renewal passport services.

Visa

A travel visa is required to enter many countries. To see if one is required for your upcoming trip, visit the U. S. State Department travel website opens in a new window .

Re-entering the U.S.

Check the travel documents you will need to re-enter the U.S. For example, if you are traveling to the U.S. from Canada, select United States in the Destination country box. This search engine and database are provided and managed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). You may wish to double-check foreign entry requirements by contacting your local embassy or consulate.

Traveling to a U.S. Territory

If you are a U. S. citizen and want to travel to one of its territories, you will not need a U. S. Passport. Sufficient ID would be a U. S. driver’s license or other valid photo identification, the same as if you were flying to New York or Seattle. However, U.S. residents with foreign passports would be subject to the same entry procedures in one of the territories that they would be on the mainland.

These destinations are considered U. S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan and the U. S. Virgin Islands.





26/11/2017

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Here s a list of 10 attractions in Thailand are the most popular:

Ko Phi Phi is a small island in Krabi Province, which became the attractions in Southern Thailand. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants, while the smaller ones is Ko Phi Phi Leh is very popular because of its beaches or diving. Tourism on Ko Phi Phi has been flooded by tourists until recently, especially after the Ko Phi Phi Leh is used as the location for The film The Beach. This place is a very beautiful place to visit.

2. The Phang Nga Bay

Located just over 95 km (60 miles) from the island of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay is one of the tourist spots in Thailand and one of the most beautiful scenery in the country. This place consists of beautiful caves, the cave water and limestone islands. The most famous island in the Gulf is a stack of sea called Ko Ping Kan (better known as James Bond Island) shown in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun . A popular way to visit Phang Nga Bay is to use sea kayaking because that is the only way to get into the caves and caverns of the sea.

3. The Chiang Mai night bazaar

Chiang Mai is one of the tourist attractions in Thailand. The famous night market sprawls along several city blocks along the footpath, inside buildings and temples. You can find handicrafts, art, clothes and imported products of all descriptions, and a large number of both local-and from a modern shopping center. At first, the night market is only owned by Chinese merchants, but since this market grew in size as a commercial building, then later it was now built by many local residents, then it is no longer owned by one group of people. Instead, there are a lot of owners, and most of them are natives of Thailand.

4. Grand Palace

The construction of the Palace began in 1782 when the capital of Siam was transferred from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Palace served as the residence of the Kings of Thailand until the mysterious death of King Ananda Mahidol in 1946. His brother, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who succeeded him moved permanently to the Chitralada Palace. Grand Palace includes a variety of architectural styles, ranging from the pure Ayutthayan style of the temple for Thailand and West blend to other structures. Tourist places in Thailand also include Wat Phra Kaew, home of the Emerald Buddha, one of the oldest and most famous is the statue of the Buddha in the world.

Ayuthaya founded in 1350 by King U Thong M as a second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. For centuries, this location is ideal between China, India and the Malay Archipelago, to the making of Ayutthaya became the capital of Asian trade. In 1767 the town was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the Kingdom. The town was re-established several kilometers to the East of the ruins, now a historic park of Ayutthaya. Most of the remains of temples and palaces can be seen, because it was the only building made of stone at the time. Now attractions in Thailand have been attracting many tourists from abroad.

Koh Tao is a small island located near the East coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Approximately 7000 new certified divers on Koh Tao each year, making tourism spots in Thailand is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the world to learn to dive. Diving around the coral reefs of the island will be easy and fun and you can see a variety of marine species as impressive as coral, turtles, small fish, Barracuda and if lucky, you will have the opportunity to see whale sharks. The average visibility of around 15-20 metres.

7. Railay Beach

The beaches of Railay (or Rai Leh) are a small peninsula accessible only by boat because the high limestone Cliff cuts off mainland access. Tourist attractions in Thailand attracts rock climbers from around the world, but other areas are also a popular attraction in Thailand because of its beautiful beaches and the atmosphere is relaxed and calm. Accommodation ranges from inexpensive bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers, and the jet-set resort of Rayavadee.

8. The Similan Islands

The Similan Islands in the West Sea Andaman considered the best dive destinations in Thailand. The archipelago consists of 9 islands of tropical forest covered with white sandy beaches. View beneath the water surface even more impressive. There are 2 different types of dive sites around the Similan Islands. East region faced dive consists of coral reef dive sites ramps while the west facing has a large granite boulder, covered with hard and soft corals. Tourist attractions in Thailand are always flooded by tourists each year.

9. The islands of Ko Chang

Located near the border with Cambodia, Ko Chang is the second largest island in Thailand, and largest of the Ko Chang Marine Park Archipelago is. Ko Chang is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand with a few waterfalls, coral reefs, rainforest and growing long white sandy beach. The island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, snakes, deer and a number of elephants. Just recently, in less than ten years, Ko Chang has turned herself into the goal to be in the sights of Thailand, and while still far quieter than islands like Phuket or Ko Samui.

10. The island of Tarutao

Ko Tarutao is one of the 51 islands that are included in Tarutao National Marine Park islands in southern Thailand. One appeal Tarutao is the largest wildlife: turtles, whales, lizards, crabs, monkeys, deer. Compared with other Andaman islands, the waters of Ko Tarutao does look murky for snorkelling, but for most of the beaches, waterfalls, hiking and other sights, the tourist spots in Thailand this was enough to compensate it.





26/11/2017

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2014 MYAS Bat Rules

The following describes the legality of bats for all MYAS/Gopher State/MN USSSA programs:

9-14 Year Old Teams:

Big Barrel Bats (larger than 2 inches in diameter) – only the following big barrel bats made by approved USSSA licensed manufacturers will be allowed in USSSA play:

2) is a qualified BBCOR bat; or

3) is wooden

Small Barrel Bats (2 inches in diameter) – only the following small barrel bats made by approved USSSA licensed manufacturers will be allowed in USSSA play:

1) is made with the NEW USSSA mark (see image); or

2) is wooden

Note: The old USSSA mark is not valid in 2014

15-19 Year Old Teams

All 15u-17-19u programs will follow the bat standards adopted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

MYAS/Gopher State/MN USSSA will continue its policy for 15-19 year olds in following the bat standards adopted by the NFHS. Therefore, if a bat is legal under the NFHS rules, it is legal in all MYAS/Gopher State/MN USSSA programs. If not legal for NFHS play, it is not legal for MYAS/Gopher State/MN USSSA play.





26/11/2017

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Want To Work While Traveling The World For A Year? This

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Want To Work While Traveling The World For A Year? This Startup Might Be Able To Help

Remote Year says it will find you a job that lets you travel the world for a year. Is it too good to be true?

When 25-year-old Greg Caplan left his job at Groupon recently, he really wanted to spend some time traveling and working remotely, but ran into a few problems.

“I was able to find remote work, but it’s difficult to find friends to travel with,” he says. “The biggest issue is traveling alone. I thought it’d be lonely. I wanna go travel but I wanna do it with a community and in a more structured way.”

This predicament prompted him to launch Remote Year. which offers 100 remote workers an opportunity to travel together to 18 different locations over the course of a year.

Remote Year handles logistics like itinerary, lodging, and activities. And if participants don’t already have a job that allows them to work outside the office, Remote Year will help them find one. “People really, really want to do this type of program,” Caplan says. Indeed, just three days after the site went live earlier this month, Remote Year already had more than 3,000 inquiries from potential applicants, and 15 companies expressed interest in hiring workers that they may never actually meet in person.

In the past, taking a year to travel around the world might have also meant taking a year off work. But as digital tools make long-distance communication and coordination easier, location becomes less important. And many companies already encourage remote work, like Sawhorse Media. the technology company behind MuckRack and the Shorty Awards .

Of its staff of roughly 20, just half of those work in the New York headquarters. “We have people working for us from anywhere from LA to North Carolina to Canada and even Poland,” says CEO Greg Galant. “Some of them we never see. It’s an increasingly large trend because of the challenge of both finding the right talent and also the nature of work becoming easier to distribute. Half the tools we’re using didn’t exist just five or 10 years ago.”

Remote Year says it will help participants find a job “in virtually any field and for any level of experience.” By working with companies to find openings for people with specialized skill sets as well as entry-level employees, Caplan says he “will help ensure there is an opportunity that fits any background and skill set.” Caplan says Remote Year will organize local adventures in each country on the trip, as well as a designated work space at each location.

In return for serving as a de facto travel agent / employment agency, Remote Year takes a cut of its participants’ paychecks twice a month to cover the travel costs. It keeps some for itself, too, but Caplan is coy about just how much. “Remote Year will earn a small profit on the program, but the dollar / percentage is not set,” he says. “The fees will be stable for participants but costs might fluctuate.” In other words, participants will pay the same amount each month, but Remote Year’s cut of that amount will vary depending on travel costs.

Some people will have to switch jobs for this, but that’s totally fine. That could be a great fruitful experience anyway.

While it seems like a cool idea, there are a lot of gaps that need to filling, and the Remote Year website contains almost no information about what is a hugely ambitious project. Indeed, some of the most important details for potential applicants are unclear and it seems that Caplan doesn’t have the answers.

For example, how much will the trip cost? Caplan won’t say, but claims the minimum salary a traveler might need in order to pay Remote Year and have some leftover cash hovers around $35,000. “There’s gonna be people who go way outside that range,” he says. “People on Remote Year are not working for Remote Year. They’re a direct employee of a company.” Therefore, one’s pay will vary based on experience and type of work.

Also not clear yet are which 18 locations Remote Year members will travel to. And Caplan is tight-lipped about how he’s choosing “the most interesting 100 people” out of thousands of applicants for this inaugural trip. But he does insist diversity is a high priority. “I want first of all, most importantly, diversity on the program. People from different countries, backgrounds, education, skill sets, marital status. I have a married couple that said ‘Is it possible to come if you’re married?’ I think that sounds awesome.”

Of course, many married couples won’t be able to travel the world for a year, even if their bosses are cool with it. And while teleworking is indeed becoming more commonplace, it isn’t feasible in some industries. “Some people will have to switch jobs for this, but that’s totally fine,” Caplan says. “That could be a great fruitful experience anyway.”

What if people don’t get along? Putting 100 strangers in close proximity (Caplan says sometimes they’ll have to share rooms) is a recipe for disagreements. The hope is that sheer size of the group will ensure everyone has a friend. And if they don’t want to participate in planned activities, they won’t have to. “They are totally free to go do whatever they want whenever they want,” Caplan says.

Galant, from Sawhorse Media, says he’d certainly consider letting employees enroll in Remote Year, so long as they kept producing good work. “You just wanna work with really talented people,” he says. “It doesn’t really matter where they are.”

But since Caplan won’t say what requirements applicants will have to meet, it’s not clear from an employer’s perspective just how talented Remote Year members will be. Caplan says he is “strongly curating” group members, but simply being chosen from a large group of applicants doesn’t carry much weight, it’s why you were chosen that’s important.

Are Remote Year workers special because they have a sense of adventure? Will they boast particularly unique skill sets? Can Remote Year vouch for their work ethic? On this, Caplan says only that “the first inaugural batch is gonna be highly filtered, so it’s gonna be people that really want it.”

For a company whose livelihood depends on its limited number of annual members getting consistent paychecks, Caplan seems surprisingly unconcerned with making sure the jobs are secure and the workers are reliable. “We don’t have the specific terms of the program set around canceling and situations such as losing their job, and we will handle those type of situations on a case-by-case basis,” he says.

So far it’s just Caplan and his big idea, but his goal is to have five full-time employees dedicated to the logistics of looking after 100 people and ensuring each pitstop provides a suitable workspace.

He’ll have to straighten out all of this ambiguity soon, the inaugural trip leaves in just nine months on June 1, 2015. The program will open to applicants over the next few months, and it sounds like a lot of people will be waiting to sign up.





24/11/2017

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Traveling with Pets

A cat calmly prepares for travel.

Before you take your pet across the border, or back, please be aware of requirements and regulations that may affect you and your pet.

Before Traveling with Your Pet

  • Before taking a pet to another country, contact that country s consulate or embassy for information about their requirements.
  • Travelers are advised to also contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for additional information and advice. See the USDA Export – Pets and Animals page .

Driving over the U.S. Border

The regulations about bringing a pet into the United States are the same whether you drive over the U.S. border with your pet in your car, fly, or travel by other means. All animals entering (or reentering) the United States are subject to the same laws, regardless of the port or method of entry.

Traveling by Air

Many pet owners wonder whether they pick up their pet at the international airport or only at their final destination.

Since pets are generally transported as baggage, they go through the same procedures as baggage. If a pet does not require quarantine at the port of entry, then an international traveler would pick up both luggage and the pet at international baggage claim. They would then go through customs and re-check both luggage and the pet for the domestic flight to their final destination.

