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Advantage of Travelling Around the World

Travelling is a great thing to do, especially now. Summer is a good time of year to start a new adventure or see new parts of the world. But what exactly is travelling? Simply stated, travelling is a process of getting from one place to another.

Most people travel as part of their daily routine, not only because it is enjoyable but also because it has a lot to offer. Are you familiar with the saying, “The world is a book; those who do not travel read only a page”?

There are lots of places to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book, there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

There are many advantages to travelling around the world. Here are a few to think about:

You will enjoy the Adventure

The reason why many people travel is because they love an adventure. There are several different types of adventures to choose from when you travel. An example of this is travelling to different beaches; some people enjoy diving while others prefer surfing.

Wherever you will go, you will make memories of your adventure which will last a lifetime. You can relive the enjoyment again and again as you look back on the great adventure you had when travelling.

You get to know different People and Places

The world contains lots of countries and not all people are the same. When travelling, you get the opportunity to meet different people from different places. In life, one of the most important social skills we learn is how to interact and communicate with people who are different than we are.

All people have their own way of communicating, and not all ways are effective. Some people tend to have problems expressing themselves because their social abilities are not developed. Travelling and interacting with a variety of people can help build or improve social skills with very little effort.

Not only does travelling improve communication skills, it can actually boost self-confidence, since ideas and opinions are able to be more clearly expressed, shared and understood.

Getting accustomed to different cultures

Different cultures exist everywhere. As a traveler, it’s your duty to respect the culture of the people you visit. Some places have more modern cultures while others have traditional beliefs and customs.

Experiencing different cultures can also be enlightening and educational; many travelers look for places to visit whose cultures are different from their own. Learning about other’s lives and customs deepens our understanding of ourselves and of our world. It teaches us respect and is humbling in many cases.

Learning the culture of different peoples can reveal how people see themselves in a group. Culture may be defined as a total way of life, created by a group of people.  It is then passed down from one generation to the next.

You tend to see different places that you haven’t seen before

For many people, the main reason for travelling is to see the world. Travelling can be a dream come true! It allows you to have adventures in new places and see things you never thought possible.

Relaxation

Stress is a natural part of life; in fact it helps us to survive! But when we have too much stress in our lives, it can be dangerous to our health. Many things bring about stress: work, family, relationships, change in health. Even positive change brings on stress.

There are lots of activities that can help reduce stress and tension. One way to reduce stress and anxiety is by relaxing or by doing activities you enjoy. Travelling can bring joy to life, especially in stressful times. It can be one of the best ways to remove stress, reduce tension and restore balance.

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07/01/2018

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The word travel has come to exemplify a common spelling quandary: to double or not to double the final consonant of a verb before adding the ending that forms the past tense ( –ed ) or the ending that forms the present-participle ( –ing. ) We see it done both ways—sometimes with the same word ( travel, traveled, traveling; travel, travelled, travelling ). As readers, we accept these variations without even thinking about them. But as writers, we need to know just when we should double that final consonant and when we should not. Because American practice differs slightly from British practice, there is no one answer. But there are well-established conventions.

In American writing, when you have a one-syllable verb that ends with a single vowel followed by a single consonant, and you want to add a regular inflectional ending that begins with a vowel, you double that final consonant before adding -ed or -ing. stop, stopped, stopping; flag, flagged, flagging. This principle also holds for verbs of more than one syllable if the final syllable is stressed: permit, permitted, permitting; refer, referred, referring. If that syllable is not stressed, there is no doubling of the final consonant: gallop, galloped, galloping; travel, traveled, traveling.

And yet at his trial he was accused of travelling to Ireland in order to provoke the Easter Rising.

On another trip, to Pakistan, travelling in the deserts of Sindh I came across the Shah Jo Raag Fakirs.

Modern neuroscientists, it seems, are travelling the same path as earlier investigators.





26/11/2017

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TRAVELLING

As for me I prefer to learn about the world travelling.

Millions people all over the world spend their holidays travelling. They travel to see other countries and continents, modern cities and the ruins of ancient towns, they travel to enjoy picturesque places or just for a change of scene. It’s always interesting to discover new things and different ways of life, to meet different people, to try different food, to listen to different music.

Those who live in the country like to go to a big city and spend their time visiting museums and art galleries, looking at shop windows and dining at exotic restaurants. City residents usually like a quiet holiday by the sea and in the mountains with nothing to do but walk and bathe and lay in the sun. Most travelers and holiday-makers take a camera with them and take pictures of everything that interest them – the sights of a city, old churches and castles, views of mountains, lakes, valleys, plains, waterfalls, forests, different kinds of trees, flowers and plants, animals and birds. Later, perhaps years later, they will be reminded by the photos of the happy time they had.

People travel by train, by plane, by ship or boat and by car. All means of travel have their advantages and disadvantages. And people choose one according to their plans and preferences. The fasters way of travelling – is travelling by plane, but in my opinion the most comfortable is travelling by ship and the cheapest is travelling on foot.

If we are fond of travelling, we see and learn a lot of things that we can never see or learn at home, though we may read about them in books and newspapers and see pictures of them on TV. The best way to study geography is to travel and the best way to get to know and understand the people is to meet them in their own homes.

Nowadays people mostly travel by air, as it’s the fastest means of travelling. Passengers are requested to arrive at the airport 2 hours before departure time on international flights and an hour on domestic flights, as there must be enough time to complete the necessary airport formalities. Before passengers get on board the plane, they have to register their luggage. Each passenger is given a boarding pass to be shown at the departure gate and again to the stewardess when boarding the plane. Landing formalities and custom regulations are more or less the same in all countries: while still on board the plane the passengers are given arrival cards to fill in. After the passengers have disembarked, officials will check his passport and visa. Then the passengers go to the custom for an examination of their luggage. As a rule personal belongings may be brought in duty-free. In some cases the custom inspector may ask you to open your bag for inspection.

As for me, I prefer to travel by plane. And now I would like to tell you about my first travelling by plane. It was in 1998 when I travelled to Italy. I travelled without parents, but with guide and other children. I don’t remember exactly how much time it took to fly from Minsk to Venice, but I think it must be about 2 or 3 hours. During the flight I communicated with my neighbours, I admired the view from my window and slept a bit. When we are were landing in Venice I looked out of my window and saw the entire city at my hand. It isn’t true, that there is no one road in Venice, but only water channels. I can say that only the third part of the city is covered with water. Then the plain landed. So, it was my first travelling by plane.

And in the end I’ll say that traveling is a nice hobby and a great thing if you want to know more about the world and certainly if you are studying a foreign language.

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26/11/2017

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Thailand due to the potential for civil unrest and threat of terrorism.  We advise caution.

Political Tension/Civil unrest

On 22 May 2014, the Thai military took control of the government in a coup and imposed martial law nationwide.  On 1 April 2015, martial law was lifted across most of Thailand but replaced by other special measures which continue to allow the military expanded powers to enforce order.

Under the measures, authorities may restrict movement, public assembly or political gatherings and have prohibited the distribution of any information considered detrimental to Thailand’s national security or public order.  Individuals may be detained for violation of these and other measures.

New Zealanders throughout Thailand are advised to exercise caution and monitor the media to stay informed of developments.  We recommend adhering to any instructions or restrictions issued by the local authorities. New Zealanders throughout Thailand should be wary of making political statements in public and on social media.

From November 2013 until the coup in May 2014, Thailand experienced large-scale political demonstrations.  Several violent incidents in the vicinity of these demonstrations resulted in injuries and deaths.  A number of small explosions have occurred in public places in Bangkok since February 2015.  Police investigations into these incidents are ongoing and further such incidents are possible.

New Zealanders throughout Thailand are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations, and large public gatherings, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to quickly turn violent.

Before travelling to Thailand we recommend you check with your insurance provider that they will continue to cover you for claims arising from the current situation.

Terrorism

There is an on-going threat of terrorism in Thailand.  There have been a number of explosive device incidents in Bangkok and other cities, including Phuket and Koh Samui.

On 17 August 2015, an explosion near the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok killed at least 20 people and injured many more.  A further explosion occurred on 18 August, when a device detonated in the water by the Saphan Taksin pier, close to the main tourist ferry terminal in Bangkok.  There were no injuries in this second attack.  Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.

New Zealanders are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness in Thailand.  Particular care should be taken in public and commercial areas, including landmark places known to be frequented by expatriates or foreign tourists, public transport facilities, hotels, bars, tourist resorts, shopping areas and places of worship.

Local travel

There is an ongoing threat of violence in the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla.  Bombings and shootings are common in these provinces and over 5,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict since 2004.  Foreigners have been caught up in this violence in the past.

In the north of the country, a dispute centred around the Preah Vihear temple (known as Khao Pra Viharn temple in Thailand) on the Thai-Cambodia border has led to hostilities and tensions in the past.  Thai and Cambodian troops are deployed in this area and have on occasion engaged in armed conflict.  The situation has stabilised however we recommend exercising particular care in areas close to the border with Cambodia and at border crossings.

There is also a danger from unexploded landmines in areas surrounding the temple and the Ta Kwai and Ta Muen Thom temples.  If you are travelling in this area we recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths.

General travel advice

It is a requirement under Thai law to carry photo identification at all times.  A  New Zealand driver’s licence or a photocopy of the biodata page from a passport would be adequate identification in the first instance.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Thailand should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Thailand are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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See our regional advice for South East Asia





14/11/2017

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Living and Nursing in Australia

Unlike many other Nursing Agencies, Nursing Australia is a national company with 12 outlets across Australia. You only need to join once and you can work and travel all over our vast and beautiful country.

Nursing Australia is also the preferred supplier to some of Australia’s most prestigious healthcare groups. This means the choice of work is given to you first, allowing you to be flexible and get the shifts you want!

