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The World’s Top 15 Cities

Here are 2017’s top urban destinations.

Every year, we ask our readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise us. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination’s enduring popularity. This year’s group of winners span the globe, from market-filled Hoi An in Vietnam to Florence, a European culture capital. Of note, however, is what ties these contenders together: Almost all are pedestrian-friendly, possess ample green space, and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved as the city grows.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

This year’s No. 1 winner — for the first time ever in the World’s Best Awards’ 22-year history — is Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende. “San Miguel is one of the most authentic, creative and cost-effective destinations we’ve visited,” says a T+L reader of the colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Over the years we’ve discovered more great restaurants and activities, but the town still maintains its Mexican heritage, culture and charm.”

The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia, as seven of the top 15 urban destinations are in the region. Kyoto, home to some of Japan’s most well-preserved traditional architecture, Chiang Mai, Thailand, best known for its walled Old City, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, the jumping-off point for Angkor Wat, all made repeat appearances.

Charleston — our top city in the U.S. for the fifth year running — was the sole American city among the top 10 overall; Florence, another World’s Best veteran, was joined by European hubs like Rome and Barcelona; while Oaxaca, another Mexican city with a thriving culinary scene and cultural depth, came into the mix again for the first time since 2010.

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The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World

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Each chocolatier on our list produces signature melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, be it a single-source dark chocolate bar, a cream- or liqueur-filled bonbon, a praline, fruit dipped in chocolate, a truffle, fudge, or some other sinfully delicious treat. You will never regret indulging yourself with the confections produced by these premier chocolate-makers.

The Teuscher chocolate tradition began more than 70 years ago in a small town in the Swiss Alps. Dolf Teuscher scoured the world to find the finest cocoa, marzipan, fruits, nuts, and other ingredients with which to make his confectionery. After years of experimenting, he skillfully blended these ingredients into his now famous recipes.

Today the Teuscher kitchens in Zurich make more than 100 varieties of chocolates using these original recipes, which have been handed down from father to son. Only the finest and most expensive natural ingredients are used, and absolutely no chemicals, additives, or preservatives are added. The house specialty is a champagne truffle, a blend of fresh cream, butter, and chocolate with a champagne cream center, dusted with confectioner s sugar. Chocolates are flown to Teuscher stores worldwide weekly.

Owner and chocolatier Katrina Markoff chooses every spice, flower, and chocolate that is flown into the Vosges kitchen to be transformed into fine chocolates. She learned the art of French confectionery at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Further inspired by her global apprenticeships, infusions of rare spices and flowers are combined with premium chocolate in truffles such as Mexican vanilla bean and Argentinean dulce de leche.

Specializing in dark chocolate, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker is a premier chocolate manufacturer. It executes each step of the manufacturing process itself, all the way from bean to bar, to ensure that its finished chocolate delivers a flavor like no other. The chocolate-makers first find the finest cacao available, then carefully taste and blend beans of different origins to create a unique flavor profile. All the chocolate is made in small batches using artisanal manufacturing methods. In addition to its ready-to-eat bars, Scharffen Berger makes a variety of baking chocolates.

When you step into Jacques Torres Chocolate, you feel as though you ve stepped into a small European specialty store. Many customers compare the experience to the movie Chocolat. Jacques specializes in fresh, handcrafted chocolates. Eat them there, where cafe tables encourage you to sit, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy a freshly baked pain au chocolat or take a selection home. Visitors often can see the chocolate goodies being prepared behind large glass windows. There are five Jacques Torres Chocolate shops in the city, plus one in Harrah s in Atlantic City.

Chocolate is my passion, says Norman Love, who dreamed of making chocolate that was visually stunning as well as delicious. Love and a partner perfected a technique in which the colored designs for each candy are hand-painted or airbrushed into chocolate molds, which are then filled with the finest chocolate imported from Belgium, France, and Switzerland. The pumpkin white chocolate bonbon is almost too gorgeous to eat. Using only the freshest ingredients, his recipes call for pureed raspberries, bananas, ginger, caramel, passionfruit, and hazelnuts, to name a few.

Valrhona has been creating exceptional gourmet chocolate since 1922, with cocoa beans purchased directly from premier plantations in South America, the Caribbean, and Pacific regions. The chocolate, made in the French style, comes in a variety of bars. Valrhona was one of the first chocolatiers to describe its chocolate like wine, labeling creations as grand cru, single origins, single estate, and vintage chocolate from bean to bar. In 2008, it introduced spicy, salty Xocopili.

The beginning of Godiva chocolates traces back to a 1920s chocolate- and sweet-making workshop owned and operated by the Draps family in Brussels, Belgium. Their pralines, typical Belgian filled chocolates, were sold in the large, highly fashionable shops. At the age of 14, Joseph Draps went into the family business. Over the years, he developed both his ability and creative talent as a master chocolate-maker as well as his business sense. He decided to create a prestige range of chocolates and to give it an evocative name. He chose Godiva and marketed his chocolates in instantly recognizable gold boxes. In recognition of its excellence, Godiva has been rewarded with an appointment as supplier to the Court of Belgium. Godiva continues to be an innovator in gourmet chocolate.

These chocolates are unusual, to say the least. Richard Donnelly likes to push the chocolate experience by combining its rich tones he uses Belgian and French chocolate with ingredients such as lavender, chipotle, saffron, cardamom, and Earl Grey tea. Such innovation helped Donnelly win the Best Artisan award at the prestigious Euro Chocolate Festival in Perugia, Italy, just ten years after he opened his shop. To maintain quality and ensure freshness, Donnelly produces no more than 50 pounds of chocolate a day. If you need a break from the exotic and unusual flavors, try Donnelly s white chocolate macadamia nut or a honey vanilla caramel.

Committed to quality, the French chocolate-maker Richart guarantees you the most refined chocolates from the most refined ingredients. Richart recipes, developed and tested by the Richart family, have won France s most prestigious confectioner s honor, the Ruban Bleu, seven times. Having perfected the art of chocolate making, Richart now focuses on enhanced flavors and distinctive designs and colors. A box of assorted chocolates is visually stunning. If you really want to impress, splurge on the $850 burlwood vault with seven drawers of chocolate complete with temperature and humidity gauges.

You will actually have to visit Amsterdam to sample what may be the best chocolates in the Netherlands. The proprietors of Puccini Bomboni, a delightful cafe and restaurant, hand-make each chocolate on the premises and do not deliver. Exotic combinations of chocolate and spices, concocted from the freshest ingredients, are a specialty. Although the variety isn t enormous, the quality is truly amazing.

This list originally appeared in the National Geographic book, The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers, by Nathaniel Lande and Andrew Lande.

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If you re visiting Yosemite, bring tire chains. Snow has shut Glacier Point and Tioga roads until spring

Popular roads to Yosemite National Park’s backcountry have closed for the season because of hazardous driving conditions after a recent storm, according to a park news release Wednesday. Tioga Road (California Highway 120), the east-west route through the park, and Glacier Point Road have shut.

Las Vegas cocktails inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle s engagement

Santa Barbara s Biltmore turns 90 with photo show and custom-made wines

California Bucket List

Ski in the morning, surf in the evening, with these handyslopes as your launch point

See the Klamath River flow into the Pacific from this dramatic overlook in Redwood National Park

Pile the kids in the car, head to Riverside and catch a drive-in movie while you still can

Taste-test the Thomas Keller restaurant empire in Yountville, Napa Valley

Storm a Tuscan castle in Napa Valley

Soak in Calistoga spring water

Board the Napa Valley Wine Train, recall discord and disaster, then roll in splendor past miles of vineyards

Taste China (Live) in San Francisco

The Sunday Travel Section

As we prepare to fall back, here are seven great clocks of the world

Vista s clock and watch museum is a timely addition to Southern California attractions

Is it time to see Connecticut? If you re chronometrically inclined (you like clocks and such), this is the place for you

    Challenge your inner millennial on a weekend escape to San Jose

    New hotels help Palm Springs regain its title as the capital of cool

    The Mediterranean island of Menorca feeds body and soul

Road Trips

In the Mojave Desert, a winding route reveals the weird and the wonderful

There is no place as intense and wondrous and few people as compelling as those who make the California desert their home.

The Mark Twain Trail through the West brings ups, downs and a new view of the author

This road takes you from Reno to California Gold country, following the rambling 20s of author Mark Twain

A trip on Route 66 proves to be uncharted territory for a master planner

The plan was to have no plan. To head east on Route 66. A solo traveler with no agenda. There was only one problem: That s not me.

You can t take a road trip without pit stops. Here s the lowdown on 7 spots

Whether you re heading north, south or east from Southern California, you ll want to take a break. Here s a closer look at famous fixtures and underappreciated gems along your way.

On your next road trip north, break up the drive with these 5 leg-stretchers

Walk into the landscape with stops along the way. Start with Wendy Trail in Newbury Park and end with Valencia Peak overlooking the ocean.

22 feet of fun fraught with fear — that was our Airstream adventure

You call this camping? It was, indeed, billed that way, but our gleaming missile had a sumptuos bed and a dining room, a stove and a fridge.

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Be inspired on a weekend escape to Chula Vista, where Olympic hopefuls train

Just in time for the holidays, a family-friendly weekend escape to California s Columbia State Historic Park

    The Arizona Biltmore makes for an elegant weekend escape in Phoenix

    Slow down and savor a weekend escape in Redding, Calif.

    Sure, go to Dallas for the football, but there s plenty more to do on a weekend escape

Travel News & Deals

Is $125 an hour a bargain for shopping in Paris?

I always read the Travel section looking for bargains and was happy to see the article about deals in Paris [“The City of Light for Less,” Money Matters, by Debbi Kickham, Nov. 26]. All the ideas were great until it came to shopping. What I don’t understand is why a tour guide for $125 an hour.

Fiji always feels like an old friend but. there’s a new friend here too

Films & programs: Avalanche awareness, exploring the Coxcomb Mountains in Joshua Tree

What’s up for Dec. 8-10: The holiday spirit shines through

Our first trip to Mexico was so amazing it opened the way for many happy returns — and a new world of travel

Fly round-trip from LAX to Cabo, Mexico, for $198 on Alaska or Delta

If winter or spring in Baja California Sur sounds like a little bit of heaven, Alaska and Delta have just the ticket: $198 round-trip from LAX to San Jos de los Cabos, including all taxes and fees. The fare, subject to availability, is for travel from Jan. 9-May 17. There is no minimum stay, but.





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Trump’s ‘dangerous’ game endorsing Jerusalem as capital

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Pentagon evaluating US west coast missile defence sites

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Twitter tirade: Trump renews attack on FBI over Mueller probe

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Family unification divides the German consensus

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Car driver slams into crowd after New York knife fight

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German market bomb scare was part of DHL blackmail attempt

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US quits talks on global migration pact over sovereignty clash

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Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital ‘dangerous’

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Trump renews attack on FBI over Mueller probe

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UFC 218: Why champion Miocic should be nervous after Ngannou wipes Overeem

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From quarry to stadium: The rise of UFC’s next big thing Francis Ngannou

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Fatal fishing boat collision in South Korea

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Pentagon evaluating US west coast missile defence sites

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Yemen’s Saleh offers ‘new page’ to Saudis

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Trump’s campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries

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North Korea’s state news agency says Trump ‘begging’ for nuclear war with drills

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Bali’s elderly wary of bigger eruption at Mount Agung

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As Germany struggles to form a government, asylum rules emerge as a key dividing line

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Emails dispute picture of Michael Flynn as a rogue actor

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Woman becomes first in the US to give birth after uterus transplant

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Stanford sex offender Brock Turner is appealing his conviction

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Michael Flynn’s maverick behaviour linked to Australia

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United Arab Emirates deports Egyptian presidential candidate to face possible treason charges

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US Senate approves major tax cuts for business and the rich in victory for Trump

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Canadian judge suspends Quebec niqab ban

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Inside the secretive nerve centre of the Russia investigation

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Trump says no collusion after Michael Flynn admits to lying to FBI

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Bali rescue flights grounded over threat from Mt Agung volcanic ash

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The World’s Top 15 Cities

Here are 2017’s top urban destinations.