Customs and Declaring Pets

When travelers fill out their customs declaration cards, they must declare any animals traveling with them on the card.

Interstate and Intrastate Movement of Animals

The USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and various states may impose restrictions, depending on the animal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, working in concert with CDC, has enacted regulations restricting the movement of African rodents. For the full text, please read the Federal Register document 42 CFR Part 71 Control of Communicable Diseases; Restrictions on African Rodents, Prairie Dogs, and Certain Other Animals .

Otherwise, there are no CDC regulations on interstate and intrastate transportation of animals.

Making Sure Pets Stay Healthy During Travel

Please read the Pet Travel page on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service site. It covers known scams, traveling containers, sedation, and more. Consult your veterinarian for more information regarding protecting your pet s health while traveling. People considering shipping dogs or cats across state lines or internationally for the purpose of adoption, should visit the American Veterinary Medical Association s booklet on Best Practices for Relocation of Dogs and Cats for Adoption.

Please note: CDC focuses its regulation efforts on ensuring the health and safety of the public. While it is important to make sure your pet stays healthy while traveling, CDC is primarily concerned with preventing the spread of diseases that affect humans.





17/11/2017

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9 Helpful Tips For Traveling Europe Alone As A 20-Something Female

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9 Helpful Tips For Traveling Europe Alone As A 20-Something Female

This summer I packed up a Rick Steves backpack, got on a plane and traveled Europe by myself. When I left, my dad was terrified and most of my friends thought I was crazy. BUT traveling alone was the best thing I’ve ever done and through trial/error/hangovers, I learned a lot.  Here are some tips for making your solo European trip as fun, safe, awesome and as cheap as possible:

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1. Realize what’s important in a hostel

One of the reasons why traveling alone is the best is that you get to make new friends nearly every day. However, a key factor of this is choosing what hostels to stay in. You might think you’ve scored big time when you book a fancy hostel (complete with bar! food! pool!) for cheap, but I would recommend being weary of such accommodations. When hostels feel like hotels, travelers tend to be less social. What’s actually important? Kitchen, atmosphere (somewhere in between chill and party) and communal lounge areas. Major bonus if you snag free breakfast.

2. Find friends at your hostel that you can trust

The least sketchy way to start out an evening is going out with people you at least slightly know. Now that being said, you can still barely know them. For example, in Scotland I went outside out of boredom and ended up tagging along with some fellow travelers and it turned out to be a great night. But knowing they had my back (to an extent at least) allowed me to enjoy getting reasonably drunk. Example number two, while out with a large group from my hostel in Paris, I got SMASHED (believe me, the caps is justified), but because I was with a great group of people, and a really nice Australian (thanks Michael), I didn’t get robbed and/or taken advantage of.

3. Come up with an Alias

There are most definitely going to be creepers, because although in the states getting a man is about as easy as performing a root canal, in Europe they’re everywhere. Sadly, not all that attention will be welcomed. Therefore, you must have an alias most importantly a last name, so they won’t know anything too personal about you.

Go with something realistic (a.k.a most of them won’t be stupid enough to believe your name is McLovin), also pick something that’s not already taken (they also won’t believe your name is Angelina Jolie). Get to know your alias so it sounds natural when you respond to their questions. Give this alias a fake city as well, preferably one you know something about. My name in Europe was Christine Benson (common last name) and I hailed from San Francisco (I have been there enough to be able to convincingly lie straight to peoples face).

4. Learn how to avoid creeps without actually saying no

The last thing you want to do is piss off the drunk Scotsman at the bar. So instead of saying “fuck off” like you want to, try to be a little more discreet. Since you probably don’t have cellular phone capabilities, expect them to ask for your name so they can stalk you on Facebook. Creepy, right? Good thing there’s a trick! Use this line: “my name is really common, let me get yours.” Say this even if your name is the most unique name on the planet (besides, your alias should be common). This way, you’re not saying no, but they also won’t be stalking your profile pictures/sending you messages in which they are overly interested in your whereabouts.

 5. Pack lightly

Everyone will tell you this and you will ha-ha at them and say, “duh, I already know that”. But really, PACK LIGHT. Bring clothes you love so much you want to sleep with them, and then wear them over and over again (also helpful because there will probably be a lot of nights when you’re too drunk to take off said clothes before passing out). I thought I packed light, but still had to ship back an 80 Euro package to make my bag fit within the Nazi like limitations of RyanAir.

6. Bring your student ID

Nobody told me this! Nobody! To my friends who’ve been to Europe I ask: what kind of friends are you. Bring your student ID even if you don’t remember the last time you cracked open a book. It can get you cheaper drinks, free museum admission and pretty much everything at a discounted price.

7. Find a grocery store

Unless you want to sit alone in your hostel and cry, you are going to have to spend some money. However, in some aspects you will have control over the amount of money you spend. Food is one of these. I would suggest finding your nearest grocery store and getting real familiar with tortellini (cheap, delicious, protein filled) Spend your food money where it counts: scotch in Scotland, a nice dinner in Paris, authentic pasta in Italy, Tapas in Barcelona, etc. The rest of the time, eat all the baguettes you can find.

8. Have flexibility to leave/stay

Saying this is going to make me sound like an ungrateful, uncultured snob, but I hated Rome. The second I stepped out of termini station (and was greeted by a vomiting homeless man) I had a bad feeling about the place, and after the first night I was ready to leave. But I still had three more full days before I departed for Barcelona. I wish I’d had more flexibility to move around as I pleased instead of being at the whim of an airline. You do have to be careful of prices rising the longer you wait (BUY A CHUNNEL TICKET ASAP IF YOU’RE GOING FROM LONDON TO PARIS), but sometimes moving on with your journey, or staying where makes you happiest, is worth the extra cost.

9. Dress/act like yourself

You are going to constantly be putting yourself out there, meeting new people, asking for directions in a language you don’t speak, going into fancy museums. My best advice for dealing with any un-comfortableness associated with these things: be yourself. Not only will this make you feel more at ease, but it will also help you attract the kind of people you actually want to hang out with.





16/11/2017

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10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #book #airline

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Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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16/11/2017

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William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling #hotel #cheap

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William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling

© AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File FILE – Ina Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal William Shatner speaks to the media about the upcoming event at a news conference in Calgary, Alberta. Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting again playing the travel pro’s daughter.

LOS ANGELES — William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company.

But in real life, even Shatner can’t avoid the perils of getting through airport security lines.

“I got patted down one time, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and my pants fell down. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life,” Shatner said, recalling the incident at Los Angeles International Airport.

Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (“The Big Bang Theory”) again playing the travel pro’s daughter. He’s unfazed that fans recognize him for the long-running commercial gig as well as the “Star Trek” TV series and movies and his Golden Globe-winning role on “Boston Legal.”

“This is a form of creativity,” he said of collaborating on the TV spots. “It is like an acting job.”

Working with priceline.com is only part of what keeps Shatner busy as he nears his 84th birthday in March.

The original Capt. James T. Kirk just wrapped a national tour of his one-man stage show and is planning for another. He’s got what he calls an “unusual” summer series for NBC in the works; is in the upcoming fact-based movie “The Sunday Horse”; and is collaborating with a custom motorcycle manufacturer on designing a new three-wheeled vehicle.

Shatner, an avid motorcyclist, plans a Chicago-to-Los Angeles charity ride to launch the bike this summer. Another longtime passion is horses, which he rides competitively and which help him keep fit.

“I get out and ride five, six horses in a session, and might spend three hours riding very hard,” he said. “I feel great. I don’t even think of age.”

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15/11/2017

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Traveling by Train in Europe – Go World Travel Magazine #parveen

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Traveling by Train in Europe

Traveling by train in Europe is efficient and cost-effective.

It was small, fitting neatly into the palm of my hand, but it held great promise. This simple slip of paper, my Eurail youth pass, allowed me to hop on any train in Europe. It was like winning the lottery or landing the golden ticket.

Back then, I was an exchange student studying in Austria, so I was close to the action. Eurail in hand, I would pull out my map of Europe, which started off crisp and new but soon grew tattered with use, and plan my adventures.

Should I meet friends in Spain? Travel with my roommate to Budapest? Or should we try to reach the Arctic Circle in Norway? It didn’t matter that I had to sleep in youth hostels or on overnight trains. I was exploring Europe!

Many years have passed since the train trips I took at age 20, but I’m still in love with train travel in Europe.

For me, one of the biggest benefits about vacationing in Europe is that it’s easy to visit several countries in one trip. Unlike travel in the United State or Australia, where traveling between states can take days, you can travel just a few hours or less and be in a completely different culture.

This makes traveling in Europe much simpler. I’ve rented cars in Europe, and that’s a great way to explore rural areas like Tuscany. But then it comes to driving in large cities and populated areas, driving can be stressful, and it can be difficult to find your way around.

By contrast, the train system is well-organized and takes much of the guess-work out of travel. That s why, once again, I chose to travel by train on a recent trip to Europe.

Our plan was to start off in Paris, and then travel around Switzerland. After a few tricky spots manuvouring our luggage through the Paris subway system, we took off from Paris.

It took less than six hours and just one connection to make it to the small town of Montreux, Switzerland on Lake Geneva. Going to the airport would have been more expensive and taken more time, considering all the hassles of checking in and going through security.

We chose to purchase a Swiss Pass for our rail travel.

From there, we chose to buy a five-day Swiss Pass, which provided unlimited access on trains, buses, and boats over the course of eight days.

The Swiss take train travel to new heights. Their organized, efficient and punctual train system means that you can make each connection as planned. If the schedule says the train will leave at 15:39, you can be guaranteed that it will.

From Montreux, we took the train to the cheese-making village of Gruyeres (yes, of the famous cheese). That entailed a breath-taking train trip through the Alps, a short connection in the village of Montbovon, and then we were there.

Getting from the even tinier Swiss village of Charmey, Switzerland to Zurich required a bit more adventure. First, we took a regional bus to Bulle, caught a train to Romont, and then connected one more time in Bern to reach Zurich.

Each connection was perfectly spelled out on the Rail Europe travel planning website, and went smoothly. The entire trip, including all the connections, only took 2.44 hours.

Train travel varies by country, of course, but in general, it’s safe and efficient. You still need to take the usual precautions, though. I learned this when my purse stolen once while sleeping on a train in France. Fortunately, police can be found at most stations if you need assistance.

Not long ago, my daughter told me about her upcoming summer plans – a month-long trip around Europe.

Like any parent, I worry. My daughter would be traveling overseas, far away from me. But what could I say? I remembered a girl who once did that same thing at the same age.

“Let me tell you about the Eurail Pass,” I told her, and then we pulled out a crisp new map of Europe.

Where to Buy Tickets

Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America.  They have served North American travelers for over 75 years and represent more than 35 railroads.

Rail Europe sells the following point-to-point tickets, as well as the following rail passes:

All Eurail Passes

Balkan Flexipass

BritRail Pass

European East Pass

France Rail Pass

France Rail Pass Premium

German Rail Pass

Swiss Pass

Central Europe Triangle Pass

Overnight Travel

For overnight train travel, sleeper and couchette tickets can also be purchased through Rail Europe.

Sleeper/couchette options include:

* Sleepers/Couchettes

* Deluxe: A bed and private restroom

T4 Compartment: Four beds, washbasin, linens/towels

T3 Compartment: Three beds, washbasin, linens/towels

Single: First-class compartment with one bed, washbasin, linens/towels

Please note: Some train, such as TGV, require a purchased seat reservation in addition to your ticket.





14/11/2017

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How to add traveling to your Resume #www.travel

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Be as specific as possible . including: where you re starting, dates of travel, budget, interests, places you ve been, things you like and dislike.

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30/09/2017

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China: Tips for Traveling in China #travel #nurse #jobs

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China: Tips for Traveling in China

1.   Once you buy it in China, it is yours.  Like most foreign countries, make sure you are happy with the exact merchandise being sold to you.  Inspect what you intend to buy, and not a sample with a “factory sealed” package to be delivered upon payment.

2.   China has competitive and generally reliable electronics malls in the major cities.  Be sure you are geeky enough to make an informed purchase.  There are bargains, but do not expect the technical help you might get from your own electronics stores at home.

3.   You should be an experienced shopper to know what something is worth in a Chinese market.  Generally the shopkeeper will start at 10X what you should counteroffer.  You could ask strangers what they would typically pay for it.   Taxi prices are set by meter.  Food merchants naturally will jack up the price for foreign-looking people, so be sure to bargain.  Bargaining is an art in China.  If you do not care for it, have someone else buy things for you.

4.   Beggars and street people?  There are a few, but no where near the number of homeless on the streets of the U.S.  Chinese pay them no mind and neither should you.  Just walk on.