With a dedicated recruitment team you can be assured that you will receive the support and information you require to make your trip or relocation to Australia a smooth and pleasant one.

What it is like to live in Australia?

Australia, in terms of land mass, is the sixth largest country in the world. It is about 50% larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometre, a total population of approx 19 million people – Plenty of room for a few more!

Sydney is Australia’s largest city, followed closely by Melbourne. 6 of Australia’s 7 state and territory capitol cities are located on the coastline – making living near the beach not just a dream but a reality.

Australia boasts over 7,000 world class beaches and some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. That is 70% of the total possible hours available. Grab a hat and sunscreen; it won’t get dark at 3pm here!

Australians are known for their love of life and enjoyment of the great outdoors. Wherever you go in Australia, you ll find a passion for getting the most out of life. While Aussie’s can be a little wild at times, most visitors find the typical Australian’s enthusiasm for life refreshing and contagious!

What is it like to Nurse in Australia?

In every capital city there are large teaching hospitals, some with upwards of 1000 beds as well as smaller public facilities and aged care units. There are also thousands of private acute hospitals and facilities across the country. Australia has a worldwide reputation for supplying high standards of medical care.

Shift times vary depending on the facility in which you are working. Shift times are usually as follows:

AM – approx 0700 – 1500

PM – approx 1330 – 2130

ND – approx 2100 – 0730

How do I get a visa to work in Australia?

With current projections indicating that Australia s skilled migration intake over the next decade will continue to rise, combined with strong economic forecasts and a standard of living the envy of many countries, there s never been a better time to consider making the move down under.

The Skilled Migration Program is the most common means of gaining permanent residence in Australia. The aim of the program is to attract migrants who have skills that are required in Australia and who will contribute to Australia s economy and future prosperity. Applicants apply on the basis of their qualifications and experience, along with factors such as their age and English language ability. Applicants in occupations that are in high demand, such as nursing, may be eligible to claim additional points.

You must be under 45 years of age to make an application for a General Skilled Migration Visa, so if time is of the essence ensure you don t delay your decision too long! If you have never been to Australia, you may simply want to see what it’s like before making the big decision to migrate permanently. The Working Holiday Visa is a popular option for young people aged 18 to 30 and a great way to see Australia and earn some supplementary income during your visit. This visa is available for passport holders from those countries with which Australia has a reciprocal agreement. Working Holiday Makers can travel for twelve months in Australia and work for up to six months with each employer.

What is the Nurse Training like in Australia?

Typically, Australian trained Registered Nurses have completed a 3 – 4 year long Bachelor of Nursing. Upon graduation nurses usually complete a graduate nurse program. Similar to NZ, skills such as IV fluid/medication administration and venepunctue are skills taught at university so upon graduation, all registered nurses are IV competent and do not have to undergo their IV certificates.

A Graduate Certificate / Diploma can be gained in many specialties including ICU, A E, Oncology, Paediatrics and many more. You do not require a Certificate or Grad Dip to work in a specialty as Nursing Australia will be happy to take into consideration your experience and hospital based courses.

What is the pay for Registered Nurses in Australia?

Pay scales in Australia vary from state to state, most are paid on a “service” scale and, provided you have worked in a reciprocal healthcare system, your experience will be taken into consideration when you join Nursing Australia.

Obtaining your Nursing Registration

National Registration has become available to all Registered and Enrolled Nurses since July 2010. Whilst Western Australia is awaiting legislation changes, nurses registered in all other states and territories can now automatically work across the country.

Unfortunately the initial registration process can be lengthy (6 weeks – 4 months) so we suggest that you contact the Australian and Midwifery Board as soon as possible to get an application form. The contact details for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board are www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

For information on whether your registration is directly transferable to an Australian registration you may want to access information on The Australian Nursing Council’s website www.anmc.org.au

Nursing Australia is always on hand to assist you with any information you may require and to liaise with the nurse’s board on your behalf.

Tips for your application process

Certified documents: There will be various documents required by the nursing board/council. All references and work statements must be printed on company letterhead and must be the original. All other documents must be certified true copies.

A document can be certified by a Notary of the Public, Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations (always check with the nurses board you are registering with who is allowed to certify your documents). A certified document must always be signed and dated and the certifier must always print their name and provide an address. The certified document must state, at least, ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original’. If you are getting documents certified, always get a few copies.

Proof of current registration: Most nursing councils will need a statement of entry or proof of registration to be sent to them, directly from the Nurses Board you are registered with. In other words, not via you. For example, If registering from the UK you will need to contact the NMC and request a form for your registration information to be sent to Australia. This can be a major hold up in the registration process so get on top of this ASAP!

English Language Competency: All nursing councils in Australia require demonstration of the national minimum standard of English language. Nurses and Midwives who have trained outside Australia must have achieved either of the following results in the IELTS or OET English tests – Get your certificate before you come so there s no delay in registration –

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: a score of at least 7 in all four components of IELTS (Reading; Listening; Writing and Speaking) with an overall band score of at least 7;

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Occupational English Test (OET) – Nursing Version: a B pass or above in all four sections.

References: If requested and a form is provided, these references must be completed on this form. If not then references must be originals on official hospital letterhead. If your referee is typing your reference, it may be useful to ask if they can print you a few copies.

Fees: There will be a fee involved with each state you register with. Upon initial application, please ensure that you enclose your payment in Australian Dollars. Your bank will able to give you cheque in Australia dollars if required. Most boards/councils will allow you to pay with major credit cards. You may also incur fees from your current registration authority eg. The NMC (UK) will charge you 32 GBP in order to have your statement of entry sent to and Australian nursing board.

Who is eligible for registration?





14/11/2017

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Travelling Abroad – Service Canada #find #airline #tickets

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Travelling Abroad

From travelling to new and exciting areas, to just escaping a cold Canadian winter, travelling is a rewarding experience. The following will help you prepare for your trip.

Apply for a Passport

The Passport Canada website provides detailed information about the passport application process. If you are a Canadian 16 years of age or older, you submit an application in person.

Note: As of January 31, 2008, all travellers, including Canadians and Americans, need to carry an appropriate secure document when travelling to or through the United States. For more information, visit the Canadian Border Services Agency s website.

If you have dual citizenship. it may be best to travel with your Canadian passport. Some countries do not recognize dual citizenship, and in some instances your second passport may be confiscated, you may be fined, or you may even be prevented from leaving the country.

If you are a permanent resident and thinking of travelling outside Canada, you will need a valid Permanent Resident Card to return to Canada.

Research the Country You are Planning to Visit

Consult the Country Travel Reports & Warnings before your departure to find out about safety and security conditions, health questions and entry requirements for the country or countries you are planning to visit. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada publishes reports for over 200 destinations around the world.

Apply for a Visa

Some countries require you to have a tourist visa for visits of less than three months. Apply well in advance if this is the case.

Research Required Vaccinations

The Public Health Agency of Canada provides information for travellers about travel health notices and recommended vaccinations to get before you leave Canada. The Agency also provides a list of travel clinics across Canada.

Obtain Health and Travel Insurance

The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides information about obtaining health insurance for your trip abroad. It also provides information on what to do if you require medical assistance while travelling outside Canada.

Take Precautions When Travelling with Children

It is important that you have documentation proving that you have either custody of the child or parental permission to travel with the child. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides information about regulations and conditions that may affect your trip if you travel with a child .

Apply for an International Driving Permit

The International Driving Permit (IDP ) is a special licence for tourists, authorised by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications.

The following requirements must be met and the following documents must be provided to apply for the permit:

  • the applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • valid Canadian provincial or territorial driver s licence
  • 2 passport type photographs
  • fee payment of $15.00 CAN
  • complete and sign the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA ) IDP application form

Change Your Currency

Foreign travel is often more expensive than most people plan for. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides some information about Financial Assistance abroad.

You can also use the Bank of Canada Exchange Rate Calculator to help you plan for your trip.

Review Pre-boarding Information

To make air travel more secure, stricter screening procedures are increasingly common. the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website provides pre-boarding information and advice to help you avoid delays and problems during boarding.

Register with the Government If You Are Travelling Abroad

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada offers a registration service for Canadians who will be living in a foreign country for three months or more, as well as for Canadians who will be visiting areas with a potential for problems. It is recommended that you register at the nearest Canadian government office abroad. You can also register online, by mail or in person .

Declare Your Goods

The Be Aware and Declare! website provides some important information about the types of goods you can bring back to Canada. Make sure you are aware of what items you need to declare upon re-entry to Canada.





14/11/2017

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Europe By Train

By far the most popular way to experience continental Europe is by train. Countries like France and Germany have some of the most advanced and well maintained trains in the industry. It goes without saying that rail travel is fast but with newer high-speed trains travelling at up to 186mph (300km/h) you will be able to reach your destination in a fraction of the time it takes by road.

Each country however has its own set of rail providers, for example in France the rail network is largely dominated by the SNCF network and the high-speed TGV trains. Trying to plan an itinerary which spans several countries by rail with traditional point to point tickets is an expensive minefield. In fact you will find it difficult to even book tickets outside of some countries such as Sweden.

The good news however is that several companies offer rail pass schemes that are honoured on many different rail networks throughout Europe. While the options may seem bewildering at first our comprehensive low-down aims to give you all the info you need to buy the right pass for your holiday.

Rail Passes

The standard model for most rail passes is to allow the holder to travel free on participating rail networks for the duration of the rail pass. However some rail networks only offer concessions to those holding a rail pass. You can always check exactly what rail companies you can use before you buy a rail pass. In addition many trains will require that you have a reservation. You will normally be able to reserve a seat on a train up to 10 minutes before you leave but you may want to reserve earlier on busy trains. For the most part you will not be charged for the reservation on presentation or your rail pass although again this varies.

