Criminals know no bounds
This is how it works to steal your credit card details:
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room) and they return the card to you.
You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room.
The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: ‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card
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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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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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Stay healthy and enjoy your holiday
Sunburn is a significant risk
Medical facilities in Samoa are below world standard and anyone with serious illnesses or injuries are evacuated to New Zealand or Australia.
Health Avoid drinking untreated water and ice to prevent water-borne diseases and don’t swim in fresh water/ rivers as sewage discharges into them.
Travellers’ Diarrhoea This presents a low to moderate risk in urban and resort areas as most hotels and restaurants generally serve reliable food and water. Elsewhere, travelers should observe all food and drink safety precautions.
Amoebiasis (amoebic dysentery) A parasitic infection causing intestinal disease. Transmission occurs by eating food that is contaminated with feces from an infected person or drinking water containing
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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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