5.   Like anywhere, some tourist attractions are overrated.  Avoid visiting mid-morning and mid-afternoon when group bus tours unload hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to overrun a previously enjoyable attraction.  The cacophony of multiple battery-operated bullhorns in several languages will spoil any visit to a Chinese garden, the Great Wall or landscape scenery.

6.  Tour groups are a good convenient way to see some outstanding things and get taken to tourist trinket stores.  When you ditch the tour you probably see more on your own, but with more time spent planning about being a stranger in a foreign land.  You cannot hope to get a pulse of the people on a typical tourism visit, as you will not be exposed to common worker Chinese, the hundreds of millions who form the majority in the country.  You will see a lot of Chinese hospitality industry workers who speak some English, and maybe some Chinese tourists who also are enjoying the country.  They are not at all representative of the country, 48% of which still live on the farm and do not speak one word of English, even if they allegedly learned it in school.

7.   Chinese people are delighted if you make any attempt to speak Mandarin, even if it’s only a couple of words.  The best way to introduce yourself is with a warm, broad smile.  Even when you might be upset or frustrated, smile.  It works.

8.     Traveling in China on its holidays can be a nightmare.  Plan your trip carefully so you know what to expect on the Chinese Official Holidays.  China-briefing.com is a good source, so search for the current year.  While the holidays may be the same from year to year, even tied to fixed dates, the entire holiday period will shift.  New schedules are posted in December, just a week or so before the year begins.   Do not assume the May Day holiday is May 1-3.  It might be April 29 and 30 and May 1.  That mistake might ruin sightseeing and cause you to be stranded without transport tickets.

9.   Anyone who approaches you trying to practice English should be greeted with a smile and skepticism.  Most Chinese are shy and will not speak to you unless you speak first.  Those who overtly approach you and make the first move are likely to be selling something or worse.  Many tourists reports scams in Shanghai, so be friendly but careful.  Never ever follow a stranger anywhere.  Period.

10. Chinese restaurants with lots of foreigners (non-Chinese) are almost always unauthentic, as well as overpriced.  Usually frequented by group tours, these places change recipes to conform to what they think are “western tastes.”  Many middle-class, white linen restaurants, hosting complete nuclear (three-generation) families around big round tables, have English menus with sometimes humorous translations.  The more crowded with families it is, the better value and food it has.  The menu’s color pictures will help also.  If they just show you an English menu, ask to see both.  They might be pricing the food twice to five-times higher for tourists.  If so, just walk out before you drink any tea.   Compare the photos and prices.  No tipping in restaurants, taxis, or anywhere for that matter.

11. Luxury goods are expensive in China, thanks to a luxury tax.  Go to Hong Kong to make a killing on name-brand bargains.  In China you can find some good buys in silk, pearls, jade and handicrafts, but you must study a bit to make sure you are getting the real thing.  Bone porcelain can be a good buy too, but it must be carefully packed for your air travel.

12. The internet is censored in China.  You need a VPN to see Facebook and any blog for that matter.  GOOGLE is blocked again (April 2015).  This means for android phone users no Google Maps and no Play Store to get a new app – map or otherwise.  This made things very difficult when using a local SIM card and no VPN. Hotel internet charges rise along with the room rates.  Lower cost three-star hotels will frequently have free wired and WiFi internet.  Luxury hotels will charge you USD$15-25 per day.  Internet cafes can be a huge inconvenience with lots of smokers and unclean surrroundings.  Book a hostel or hotel with free WiFi.  They are everywhere.

13. Before you leave home, get a good guidebook and buy street maps on line or in bookstores for cities you wish to explore.  Free tourism maps are never to scale or easy to follow, with half the streets not there, names unclear. and big advertising splashed right across where you want to go.  Amazing how many people budget well over USD$1,500 per person for China travel, yet won’t spend USD$30 for an excellent book to help them along the way.  DK Eyewitness Guides are well regarded for their color pictorals of everything there is to see, while Lonely Planet has logistics info on most anywhere you want to go.  Other books more resemble a group tour itinerary, only covering the overvisited tourism sights and avoiding any real detail.

City guides unfortunately suggest westernized entertainment zones where only monied upper-class people would care to enter.  You can have a lot of fun on food streets, wet and dry markets and such.  Walk the Bund at night to people watch.  Tiananmen Square is best at night.

14.  Personal sanitation is important while traveling.  Since you are on the “tourist trail,” you are actually mixing with people from dozens of countries on six continents, not just Asians.  Bring your own alcohol-based wet wipes for water-free hand sanitation.  Never drink tap water!  Bottled water is common everywhere and cheap at the corner convenience stores.

15. Bring your own toilet tissue with you, as you will  rarely find a public toilet supplied with it.  Carry it always in your purse, camera bag or backpack.  Small flat travel packs (dry tissue and wet toilet wipes) are now available many places.  You may use little packs of alcohol wet wipes to go over places your body will touch.





04/09/2017

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Best Companies for Traveling Solo #flights #and #hotel

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Q: Can you recommend any companies that are good for solo travelers? —Carolyn Hall, Chicago, Ill.

A: A couple of months ago, after my daughter had passed through the dependent stage of infancy, I started to get the itch to take a big trip. The problem, my husband and I realized, was that one of us was going to have to stay home to take care of our kids. (With two of them under the age of four, it’s not a job that’s easily outsourced.) I would be traveling solo.

The good news: where there used to be a stigma associated with hitting the road on your own, there are now an increasing number of companies that recognize the value of single travelers. Tour operators and cruise lines have become more accommodating in recent years, creating special programs for unaccompanied travelers and waiving the often-steep single supplement (an additional charge for unfilled space) that they usually tack on to such trips.

In my case, I chose a safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. And although I left somewhat reluctantly, I can honestly report (with apologies to my husband) that I had an even more remarkable time for being on my own. I often had safari vehicles and bush planes all to myself, and I had the undivided attention of my guides. Over meals and during shared game drives, I developed an easy camaraderie with people from around the globe. At night, lions, hippos, and elephants congregated outside my tent. I was alone, but never lonely.

The best of solo travel does just this: offers you all the solitude you crave, while also facilitating meaningful encounters with other people.

Cruises

Not long ago, it was common to see a 100 percent surcharge on solo cruises. And though that’s still the case on some ships, the landscape is changing. Norwegian Cruise Line has a class of Studio cabins tailor-made for single travelers and priced at roughly 30 percent less than a double stateroom on its Epic, Breakaway, and Pride of America ships. Lindblad Expeditions offers single-occupancy cabins on its National Geographic Explorer and Endeavour (and soon Orion ) ships for about a third off a regular room. Other lines, meanwhile, have simply been reducing the supplement: Silversea and Azamara Club Cruises often drop it to 25 percent, and Crystal Cruises goes as low as 10 percent. Grand Circle Cruise Line has no single supplement for its small-ship cruises.

River cruises, in particular, have been rolling out the welcome mat for singles. Companies such as AmaWaterways . Uniworld . and Avalon Waterways regularly waive the supplement altogether. AmaWaterways and Viking River Cruises also have a small inventory of single staterooms on some ships; book early to get them.

To keep track of specials geared toward solo travelers, it’s best to work with a travel agent. T+L A-List advisor and cruise specialist Mary Ann Ramsey. with Betty Maclean Travel in Naples, Florida, points out that not all ships have the right atmosphere and amenities for solo travelers; a good agent can steer you toward the best one.

Tours and Safaris

As with cruise lines, tour operators are offering more value for solo travelers—and are becoming adept at keeping group tours inclusive. Overseas Adventure Travel has no single supplement on any of its 44 land trips. (See T+L’s 2013 Global Vision Awards for more on the company.) Tauck is reducing the surcharge on more than 30 of its 2014 land tours; Abercrombie Kent either waives or lowers it for dozens of trips. (Both operators also frequently ditch the supplement on river cruises.)

Room rates at most African lodges are based on double occupancy, making solo safaris quite expensive. But some companies, notably Singita . which has luxury camps and lodges in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, are breaking with tradition and abandoning the single supplement. There are also opportunities for savings during the off-season. Micato Safaris , for example, slashes its supplements for East Africa departures in April and May. Wilderness Safaris waives the charge for flights and accommodations on trips throughout southern Africa from November through April 15. (I visited in early April, and the game viewing was spectacular.)

Again, the key is to book through an agent or safari operator who will know where the deals are and can place you with other solo travelers. Leora Rothschild of Rothschild Safaris also notes that picking the right camp is crucial. You’ll want one with family-style dining and not an overabundance of honeymooners.

35: The percentage of solo travelers on tours offered by Overseas Adventure Travel.





30/08/2017

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How Much We Spent Traveling in Europe for Two Months #deals

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How Much We Spent Traveling in Europe for Two Months

When Andy and I set off on our Beyond Vacation kick-off trip. I decided to keep track of every penny we spent. There were two reasons for this. We ve never really tracked our travel spending, and I wanted to know how much it costs for us to travel for more than a week or two. And I wanted to be able to share with you how much it costs to travel to the places we visited in Europe. I will have posts later that break down our spending by location, but for now here s an overview of how much we spent traveling in Europe for two months.

A quick look at how much we spent

The following amounts are for two people. All numbers are listed first in euros, second in US dollars.

2,959.40€ / $3,924.47 accommodation

1,335.60€ / $1,771.31 trains

295.60€ / $391.81 other transportation

2,056.78€ / $2,726.21 food and alcohol

205.80€ / $272.80 activities

130.04€ / $172.40 miscellaneous

6,983.22€ / $9,259 total

As you can see, Western Europe is not cheap. We traveled through Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy, plus side trips to the tiny countries of San Marino and the Vatican. Andy and I are not bare-bones budget travelers, but we aren t luxury travelers either, so this should give you a decent middle of the road view on costs.

Accommodation spending 2,959.40€

We spent 52 nights away from our home. Most of this was in apartment rentals, but there were a few nights in hostels and hotels, plus one night spent on an overnight train. 2,959.40€ divided by 52 nights comes out to an average of 56.91€ per night.

We didn t pay for 15 nights of lodging. The night on the train was technically free accommodation since the ticket price is entirely included in the train category. We also got complimentary accommodations in the following places: 2 nights in Rotterdam for the post-conference press trip; 2 nights in a hostel in Nice and 3 nights in a hostel in Naples. both sponsored by Hostelworld; 7 nights in Bologna as part of BlogVille, sponsored by Emilia-Romagna Tourism. If we had paid for those ourselves, I estimate we would ve spent another 1,100€ for 14 nights.

So 2,959.40€ divided by the 37 nights we did pay for averages out to 79.98€ per night, roughly 40€ per person per night. I think this is pretty good considering how expensive hotels can be in Europe. Renting apartments as often as possible definitely helped keep our costs down, not only in this category but also in the food category.

Train spending 1,335.60€

This was a plane-free trip, so our major form of transportation was by train. The train system in Europe is generally really good, and I m starting to like train travel more and more.

We looked at getting InterRail passes (like Eurail passes, but InterRail is for European residents) but after some research decided it wasn t worth it in our situation. Since we had all of our dates set ahead of time, it was cheaper to book the train tickets ahead of time in most places. Passes would ve worked if we were booking at the last minute. There were a few trains we bought tickets for at the last minute (in the Netherlands and Belgium, and short distances in Italy) because the prices were almost the same and we wanted to leave ourselves some flexibility.

Other transportation spending 295.60€

This is almost entirely public transportation, such as buses, metros, and trams. We used public transportation a lot since we were mostly in big cities and the distances were too far to walk. Almost each city we were in offers some kind of day or multi-day pass for their transportation system, but not all of them were as economical. There is one ride in a taxi and a round trip boat ticket in here as well.

Rotterdam Tourism covered the cost of our local transportation for the 2 day press trip including this crazy tuk tuk and a water taxi. Emilia-Romagna Tourism covered the cost of the van that took our whole group on a weekend excursion, but we paid for our transportation for things like getting to Gelato University and to Modena for the vinegar tasting .

Food and alcohol spending 2,056.78€

We did our fair share of eating (and drinking) out, but we purposely rented apartments so we could eat breakfast in and make our own meals occasionally. We almost never bought breakfast out, we went grocery shopping when we stayed in apartments, and didn t eat at fancy restaurants. We certainly could ve eaten in even more often, but we also wanted to make sure we were trying the local food.

We had a few lunches covered at the travel blogging conference, all meals on the post-conference trip were covered, and a few meals were covered during BlogVille. Overall we paid for almost everything we ate or drank, and I m estimating about 3 days worth of meals we didn t have to pay for.