Every year, we ask our readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise us. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination’s enduring popularity. This year’s group of winners span the globe, from market-filled Hoi An in Vietnam to Florence, a European culture capital. Of note, however, is what ties these contenders together: Almost all are pedestrian-friendly, possess ample green space, and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved as the city grows.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

This year’s No. 1 winner — for the first time ever in the World’s Best Awards’ 22-year history — is Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende. “San Miguel is one of the most authentic, creative and cost-effective destinations we’ve visited,” says a T+L reader of the colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Over the years we’ve discovered more great restaurants and activities, but the town still maintains its Mexican heritage, culture and charm.”

The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia, as seven of the top 15 urban destinations are in the region. Kyoto, home to some of Japan’s most well-preserved traditional architecture, Chiang Mai, Thailand, best known for its walled Old City, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, the jumping-off point for Angkor Wat, all made repeat appearances.

Charleston — our top city in the U.S. for the fifth year running — was the sole American city among the top 10 overall; Florence, another World’s Best veteran, was joined by European hubs like Rome and Barcelona; while Oaxaca, another Mexican city with a thriving culinary scene and cultural depth, came into the mix again for the first time since 2010.

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The World’s Top 15 Cities

Here are 2017’s top urban destinations.

Every year, we ask our readers to rate the best cities in the world, and the results continue to surprise us. Not only do newcomers sometimes float to the top, but longtime favorites also continue to reappear — a testament to a destination’s enduring popularity. This year’s group of winners span the globe, from market-filled Hoi An in Vietnam to Florence, a European culture capital. Of note, however, is what ties these contenders together: Almost all are pedestrian-friendly, possess ample green space, and have a rich history that’s being thoughtfully preserved as the city grows.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

This year’s No. 1 winner — for the first time ever in the World’s Best Awards’ 22-year history — is Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende. “San Miguel is one of the most authentic, creative and cost-effective destinations we’ve visited,” says a T+L reader of the colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Over the years we’ve discovered more great restaurants and activities, but the town still maintains its Mexican heritage, culture and charm.”

The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia, as seven of the top 15 urban destinations are in the region. Kyoto, home to some of Japan’s most well-preserved traditional architecture, Chiang Mai, Thailand, best known for its walled Old City, and Siem Reap, Cambodia, the jumping-off point for Angkor Wat, all made repeat appearances.

Charleston — our top city in the U.S. for the fifth year running — was the sole American city among the top 10 overall; Florence, another World’s Best veteran, was joined by European hubs like Rome and Barcelona; while Oaxaca, another Mexican city with a thriving culinary scene and cultural depth, came into the mix again for the first time since 2010.

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The Global Expeditions Club Around the World Travel

Have you ever dreamed of traveling around the world, but figured it was impossible because of the complexities or exorbitant costs? If so, you are in for an exciting surprise!

Until recently you needed to be either a millionaire or a vagabond to travel round the world (RTW), but with Global Expeditions Club’s innovative and ground breaking Round the World Tours, the world is now yours to explore.

Designed with an emphasis on adventure, history, culture and natural beauty along with an appreciative sprinkling of relaxation our completely original Around the World Tours are designed to offer the best the world has to offer! Centered on safety, comfort, optimal weather conditions, amazing destinations, and years of in country adventure travel experience, each of our Around the World Tours (or sometimes called Round the World Tours or RTW tours) are purposefully structured with one result in mind; giving you an adventure of a lifetime!

Our goal, simply put, is to show you the world in an affordable, organized, safe and comfortable way, yet to do it in a fashion that only few could ever dream of. It’s an amazing world out there! It’s our passion to make you a part of it!





07/01/2018

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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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About me.

Hi, my name is Claire and I’m a Personal Travel advisor for RAMSAY WORLD TRAVEL based in ELGIN, Moray and I cover the whole of the UK.

I have been in the Travel Industry for over 14 years and been lucky enough to have travelled to many wonderful countries. With my experience in the travel industry, I am passionate in using my wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience of destinations to make holiday recommendations.

So – Why book with me and not over the internet? – an easy answer. Your time is precious, it can take hours to trawl through different companies offers, and still not fully understand what is included. My aim is to find the best deal to suit your needs and in virtually all cases I will save you money simply by having the knowledge, contacts expertise of where to find the best deals or to find suitable alternatives.

As your Personal Travel Advisor I am available to suit you, not just 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. I can visit you at your home or workplace to discuss your holiday plans at a time that suits you, including evenings or weekends.

You can also follow me on Facebook by clicking onto the link below to see my daily offers and helpful travel advice.

For that holiday of a lifetime or even a weekend away, call me now or drop me an email and let me arrange everything for you.

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Cruises – Travel The World #cheap #flights #and #car

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Top 10 Reasons to take a Cruise

Choose to cruise for VALUE . One price buys your cabin, dining, entertainment and more.

Choose to cruise for ROMANCE . Secluded beaches, en suite dining on a balcony overlooking the ocean and spa services for two are just some of the romantic pursuits available.

Choose to cruise for CUISINE . Tantalize your taste buds with gourmet fare that showcases exotic ingredients, old standbys like pizza and ice cream or spa cuisine for a healthy alternative. Depending on your mood, dine in a traditional ballroom setting, a small bistro or a casual eatery.

Choose to cruise for VARIETY . With over 200 distinctive ships, 3000 ports-of-call and an unbelievable array of places to see and things to do, there is a perfect cruise for you. For even more choice, consider a pre- or post-land tour.

Choose to cruise for ACTIVITIES . Fill your days with sightseeing, sports activities, cultural lectures, educational tours led by naturalists and historians or simply lounge by the pool and relax. At night, enjoy dance extravaganzas, musical revues, gaming or a quiet evening gazing at the stars.

Choose to cruise for SIMPLICITY . Don t come back from your vacation needing a vacation. Planning a cruise is simple; your CLIA-affiliated travel agency can handle all of the details. Once you re on board, nearly all expenses are pre-paid. talk about hassle-free.

Choose to cruise for NEW HORIZONS . Fall asleep in one destination and awake to a new horizon. and you only have to pack and unpack once!

Choose to cruise for FAMILY . Families love cruising. Children s programs, kid-friendly menus and tours of the ship will keep your children happy, while affording you some time alone.

Choose to cruise for PAMPERING . Regardless of your budget, all cruise lines pamper their guests with first-class service around the clock.

Choose to cruise for SATISFACTION . It s a fact that cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience.





27/12/2017

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The Travel+Leisure World’s Best Safari

Featuring only “World’s Best” List Hotels

We’re fans of Travel+Leisure’s annual Best in the World polls. (Admittedly, we’re just a bit prejudiced, having been voted World’s Best Safari Outfitter by T+L a record nine times.) So a few years ago we decided to honour Travel+Leisure and its readers by creating an all-star safari that sets down at some of Africa’s best hotels, as consistently recognized by the magazine (and by our happy guests).

We begin with four nights in Cape Town’s “knockout” One Only, a resort of “outsize luxury” on the Victoria Alfred Waterfront and a superb base for explorations in this most cosmopolitan of cities and its varied, magnificent environs. Then come Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni Lodge—both much-admired, both located in Singita Kruger National Park—and, in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger, Ebony or Boulders Lodge, two of the finest and most intelligently designed lodges on the continent. We end with a perennial favourite, the famed Royal Livingstone, where mist from nearby Victoria Falls freshens our day.

13 Days Departs Sunday, Returns Friday

Day 1 En route

We set off today for Cape Town. It won’t take us long to realize why this city is amongst the most beloved in the world-its striking natural features and cosmopolitan wiles make it a remarkable gateway to our adventure.

Days 2 to 5 Cape Town and environs

“The whole town,” Captain Cook wrote in 1771 about Cape Town, “may be consider’d as one great Inn fitted up for the recreation of all comers and goers.” The great voyager may as well have been writing this week: Cape Town is one of the world’s jazziest, most fascinatingly multicultural and downright beautiful cities, a magnet for discerning goers and comers from six continents.

We’ll have an electrically relaxed few days to explore the city, based from the incomparable One Only, set on the Victoria Alfred Waterfront, a civic centre of colourful activity, looking up at Table Mountain, which we will summit via the famed Aerial Cableway, a spectacular bit of engineering in service to an even more spectacular view.

We’ll wander out to the Cape Winelands for tastings and relaxed meals at places like the sublime Delaire Graff Estate. The Winelands charms us with brisk and picture-pretty little towns, a variety of refreshing activities, and lovely scenery reminiscent of Northern California’s Wine Country (except the craggy mountains that shoot up from its vineyards make Sonoma and Napa’s look rather. modest in comparison). And we’ll head over to the Cape of Good Hope, around which much of the world’s history once turned, and which a dissimilar cohort of creatures—including penguins, zebras, and ostriches— happily call home.

Days 6 7 Singita Kruger National Park

Singita’s concession in talismanic Kruger was granted in 2001 in recognition of its fervent and effective commitment to conservation, and its dedication to creating an absolutely minimal environmental footprint. Singita’s 33,000-acre concession is an isolated haven of untroubled wilderness where a unique and species-rich wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological zones, all of which we’ll get to know and admire during our stay.

Its two lodges, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni, were built to reflect Singita’s “touch the earth lightly” philosophy, which is entwined with every aspect of the lodges’ daily life. It is one reason these lodges are so respected and honoured—the other major reasons being their beauty and unobtrusive luxuriousness. In any case, Singita Kruger was recently voted by Travel+Leisure as the third-best hotel on planet Earth, an encomium that needs no expansion.

Days 8 9 Singita Sabi Sand

A private, 45,000-acre game reserve, Sabi Sand adjoins Kruger National Park to the west, and, by common agreement, is one of South Africa’s wildlife-richest, most unsullied regions. Within the Sabi Sand is Singita Private Game Reserve, the oldest private game reserve in the country, owned and lovingly preserved since 1926 by the Bailes family.

Ebony Lodge, Singita’s first in the Sabi Sand, stands comfortably amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s big-cat country. Its thoughtful blending of European tradition and African boldness results, rather magically, in the down-to-earth warmth of a much-loved family home. And Boulders—like Ebony, a consistent high-ranker in T+L’s best lists—also set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand, is a brilliant architectural complement to the boulders on which it rests.

Days 10 11 Victoria Falls

“Poor Niagara,” Eleanor Roosevelt supposedly said upon viewing Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. Had she gazed on Victoria Falls—the greatest curtain of water on earth, 60 tumultuous feet higher than its South American rival—the famously articulate First Lady might have been struck speechless. Victoria Falls is a waterfall like no other, and during our stay at the legendary Royal Livingstone Hotel (another perennial T+L best) we’ll get to know the Falls, from early-morning, coffee-sipping views from our room’s veranda of the almost 1,000 feet of mist that rise from the watery cauldron to lazy afternoon sundowners near its dramatic precipice, contemplating what the greatest travel writer of all time, Richard Halliburton, called “a hurricane of bursting water. that seems to fall up, not down.”

