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5 Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards

5 Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards

5 Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards

Tips On Traveling with Cash Debit or Credit Cards: Before going abroad, I always ask myself if it is better to take local currency or debit and credit cards.

The popular wisdom is to take your existing debit card. That generally works for purchases/meals and to get local currency from ATM’s once you arrive.  I tend to agree since they are easy to find and widespread. However do be really careful if it is attached to your bank account(s). Unlike a credit card, being hacked on a debit card can cause more trouble.

  • My first encounter with ATM’s abroad was in 2000. I  was on a remote one lane road in northern Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster.  Not surprisingly, Nessie did not make an appearance...
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Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution

Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution

Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution

Airport Anxiety-Try a K-9 Solution. Every traveler has their worst flight stories. My two personal favorites:

The “flight to nowhere”. On a past business trip, I flew one hour to New York, circled for one hour and because of bad weather, flew back one hour to Washington, DC.  In my three hour “trip”, my foot never touched terra firma until I was once more back where I started!

-5 countries in 18 hours. Heading solo to Slovenia to sightsee and ski, on arrival in Zurich, I learned my connection was cancelled. Not to worry, I could be flown to Germany. As I arrived in Germany, I looked longingly as my next flight taxied down the runway, once again without me! No worries I was told, I could be flown to Austria...

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Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U

Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U

Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U

Travel Tips in Tough Times  Solo Trekker 4 U Sadly, recent times have seen an increase in violence in many parts of the world from Europe to Africa.  As a result, some travelers are concerned about safety as they think of a next trip abroad. There are no guarantees. However, it helps to think ahead and plan the best ways to be prepared.

 Travel Tips in Tough Times Solo Trekker 4 U: Know Before You go:

Tip One:

Look first at your destination. Learn about issues there via the Internet. Check out government warnings. Arc there problems there at the moment? Hotly disputed elections? For example, years ago I was planning a trip to a remote part of Africa...

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Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update | Solo Trekker

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update: The greatest risk in travel statistically still tends to be the drive to the airport. However, no one wants safety issues to ruin a vacation.

It can be hard to plan how to stay safer abroad.

  • There may be storms and diseases.
  • Terrorism is often raised as a concern now.
  • Women on solo travel have other issues.
  • I have been in civil wars, quarantines and 2 emergency landings. I have been stopped by the military near a border. I just dodged hungry crocs!

I am passing on the tips I learned updated for this year.

Solo Traveler Safety Tips Update:

Research before you book your trip. Plan well ahead.

Tip One:    Know before you go.

  • Look at your destination’s history.
  • Learn about local issues.
  • Stay alert to risks.
  • Know the s...
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5 Tips on How to Avoid Identity Theft on Travel

5 Tips on How to Avoid Identity Theft on Travel

5 Tips on How to Avoid Identity Theft on Travel

5 Tips on  How to Avoid Identity Theft on Travel:  On a past trip to South America, I had a surprise. Our host said he was on a kidnap list. Three of his friends had been kidnapped.  In some places, this is a way to get paid ransom as a type of business practice.

I had thought this was just in war zones or as a risk for the very rich. I knew no one who was in such harm’s way.

Fast forward to the present: In the past, to be paid ransom, hostage taking took a lot of work. Today it is easy. Why? Criminals can avoid the middle man, the hostage! They can take data or use schemes to get paid with no hostage. The growth is in identity theft. To get key data on the Web or by a hard copy is easy...

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5 Myths on Travel in the Tropics-True or False

Myths on Travel in the Tropics

Myths on Travel in the Tropics

True or False: 5 Myths on Travel in the Tropics.  I have always dreamed of tall palms and far away islands in the tropics.  It can be a dream trip, but do watch out for its being a nightmare!  As they say, “know before you go”. Take our light hearted quiz, and email us on our Contacts page to add any of your own tips.

Myth One: Mosquitoes only bite at dawn or dusk. (Variation: “We don’t have mosquitoes on our property.”) False. That may be the primary risk for insect-borne diseases, but insects can feast at any time. Wear protective clothing and insect-repellent where diseases are serious such as malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis.

True or False: 5 Myths on Travel in the Tropics:

Myth Two: You can’t get there from here. True...

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Solo Travel Destinations Cambodia

Solo Travel Destinations Cambodia: Adventure and cultural travel combined.

Travel Destinations

Travel Destinations

Solo Travel Destinations Cambodia:

Planning ahead:

Every year by late summer to early fall, I start to think about alternatives to “home alone for the holidays” and look to find the best vacations for singles for year end. It generally strikes me that the best destinations are often the oddest ones. Having had an “Amazon Christmas” last year, I knew I had to top it for 2014-15.

Solo Travel Destinations Cambodia:

Mekong Delta:

Always looking for the best vacations for singles, I was intrigued by sailing the Mekong Delta.  I had to consider the best way to go. First there was the distance .I would travel from the US East Coast to SE Asia...

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