Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]
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There is a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves from yellow fever by getting yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel, and preventing mosquito bites. [...]
Jenelli Frazer's reign as Miss Universe Belize is coming to a close, and 8 Belizean women from different parts of the country are already cued up to take her place.
They will participate in the Miss Universe Belize Pageant, which takes place on September 6th at the Belize City Civic Center.
Even though that's a few months away, the coordinators of the pageant decided that the country needs to get to know who the contestants are. So, they held a big reveal this evening at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. 7News was there, and 7 out of the 8 hopeful introduced themselves to us. Here's what they had to say about their reasons for wanting to become the new Miss Universe Belize: [...]
I hadn't heard of the Dingle Peninsula until a few years ago during a "girls weekend," when a friend presented a bottle of Dingle Original Gin from the Dingle Distillery for another friend and I to taste. Then when I was researching a trip to Ireland last year, the travel literature suggested that if visitors had time for just one tour in the west of Ireland and had to choose between the Ring of Kerry... [...]
In case you didn’t know, I LOVE Japan. I studied the culture extensively in college and grad school, lived there twice, used to travel to Tokyo 1-2 times per year over the course of a decade in my last career, and continue to travel to Japan often. Even after numerous visits, I continue to find […]
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Travel companions who make solo travel look glorious
You say you don't want to travel solo. But suppose your choice of travel companions include the faffer, the whinger or the waverer?
I enjoyed this post on travel companions by a writer for a New Zealand site who detailed the challenges of the "eight worst types of people to travel with."
The faffer takes forever to get out and go in the morning. The whinger won't stop complaining. And the waverer can't make a decision, come hell or high water. (No, I didn't know what these words meant either...)
Then there's the fussy eater, the drunk, the person who needs to be pampered, the person who is stressed by everything. I'm sure you know other types of people whose habits could lessen the joy of your trip, if not ruin your travels altogether.
These and the other aggravating travel companions will detract from a trip. They may even cause you to miss things you specifically went to see. What good is that, after you've [...]
Tips on getting cheaper flights, packing,
what to do on the road
I've read a lot of great travel tips over the years. And I've probably forgotten just as many. So I always like reading stories on how to be a better traveler and of course get cheaper flights.
I've learned through experience to bring an empty water bottle to fill after going through security. That saves paying exorbitant prices to buy and throw out yet another plastic container.
For years, I've taken along photocopies of my passport in case I lost the real one. Having the passport information is supposed to speed up the replacement process.
Recently, I was intrigued by an item about an inflatable footrest for airplane travel. Seems like a godsend. I'm always looking for someplace to put my feet when I'm trying to sleep on an overnight flight.
On a site called Bookmundi, the post "The Ultimate Travel Hacks and Tips" provided many useful tips.
For instance, have you ever noticed that the more yo [...]
Because of the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia on September 28, travelers to the province of Central Sulawesi may experience serious health and safety risks, and medical care may not be available. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the province of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. [...]
Bhutan’s culinary tradition is heavily influenced by Tibet, and with a diverse climate, the country is suitable for growing all sorts of crops. While the 5-star hotels (Taj, Le Meridien, Amankora, Uma) offer gourmet experiences, once outside of their restaurants, when eating more authentic, everyday dishes, you’ll find much less of a variety. Bhutan’s traditional […]
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Today, the "Welcome Resource Center" on Vernon Street in Belize City, celebrated its sixth anniversary.
The Center serves mentally ill persons and vagrants giving them a sense of structure and inclusion.
Administrator Joyce Ellis says they only got to six years which major corporate and community support:â¦
IF you're interested in helping the center you can call them at 202-2511. [...]
Eco Tourism to the Galapagos Islands
By Carlos Beate
Tourism is an activity that affects the places where it is developed and is our duty as travelers to be as responsible as possible with the ecosystem and adhere to common sense when it comes to eco tourism.
The Galapagos ecosystem is one of the most fascinating places to be due to the unique experiences that it can offer. From fascinating encounters with wildlife and marine life, observing unique birds that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, the only marine iguanas breathing out salt while resting on a rock, the only penguin that inhabits in the northern part of the equator just swimming next to you.
Galapagos eco tourism transforms experiences that may look impossible at the beginning into daily experiences during your eco tour.
And that is why the Galapagos should be protected, not only by the government, NGO’s, private companies and tour operators. It should be protected by the people who travel there in [...]
The Nigerian Ministry of Health has reported several cases of poliovirus in the state of Borno in northeastern Nigeria. CDC recommends that all travelers to Nigeria be vaccinated fully against polio. Because of the risk of cross-border transmission, CDC recommends a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine for fully vaccinated adults traveling to Niger, Cameroon, or Chad to work in healthcare facilities, refugee camps, or other humanitarian aid settings. [...]
Celebrity: Westjet attendant McAdam has been perfecting his act for almost 10 years. Photo / Supplied, Facebook
When cabin crew of the Canadian airline Westjet tell passengers they "hope they enjoy the flight safety demonstration," it is said without a hint of irony.
One flight attendant has become something of a mascot for the airline, thanks to his exuberant safety displays. He's appeared across the internet in viral videos and memes, spreading laughter.
His latest outing was captured on Monday during a Westjet flight from Alberta, Canada, to Arizona.
"He's a bit of a celebrity and you're about to see why," his colleague can be heard saying in a video recorded by fascinated passengers.
The smartly dressed, deadpan attendant gives nothing away about his act.
In moments the cabin is a captivated by the humorous performance.
With highlights involving a prop safety belt and an oxygen mask, at one point the theatrical airhost pretends to [...]