2,056.78€ divided by 50 days averages out to 41.14€ per day, so just over 20€ per person per day. Not bad considering how often we ate out, drank out, and indulged in gelato. (Check out Andy s post about the best sandwich ever .)

Activities spending 205.80€

This number includes visits to Vianden Castle and Castle Gravensteen. the Anne Frank Museum. the tulip farm. the Cantillon brewery. Mini Europe. renting beach umbrellas, and a few other things like that. It is a bit low though because we had quite a few activities covered by the tourism boards we were working with. The things we did in Bologna while we were participating in BlogVille were covered, like our San Marino guide, my pasta cooking class and Gelato University. We also had complimentary tours of Pompeii. the Vatican. the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and a food tour from Walks of Italy. These are all activities we would have paid for on our own if we weren t able to get them sponsored, and I estimate the cost to be around 700€.

Miscellaneous spending 130.04€

The majority of this category won t apply to most people, but there will always be some other expenses along the way when you travel, especially if you buy souvenirs. I only had one pair of jeans with me, and they were an older pair, so just a week into the trip they had holes in them and had to be replaced for 39.90€ in Amsterdam. I also bought some earrings the same day.

Because we were traveling for 2 months, I had to buy contact solution about halfway through the trip. We put our luggage in a locker at the train station in Paris during our train layover so we could find dinner. I bought some postcards, as well as 3 souvenir thimbles for my mom. We also had to spend a whopping 20 cents each to use a bathroom, which I only bothered to include here because I thought it was funny.

We each used our cell phones a little bit while we were traveling, and the extra charges we incurred for using our phones outside of Germany came out to a total of 16.04€. We also had to pay to do laundry 3 times when we didn t have free access to a washer, and that cost came to 20.60€ total.

So that s how much we spent traveling in Europe for two months! Everyone s travel budgets will be different, but this will give you a good starting point for a long trip in Europe. If you prefer more luxurious hotels or budget hostel dorms, you ll need to make adjustments when planning out your budget and saving for your own trip. In the coming weeks I will break these down by city and country so you can get a better idea of what it would cost to spend a week or two in some of these areas for vacation.

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Nurse Staffing Agency: Find Traveling RNs, LPNs, Surg Techs #hotel #and

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Traveling Solo In Europe: Tips For Getting The Most From Traveling

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Traveling Solo In Europe: Tips For Getting The Most From Traveling Alone

My first backpacking trip in Europe was a solo adventure. I was a little worried at first, but I soon found that traveling alone was one of the best things I d ever done. While it did have some downsides, I still wholeheartedly endorse solo traveling to anyone (males and females). This guide will cover the positives and the negatives of traveling Europe alone and give you some practical advice on how to make the most of your travels.

Positive Aspects of Solo Travel

Complete Control: When you travel alone you can do whatever you want. You can eat whenever, see whatever, and go wherever you want. You can t fully appreciate this freedom until you travel with other people.

Food Freedom: From my experience, choosing where to eat can cause more stress than just about anything else especially when you re traveling with a group of people. When you travel alone you can choose exactly where to eat. Also, many restaurants in Europe won t split up the bill so paying become a huge hassle in large groups.

Choose Your Itinerary: You can do the things you want to do. You don t need to answer to anyone else. In a group everyone has their own ideas of what to see and this can cause a lot of conflict.

No Arguments: You re bound to get into arguments or even fights with your travel partners. Travel can be stressful and you usually take out your frustration on your travel partners. I find that I get a lot less stressed when I am alone.

Total Focus: There is no one to distract you. You re totally focused on whatever it is you re experiencing.

Reinvent Yourself: You can be whoever you want to be when you travel alone. This is your chance to let loose.

Meet New People: I meet a lot more people when I travel alone. Groups tend, usually unknowingly, to put up a wall between themselves and other travelers, so this makes groups not as approachable. You also have an instant connection with other solo travelers yes, there are plenty of other solo travelers.

Self-Growth: You have no one but yourself to rely on when you re a solo traveler. You quickly learn to be self reliant and I think that makes you a stronger person.

Disadvantages of Solo Backpacking 

Eating Alone: Many people feel really uncomfortable eating alone especially in restaurants. It isn t bad for breakfast and lunch, but dinners do get a little lonely. It really isn t that bad and it isn t too hard to find other people to eat with.

Unwanted Isolation: Staying in hostels is great because there are almost always tons of other people around to hang out with. But there will be times where you ll find yourself alone.

I remember my very first night of solo traveling. I was in Dublin and the hostel was overrun by a large group of Spanish students. There must have been about 40 of them. I didn t meet any English speakers that first night so it was pretty lonely. I was also a new traveler so I was pretty timid. Luckily, occasions like this were pretty rare.

No Buddy System : It can be nice to have a buddy to share your memories with and to help keep each other safe. Although I wouldn t worry too much about safety because I never felt unsafe in Europe. A little common sense is all you need.

How To Successfully Travel Alone

Stay In Hostels: This is the most important thing for any solo traveler. Hostels are full of like-minded adventurers and most of them are extremely willing to meet new people.

Be Friendly and Outgoing: Smile and be the first person to introduce themselves. If someone new arrives at the hostel greet them. An introverted solo traveler can have a rough time meeting new people. I didn t do a very good job being outgoing my first few nights and I had a hard time meeting people. But after the third night I forced myself to be a little more outgoing and it opened up so many doors.

Beer: Buy some cheep beer and offer it to people. You ll meet TONS of people this way. People will often do the same for you.

Cook Meals In The Hostel: You ll meet so many people if you hang out in the kitchen around dinner time.

Hostel Planned Activities: Many hostels plan outings like free walking tours or pub crawls.

Safety First: Use your common sense. It probably isn t the best idea to walk around large cities at night by yourself. Actually, I ve done this many times and never felt unsafe. Just be sure to stay alert. If something doesn t feel right then you shouldn t do it. Always walk with confidence and act like you ve done this a million times.

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17/08/2017

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Traveling to Thailand with Pets: Travelfish Thailand travel forum #tasmania #travel

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Hi Everyone,

We moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand about 8 months ago. We had an awfully hard time getting straight answers about shipping our cat to Thailand. We decided to write an in depth post that should prove helpful for anyone that wants a one stop place to prepare themselves and their pet for airline travel.

Make sure you try to lock down a solid travel date 2 months in advance to allow you time to take care of all of the required tasks.

We link to official forms, include important contact info, required exams, vaccinations, and preferred airlines, as well as pet friendly hotels. Hopefully this helps prospective expats out there. If you have any questions at all post here or comment on the post and we will be more than happy to help. We have been there before and know what you are going through! Best of luck





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Traveling or travelling? Doubling a final consonant when adding a suffix.

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Hi everybody,

I have found these two forms in different texts, and I am not very sure about its proper use. I have found that the single l form (traveling) is commonly used by American English speakers, and travelling is the normative English form, but another doubt arises in me, I thought that the rule to double the final consonant when adding a suffix, suposses that it has to be a stressed syllable which ends in the following structure, consonat + vowel+ consonant , example: for get – forge tt ing, am I right? If it is so, is it an exception or am i forgetting anything?

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Traveling Vs. Travelling

but there are many exceptions, are there not, as already pointed out in this conversation, such as travelling, counselling, counsellor, modelling, quarrelled, cruellest .

One exception often pointed out in both country s usages – though I am sure that there are others – is for matting . which doubles the consonant even though it seems unnecessary to do so.

Kid napping . – which troubled me – from to kidnap , is said to be a back formation from kidnapper (kid napper = child stealer), which required the double consonant because of the stress on the first syllable. I read that there is an alternative spelling (US, I guess), kidnaper.





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Traveling in Thailand – Thailand Travel Guides and user forums #travel

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Travel Guides for Thailand

Thailand Travel Destinations

Cheapthaitravel.com strives to be one of the internet’s most comprehensive Thailand travel resources.

CheapThaiTravel.com is your guide to traveling in Thailand. Learn the best time of the year to visit Bangkok, Phuket or Pattaya. Enjoy up to date articles on budget travel or the cost of living in Thailand, famous sites, Thai cultural or business do’s and dont’s, Thailand’s public holidays, and extensive information on Thailand’s great beaches and islands. Our site will continue to be expanded to provide an up to date collection of information including exclusive articles on travel to all parts of Thailand and other Southeast Asian travel destinations.

Traveling in Thailand

By: Alex Smith

One of the great things about Thailand for the traveller is the variety of places to visit. From the urban chaos of Bangkok, to the beautiful mountains of the north, to the amazing beaches and islands of the coast Thailand offers the visitor a wide range of alternatives when choosing a vacation.

Most visitors arrive first in Bangkok. Despite the heat, traffic, pollution and crowds Bangkok has a lot to offer in the way of tourist attractions. The old town around the Royal Palace is the cultural heart of Thailand and is full of temples markets and traditional shop house architecture. The centre of Bangkok with its towering skyscrapers, gleaming department stores and luxury hotels is not only the business district but also the main entertainment area. Bangkok is a truly cosmopolitan city fueled by an unparalleled energy.

The north of Thailand is very different. Ancient and beautiful towns dotted with the golden roofs of ancient temples lie in the valleys and plains flanked by tree lined mountains populated, not only by northern Thais, but also by ethnic minorities with their own languages, dress and traditions. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the two most visited towns and both serve as a good base to explore this beautiful and remote part of Asia.

At the other end of the country along the miles and miles of coastline you can find some of the best beaches in the world. There are choices for all tastes and budgets. Phuket is sophisticated and developed with not only great beaches but also a plethora of opportunities for sailing, diving, golf and fishing. Whether you want peace and quiet or music and action, in Phuket it’s always only a short distance away. Nearby Krabi is perfect for a family holiday with beautiful white sand and dramatic limestone scenery.

In the Gulf of Thailand Koh Samui provides a world class alternative with a wider range of cheaper accommodation. Nearby Koh Phangan is still comparatively basic and budget travelers enjoy the peace and quiet of what, at times, resembles paradise. Further away, near Cambodia, Koh Chang is also very quiet. If you want a beach resort with attitude, then head to Pattaya. Some love it, some hate it but it is never short of energy.

Throughout Thailand one is never far away from history and its legacy. The ancient capitals of Sukothai and Ayuthaya are both remnants of a glorious past. Through Isaan there are hundreds of examples of the power of the Khmer empire of Angkor. Both Phanam Rung in Buriram and Phimai in Korat are as good examples of Angkorian architecture as one can find.

West of Bangkok is Kanchanaburi and the famous, if tragic, Bridge over the River Kwai. Built by slave labour and allied prisoners during the Japanese occupation of World War II, it is a somber reminder of recent history and the suffering of war. Around Kanchanaburi there is also beautiful mountain countryside and waterfalls.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, a water baby, a party animal or just in need of peace and quiet the odds are in your favour that somewhere in Thailand you can find what you want.

About The Author

Alex Smith maintains and manages the Cheap Thailand Travel website at http://www.cheapthaitravel.com – All of the materials on this site are the sole property and responsibility of Cheapthaitravel.com. This material may not be reproduced in any form without express written permission.

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17/08/2017

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WSDOT – Washington State Ferries Visitors Center – Traveling to Canada

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Traveling to Canada

It’s a beautiful journey aboard a Washington State Ferry as your car ferry sails from Anacortes through the San Juan Islands to Sidney, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Visitors can enjoy Butchart Gardens, with its hundreds of trees and masses of colorful flowers and shrubs. Take double decker buses on a sight-seeing trip from downtown Victoria. Sidney is just 17 miles from Victoria, a one-of-a-kind city, capital of British Columbia and a blend of English and Canadian architecture, flavor and charm. This 2-3 hour cruise provides beautiful scenery, picture opportunities and views of island living.

WSF recommends making vehicle reservations

If you are traveling by vehicle between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C. or between the San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C. you may make a reservation with us online or by phone .  No deposit is taken when making a reservation, but an American Express, Discover, Mastercard or Visa, is taken to confirm your reservation. The full fare will be paid when you arrive at the terminal. You will receive an email confirmation of your reservation after making an online or phone reservation.

There is no service between Anacortes and Sidney B.C. during the Winter Schedule.

Please note: A reservation is required for customers wishing to travel from Lopez, Shaw, or Orcas, to Friday Harbor as proof of payment/travel to catch the international sailing to Sidney B.C.

Customers  that choose not to make a reservation to Canada from the San Juan Islands will be required to pay a vehicle/driver inter-island fare to continue to Friday Harbor.

Identification is a requirement

U.S. and Canadian citizens 16 years of age and older traveling to or from Sidney BC  must have  one of the following designated documents: passport, passport card, enhanced driver’s license (EDL), or “trusted traveler” document such as a Nexus Card. Travelers must have required travel documents such as passports and visas if necessary, ready and in hand at the tollbooth. Passengers must arrive at least 60 min. prior to the scheduled departure in order to facilitate documentation screening at the tollbooth or risk missing the sailing.

