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SnapForLove Contest from World N Traveland

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While flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, red heart- shaped “I Love You” pillows are conventional ways to express love these days, couples caught in the game of love are exploring exceptional gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

We at World N Traveland have observed that many couples want to express their love in memorable ways. Since we are experts in creating fun experiences for our clients, we have launched the “Snap For Love” campaign.

“#SnapForLove” is a social media based competition and it will run on Facebook.

Join the fun wagon, express your love story through a picture and stand the chance to win a couple’s romantic dinner with chocolates and flowers to spice things up, courtesy of World N Traveland.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Take a fun selfie with your loved one and remember to be creative about it!
  • Visit http://woobox.com/29zm5p, like the World N Traveland Facebook page and submit your entry with the hashtag #SnapForLove
  • Judges will select the best 10 entries and voting is thrown open to the public
  • Picture with the most ‘likes’ wins!

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/worldtravelandng

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General Travel Tips

Travelling can lead to a wonderful experience and give you awesome memories if everything goes as it should be. To have a safe trip and a hitch free vacation you should know the guidelines on travelling. Do not let inconvenience discourage you from having a smooth journey. Here are some tips that can alleviate your worries when you are travelling.

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Planning ahead.Whether you are booking your flight yourself or through your travel agent, be sure to make your reservations in advance. As soon as you know the date of your departure, don’t wait till the day before in order to validate your Visa or go shopping. Get everything ready before your departure date and confirm your resources.

Know your destination. Find out as much as you can about the location you going. Inform yourself about the destination’s history, culture, customs and government. You can find this information in libraries, bookstores, embassies, airports and tourist bureaus. Although English is spoken in most countries, it is practical to know what you can about the language of country to which you will be travelling. Knowing there greetingscan really come in handy.

Report to your embassy.It is advisable to register with your domicile embassy. In case there is an emergency, your home country can contact and get you to safety.

Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well. Also have a way of communicating with those at home in case of an emergency.

Confirm the country’s entrance/exit fees. In addition to your airline ticket, some countriesrequire travellers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. Amount can range from $25 to $200.

Confirm your credit card works in your destination. To avoid financial inconveniences, make sure your credit or ATM cardworks in the country you are visiting.Time was when traveller’s cheques were the safest way to carry money overseas, those days are long gone. Some European banks have switched completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology and not many businesses accept the outdated magnetic-strip cards.

Always have local currency.In some countries, they don’t take credit cards especially for transport. Also look up the monetary conversion before you go.

Contact your doctor and insurance agent.Make sure you have the proper vaccination and necessary prescriptions to avoid any health hazard. Also, confirm with your insurance agent on the validity of your medical insurance policy, whether it applies overseas. If it doesn’t, be sure to make provisions for additional insurance.

Travel light.It is understable that you want to stay comfortable at your location, bringing your home with you but the weight might slow you down, not to talk of the extra baggage charges. If you travel light, you can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand and less tired. Take the minimum amount of valuables necessary for your trip and prepare a safe place to keep them.

Safeguard your baggage.Tag your baggage with your name, address and telephone number. Cover these luggage tags and lock your luggage. Don’t bring anything you would hate to lose.

Find out about activities happening where you are going.Don’t miss out on events going on while you are there. Fun events like carnivals, ceremonies, festivals and so on. Research on their type of food so that you will get the feel and thrill of the country you are visiting.

Always have your charge adapter.It is true that countries have different size plugs and voltages so find out the type that is used at your destination and bring yours to avoid being stranded.

Dress properly.Don’t make your identity conspicuous.Everyone can recognize an American or African tourist on the street, before she or he even opens their mouth.To avoid being a target, dress conservatively.A flashy wardrobe or one that is too casual can mark you as a tourist. As much as possible, avoid the appearance of affluence.

Why you should visit Portugal

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Here are 10 good reasons to put Portugal on a to-see list. Add to the reasons below friendly, helpful people, an excellent transportation system and a country safe for travel.