Days 12 13 Departure

We fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg, and on to a day room in the InterContinental at Johannesburg’s airport, and connect with our international flight home, arriving on Day 13.





22/12/2017

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel

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A bible for budget travellers. — BBC Travel

“Whether you’re a savvy backpacker or just dreaming of getting a passport and going overseas, Matt’s collection of easy-to-employ money-saving strategies will open your eyes to the near-infinite ways of seeing the world without busting your budget.” —Matt Gross, former New York Times Frugal Traveler

“If you’ve longed to travel the world but figured it was just an unattainable pipe-dream, take that pipe out of your mouth and read this book. Matt Kepnes does the math and shows you how to make this dream a reality, from how to save for an extended trip, which credit card to get, how to handle banking on the road, to a breakdown of how to save on accommodations, transportation, food, and activities. Matt proves that for most Americans, traveling is cheaper than staying home.” —Marilyn Terrell, National Geographic Traveler

“A celeb in the travel blogging world, Matt is your go-to guy for all things budget backpacker. This book is an awesome resource for any traveler looking to maximize their adventures without maxing out their credit cards.” —Julia Dimon, Travel Writer, Outside TV

“There are very few people in the world who have gathered as much first-hand knowledge about long-term world travel as Nomadic Matt. This book will guide you from the first exclamation of ‘I’m going traveling!’ through the planning, take-off, and navigation. Filled with insider strategies and resources, it’s a valuable primer for your upcoming adventures.” —Tim Leffel, author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations

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For close to a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has used his massively popular travel blog to teach readers how to travel the world on a budget.

Traditional media shows you expensive hotels, resorts, cruises, and packages because that’s what makes them money. They make you believe you have to spend lots of money to have a great experience traveling.

This book will show you why that is a lie and how to use the system against itself to gain free flights, hotel rooms, find alternative accommodation, get into attractions for free, websites to find the best deals, and as well as detailed costs and saving tips for destinations around the world.

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling the world – or maybe just taking your family to Disney or a trip to London, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day will give you the practical, step-by-step instructions to get your there. Matt reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel that you won’t find anywhere else with over 100 new pages of updated content in this revised and expanded edition. He interviews dozens of other travelers about their success on the road and how you can apply that to your own trip.

Whether it’s a two-week, two-month, or two-year trip, Matt shows you how to stretch your money further so you can travel cheaper, smarter, and longer.

If you want to stop dreaming of travel and start doing it, this book is for you. There’s never going to be a perfect time to travel and Matt will show you how to make the most of your time and money so you stop saying one day and start taking action today!





18/12/2017

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International travel plans and World Devices from Verizon #airline #flights #cheap

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

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

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

Before you leave…

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

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

Taking a long weekend?

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

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

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

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

Taking a trip for up to 3 weeks?

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

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

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

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

The bottom line

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

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

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





09/12/2017

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Machu Picchu – World Heritage Site – National Geographic #discount #airline

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World Heritage Site Pictures: Machu Picchu

Temple of the Sun

Photograph by Erika Skogg, National Geographic Creative

The semicircular Temple of the Sun, constructed around a large boulder, offers commanding views of the Sacred Valley below. During the summer solstice, the sun shines through a temple window and aligns with both the boulder within and the tip of a nearby mountain peak.

Time Travel

Photograph by Danita Delimont, Getty Images

A 15th-century stone city tucked into a mountain-ringed valley high in the Andes, Machu Picchu is about 50 miles from Cusco, the Inca capital. It’s reached today by a four-hour train ride, then a few miles of winding mountain road, or by a three- to six-day hike along the famed Inca Trail.

Terraces

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The 700-plus ancient terraces at Machu Picchu preserved soil, promoted agriculture, and served as part of an extensive water-distribution system that conserved water and limited erosion on the steep slopes.

Inca Infrastructure

Photograph by Michael Hanson, Aurora Photos

A path leads along the outside of Machu Picchu, which is formed of buildings, plazas, and platforms connected by narrow lanes. One sector is cordoned off to itself by walls, ditches, and, perhaps, a moat.

Ancient Architects

Photograph by Diane Cook Len Jenshel, National Geographic Creative

Landscape engineering skills are in strong evidence at Machu Picchu. The site’s buildings, walls, terraces, and ramps reclaim the steep mountainous terrain and make the city blend naturally into the rock escarpments on which it is situated.

Stargazing

Photograph by Ethan Welty, Aurora Photos

Archaeologists believe that these shallow stone dishes were filled with water and served an astronomical observatory function.





06/12/2017

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The Top 7 Disney World Vacation Planning Websites #travel #services

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The Top 7 Disney World Vacation Planning Websites

If you re trying to plan a trip to Disney World, it s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information available on the web.

A Google search for Disney World vacation planning pulls up approximately 462,000 sites!

But, lucky for you, I ve already waded through the web and found the top 7 Disney World vacation planning websites .

All Ears . This is my favorite Disney information website. It s so comprehensive it s scary. It even has sample menus from restaurants and reviews on everything from hotels to tours. Check out the Reader Tip Archive , as it s full of hidden gems.

Touring Plans. This website goes along with the book, the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. I highly recommend the book, as well as the website. If you buy the book from 2009, you get a free subscription to the site which includes specific touring plans to help vacationers beat the crowds.

Mouse Planet . I love their bi-weekly podcasts that usually provide trip planning advice. They also have great trip reports and articles. Mike Scopa s Scoping the Parks series of articles provides several helpful tips on planning a trip to Disney World.

WDW Luxury Guide . This site is for those wanting a more luxurious experience of Disney World. It focuses on the most exclusive resorts, dining, and entertainment that Disney has to offer. Worth a glance to see how good Disney can be.

Mouse Savers . This is my top website for finding deals for vacationing in Disney World. It provides coupon codes and has a section on preferred non-Disney hotels. It also provides deals on other things Disney, so check it out if you re a Disney fan.

Passporter . This website goes along with the book, Passporter s Walt Disney World. The book is awesome, but I love the website as well. The website has a very active forum with knowledgeable Disney fans willing to answer any of your burning questions. Plus, for just $4.95, you get access to their helpful e-books and customizable trip planning e-worksheets.

Tour Guide Mike . Mike was an actual Disney World VIP tour guide for 10 years. It was his job to know everything about Disney World. Most of his site is a paid service called the Automated Vacation Planner that helps you plan your trip in detail. I ve used it, and it s definitely worth the money, only $21.95 at the time of writing. He is an expert at saving time and beating the crowds.

I truly believe these websites are the best of the best, and will help you plan the perfect trip for your family. Be sure to keep this list handy, because once you return from Disney World, you ll want to start planning another trip back.





06/12/2017

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SkyScanner Lets You Find Cheap Flights Around The World #boscovs #travel

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Here’s A Great Way To Find A Cheap Flight If You Don’t Care Where

Flickr/Takashi Ota AirFrance A340 approaching Princess Juliana Airport in St. Martin.

Sometimes, when you are planning a vacation, where to go isn’t the most important part of the equation.

For me, any number of factors can determine the destination: Is it relaxing? Is it interesting? Is it exotic? Have I been there before? If a destination hits any of those factors, I could be interested — as long as airfare is the right price.

While planning a recent vacation with no concrete destination in mind, I hit upon one of the best secrets in travel.

For those in the know, SkyScanner is one of the best travel booking sites on the planet. It searches through hundreds of different booking and airline sites to find you the best deals, but somehow it always seems to find cheaper flights than other travel sites like Expedia or Kayak. In addition it has great features like airfare graphs to let you know whether you should buy now or wait for prices to drop.

SkyScanner’s best secret, however, is for people who aren’t too picky about the destination: It lets you search for flights all over the world to find the cheapest destination to fly into.

To search for flights all over the world, simply go to the SkyScanner flight search page and enter t he city you are flying out of in the “From” box and then type in “Everywhere” in the “To” box.





02/12/2017

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The World Outdoors – Hiking and Multisport Adventures #travel #to #europe

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Stimulate your senses. Challenge yourself physically. Make new friends. Connect with nature. Experience the scenic beauty, wildlife, cuisine, culture and history of a new land. Our mission is to make your travel experience with us extraordinary. Join us for an unforgettable hiking or multisport adventure and discover for yourself the fun, friendship, and personalized services that defines The World Outdoors!

The World Outdoors is your US National Park Expert. We’ve been specializing in small group and customized trips in our iconic National Parks since 1988 including: The Grand Canyon. Rocky Mountain National Park. Arches Canyonlands. Bryce Zion. Yellowstone. Yosemite. Glacier and more. We also offer unique backcountry hut-to-hut experiences in the Colorado high country and throughout the Canadian Rockies that will take your breath away.

Our Trips are great for solo travelers, couples, families and groups, and can accommodate a wide variety of interests and abilities. Looking for a private or custom adventure? Contact one of our Trip Consultants to find out more about our exclusive departures or to build a customized truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Read what our guests have to say.





29/11/2017

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Travel – World Affairs Council #travel.com #flights

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We have been organizing Travel the World lifelong learning tours for 35 years. The trips offer all the highlights of touring plus access to political leaders and local experts who give behind the scenes views and briefings that make the trips special and unique.

Many trips include lecturers drawn from across the World Affairs Councils of America leadership; from the fields of diplomacy, journalism, or academia and offer “meet the people” opportunities for our citizen diplomats. We offer tours on all continents from small-ship cruises to substance-rich Iran and Cuba tours. For a trip of a lifetime, check out our private jet trips.

We can match your travel needs to specific tours.

Call us at 800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217

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  • Expert tour leadership
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Travel the World is a Flagship Program of the World Affairs Councils of America

National Conference November 11-13, 2015 at the Fairfax Hotel Embassy Row, Washington D.C.

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28/11/2017

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Travel Planning by World Travel Travel Advisors #travel #insurnace

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FAMILY OF AGENCIES

Our Travel Advisors are your travel specialists. We understand you travel for many different reasons, and that travel planning may be a daunting experience. One of our Travel Advisors will work with you to streamline this process and utilize your most valuable asset: your leisure time. We can plan and manage every aspect of your trip, and maximize the travel research and ideas you might have done yourself.

World Travel takes pride in providing an elite level of service that is backed by 77 years in the travel industry. The key to our success is the high-touch personal travel planning service we offer our clients. All our Travel Advisors utilize their extensive industry knowledge and experience to ensure the best experiences for their clients. We know each traveler has unique intricacies when it comes to travel planning needs and expectations. Understanding this concept is so crucial that our first goal is to learn about those intricacies so we can create memorable trips for our travelers.

There are five core areas of our travel planning expertise, which allow us to be the best at what we do; knowledge, quality, service, adaptability, and advocacy.





26/11/2017

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

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

Written by Wilson Cusack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August – November, Guatemala





26/11/2017

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Travel world #best #airfare #deals

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TravelWorld 2010 – Mumbai

The Exhibition That Means Business

Say yes to the all the MICE Business You Want

Ask yourself this.

If there was a way you could have the complete, total undivided attention of leading MICE Specialists – Meeting Planners, Incentive Teams, Conference Organisers, Event Management Companies, as well as Corporate Travel Managers, Marketing HR Managers and Wedding Planners would you be interested?

And if you could do this SAVING as much as 75% of the cost of meeting them on the field without those repeated calls to get that elusive appointment, the time lost waiting to meet the right decision maker, and interruptions to your presentation, would you be interested?

Well now you can have it all with TravelWorld 2010 – India’s Biggest MICE Exhibition for the travel fraternity. Brought to you by The Indian Express Limited and Express TravelWorld – India’s leading Travel Business Magazine, this is a tradeshow with a single point agenda.