The EDL is available from the  Washington State Department of Licensing  and in many other states. Please check your local department of licensing for more information.

Children traveling to Canada

U.S. and Canadian citizens who are 15 years old or younger are allowed to travel with their birth certificate, as are teens between the ages of 16-18 if they are a part of an adult supervised school, religious, cultural or athletic group.

If both birth parents are not traveling, you must have written authorization from the parent(s) along with a telephone number where they can be reached to verify the authorization or proof of custody. Failure to provide such evidence may make you inadmissible to enter Canada.

Passenger-Only Ferry Service

  • Victoria Clipper. owned by Clipper Navigation, sails from Seattle to Victoria and offers reservations for passengers and year-round service. Reservations are accepted.

Automobile Ferry Service

WSF has non-peak season rates that are significantly less than the peak season rates (peak season is May 1-Sept. 30). See our fares brochure  (pdf 516 kb) to compare rates. The non-peak season is a great time to travel to Victoria. Lower rates for accommodations are often available, so early holiday shopping or a quiet late-autumn escape can be affordable. WSF does not sail to Sidney during the winter.

  • BC Ferries sails from Vancouver, B.C. through the Gulf Islands to Swartz Bay, 20 miles north of Victoria. There are several departures throughout the day and reservations are accepted.
  • Black Ball Ferry Line travels from Port Angeles, WA to downtown Victoria, B.C. This routes links the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. Reservations are accepted.

    Transit

    The stop closest to the terminal is the one labeled “Fifth at Weiler.”

    Travelers heading to Victoria should be instructed to cross the street, as the bus stop on the terminal side is for BC Ferries-bound traffic (i.e. Vancouver). Cost per ride is $2.50 for all passengers, however, children under 5 are free.

    The bus system accepts only Canadian currency and requires exact change. Bus drivers do not carry change. Sidney has many banks and ATM machines along its main street so people can also walk to Beacon Avenue to change currency when they arrive.

    Helpful information 

    If you’ve ever had a felony

    Foreign nationals with a single minor crime conviction (DUI, shoplifting, etc.) may apply to be given a one-time Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and will be allowed to go to Canada. They will not be afforded this a second time. If they have two or more convictions of minor crimes they will not be allowed into Canada.

    If they wish to enter Canada again, they will have to go to a consulate (one is located in Seattle) where they pay a fee to be “rehabilitated” and then they can go to Canada. The cost for this is $200 for a minor crime such as a DUI or shoplifting. It is $1,000 if a more serious conviction of a crime. NOTE: The person with the minor crime conviction must wait five years to apply for the rehabilitation fee.

    A Permanent Resident or a holder of the immigration “green card” needs to present a valid card at the border.

    What do I need to bring my pet across the border?

    Information on importing domestic dogs and cats is accessible from the “Animals” section of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.





    16/08/2017

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  • 10 Things You Should Never Wear When Traveling Abroad #travel #bags

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    A Few More Tips

    Dressing appropriately while abroad not only helps you fit in with locals and receive friendlier service, but it also protects you from standing out to pickpockets. When in doubt, look at what the locals are wearing. “The best thing a traveler can do is go to a local clothing store and buy a couple of outfits — then no one will ever mistake you for a tourist,” says travel expert John E. DiScala (a k a Johnny Jet). Plus, your new wardrobe additions make great souvenirs.

    Beyond watching what you wear, there are a few other things you can do to make yourself look like less of a traveler. For one, look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going, even if you have to fake it. “Standing in the middle of the block looking confused — or worse, unfolding a map — calls you out as a tourist,” notes Matthew Reames, who traveled extensively through Europe a few years ago. “[Instead], pop into a coffee shop or something like that to give yourself time to pause and get your bearings.”

    Be wary of hand gestures, both making them and wearing clothing depicting them, because these can have different meanings depending on where you are. In Bangladesh, for example, the “thumbs up” gesture is considered obscene. Since you may never know what certain images suggest in another country, avoid them to keep from offending anyone. Visit Guide.CultureCrossing.net to read up on common local gestures and taboos.

    Sometimes even more important than how we look is what we sound like. Many Americans can be readily identified by their loud (and often complaining) voices. Keep your sound level low and your speech polite, though this suggestion can certainly be applied to travel anywhere, even within your own home town.

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    20 Tips for Traveling in Peru on a Budget #easy #click

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    20 Tips for Traveling in Peru on a Budget

    By Tony Dunnell. Peru Travel Expert

    Tony Dunnell has been living and traveling in Peru since May 2009. From his base in the jungle town of Tarapoto. he continues to explore the rich culture and endless attractions of his adopted home.

    Traveling in Peru on a budget requires some discipline and smart money management, especially for longer stays. The following tips will help you stretch your Peru budget as far as possible, giving you extra cash for occasional splurges and expensive tours.

    1. Understand the Peruvian Nuevo Sol

    2. Eat for Cheap in Peru

    Touristy restaurants, especially in hotspots such as Lima, Cusco and Arequipa, are vastly more expensive than the typical restaurants frequented by regular Peruvians. Eat where the locals go and you’ll be surprised at how well you can eat in Peru on a budget (for price ranges, see How Much Does it Cost to Eat Out in Peru? ). Shoestring travelers should make the most of lunch in Peru. when big meals are available at incredibly low prices.

    4. Set Prices in Advance

    5. Cook Your Own Food

    6. Know How Much to Tip in Peru

    Peru isn’t a big tipping nation, so don’t go blowing your daily budget on unnecessary tips. There are a few occasions when a tip is expected, such as in midrange to upscale restaurants, but don’t feel the need to hand over your loose change to taxi drivers. Peruvian taxi drivers don t expect tips, and they are probably overcharging you anyway. More

    7. Keep Alcohol to a Minimum

    8. Learn How to Haggle

    Don’t be afraid to haggle over prices, especially in traditional markets. Prices generally start high, so it’s your job to settle on a price acceptable to both parties. Also, try negotiating prices for hotel and hostel rooms. You’ll often receive a straightforward no, but there’s no harm in trying. It’s easier to get a discount for stays of at least four to five days. More

    9. Eat Your Free Breakfast

    If your hotel or hostel has a free breakfast. drag your bones out of bed and make the most of it before it’s gone. Breakfasts normally start at about 7 a.m. and finish at 9 or 10 a.m. but the later you are, the slimmer the pickings become.

    10. Try CouchSurfing in Peru





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    What to Bring When Traveling to Europe #travel #planning

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    What to Bring When Traveling to Europe

    Packing for a European holiday needn’t be a chore. (Photo: Old Europe image by Nikituk from Fotolia.com )

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    There are many misconceptions when it comes to packing for travel, especially when you re going to Europe. Take heart, however: Unless you ll be doing specialized activities in Europe, there s no need to replace your wardrobe or buy travel clothing that you ll never use at home.

    Climate

    The climate and geography of Europe varies widely. Northern maritime countries like England and Ireland are mild, cool and damp throughout winter, while southern Mediterranean countries like Spain and Greece are often much warmer and drier. Do research before you pack, however. Even northern countries like Russia can be boiling hot in summer, for example. Pack primarily for the season you will be traveling, but don t forget a sweater or jacket even in summer, or a lighter top and pants for winter in case the climate surprises you.

    Style

    While style and level of formality varies by country, it is usually a good idea to dress fairly conservatively. Shorts are not worn in most European countries, and most churches, cathedrals and other places of worship will deny entry to tourists wearing shorts or tank tops. It s best to wear a knee-length skirt and keep a scarf to cover your shoulders with if you re a woman traveling in hot weather, but still want to enter churches. Both men and women can get away with tailored jeans and dressy sneakers or sandals in summer, or trousers and boots with a dressy coat in winter. Neutrals like black are always in fashion.

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    William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling #trafalgar #travel

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    William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling

    © AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File FILE – Ina Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal William Shatner speaks to the media about the upcoming event at a news conference in Calgary, Alberta. Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting again playing the travel pro’s daughter.

    LOS ANGELES — William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company.

    But in real life, even Shatner can’t avoid the perils of getting through airport security lines.

    “I got patted down one time, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and my pants fell down. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life,” Shatner said, recalling the incident at Los Angeles International Airport.

    Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (“The Big Bang Theory”) again playing the travel pro’s daughter. He’s unfazed that fans recognize him for the long-running commercial gig as well as the “Star Trek” TV series and movies and his Golden Globe-winning role on “Boston Legal.”

    “This is a form of creativity,” he said of collaborating on the TV spots. “It is like an acting job.”

    Working with priceline.com is only part of what keeps Shatner busy as he nears his 84th birthday in March.

    The original Capt. James T. Kirk just wrapped a national tour of his one-man stage show and is planning for another. He’s got what he calls an “unusual” summer series for NBC in the works; is in the upcoming fact-based movie “The Sunday Horse”; and is collaborating with a custom motorcycle manufacturer on designing a new three-wheeled vehicle.

    Shatner, an avid motorcyclist, plans a Chicago-to-Los Angeles charity ride to launch the bike this summer. Another longtime passion is horses, which he rides competitively and which help him keep fit.

    “I get out and ride five, six horses in a session, and might spend three hours riding very hard,” he said. “I feel great. I don’t even think of age.”

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    Traveling Destination Area: No1 Travel #cheap #airline #deals

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    No1 Travel

    China is set to surpass the U.S. as the world’s No. 1 business travel destination by 2015 as increases in trips and spending as opposed to just rising travel prices, accompanied by GDP growth over the next two years of 8% to 9%. That’s a combination Simon Calder s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as the Man Who Pays His Way This article excerpt by Arne Sorenson, CEO and President of Marriott International, is part of an ongoing series by LinkedIn Influencers in the travel industry. Here, Sorenson provides tips and insights into his travel experiences. My number one suggestion Rule no. 1 of in-flight entertainment: Don’t rely on the in-flight movie. While you’re traveling for the holidays — whether it’s to a tropical beach or your in-laws suburban house three states away — we recommend snagging a great read instead. The most popular travel books across all categories are coffee table books. We love gazing wistfully at the world through the pages of picture books so much that technically, Australia’s No.1 travel destination could be considered to be the armchairs in November 14, 2011, 11:03 AM |Jeff Glor takes a tour of Charleston, S.C. a city full of old southern style, charm, and hospitality that was most recently voted as the No. 1 travel destination among cities in North America.

    West Michigan residents already know that Lake Michigan beaches can hold their own against any beach but now an international travel publisher is making sure everyone knows it. BBC-owned Lonely Planet has named Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Japan s ancient capital Kyoto proved popular in another poll of the world s cities, topping a list of the world s best destinations in a survey of readers in Travel + Leisure magazine. Kyoto jumped four places from last year, unseating Bangkok from Texas Highways readers know a great place when they visit it. That’s why the publication’s audience has named San Antonio their favorite destination. Texas Highways polled readers in an effort to determine the top 40 destinations in the Lone Star State. SINGAPORE – Global travel company Lonely Planet has named Singapore the world’s number one country to travel to next year. In its latest guidebook, Best in Travel 2015, published on Tuesday, Lonely Planet noted that multicultural Singapore is “always .





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    Traveling Nurse: Job Duties, Responsibilities and Requirements #travelicity

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    Traveling Nurse: Job Duties, Responsibilities and Requirements

    Essential Information

    A traveling nurse is a healthcare professional who assists chronically-ill or homebound patients, or helps medical facilities with staffing shortages. Along with the many duties associated with nursing, individuals employed in this occupation must also travel from location to location, including patients’ homes. Some traveling nurses move between hospitals, clinics and schools. Education prerequisites for this job vary, though a basic requirement is a nursing license. Voluntary certifications are also available.

    Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Job Duties for Traveling Nurses

    Traveling nurses have a wide array of duties to perform, such as administering medication and preparing nutritionally-specific meals. Many nurses who travel to different locations also teach family members and caretakers about proper patient and medical care. Additional responsibilities for traveling nurses might include follow-up procedures after surgery or administering physical therapy.

    Traveling Nurse Responsibilities

    Caring for patients who cannot leave their homes, traveling nurses administer medical care and monitor patients’ needs. Some school districts employ traveling nurses as a cost-cutting measure to administer medication to specific students. A traveling nurse can work independently, or for a health services organization.

    Requirements for Traveling Nurses

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the education requirements vary for individuals employed as traveling nurses (www.bls.gov ). Most employers prefer to hire candidates who are licensed practical (LPN) or registered nurses (RN). An LPN must have a high school diploma and a certificate from a nursing training program that has been approved by an official government agency. To become an RN, individuals will have to earn a diploma, associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing. A limited number of practicing traveling nurses will have graduate education in physical rehabilitation or gerontology.