  1. Fabulous beaches
  2. Evora. An ancient town with its 16th century fountain in the main square, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  3. Fresh Fish and Shellfish. Seafood is abundant in Portugal, a land of fishermen and world sailors.
  4. Tavira. A picturesque seaside town in the Algarve, Tavira is famous for its many churches and offers several eras of history beginning with the Moorish occupation
  5. Monchique and Silves. One of the highest points in the Algarve, Monchique can be reached by hairpin, narrow roads. From this hill town, the view south is spectacular
  6. Good Wine and Pretty Pottery. Portugal produces a good selection of both red and white wines, starting at about $3
  7. Sintra. Close to Lisbon, Sintra is a UNESCO World heritage site named for its cultural aspects.
  8. Fado Music. Many hotels and pubs throughout Portugal host fado music concerts, a type of urban folk music with nostalgic, often mournful lyrics, accompanied by guitar
  9. Pousadas. While Portugal is noted for its affordable accommodation, particularly for long-stay winter vacations, a night in one of the country’s historic pousadas is an experience worth the extra money.
  10. Great Climate. Portugal enjoys good weather and especially in the Algarve, it’s year-round

10 REASONS EVERYONE NEEDS A VACATION

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1.Gain Perspective on Life – During day to day work our minds are caught up with the problems and activities of the job. Vacations are times for a change of pace. A great vacation might cause you to think, “This is what life is about!” Ask yourself – Do you live to work or work to live?

2. Wards Off Burn Out – Vacations give you timeto relax, de-stress and let go. Constant stress on the job can lead to burn out. Recovering from burnout requires lots on non work time.

3. Enhances Creativity – Any down time in which you let the daily worries go leaves room for new thinking and creativity. So many clients tell me that just as they are going to bed at night millions of new ideas pop into their heads. Vacations set the stage for letting ideas flow during and after your time off.

4. Family or Self Time – A vacation allows you to spend quality time with your family or by yourself. A trip to a spa or going someplace new alone can also be a renewing and exciting event.

5. A Rest for Your Body and Mind – How refreshing to let go of daily tasks and relax into something new! It gives your mind a rest and if you have strenuous work it gives your body a rest too. Even if your work isn’t physically strenuous it allows you time to listen to your body and pay attention. Many physical illnesses come from a lack of down time and stress.

6. Get Appreciation – It is nice to be missed and frequently when someone is on vacation those who work with him or her suddenly realize how much that person does and how valuable he/she is to the organization. Of course the reverse could happen too. If you discover that you were not missed, then you will need to work on finding ways to add value to your work or your job will be in jeopardy. A coach can help you!

7. Appreciate Your Job – Having unstructured time to do what you want to do is fun initially. At the end of my vacation however you feel really energized and excited to get back to the structured environment of my work. That’s if you love what you do. If you find yourself dreading going back to work, you need to find out what the problem is and get it resolved. A coach can help you here too.

8. Time to Think about Career -The Wisconsin Medical Journal reports on a study on 1500 women between 1996 and 2001 that shows that vacations help employees do a better job. Vacations give people time to think. Some employees might contemplate how to do a better job and others might think about how to get a better job! Thinking about what constitutes meaningful work might give some criteria for a new job.

9. Fewer Regrets – The late Paul Tsongas who was a Senator from Massachusetts once said “Nobody on his deathbed ever said ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office’. Now is the time to begin living the life you love. Vacations allow you to think about what makes you happy and what constitutes meaningful work.

10. Expands the Mind – Vacations give you time to see, hear or read something new. Whether you take a trip, go to concerts, or get caught up on your reading, vacations give you the space to do something that is different and new. A change in routine gives you all sorts of new possibilities.

Vacations are good for employers too. Joe Robinson, author of the book Work to Live, says that vacations improve productivity and profits. At one company he cited sales increased 15 percent, a staff turnover problem was eliminated, and performance improved so much that the company was able to get rid of overtime.

Culled from http://www.evancarmichael.com/Business-Coach/107/10-Reasons-Everyone-Needs-a-Vacation.html

Facts That Will Make You Want To Travel

Looking for a reason to travel? Check out this video by BuzzFeed and be inspired.

Going abroad? Here are 10 diseases you need to watch out for

As globalization continues to grow and dominate our trade, economy and lifestyles, the associated ease of access to remote regions of the world is reflected in our travels.

Increasing numbers of destinations worldwide have opened their arms to international travelers, but as you venture on your own travels, whether for business or pleasure, which infectious diseases could you be exposed to?