‘To bring you the audiences you want.’

What this means is you get a very valuable list of relevant visitors that can make a positive impact on your business. Because the value of an exhibition lies in the quality of its visitors. For at the end of the day, it is not the number of footfalls, but the quality of visitors at your stall that makes a difference.

Which is why every effort is being taken to ensure this – from a multi-media marketing editorial campaign to pull just the right audience, to a dedicated events team, to special attractions like Conferences Special features, to the choice of venue. Knowing this you can focus on the business at hand, while we handle the rest.

So come, be a part of TravelWorld 2010. Come say yes to more business, new customers, and new markets in 2010.





26/11/2017

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USA TODAY: Latest World and US News. #travel #to #argentina

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Future thrills: 10 rides that may be coming to theme parks

1 day, 18 hours | America

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Voices: At summit, little dissent on climate change

Opinion

Hunting Osama and searching for the right employee: Column

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Rieder: When pols, voters ignore the facts

Opinion

Turning Pfizer Irish: Our view

Opinion

Pfizer-Allergan: Good for America

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Voices: Remembering Jackie, my friend for life

Opinion

YouToon: Stay tuned for the winner!

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Your Take: Share your stunning fall photos!





25/11/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





24/11/2017

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World Pet Travel – International Pet Moving Service #travel #to #amsterdam

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Looking for the best pet moving service for your loved ones?

Are you in search of a pet moving service to alleviate the stresses of an upcoming move? Look no further! With over a decade of pet shipping experience, our pet relocation specialists know best how to support you in this time of transition. World Pet Travel provides both domestic and international door-to-door pet travel service from anywhere to anywhere in the world.

Read how others have made it through their moves on our testimonials pages. World Pet Travel guarantees this same quality of service and attention to detail for each client.

Whether your pet relocation is due to a new job or relocation for another reason, World Pet Travel strives to reconnect you with your pets with the least amount of stress and worry for your family. Every detail is meticulously organized by experienced and compassionate pet travel specialists. From the proper kennel sizes to the pet travel tips our agents will guide you every step during the process of your pet relocation .

Convenience should not be the only reason to choose a pet transportation specialist. Knowing that every detail is being handled with expertise and precision is an even higher priority. Seeking the assistance of a pet relocation specialist can assure you peace of mind.

To receive an estimate from one of our pet relocation specialists, complete our online estimate form. Allow our pet travel specialists 24-48 hours to contact you to discuss the particulars of your move in detail or provide a comprehensive estimate of services.

*TAX TIP-Pet moves are tax deductible

According to the IRS Publication #521, “Moving Expenses” states that a pet move is tax deductible. You can deduct the cost of shipping your household pets to your new home. Consult your tax preparer for more information and details of itemization.

Newsflash.

World Pet Travel has the capability to transport English Bulldogs and French Bulldogs domestically within the Continental United States. During cooler months we are able to transport internationally to some countries.





24/11/2017

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World – s cheapest cities for budget travelers in 2015 –

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130 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2015

We have all heard that some parts of the world are cheap to visit while others are expensive but most people have a hard time quantifying any more precisely. That s why Price of Travel launched our Backpacker Index numbers for cities all over the world in late 2010. Now totally updated in its 5th year, below you ll find all major destinations around the world ranked by price for backpackers.

More specific information can be found by clicking on the regional articles just below, or by clicking on the individual city names in the main list.

There were some major changes on the list this year, mainly due to large swings in currency in much of the world. Compared to the US Dollar, all European currencies weakened, as did the Canadian Dollar, while most Asian currencies hovered around the same level all year. Once again, Asia dominates the cheap part of the list with the first 7 spots, while Europe dominates the expensive part at the bottom.

Detailed information available by region

What the prices below mean

There is a longer explanation of the Backpacker Index on each of the regional pages, but the short version is that we found the price for a group of things for each destination, and then translated that into US dollars in late January 2015. While this data is meant for backpackers and budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those with more money to spend.

For each city this daily total includes:

  • A dorm bed at a good and cheap hostel
  • 3 budget meals
  • 2 public transportation rides
  • 1 paid cultural attraction
  • 3 cheap beers (as an entertainment fund )

Backpacker Index: 130 global destinations for 2015





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World’s Best Cities

Sep 21, 2011 | Updated Nov 20, 2011

Travel and Leisure asked readers to vote in its 16th annual World’s Best survey, rating worldwide cities in categories such as attractions, arts and culture, food, shopping, and value. The result is a global guide to the cities not to miss this year.

Despite the challenging economy, travel is up, with more than 270 million travelers hitting the road this year, according to the Airports Council International. More travel means more insights into what makes a city great — whether it’s efficient transportation, affordable dining, or youthful energy — and how cities compare on a global basis. After all, the thrill of a country is most often reflected in its city life. “Cities absolutely dominate over countryside experiences for travelers,” says Travel and Leisure A-List super agent Priscilla Alexander of Protravel International. “You won’t have someone going to France and not going to Paris.”

But increased tourism doesn’t necessarily equate to bigger crowds or higher prices. Carriers such as United Airlines and Delta Airways are adding more flights to cities like Buenos Aires (No. 11) to accommodate the growing demand. Nor do you have to leave the US to experience a world-class city. Charleston (up to No. 13 from a No. 18 ranking in 2010) is on the radar of a growing number of travelers — and Southwest’s new service makes it easier to visit than ever.

Then there are the iconic cities that inspire you to visit, no matter how complicated the journey. Take Siem Reap (No. 7): While it’s famous as the gateway to the 12th-century ruins of Angkor Wat, the city itself offers a lot to discover — it’s a full-fledged destination with luxurious boutique hotels and an artisans’ collective that’s revitalizing Khmer traditions.

Marguerite A. Suozzi





23/11/2017

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5 Reasons why you should travel the world

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one s lifetime.”

― Mark Twain

Why Travel The World

We all have that one friend on Facebook that occasionally pops up offering up an opportunity for us to live vicariously through their experiences. They post up photos of sunsets in highly desirable locations on the other side of the world and at first it amuses, then promotes wanderlust, we have a little daydream about our next vacation and then the jealousy sinks in. Although, I just made that generalisation up so if that resonates with you in any way then you ve come to the right blog post.

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don t need to escape from.”

― Seth Godin

It s a big decision. Even leaving your comfort zone for a brief 20 minute jog once a week is a struggle for some and in those cases a life shifting experience like travelling may be the key to breaking that way of thinking, the way that promotes retreating, the withdrawal back to unhealthy routines. This leads us on to reason number one:

1. SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE

By not taking risks, you never really discover your true self. It s only ever about doing what is safe and easy but how will you ever know what really makes you tick if you ve never tried it. Travel will push you into a flurry of seemingly uncomfortable situations like forcing you to meet new people with completely different lifestyles and cultures or navigating your way around a mountain where no one speaks your native language..etc.

We could only hope the Tuk-Tuk driver understood our intended destination, as he drove us nearly two hours through remote Thailand as it started to get dark.

2. TIME SLOWS DOWN

A regular routine builds strong neurological connections that over time allow for us to automate activities almost seamlessly. Think about that journey to work where not a thought is spared on the direction, forced into the present only by an obstruction. I ve been working here 10 years and I don t know where the time has gone that s not for me. An ever changing horizon continually breathes new experiences and with in those we truly live in the moment, we are gifted with the present.

Beautiful sunsets over the ancient Angkor Temples

3. GAIN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVES

With nothing but your backpack filled with essentials you venture out into new cultures without access to the usual facilities and material objects you might usually take for granted. Many people live in the type of poverty that is truly unfathomable until you experience it first hand. As a westerner I will never forget the first time I drove through Brazilian slums and without going into detail, I can assure you that television is not the same. Statistics are numbers and individual stories remain unheard. A culture shock can only positively affect you, it compels you to give back, to help out and to appreciate in innumerable ways the lifestyle upon return.

Cambodia is a beautiful country but a far cry from what we consider luxury in the west.

4. WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED OLD AGE

Travelling is often postponed with the intentions of becoming a responsible adult or building up a real life in the mean time. Some even say they are savouring the opportunity for retirement. Without injecting too much personal opinion, that s just the views of society s norm being expressed by those who are already deeply conforming. It is your choice to live how you wish. But, if I don t live to my forties, fifties or sixties, I can safely say that I have no regrets. Choosing to buy experiences over external objects has transformed me in so many way that I am sincerely grateful for.





23/11/2017

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World Travel – Travel Services – 792 Barber Ln – Milpitas,

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Recommended Reviews

I am really sad to see the bad reviews and hope that people will give World Travel another chance.  Our family has been going to them for the past almost 8 years.  They have always been professional and eager to find cheaper tickets for us.  Everytime we give them our travel plans, they will tell us honestly when would be cheaper and what flight would be best.  4 years ago, I had booked 2 tickets to China for my bf and myself.  2 months prior to our set date, my grandma passed away.  I called them in the middle of the night asking for a change in my flight and they got back to me early in the AM.  There was a small increase in the flight since I was going in the middle of summer instead of fall but they made up for it by rushing our Visa and preparing everything for us!  They are great people and they truely do care.

horrible, awful.  Joe gave me a price on Friday for international travel, told me the price was good for 3 days.  I called him Friday evening, to purchase the tickets and to give him the exact names on the passport.  He told me just send him an email.  Had to follow up with him myself on Monday.  He didn t bother.

Then he tells me that the tickets are now much more, because the airlines increased the prices over the weekend.   For the 3 of us, that s over $1000 increase total.

I am incredibly pissed off.  He guaranteed the price for 3 days, that s apparently a lie.  If they were a reputable business, they should stick to his words, and the original price.  I could have bought the tickets Friday from another agency, he quoted me the better price Friday, compared to the other agency.

A good, honest, reputable business would stick to their words.  They are either total liars or just have no clue what the airlines were doing.  The other agency told me their prices were only good through midnight Friday.   Either way, this could happen to you too.





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Welcome To World Travel International

CORPORATE OVERVIEW

Recent polls show us that the consumer is becoming more familiar and comfortable with e-commerce.

  • The quantity of holiday and travel products sourced from the Internet is expanding rapidly.
  • Surveys show that people are increasingly willing to use the Internet as their first source in seeking to procure significant savings on accommodation and holiday products.
  • Travel is currently ranked the second largest growth industry and is expected to continue its expansion into the foreseeable future.

World Travel International specialises in providing superior quality accommodation throughout the world, with a special emphasis on South African properties, at very affordable rates exclusively available to its private Member base. Our research indicates that the majority of Members prefer to take their holidays within South Africa because of the reduced travelling times. Our prime directive is progressive expansion into Europe and beyond to secure and consolidate holiday accommodation of the required standard for our Members.

The available accommodation is listed on this innovative and user-friendly web site. Members can access our inventory worldwide, examine individual resorts in detail and reserve accommodation via an on-line request to our Reservations Department.

World Travel International pledges to continue to expand and consolidate its accommodation register through long-term leasing and entitlement contracts with selected high quality providers to fulfil the needs of our Members.

This web site is currently operational as a work in progress and will be continually updated by a dedicated web development team to accurately reflect the inventory, services and products available to our Member base.

Our site will evolve progressively to meet the needs and expectations of our Affiliates and Members.

At the present time the consumer has limited choices when planning holiday requirements.

Traditional hotel room accommodation

This is becoming increasingly more expensive in peak demand periods and often precludes family occupation. World Travel International uses the negotiating power of its extensive member base to secure enhanced discounts for subscribers.

