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Best Travel Destinations

Best Travel Destinations

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The idea is not to say that tourism in typical European cities or in the US and Canada is decreasing, because of course it isn’t really. But if we take a comparative study of the evolution of tourism during the recent years we may see that the touristic growth of these typical places compared to the one related with more exotic ones is pretty low. Everything indicates that the best travel destinations are about to change soon.

If we take a broader look at the world, we can discover that a recent trend for countries that are on the way to develop have found that tourism is a great way to create some income to finance their projects. Sure, the strategy is not wrong in the first approach. If we don’t have the money, we bring it from the outside. This should work and in fact it does work, but not everything is written in pink. There’s also black there, and very black. They’ve become the best travel destinations but they’ll have a high price to pay because of that.

What is happening is that in the hurry to develop great touristic attractive locations and funding publicity campaigns the money is not going where it should be. In the end, and going a bit to the extreme situation, the result is that conditions on the living standards of people in the country keep being the same while tourists are enjoying an amazing lifestyle, even with low prices compared to their home countries. And this is what is happening with some of the best touristic destinations such as Brazil, India, China, Turkey, Venezuela or Thailand, together with an increase of tourism in countries in Eastern Europe.

And from my point of view what is happening is simply because governments are failing in the approach they give to tourism. In my opinion, tourism does not need to mean luxury hotels and big resorts with expensive personnel or great museums and exhibitions. Many of these countries have the beauty in the sights, in the history you can feel in the streets of their towns and cities, in nature. Taking the example of some African countries, I consider absolutely wrong to build up 5 star hotels in the middle of the jungle. They simply don’t fit. Instead, they should try to take a more cultural approach and build buildings that do fit with the local style, that have some meaning related to the region, taking advantage of the exotic taste tourists could get.

Tourism should be cultural immersion and in the way it is being done nowadays it fails completely with it’s original purpose. In other words, if you want a luxury hotel, keep visiting Paris, but please don’t go down to Kenya. Unfortunately, if you go down to Kenya you will find the same luxury hotel. Furthermore, it seems that nowadays in order to be one of the best travel destinations you need to have a 5 star hotel standing there. Which is the idea of great vacations that people have?

On the other hand, I don’t want to seem a person who is against high quality hotels. Don’t take me wrong. I simply think that everything should be in place and respecting the area and culture where it is placed. A 5 star hotel fits perfectly in the cozy area of central Paris, and this is not something I will discuss. It simply fits, and I personally would take it if traveling there, using any of the free travel certificates that are available on the net in certain places. Which ones, you say?

Worldwide Travel Destinations

Worldwide Travel Destinations

For anyone interested in seeing incredible worldwide travel destinations, assignments are a great way to do (and get paid for it!) I have had half a dozen jobs over the years simply because of their location and/or travel perks. Here are some positions that will help improve your vagabonding:

Rafting guides. Many companies realize this is not a lifetime calling, so they are open to training rookies. You can sign up for a class, and be certified to lead trips within six weeks. For those looking for more than a summer job, you can always jet down to the southern hemisphere (Chile and New Zealand are popular choices) for another term.

Flight Attendant. While I lack the patience for this position, the travel perks are extraordinary. How many people end their work day on another continent? Generally, airlines will comp travel for their own, and other providers offer a standard half off discount for attendants. A word to the wise: don’t expect the Indiana Jones special routes right away. Only attendants who have moved up the ladder a bit get the long haul flights. If you’re new to the industry, you can expect short distance trips for at least the first few months.

Long Distance Tour Guide. This type of job is not for light hearted. You are in charge of a dozen passengers, and drive them across country (or several if in Europe). Basically, you get to get the best (and worst) parts of a large part of the world, make friends and get paid decently. The company I worked for and highly recommend is Trek America.

If you are interested in experiencing worldwide travel destinations, assignments are the best way to do so on a budget. It’s important to realize, however, that many of these jobs can wear thin after a few months. My advice? Go short term; you can always find another job in an even more exotic locations next season!