This article by Meera Senthilingam lists a number of diseases travelers need to be weary of

Dengue Fever

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Locations: Caribbean, Central and South America, Western Pacific Islands, North Australia, South and South-East Asia, West and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This mosquito-spread virus can be found in many parts of the world and with no treatment or vaccine available yet, your only protection is to cover up and use insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes at bay. This species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, bites throughout the day. Symptoms can take up to two weeks to develop and are flu-like, including fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and pain in the eyes, muscles and joints, and generally last for one week.

There are four different serotypes of the dengue virus, all of which are now found globally and whilst infection with one can give you immunity to that type in the future, infection with a second, third of fourth serotype can lead to more severe illness than the first exposure — such as Dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Schistosomiasis

Locations: Africa, the Middle-East, and some parts of South America, the Caribbean and South-East Asia.

Freshwater snails carry the schistosoma parasitic worm that causes this disease — also known as bilharzia. The snails release the worms’ larvae into contaminated freshwater rivers, lakes, ponds or wetlands, which then penetrate through skin, such as the soles of your feet.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the worm is endemic in 52 counties where water is contaminated with the feces of people infected with the worm, which contains parasitic eggs. Symptoms can take up to two months to develop and whilst some people never develop symptoms, others experience fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches within two months of infection. The extent of symptoms depends on the amount of parasite you have inside your body.

You can evade infection by avoiding swimming in freshwater and by heating water if needed for bathing. There is no vaccine available, but there is an effective and fast-acting treatment: The drug praziquantil will kill parasites within one to two days of treatment.

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Malaria

Locations: Africa, Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, Asia, and the South Pacific.

Malaria is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. Symptoms include high fevers, shaking chills and flu-like illness, and if untreated malaria can progress to severe illness and even death. The WHO estimates there were 207 million cases of malaria in 2012.

No licensed malaria vaccine exists but preventative anti-malaria drugs are available and recommended for people traveling to endemic regions. A range of options is available, from weekly to daily pills. Wearing long clothing, regular use of repellants and sleeping in air-conditioned rooms or under insecticide-treated bed nets can help avoid bites. But if despite all this you still get infected, an effective treatment is available.

Yellow Fever

Locations: Tropical regions of Africa and South America.

The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes continue to wreak their havoc with the yellow fever virus, which can cause fever, chills, headache, backache and muscle aches. About 15% of people infected develop serious illness that can lead to bleeding, shock, organ failure and sometimes death. Some people become jaundiced, which is where the “yellow” comes from. The WHO estimates there are 200,000 cases of yellow fever each year, with 90% of them occurring in Africa.

As there is no treatment, the main method of protection is from a vaccine, which travelers need to receive at least 30 days before travel to get lifelong protection against the virus. If you are a seasoned traveler you will be familiar with the need to prove your vaccination with the yellow card provided after your injection, as countries with the disease, as well as those harboring this mosquito species, aim to prevent the disease spreading or entering their population. If traveling to remote locations, it might be wise to keep that card firmly inside your passport.

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Tuberculosis

Locations: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe

A third of the world’s population is thought to be infected with tuberculosis (TB), which is the second greatest infectious cause of death globally (after HIV/AIDS). TB can occur in a “latent” state where people carry the bacteria without developing the disease itself. TB occurs in nearly every country but infections are more concentrated in developing countries, particularly in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

This airborne disease is spread from person to person and infects mainly your lungs but can spread to other parts of the body.

There is a vaccination available but its protection in adults is limited. Its greatest protection is in young children yet to be exposed to the TB bacteria. Symptoms include a prolonged cough, weakness, tiredness, weight loss and night sweats. If diagnosed, TB is treatable and curable with an extensive course of antibiotics. However, drug-resistant forms of the disease have emerged globally.

Travelers’ Diarrhea

Locations: Highest risk in Indian subcontinent, North Africa and the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

This is a collective term for diarrhea caused by a range of bacteria, viruses or protozoa.

Transmission is generally through consuming contaminated food or water and though symptoms are usually mild, infections can ruin a vacation or business trip, causing dehydration, weakness and general inconvenience from numerous trips to the bathroom. It can be avoided by sticking to bottled water, making wise food choices and regularly washing your hands, as your immune system simply isn’t ready for those new, exotic micro-organisms.

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Ebola

Location: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, (Senegal has had an isolated case).

