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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Kaitaia and Cape Rianga
Known as the Aupouri Peninsula, this is one of the most remote districts of New Zealand. Kaitaia, the only town is near the base of the peninsula and about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. The main industries are agriculture, forestry and tourism. The population is 4,887 (2013 census), which makes it second largest town in the Far North District, after Kerikeri.
You can get there by air or bus from Auckland or Whangarei, and when you get there, there are many small tourist operators who will take you out to see the sights but the best way is self driving. But when you drive north of Kaitaia, you need to make sure you
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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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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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A trading and tourist hub
Big Ben and the houses of parliament
With a population of eight million, London is the seat of the British parliament and a major centre for modern culture and capitalism. If you have ever played the board game of monopoly, you will be familiar with many of the place names.
London is a great destination with many places of interest including Buckingham Palace, the museums, Tower of London, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Barnsbury Park and Westminster Abbey.
Mid summer (July and August) is the best time to visit as the weather is generally warm and settled, however accommodation can be scarce and prices higher. The popular attractions are often crowded with long lines
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The UK’s south coast
With interesting things like a palace and a collapsing pier, Brighton is a lively and captivating city. In between drag shows and shopping, there is always time for some interesting sight seeing. The Regency Pavilion, collapsing pier, other pier, gay scene, drug scene and drag scene, are what Brighton is famous for. It is known to be an interesting and pleasurable place to visit, and live. It claims itself to be “most enchanting, exciting, extraordinary seaside city in Britain”. This is a pretty bold statement, but is actually true.
With 250,000 people living here, Brighton is big enough to be cool but small enough to have a real flavour about the place. It is known as
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The big grey
Auckland’s 328 metre high Sky Tower
A peculiarity of Auckland city is that it’s so often overcast, not particularly cold, just that the sky is dull and given to drizzle and light rain. Actually in wintertime the beaches and outdoor recreation areas are far less crowded so don’t be put off getting out for some fresh air.
The city itself is all about cars, shopping and eating. It’s about cars because you need a car to get anywhere and to know where you’re going, you need a good navigator or a GPS unit. Over the past 20 years, the city has evolved miles of confusing motorways and it’s very easy to go in the wrong direction,
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Actual complaints to a travel agency
1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”
2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”
3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”
4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”
5. “The beach was
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A United Flight Attendant announced, ‘People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!
On landing, the stewardess said, ‘Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have. ‘
‘There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane’
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered is ship into the runway really hard.
The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a ‘Thanks for flying our airline.’ He
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