Updated from 2016
Gaia – The World Tree. How do you want to live?
Why travel and how to stay safe? Actually very few countries are safe, you can get shot or blown up in almost any country and even in relatively safe countries like New Zealand, many foreign drivers die in road accidents through their own negligence.
With the spread of terrorism, some people are becoming afraid just to go to work let alone travel. The violence the Middle East continues to escalate with recent attacks in Paris, Egypt and Turkey as Europe struggles to maintain law and order due to the influx of refugees.
Therefore, wherever you go in the world your own safety
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Tourist, Traveller or Pilgrim?
There are many ways to see the world, and we must if we wish to travel, consider how and where we want to go. But often, travel is the least of our concern because we simply want to get to a particular destination. Therefore we need to consider our means of travel as well as our destination and reasons for wanting to be there.
The world’s first travellers were those undertaking some form of business. They may have been defining national territories, maintaining diplomatic relations between countries or travelling for trade and exchange.
As a consequence, trading routes were developed across the world to share goods and ideas. With the arrival of Christianity in Europe, many
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Where to holiday in 2016
Taj Mahal, India
In terms of travel and communication, our world for a long time has been getting more accessible. Package holidays from Europe and North America to many exotic destinations have been popular for many years but unfortunately many of these destinations are becoming inaccessible due to the escalation of global conflict.
Many North African resorts and Middle Eastern heritage sites have become conflict zones, but many of the worlds great cities are becoming increasingly unsafe which also make the USA an unsafe destination. In regard to all this conflict which is generally labelled as terrorism, neither side is going to give ground, therefore it’s something we’ll have to adapt to.
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Davey Crockett and a Wild Country
Nashville By Lifeis
For one unfamiliar with the USA, the name Tennessee is more likely resonate with Davy Crockett and great artists like Tennessee Williams, or the mournful country-western music and moonshine. Then there’s that old song Chattanooga Choo Choo. An inland state, Tennessee borders Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri which means it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere.
Tennessee’s capital and second largest city is Nashville and the Tennessee wilderness has been transformed into farmland, yet there are pockets of woodlands and more extensive state parks. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state’s western
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Holidays in the buff
Do you find packing for holidays a bit of a struggle? Then maybe nakationing is for you!
In addition to the clothes free beaches that feature in most countries, there is a growing clothing-optional tourism industry with over 250 nudist resorts and clubs around the world.
Some are family friendly, but most are adult only catering to swingers and may have erotic themes. But don’t let that put you off because people are flocking to this holiday option in ever greater numbers.
A new trend is toward the many cruises that offer clothing-optional travel. This has expanded from one ship in 1992 to about 50 ships and an estimated 40,000 people in 2015.
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South of the US border
The people of Latin America all speak Spanish or Portuguese so it’s anyone’s guess why the region is called Latin America? The Latin language belongs to ancient Rome and is the root language for modern Italian as well as Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, and a few others.
But perhaps Latin refers more to the temperament of the people which is outgoing, passionate and hospitable. Religiously, the majority are Catholic and they pay their tributes to the Vatican. This religious bond does not signify the meaning of Latin either, because other Catholic countries like the Philippines is not referred to as a Latin country although a predominant influence in the past has been Spanish.
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Sharpen your senses and get streetwise
The millions of visitors to Mexico mostly have an enjoyable trouble free time, however as a poorer nation there is a lot of petty crime. It is generally recommended that you leave your valuables at home, dress down and go with the flow while taking sensible precautions to keep to the main tourist and business districts, and avoid walking out alone at night.
Current Situation Since 2006, the Mexican government has engaged in an extensive effort to combat the drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) that ship drugs to The USA. Mexican DTOs, meanwhile, have been engaged in a vicious struggle with each other for control of trafficking routes. In order to try and get a handle
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By Jessica Lloyd
Think tortilla, think salsa, think hot. Tortilla is made from cornflour, salt and water, rolled very thin and baked. This is a basic Mexican staple, and you will find it served how other people serve bread with their meals. Tacos, fajitas, nachos, jalepenos, quesadillas, burritos – all with guacamole and salsa.
Be prepared to be burnt! The street vendors are a great place to find cheap and tasty food, the real flavours of Mexico. This is where the locals eat – so when in Mexico, do as the Mexicans! Do try traditional Mexican food like the “crepas de huitlacoche” and the “mole chicken” – if you’re such a newcomer that you don’t know these dishes, try them,
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Hit the party scene, relax or explore the region
Cancun by Cailyn
Located on located on the Caribbean shore, on the north-east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula and north of the Riviera Maya, Cancún is the last place between Mexico and Cuba.
Cancún is a world-renowned tourist destination and a base to explore the Yucatán Peninsula. There are some ancient sites nearby and while the climate is near perfect all year, it is subject to hurricanes. The best time to visit is between December and April. It’s hottest there between May and September with high humidity all year round.
Cancún has many beautiful hotels along the beachfront and the hotel Zone is shaped like the number
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The big back yard
By Jessica Lloyd
Surrounded by Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés (or Gulf of California), Baja California is a region with a diverse geography which includes deserts, mountains, pine forests, hundreds of miles of untouched beaches and a coastline ideal for all water sports with many towns and campsites. The peninsula is divided into two states; Baja California (north), and Baja California Sur (south).
In general, the seasons are clearly marked, fall is fresh, winter is cool, spring and summer are sunny and warm to semi-tropical. To travel in this region you must have a Mexican Tourist Card or travel permit.
For exciting, or laid back holidays, the resort areas of Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada,
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