As of March 2014 this once remote and easily contained disease has gained international recognition. To date the current outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has reached five countries and those traveling to affected regions are advised to be aware of the symptoms, which include fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting and red eyes. Alongside these symptoms, internal and external bleeding are also signs of the disease, which spreads from person to person by contact with infected body fluids, such as saliva, semen or blood. Small outbreaks continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola has no licensed vaccine or treatment and has fatality rates of up to 90% in infected people — but the virus requires very close contact with body fluids to be transmitted and is easily avoided with regular hand-washing and protective clothing — and avoiding contact with bodily fluids.

Typhoid Fever

Locations: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Highest risk in South Asia.

This bacterial disease is spread by contaminated food and water and the resulting fever can be life threatening. Symptoms begin as high fevers, weakness, stomach pains, headache, and loss of appetite. Travelers should get vaccinated before travel but as the vaccine only protects 50%-80% of recipients it’s wise to be careful about your choice of food and drink.

As with travelers’ diarrhea, stick to bottled water and avoid unpeeled fruit and vegetables, street food (as delicious as it may look) and ice in drinks. Typhoid fever can be treated with antibiotics but drug-resistant bacteria have begun to emerge so perhaps avoid that cucumber in your salad or that icy cocktail in the sunshine.

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

Locations: North America, Europe, Asia.

Lyme disease is mainly found in the northeastern, north central, and Pacific coastal regions of North America. It is caused by bacteria which spread through the bites of infected black leg ticks.

Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If untreated the infection will spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. So when wandering through the wilderness be sure to protect yourself with insect repellant. But as infected ticks need to be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted, effective spotting and removal of ticks from your body will also prevent you from getting infected.

If caught early the disease is treatable with antibiotics.

Hepatitis A

Location: Most of the developing world.

The Hepatitis virus has many forms (A, B, C and D) but Hepatitis A is the one most travelers should be aware of as it spreads through contaminated water and uncooked food. The disease is closely linked to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene and is one of the most frequent causes of foodborne infection.

There is a safe and effective vaccine available against the virus, which most travelers are advised to have, but again, wise food and drink choices are recommended to avoid the resulting liver disease and potentially severe illness. Symptoms include fever, malaise, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark-colored urine and jaundice. WHO estimates show 1.4 million cases of Hepatitis A each year. There is no treatment for the disease other than rehydration and supportive treatment for the weeks or months of recovery time required.

This article was culled from cnn.com

How to find the best airplane seat

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No matter the distance of your journey, whether between cities or countries, getting a good seat on your flight is always an added advantage. Airplane seating is probably the last thing you consider after managing to secure the cheapest flight deals or nailing that upgrade or free first class ticket award. It is quite practical to consider where you are going to be seating.

It is believed that the window seat of an exit row is the best seat. Here you won’t be disturbed when your seatmate gets up, you can lean against the window and sleep plus with the extra legroom you can use your carry-on as a footrest.

The passenger expectation on the comfort of the seat position is relative to the needs of the passenger. Simply put, different passengers expect different kinds of comfort. So here are few tips on how to find the best airplane seat.

Tip 1: Know your aircraft

With the availability of information of the web these days, you can find websites that will graphically show the position of every seat for every airplane model flown by many airlines. Sites like www.seatguru.com can give you information that will help guide your choices. Avoid seats near the rest rooms and galleys at all possible cost. These positions are the busiest.

Tip 2: All aircrafts are not the same

You have to find out the specific aircraft type. Note that not all aircraft are configured the same way. The Japan airlines have over a dozen different seating configurations just for their 747s and American Airlines has two different 777 first class configurations. Also visiting websites like www.seatguru.com  and www.expertflyer.com will help you know more about aircraft configuration and best seats.

Tip 3: What is available?

Airline online platforms may not always show you available flight seats. And depending on airline website for seat assignment is more like gambling and hoping for the best luck. Expertflyer.com can show you which seats are occupied or available for specific flights up to 11 months in advance for over 100 airlines worldwide. When you choose your seat, call the airline and close the deal.