    Various local jurisdictions and employers have different certification and licensure standards for traveling nurses. To complete certification as an LPN or RN, candidates must demonstrate professional competency through an examination process, known as the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Certification for nurses is administered by state agencies responsible for governing health occupations.

    Additional professional certification for home healthcare workers (who aren’t necessarily nurses) is offered by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), which requires membership fees and an entrance test. The NAHC also require candidates to finish 75 hours of specialized coursework focusing on home healthcare.

    Salary Information and Career Outlook

    The BLS projects that the field of registered nurses will increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022, while the employment of licensed practical and vocational nurses will increase by 25% during the same decade. The BLS also reported that the median annual salary for registered nurses was $66,220 in May 2013; the same year, licensed practical and vocational nurses earned a median of $41,920 a year.





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    Safety First When Traveling for Enjoyment

    You can find a lot of safety tips online and in offline resources. Traveling is among the most common activities of people, whether it is for pleasure or for business. Frequent travelers are no longer ignorant to these safety tips because they make use of them whenever they are on a foreign place. If you want to make the most of your trip, safety first when traveling is of utmost importance.

    Here are some of the things that you can do to ensure your safety:

    1. When traveling, it’s but natural for you to carry luggage. If you need to place luggage tags, just put your email address and never indicate there your name, phone number, and home address.

    2. Air traveling is already part when going abroad or to a far place. You can see in the news that there are terrorists who sometimes highjack planes. One effective shield that you can use against an attacker (if there is trouble on the plane) is the seat straps. You have to use all your strength in ramming the strap on the attacker’s face. This move will cut off the attacker’s vision and once this happens, you can kick that individual in the groin or in any other sensitive body part. Knock that person until unconscious.

    3. Don’t forget to bring a handy flashlight and batteries. You can use it if there is no light or you can even use it against an attacker when needed.

    4. Don’t forget to carry wallets. If you want, you can take two wallets with you. One wallet can contain some non-important items and a few cash while the other wallet should contain your important IDs, insurance cards, cash, and emergency contacts. Keep the wallets in separate places. For instance, the insignificant wallet can be placed in your pant’s back pocket and the important wallet should be in your coat’s front pocket.

    5. When eating in foreign restaurants, you must acquaint yourself with the place’s layout. Take note of the front and exit doors.

    6. Charge your mobile phone at the hotel. When you leave, bring it with you and other gadgets that can be easily carried. You can even use these gadgets in case of emergencies.

    7. Never travel alone. Through there are some travelers who do this every time they travel, you shouldn’t take the chance. Who knows, perhaps they are just lucky but you’ll never know what’s going to happen in the next few hours. Always be prepared. Remember that devious individuals are just waiting to see a helpless traveler, alone and so vulnerable.

    8. You must be mentally alert at all times. Observe the people around you, how they move or look at you. Somehow, you will feel uneasy if something’s going to happen.

    9. Before you travel to a foreign place, it would be best to make a hotel reservation. That way, you don’t have to fumble or ask for directions in trying to locate a certain hotel.

    10. Don’t travel with so many luggage unless when needed. Try to wear comfortable clothes and don’t wear something that might attract the attention of bad people. Be simple as you are. For women, avoid wearing high-heeled shoes when traveling.

    These are just ten safety measures that you can follow every time you travel abroad or even locally. If you follow them, you can ensure your safety.

    The Pros and Cons of Vacation Packages

    One of reasons why I travel is because I find some great vacation packages available online. Are you interested in taking a trip or a vacation soon? If you are, will you need to book reservations on an airplane? If you will, you will find that you have a number of different booking options. One of those options, which typically comes highly rated and recommended, involves making your travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package.

    Although vacation packages do come highly rated and recommend, for the most part, many travelers are still unsure about buying them. This is most often the case with first time travelers. Many are unsure if vacation packages are really in their best interest. When trying to determine if booking your next travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package is a good idea, you will want to examine the pros and cons of doing so.

    As for the pros or plus sides to booking your travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package, you will find that there are a lot of them. One of those plus sides is that vacation packages are easy to find, especially online. Vacation packages are most commonly offered for sale through online travel websites. These online travel websites can be found with a standard internet search. Online travel websites are websites that allow you to compare airfare, hotel accommodations, and car rental reservations. Using online travel websites, to book a vacation or even just airline reservations, has a whole set of benefits on its own.

    Another pro or plus side to booking your next travel plans in the form of a vacation package is the money that you may be able to save. While there are no guarantees, consumers are typically rewarded for making all of their travel arrangements at once. This is neat, as many travelers already feel rewarded because of the time they are able to save by booking all of their travel arrangements at once. As for saved money, the discount that you will receive will all depend on the vacation package that you are purchasing, as well as who you are making that purchase from. Whether you receive a $5 discount or a $50 discount, you may be pleased with the savings.

    Another one of the many reasons why vacation packages come highly rated and recommend is because they come in a number of different formats. No matter what your travel needs are, you should be able to find a vacation package that can accommodate to you and your needs. For example, do you need to book a flight, make reservations at a hotel, and reserve a car rental? If so, you can do so. On the other hand, if you only need to book a flight and rent a car, you can still find vacation packages that allow you to do so. While most major online travel websites will only include motel, hotels, and vacation resorts in vacation packages, there are specialty travel websites out there that focus on other lodging options, including vacation homes.

    Although there are a number of pros or plus sides to booking your travel arrangements as a vacation package, it is also important to note that there are a number of downsides to doing so as well. Two of those downsides are the restrictions that you may be faced with, as well as the fact that you are not guaranteed to receive any discounts, although most will offer them. As for the restrictions that you may be faced with, not all cities and towns in the United States have accommodations that are needed for vacation packages, like a car rental company or a hotel. With that said, most can be found nearby.

    As you can see, there are both a number of pros and cons to making your travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package. What you are encouraged to do is take these above mentioned pros and cons and apply them to your own personal wants and needs.

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    Traveling Online – Virtual Travel Vacation Pictures Photographs Travelogues #car #and

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    W E L C O M E !

    Welcome and thank you for visiting Traveling Online, an Online Magazine about Traveling Virtually Anywhere. We designed this virtual travel site to be a great resource for traveling to destinations here on the Internet. We created it as a way to visit the cities and countries of your dreams and to glimpse places of wonder and mystique.

    Here you will find the wonderful travel tales that only come from the true adventure of traveling. We offer stories that are honest personal experiences and not the hype of travel agencies and promotional writers.

    As we receive travel stories, adventures, and images from avid travelers, professional photographers, and individuals like yourself, we plan to add them to the VTravel section. In many ways, this is Your virtual travel magazine. You can help shape what you see here. If you travel for business, pleasure, or as a profession, Traveling Online can be a showcase for your writing, your photography, and your traveler’s vision of the world.

    In an effort to help offset the cost of maintaining this site and to help us add new destinations, we have add various shopping opportunities for products and services that will aid in your travel experiences and in your everyday life.

    We have researched these companies and feel they provide good value for your money. Please use the links on the pages of this site to start your purchases so we get the proper credit.

    Thanks you and Happy travels!





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    Travel Humor (Vacation and Business Traveling), Humour Columns & Funny Verse

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    “I may travel and wander and roam.

    For adventure, the streets I may comb. “

    “I learned some valuable lessons during the second annual Lewis Black Comedy Cruise. “

    “A pilot with coffee needs skills

    To captain his plane without spills. “

  • My New Policy “That’s it. No more vacations! Sounds a little extreme, I know. But strange things tend to happen when my husband and I have the nerve to travel or take time off. “

  • Ode To JetBlue (Limerick) “We’re back from a wonderful vacation in Las Vegas. So I thought I’d celebrate our thirteen hour return-flight delay with a limerick. ”

  • A Traveler’s Net Woes “If your husband ever invites you to join him on a business trip, be sure to ask him these questions:

    1. Will you ever get to see him while he is not — technically — asleep?

    2. What will he do, if you accidentally lock yourself out of your hotel room in the middle of the night while you are not — technically — dressed. “

    “My husband is swimming outdoors.

    I expect he’ll be back when it pours. “

  • How To Plan A Trip “A weekend trip is a splendid way to replenish your energy and deplete your bank account. “

  • Taking A Vacation on the Contract Plan “Planning a vacation can often be a daunting challenge. Especially when one spouse likes to rough it and the other prefers luxuries like toilets, showers, and cable TV. So what’s a couple to do? Well, they can take separate trips. Or they can negotiate and sign on the dotted line. “

    “It’s outrageous, a rip-off, a gyp

    What we paid for that terrible trip. “

  • Traveling Baggage “Vacation travel. A time to relax, mellow out, let loose and forget your cares. To indulge yourself, boogie till dawn, gorge on gourmet fare. To spend an entire day shopping for a “must have” item you forgot to pack. “

  • Tubing Blues “Tubing – the masochistic act of hurtling down a fall-fraught river while clinging to an inner-tube. Somehow my husband Mark talked me, a devout wimp, into trying it. “

    “To travel by plane was once pleasant,

    But flying’s horrific at present. “

  • Can’t Contain My Disgain For Luggage Rules “It’s hard to believe, but snow globes (even tiny ones) are a carry-on baggage no-no. “

    “There once was a fellow named Wayne

    Who commuted each day on the train. ”

  • How To Visit An Art Museum “There are many good reasons to visit an art museum. Impressing a date. Vying for a slot in the cultural elite. Some people actually go because they appreciate art. If you’re a novice art fan, this is how it’s done:

    1. Your virgin museum visit should take place while you’re out of town. That way, your displays of ignorance will be witnessed only by strangers. “

    “I’ve been gone for two weeks.

    Did I miss something good?

    Didn’t keep up with the news,

    Though I know that I should. “

  • New Yawkers Are Polite. So There! “I’m a proud New Yorker, so I was pleased (and unsurprised) to read that a Reader’s Digest poll ranks New York ‘the most courteous major city in the world.’. “

  • Charge! (Limerick about money, travel and parenting.)

  • Surmounting Marriage “Before agreeing to marry my husband Mark, I asked him the usual questions. “

  • Going Topless “For months I resisted my husband Mark’s vacation idea — a Key West trip featuring a drive through the Keys in a rented convertible. I don’t know about you, but I associate convertibles with youth and coolness. And as much as I hate to admit it, Mark and I are quite a bit beyond the former. and seem to have skipped the latter. “

  • E-Mapping It Out “When my husband Mark suggested an impromptu trip to Long Island’s East Hampton, I instinctively reached for a map. Then I remembered; we no longer own any maps. They were soaked beyond redemption in a flash flood that destroyed our car during our last impromptu trip. We replaced the car, but not the maps. “

  • Hazardous House-Guests “Has your country home been converted to an inn by people you scarcely know? Can friendship withstand a weekend stay with homeowners who long to be alone. “

  • When Guests Check In, But Their Cars Check Out “Sometimes a hotel stay doesn’t go quite as smoothly as you’d like. I’m not talking about a room that isn’t as nice or clean as you expected. I’m not even talking about lost reservations, a lousy view, or finding a dead body under your bed. “

  • Revel With A Clause “Your closest friends keep badgering you to join them on a trip. You’re running out of excuses and may be forced to go along. Can friendship survive seven days of constant contact? Will you loathe each other by the time you return. “
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    Travel Credit Cards – Tips For Using Cards While Traveling #travel

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    Tips for using credit cards while traveling

    Don’t slack off during summer

    What’s not to love about summer? Relaxing vacations, cookouts and weekend getaways abound. And, chances are, credit cards, debit cards, balances and bills are the last things on your mind.

    In the summer, especially if you’re traveling, “checking balances more often is probably good advice,” says Nessa Feddis, senior vice president for consumer protection and payment for the American Bankers Association.

    “And because of mobile banking apps, it’s easier to check,” she says.

    Want to keep that plastic safe, even as you chill by the pool? Here are seven strategies, plus a few bonus tips, that you can use right now.

    Let card issuers know you’re traveling

    Remember as a teen when you had to let Mom and Dad know you were leaving the house, where you were going and when you’d be back? Now it’s your card companies that get that call.

    Many credit card and debit card issuers are using security software and other means to fight fraud, says Susan Tiffany, director of consumer periodicals for the Credit Union National Association.

    So if you normally buy shoes on Michigan Avenue and suddenly you’re buying croissants on the Champs Elysees, there’s a chance your card could be declined or suspended.

    “If you’re going to be outside your normal stomping ground, make sure you let your card issuer know,” she says.

    “Even if you’re just going to a different state, it never hurts,” Tiffany says. And that goes for credit and debit cards, she adds.