Eurail

The Eurailpass is the best known rail pass, it has been around for decades and covers most routes in 17 European countries and come valid for 15 days, 21 days, 1 month, 2 months or 3 months. A cheaper “Youthpass” provides second class travel for those under 26 for the same durations.

More recently Eurail has issued a flexi-pass, this kind of pass entitles the bearer to a certain number of days travelling non-consecutively during the period of validity. For example a flexi-pass is available allowing 10 days travelling within 2 months at a much lower price than a 2 month pass. This kind of pass is ideal if you want to spend a little time at each destination.

Additionally Eurail offer “saverpasses” for group or family travel which can save up to 15% on the individual ticket price.

Inter-rail

Inter-rail is another company offering European rail passes valid throughout Europe. With 28 locations under its belt the Inter-Rail pass has a lot to recommend itself. Inter-rail’s pass works on a zone system. Europe is divided up into a number of zones with 2 or 3 countries in each zone. Passes are then charged based on the number of zones you are visiting and the period that the pass is valid for.

By far the best value for money is the 1 month “any number of zones” pass, if you are under 26 you can also get a substantial discount on this pass. However if you know you are concentrating your travel in a small area and one of the zones correspond to the countries you want to see then you may find one of the 1 or 2 zone passes a better deal.

ScanRail

The ScanRail pass is a rail pass allowing free travel throughout Scandinavia. The entire national rail networks in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark are covered as well as a small selection of ferries and buses. High speed trains are not covered but many offer substantial discounts to holders of this pass.

This pass is available in two “flexi” versions offering either 5 days in 2 months or 10 days in two months and a 21 day consecutive pass. Discounts are offered to children, youths (under 26) and senior citizens.

This really is one of the cheapest ways to travel around Scandinavia, especially as some of the other pass schemes have poor coverage of Scandinavia.

EuroDomino

EuroDomino passes provide between three to eight days travel within a 1 month period in a single European country. These passes are significantly cheaper than other European passes and are only available to residents of European countries. Pricing varies according to the country that the pass is issued for.

If you are going to restrict your travel to one country this is probably the most convenient and cheapest pass to book with the possible exception of national passes available locally in the destination country. With many countries refusing to accept payments from outside their borders this makes the EuroDomino a much safer choice for most people.

These passes also have the benefit of having second class version available for those over 26 years of age, which can bring down your travel expenditure significantly. Although this does come with the sacrifice of some comfort.

Rail/Drive passes

Some routes, most notably the channel tunnel offer a rail and drive pass. These come in two flavours, either trains that can carry your car such as the Eurostar or rail passes which offer a number of “car days” in between train days in which you will have access to a hire car. Eurail offers “bonuses” which are effectively 50-100% reductions on car hire with some of their passes.

These tickets are useful for exploring harder to reach and rural sites although you will need a full driving licence and may need an international driving permit.

Point-to-point tickets

If you are concentrating most of your travel around a few location then buying individual tickets is the best way to go. For backpacking though the rail passes above probably represent the best value for money and offer the most flexibility.





14/11/2017

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Travelling alone can seem daunting from the comfort of home. What happens if you get stranded somewhere? Can you go out at night solo? Won t it feel weird to eat in a restaurant alone? All these worries and more (Will I get attacked by bandits? Or my car stuck in a ditch?) plagued me before my first solo trip – my first research trip for Rough Guides, in 2003. My fears quickly evaporated, and now solo travel is a huge bonus of my job. Here s how to make the most of your first solitary outing.

Know your strengths

Are you a sociable person who wants to be in the middle of everything? You might go crazy if you can t communicate, so head for where you speak the language. Or, barring that go somewhere with very few tourists. A gregarious friend of mine travelled in Indonesia last year and loved it – foreigners were so rare on Java that schoolgirls stopped him in the street to have their picture taken with him. I felt like a rock star”, he said. If you re more of an introvert and prefer to observe a culture, forget the language barrier and go for passive entertainment. Vibrant cities are perfect for this, especially ones with good café cultures. Paris is classic, but other former French colonies, such as Lebanon and Vietnam, are also great for sitting and people-watching, all for the price of a coffee.

Sleep around

Play the oddball card

Just say no

Pack a book

A good book, a magazine or even just postcards to write or your travel journal to jot in – are all legitimate activities at a bar or restaurant if you get to feeling a little bored/lonely/exposed, so carry one of them with you at all times. And as a last resort there’s always fiddling with your smartphone.

Take photos

Making photography a mission, even if it s just little odd details you notice about a place, gives a little structure to your day. And you will notice more odd details, because you ll have the time and attention to look around. Your friends at home will appreciate your perspective and the story that comes with it.

Eat big

You might be tempted to live on fast food, just to avoid awkward restaurant situations. Don t. In fact, fancy establishments are fantastic places to dine alone. Waiters are happy to help solo diners who smile and say, I made a special trip just to eat here. What do you recommend? Social folks might want to eat at the bar, but there s no shame in taking a table for two.

Get an early start

If the thought of bar-hopping alone makes you die a little inside, just recast your day. Wake up early, enjoy a leisurely breakfast (when all the good stuff is still available on the hotel buffet) and head out for parks, museums and other daytime-only activities. If you pack your day full enough, you ll be ready for bed by 9pm.

Find your people

Use Facebook and Twitter to ask for connections where you re travelling. Offer to take local friends of friends out for dinner, and you ll be surprised how many people take you up on it – everyone likes to be tour guide for a night. Also seek out your interests in your destination – the fan club for the local football team, say, or the chess association. That same gregarious friend who loved Indonesia also hooked up with an improv-comedy group in Kuala Lumpur. Hilarity ensued.

Revel in it

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10/11/2017

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Advantage of Travelling Around the World

Travelling is a great thing to do, especially now. Summer is a good time of year to start a new adventure or see new parts of the world. But what exactly is travelling? Simply stated, travelling is a process of getting from one place to another.

Most people travel as part of their daily routine, not only because it is enjoyable but also because it has a lot to offer. Are you familiar with the saying, “The world is a book; those who do not travel read only a page”?

There are lots of places to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book, there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

There are many advantages to travelling around the world. Here are a few to think about:

You will enjoy the Adventure

The reason why many people travel is because they love an adventure. There are several different types of adventures to choose from when you travel. An example of this is travelling to different beaches; some people enjoy diving while others prefer surfing.

Wherever you will go, you will make memories of your adventure which will last a lifetime. You can relive the enjoyment again and again as you look back on the great adventure you had when travelling.

You get to know different People and Places

The world contains lots of countries and not all people are the same. When travelling, you get the opportunity to meet different people from different places. In life, one of the most important social skills we learn is how to interact and communicate with people who are different than we are.

All people have their own way of communicating, and not all ways are effective. Some people tend to have problems expressing themselves because their social abilities are not developed. Travelling and interacting with a variety of people can help build or improve social skills with very little effort.

Not only does travelling improve communication skills, it can actually boost self-confidence, since ideas and opinions are able to be more clearly expressed, shared and understood.

Getting accustomed to different cultures

Different cultures exist everywhere. As a traveler, it’s your duty to respect the culture of the people you visit. Some places have more modern cultures while others have traditional beliefs and customs.

Experiencing different cultures can also be enlightening and educational; many travelers look for places to visit whose cultures are different from their own. Learning about other’s lives and customs deepens our understanding of ourselves and of our world. It teaches us respect and is humbling in many cases.

Learning the culture of different peoples can reveal how people see themselves in a group. Culture may be defined as a total way of life, created by a group of people.  It is then passed down from one generation to the next.

You tend to see different places that you haven’t seen before

For many people, the main reason for travelling is to see the world. Travelling can be a dream come true! It allows you to have adventures in new places and see things you never thought possible.

Relaxation

Stress is a natural part of life; in fact it helps us to survive! But when we have too much stress in our lives, it can be dangerous to our health. Many things bring about stress: work, family, relationships, change in health. Even positive change brings on stress.

There are lots of activities that can help reduce stress and tension. One way to reduce stress and anxiety is by relaxing or by doing activities you enjoy. Travelling can bring joy to life, especially in stressful times. It can be one of the best ways to remove stress, reduce tension and restore balance.

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Travelling to Canada

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are planning to visit Canada, we recommend you start with a visit to the Canadian Tourism Commission website, which will provide you with all the practical information you need to start planning your trip, what you need to know when you land in Canada and how to get around while you are here. It will also provide you with loads of information on places to go, things to see and do and trip ideas. For even more travel ideas, visit the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Facebook. Twitter. YouTube and Google+ channels.

Non-Canadians entering Canada

When you enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if you need one. If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada, but you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.

The citizens of many countries require a visa to enter Canada, while the citizens of others do not. Find out if you need a visa to enter Canada before you leave your home country. Visas are issued by Canadian government offices abroad. Not all of these offices have visa officers, but those that do not will direct you to the nearest visa office. Canada will has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen who would like to immigrate to Canada or to come to Canada as a refugee, or to work, study or visit, see Immigration (non-Canadian citizens) .