Timeshare purchase

This has significant entry costs and on-going maintenance costs. The concept of a fixed week holiday and the difficulty of ever finding a viable exchange can be persistent problems for some owners.

Rental properties

Many of these are very limited in terms of seasonal availability and location and can be amongst the most expensive form of accommodation.

The Internet

The lack of consumer service facilities available to casual users makes the Internet of limited use without the full backup facilities of a dedicated Members organisation. Although this can be a less expensive option, cost is still at retail price because it is a single transaction.

Tour operator/travel agent .

Many package holiday deals restrict users to the tour operator’s arrangements. Quality is often poor overall and this leads to one of the industry’s highest areas of customer complaints.

The Internet is considered to be the most significant modern trend in the holiday and travel market place. Around 70,000 people are joining the ranks of Internet users every week, and an increasing number of these will be seeking to fulfil their holiday requirements.

World Travel International has been created to fully realise this need through their state of the art web site, customised customer service software and dedicated Reservations department.

With full Member aftercare, unlimited access, Member assistance facilities and accommodation significantly below market prices, World Travel International is poised to service a large share of this market.

Remember the last time you went on holiday? You had to spend time researching locations that had the activities you wanted to do while you were holidaying. After you found a place that provided those activities, then you had to book plane tickets. Then you had to take care of your accommodation. Then you had to rent a car. Then you had to book all of those activities you wanted to enjoy during your stay.

Now imagine making one single phone call, and accomplishing all of those tasks. Think of how much time you’ll save when you don’t have to contact an airline, a hotel, a rental car agency, a local chamber of commerce, and all the other details you would typically have to take care of. How can you make this a reality and still go on a vacation? Welcome to our wonderful world of travel.

WE realize that for us to succeed, we have to offer our members more than simple savings on accommodation. Your membership provides incredible services in addition to gaining you access to luxurious discounted accommodation. With the pace of life today, the traditional “family two week summer vacation” is a thing of the past. Today’s families are carving out “mini- vacations” for long weekends, and taking 3-5 mini vacations per year.

WE allow you easy access to great accommodation for long weekends, midweek’s, days and weekly holidays. And since we know that the perfect blend of luxury, incredible service, and flexibility is the hallmark by which all vacation clubs are measured, they strive to provide their members with everything imaginable, and you aren’t simply planning for today, but planning for tomorrow as well. Your membership allows you to spend more time with your family. With so many luxurious properties to choose from so close to your home, we make it easier for you to enjoy an “any-vacation” so you take more vacations, more often.

So whether your ideal vacation is a trip to the beach for a week of surf, sand, and sun; or a powder-filled excursion to a world-class ski resort, we have many different options for you to choose from. If you would rather spend a weekend on a golf course working on your swing with a professional instructor, that can be arranged as well. With renowned accommodations, incredible amenities, and warm hospitality including exceptional service, why wouldn’t you join us? Given the pace of today’s rat race, convenience is a must because it provides the ability to escape as often as your schedule allows. What will it be? One phone call to plan your next vacation or six phone calls. The choice is yours. Get your membership, and start saving time money today!





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Around the World Airfare #travel.com #flights

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Around the World Airfare

Around the World Multi-Stop International Airfares

No matter what you call your trip: Around the World, Round the World, Multi Stop International or Multi Destination Travel, you can customize your international route with our interactive TripPlanner app and get a price for your airfare instantly. There are no limitations, so start, end and go wherever you want. Try any number of different route combinations to plan the perfect trip!

  • We offer Simple and Flexible Around the World Tickets
  • Any Airline, Any Route, Any Change.
  • Get advice from our travel experts. They can offer you options that you can never find on your own. Why? We do one thing and that is Around the World and Multi-Stop International airfare and we have been doing it for over 25 years.
  • Do more with AirTreks without the hassle. Free stops, airline and destination recommendations, and support while you’re planning and when you’re on the road – it’s the easiest way to make your trip a reality.

Get Started with our TripPlanner and get an Instant Price on your Route

South American Airfare Specials

AirTreks has special deals to and from South America from all over the globe. Check our our current specials

Business Class Airfares

AirTreks offers excellent business class airfares. To learn more about Around the World Business Class Airfare please check out our guide or if you would like a price for a specific trip, contact us.





22/11/2017

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Hi VTers

We would arrive at JFK in the morning (8 am, Terminal 4) and plan to travel to Boston the same day by bus. We are 2 adults and 2 small kids with luggage. We have been to some countries together but this will be our first time to the US – 2+ weeks vacations starting from the 2nd week of December.

From some Internet search, it seems that first we have to make it to Manhattan from JFK to catch the bus to New England – although I’d have preferred bypassing NYC which does not seem possible (?).

Please suggest how to do that as a first timer. Which ticket we should buy, how, and where? We would like to use public transport but may use the taxi if that is necessary. Just to mention, we plan to come back to NYC later.

For NYC-Boston, we intend to take the late afternoon (3-4 pm) bus connection so that we are not rushed. In the best case scenario it looks like that we could reach NYC around afternoon, and will have a few hours to roam/relax around. Would that be a good strategy? Can we leave our luggage at the bus station safely for a few hours (e.g. Megabus)?

We contemplated about staying one night in NYC before moving ahead to Boston but decided otherwise due to reasons.

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20/11/2017

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Discount Tickets Disney, Universal, Sea World Tickets #travel #one

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There are 3 Ways to get Discount Orlando Theme Park Tickets: Discount Ticket Prices

We offer discount tickets and Coupons without resort previews. The tickets are below gate price and you do save time and money. You can have them mailed to you, have them delivered to your resort hotel or vacation home or pick them up at our convenient location.

Vacation resorts offer discount tickets by families coming to the resort and by letting them show you around. There reason is that in the future they would like you to come back and stay with them. They would also like your word of mouth advertising, this means going back to your hometown and letting your friends, neighbors, and relatives know about the great resort you saw while on your vacation. What is vacation preview?

We do not currently have Resorts that offer Discount Vacation Stays and Discount Ticket Packages with time share resort previews.

3. Discounted Tickets With Resort Preview

We offer discount tickets with resort previews. Tickets are discounted well below gate price save time and money. There are certain qualifications in order to get the discounted tickets. You must attend a Resort Preview.

We do not currently have Resorts that offer Discount Ticket Packages with a required time share resort preview.

Select Vacation resorts offer discount tickets to families coming to the resort and by letting them show you around. There reason is that in the future they would like you to come back and stay with them. They would also like your word of mouth advertising, this means going back to your hometown and letting your friends, neighbors, and relatives know about the great resort you saw while on your vacation.





17/11/2017

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Disney Travel Babble – The Adventures of a Disney World Traveler

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The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland Magic Kingdom!

December 1, 2015

With apologies to longtime readers Every year around this time, I re-post Disneyland s (and Magic Kingdom s) Main Street, U.S.A. Christmas music loop for those who don t have it yet. I m sure this is a drag to those of you who ve been around since the beginning, but each year I get at least one comment from someone who is thrilled to discover you can actually bring home the beloved Christmas music heard at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

So scroll down to find MP3s of every song on Disney s Main Street, U.S.A. Christmas music loop, plus CD tray art if you want to make a keepsake version. Happy holidays!

Several years ago, MiceAge.com s Al Lutz posted a complete listing of the songs played on Disneyland s Main Street, U.S.A. at the holidays. Even better, he dug up exactly which album each song came from. However, because Disneyland s Christmas music loop was created around 1972, most of the tracks on it are from albums that are long out of print and have never been released on CD.

As a former college radio DJ and record shop rat, I zealously took on the challenge of tracking down every single song in the Main Street Christmas loop. Starting in the spring, I spent six or eight months combing local record stores, trawling the web, and stalking eBay. Along the way I may have overpaid for a couple of records, but I also enjoyed the thrill of discovery every time I came upon another rare gem.

After I d collected all the albums (some of which, I realized, may once have been in my Lawrence Welk-loving grandma s record collection), I had to digitize the songs with a complicated setup involving my record player, a 4-track recorder and my computer, since they hadn t invented those USB turntables yet. Some of the records were not in the greatest shape, so a few of the songs have quite a bit of authentic hiss and pop that was impossible to filter out.

Next I spent an inordinate amount of time sequencing the songs so that they flowed seamlessly and there were no duplicates of songs or artists back to back (tricky to do when there are two versions of Jingle Bells and of White Christmas, plus five songs by the same artist). I m not sure now why I didn t go with the actual in-park sequence that Al documented . I guess the me of all those years ago thought she knew better than whichever cast member slaved over the very same task back in 1972!

The last project was creating packaging for my new compilation album, which I d dubbed The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland! I used the various Christmas albums art as inspiration and found these blank CDs  designed to look like 45s, with plastic grooves in the top and everything!

I was so pleased with the results that I made copies of my album for everyone I knew who was even remotely interested in Disneyland and/or Christmas, and it s become an annual tradition to search out new people on whom to inflict my pet project.

Which is why this year I m giving The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland! to all of you. Posted below are all the songs, plus a PDF file of the cover art, if you feel like burning the album to a disc. To grab the MP3 file, right-click on the song title and select Save Link As or its equivalent. Note that the songs on my version are not arranged in the order in which they play at Disneyland—for that sequence you ll have to check out Al s article. But I did include a bonus track not found on the original Main Street Christmas loop

The Fabulous Sounds of Christmas at Disneyland





16/11/2017

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World travel map: where is it dangerous? #all #inclusive #travel

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Safety warnings and advice for Canadians from the Canadian government

Last Updated: Feb. 3, 2014

These are foreign travel recommendations and warnings for Canadians from the government of Canada as of February 2014. Click on any country for more details.

Note: This map is for illustrative purposes only. Before you go, visit the government of Canada travel web site for the very latest information. The government advises that Canadian travellers are responsible for their own personal safety while abroad.

Travelling Canadians

NORTH KOREA TOURS North Korea tourism ‘booming’ Travellers ignoring war rhetoric, nuclear threats

TRAVEL SAFETY Warnings and advice for countries around the world Map of Foreign Affairs travel recommendations

WORLD TRAVEL Sun destinations still most popular with Canadians Mexico, southern U.S. among most common places to visit

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15/11/2017

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World s Best Hotels 2013 #direct #travel #insurance

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World s Best Hotels 2013

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Which hotels deliver the most extraordinary experiences? Check the results of Travel + Leisure ’s annual survey to find out.

Picture a cypress-lined road in Tuscany. Now picture yourself arriving at a 10th-century former castle on more than 4,000 acres of rolling hills. Welcome to Castello di Casole, a new 41-suite hotel that already ranks as No. 2 in the world.

We asked our readers to vote in the 18th annual World’s Best Awards for properties like Castello di Casole that have won them over—weighing in on categories such as rooms, location, service, food, and value. The resulting list is not only a go-to hotel resource for planning your next trip, but also reveals the destinations that are important now.

One of the most exciting trends is the desire to get off the grid. For the first time this year, Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora and the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand (tied at No. 5) debuted among the top 10 hotels overall for their respective regions. And T+L readers crowned a new No. 1 hotel: Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp in Botswana.

Luckily, there are plenty of amazing places to stay closer to home. U.S. properties represent nearly 20 percent of the top 50 list, from Triple Creek Ranch (No. 13), with 23 intimate cabins with wood-burning fireplaces in western Montana to Elizabeth Pointe Lodge (No. 25) on Amelia Island, FL, with its turn-of-the-century-inspired décor and enormous marble soaking tubs.

Whether you’re ready for a nature retreat or eager to pound the pavement of Hong Kong, Berlin, or Beverly Hills, there’s a property for you among the World’s Best Hotel winners. Read on, and let the daydreaming begin.