    Bonus travel tip: While you have that debit card issuer on the phone, ask if you have a daily spending limit or daily ATM withdrawal limit, she says. Not every card does, but it’s something you want to know before you leave home, Tiffany says.

    Seek the perks

    Not all cards offer the same benefits. And some of them “might have perks that come into play when traveling,” says Tiffany.

    If you usually use your cards to buy nothing more exotic than gas and groceries, you might not know if any also offer things like concierge services, discounts on rental cars, free breakfasts or late checkouts at hotels, free (or discounted) medical travel insurance and emergency evacuation insurance, Tiffany says.

    Are you buying something expensive for your summer travels, like a plane ticket or a weeklong hotel stay? Opt for a card that gives rewards or points, says Danielle Fagre Arlowe, senior vice president with the American Financial Services Association.

    And look for ways to amp up your rewards, such as booking through the card’s website, she says.

    Bonus travel tip: Don’t keep all your cards (or your cards and card replacement information) in the same place when you travel, says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center.

    That way, if some are lost or stolen, you’ll have others you can use, she says. And if cards are stolen, you’ll still have the information you need to replace them.

    Change the due dates

    Here’s something you might not know: Billing dates aren’t carved in stone.

    If you’re not juggling bills and paychecks, it can be a lot easier to remember one due date than three or four, says Joe Ridout, consumer services manager with Consumer Action.

    Call card providers and get all your billing dates moved to the same day each month, he advises.

    “So, if you have five cards, have them all due on the 10th of the month,” he says. “It’s not something a lot of credit card users do, and it can save you some stress.”

    For card users “who have the means to pay, it can be a nice convenience,” Ridout says.

    Bonus travel tip: Want something to reduce your stress now and when you get back? Remember that, plastic or no, what you’re spending is still real money, says Arlowe.

    When you whip out that card, “think of yourself as taking it out of your checking account,” she says. “Be mindful of what you budget and don’t go crazy.”

    Limit ‘foreign’ ATM fees

    “If you’re traveling during the summer, you will often need cash,” says Ridout.

    “Given that you’re going to be in different locations, you will often wind up using an ATM that might not be in your network,” he says. And those “foreign ATM” and “out-of-network” charges can be hefty — $5 and $6 a pop, he says.

    But a good number of credit unions and smaller community banks are rebating those charges, even when you incur them outside the country, Ridout says.

    So before you set out on your summer travels, find an institution that gives you access to your cash without a lot of fees, he says.

    Bonus travel tip: Before you pack those vacation cards in your wallet for an overseas trip, call the issuers to find out about currency conversion fees, says Ridout. Several U.S. issuers no longer levy the fees — which can be as much as 3 percent or more on every transaction, he says.

    Stay alert

    Part of the fun of summer: You’re probably shaking up your normal routine.

    If you’re visiting places you haven’t gone before, keep an eye peeled for skimming devices before you hit ATMs, says Velasquez.

    Scope out your surroundings with an eye toward your personal and financial safety, just as you would any other time of year.

    Another tip that can make your life easier: “If you’re running around doing different things,” a money belt or travel purse can make life easier, Velasquez says.

    Make sure to opt for credit cards over debit cards for making purchases. “You have more protections,” Velasquez says. Plus, if there are problems, you’re disputing a credit line instead of actual cash.

    Bonus travel tip: “Depending on where you go, you may want to buy a travel card,” says Feddis.

    Available to buy and load at your bank, they work much the same as a regular debit card — except they don’t pull directly from your checking account, she says.

    That way, “if there’s any compromise of the card, it’s limited to what’s on the card; they don’t have access to your checking account,” she says.

    Ask questions before you leave

    Will your card work where you’re going? And is it commonly accepted?

    Don’t just ask card-issuer customer service. Before you leave, also talk with your travel agent (if you have one) and your hotel, innkeeper or concierge, too.

    Make sure to ask if you can get by with magnetic stripe cards or if the area is predominantly chip-and-PIN territory, Ridout says.

    Especially in Europe, you can still use mag-stripe cards, says Feddis. But some places — like small, independent stores or automated kiosks that dispense tickets for transportation, museums and shows — often accept only chip-and-PIN cards, she says.

    Once you know what’s accepted, if you decide you’d like a chip-and-PIN card, “you may want to find out if your bank has it or can issue it,” says Ridout.

    Bonus travel tip: Even if you primarily use one card at home, it can help to take more than one on a trip, especially from different issuers, says Tiffany. “Not every card is universally accepted.” Plus, if one card inadvertently cuts you off or suspends privileges, you have a backup.

    Opt for smartphones

    For credit data harvesters, public Wi-Fi is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Ditto for those public-use computers in Internet cafes and hotel business centers. Avoid them for anything other than reading the morning paper or checking the weather.

    Need to check balances? Use your own cellphone to try your bank or issuer’s app or mobile site, says Feddis.

    Or go old school and dial the institution’s toll-free number.

    In an emergency situation, if it’s your only option, sometimes the benefits of Wi-Fi or public computers outweigh the risks, says Ridout. But usually there are better class=”mobileFullWidth” alternatives, and it’s “generally a bad idea,” he says.

    And never put card numbers into websites that don’t have a secure connection, says Velasquez. “My rule is that I use my (own computer’s) secure network for sensitive transactions — and would only use my phone if there was an urgent need and I was certain that the transmission was secure,” she says.

    Bonus security tip: Not using that phone that has all your banking and shopping info? Lock it. According to a recent study by Aite Group and ACI Worldwide, 11 percent of Americans don’t.

    “It’s time we starting treating our phones like the computers they really are,” says Velasquez.





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    Top 7 Tips for Traveling Around the World #gorilla #travel

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    Top 7 Tips for Traveling Around the World

    Aug 23, 2013 | Updated Oct 23, 2013

    So you’ve decided to travel around the world. This is an excellent thing to do. It’s a precious place, this planet. We should see it. Forthwith are seven tips for turning your dream into reality.

    1) Go to school in Canada. Let’s deal with the elephant in the room right here at the top – money, or the lack thereof. For the last 10 years or so, I’ve been wondering where, exactly, did all the young American backpackers go? Back in ye olden days – the Nineties – they were everywhere, whether teaching English in Bratislava, obtaining onward visas in Istanbul, or trekking in the Himalayas. Today, sadly, the American backpacker is about as rare as a Snow Leopard. For a long time, I assumed that was simply an unfortunate consequence of 9/11. The world suddenly seemed scary to many. Best to stick close to home. I thought this because, from time to time, I’m kind of a moron. As any twenty-something will tell you, it’s not fear that keeps them tethered to the homeland. It’s debt. No other country in the world asks its young people to begin their march into adulthood with tens, even hundreds, of thousands in student loans.

    This is madness, and until this changes you should get your degree in Canada. Or Australia. Or New Zealand. Or somewhere in Asia. Anywhere really. There’s a reason that there are oodles of young Aussies, Germans, Japanese, even Chinese backpackers traipsing around the world. They are unencumbered by debilitating student loans. No such luck for the American Theater Arts major with $120,000 in loans. Let’s be blunt: This person is not going anywhere for a long, long time. Don’t let this be you.

    2) Take the time to do it right. I was in the South Pacific recently, following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, and while I was in Samoa I met an Argentinean woman, a student of anthropology, who was in the midst of a round-the-world voyage. She had spent three months working as a hotel maid in New Zealand to finance nine months of travel. “My plan is to go to five countries,” she said. “Maybe I will even visit the northern hemisphere.”

    I admired both the ambition and the modesty of her plan. Some people travel as if they’re merely checking off items on a to-do list. Malta, Maldives, Morocco, Monaco. Been there, done that, they’ll say. When prodded a little, they’ll concede that they’ve never lingered anywhere for longer than a week or two, before launching into a diatribe about how filthy India is. When asked where in India they went, they’ll mention Delhi and Agra and then speak of the joy they felt when their plane departed after a 10-day jaunt. 10 days? It took me 10 days to figure out how to buy a train ticket in India. It took me another two months before I could do a competent Indian head bobble. These things take time. The goal should never be about collecting passport stamps; it should be about collecting experiences. If you want something more than a bewildering array of first impressions, count on dillydallying.

    3) Make a plan, and then deviate. Having a plan is good. It concentrates the mind and gives the journey purpose. Few things are more enjoyable than lingering over the atlas and plotting a trip. But then situations arise, circumstances change, and we have to adapt. Let’s say it’s been your dream to travel around the world. You’ve given yourself six months to do the journey before starting a new position at corporate HQ. You’re in Cambodia. You become interested in Buddhism. And food. You really, really want to become a Buddhist food blogger in Southeast Asia. Should you do it? Should plans be upended? Yes they should.

    4) Leave the laptop and the tablet at home. I know. This. Is. So. Hard. What about Instagram? And Facebook? How will you cope? A smartphone will do just fine. With a wireless connection, most likely found in a café somewhere, you’ll be able to stay connected just enough to let people know where you are and to check out pertinent online info. Anything more than a smartphone, however, and you’ll find that it is your tech gear and all that it entails – security, usability, access – that dictates the pace of the trip. And that is wrong. It misses the point of the big, life-changing circumnavigation of the world, which is to experience life on the far side of the world. And if you do ultimately decide to become a Buddhist food blogger in Phnom Penh you can have a buddy mail you your precious laptop.

    5) Get vaccinated. Really. I know. Duh. But even professional travel writers have been known to forget. Occasionally, they subsequently come down with, oh, I don’t know, typhoid. Ahem. We don’t need to draw this out, but do yourself a favor and check out all the vaccinations you’ll need. Get them. All of them. Nothing spoils a trip like a bout of yellow fever and diphtheria.

    6) Don’t be a travel snoot. There’s a reason some paths are well-trodden. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Pyramids in Giza, Machu Picchu near Cusco; everyone wants to see these places. They’re special. They speak to all of humanity. And very often, while visiting, you will feel as if you are surrounded by all of humanity. Just roll with it. You’ll have plenty of time to visit the more obscure, out-of-the-way places, but you won’t forgive yourself for missing the Great Wall of China.

    7) Write it down. At the end of the day, take some time to write about your experiences in a journal. The simple act of recording the day’s events focuses the mind, etches the memory deeper into the brain, and forces you to mull and think and reflect about the sights and sounds of our great, blue planet. Later, when you’re back home, you can flip through your jottings and recall just how varied life on earth really is. And if you’re feeling bitter and twisted about returning to work, just scroll down to the page where you wrote about the dodgy red snapper you ate in Kiribati.

    J. Maarten Troost is the author of the new book HEADHUNTERS ON MY DOORSTEP.





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    My Travel Story Blog – Learn Useful Tips for Traveling #travel

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    How Vaping is Better for Travelers

    Most of my friends are travelers and all of them uses electronic cigarette instead of the traditional cigarette. The e-cigs or vaporizers are battery operated device that produce vapor smoke instead of the normal smoke. It uses e-juice or e-liquid which is made from water, flavoring and propylene glycol. The smoke coming from this device is water based making it evaporate through the air instantly just after its exhaled.

    For travelers this is a very convenient device for them. It lets them vape anywhere at anytime. There are few countries and places that smoking were not allowed but except for vaping. Due to some studies, it was proven that e-cigs are smokeless making it to be allowed to be used on no-smoking areas.

    Most travelers does a lot of walking and moving. We only stay at hotels at rest time or night time. What makes this device very convenient is you can easily change their batteries, some ecigs doesn t need buttons all you have to do is to inhale on the tip of the device and a smart chip will automatically detect your breath and it will produce vapor smoke for you.

    If you are more on traveling by planes, this device will be perfect for you since some airlines doesn t allow smoking. But they do have smoking areas where smokers can smoke. But with e-cigs you can actually smoke even inside the plane since it s smokeless and odorless. All you need to do is ask the person sitting beside you if it doesn t bother him that you vaping.

    Overall this device is the best for travelers. No need to bring lighters and ashtray which mostly airports doesn t allow. With electronic cigar all you need to bring is the device, charger and e-liquid and you are all set to go. You can actually place them all on a small pouch so you can grab them when you want to.

    Get these electronic cigarettes in a more affordable price. Watch these videos to find out how.





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    How to buy cheap airline tickets – Traveling Myself #travel #journal

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    5 Steps to buy really cheap airline tickets

    How to buy cheap airline tickets

    5. Find the best site with maximum amount of airline companies

    Usually, when you plan to buy cheap airline tickets yourself, you first go to a sites that are advertising such as :

    and other ones.

    Therefore, the first thing you need to do is to decide on the site where you will look for a ticket.

    The first thing you have to understand is that on these sites you will just look for the ticket, and do not buy it!

    I strongly recommend to look for tickets on the site: http://www.skyscanner.com/

    This is not advertising, just it is easier to follow the instructions listed below on this site.