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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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On April 7, 1770, William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England. Wordsworth’s mother died when he was eight—this experience shapes much of his later work. Wordsworth attended Hawkshead Grammar School, where his love of poetry was firmly established and, it is believed, he made his first attempts at verse. While he was at Hawkshead, Wordsworth’s father died leaving him and his four siblings orphans. After Hawkshead, Wordsworth studied at St. John’s College in Cambridge and before his final semester, he set out on a walking tour of Europe, an experience that influenced both his poetry and his political sensibilities. While touring Europe, Wordsworth came into contact with the French Revolution. This experience as well as a subsequent period living in France, brought about Wordsworth’s interest and sympathy for the life, troubles, and speech of the “common man.” These issues proved to be of the utmost importance to Wordsworth’s work. Wordsworth’s earliest poetry was published in 1793 in the collections An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches. While living in France, Wordsworth conceived a daughter, Caroline, out of wedlock; he left France, however, before she was born. In 1802, he returned to France with his sister on a four-week visit to meet Caroline. Later that year, he married Mary Hutchinson, a childhood friend, and they had five children together. In 1812, while living in Grasmere, two of their children—Catherine and John—died.

Equally important in the poetic life of Wordsworth was his 1795 meeting with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It was with Coleridge that Wordsworth published the famous Lyrical Ballads in 1798. While the poems themselves are some of the most influential in Western literature, it is the preface to the second edition that remains one of the most important testaments to a poet’s views on both his craft and his place in the world. In the preface Wordsworth writes on the need for “common speech” within poems and argues against the hierarchy of the period which valued epic poetry above the lyric.

Wordsworth’s most famous work, The Prelude (1850), is considered by many to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. The poem, revised numerous times, chronicles the spiritual life of the poet and marks the birth of a new genre of poetry. Although Wordsworth worked on The Prelude throughout his life, the poem was published posthumously. Wordsworth spent his final years settled at Rydal Mount in England, travelling and continuing his outdoor excursions. Devastated by the death of his daughter Dora in 1847, Wordsworth seemingly lost his will to compose poems. William Wordsworth died at Rydal Mount on April 23, 1850, leaving his wife Mary to publish The Prelude three months later.

Selected Bibliography

Poetry

An Evening Walk (1793)

Descriptive Sketches (1793)

Borders (1795)

Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey (1798)

Lyrical Ballads (1798)





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Living and Nursing in Australia

Unlike many other Nursing Agencies, Nursing Australia is a national company with 12 outlets across Australia. You only need to join once and you can work and travel all over our vast and beautiful country.

Nursing Australia is also the preferred supplier to some of Australia’s most prestigious healthcare groups. This means the choice of work is given to you first, allowing you to be flexible and get the shifts you want!

With a dedicated recruitment team you can be assured that you will receive the support and information you require to make your trip or relocation to Australia a smooth and pleasant one.

What it is like to live in Australia?

Australia, in terms of land mass, is the sixth largest country in the world. It is about 50% larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometre, a total population of approx 19 million people – Plenty of room for a few more!

Sydney is Australia’s largest city, followed closely by Melbourne. 6 of Australia’s 7 state and territory capitol cities are located on the coastline – making living near the beach not just a dream but a reality.

Australia boasts over 7,000 world class beaches and some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. That is 70% of the total possible hours available. Grab a hat and sunscreen; it won’t get dark at 3pm here!

Australians are known for their love of life and enjoyment of the great outdoors. Wherever you go in Australia, you ll find a passion for getting the most out of life. While Aussie’s can be a little wild at times, most visitors find the typical Australian’s enthusiasm for life refreshing and contagious!

What is it like to Nurse in Australia?

In every capital city there are large teaching hospitals, some with upwards of 1000 beds as well as smaller public facilities and aged care units. There are also thousands of private acute hospitals and facilities across the country. Australia has a worldwide reputation for supplying high standards of medical care.

Shift times vary depending on the facility in which you are working. Shift times are usually as follows:

AM – approx 0700 – 1500

PM – approx 1330 – 2130

ND – approx 2100 – 0730

How do I get a visa to work in Australia?

With current projections indicating that Australia s skilled migration intake over the next decade will continue to rise, combined with strong economic forecasts and a standard of living the envy of many countries, there s never been a better time to consider making the move down under.

The Skilled Migration Program is the most common means of gaining permanent residence in Australia. The aim of the program is to attract migrants who have skills that are required in Australia and who will contribute to Australia s economy and future prosperity. Applicants apply on the basis of their qualifications and experience, along with factors such as their age and English language ability. Applicants in occupations that are in high demand, such as nursing, may be eligible to claim additional points.

You must be under 45 years of age to make an application for a General Skilled Migration Visa, so if time is of the essence ensure you don t delay your decision too long! If you have never been to Australia, you may simply want to see what it’s like before making the big decision to migrate permanently. The Working Holiday Visa is a popular option for young people aged 18 to 30 and a great way to see Australia and earn some supplementary income during your visit. This visa is available for passport holders from those countries with which Australia has a reciprocal agreement. Working Holiday Makers can travel for twelve months in Australia and work for up to six months with each employer.

What is the Nurse Training like in Australia?

Typically, Australian trained Registered Nurses have completed a 3 – 4 year long Bachelor of Nursing. Upon graduation nurses usually complete a graduate nurse program. Similar to NZ, skills such as IV fluid/medication administration and venepunctue are skills taught at university so upon graduation, all registered nurses are IV competent and do not have to undergo their IV certificates.

A Graduate Certificate / Diploma can be gained in many specialties including ICU, A E, Oncology, Paediatrics and many more. You do not require a Certificate or Grad Dip to work in a specialty as Nursing Australia will be happy to take into consideration your experience and hospital based courses.

What is the pay for Registered Nurses in Australia?

Pay scales in Australia vary from state to state, most are paid on a “service” scale and, provided you have worked in a reciprocal healthcare system, your experience will be taken into consideration when you join Nursing Australia.

Obtaining your Nursing Registration

National Registration has become available to all Registered and Enrolled Nurses since July 2010. Whilst Western Australia is awaiting legislation changes, nurses registered in all other states and territories can now automatically work across the country.

Unfortunately the initial registration process can be lengthy (6 weeks – 4 months) so we suggest that you contact the Australian and Midwifery Board as soon as possible to get an application form. The contact details for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board are www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

For information on whether your registration is directly transferable to an Australian registration you may want to access information on The Australian Nursing Council’s website www.anmc.org.au

Nursing Australia is always on hand to assist you with any information you may require and to liaise with the nurse’s board on your behalf.

Tips for your application process

Certified documents: There will be various documents required by the nursing board/council. All references and work statements must be printed on company letterhead and must be the original. All other documents must be certified true copies.

A document can be certified by a Notary of the Public, Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations (always check with the nurses board you are registering with who is allowed to certify your documents). A certified document must always be signed and dated and the certifier must always print their name and provide an address. The certified document must state, at least, ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original’. If you are getting documents certified, always get a few copies.

Proof of current registration: Most nursing councils will need a statement of entry or proof of registration to be sent to them, directly from the Nurses Board you are registered with. In other words, not via you. For example, If registering from the UK you will need to contact the NMC and request a form for your registration information to be sent to Australia. This can be a major hold up in the registration process so get on top of this ASAP!

English Language Competency: All nursing councils in Australia require demonstration of the national minimum standard of English language. Nurses and Midwives who have trained outside Australia must have achieved either of the following results in the IELTS or OET English tests – Get your certificate before you come so there s no delay in registration –

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: a score of at least 7 in all four components of IELTS (Reading; Listening; Writing and Speaking) with an overall band score of at least 7;

OR

Occupational English Test (OET) – Nursing Version: a B pass or above in all four sections.

References: If requested and a form is provided, these references must be completed on this form. If not then references must be originals on official hospital letterhead. If your referee is typing your reference, it may be useful to ask if they can print you a few copies.

Fees: There will be a fee involved with each state you register with. Upon initial application, please ensure that you enclose your payment in Australian Dollars. Your bank will able to give you cheque in Australia dollars if required. Most boards/councils will allow you to pay with major credit cards. You may also incur fees from your current registration authority eg. The NMC (UK) will charge you 32 GBP in order to have your statement of entry sent to and Australian nursing board.

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Europe

Europe encompasses an area of 10,180,000km² (3,930,000 square miles), stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. European countries welcome more than 480 million international visitors per year, more than half of the global market, and 7 of the 10 most visited countries are European nations.

It’s easy to see why – a well preserved cultural heritage, open borders and efficient infrastructure makes visiting Europe a breeze, and rarely will you have to travel more than a few hours before you can immerse yourself in a new culture, and dive into a different phrasebook. Although it is the world’s smallest continent in land surface area, there are profound differences between the cultures and ways of life in its countries.

The eastern border of Europe, for instance, is not well defined. The Caucasus states are sometimes considered part of Asia due to geography, and much of Russia and almost all of Turkey are geographically Asian. The UK, Ireland and Iceland all manage to sneak in.

Many European countries are members of the European Union (EU), which has its own currency (the Euro) and laws. There are no border controls between signatory countries (only at the outside borders). Note that not all EU members adopted the Schengen Agreement (open borders) or the Euro, and not all countries that adopted Schengen or Euro are European Union members. Confusing? Just wait!





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Guide to travelling in Thailand

Highlights travelling in Thailand

There are so many things to see in Thailand – from beaches to bustling cities and breath taking jungle locations to the many Buddhist temples. Some of the highlights include; Bangkok . hill tribe villages, Khao Sok National Park, Mekong River and Chiang Mai to name but a few.

Around every corner away from the main tourist destinations you will find cruelty to animals. Baby elephants chained up and left to die with no food and water as they cannot afford to let them eat their crops, cats locked in cages and hidden behind trees and left to die. life has very little meaning to many thais. Even the main tourist attraction of elephant trekking is cruel with sores on elephants and cruel manhouts who beat the elephants if they are to tired or ill or even to old to work. One elephant trek does not even take the seats off the elephants and you will often see the elephants feet chained together- very cruel and distressing for the animal.

There are just a few quick tips to make sure you feel at home while you travelling in Thailand and not to inadvertently offend anyone.