—Jennifer Flowers





15/11/2017

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WDWPackages – Cheap Disney World Vacation Packages 2013-2014 #travel #mexico

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Disney World Vacation Packages

If you are visiting Disney World and you are looking for the best deal then you won’t want to miss checking our package deals. Affordable Travel of Orlando has been serving clients coming to Orlando since 1991. The secret to our success is not a secret. We work with a few select hotel properties, and we guarantee our package deals are the lowest in Orlando.

In order to receive the absolute lowest prices on a wonderful Orlando Vacation Package, please select the number of days on the left which you are going to be in town. We have pre-selected a few of our most popular packages from which you may choose. If you don’t find what you are looking for, you may design your own package by simply selecting the “custom package ” on the left.

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call.

When looking for a Disney World vacation package you really want to do your homework, and make sure you are getting a good deal. Last year, Disney World ran a special TV advertisement touting the fact that a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) could come to Disney for 6 nights, 7 days for $1500.

This on the surface sounds like a great deal; however, for a very similar package we sold ours for $1150. Wow! This is a $350 savings.

When looking for a great package deal make sure you keep these things in mind:

    Compare the tickets which come in each package – Disney World now has over 62 different tickets so one package might include a 4 Day Magic Your Way Ticket while another package will include a 4 Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Ticket. The difference in price is about $40 per ticket Compare compariable hotel rooms – Orlando and Disney World in particular is one of the biggest tourist destination cities in the World. With so many visitors coming into town every week, we have a variety of hotel products to choose from. Some are really nice while others have a lot to be desired. Make sure you are staying a nice property which is close to Disney World. Time Share or just a low price package – My personal opinion is to stay away from timeshare tours unless you are really interested in buying one. Yes, you can save a little bit of money on your package by committing to take a tour, but the tours are high pressured and it is not a way to spend your vacation. In fact, if you check out our packages our prices compare very favorable to them. Check out the ticket delivery fee and other hidden charges – A lot of packages will have a low upfront cost but then when you are ready to check out they add a lot of hidden fees. Cancellation fee – The sound truth is that mishaps happen in everyone’s life and sometimes these little things rear their ugly heads during the most inopportune time. If something like this should happen to you and you have to cancel your vacation you need to know the cancellation fee. Ours is a small fee of $15 if you cancel 15 days prior to your arrival, and if you rebook with us we will re-apply the cancellation fee to your next reservation. Our goal is have you come to Orlando and have a great time.

If you have any questions about booking your Disney vacation package. please feel to give us a call. We will be glad to assist you.





15/11/2017

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

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Traveling by Train in Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy Tickets

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

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

All Eurail Passes

Balkan Flexipass

BritRail Pass

European East Pass

France Rail Pass

France Rail Pass Premium

German Rail Pass

Swiss Pass

Central Europe Triangle Pass

Overnight Travel

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

Sleeper/couchette options include:

* Sleepers/Couchettes

* Deluxe: A bed and private restroom

T4 Compartment: Four beds, washbasin, linens/towels

T3 Compartment: Three beds, washbasin, linens/towels

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

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





14/11/2017

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Why stop at just one destination when the whole world is at your fingertips? We’ve all got a ‘bucket list’ that dream catalogue of places we would love to see firsthand. Whether your list includes trekking to Machu Picchu, shopping on Fifth Avenue, cafe-hopping around Paris or all of the above, your travel goals don’t have to remain a pipedream. Flight Centre’s dedicated Round the World expert team can make those dreams a reality!

What is a Round the World flight?

Round the World flights take you, well, around the world! Instead of trying to piece together individual flights from Point A to Points B, C and D, a Round the World flight is a seamless journey that makes its way around the globe in one direction. In other words, a Round the World fare is a one-way long-haul journey with multiple stopovers.

Why book a Round the World flight?

  • Great value for money
  • Tailored itineraries
  • Thousands of options
  • Everything on one ticket
  • Up to 12 months validity

It’s up to you how long you stop at each point along the way you’ll probably want to allow enough time to really get to know your destination before taking to the skies en route to a new corner of the globe.

The only requirement with a Round the World trip is that you must travel in one direction east or west and return to your point of origin. Some airfares may require you to include a minimum of four continents and at least two stopovers but hey, isn’t that what a Round the World trip is all about?

Are there different types of Round the World flights?

Individual airlines usually offer Round the World fares based on the routes they travel, as long as you include their central transit hub in the mix (like stopping in Helsinki if you fly with Finnair).

Airline alliances such as one world, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam also cater to globetrotters. Their Round the World fares are priced according to how many miles you travel as well as your cabin class, and use a number of different partner airlines across their networks.

Round the World flights can be a great way to rack up those frequent flyer points and move up the tiers of your airline loyalty program. Chat to one of our Airfare Experts and see what Round the World fares your preferred airline offers you might even earn enough points to work in an upgrade to Business Class!

Where can I travel on a Round the World flight?

The short answer is wherever your heart desires! The long answer is wherever your consultant can masterfully map out, factoring in the one-way rule, hitting the main airports, and stopping in at central transit hubs.

While some Round the World fares allow you to have up to 15 stops on your journey, you could do as few as three, four of five. Some examples might be:

3 stops: Sydney Singapore London Los Angeles Sydney

4 stops: Sydney Singapore London New York Los Angeles Sydney

5 stops: Sydney Singapore London Zurich New York Los Angeles Sydney

Why book with our Round the World experts?

  • Specialised RTW team
  • Widest range of options
  • All visas taken care of
  • Lowest Airfare Guarantee

Round the World holidays are incredibly rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime adventures, but they are far from being a walk in the park when it comes time to book. Knowing where airlines fly, how often they go there, and how to avoid tight connection times is something that comes from industry experience.

Our dedicated Round the World experts live and breathe multi-stop flights every day and know how to make your journey hassle-free. Let them take care of the fine details including what visas you will need and making sure you get your favourite window seat, so you can focus on ticking off that travel bucket list.

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06/11/2017

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Costs – Master of Business Administration

Tuition

Tuition rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.

$1,185 per credit

The cost for the Online MBA program covers all tuition, residency lodging, and meals during the residency. Transportation to the residency is not included and is the responsibility of the student. There is no additional charge for non-Pennsylvania residents.

The information technology fee is assessed every semester and is automatically added to your semester bill:

  • 9 or more credits: $252
  • 5 to fewer than 9 credits: $189
  • Fewer than 5 credits: $86

Scholarship Opportunities

A few highly competitive merit-based scholarships are available to Online MBA students who have demonstrated extraordinary personal, professional, or academic achievements, or the ability to contribute a unique perspective to the class. Students who have been accepted to the program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Because all applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship, you are encouraged to submit your completed application portfolio at least three months prior to the application deadline. Scholarship award decisions will be made by the Online MBA admissions committee.

Penn State Installment Payment Plan

Penn State offers a payment plan, which allows you to pay your tuition bill in installments over three months. This payment plan, as well as eCheck and credit card payments, is explained on the payment options page of the Penn State Office of the Bursar .

Third-Party Payments

Penn State World Campus accepts payments made by a third party your company, for example. If your company is paying for your tuition and fees, our World Campus and Continuing Education Bursar Office must receive an authorization to bill. An authorization to bill is a form from your company on letterhead and must include your name, semester of enrollment, company address, and payment amount. Once Penn State receives an authorization to bill, your employer has 30 days to make the payment.

World Campus Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Program

World Campus offers an employer reimbursement and tuition deferment program to students whose employers offer tuition reimbursement. The program allows you to defer your tuition payments until completion of the semester with no finance or interest charges. View the Employer Reimbursement Application for complete details.

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.


13/10/2017

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Bachelor of Science in Accounting

AACSB–accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Earn a credentialed degree that sets you apart from the competition. Penn State’s online Bachelor of Science in Accounting, offered through World Campus in partnership with Penn State Harrisburg, is one of only a few AACSB–accredited programs available online, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or to pursue another certification, including:

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

This program can start you on the path to graduate school or help you pursue an accounting career in public accounting, industry, government, or the not-for-profit sector.

The Penn State Difference

U.S. News World Report recently ranked Penn State No. 1 in the United States for its online bachelor’s degree programs. As an expert in adult learning online, the World Campus provides you with exceptional flexibility and support to study when and where it suits you. From online tutoring to career advising, you will receive the tools and skills you need to secure a better job for yourself. You will also acquire the relevant work-related skills to become an accounting generalist while pursing electives that support your specific career goals.

The B.S. in Accounting from Penn State World Campus, renowned for excellence and its vast alumni network, can help open doors for you in the highly competitive business world.

Your Online Accounting Courses

The B.S. in Accounting curriculum is both comprehensive and diverse, giving you an appreciation of how the discipline of accounting intersects with other areas of business. You will complete business-focused course work on topics like finance, business strategy, business law, marketing, and supply chain management. In later semesters, you will refine your studies by taking accounting courses specific to your career aspirations.

Upon graduation, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate competence across a variety of accounting disciplines, including the preparation of financial accounting information, cost accounting, tax accounting, and auditing
  • effectively evaluate the impact and implications of relevant business functions and develop an integrative, interdisciplinary appreciation of business situations, problems, and solutions
  • think critically, communicate effectively, and conduct business in an ethically and socially responsible manner

Preparing for the CPA Exam

There are multiple paths to achieving the requirements to sit for the CPA exam and become certified. These requirements vary somewhat from state to state. Please consult your state’s licensing requirements and consult a World Campus adviser to select a path that is right for you. Learn more about CPA regulations by state .

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11/10/2017

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4 Universities with Free Theology World Religions Courses Online

See our list of universities offering free online theology and world religions courses. Learn about what courses are available, what topics they cover and whether you can use them to get college credit.

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Online Theology and World Religions Courses for Credit

Free courses in theology and world religion are typically offered through a university’s humanities, theology or anthropology department. These courses don’t result in college credit, and students are not graded. Students looking for a credit-bearing option might want to consider Study.com’s vast collection of online courses. This resource offers one of the most economical options for earning college credit. The Religion 101: Intro to World Religions course could prove useful to students who would like to survey the history and belief systems of the world’s major religions. Instruction is delivered via free lesson transcripts. Registered members can also access entertaining video lessons and self-assessment quizzes for a small fee. Some of the chapters in this course are listed below:

  • Bygone Religions – Explore primal religions, mystery cults, Greek myths and Roman religious practices as well as the definition and origins of religion.
  • World Religion: Islam – Study the origin and spread of Islam and identify the scientific accomplishments during the Islamic Golden Age. Instructors also discuss the five pillars of the Islamic faith.
  • World Religion: Judaism – Learn about Jewish belief systems and laws. The history of Jewish denominations, rituals and holidays is also discussed.
  • World Religion: Christianity – Find out what’s in the Gospels and survey the history of the early church, the Crusades and the Reformation.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Biblical Studies
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Christian Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Missionary Studies
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Religious Music Studies
  • Theology and Religious Vocations
  • Youth Ministry

Free Online Non-Credited Theology and World Religions Courses

University of California – Irvine

  • Anthropology 135A: Religion Social Order focuses on the role of religion in society. Through a series of PowerPoint presentations, students examine how religion has impacted society through art, politics and popular culture. The program explores topics as diverse as the Salem witchcraft trials and UFO sightings in addition to how the Protestant faith affected America’s development as a country. No textbook is cited as a requirement, and links to related websites and articles are provided.

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame’s free online theology courses look at the relationship between God and humankind from a Catholic viewpoint.