3 Places You Should Definitely Consider For Your Next Trip

3 Places You Should Definitely Consider For Your Next Trip

Looking for some luxury travel destinations? Below you will find 3 places that you should definitely put on your travel itinerary. Whether you need a romantic getaway for two, or a place to bring the family, these three spots are perfect. They are beautiful, fun, relaxing, and will create a memory you’ll have forever.

1. Maldives: One of the most breathtaking places and a perfect one for those who just want to get away and be pampered, Maldives couldn’t be more heavenly. If you enjoy fine dining, relaxing in a private jacuzzi or taking a dip in a beautiful pool, then you’ll want to come here. You’ve never seen a sunset until you’ve seen one from here, it will definitely take your breath away. Made up of over 1100 coral islands, it is the lowest country in the world with a maximum natural ground level of just 7 ft 7 in. You have your pick of resorts, hotels, a guest house or even going on safari; a true adventure awaits you to a place that is like nothing else you’ve ever seen.

2. Jamaica: For something a little bit closer, Jamaica can provide you nearly the same luxury and relaxation; with beautiful blue waters and stunning resorts. Enjoy the culture and music and try a bit of Jamaican cuisine, these islands are perfect for a romantic getaway. Family vacations are ideal as well as the resorts are set up to handle a bit of everything with activities, beautiful pools and a large selection of resorts to suit anyone needs. Spas, chapels, restaurants galore and exciting adventures on the water, it is a very well rounded vacation for all.

3. Bali: A magical destination with the most beautiful white sand, featuring an excellent hotel, the Grand Hyatt Bali. This location features gorgeous manicured lawns, elaborate water features, peaceful walkways and even a brand new spa. You can soak in a bit of culture with the night market, shows and culinary adventures. This hotel blends in beautifully to its surroundings and offers its guest an impeccable place to settle for a time. One week vacations to longer, you’ll love the atmosphere and culture of this destination.

There are quite a few luxury travel destinations you can choose from, but I think you’ll find that the three mentioned above are on the top of everyone’s list; or at least they should be. Maldives is in one word, majestic; it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Jamaica and Bali come in a close second and third as they too feature beautiful waters, grand hotels and resorts and many fun activities for you to enjoy.

Three Types of Vaccinations For International Travel

Three Types of Vaccinations For International Travel

When most people think of traveling abroad, their first thoughts are about getting or updating an existing passport or visa. However, just as important is the need to obtain the required vaccinations. The required vaccinations are designed to protect those who are traveling as well as those who reside at the travel destination.

Your family physician or the local health clinic can usually provide travelers with the information they need. In particular, three different types of vaccinations are involved.

The first set of vaccinations is the set of routine ones. Routine vaccinations are determined by the age and health of the individuals. This type of vaccination must be up-to-date in order for the individual to be allowed to travel. In most cases, this means that the individuals must have received their booster shots if required. Examples of this type of vaccination are hepatitis B and A, diphtheria, polio, and tetanus.

In general, routine vaccinations have a predetermined number of years in between shots. Other vaccinations to consider getting include Influenza, Meningococcal meningitis, Typhoid Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, and Varicella. In fact, it is best to check with your physician for the names of the vaccinations that your family should get since some new ones have been added to the required list for children.

The second set of suggested vaccinations is the set of recommended ones. These vaccinations are those that would protect an individual if he were to go to a specific destination. In other words, the recommended vaccinations protect travelers against specific diseases. These diseases are ones that the travelers would be more likely to get at the specific destination to which they are traveling.

The third set of vaccinations is the set of required vaccinations. These are the ones that are dictated by international health guidelines. At the present time, a vaccination for yellow fever is the only one that is required and it is only required for individuals who are traveling to South America or sub-Sahara Africa.

It’s important that you allow yourself enough time to get all of the necessary vaccinations. Therefore, you should begin at least four to six months prior to your departure time. Inform your physician of the exact locations where you will be going so that he knows which vaccinations to recommend.