Be respectful of their religion, be modest, be ready to take your shoes off to go into temples for example. Avoid making jokes about the Thai royle family. Do not just watch your manners watch your feet – it is rude to put them up or point them at someone and be particularly respectful of the monks. If you are female be careful not to brush against their robes, even accidentally.

Gap travel you can do in Thailand

Stopping off on the way to Thailand

Or on the way back – why not combine your trip with a visit to Cambodia or Vietnam while you are in Asia. Travelling around Asia is relatively cheap and easy once you have spent the money to fly all the way out there.

What to take with you to Thailand

To give you a rough idea of what to take with you when travelling in Thailand, you will need to think about the following:

Lightweight clothing – it is hot and sunny in a lot of places for most of the year so shorts and t-shirts will be the staple. Having said that, the north of the country gets a little chilly in the winter and you’d be wise to bring a couple of warm things. Flips flops or thongs are comfortable, cool and versatile. If you are going trekking in the jungle you’ll need some sturdy boots.

Travel adapter – if you are taking electrical items with you like a hairdryer or phone charger to Thailand they do not use the same plugs so, you will need an adapter.

Sun block and mosquito repellent are both an absolute must!





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Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA

Planning a trip to the United States? You ll have a much better time and eliminate travel hassles if you remember to adjust to some of the peculiar American quirks. Here are the 10 key issues we advise looking out for.

The United States is one of the most popular travel destinations for Australians: more than 863,000 trips were made there in 2012, ranking it as our third-most popular destination (after New Zealand and Indonesia). US culture often seems familiar to us after a lifetime of imported TV, music, movies and games, but there are some peculiar quirks of travelling to the States which aren t always so apparent.

I ve been thinking about these issues in the run-up to our World Of Servers visit to TechEd North America these are problems that our winning bloggers are going to have to bear in mind. However, they re equally applicable to anyone travelling to the US. We ran a more basic version of this list back in 2010. but given the many changes since then an update seemed wise.

10. You ll pay more than the listed price

Despite Australia s proximity to China, many items are still cheaper stateside (clothes being one obvious example). The ongoing near-parity between the Australian and US dollar also makes shopping sprees very tempting. Have at it by all means, but remember one crucial point: unlike Australia, the price tags you see won t include sales tax. That will vary from state to state, with the typical rate hovering between 4 and 6 per cent. I usually assume a 10 per cent markup that s almost always an exaggeration, but it s an easy mental calculation and makes it simple to assess if a bargain is still a bargain post-tax. Picture: Douglas Muth

9. Don t make jokes to airport security

Yes, this rule applies in any airport, but the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be particularly humourless. The process is annoying (you always have to remove your belt and shoes), but we have some sympathy here. People make jokes on an astonishingly regular basis about having bombs , something we highlighted by putting all the reported comments on a map. Having to deal with people carrying loaded firearms in hand luggage is also a daily occurrence. Tamp down your inner comedian and put up with life in the queue; it will be easier for everyone in the long run.

8. Stock up on dollar bills for tipping

I m not a fan of having to give dollar bills to shuttle bus drivers and add 15 per cent to every restaurant bill, but tipping is an inescapable fact of life in the US. Many minimum-wage jobs presume that tips will form a large proportion of overall income. In theory, that should lead to better service; in practice, that varies widely. But tipping is expected, and stocking up on dollar bills (the US has dollar coins as well but they re much rarer) is the easiest way to handle tipping the doorman who gets you a taxi. Note: some restaurants will automatically add a gratuity to your bill to make sure you pay it. Check that before adding anything extra yourself. Dollar bills picture from Shutterstock

7. International transit is not a thing

The US sometimes pops up as a transit stop en route to other countries (particularly Canada and South America). The bad news: if this happens, you will still have to clear US customs, even if you re immediately heading to another flight and your baggage is already tagged to your final destination. It s a nuisance and something that happens almost nowhere else in the world, but US airport design means it s never going to change. If you do book a trip with transit via the US, allow yourself an absolute minimum of two hours between flights, and make sure your bookings are connected, so that the airlines involved will be looking out for you. Departures picture from Shutterstock

6. Know your body scanner rules

Both Australia and the US now use body scanners to check passengers for banned items, but there are some key differences. In Australia, the scanners are currently only used for international flights and aren t used on every passenger, but you can t opt out ; refusing to be scanned will see you kicked out of the airport for 24 hours.

In the US, scanners are used for domestic and international flights, and everyone passing through the airport is subjected to them. However, you do have the option of asking for a pat-down scan instead. Personally I wouldn t bother the body scan is much quicker but the choice is there if you have health or privacy concerns. Picture: Getty

5. You won t hear airport-wide flight announcements

Australian airports are small enough that airport-wide boarding calls are usually made for every flight. That isn t the case at US airports: the only announcements that are made are at the gate itself, so you won t hear them if you re lurking in the shops or at a bar. Take note of the boarding time on your card and make sure you re at the gate on time. US flights are often overbooked, so you risk getting booted if you don t show up, especially if you don t have checked baggage.

Again, this isn t unique to the US, but it s worth noting. If you have access to an airport lounge, note that they typically don t make flight announcements for domestic flights either; international flights are often called, and some lounges will highlight boarding flights on a separate screen (as in the picture), but this depends on the airport and airline.

4. Your accent may be a problem

Americans are friendly folks, but many of them haven t travelled, and their only routine exposure to other accents is via South America. I might have an exaggerated view of this because I speak far too quickly at the best of times, but I ve often found it easier when ordering coffee or a meal to simply drop into an American accent rather than being repeatedly questioned. The mere process of having to remember to do the accent slows me down.

3. If you must lock your bag, use TSA locks

As well as scanning your body on the way in, the TSA also often inspects luggage after it has been checked in. If this happens, you ll find a note in your bag to that effect. However, if you have locked your bag, you ll know well before that, because the lock will have been broken open.

The only way to work around the lock ban is to use one of the TSA-approved locks. which can be opened with a master key. That means baggage screeners can inspect your baggage if it does set off security processes, but it will remain impervious to other outsiders. I m cynical about the usefulness of this there must be a lot of master keys around but if you like locking your luggage, it s the only way to do it.

2. Be sparing when using your phone

The US is no exception to the rule that mobile phone roaming rates will bleed you dry. Check out our top 10 tips to avoid roaming rorts for specific advice on how to minimise this problem. Free Wi-Fi is definitely your friend; it s increasingly common in US hotels, but check carefully as some hotels will charge a resort fee to cover it. If you want to acquire a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot for data access in the States, we ve rounded up some of the better options. Hotspot picture from Shutterstock

1. Make sure you apply for an ESTA

Most Australians don t need a specific visa to travel to the US for holiday or business trips lasting less than 90 days. However, you do need to apply online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization for electronic approval prior to your trip.

The process is relatively speedy and can be done entirely online, but it isn t free; you have to pay $US14, and payment via credit card is the only option. This may seem fiddly, but there is one advantage: if you have an ESTA, you only have to fill in customs paperwork on board your flight, rather than separate customs and immigration forms.

Apply for an ESTA well in advance of your trip; if you arrive at the airport and don t have an ESTA (or a visa), you won t be able to board your flight. An ESTA remains valid for two years. The official minimum time period is 72 hours.

Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman often feels he knows Las Vegas better than Brisbane, which is a worry. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears regularly on Lifehacker.





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Guide to travelling in Thailand

Highlights travelling in Thailand

There are so many things to see in Thailand – from beaches to bustling cities and breath taking jungle locations to the many Buddhist temples. Some of the highlights include; Bangkok . hill tribe villages, Khao Sok National Park, Mekong River and Chiang Mai to name but a few.

Around every corner away from the main tourist destinations you will find cruelty to animals. Baby elephants chained up and left to die with no food and water as they cannot afford to let them eat their crops, cats locked in cages and hidden behind trees and left to die. life has very little meaning to many thais. Even the main tourist attraction of elephant trekking is cruel with sores on elephants and cruel manhouts who beat the elephants if they are to tired or ill or even to old to work. One elephant trek does not even take the seats off the elephants and you will often see the elephants feet chained together- very cruel and distressing for the animal.

There are just a few quick tips to make sure you feel at home while you travelling in Thailand and not to inadvertently offend anyone.

Be respectful of their religion, be modest, be ready to take your shoes off to go into temples for example. Avoid making jokes about the Thai royle family. Do not just watch your manners watch your feet – it is rude to put them up or point them at someone and be particularly respectful of the monks. If you are female be careful not to brush against their robes, even accidentally.

Gap travel you can do in Thailand

Stopping off on the way to Thailand

Or on the way back – why not combine your trip with a visit to Cambodia or Vietnam while you are in Asia. Travelling around Asia is relatively cheap and easy once you have spent the money to fly all the way out there.

What to take with you to Thailand

To give you a rough idea of what to take with you when travelling in Thailand, you will need to think about the following:

Lightweight clothing – it is hot and sunny in a lot of places for most of the year so shorts and t-shirts will be the staple. Having said that, the north of the country gets a little chilly in the winter and you’d be wise to bring a couple of warm things. Flips flops or thongs are comfortable, cool and versatile. If you are going trekking in the jungle you’ll need some sturdy boots.

Travel adapter – if you are taking electrical items with you like a hairdryer or phone charger to Thailand they do not use the same plugs so, you will need an adapter.

Sun block and mosquito repellent are both an absolute must!





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Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are planning to visit Canada, we recommend you start with a visit to the Canadian Tourism Commission website, which will provide you with all the practical information you need to start planning your trip, what you need to know when you land in Canada and how to get around while you are here. It will also provide you with loads of information on places to go, things to see and do and trip ideas. For even more travel ideas, visit the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Facebook. Twitter. YouTube and Google+ channels.