  • Jesus in Scripture and Tradition explores the book of Genesis, the Gospels and the works of early Christian writers to understand the relationship between the people of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the church.
  • Introduction to the Quran: The Scripture of Islam investigates the central Islamic text, its relationship to the bible, the historical context in which it was written, the various interpretations of the text, and its role in the practices and traditions of Muslims today.

Utah State University

  • Anthropology of Religion Students interested in exploring the concept of religion as a cultural phenomenon can access video lectures, lecture notes, quizzes, visual aids and a list of additional resources. The syllabus names a general textbook, which students can purchase online. Course materials cover the rituals, language, symbols and myths of religion, along with religion’s place in society, its organizational structure and adaptability in the face of change. Though credit isn’t offered for completion of USU OpenCourseWare classes, students may be able to earn credit for knowledge acquired through a departmental examination.

Yale University

Both of these Open Yale courses include video lectures and handouts which can be downloaded separately or together as a zip file. The course pages provide links to download course pages and video lectures.

  • Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature looks at the scripture both as a chronicle of ancient Israel and as a foundation for Western ideas.
  • Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) gives students the chance to examine these books as literature and historical records.

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There are multiple degree levels available in theology. Continue reading for an overview of the programs as well as career and.

Find out about the career avenues available in the theology profession. Learn about the requirements for certain positions.

A Doctor of Theology program prepares students to contribute to academic research in theology and religious studies. It is.

Read on to learn more about a career as a clergy professional, such as a priest, minister, pastor, rabbi, and imam. Explore the.


01/10/2017

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By 2019, nearly 2 billion people will be using a mobile device for banking transactions. With hackers targeting mobile apps, particularly banking apps, developers need to harden their apps against cyber criminals.

Our comprehensive software development kit (SDK) natively integrates application security, including Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP), next gen biometric authentication and transaction signing into your mobile applications.

Solutions for All Industries

VASCO designs strong authentication solutions to fit a wide range of industries, IT infrastructures and business needs. We build competitive solutions that incorporate open protocols for ease of integration and low cost of ownership.

Financial Security Solutions

We secure more than 10,000 clients, 1,700 of which are international banking institutions. Financial service providers know that online and mobile access are key growth opportunities, but these opportunities have gone untapped due to security breach fears. With VASCO’s proven anti-hack solutions, we provide convenience to your clients and the competitive edge to you.

Healthcare Security Solutions

VASCO is a global leader in protecting the world’s most sensitive information, and offers a suite of strong, scalable and easy-to-deploy solutions tailored to help healthcare organizations protect identities, safeguard patient records, and enable compliance with regulations. We secure remote-access to patient records and monitoring devices in addition to providing the two-factor authentication required for e-prescriptions.

Government Security Solutions

Governmental and public sector services can provide effective and efficient online services. To avoid identity theft or unauthorized access to confidential files, VASCO’s strong authentication solutions will replace insecure static passwords with highly secure one-time-passwords; facilitate transaction or document signing with identity-confirming electronic signatures; and encrypt data files for emails, disk and all other digital files.

e-Gaming Security Solutions

The massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) industry has proven to be a popular new entertainment medium and has also become an attractive target for online fraudsters. VASCO’s two-factor authentication technology is a very simple and effective way of bridging the security gaps inherent with static passwords. With two-factor authentication, MMOG companies can regain gamers’ trust and reduce account turnover.

Payments Retail Security Solutions

Online payments is a critical aspect for many industries ranging from banking to retail. VASCO’s strong authentication solutions will replace insecure static passwords with highly secure one-time-passwords; facilitate transaction or document signing with identity-confirming electronic signatures; and encrypt data files for emails, disk and all other digital files.


30/09/2017

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International Flights – Cheap Flights Around the World – International Travel

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For those travelers already thinking ahead to next year’s summer holidays they may want to consider the new year-round service that Air Canada will begin to offer at that time. Starting on June 16, 2016 the airline will offer direct flights between Trudeau airport and Lyon. Read More

Hackers have been busy at work and as a result 10 LOT flights were forced to be grounded over this past weekend. Read More

Allegiant Airlines suddenly canceled six flights on Thursday at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. A statement was released saying that there were �operational needs� in the system causing the cancelations. Read More

The U.S. has been taking quite a bit of interest in the activities in the South China Sea and CNN just filmed a US surveillance plane that flew over the area of interest. Read More

Anyone trying to flight through Mumbai’s domestic airport this past Friday likely ran into a whole lot of delays, which translated into a day of chaos at the airport. Read More

It seems as though passengers will have to look forward to even more scrutiny regarding carry-on baggage when traveling with Air Canada. Read More

It seems as though people are sharing plenty of opinions online, mainly in the form of negative comments, regarding the Canadian couple who recently gave birth to a baby while on an Air Canada flight to Japan. Read More

Before heading out to the airport for your next flight you may first want to download the AirHelp app that is designed to inform travelers of flight delays, cancellations, and flights that have been over-booked. Read More

Beginning in the summer Canadian North and First Air will start to codeshare some of their routes. This means they will sell both cargo space and passenger seats on each other’s flights. Read More

In spite of a court ruling from 2014 that ordered that passengers who reach their destination more than three hours late can claim �448 (US$698) per person plus expenses if the delay falls within the airline�s control, passengers are still having their claims turned down or delayed. Read More

Fiumicino airport in Rome, the largest airport in Italy based on passenger traffic, was re-opened on Thursday after a fire that occurred overnight. Read More

Puerto Rico is preparing to offer direct flights to Mexico for the first time in 15 years. Read More

The new ERAM system (En Route Automation Modernization) by the Department of Transportation will be able to track twice as many flights as once. Read More

Calbuco, a volcano in Chile, erupted with no warning signs on Wednesday, April 22 and continued to throw out smoke and ash through the weekend, which led to more evacuations and flight cancelations. Read More

The southern Chilean Volcano Calbuca erupted without warning on Wednesday and continues to pour ash into the sky on Thursday. Read More

While snow isn’t often a factor in Istanbul it seems as though it was playing quite the devil’s advocate with flights and travel in general this week. Read More

It seems as though it�s back to business as usual at St. Anthony Airport according to a spokesperson at Navigation Canada. Read More

The FAA has made a proposal that will allow commercial drones permitted in U.S. airspace. Operators will have to pass a test on FAA rules to get a certificate for drone flying. Read More

Instead of deciding you won’t be able to afford to go away on vacation this year why not take a look at when the best time is to buy your flight and save yourself some money. Read More

The City of Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert for Monday and over 120 flights were canceled at Billy Bishop and Toronto Pearson airports. Read More

The Fredericton International Airport has temporarily lost its Sunwing flights to Cuba. This year, the airline will use the Saint John airport rather than the Fredericton airport. Read More

In fewer than four months after flights to Newark were launched, the London International Airport in London, Ontario, Canada were canceled. Read More

The storm that has been hitting the Southern Interior of the province of British Columbia for over 24 hours from Sunday to Monday caused cancelations and delays at Kelowna International Airport. Read More

A snow storm in the Okanagan Sunday affected local airports. A spokesperson for Kelowna International Airport said there have been several delays and a few cancelations as a result. Read More

SpiceJet has confirmed it will offer 230 flights every day in January 2015, denying the speculation of increased flight cancelations. Read More





30/09/2017

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How Much Do Around the World Tickets Cost? #flight #reservations

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How Much Do Around the World Tickets Cost?

This question really depends on who you are and how you intend to travel . Depending on your plans and desired level of comfort, for around the world tickets you could spend a fortune or a pittance, but really how much do around the world tickets cost.

It follows that longer trips will cost more than short ones, but it doesn t mean that long trips have to be expensive.  And while the price of a trip with more stops will cost more overall, on a day-by-day basis the airfare expense ends up being cheaper relative to the cost of everything else — you spread the price out over more days.

The average AirTreks around the world or multi-stop plane ticket is between $3000 and $5000 per person, but that all depends on your routing. You can price your route with our TripPlanner or call one of our Personal Travel Consultants at 415.977.7100 to estimate your airfare. That is our quick estimate of how much do around the world tickets cost, but look at the factor below before you freak out to see how you can adjust the cost

To keep the price on the low end it s important to be open to connection flights, longer layovers, and airlines that may not have huge marketing budgets.Some go above this and it s certainly possible to get under, and even though the overall cost of your trip depends on its complexity and the number of flights  this is a good number to go on in the planning phase.

One thing you can guarantee is that your around the world tickets will be a set price, paid for in a lump sum and removed your travel budget numbers once that s done. Daily expenses are something you need to keep your eye on because this can be what forces you to do something like cut your trip short if you run out of money .

For insight into how much the total trip will cost read our article about how much an around the world trip costs .

Calculate the total trip cost by designating each place you re going, consider how much you ll be spending there per day . multiply that by two (as a buffer for incidentals), add it to your airfare quote and you should have a good idea how much your total trip will be.

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24/09/2017

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How I Flew Around the World in Business Class for $1,

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How I Flew Around the World in Business Class for $1,340

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By Alissa Haupt 2013-10-15 19:28:44 UTC

I recently booked a round-trip set of flights from Minneapolis to Shanghai in business class.

I needed to head back to China to resume teaching English after the end of the photo season in Minneapolis, where I was shooting portraits and wedding photos. I had one week free with which to travel between the two cities, so I planned the craziest round-the-world hop.

I booked the set of flights using US Airways miles. My route, from Minneapolis – Chicago – Frankfurt – Istanbul – Bangkok – Seoul – Shanghai – Zurich – Munich – Chicago – Minneapolis, included my way home for Christmas during my three-week break.

Here is what my flight path to Shanghai looked like:

The cost of the trip was 90,000 US Airways miles.

In June, I opened my US Airways Master Card, which gave me 30,000 miles after my first purchase. In August, US Airways had a sale of frequent flier miles: buy up to 50,000 miles and get the same amount for free. As it costs 90,000 miles to travel between North America and North Asia in business class, I purchased 30,000 US Airways miles for $1,200 and got the final 30,000 miles for “free.”

US Airways is a part of Star Alliance, so with those miles I was able to book travel on any of the company’s airline partners. (In fact, despite booking with US Airways, none of my flights were on that carrier.) US Airways is unique as its awards are booked without a computer to tell the booking agent whether or not the reward flight travels over too many miles or segments.

For example, US Airways reward tickets are supposed to have eight flight segments or less. I was able to book my 10-segment reward after talking to a few different booking agents. US Airways also is unique because it allows you to have an unlimited number of layovers that are 24 hours or less, and one stopover — of any time length — in a city in the same region of your destination. My region was North Asia, so I used my free stopover in Seoul.

To get my 24-hour stopovers, I simply had to search the reward availabilities on Star Alliance partners. I used United.com to search for reward availability, segment by segment, starting with the hardest first. I made a spreadsheet and a Google map to note available flights and piece them together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Eventually, I ended up with this itinerary:

Minneapolis to Chicago on United (15-hour layover in Chicago)

Chicago to Frankfurt on Lufthansa (24-hour layover in Frankfurt)

Frankfurt to Istanbul on Lufthansa (8-hour layover in Istanbul)

Shanghai to Zurich on Swiss (24-hour layover in Zurich)

Zurich to Munich on Swiss (24-hour layover in Munich)

Munich to Chicago on Lufthansa (12-hour layover in Chicago)

Chicago to Minneapolis on United (Home for two weeks over Christmas)

My final itinerary looked like this:

In my spreadsheet, I made a note of every flight number, airline and departure time. I called US Airways to book the award and fed the agent each flight segment. I was able to put the flights on hold for three days.

Once I was certain I wanted to travel on these dates, I called back to book the reward. I had to hang up and call again several times before I found a booking agent who was able to book the tickets for me. The final ticket cost 90,000 miles plus $140 in taxes.