Tip 4: Patience pays

Airlines usually save the best for last if you are willing to wait. Generally, airlines hold back certain choice seat for their elite frequent flyers. When their seats are not assigned, they will then be released at the airport before flight time. You might get seats at the front of the coach cabin and exit row seats. Asking for the “reserved” seats after you check-in might get you another chance of a better seat that is, if you don’t like your current seat or it has been given to another passenger.  It is best to book online, directly from the airline’s booking site, as you can usually easily pick which seat you want.

 

Tip 5: Strategize for an empty middle seat

Look for an aisle seat towards the rear of the plane where someone is already sitting in the window seat (or vice versa). The reason you want a row where there’s already someone in the window or aisle seat is because if you sit down in a row with two empty seats next to you, there’s a good chance that a traveling pair will take them. But in general, the empty middle seats (when there are two people on either side) tend to fill up last towards the rear of the plane, so you might get that spacious advantage. If you’re traveling with someone, try to reserve the window and aisle seat towards the rear of the plane, leaving the middle vacant–if, by any chance, someone does end up sitting in the middle, they’re usually more than happy to switch at the last minute.

 

10 reasons why you still need a travel agent

In the age of online booking sites, using a travel agent may feel like going the way of the dinosaur.  But agents are more useful than simply selling trips to Disney World and cruises. Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just can’t get online –and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior.

Here are 10 reasons why they’re still useful:

1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience

Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in a way that provides you with the best vacation possible for you and your hard-earned investment.  They have access to the personal feedback from hundreds of clients, and their own personal travel agent network, to provide insights you can’t get on TripAdvisor or other social media sites.

2) They Have Clout

Many travel agents develop personal relationships with individuals at the companies they sell.  They leverage these relationships to get you things you can’t get on your own.   That “sold out” room or the connecting rooms you want for your extended family trip when the online sites say they aren’t available.  They also have exclusive entrée to experiences you might not know are available to you.

3) The Fixer

In addition to getting you more on any particular trip, they can step in and fix things when your trip goes awry.  The average consumer books one or two trips per year, typically with different travel suppliers, so they have little or no leverage when things go wrong. The travel agent is constantly selling a particular supplier and has the leverage to fix things, even when the supplier isn’t directly at fault.  Travel suppliers value the travel agent’s business much more than any individual traveler.  They will step up to make things right or simply to make sure that traveler, and their travel agent, are happy.

4) Cost-Savings

The best travel agents have unique access to benefits that can save you a lot of money and provide you with a better experience:  free room upgrades, spa credits, food and beverage credits are just a few of the things that agents can get, that you can’t.  Add in hard-to-get restaurant reservations, exclusive or priority access to attractions, added amenities, and you will have a lot more value for your travel dollar. (Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin next to yours got champagne and you didn’t? They probably used a travel agent)

5) Time-Savings

Instead of searching blindly on the Internet for hours, days, or even weeks – depending on the complexity of the travel plans – you can have an expert do the research for you, with your personal needs in mind.  They do it for every component of the trip and very often do it at no cost to you.

6) Safety Net

If anything should go wrong during your trip, you can rely on them to assist you.  A travel agent will suggest and arrange alternate travel arrangements, help you to deal with any travel emergency you may have, and put you in touch with the right local people to answer your needs.

7) On the Cutting Edge

They are on the cutting edge of what’s new: Travel agents are the first to know about a new resort, cruise ship or tour.  They have relationships with their best travel partners who keep them informed as to the latest and greatest offerings they have. So if you want to travel on the latest and greatest, agents are the way to go!

8) You Pay the Same Anyway!  

More than 98 percent of hotels are parity priced. That means the cost is the same whether you book it yourself or have the travel agent do the work. Some travel agents even have websites that feature the same inventory, bookable in real time, as Expedia and Orbitz. The customer gets the best of the high tech world, in a high touch, environment. This parity pricing applies to virtually every travel product.

9) You Get Matched Right

If you call a cruise line directly, they won’t tell you that their competitor is a better fit for you and your travel needs.  Since travel agents sell everything, they focus on you’re your particular needs, making sure you are matched up with the right.

10) An Ongoing Mutually Beneficial Relationship

A good agent is like a good mechanic. Once you find them, you’ll never want to give them up. Travel could be your biggest discretionary spend in any given year, along with your limited time, so you want to make sure it’s done right.  When they make that happen, you’ll want them in your inner circle moving forward.

This article was written by Mark Murphy and was culled from http://www.foxnews.com/

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