    4. The season of your trip

    Next, you should define the season.

    If you are planning your vacation in a warm country and are looking for cheap airline tickets for a beach holiday, you should choose the low season.

    In general, countries that are intended for a beach holiday, the low season means absolutely not a bad season.

    For example, if you are planning a trip to Thailand, but always read that in Thailand is low season it s the rainy season, do not believe it.

    In tropical countries, such as Thailand, it rains mostly at night and it will not affect the rest of your experience, on the contrary it will greatly affect the cost of air tickets.

    3. Time to buy cheap airline tickets

    In general, in all the articles on the internet wrote that while a significant effect on the purchase of cheap flights. But no one says exactly when to buy cheap airline tickets .

    The answer to this question is very simple. Airlines generally try to sell tickets at the peak of the season. Usually these tickets bought in advance travel agencies.

    Therefore, if you have significant time to plan a trip, you better buy tickets for half a year or even be 3 months before your trip it can save up 50 to 30 percent of the cost of air tickets.

    How to buy cheap airline tickets pic1

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    In these screenshots you can see the cost of the same ticket for one adult, depending on the time of flight .

    As you can see in the first case, a ticket costs $ 1108, in the second case, $ 577. Impressive difference is not it? You just saved 50% of the cost of your trip!

    2. Look all month offers for buy chep airline tickets

    This point is almost the most important in the purchase of airline tickets. Few know that some sites provide complete analytical data on the cost of air tickets for a month or even a year.

    We can consider this site as an example, which I recommend to you.

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    Here you have the secret of how I got such a cheap airline ticket price!

    1. You can buy cheap airline tickets only directly from the airline s holder site

    Now on to the most important.

    Very often, the sites that airline tickets, do cheat on their value. I personally use these sites, just search for tickets, but I buy tickets only on the airline s website.

    Besides, it is very common for sites to search for tickets, the information is irrelevant. In the future, you may have a problem with a ticket bought at such sites.

    I do not want to do anti-advertising sites to find tickets. But I suggest you at least check the existence of tickets to the airline s website, not to make a mistake when buying.

    Please, pay attention! At the time of this writing and reading at the time, the information about this example may change. While I publish this article, and you read it, someone can already buy your cheap air ticket!

    But, if you ll follow these instructions, I promise you, you will be able to buy cheap airline ticket. saving 30 to 50% of its value! For example, I followed these instructions when I planned my first solo travel to Thailand .

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    7 myths about traveling in Thailand #travel #to #china

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    7 myths about traveling in Thailand

    Nobody wants a rock-free gin and tonic. If there’s a hole through the middle of the ice, fear not.

    1. The ice will kill you

    Not many Thais drink tap water. Nor do they make ice with it, so there’s really no need to spend your holiday drinking warm Coke.

    If you’re worried about contamination, the safest thing to do is look for the circular ice cubes with a hole through the middle. These ones are made in a factory with filtered water and are perfectly safe for consumption.

    Most wait staff are so accustomed to tourists not wanting ice they automatically leave it out of drinks. On the other hand, many beer-drinking Thais like to toss a few cubes into their mugs so if you go to an outdoor bar the waitress will likely pass you a bucket of ice with your bottle of Singha.

    2. All solo male travelers are sex tourists

    If you’re male and traveling alone, don’t be surprised if people assume you’re in Thailand for sex.

    Even if you stay out of the red light zones, you may find yourself getting propositioned by ladies of the night. Or just on the receiving end of looks and winks from fellow travellers.

    3. Everyone is out to scam you

    Sure, Thailand has its scam artists. And when the 99th Bangkok tuk-tuk driver has tried to get you into a suit shop or tells you the Grand Palace is closed, it can certainly feel like you’re in a nation of money-grubbing leeches whose sole purpose in life is to rob you blind.

    But if you head out of the major tourist zones and arm yourself with some pre-trip research on the most popular scams. you’ll find most Thais are an incredibly welcoming bunch, happy to give directions, practice their English or recommend their favorite dish.

    This is particularly true in less-traveled regions like Isaan, in Thailand’s northeast.

    Thailand definitely offers good value, so long as you stay out of the luxury malls.

    4. Everything in Thailand is dirt cheap

    In the 1990s, you could find decent guestrooms in Bangkok for less than 10 bucks a night. Times have changed. The backpackers might still be there, along with some of Bangkok’s cheapest rooms, but gentrified Khao San Road isn’t the gritty center of bargains it once was.

    That said, accommodation prices are still incredibly reasonable –- even the five-star brands cost far less than you’d pay in places like Tokyo, Hong Kong or Singapore.

    The thing to remember is that if you live like a local you can enjoy Thailand cheaply. That means eating street/shophouse food and not going to high-end nightclubs serving 400-baht cocktails.

    As for shopping, if you want to hunt around for cheap goodies stick to the markets or bargain shopping malls like MBK and avoid the brand names.

    You’re not going to find bargains on luxury goods in malls like Siam Paragon. In fact, you’re probably going to pay more than you would at home due to Thailand’s high import taxes .

    As wholesome as Thailand’s full moon parties might appear, illicit substances have been known to make an appearance.

    5. You can always buy your way out of trouble 

    It has been said that some Thai police officers will accept a few wads of cash from drivers looking to get out of a traffic violation. Or worse.

    But few of the boys in brown will pass up a chance to pounce on a tourist caught buying/smoking/snorting/smuggling drugs, particularly in party havens like Koh Pha Ngan, where illegal substances are known to be a big part of the full moon party culture.

    Most people have seen enough “locked up in Thailand” book covers and documentaries to know that drugs are illegal here. yet some still choose to take the risk and pay dearly.

    If your kids get on your nerves, you can always feed them to these vicious-looking Bangkok giraffes.

    6. Thailand is not kid-friendly

    Thailand has a reputation for being a haven for sin seekers, but in reality it’s full of fantastic family activities. In fact the locals have a real soft spot for kids, so warn your child he/she may be subjected to plenty of cheek pinching.

    Even Pattaya, the worst offender in terms of sleaze, has its fair share of kid-friendly fun like go-karts, water parks and amusement parks.

    Most of the major hotels in Thailand are well-equipped for families, offering kids’ clubs and babysitters.

    One word of advice though: leave the stroller home if possible. Some of Bangkok’s sidewalks are barely walkable, let alone conducive to evening strolls with the pram. Your kid will either vomit or fall asleep as you bounce over random holes and uneven sidewalks.

    7. By giving money to street kids, you are helping them

    It can be tempting to give money to beggars on the street, especially young kids selling flowers or candy. But don’t do it.

    As a report in Monday’s Bangkok Post explains. many are  victims of human trafficking gangs  that cart people in and out of the city to tug on the heart strings of tourists and locals. The kids don’t see any of that cash.

    Instead, give money or time to one of the many local organizations trying to help Thailand’s less fortunate. Check out Thaicharities.org for a full list.





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    China: Tips for Traveling in China #cheapest #car #rentals

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    China: Tips for Traveling in China

    1.   Once you buy it in China, it is yours.  Like most foreign countries, make sure you are happy with the exact merchandise being sold to you.  Inspect what you intend to buy, and not a sample with a “factory sealed” package to be delivered upon payment.

    2.   China has competitive and generally reliable electronics malls in the major cities.  Be sure you are geeky enough to make an informed purchase.  There are bargains, but do not expect the technical help you might get from your own electronics stores at home.

    3.   You should be an experienced shopper to know what something is worth in a Chinese market.  Generally the shopkeeper will start at 10X what you should counteroffer.  You could ask strangers what they would typically pay for it.   Taxi prices are set by meter.  Food merchants naturally will jack up the price for foreign-looking people, so be sure to bargain.  Bargaining is an art in China.  If you do not care for it, have someone else buy things for you.

    4.   Beggars and street people?  There are a few, but no where near the number of homeless on the streets of the U.S.  Chinese pay them no mind and neither should you.  Just walk on.

    5.   Like anywhere, some tourist attractions are overrated.  Avoid visiting mid-morning and mid-afternoon when group bus tours unload hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to overrun a previously enjoyable attraction.  The cacophony of multiple battery-operated bullhorns in several languages will spoil any visit to a Chinese garden, the Great Wall or landscape scenery.

    6.  Tour groups are a good convenient way to see some outstanding things and get taken to tourist trinket stores.  When you ditch the tour you probably see more on your own, but with more time spent planning about being a stranger in a foreign land.  You cannot hope to get a pulse of the people on a typical tourism visit, as you will not be exposed to common worker Chinese, the hundreds of millions who form the majority in the country.  You will see a lot of Chinese hospitality industry workers who speak some English, and maybe some Chinese tourists who also are enjoying the country.  They are not at all representative of the country, 48% of which still live on the farm and do not speak one word of English, even if they allegedly learned it in school.

    7.   Chinese people are delighted if you make any attempt to speak Mandarin, even if it’s only a couple of words.  The best way to introduce yourself is with a warm, broad smile.  Even when you might be upset or frustrated, smile.  It works.

    8.     Traveling in China on its holidays can be a nightmare.  Plan your trip carefully so you know what to expect on the Chinese Official Holidays.  China-briefing.com is a good source, so search for the current year.  While the holidays may be the same from year to year, even tied to fixed dates, the entire holiday period will shift.  New schedules are posted in December, just a week or so before the year begins.   Do not assume the May Day holiday is May 1-3.  It might be April 29 and 30 and May 1.  That mistake might ruin sightseeing and cause you to be stranded without transport tickets.

    9.   Anyone who approaches you trying to practice English should be greeted with a smile and skepticism.  Most Chinese are shy and will not speak to you unless you speak first.  Those who overtly approach you and make the first move are likely to be selling something or worse.  Many tourists reports scams in Shanghai, so be friendly but careful.  Never ever follow a stranger anywhere.  Period.

    10. Chinese restaurants with lots of foreigners (non-Chinese) are almost always unauthentic, as well as overpriced.  Usually frequented by group tours, these places change recipes to conform to what they think are “western tastes.”  Many middle-class, white linen restaurants, hosting complete nuclear (three-generation) families around big round tables, have English menus with sometimes humorous translations.  The more crowded with families it is, the better value and food it has.  The menu’s color pictures will help also.  If they just show you an English menu, ask to see both.  They might be pricing the food twice to five-times higher for tourists.  If so, just walk out before you drink any tea.   Compare the photos and prices.  No tipping in restaurants, taxis, or anywhere for that matter.

    11. Luxury goods are expensive in China, thanks to a luxury tax.  Go to Hong Kong to make a killing on name-brand bargains.  In China you can find some good buys in silk, pearls, jade and handicrafts, but you must study a bit to make sure you are getting the real thing.  Bone porcelain can be a good buy too, but it must be carefully packed for your air travel.

    12. The internet is censored in China.  You need a VPN to see Facebook and any blog for that matter.  GOOGLE is blocked again (April 2015).  This means for android phone users no Google Maps and no Play Store to get a new app – map or otherwise.  This made things very difficult when using a local SIM card and no VPN. Hotel internet charges rise along with the room rates.  Lower cost three-star hotels will frequently have free wired and WiFi internet.  Luxury hotels will charge you USD$15-25 per day.  Internet cafes can be a huge inconvenience with lots of smokers and unclean surrroundings.  Book a hostel or hotel with free WiFi.  They are everywhere.

    13. Before you leave home, get a good guidebook and buy street maps on line or in bookstores for cities you wish to explore.  Free tourism maps are never to scale or easy to follow, with half the streets not there, names unclear. and big advertising splashed right across where you want to go.  Amazing how many people budget well over USD$1,500 per person for China travel, yet won’t spend USD$30 for an excellent book to help them along the way.  DK Eyewitness Guides are well regarded for their color pictorals of everything there is to see, while Lonely Planet has logistics info on most anywhere you want to go.  Other books more resemble a group tour itinerary, only covering the overvisited tourism sights and avoiding any real detail.

    City guides unfortunately suggest westernized entertainment zones where only monied upper-class people would care to enter.  You can have a lot of fun on food streets, wet and dry markets and such.  Walk the Bund at night to people watch.  Tiananmen Square is best at night.

    14.  Personal sanitation is important while traveling.  Since you are on the “tourist trail,” you are actually mixing with people from dozens of countries on six continents, not just Asians.  Bring your own alcohol-based wet wipes for water-free hand sanitation.  Never drink tap water!  Bottled water is common everywhere and cheap at the corner convenience stores.

    15. Bring your own toilet tissue with you, as you will  rarely find a public toilet supplied with it.  Carry it always in your purse, camera bag or backpack.  Small flat travel packs (dry tissue and wet toilet wipes) are now available many places.  You may use little packs of alcohol wet wipes to go over places your body will touch.





    28/07/2017

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