The total cost of the flights was $1,340, including $1,200 to purchase 30,000 miles and $140 in taxes on the award booking. That is a decent price in economy between Minneapolis and Shanghai, and a great price to fly around the world in business class. According to my quick search on Kayak, it would have cost somewhere between $5,000 in cash to fly between Minneapolis and Shanghai business class on my dates, and $19,000 to book the trip around the world.

The actual flights were incredible. I felt a bit strange, as I didn’t really need the experience of flying business class. But it was really fantastic to have flat beds up in the sky and eat gourmet multi-course meals on each flight. I really appreciate that I was able to fly in such mega-luxury.

More so, it was really wonderful to have the ability to hop around the world for one week. I ate wild-roast sausage in the rain in Frankfurt, attempted to only speak German for 24-hours straight (with mixed success) and fired a BB gun at a balloon over the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul (my first time firing any gun, ever). I partied the whole night long with hostel-mates in Bangkok, then had a Thai massage (hangover cure?). I ate Bi Bim Bap in Seoul, and toured tunnels dug by North Koreans under the Demilitarized Zone.

Needless to say, I am really looking forward to the second half of this award when I’ll experience Switzerland for the first time and see the Christmas markets in Munich.

Most of my knowledge I gleaned on how to book this reward ticket came from the travel blog Milevalue. It’s a travel blog run by a 26-year-old guy who writes easy-to-read blog posts on how to find and book overly complicated reward flights.

Travel for me is about freedom — the freedom to be and explore new places, to meet new people and share ideas. Traveling doesn’t need to be as expensive or unattainable as it appears. You just have put in a little leg work.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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24/09/2017

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Harvey World Travel – About Harvey #cheap #tickets #cheap #tickets

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About Us

Founded in Australia in 1950, the Harvey World Travel Group expanded into South Africa in the early nineties with BidTravel, part of the JSE listed Bidvest Group, the majority local share-holder in this dynamic travel business. Harvey World Travel was operated as a 50/50 joint venture between Harvey World International (Pty) Ltd registered in Australia and the Bidvest Group Limited until 2015 whereupon Bidvest assumed a 100% equity shareholding in the business.

BidTravel, the travel and aviation services division of Bidvest Limited, has over 30% market share in the South African travel sector ensuring unparalleled negotiating power with all travel suppliers so that our customers enjoy the best travel deals possible.

The Harvey SA Group comprises a wide network of Travel Professionals with over 45 agencies strategically located in key metro areas and satellite agencies servicing smaller towns throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries (Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana).

Harvey World services both leisure and corporate customers with a broad range of travel products:-

  • Business Travel
  • Holiday Packages
  • Worldwide Flights
  • Car Hire and Transfers
  • Hotels and Accommodation
  • Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Group Travel
  • MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events)

Various ancilliary travel products are also supported by many Harvey franchisees:-

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa’s
  • International drivers permits
  • Concierge services

We look forward to making your holiday dreams come true, come and chat to us, we simply love travel.

The Harvey World Travel Team.





23/09/2017

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Disability Travel: Europe for the Disabled – Disabled World #flight #cheap

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Disability Travel: Europe for the Disabled

Synopsis: Reviews and information on traveling with a disability in and around Europe including transport and accommodation

Main Document

Europe encompasses an area stretching from Asia to the Atlantic, and from Africa to the Arctic. Europe’s climate ranges from subtropical near the Mediterranean Sea in the south, to subarctic near the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean in the northern latitudes. There is much here for the traveler to enjoy, with a bewildering array of diversity and culture, cosmopolitan cities and spectacular scenery.

In recent years Europe has been making impressive strides toward opening its doors to everybody, including travelers with limited mobility. Its biggest cities offer the most accessible sightseeing opportunities for your time and money.

In London, taxis will whisk you between more wheelchair-ready sights than you’ve got time to see. Just a few hours away by train, Paris and Amsterdam are doing their best to catch up to London.

European air carriers have significantly different policies regarding people with disabilities than U.S. airlines. The European Commission recently drafted legislation that went into effect in 2006 to force airlines to meet the needs of people with disabilities. It’s worth looking into the differences between airlines you’re considering. Some airlines may require a doctor’s certificate for all independent air travel; others may require that you travel with a personal assistant.

Be sure to tell the airline if you need a wheelchair at airports, as they have wheelchairs and porters to push them. There’s no charge, but the porters will be grateful for tips. Be sure they make it a note in your reservation so it’s in their computer. Arrive at the airport well ahead of the earliest time they tell you to be there. At least an hour for domestic flights, two hours for international, and add 30 minutes to an hour to wait for someone to come with the wheelchair and any other hassles you may encounter.

A growing number of hotels have elevators and rooms with accessible bathrooms. Wheelchair Accessible Europe lists hotels throughout Europe offering accessible rooms (www.wheelchairaccessibleeurope.com).

The largest air travel hubs in Europe are, in order, London (LON: LCY, LHR, LGW, STN, LTN), Frankfurt (FRA, HHN), Paris (CDG), and Madrid (MAD) which in turn have connections to practically everywhere in Europe.

Dozens of budget airlines allow very cheap travel around Europe, often much cheaper than the train or even bus fares for the same journey. Currently the cheapest flights are offered by low cost airlines such as airBerlin, Centralwings, easyJet, HLX, Ryanair, SkyEurope Airlines and WizzAir, with the lowest fares usually found on routes which go to or from cities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

For travel to and around Europe on a budget you can find dramatically low fares by flying the airlines that cut the passenger perks. While you may not get a free cup of coffee on your flight, you will be happy knowing that you are paying the least amount possible to get from point A to point B. There are number of these airlines within Europe. Find the cheapest airfare to Europe by flying into a hub like London or Dublin then transferring to a flight on a no frills airline to your ultimate destination. This can give you the flexibility of stopping over in the hub city for no additional cost and save you a considerable amount of money over flying direct.

Especially in Western and Central Europe, the trains are fast, efficient and cost-competitive with flying. High-speed trains like the French TGV, the German ICE, the Spanish AVE and the cross-border Eurostar and Thalys services speed along at up to 320 km/h (200 mph) and, when taking into account travel time to the airport and back, are often faster than taking the plane.

There are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the Schengen Agreement. Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen Agreement signatory country is valid in all other countries that signed and implemented the treaty. Be careful: not all EU members have signed the Schengen treaty, and not all Schengen treaty countries are members of the European Union.

There are no specific precautions required for staying healthy in Europe as most restaurants maintain high standards of hygiene and in the majority of countries tap water is safe to drink. However, for more precise details on these matters as well as for general information on emergency care, pharmaceutical regulations and dentistry standards etc, please consult the ‘Stay safe’ section on specific country articles.





21/09/2017

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Borneo Eco Tours – World class Nature Tours, Holidays & Vacation

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Welcome to Borneo! We’re here to help you plan your trip that is tailor made to you.

Our Top Tours for wildlife are Sukau Rainforest Lodge. winner of Sabah’s Best Nature Lodge, Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley, Selingan Island and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary. Featured in our Nature selection are tours to Mount Kinabalu and diving at the world class Sipadan island. For Adventure lovers, Climb Mt Kinabalu with us or be enamored by our custom designed treks to Maliau Basin and Crocker Range. Let’s not forget the must-see attractions in Borneo! We’ve put the together the best of the best in our Holiday Packages. We can even book your stay at Beach Resorts and City Hotels at rock-bottom prices. Our latest product is the community based tourism The Fig Tree at Kiulu Farmstay.

Borneo is the world’s third largest island in the world made up of 3 countries, Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak Brunei and Indonesia. Borneo boasts both the oldest Rainforest in the world and also the region with the highest Biodiversity density in the world, home to a myriad of rare and endangered wildlife species. Check out our Documentary-Video section for a thorough introduction to Sabah, our new Photo Gallery and our Travel Articles to get you started.

The biggest highlight in Sabah for most of our guests is a visit to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. recognised by National Geographic as a Unique Lodge of the World and winner of Sabah’s Best Nature Lodge in addition to numerous other international awards. It is here that you will get to experience and if you’re lucky, come face to face with Sabah’s endangered wildlife such as the Orang Utan and the Borneo Pygmy elephant in the wild. Indulge yourself by staying three nights here and you’ll be glad you did. Sukau is by far the easiest place to view animals in the wild and is a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and families alike.

For nature lovers, our personal recommendations are tours to Selingan Island. Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hardy adventure travellers would also love our custom designed treks to Maliau Basin and the Crocker Range .

Devoted birdwatchers will be thrilled by the many endemic species of Bornean birds found in their natural habitats.

Apart from the rainforests, Sabah is a haven for ardent divers. Numerous diving locations such as the world renowned Sipadan Island and the surrounding islands and also Langkayan Island provides a diving experience that has been repeatedly rated one of the best dive spots in the world. As for the adventurers, climbing Mount Kinabalu is a must do activity in Sabah. Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea and stands at 4095m tall with breathtakingly gorgeous sunrises and serenely beautiful when shrouded in clouds.

Surrounded by azure and crystal clear oceans, Sabah is blessed with long white sandy beaches and a warm pleasant climate. Numerous white sandy islands dot the coast, amongst them the famous Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Marine Park which is just a stone throw away from Kota Kinabalu or stay at any one of our 5 star Beach Resorts .

Borneo is also home to the largest cave system,the Mulu National Park in Sarawak. If you’re thinking of conquering the pinnacles here, be prepared physically as this trek and climb, though but a day’s trip, will challenge you to your limits.

From the moment you land in Borneo, you will be enamored by the locals and their unique cultures. Borneo is home to various indigenous peoples and you will get to experience some of their culture when you visit the tribal long houses in Lemanak, Sarawak and Kudat in Sabah. You can also experience the rich cultural heritage of Brunei as hallmarked by its Royal Palaces, majestic mosques and its charming Water Villages. You will find the people of Borneo very kind and polite, taking great delight in welcoming you, our guests and make you feel at home amongst us. Rest assured that Borneo, though diverse and somewhat exotic, is a place that is harmonious and peaceful.

Besides these remarkable destinations Borneo is offering, you can also take part in many other exciting and memorable trips such as white water rafting, riding an antique train, cycling along pristine beaches and in local villages, visiting tea plantations and agricultural parks as well as sampling the sumptious local food and beverages on offer. In short, Borneo has what it takes to be your favorite holiday destination.





09/09/2017

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Around the world – Share Your Views and Articles #cheap #travel

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Around the World

Around the World, as the name suggests, is a thematic guide to the latest developments and events happening across the world. In other words, it is a quick capsule of information and analysis on what’s happening across the globe. From news and events to weather and trends, one will find an interesting slideshow that can easily be viewed on mobile phones, tablets as well as on the web, and a concise article on a theme that’s relevant around the world.

An amalgamation of maps, designs, and text, Around the World (ATW) is like a kaleidoscopic picture, which aims to provide a multi-faceted view of every topic. Thus, to make Around the World engaging for its readers. Interestingly, one can easily share the slideshows among friends on various social media platforms.

It has now become a repertoire of many useful and exciting pieces of information. Several multifarious topics such as High-Speed Trains, Flying Medical Services, Elections, Democracies, Recent Epidemic Outbreaks, International Film Festivals, Sports Scandals, Top 2014 Events, etc. have been effectively covered so far. And, for more, do find out every week as to what’s happening and what’s trending on planet Earth, with Around the World from MapsofWorld.





09/09/2017

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Advantage of Travelling Around the World #cheap #car #rentals

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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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08/09/2017

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