Whether you travel for business or pleasure, go on a leisurely holiday or on an expedition, doing your homework is always key. Experienced travelers know all too well that there is real work to be done long before the bags are packed. Details always matter. Having accurate, reliable information available can make the difference between a dream come true and a nightmare. So don’t leave the quality of your trip to chance, even if you are the spontaneous and adventurous type.
Smart Planning Can Make
Your Trip More Enjoyable and Safe
Despite of all the wonderful things you may have heard from friends, have read in travel magazines or have seen on TV and online, you may still wish to gather some reality-based information on your own.
Perhaps, you have a flexible schedule and want to know which is the best time of the year for your trip. You may seek a fun-filled family vacation or look forward to some peace and quiet in the off-season. There may be a time and place for both – but where?
In this day and age, you also want to know about the political and social realities on the ground before you travel to a particular country or region. Like it or not, safety is becoming an ever more important issue for travelers. For example, would you know what to do in case of an emergency or evacuation in a foreign country? Would you be able to find your embassy or consulate? Do you know what kind of assistance you can expect to receive there?
Most importantly, you must be knowledgeable about potential health hazards. The ”Travel & Health” section of this blog focuses specifically on health issues in connection with travel, such as vaccination/immunization requirements and recommendations, guidelines for dealing with medical emergencies, precautionary measures with regards to food- and water supplies, and much more. While you can’t prepare for all possible mishaps, smart planning can help make your trip more enjoyable and safe.
Travel agencies and travel-related websites can provide you with more (and hopefully better) information than ever before. In this blog, I do not try to create yet another travel magazine. My intention is to offer ideas and inspiration to fellow-travelers around the globe. In this pursuit, I share tips for finding great escapes, extraordinary adventures and unforgettable experiences. I also want you to stay healthy and fit, so you can enjoy your trips without regrets and without spoiling the fun.
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Making the “Bucket List”
In the movie, “The Bucket List,” Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two characters with vastly different social backgrounds who find themselves both diagnosed with cancer. They decide to forego the less than promising medical treatment and, instead, live their last days to the fullest, hoping to go out with a blast. The story is based on the idea that we should make a list of things to do (and/or see) before we inevitably “kick the bucket.” Despite its ultimately dire prospects, the underlying message is supposedly positive and funny. The idea of “get-it-before-it’s-too-late,” of course, is by no means new.
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Modern Day Travel
Travel used to be a simple matter. You traveled for business or pleasure. If you traveled for pleasure, you were on vacation. For most people that meant taking their families on the road and staying at a particular destination until it was time to return home. Locations were mostly chosen because of their accessibility and convenience. Going on vacation was like an annual ritual, often limited to a few favorite spots that became like a home away from home. By contrast, many of today’s travelers are thrill seekers and adventurers. They want experiences. They explore the unknown and seek the exotic. Distances no longer matter.
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