Non-Canadians entering Canada

When you enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if you need one. If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada, but you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.

The citizens of many countries require a visa to enter Canada, while the citizens of others do not. Find out if you need a visa to enter Canada before you leave your home country. Visas are issued by Canadian government offices abroad. Not all of these offices have visa officers, but those that do not will direct you to the nearest visa office. Canada will has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen who would like to immigrate to Canada or to come to Canada as a refugee, or to work, study or visit, see Immigration (non-Canadian citizens) .





20/05/2017

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Travelling in Greece 2013

unfortunately, a lot of rumors about the economy crisis in Greece had made and continue makes bad to our country, last year there was a rumor that tourists of Greece will not be able to find cash at the ATMs or that all the restaurants will remain closed due to the economical crisis, something that was untrue and hope that anyone can confirm that from this forum, who traveled last year in Greece.

This financial crisis has a toll and yes shops have closed, i doubt though you ll notice anything in Plaka.

At the same tyime hotel prices are lower and country is eternally photogenic.

We do have serious problems, mainly with absurd, ever changing, tailor made taxation that crunches any demand, but this will hardly affect you 🙂

Most people talking about Greece abroad, have never been here or have never been here the last twenty years. Despite the problem it is still a hugely better place to visit compared to the late 90 s, especially Athens .

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Thailand due to the potential for civil unrest and threat of terrorism.  We advise caution.

Political Tension/Civil unrest

On 22 May 2014, the Thai military took control of the government in a coup and imposed martial law nationwide.  On 1 April 2015, martial law was lifted across most of Thailand but replaced by other special measures which continue to allow the military expanded powers to enforce order.

Under the measures, authorities may restrict movement, public assembly or political gatherings and have prohibited the distribution of any information considered detrimental to Thailand’s national security or public order.  Individuals may be detained for violation of these and other measures.

New Zealanders throughout Thailand are advised to exercise caution and monitor the media to stay informed of developments.  We recommend adhering to any instructions or restrictions issued by the local authorities. New Zealanders throughout Thailand should be wary of making political statements in public and on social media.

From November 2013 until the coup in May 2014, Thailand experienced large-scale political demonstrations.  Several violent incidents in the vicinity of these demonstrations resulted in injuries and deaths.  A number of small explosions have occurred in public places in Bangkok since February 2015.  Police investigations into these incidents are ongoing and further such incidents are possible.

New Zealanders throughout Thailand are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations, and large public gatherings, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to quickly turn violent.

Before travelling to Thailand we recommend you check with your insurance provider that they will continue to cover you for claims arising from the current situation.

Terrorism

There is an on-going threat of terrorism in Thailand.  There have been a number of explosive device incidents in Bangkok and other cities, including Phuket and Koh Samui.

On 17 August 2015, an explosion near the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok killed at least 20 people and injured many more.  A further explosion occurred on 18 August, when a device detonated in the water by the Saphan Taksin pier, close to the main tourist ferry terminal in Bangkok.  There were no injuries in this second attack.  Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.

New Zealanders are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness in Thailand.  Particular care should be taken in public and commercial areas, including landmark places known to be frequented by expatriates or foreign tourists, public transport facilities, hotels, bars, tourist resorts, shopping areas and places of worship.

Local travel

There is an ongoing threat of violence in the southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla.  Bombings and shootings are common in these provinces and over 5,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict since 2004.  Foreigners have been caught up in this violence in the past.

In the north of the country, a dispute centred around the Preah Vihear temple (known as Khao Pra Viharn temple in Thailand) on the Thai-Cambodia border has led to hostilities and tensions in the past.  Thai and Cambodian troops are deployed in this area and have on occasion engaged in armed conflict.  The situation has stabilised however we recommend exercising particular care in areas close to the border with Cambodia and at border crossings.

There is also a danger from unexploded landmines in areas surrounding the temple and the Ta Kwai and Ta Muen Thom temples.  If you are travelling in this area we recommend you remain on well-used roads and paths.

General travel advice

It is a requirement under Thai law to carry photo identification at all times.  A  New Zealand driver’s licence or a photocopy of the biodata page from a passport would be adequate identification in the first instance.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Thailand should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Thailand are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The New Zealand Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

See our regional advice for South East Asia





17/05/2017

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Living and Nursing in Australia

Unlike many other Nursing Agencies, Nursing Australia is a national company with 12 outlets across Australia. You only need to join once and you can work and travel all over our vast and beautiful country.

Nursing Australia is also the preferred supplier to some of Australia’s most prestigious healthcare groups. This means the choice of work is given to you first, allowing you to be flexible and get the shifts you want!

With a dedicated recruitment team you can be assured that you will receive the support and information you require to make your trip or relocation to Australia a smooth and pleasant one.

What it is like to live in Australia?

Australia, in terms of land mass, is the sixth largest country in the world. It is about 50% larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometre, a total population of approx 19 million people – Plenty of room for a few more!

Sydney is Australia’s largest city, followed closely by Melbourne. 6 of Australia’s 7 state and territory capitol cities are located on the coastline – making living near the beach not just a dream but a reality.

Australia boasts over 7,000 world class beaches and some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. With the reverse seasons of the northern hemisphere, Australia enjoys a largely temperate climate. Most of Australia receives more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. That is 70% of the total possible hours available. Grab a hat and sunscreen; it won’t get dark at 3pm here!

Australians are known for their love of life and enjoyment of the great outdoors. Wherever you go in Australia, you ll find a passion for getting the most out of life. While Aussie’s can be a little wild at times, most visitors find the typical Australian’s enthusiasm for life refreshing and contagious!

What is it like to Nurse in Australia?

In every capital city there are large teaching hospitals, some with upwards of 1000 beds as well as smaller public facilities and aged care units. There are also thousands of private acute hospitals and facilities across the country. Australia has a worldwide reputation for supplying high standards of medical care.

Shift times vary depending on the facility in which you are working. Shift times are usually as follows:

AM – approx 0700 – 1500

PM – approx 1330 – 2130

ND – approx 2100 – 0730

How do I get a visa to work in Australia?

With current projections indicating that Australia s skilled migration intake over the next decade will continue to rise, combined with strong economic forecasts and a standard of living the envy of many countries, there s never been a better time to consider making the move down under.

The Skilled Migration Program is the most common means of gaining permanent residence in Australia. The aim of the program is to attract migrants who have skills that are required in Australia and who will contribute to Australia s economy and future prosperity. Applicants apply on the basis of their qualifications and experience, along with factors such as their age and English language ability. Applicants in occupations that are in high demand, such as nursing, may be eligible to claim additional points.

You must be under 45 years of age to make an application for a General Skilled Migration Visa, so if time is of the essence ensure you don t delay your decision too long! If you have never been to Australia, you may simply want to see what it’s like before making the big decision to migrate permanently. The Working Holiday Visa is a popular option for young people aged 18 to 30 and a great way to see Australia and earn some supplementary income during your visit. This visa is available for passport holders from those countries with which Australia has a reciprocal agreement. Working Holiday Makers can travel for twelve months in Australia and work for up to six months with each employer.

What is the Nurse Training like in Australia?

Typically, Australian trained Registered Nurses have completed a 3 – 4 year long Bachelor of Nursing. Upon graduation nurses usually complete a graduate nurse program. Similar to NZ, skills such as IV fluid/medication administration and venepunctue are skills taught at university so upon graduation, all registered nurses are IV competent and do not have to undergo their IV certificates.

A Graduate Certificate / Diploma can be gained in many specialties including ICU, A E, Oncology, Paediatrics and many more. You do not require a Certificate or Grad Dip to work in a specialty as Nursing Australia will be happy to take into consideration your experience and hospital based courses.

What is the pay for Registered Nurses in Australia?

Pay scales in Australia vary from state to state, most are paid on a “service” scale and, provided you have worked in a reciprocal healthcare system, your experience will be taken into consideration when you join Nursing Australia.

Obtaining your Nursing Registration

National Registration has become available to all Registered and Enrolled Nurses since July 2010. Whilst Western Australia is awaiting legislation changes, nurses registered in all other states and territories can now automatically work across the country.

Unfortunately the initial registration process can be lengthy (6 weeks – 4 months) so we suggest that you contact the Australian and Midwifery Board as soon as possible to get an application form. The contact details for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board are www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au

For information on whether your registration is directly transferable to an Australian registration you may want to access information on The Australian Nursing Council’s website www.anmc.org.au

Nursing Australia is always on hand to assist you with any information you may require and to liaise with the nurse’s board on your behalf.

Tips for your application process

Certified documents: There will be various documents required by the nursing board/council. All references and work statements must be printed on company letterhead and must be the original. All other documents must be certified true copies.

A document can be certified by a Notary of the Public, Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations (always check with the nurses board you are registering with who is allowed to certify your documents). A certified document must always be signed and dated and the certifier must always print their name and provide an address. The certified document must state, at least, ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original’. If you are getting documents certified, always get a few copies.

Proof of current registration: Most nursing councils will need a statement of entry or proof of registration to be sent to them, directly from the Nurses Board you are registered with. In other words, not via you. For example, If registering from the UK you will need to contact the NMC and request a form for your registration information to be sent to Australia. This can be a major hold up in the registration process so get on top of this ASAP!

English Language Competency: All nursing councils in Australia require demonstration of the national minimum standard of English language. Nurses and Midwives who have trained outside Australia must have achieved either of the following results in the IELTS or OET English tests – Get your certificate before you come so there s no delay in registration –

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: a score of at least 7 in all four components of IELTS (Reading; Listening; Writing and Speaking) with an overall band score of at least 7;

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Occupational English Test (OET) – Nursing Version: a B pass or above in all four sections.

References: If requested and a form is provided, these references must be completed on this form. If not then references must be originals on official hospital letterhead. If your referee is typing your reference, it may be useful to ask if they can print you a few copies.

Fees: There will be a fee involved with each state you register with. Upon initial application, please ensure that you enclose your payment in Australian Dollars. Your bank will able to give you cheque in Australia dollars if required. Most boards/councils will allow you to pay with major credit cards. You may also incur fees from your current registration authority eg. The NMC (UK) will charge you 32 GBP in order to have your statement of entry sent to and Australian nursing board.

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17/05/2017

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Top 10 Things To Remember When Travelling To The USA

Planning a trip to the United States? You ll have a much better time and eliminate travel hassles if you remember to adjust to some of the peculiar American quirks. Here are the 10 key issues we advise looking out for.

The United States is one of the most popular travel destinations for Australians: more than 863,000 trips were made there in 2012, ranking it as our third-most popular destination (after New Zealand and Indonesia). US culture often seems familiar to us after a lifetime of imported TV, music, movies and games, but there are some peculiar quirks of travelling to the States which aren t always so apparent.

I ve been thinking about these issues in the run-up to our World Of Servers visit to TechEd North America these are problems that our winning bloggers are going to have to bear in mind. However, they re equally applicable to anyone travelling to the US. We ran a more basic version of this list back in 2010. but given the many changes since then an update seemed wise.

10. You ll pay more than the listed price

Despite Australia s proximity to China, many items are still cheaper stateside (clothes being one obvious example). The ongoing near-parity between the Australian and US dollar also makes shopping sprees very tempting. Have at it by all means, but remember one crucial point: unlike Australia, the price tags you see won t include sales tax. That will vary from state to state, with the typical rate hovering between 4 and 6 per cent. I usually assume a 10 per cent markup that s almost always an exaggeration, but it s an easy mental calculation and makes it simple to assess if a bargain is still a bargain post-tax. Picture: Douglas Muth

9. Don t make jokes to airport security

Yes, this rule applies in any airport, but the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be particularly humourless. The process is annoying (you always have to remove your belt and shoes), but we have some sympathy here. People make jokes on an astonishingly regular basis about having bombs , something we highlighted by putting all the reported comments on a map. Having to deal with people carrying loaded firearms in hand luggage is also a daily occurrence. Tamp down your inner comedian and put up with life in the queue; it will be easier for everyone in the long run.

8. Stock up on dollar bills for tipping

I m not a fan of having to give dollar bills to shuttle bus drivers and add 15 per cent to every restaurant bill, but tipping is an inescapable fact of life in the US. Many minimum-wage jobs presume that tips will form a large proportion of overall income. In theory, that should lead to better service; in practice, that varies widely. But tipping is expected, and stocking up on dollar bills (the US has dollar coins as well but they re much rarer) is the easiest way to handle tipping the doorman who gets you a taxi. Note: some restaurants will automatically add a gratuity to your bill to make sure you pay it. Check that before adding anything extra yourself. Dollar bills picture from Shutterstock

7. International transit is not a thing

The US sometimes pops up as a transit stop en route to other countries (particularly Canada and South America). The bad news: if this happens, you will still have to clear US customs, even if you re immediately heading to another flight and your baggage is already tagged to your final destination. It s a nuisance and something that happens almost nowhere else in the world, but US airport design means it s never going to change. If you do book a trip with transit via the US, allow yourself an absolute minimum of two hours between flights, and make sure your bookings are connected, so that the airlines involved will be looking out for you. Departures picture from Shutterstock

6. Know your body scanner rules

Both Australia and the US now use body scanners to check passengers for banned items, but there are some key differences. In Australia, the scanners are currently only used for international flights and aren t used on every passenger, but you can t opt out ; refusing to be scanned will see you kicked out of the airport for 24 hours.

In the US, scanners are used for domestic and international flights, and everyone passing through the airport is subjected to them. However, you do have the option of asking for a pat-down scan instead. Personally I wouldn t bother the body scan is much quicker but the choice is there if you have health or privacy concerns. Picture: Getty

5. You won t hear airport-wide flight announcements

Australian airports are small enough that airport-wide boarding calls are usually made for every flight. That isn t the case at US airports: the only announcements that are made are at the gate itself, so you won t hear them if you re lurking in the shops or at a bar. Take note of the boarding time on your card and make sure you re at the gate on time. US flights are often overbooked, so you risk getting booted if you don t show up, especially if you don t have checked baggage.

Again, this isn t unique to the US, but it s worth noting. If you have access to an airport lounge, note that they typically don t make flight announcements for domestic flights either; international flights are often called, and some lounges will highlight boarding flights on a separate screen (as in the picture), but this depends on the airport and airline.

4. Your accent may be a problem

Americans are friendly folks, but many of them haven t travelled, and their only routine exposure to other accents is via South America. I might have an exaggerated view of this because I speak far too quickly at the best of times, but I ve often found it easier when ordering coffee or a meal to simply drop into an American accent rather than being repeatedly questioned. The mere process of having to remember to do the accent slows me down.

3. If you must lock your bag, use TSA locks

As well as scanning your body on the way in, the TSA also often inspects luggage after it has been checked in. If this happens, you ll find a note in your bag to that effect. However, if you have locked your bag, you ll know well before that, because the lock will have been broken open.

The only way to work around the lock ban is to use one of the TSA-approved locks. which can be opened with a master key. That means baggage screeners can inspect your baggage if it does set off security processes, but it will remain impervious to other outsiders. I m cynical about the usefulness of this there must be a lot of master keys around but if you like locking your luggage, it s the only way to do it.

2. Be sparing when using your phone

The US is no exception to the rule that mobile phone roaming rates will bleed you dry. Check out our top 10 tips to avoid roaming rorts for specific advice on how to minimise this problem. Free Wi-Fi is definitely your friend; it s increasingly common in US hotels, but check carefully as some hotels will charge a resort fee to cover it. If you want to acquire a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot for data access in the States, we ve rounded up some of the better options. Hotspot picture from Shutterstock

1. Make sure you apply for an ESTA

Most Australians don t need a specific visa to travel to the US for holiday or business trips lasting less than 90 days. However, you do need to apply online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization for electronic approval prior to your trip.

The process is relatively speedy and can be done entirely online, but it isn t free; you have to pay $US14, and payment via credit card is the only option. This may seem fiddly, but there is one advantage: if you have an ESTA, you only have to fill in customs paperwork on board your flight, rather than separate customs and immigration forms.

Apply for an ESTA well in advance of your trip; if you arrive at the airport and don t have an ESTA (or a visa), you won t be able to board your flight. An ESTA remains valid for two years. The official minimum time period is 72 hours.

Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman often feels he knows Las Vegas better than Brisbane, which is a worry. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears regularly on Lifehacker.





16/05/2017

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The Best Travel Backpack? 10 Best Backpacks For Travelling

January 11 2014

Selecting the best travel backpack to travel around the world can be one of the most important decisions you make. You might be living out of the travel backpack for a year on your, you guessed it, gap year. It’s vital that you get it right and get a rucksack or backpack that is not only a great design but a good fit for you. If you re in a rush you can scroll half way down to see the top 10 list but there s some valuable info below.

Here s me and my trusty travelling backpack at a border crossing in El Salvador. Have been using it for years!

A lot of people ask “what’s the best rucksack for 3 or 6 months of travel?” or “what’s the best backpack for a trip to South East Asia or Australia?” Both of these questions are somewhat irrelevant. Going on a very short trip might mean you only need a small backpack such as 30/40lt IF you travel light but I take the same backpack on one month trips as I do 12 month trips. Just because you have 60 litres, doesn’t mean you have to fill it completely.

You might want to consider that you will do a month trip now and then end up getting the bug and travelling for longer. Why not just buy one decent bag for life? I ve been using the same backpack for years. Sometimes it weighs 8kg, sometimes 22kg. Having a bigger backpack that s slightly empty just means you ll have more room to find things.

The same advice goes for destinations. If you get a decent backpack, like the brands listed below, they will be suitable for all countries that you visit. The Berghaus Backpack I use has been to 7 continents! So let me help you choose the best backpack for you…

What size backpack do I need? Is a 40 litre backpack enough?

Yes boys and girls, it does matter. It all really does depend on you. Some people are flashpackers and must take 6 pairs of shoes in which case you might want a bigger backpack. Some people purposely take a smaller backpack to limit how much they are carrying around with them in case they get tempted to shop. General rule of thumb would be anything around the 60 litre mark. I know some guys who travel light with 50 and some girls who travel with 70. Anything more and you are in danger of falling over and any less and you won’t have room for anything.

What is the best day pack?

These days a lot of backpacks come with a 10-20 litre detachable day bag. Pretty good idea for when you need a small bag for treks or excursions. I’ve found it useful to have my own day pack in addition to the one that comes with my backpack. If you’re looking for the best day pack check out our Top Day Packs list for recommendations. I personally use a Berghaus Freeflow  as it has a fixed curve back that allows air flow. Great for hot climates!

Do I need a rucksack or backpack with wheels? Are wheeled backpacks necessary?

I am personally against wheels. I think it is part of the backpacking experience to lug around my 22kg backpack. (I have no idea how it got so heavy. When I left Heathrow it was 14kg). Let’s be serious though. Wheels are a good idea in principle. Sure they take a load off but they also can add an extra 2 or 3kg of weight to your backpack. If you are taking cheap internal flights, Air Asia for example, you will be eating into your weight limit and risk having to pay extra. However, if you are going somewhere western where there will be nice pavements and flat roads a backpack with wheels might not be a bad idea. The Berghaus Jalan does largest capacity bags  that come with wheels (65+15 for women and 70+15 for men).

What is the best backpack design?

The most important design feature of the backpack is how it opens. From my own research they are commonly called travel packs as opposed to rucksacks. These are backpacks that open like a suitcase. After backpacking for a long time I ve found that ones that zip most of the way round are the easiest to travel with as you have faster access to all of your belongings. The alternative is to buy a backpack that s a top loader but a lot of these will also have access from the bottom (such as the Berghaus Verden and Torridon). As they are both travel packs, I recommend either the Berghaus Jalan or the Osprey Farpoint (these take the number 1 and 2 spots on our list!)

Fitting your Backpack or Rucksack

I hate to get all Harry Potter on you but you don’t pick the backpack. The best backpack picks you. Make sure that you are getting the correct sexed bag. Female backpacks tend to suit, well females. We’ve compiled a list of best backpacks for women . If you are a tall female it might be worth looking at a male backpack as it might be a better fit. Go in to your local outdoor store and try the backpacks on. You’ll just feel which one is right for you. If in doubt just ask the sales assistant who looks like he doesn’t want to be there…

The Top 10 Best Backpacks and Travel Rucksacks

I am a strong believer in the Berghaus Jalan and I think it’s the best backpack for travelling. I’ve been using it for three years now and it is my home away from home… that I carry on my back like a snail. I digress. It’s a great backpack and I see a lot of people with it. It might not be for you so below is my Top 10 Backpacks. All of these backpacks are available on Amazon. As there are various stockists and prices, all of the links below link to all available options for the mentioned backpack so that you can search for the cheapest price.

For our North American readers, Berghaus products can be harder to find over on that side of the pond so I would strongly recommend the Osprey Farpoint (below).

1. Berghaus Jalan II – Our Recommended Backpack!

The Berghaus Jalan is our top pick backpack. The Berghaus Jalan comes in a 60lt version for guys and a 65lt version for girls. The reason we love this backpack so much is that it zips most of the way round so you can open it like a suitcase! It also has a detachable day sack (which is hydration pack compatible). Berghaus is also a reputable brand and I have no qualms about the quality.

2. Osprey Farpoint – Alternative Recommendation!





15/05/2017

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We observed that flights-visa-hotels.com website has been registered on 2010-03-16 during our researches. flights-visa-hotels.com website’s rank in Alexa World Rank is 19369572. Most user bringing keyword from search engines is quot;europe vacationquot; quot;leave a replyquot; quot;name (required)quot; quot;mail (will not be published)quot; quot;websitequot; keyword.

Estimated visitor per page is 1,00. flights-visa-hotels.com website opens slow with 3822 ms ping time.





13/04/2017

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Traveled/traveling vs. travelled/travelling

In American English, the inflected forms of travel take one l so, traveled. traveling. traveler. etc. In varieties of English from outside the U.S. these forms take two l ’s travelled. travelling. traveller. etc.

According to the ngram below, American English adopted the one-l forms in the early 20th century. Many other verbs ending in -el   went through a similar transition around this time Others, such as cancel. did not change until several decades later. 

This ngram  graphs the use of traveled  and travelled  in a large number of American texts published from 1800 to 2000:

Examples

U.S.

On average, it traveled 4 to 5 miles an hour. [Los Angeles Times ]

Morgan claimed the French vessel has been towing at 4 nautical miles, whereas the tugs could have traveled at 6 to 7 nautical miles. [Newsday (dead link)]

But perhaps the most logical of all explanations is that Romney is a time traveler. [Washington Post ]

Outside the U.S.

Rousteing is very young, and perhaps not particularly well travelled. [Telegraph ]

That makes him ideally placed to answer the questions every harried air traveller would love to ask. [Sydney Morning Herald ]





11/04/2017

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Travelling to Canada

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are planning to visit Canada, we recommend you start with a visit to the Canadian Tourism Commission website, which will provide you with all the practical information you need to start planning your trip, what you need to know when you land in Canada and how to get around while you are here. It will also provide you with loads of information on places to go, things to see and do and trip ideas. For even more travel ideas, visit the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Facebook. Twitter. YouTube and Google+ channels.

Non-Canadians entering Canada

When you enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if you need one. If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada, but you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.

The citizens of many countries require a visa to enter Canada, while the citizens of others do not. Find out if you need a visa to enter Canada before you leave your home country. Visas are issued by Canadian government offices abroad. Not all of these offices have visa officers, but those that do not will direct you to the nearest visa office. Canada will has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen who would like to immigrate to Canada or to come to Canada as a refugee, or to work, study or visit, see Immigration (non-Canadian citizens) .





11/04/2017

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The word travel has come to exemplify a common spelling quandary: to double or not to double the final consonant of a verb before adding the ending that forms the past tense ( –ed ) or the ending that forms the present-participle ( –ing. ) We see it done both ways—sometimes with the same word ( travel, traveled, traveling; travel, travelled, travelling ). As readers, we accept these variations without even thinking about them. But as writers, we need to know just when we should double that final consonant and when we should not. Because American practice differs slightly from British practice, there is no one answer. But there are well-established conventions.

In American writing, when you have a one-syllable verb that ends with a single vowel followed by a single consonant, and you want to add a regular inflectional ending that begins with a vowel, you double that final consonant before adding -ed or -ing. stop, stopped, stopping; flag, flagged, flagging. This principle also holds for verbs of more than one syllable if the final syllable is stressed: permit, permitted, permitting; refer, referred, referring. If that syllable is not stressed, there is no doubling of the final consonant: gallop, galloped, galloping; travel, traveled, traveling.

Ehrlich is an American travel writer, fiction writer, poet, and essayist.

Thousands of Americans travel legally to Cuba every year under what the Treasury calls “people to people” licenses.





11/04/2017

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Travelling to Australia – Australian High Commission #abc #travel

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Travelling to Australia

Immigration and Visas

For information on Immigration and Visas, please click on the below link.

Tourism

Plan your trip with australia.com. the official Tourism Australia website, offering a wide range of travel information and planning tools including over 2000 images, a currency converter, daily weather updates, interactive maps, suggested holiday itineraries, holiday deals, specialist travel agents and more. Available in nine languages.

Tourist Refund Scheme

The Tourist Refund Scheme enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.

New Arrivals

A gateway to information ranging from citizenship, health, settlement help for migrants, working conditions to buying a home in Australia.

Customs and Quarantine

Information for international travellers. Information about what items must be declared for inspection, what happens if you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items or make a false declaration, what happens to seized items and what can’t be mailed to Australia.





05/04/2017

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Travelling europe #travel #greece

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Europe

Europe encompasses an area of 10,180,000km² (3,930,000 square miles), stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. European countries welcome more than 480 million international visitors per year, more than half of the global market, and 7 of the 10 most visited countries are European nations.

It’s easy to see why – a well preserved cultural heritage, open borders and efficient infrastructure makes visiting Europe a breeze, and rarely will you have to travel more than a few hours before you can immerse yourself in a new culture, and dive into a different phrasebook. Although it is the world’s smallest continent in land surface area, there are profound differences between the cultures and ways of life in its countries.

The eastern border of Europe, for instance, is not well defined. The Caucasus states are sometimes considered part of Asia due to geography, and much of Russia and almost all of Turkey are geographically Asian. The UK, Ireland and Iceland all manage to sneak in.

Many European countries are members of the European Union (EU), which has its own currency (the Euro) and laws. There are no border controls between signatory countries (only at the outside borders). Note that not all EU members adopted the Schengen Agreement (open borders) or the Euro, and not all countries that adopted Schengen or Euro are European Union members. Confusing? Just wait!





05/04/2017

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Travelling to thailand #christmas #travel #deals

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Guide to travelling in Thailand

Highlights travelling in Thailand

There are so many things to see in Thailand – from beaches to bustling cities and breath taking jungle locations to the many Buddhist temples. Some of the highlights include; Bangkok . hill tribe villages, Khao Sok National Park, Mekong River and Chiang Mai to name but a few.

Around every corner away from the main tourist destinations you will find cruelty to animals. Baby elephants chained up and left to die with no food and water as they cannot afford to let them eat their crops, cats locked in cages and hidden behind trees and left to die. life has very little meaning to many thais. Even the main tourist attraction of elephant trekking is cruel with sores on elephants and cruel manhouts who beat the elephants if they are to tired or ill or even to old to work. One elephant trek does not even take the seats off the elephants and you will often see the elephants feet chained together- very cruel and distressing for the animal.

There are just a few quick tips to make sure you feel at home while you travelling in Thailand and not to inadvertently offend anyone.

Be respectful of their religion, be modest, be ready to take your shoes off to go into temples for example. Avoid making jokes about the Thai royle family. Do not just watch your manners watch your feet – it is rude to put them up or point them at someone and be particularly respectful of the monks. If you are female be careful not to brush against their robes, even accidentally.

Gap travel you can do in Thailand

Stopping off on the way to Thailand

Or on the way back – why not combine your trip with a visit to Cambodia or Vietnam while you are in Asia. Travelling around Asia is relatively cheap and easy once you have spent the money to fly all the way out there.

What to take with you to Thailand

To give you a rough idea of what to take with you when travelling in Thailand, you will need to think about the following:

Lightweight clothing – it is hot and sunny in a lot of places for most of the year so shorts and t-shirts will be the staple. Having said that, the north of the country gets a little chilly in the winter and you’d be wise to bring a couple of warm things. Flips flops or thongs are comfortable, cool and versatile. If you are going trekking in the jungle you’ll need some sturdy boots.

Travel adapter – if you are taking electrical items with you like a hairdryer or phone charger to Thailand they do not use the same plugs so, you will need an adapter.

Sun block and mosquito repellent are both an absolute must!





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